For the adventurer’s soul
Rishikesh’s reputation as a wonderful cusp of adventure and spirituality precedes itself. And it definitely lives up to its promise. Located at a convenient distance to drive down from Delhi (240km) or a hop away from Dehradun’s airport, Rishikesh is ideal for a short getaway, where you can utilize it to the max with diverse activities or just doing nothing. The same holiday can be switched to an experience rich one for days at end, covering adventure activities like hikes, rafting, nature walks, birding along with seeing the spiritual side of the town with ancient temples and a decidedly religious vibe. Both are spectacular. This is also a great base for an Upper Himalayas experience, where you can use it as a pit-stop for longer treks – coming down to the comfort of Atali Ganga in Rishikesh would be heavenly.
Atali Ganga’s award winning offering is what undiluted great hospitality is made of. It’s a sheer joy to interact with the staff, unwind in the comfortable rooms and the lounge areas (including the café), and be in the company of nature, even if you don’t feel like hitting the activities. If you are one to not sit still, then this is the place for you as well. The adventurer’s soul is nourished with river rafting, wall climbing, mountain biking, camping, kayaking and the ‘Eskimo roll’ in the pool. Want to slow the stride? There is always birding and yoga to get in sync with nature and yourself. Years of outdoor training and leading scores of river trips and treks gives the seasoned staff of Atali big creds to handle large groups in a personalised, safe and knowledgeable way. At Atali Ganga, you are in good hands!
Every cottage has a great view of the natural surrounds. The fact that you are in the midst of nature and yet with all comfortable amenities is a real delight.
Know Your Host
Vaibhav Kala, the founder of Aquaterra Adventures and Atali Ganga is a well-known name in Uttarakhand’s and India’s adventure sector. Having lived in the state and known the Ganga for many of his formative years, his love for Rishikesh, the river and adventure runs deep. This can be seen...
Vaibhav Kala, the founder of Aquaterra Adventures and Atali Ganga is a well-known name in Uttarakhand’s and India’s adventure sector. Having lived in the state and known the Ganga for many of his formative years, his love for Rishikesh, the river and adventure runs deep. This can be seen in Atali too. Kala is a name to reckon with where trekking and white water rafting is concerned. The number of returning guests are a testimony to his warm hospitality and the sharing of his knowledge over so many years. Kala has always been known for, planning and executing trips that were considered too audacious to run. Many will credit Kala for instilling a deep rooted and authentic love for adventure in them. Atali Ganga is built with the same passion, ensuring that guests can truly connect with nature. His trusted team for years is equally passionate.
Atali Ganga lies 30 km north of the main Rishikesh town, comfortably avoiding the hordes of travellers that come for day trips or to go on quick temple trails. The fact that Atali is comfortably tucked away from the regular crowds, and yet has easy access to the town, is one of the charms of the property. It lies ensconced amidst the lower Himalayas, overlooking the green snaking river below, gushing down from the melted glaciers further north.
The property is built in a tiered manner along a hill, offering a stunning view from all the rooms, of the river and the forested land alongside. Modern, yet earthy aesthetics of the property are in tune with nature. Green topped cottages with grey walls, are equipped with all amenities. But it’s the pool that becomes the focal point for everyone to spend time around. As does the White Water Café.
Atali is surrounded by the reserved forest – a hotspot for birds and local animals. It is a privilege to be around nature all the time, so do keep eyes and ears open to calls of the wild. It could be a barking deer, birds or a lurking leopard. The rustic surrounds with 200 trees on the property, company of the forest, sound of the river and premium yet earthy aesthetics offer the perfect blend of chic comfort with ruggedness of the mountains.
You have an option to choose from 16 one-roomed cottages, 1 two-roomed interconnected cottage and 2 duplex-styled two room cottages at Atali Ganga. 80% of the property lies on a hill, so you will have to use steps to get to the cottages. None is better than the other, as all of them have stunning views of the river and the forested land around. The rooms is equipped with a tea maker, yoga mats, eco-conscious products in the bathroom and comfortable beds. There are no TVs in the rooms, as the property believes that there is much to entertain you. That bird song or call of the barking deer to alert you of the leopard will keep you sufficiently entertained throughout. Most of the days are likely to be spend ‘adventuring’ around.
The White Water Café is where all the dining and socialising action takes place. This is the focal point of the property. Expect delicious local, Indian and Continental fare, adeptly made by staff from surrounding areas. The freshest vegetables and ingredients are sourced from areas around, offering a means of livelihood to the farming communities in the hills.
Atali Ganga rightly calls themselves an ‘activotel’ – there is no missing the wonderful activities close by. And yet, there is an excellent ambience to just unwind.
The in-house pool is a great respite for many who don’t want an only-river experience. Besides, after a long trek or an exhausting river rafting trip, the pool water can be extremely relaxing.
An in-house spa, Aum, is functional for rejuvenating massages by experts. There is an extensive menu of head and neck massages, Balinese massage, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Traditional Swedish and Fragrant Aroma massage.
Wake up with the sun and ease into an hour of yoga with an expert. If you want to just practice on your own, the comfort of your cottage will be ideal.
The adventure activities are the largest draw for travellers. River rafting down the Ganga for short and long trips depending on your adventure appetite are available. Besides that there is abseiling, kayaking, mountain biking, camping by the river and many more activities that keep the travellers hooked to adventure. All of them are done under the supervision of experts, and travellers are requested to follow strict guidelines regarding weight, height and age for all adventure activities.
Birding enthusiasts will love the endemic species around. At Atali, you are in the midst of a reserve forest. So at no point of time, you are away from bird song. In-house naturalists have years of experience and can generate a real interest even in birding newbies.
Rishikesh is a great base for easy to difficult hikes and treks. If you are not one for longer treks, then strolling through simple nature trails is a rejuvenating experience in itself.
The famous temple trail of Rishikesh, Haridwar and Devprayag is short distance, in case you are interested in exploring the spiritual loop. This is, after all, the religious heart of Uttarakhand.
A rejuvenating trip to the base of the Himalayas, to be in the company of the gurgling Ganga. Use this as a first step to an adventure filled holiday, or go back to notch up your game. Atali Ganga is made for those who want to holiday a bit differently. For those with walking restrictions, the higher cottages are not recommended as it involves walking up a few levels.
Atali Ganga is open all year.
Atali Ganga is built on eco-conscious principles, ensuring minimal impact in construction and operations. The property supports the local community, hiring staff from around. Atali runs an authentic form of ecotourism, and are one of the few companies where over 95% of the guides and staff, belong to the Himalaya. Sourcing ingredients for the kitchen from around the property is one of the tenets followed strictly, so that the food is fresh and the local farming community is supported.
Unobstructive hospitality and a genuine touch of getting to know guests is why travellers swear by the property.
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