Atali Ganga
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Atali Ganga, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
For the adventurer’s soul
Atali Ganga

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!

Perfectly Rare

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...

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.

Dining

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.

Perfect For

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.

Operational status
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.

No Single Use Plastic Low Impact Tourism Local Community Engagement Heritage Preservation The Human Touch
RARE Tip
This is a great pick for a family friendly holiday, where you can devote time for light adventure, relax by the Ganges, and hop over to the spiritual sojourns around. Choose the interconnected cottages if you are going as a family. Also ask for river facing rooms to ensure that you don’t miss out the gorgeous view even for a short time.
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A Unique Beauty
by R9074QZmarcor on 05/18/2022

What to say about this property other than it is absolutely gorgeous! Mihir Garh will forever be in our hearts as it is also the location of my engagement with my fiancé! That aside, let me start by...

Wonderful Oasis
by filmg on 04/14/2022

The hotel is in the middle of nowhere, with no signs of habitation in sight. No lights from neighbours. Looking like an ancient fort, the 8 room boutique property is a relaxing oasis, with a...

Luxurious resort in the desert
by Chaitanya A on 03/29/2022

We stayed here during the Holi weekend of March 2022, with our extended family and friends. The resort is a 1 hour drive from the airport and easy to get to. On arrival we were welcomed and shown to...


Nearest Railway Station : Rishikesh. Railway station- 25kms
Nearest Bus Station : Dehradun Airport - 29kms

Cancellation Policy:

Any cancellation received within 31 days prior to arrival will incur a charge of 50% of the booking value. Any cancellation received within 14 days prior to arrival will incur the full period charge. Failure to arrive at your hotel will be treated as a no-show and no refund will be given. In the event of premature departure, the full extent of the stay as originally booked and confirmed will be charged.

We understand that we can be faced with unforeseen and very challenging situations including but not limited to due to inclement weather, snow and ice conditions, political restrictions, travel bans, epidemics or pandemics, or any other cause.. In such cases, we will allow a one time date change amendment without any charges, uptil one year from the date of the original booking. Any difference in tariff will be borne by the client. This flexibility will be available to those bookings where we have received 100% payment.

 

Terms & Conditions:

Our property is an oasis surrounded by Reserved Forest, and it is a thorough privilege to be so close to nature. If you book, come 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. This expectation will help you enjoy your holiday better, and we appreciate guests who realise this opportunity to commune with nature.

  • 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.
  • We do not have room service or TV’s in our rooms.
  • We provide free WiFi in Public Areas and connectivity to Airtel/Jio is very strong at Atali with high speed 4g.
  • We will replace bed linen & towels once every 3 days. We are in the Himalaya, where water is in perennial shortage. We appreciate your sensitivity to our location.
  • We are happy to host your maids as part of your family, at standard rates.
  • 2 of our 3 family units are double-storied on a single structure, and not interconnected.
  • Our White Water Café operates only during regular meal times, not 24X7
  • We do not allow loud music, DJ nights or personal music in central areas.