The summers of Delhi were unbearable this year and the monsoon was also delayed. I guess this led to a late paddy crop in neighbouring states of Delhi which in turn led to Parali firing at the wrong time and what we saw was an environmental catastrophe. I was desperate to get away from this smoggy situation of the polluted Delhi environs and escape to a clean and serene destination.
And I decided to escape to the clean atmosphere near the holy waters of the river Ganges in the Rishikesh area. The added attraction was of course the wildlife sighting opportunity at the Rajaji National Park.
The train quickly left all the pollution behind and soon I was at Haridwar, the getaway to the heavens. I was picked up by cab from the Panambi Resorts and Spa, Rishikesh, a unit of Panambi Vacations Pvt Ltd.
As soon as we started the journey to Panambi resorts, I started enjoying the fresh air, and the atmosphere around added essence to joyous feelings. The resort located in close vicinity of the national park and just 200 meters away from the shores of the Ganges had a charm of its own. The staff welcomed me with a smile on their faces and I was escorted to my luxurious room. The hotel also had a multi-cuisine restaurant where I feasted on exotic fares prepared specially for me.
Founded by IITian Neeraj Gupta, and his wife Vinita, both engineers by education but passionate about travel, the group aim to get into the resort business to cater to the segments which are looking for some quality family times and bespoke experiences. They feel that a resort and a destination should just not be a place to spend a vacation – but it should be a lifetime experience. They want people to remember their resort for the quality time they spent and experience to be cherished forever.
The resort centrally located between Rishikesh and Haridwar with River Ganga and Chilla Ganga Canal within walking distance offers tranquillity, unmatched services, and most importantly, a serene atmosphere that made my vacation really memorable.
There are 35 artistically decorated rooms equipped with all modern amenities like hot & cold running water, Tea/Coffee maker, Hair Dryer, comfortable beds, TV, and lots more. There also is a beautiful swimming pool with a small kid-friendly pool, a kids’ play area, a 24 hrs restaurant, open lawns with lots of greenery, and a rejuvenating spa.
My room was good enough in size with a local touch and was comfortable. The peaceful ambiance allowed me to have a great comfortable sleep on the two nights that I was here. The bathrooms, linen, and towels were clean and well-kept.
For the avid traveler in me, the biggest advantage was its picturesque location in the most frequented religious and cultural tourist locality, Early in the morning every day I was woken up by the birds singing outside the room windows. The Chilla Dam is in close proximity too and it was a perfect place for me to spend some peaceful quality time with myself.
On the second day, I also went around to visit the Laxman Jhoola, an architectural marvel. Also visited the German Bakery, various yoga, and meditation centers, Beatle’s Ashram (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram), and also offered prayers at various temples and ashrams on the eastern banks of the Ganga river. One of the significant temples where I offered prayer was the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, one of the most sacred Shiva shrines in India.
Another important place I visited was the Triveni Ghat, situated on the banks of the holy Ganges. Triveni Ghat is one of the most scenic and magnetic ghats in Rishikesh. The ghat is the confluence point of three of the most sacred rivers in Hindu mythology: Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati and is the most pious among all the other ghats in Rishikesh.
During this outing to Rishikesh, I was further elated as I found Rishikesh to be alcohol-free and totally vegetarian and the veggie in me was super happy. Also watching the Ganga Aarti – sitting in the very first row was super exciting for me.
Though Shivpuri was quite close-by, and I would have loved to go there and indulge in some white water rafting, lack of time prevented me from doing so. I added Shivpuri in my bucket list and with a heavy heart returned to the resort to get back to the still smoggy Delhi.
I would recommend Panambi to every tourist coming into Rishikesh or on way to the Uttrakhand Himalayas who is keen on exploring a religious and tourist town and not just enjoying five star hotel luxuries. Panambi certainly is a gem of all the Rishikesh hotels.