Atali Ganga, Rishikesh  

Rishikesh, the name brings to me a rush of emotions from the beautiful experience I had with my best friend (lets not tell her that) in this little town. Loved even by Beattle’s before it became a destination for every adventure lover, from joining the devotees at the ghat for evening Ganga arti, to paddling our way out in rafts in massive currents- Rishikesh was more of an experience, than a destination.   

Rishikesh, the City of Sages. Where hymns and tales of all-seeing men were written and then whispered across the continent. Where the Ganges (affectionately named Mother Ganga), rests against the many temples and statues that stand facing her banks. Set against the backdrop of the Himalayas and the pristine Ganga flowing through it, the ancient town of Rishikesh is one of the major tourist and pilgrimage hubs in northern India, where people from across the world arrive in search of peace. Rishikesh is commonly referred to as the ‘yoga capital of the world’ and rightly so. The destination is abuzz with visitors, who come here to learn yoga and meditation and has numerous ashrams, some of which are internationally recognized as centers of philosophical studies, yoga and other ancient Indian traditions of wellness. 

Atali Ganga, the place we stayed and the team that made sure we had the expeince we did is 30 kms north of Rishikesh. Atali Ganga property is located at Atali Dogi, away from the crowded strip downstream in the valley of the upper Ganges, surrounded by reserved forest. From beginning your day with yoga, bird watching or mountain biking and end with sipping sundowners and dine under the stars it was a perfect choice for us, as i escaped Delhi heat to celebrate my friends birthday at this beautiful property that had our heart on arrival.

Like people at Atali Ganga says “If you decide to book, visit with the purpose of living in the valley of India’s holiest life force, the Ganga, for the call of the barking deer, or the midnight roar of the leopard; and for that lovely dull ache after a busy day in the great outdoors. ”

Atali offers 22 private, comfortable and independent cottages overlooking the Ganga valley. Waking up to chirpy birds, trees, mountain far away and a slow gush of river in background it was one of the most comforting mornings I had this year. with the way rooms are placed, it takes you a small trek up and down, make sure you carry shoes, mosquito replant, and extra outfits to visit the inhouse restaurant for your meals, as they do not offer room service. It is quite understandable, and gave us a reason to dress up and not laze around. a 60-seater restaurant – the White-Water Café and even Conference facilities. Global trends indicate vacationers are moving towards outdoor and open spaces instead of traditional 4-walled hotel holidays, this is where a beautiful property like Atlai comes in. Located in the middle of a reserved forest, with more than 300 trees on the property, Atali is the ideal Himalayan experience, and also the quickest one. 

Atali offers 22 private, comfortable and independent cottages overlooking the Ganga valley, a 60-seater restaurant – the White-Water Café and even Conference facilities. 

Food: There is a vibrant buffet spread for all three meals at their inhouse White Water café that has both indoor and outdoor seating, massive corners that are great for groups and even cozy corners outdoors with a view of river where you can watch time pass by with a fresh cup of tea. From breakfast to dinners, the spread includes nutritious food, north Indian options and continental delicacies with accompanists like salads, yogurt and chutneys. The café however operates during buffet times, not 24X7 

Things you need to know:  80% of the property is built on a hillside, and you will have to walk a series of steps to reach your cottage. If your group includes infants, small kids and infirm elders, do request for cottages closer to the Cafe. 

They do not have room service or TVs in their rooms. With the abundance of activities and things to do, you wouldn’t need it anyway. 

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