Itinerary Details: 8 days/7 nights
Day 1: Delhi Arrival
Namaste. Welcome to India! Arrive at Delhi International airport. You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Delhi is a bustling metropolis that incorporates the ancient with the modern. Amidst the skyscrapers, the monuments stand as a silent reminder to India's legacy. Driving from the airport, you will be impressed with Delhi's spacious, tree-lined streets and garden parks. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast, enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk. Witness the architectural marvels, the multicolored facades, beautifully decorated shops, ethnically dressed locals and the fragrances emanating from the potpourri of eateries that line the historical alleys.
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (1592-1666) built the walled city of Delhi on the banks of holy River Yamuna. It had a magnificent palace known as Red Fort, impressive mansions, enchanting bazaars, elegant shrines, royal gardens and fountains at every corner to romance ones' senses. The Emperor’s beloved daughter Jahanara designed a major street called Chandni Chowk in front of Red Fort, with a canal running down the center and pools at major intersections reflecting the moonlight. During the British regime, the street underwent major changes and since then the area has witnessed some of the most important events in Indian history. Today these splendid ruins and tales of valor are a testimony of the evolution of the times. Chandni Chowk truly reflects the national unity, secularism and diversity of India. The tour covers 20 main sites including palaces, mansions, elegant shrines and colorful bazaars. End at a Haveli (mansion) built in 1860, which has a photo gallery depicting the lifestyle of Mughals and a small lounge to relax and relish some famous snacks.
Later, visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, and an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style. Also, drive by the India Gate, Parliament and the President’s residence. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi—Narendra Nagar
After breakfast, transfer to the train station for your first class rail journey to Haridwar (4.5 hours). Breakfast will be served on board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Ananda Spa in Narendra Nagar. Overnight at Ananda.
Days 4-7: Ananda
Spend 5 blissful days at Ananda's Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Program.
Ananda is dedicated to restoring the mind, body and soul through a holistic approach that incorporates the healing principles of Ayurveda, yoga and innovative spa technologies. This unique approach is called Swastha Jeevan Sandhya, or "healthy lifestyle approach with assistance." Upon arrival, you will receive a private consultation from a licensed Lifestyle Assistant who offers recommendations and guidance on treatments during your stay.
The 21,000 square foot spa offers 79 body and beauty treatments, all integrating the traditional Indian science of Ayurveda with a more contemporary Western approach. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means "The Science of Life." Originating over 5,000 years ago, it is considered to be the oldest living science and is often called the "Mother of All Healing." It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples. Some of this knowledge was printed 3,000 years ago; however, much of it remains inaccessible. The principles of many, if not all, Western healing systems are rooted in Ayurveda.
Ananda features 20 treatment rooms with specialized areas for Ayurvedic, Oriental and European systems of holistic health. A team of qualified nutritionists, physicians and therapists all guide you toward a more balanced lifestyle. Ananda Spa also houses the only Espa beauty institute in India, an international beauty line that is now part of Estee Lauder.
Ananda features rooms, villas and suites that overlook the holy Ganges river, majestic Himalayas and the sacred city of Rishikesh. The rooms have been infused with natural Himalayan light and feature a large, private patio for dining, relaxing or even practicing yoga.
Food is an integral part of rejuvenation and forms a fundamental element of Ananda's philosophy. Each menu has been created to provide maximum nutrition while maintaining exotic and delicious flavors. Ananda's signature restaurant features the finest in European, Indian and Asian cuisine. Other dining venues include the Pavilion, the Tree Top Deck and the Tea Lounge.
The spa's extensive recreation facilities include an outdoor lap pool, gym, Squash court, and 6-hole golf course. Opportunities for additional activities include river rafting, hiking, art and culture programs. We recommend taking advantage of the unparalleled yoga programs and facilities. If requested, yoga instructors can lead personalized visits to selected ashrams in nearby Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Day 8: Departure
Enjoy your final morning of Himalayan indulgence. In the afternoon, transfer to the train station for your first-class rail journey o Delhi (4.5 hours). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. Bon Voyage!