Tree of Life Himalayan Hideaway Lodge, Rishikesh

A landing on the tarmac at the Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun brings you much closer to this magnificent getaway, most aptly named as the Tree of Life Himalayan Lodge. Just about 38 km from this domestic airport, this property is beautifully perched on outskirts of the tumultuous terrain of holy city Rishikesh, and can be undoubtedly termed as a definite haven for all those weekenders and tourists, who wish to escape the hullabaloo of city life, solely to be with their inner self for a while.

Rishikesh, a city on the foothills of the Himalayas, is based on the banks of holy river Ganga, and is most popularly known for its religious and historic significance for the Hindus. Legends state that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. The LaxmanJhula, Ram Jhula, and NeelkanthMahadev temple are few of the major tourist attractions which the city offers its eager visitors with searchful eyes. On its outskirts, Rishikesh offers a plethora of adventure sports for the resilient folks, which include rafting, camping, Jungle treks, and safari to name a few.

The Tree of Life Himalayan Hideaway Lodge has an unflappable ambience which allows you to simply relax your body, mind and soul in the best possible manner. This property has limited accommodation with just two independent cottages and eight antiquated rooms offering you a pure and unadulterated feel, surrounded by lush green forests and the serenity of Holy Ganges flowing below.

This resort helps you loosen yourself by engaging in yoga and meditation. Also while the Himalayan ranges look down on you, you can soothe your senses by indulging yourself in the luxury spa tent where the experienced spa therapists help you get engulfed in tranquility and ardor (spa functional May 2014 onwards). For the more vigorous, the resort offers white water rafting and a trek in the surrounding hills. The evening may however be spent in divine communion watching the famous ‘aarti’ at Rishikesh.

The rooms and cottages have been individually named after well-known mountaineers belonging to the region. These rooms are articulated in natural stone, set in a forest surrounding, with serpentine cobbled pathways leading across. Interiors are subtle, yet well-defined to offer you the most comfortable stay and feel. The rooms and cottages come with meshed doors and windows – thus allowing the fresh mountain air to sneak a peek while you laze and dream.

For a family on a sojourn together, the suggested accommodation here would be the independent Cottage, with an area of approximately 600 sq. feet. Based on the fundamentals of a duplex villa, it has a Living room on the ground floor with a large private verandah, garden and a fire-pit outside. Steps from within lead to the first floor, which has the bedroom and an attached bathroom. A strategically placed balcony on this floor gives you the perfect view of the Himalayas far ahead touching the blue clear sky amidst the wuthering winds.

For the couples who wish to be engrossed in absolute privacy, the 450 sq. feet cottage is most ideal and suitable. Set towards the front end of the Lodge, and just above the River Ganga with a direct view of the Himalayas, this cottage offers private sit-out garden and its own fire-pit for those cozy evenings.

Apart from the private hideaways, the resort offers four rooms in each of the two buildings, with two rooms parked on the ground floor and two rooms on the upper floor, with separate entrances. These rooms are around 350 sq. feet, in conjunction with a sit-out facing the River Ganga which flows below, and overlooking the Himalayan range across.

All rooms and cottages are air-conditioned, with twin / double beds, offering amenities like tea/coffee maker, heater (depending on weather), and intercom. They have attached Bathrooms with all necessary features which include running hot and cold water. However, considering the fact the people visit here to enjoy the serenity, no television is provided in any of the rooms/ cottages. However, for those who really don’t want to miss their mundane yet adored TV soap operas, can surely enjoy the same in the lounge.

There are no buffets in this resort, as the management strongly believes in preparing fresh food and serving the same with warmth and care. A variety of Indian cuisine and some Continental variety are served to delight your taste buds. Breakfast and fixed dinner menus change on daily basis. However, lunch may be ordered on a’ la carte menu. The Dining Room offers you the option of indoor seating or then on the deck.

The resort provides you a great opportunity to try your prowess and skills on the Rapids. This is a definite ‘must do’ for all those resilient folks who wish to feel the adrenaline rushing in their veins, to give them that extra bit of excitement. You raft for about an hour which leaves you literally excited and drenched, after the mind-blowing and an effervescent experience.

This coming May onwards, you and your soul partner can pamper your senses in the most startling and romantic manner. For all those who are married and wish to renew their marriage vows, the resort has a special arrangement where women folk from nearby village escort the couple to a beautifully decorated “mandap” on the sand, rendering traditional wedding songs. The priest then takes the couple through the ceremony, chanting the “shlokas” from Vedas while the couple walks around the “sacred fire”. The next on cards for these utterly romantic couples is the personalized and evocative candle lit dinner arranged in the most subtle and surreal manner. Furthermore, you cannot escape the choicest of wellness treatments at the couples Ganga Spa Suite Tent. Most fantastically lodged in natural surroundings, with staggeringly beautiful and picturesque views, the Spa engulfs and titillates your nerves, and senses all the way, while the experienced hands of the masseurs soothe your body.

The Tree of Life Himalayan Hideaway Lodge is very conveniently located. One of the most preferred options is to board the Shatabdi Express which starts from New Delhi Railway Station and touches Haridwar in just four and a half hours. Thereafter, it takes another hour and a half to reach the destination by road. Besides, you also have fights connecting you to the Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun, which is roughly two hours’ drive to the Lodge.

However, for all those who wish to simply drive on the asphalt from Delhi, can reach this much sought after hideaway in six hours approximately.

A complete detoxification of body, mind and soul awaits you….