Here is a list of some of the experiences you may indulge in at Aranyam:
The freedom to “Do Nothing”
We at Aranyam realise that what you have come for is a much awaited holiday, a time to sit back stress free, letting the gentle breeze flow through your hair… well then we give you the luxury to do that and nothing more. With options to laze around in hammocks or machaans (Tree house) and enjoy the perfect afternoon siestas… or bring out a pack of cards for a patient game of solitaire… it is your time to do as you desire. So go ahead and book yourself into Aranyam and sign up to ‘Eat, Drink and Sleep’.
White Water Rafting on Ganges
One of the best parts of Aranyam is that is nestled in the lap of the adventure sports capital of India - Rishikesh. River Ganges, considered as one of the best rivers in Asia for White Water Rafting is open to the new age adventure bugs, families, corporates, and international travellers coming to Rishikesh. Daily runs are conducted throughout the rafting season, which is between September and June, each year. Top grade rafting equipment, licensed and well experienced river guides, and memories for a lifetime steer you through the amazing grade III to grade IV frothing rapids.
A once in a lifetime experience where you get the chance to feel the wind rushing up to you as you take a plunge from a 30 feet rock into the adrenaline oozing water of the Ganges. Aranyam also provides for multiple Cliff Jump opportunities over river Hyule. Extreme - no doubt, but one for the book of memories for sure.
Ever felt that you were born to be one with water… well then Body Surfing is your chance for it!! Practised on a gentler rapid section of the Ganges, and under the strict supervision of our river guides, you have the chance to take a plunge into the water… and not dive in but rather ride on the waves. A fun experience… definitely worth the courage.
If over this vacation you want to relive the wanderlust spirit and want to know each and every inch of Rishikesh — the land of Lord Hrishikesh Narayan, Lord Neelkanth Mahadev, Yogis and sages then grab onto one of the 21 gear Shimano system Mountain Bicycles with double disc brakes that Aranyam has and off you go. With options to explore the Himalayan countryside around Mohanchatti or paddle down till Laxman Jhula, experience the beautiful Ganga Aarti, enjoy a coffee at CCD there or at one of the cool river side cafe’ and German Bakeries, the sky is the limit and the bike is the ride… what more do you need?
Are you someone who was always fascinated with that lone traveller bracing the river wild… well then here is a chance for you to learn the basics of Kayaking just experience the gear, on River Hyule. And if you’ve faced this thrilling adventure before and hold the tag of an experienced kayaker… you may even consider Kayaking on Ganges.
A must do activity while at Aranyam is Bungee jumping at the adjacent 83mtr Bungee station, which is also the country’s first and operated by a very professional team of Bungee masters from New Zealand. Get in touch with the Resident Manager for reservations.
The Bungee Point near Aranyam also offers Asia’s longest Zipline a.k.a. Flying Fox which is about 1 km long, and one to three persons zip down on a steel cable anchored between two hillocks.
Rock Climbing and Mountain Sports
Try your hands at Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Jumaring, Trekking and Moonlight Trails with the well experienced instructors and guides at Aranyam. The resort also has a challenging Obstacle Course with Tyre Tronics, Burma Bridge, Commando Net and Tyre Web to give you the real commando drill.
Wild Life Safaris
There is a reason why Aranyam is the ideal location for you. With Mohanchatti in close vicinity of Rajaji National Park Tiger Reserve and the road between Rishikesh and Aranyam known to be a Tiger Country, it is the chance to experience the wild life at close quarters. Early in the morning or around dusk, one can find a great wide array of wild life in this area. It’s not just tigers, but with Rajaji National Park just a one and a half hour drive, you can go for an exciting Jeep Safari, in one of the best national parks in North India which is also the western most limit of the Asian Elephant in the world. Animals like Leopard, Cheetal, Swamp Deer, Wild Boar, Tiger and many more to be witnessed in their natural habitat is the chance that we offer.
Aranyam is a true birder’s retreat. Hundreds of exotic resident and migratory birds can be witnessed, experienced, appreciated and captured in cameras all round the year. Red-billed Blue Magpie, Crested Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, White-crested Laughingthrush, Peacock, Jungle Babbler, Sunbird, Green Bee-eater, Swift, Yellow Wagtail, Fantail and Himalayan Bulbul are some of the avian friends of Aranyam. Expert fauna and birding experts are empanelled with Aranyam and customised birding workshops are conducted for families and groups on request.
