A meditative walk by the riverside to dipping your feet into the Ganges to river rafting – enjoy all this and much more at the Ganga Kinare boutique hotel on the banks of the holy river in Rishikesh, internationally popular as a yoga hub, which is now becoming a hot spot for adventure sports.
If not for its facilities, or its location, the aptly named hotel has become a favourite summer getaway for many as guests can easily access a private ‘ghat’ through a well-manicured lawn for a holy dip.
Interestingly, most of the rooms either have side or front views of the holy river and you can appreciate the scenic beauty from your window.
And the river-facing spacious dinning area, flooded with natural light, allows you to relish freshly cooked food in the lap of nature.
The first floor has a river-facing terrace and the occupants can soak in the natural beauty while lounging there.
Started about 25 years ago, the boutique hotel, built in 30,000 square feet in the town – known as a starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage to Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath – is a perfect example of combining religion with luxury.
Bustling with tourists, a mix of Indians and foreigners, there is a touch of warmth in everything – be it the decor, the warm service or the food. In fact, some of the recipes would remind you of home-cooked food.
Apart from the sumptuous daily breakfast and dinner buffets that the chefs put together, there is also an a la Carte menu on offer.
However, while ordering your favourite dishes from the strictly vegetarian menu, which offers Indian, Chinese and Italian cuisines, be ready to wait as the chef would need time to rustle them up. But it would be worth the wait.
Must tries are Paneer Lifafa and Macaroni Hot Pot.
The Gulab Jamuns are to die for.
I have a weak stomach, but during my stay I didn’t have any complaints.
The aesthetically done up rooms, which are not too big yet comfortable, the spacious lobby and the dining area are proof that the owners have an eye for detail.
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