Himalayan Ananda extends its holistic healing with traditional oriental therapies

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Recognized as one of the world’s premier wellness retreats, Ananda in the Himalayas extends its expertise in ancient wellness practices with a newly introduced range of traditional oriental therapies. These techniques play a vital role in enhancing Ananda’s holistic wellness programs.

On this occasion, Ananda is also revamping its Rebalance program to address hormonal balance, specifically menopause in women and also to address changes in testosterone and other hormones in men. (Contact us for more details on Ananda’s new rebalancing program)

Acupuncture, cupping, and moxibustion can help treat hormonal imbalances that cause heat build-up in the body, stimulate the central nervous system by releasing pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, relieve menopausal pain, and change neurotransmitters in the brain to relieves anxiety and nervousness. Acupuncture and moxibustion are found to be effective in treating chronic fatigue syndrome.

These new therapies and programs will be led by renowned holistic expert, Dr. Jitender Uniyal. With twenty years of experience, Dr. Uniyal is one of India’s foremost specialists in alternative healing. A doctor and teacher of traditional East Asian therapies, he specializes in acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping.

He brings a diverse range of experiences from his extensive practices in Europe, Canada, Sri Lanka and India. These therapies address a wide variety of issues, including chronic pain and migraines, immune system enhancement, disease prevention, anxiety, depression, health maintenance, and system rehabilitation.

Dr. Uniyal says, “In my decades of experience, I have had remarkable success with these ancient wellness techniques. Acupuncture, Cupping and Moxibustion have had a significant impact on cases with autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), nerve and spine pain, neck pain and hip mobility. These therapies offer a very results-oriented approach to treating anxiety, depression and long-term addictions. They also work as restorative therapies for loss of nerve control, limb mobility, and have the ability to be supportive and recovery therapies after cancer.


In ancient India, holistic living was a way of life. Humans inevitably understood the balance of nature, the ways of the Universe, and how the elements influence not only our physical health, but also our mental well-being. It was understood that if they reach inner harmony, they will be at peace with their surroundings. On the fast track of progress, the world around us has changed as we have; but deep down, we have always understood and supported the beliefs and principles of our ancestors. To seek harmony, to balance again, to be one with their surroundings, Indians developed practices of “retreating” deep into the mountains, into the stillness of the hills, and into the sound of the rivers.


These all-inclusive packages are programs that are tailored to individual health goals. Ananda’s wellness programs follow a holistic approach to achieve the best results in a safe and nurturing atmosphere, guided by the experience of our team of expert Ayurvedic doctors, qualified therapists, nutritionists, yogis and spa chefs. Years of research by our Ayurvedic experts, yogis and international wellness experts have allowed for a unique focus on the core physical and mental aspects that have the greatest impact. The results are award-winning programs that work to create a sustainable journey to a quality lifestyle.


An expansive Indian spa spread over 25000 sq. ft. with its 24 treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art gym, a temperature-controlled outdoor pool and luxury hydrotherapy facilities, these are the center of attention at Ananda. The therapy program and personalized activities are designed to meet individual needs and health goals – stress relief, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation, anti-aging, emotional health, weight loss and inches, while providing guidance in areas such as nutrition and fitness. A team of qualified nutritionists, Western and Ayurvedic doctors, spa therapists, yoga and fitness experts, all guide you to a better lifestyle. Special offers and spa rituals are available and updated monthly.

Accommodation options

Ananda offers Deluxe Rooms, Interconnecting Deluxe Rooms, Suites with Private Gardens, Ananda Suite with Private Garden and Gazebo, Viceregal Suite and One Bedroom or Two Bedroom Villas, each with a private pool.

  • Deluxe rooms open to different views – palace view, garden view or valley view.

  • Valley View Rooms on the Premium floors (Floors 4, 5 and 6) have the most panoramic views of the valley. The Garden Apartments extend onto private gardens overlooking either the palace or the valley.

  • The Vice regal suite has a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys.

  • The one bedroom villa has forest views and partial valley views.


Ananda’s wellness cuisine incorporates the key principles of Ayurveda, which consider not only taste, but also the matching of food to body type. Ananda’s cuisine consists of fresh, natural foods that are low in fat and calories, with an emphasis on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy products, and avoidance of added salt, coloring, flavorings, or preservatives or artificial.

Ananda’s wellness kitchen concept is emphasized through the culinary show, where our chefs instruct guests how to cook these dishes at home, so that anyone can continue this “lifestyle”. Special care menus are recommended by the in-house Ayurvedic physician to cover specific imbalances types of metabolism.

Resort experiences

If leisure is what you seek, be prepared to be pampered. Within the Palace Estate, along the hill, is the golf course. Designed to be fun and challenging, the course has sand hazards on every hole and a few water hazards. You can also spend time playing snooker on an antique table or doing a few laps in the outdoor pool. For those looking for an exceptional dining experience, we have many options to suit your mood, such as themed dinners, organized with an eclectic fusion of Indian and Continental cuisines. Learn to cook exotic international dishes based on Ayurvedic principles from Ananda’s professional chefs in Spa Cooking classes.

Ancient temples, ashrams and monasteries

In the home of Indian spirituality, take a tour around the temple and experience devotional rituals, starting with the enchanting Ganga Arti at Parmarth Ashram on the banks of the holy river. Virabhadra Temple, Gita Bhawan, Bharat Temple, Kailash Niketan Temple, Lakshman Temple, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Teramanzil Temple (Trimbakeshwar View) and Mindrolling Monastery (Dehradun) are just some of the other centers of Hindu mythology in the vicinity. Take a trip down memory lane with the tour of the Beatles Ashram near Rishikesh, which recently reopened after 40 years.

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