Enjoy putting and chipping at the region’s first Golf Greens in an active lifestyle and wellness retreat.
A unique game and a rare chance to experience it… Aranyam: is one of the only retreats in North India where you can enjoy the highly involving and interesting sport of Croquet.
You may sharpen your pool skills on the Pool table over your next holiday at Aranyam.
Huckfinn Adventure Gear Mini Store is a souvenir outlet at Aranyam from where you may pick some interesting adventure merchandise or memorabilia for your family and friends.
Open Air Movie Theatre
Enjoy watching adventure classics and wildlife documentaries at the amphi-theatre. From time to time eminent wildlife experts also present slideshows and talks on wildlife at this place.
One of the most popular tourism hub in India, especially for the spiritual seekers Rishikesh offers you spots to visit and soak yourself into the culture. So if you have planned a long stay at Aranyam then there are a multitude of places to visit like the famous Ganga Aarti at Rishikesh, Haridwar, Rajaji National Park, the confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi at Dev Prayag, Vashisht Caves, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Shri Hrishikesh Narayan Temple, Neer Gaddu Falls, Patna Waterfall and much more.
Yoga and Meditation
With surroundings that have a touch of Nirvana, and an ethereal spirit that lingers on, Aranyam offers you the perfect chance to interact with your beliefs, develop new ones and immerse yourself into spirituality through yoga and meditation that refreshes the Body, Mind and Soul. Be it the long evening walks, the in depth perusal of the Upanishads or simply the sound a nearby brook, it is the journey of divine reinforcement that starts with just a long deep breath of the crisp Himalayan air.
Our expert Yoga instructors conduct customised sessions for couples and groups in Mudras, Aasanas and Pranayama.
Therapeutic and Detox Massages
Grab onto the chance of pampering yourself by getting the best treatments from the experts that will leave you rejuvenated to once again face the conundrum of life. All you need to do is make a prior appointment and then relax while expert fingers work their magic. The spa section is coming soon at Aranyam. Some of the therapies that shall be offered are:
Someone has rightly said… music is the balm to all of life’s problems. So if you’re looking for an experiential holiday then we give you the sounds of soft chants and soul stirring instrumental music along with the folksy fun filled music of foot tapping to tunes hummed around bonfire. In addition to this at Aranyam we even arrange for Live Guitar and Garhwali Folk Music performances. Aranyam has one of its kind EDM (Electronic Dance & Music) floor utilising low power consuming LED lighting and a sound proof area. And of course all the musical activities are carried out at controlled decibels to not disturb the wildlife and human population.
Splash around on River Hyule
The 450 feet water front of river Hyule at Aranyam makes for possibly the most exciting recreation spot at this resort, for all ages. Small kids to elderly folks can enjoy safe water splashing around along with their families and friends here. The clean, unpolluted water of Hyule is believed to have detoxifying properties being rich in essential minerals. With an average depth of two to three feet all round the year (except for peak monsoons) and an average width of about thirty feet, this lifeline of the region also makes for a great playground amidst a supremely romantic setting.
The main ghat in the town area, this place is flocked by hundreds of pilgrims every evening to see the famous Ganga Aarti. A sacred place for holy dips since it lies at the confluence of three holy rivers in India — The Ganga, The Yamuna and The Saraswati, it is believed that one dip into the holy waters will wash away your sins. However, even if the spiritual part of you does not call you out here the pure aesthetic beauty and serenity of the place surely will, especially at the time of morning Aarti where the light of a thousand lamps surrounding the peaceful waters is like an image from the movies.
Lying on the east banks of the Ganges at the Lakshman Jhula Bridge, this temple is an amazing architectural and religious feat. A building that is 13 stories high, with different deities throughout, it is a perfect place for sunset views as well, especially during the winters. Popular among the domestic pilgrims with the name the ‘Tehra Manzil Temple’, one can have an excellent view of the entire area from the top floor of the temple complex.
Gracing the banks of the Ganges and in the heart of the old town lies the Bharat Mandir, which was built by Adiguru Shankracharya around the Twelfth century. The town of Rishikesh gets its name from this very temple of Lord Hrishikesh Narayan Bharat Ji, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and not the younger brother of Lord Rama as sometimes misunderstood to be.
