One of India’s holiest places is lately in the sights of high-end hotel operators. The Ganges flows right through many of the ashrams of Rishikesh, set in the foothills of the Himalayas. Taj Hotels’ plans for an indulgent retreat are well under way – expected to open later this year.
Meanwhile, the Roseate group of hotels (with intimate boutique properties across the UK and India, from Hyde Park to Delhi) has just opened The Roseate Ganges (roseatehotels.com; from £360), whose 16 cottages perch above the river in pristine forest; rooms are spare and contemporary, with marble fireplaces (but simple painted-plaster walls), wide private terraces and scarce technology – guests are encouraged to stash phones and iPads out of sight. Everything from hikes and yoga to beachside spa therapies (included in the rates) are that much easier to enjoy.