The minute I heard the emerald waters of the Ganga gurgle beneath and the mountains stare me in the eye, I knew I was in love. At Atali Ganga, you don’t look out for nature. You’re with it all along. A casual yet carefully laid out patio with a bonfire and conversation tables greets you with earnest. I say conversation tables because well, with a stunning view you can sit here all day and talk about anything under the sun. Or the starry night sky that lights up, a la fairy lights. Bet Van Gogh would make art out of this one.
What separates good retreats from the extra-ordinary is the attention to detail. From the way the staff greets you to the assortment of the menu, from the emphasis on safety while on an adventure to the use of natural materials in its cottages and architecture, from the classy, minimalist décor to the tapestry of flora around, Atali blends in luxurious authenticity with well-appointed amenities in the seclusion of the woods. Most would question if just 30 kms from Rishikesh a place so unique in entirety, exists.
Each of the 22 cottages is named after obscure places, rapids, valleys and villages in the Himalayas making the stay that much more locally sensitised.
Author: Every Where I Belong: Ami
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. 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´.
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