The inner sanctum of the temple has the idol of Lord Vishnu. What is special about this idol is that it is carved out of a single Saligram. In addition to this the inner canopy (above the idol) has a Shree Yantra installed by Adi Shankrayacharya. What is truly fascinating is that most of the temple was destroyed by Tamurlane in 1398 A.D. and lots of old statues, coins, pots etc. have been found in recently conducted excavations only.
Ram Jhula: Situated around 3 Km north of Rishikesh, is Ram Jhula — an iron suspension bridge. Made over river Ganges, it is one of the most famous landmarks of Rishikesh. With the sound of flowing water, the scenic beauty around and the fresh air, a walk on the bridge is worth it.
A 450 ft long hanging bridge on the river Ganga built in 1939 is again one of the major attraction points of Rishikesh.. According to myths and legends Laksman, brother of Lord Rama crossed Ganga River on a jute rope from this point. A 13 storied temple is located near Laxman Jhula where the idols of several Gods and Goddesses are kept. The bridge gives a magnificent view of the Ganges, greeting you with the cool breeze. Today, German bakeries, interesting riverside cafe’ and exotic souvenir stores dot the landscape of Laxman Jhula area, making it an exciting and mystical hangout for the younger generation as well.
The name literally means The Sage’s Pond. Situated close to the Triveni Ghat, it is one of the most ancient places. With ancient records that say that the waters of the Yamuna drenched this pond on the request of Kubz saint. Shani Mandir is also situated here. The pond reflects the temple of Raghunath, dedicated to Lord Ram and his wife.
One of the oldest temple complexes situated by the side of Ram Jhula, it lies on the banks of the sacred river Ganga. Dedicated as a museum for ‘Pauranic’ and mythological awareness of common public, the building consists of a very large complex comprising discourse halls and over 1,000 rooms that are available free of charge for the stay of devotees. Moreover simple vegetarian food, kitchen and grocery items and Indian sweets are available at very moderate price for the convenience of the devotees.
Visited by thousands of devotees every month, it is situated on the summit of the mountain across the sacred Ganga River. According to mythology this is the place where Lord Shiva drank the venom produced during 'Sagar Manthan' or the churning of the sea, which turned his throat blue and was thus he got the name - Neelkanth. Many dedicated pilgrims take water from the Ganges to offer at Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, a 7 km, three hour walk along a forest path from Swargashram. The temple is about a 10 km drive from Aranyam.
This place is a famous attraction for meditation, located at the bank of River Ganga, this gufa is situated at a distance of about 20 km from Aranyam. It takes about an hour drive from Aranyam, on the Badrinath Highway to reach Vashishta Gufa and the entire drive is along the Ganges.
Kunjapuri Devi Temple
Located on a hillock around 15 km away from Rishikesh, this temple is dedicated to one of the thirteen most important Goddesses of Shivalik range. The temple is well-known among the travellers as it gives a beautiful views of the region. An excellent place to witness a beautiful sunrise or sunset in the Greater Himalyan Peaks and the vast Gangetic plains, one can even see most of the peaks of Garhwal Himalyas from here like Banderpunch, Gangotri, Chaukhamba, among others.
Across the Ram Jhula Bridge stands the mammoth Parmarth Niketan Ashram. The ashram has hundreds of rooms and conducts many religious programmes. The ashram is best known for the Ganga Aarti and ‘Havan’ organized on the Parmarth Ghat every evening, which lends an ephemeral beauty to the place.
One of the Panchprayags (Five confluences), Devprayaga is an ancient town situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers making the holy Ganges. There is also an ancient temple of Lord Rama at the beginning of the holy Ganges. The entire drive is along the beautiful river Ganga right upto Devprayag.
A pleasant 2 km walk south of Lakshman Jhula along the path skirting the Eastern bank of the Ganges leads to the spiritual community of Swarg Ashram, made up of temples, ashrams, shops and the bathing ghats where religious ceremonies are performed at dawn and dusk. The colourful Ganga Aarti ceremony is held at the riverside temple of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, with singing, chanting, musicians and the lighting of oil lamps.
Modestly started by Swami Shivananda as an ashram, it has today grown into the Divine Life Society with branches in India and abroad. The activities of the society include studies of Vedanta and Yoga, a hospital and the production of herbal medicines.