Ananda in the Himalayas Launches Two International Experiences in 2023

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Release Date

Wednesday, July 5, 2023


Globally acclaimed wellness retreat, Ananda in the Himalayas, introduces two immersive wellness experiences to other parts of the world this year.  Ananda in the Himalayas’ expert team consisting of renowned Ayurvedic Physicians, Yogis, healers, and practitioners with decades of experience, will be traveling all over the world to educate, heal and rejuvenate at beautiful and exotic locations in tranquil, pristine settings.

Ananda in the Himalayas collaborates with two incredible destinations in Switzerland and the Maldives to offer wellness experiences in the second half of 2023. With Nira Alpina in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Ananda in the Himalayas offers Ananda in the Alps, a unique Hatha Yoga, Meditation and Ayurvedic Culinary Workshop in the Swiss Alps from September 13th – 17th, 2023. One of the most unique hotels in the Swiss Alps, Nira Alpina is located amidst the breathtaking snow-capped mountains and glassy pure lakes.

Away from the mountains and down by the sea, Ananda in the Himalayas presents the Energy Harmony Retreat from December 1st – 7th, 2023 at The Nautilus in Maldives. This transformative wellness experience combines Ananda’s expertise in Ayurvedic therapies, Yogic energy work and healthy gourmet cuisine with The Nautilus’s bespoke and timeless hospitality offering. The Nautilus Maldives in the stunning Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, provides an idyllic setting in the magical waters of the Indian Ocean.

Ananda Wellness retreat

Ananda in the Alps: Yoga, Meditation and Culinary Workshop (September 13th – 17th, 2023)

Nira Alpina, St. Moritz, Switzerland

In September, Nira Alpina and Ananda in the Himalayas present Ananda in the Alps, a transformative program combining ancient Indian wisdom with modern-day living, an integration of traditional yoga, ancient meditation and Ayurvedic culinary science to reveal a path to peace and equanimity. This unique approach offers individuals the opportunity to learn asanas, breathing techniques, and relaxation exercises tailored to their specific needs, fostering physical flexibility, strength, and mental clarity. Sandeep Agarwalla, Head of Yoga at Ananda in the Himalayas, will provide a deep understanding of the philosophy behind yogic teachings and their practical application in modern life, guiding individuals towards personal growth, mindfulness, and overall well-being.

This retreat provides an opportunity to imbibe the principles of Raja yoga and Hatha yoga leading to a meditative state of self-awareness. The tranquil Shanti spa at Nira along with the pristine lakeside Alpine locations are both settings for these sessions of awareness and self-discovery. Maintain harmony in the body through gourmet Ayurvedic meals using organic and local produce curated by Chef Diwaker Balodi, Director Culinary at Ananda in the Himalayas in collaboration with Chef Janko Glotz, Executive Chef at Nira Alpina. These culinary creations will feature balancing foods and incorporate the six fundamental food tastes, focusing on macro and micronutrients, resulting in a delectable explosion of flavors in every dish. Chef Diwaker will conduct cooking demonstrations that teach the principles of the ancient science of Ayurveda based cuisine.

Ananda in the Alps includes one on one discussions with Sandeep Agarwalla to assess personal health and lifestyle, with each day including 4 hours of workshop. Package rates begin in single occupancy in the Corvatsch Room at 520 CHF per night (double occupancy rates are available). To learn more and book this retreat, visit the retreat page on Nira’s website at Ananda in the Alps or by contacting or +41 81 838 69 69.

The Energy Harmony Retreat (December 1st – 7th, 2023)

The Nautilus, Maldives

Bringing together the bohemian elegance of The Nautilus with Ananda's renowned spiritual and wellness expertise, the Energy Harmony Retreat is a perfect juxtaposition that is set to offer a unique and extraordinary experience to those seeking to rejuvenate their mind, body, and soul. The retreat at The Nautilus will focus on balancing and cleansing the chakras, the seven points of energy within the human framework, through yoga, breathwork, meditation, reflexology, massage, and gourmet Ayurveda cuisine.

Throughout the six-day retreat, guests will engage with Ananda’s Head of Yoga, Sandeep Agarwalla in three hours of daily yogic asanas, ancient meditation techniques, visualizations, and guided breathwork, allowing them to explore the profound effects of these practices on the mind and body. Ananda's leading wellness expert Jyoti Singh will be in residence at The Nautilus, offering personalized therapy sessions such as Ananda Moksha, Reflexology, Kundalini massage, and Indian Head massage. All therapies will be provided in the stunning overwater Solasta Spa's glass-floored private treatment pavilions.

As part of the retreat, Ananda’s Executive Chef Arun Kala will be presenting a customized gourmet wellness menu inspired by yogic guidelines and fundamentals of culinary science as per Ayurveda. The two traditions known to India for over 6000 years prioritise seasonal variations, locally sourced produce, and a harmonious blend of macro and micronutrients to enhance one's overall well-being. Guests can also participate in cooking demonstrations led by Chef Kala.

The retreat package includes luxurious accommodations, full-board dining (excluding beverages), return shared seaplane transfers, and an extensive program of workshops, consultations, yoga sessions, meditation practices, and wellness treatments. Rates for six nights for two guests per accommodation start at $33,260USD (Ocean House) and $35,780USD (Beach House). For more information, please visit the retreat page at Energy Harmony Retreat or by contacting  or +960 730 9818.

About Ananda in the Himalayas

Ananda in the Himalayas is a world-renowned holistic wellness retreat in the Himalayan foothills in North India, overlooking the spiritual town of Rishikesh and river Ganges. Located in the former Palace Estate of the Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, the retreat spans 100 acres of lush grounds and gardens and surrounded by forested hillside. As the birthplace of Ayurveda, Yoga, and meditation, this spiritual destination embodies and facilitates wellness and enlightenment. The philosophy of Ananda revolves around Ayurveda, holistic wellness, yoga, meditation, emotional healing, spiritual awareness, and healthy cuisine. The heart of Ananda lies in its 25,000 square foot wellness centre, offering beautifully designed therapy rooms with nature views, open-air yoga and meditation pavilions, an outdoor pool, a physiotherapy center, gymnasium, and a comprehensive range of Ayurvedic and international therapies for holistic cleansing of the body, mind, and soul.

About Nira Alpina

Nira Alpina is one of the most unique hotels in the Swiss Alps. It is located within touching distance of snow-capped mountains and glassy pure lakes, perched atop the highest point in the picturesque village of Surlej. The spa is the essence of pure rejuvenation with unrivalled views over snowy landscapes, tranquil relaxation rooms & expert therapy treatments. The Alpine fresh air cleanses the soul, stunning scenery awakens the mind, and expert therapists soothe the body.

About The Nautilus Maldives

The Nautilus is an ultra-luxury private island resort located in the Maldives, specifically on the Baa Atoll within the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. With just 26 beach and ocean houses and residences, the ultra-luxe bohemian hideaway offers personalized services, including a dedicated House Master and Butler service, ensuring a bespoke experience for each guest. The Nautilus provides a wide range of activities for all ages, such as culinary adventures, underwater exploration, and private yacht cruises, allowing guests to shape their dream holiday. The Nautilus features three restaurants, two bars, and the Solasta Spa, offering wellness programs, treatments, yoga, fitness, and meditation classes. It is recognized as one of the best resorts in the world, with numerous accolades, including being named the 'Best Resort in the Indian Ocean' and listed in prestigious travel publications.

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