Spashram RiverMountain Retreat, located above the holy city of Rishikesh in the base of India’s majestic Himalayas, is the lovingly cultivated passion project of estate owner Inder Jit Singh, crafted over a quarter century journey.
Tucked into a hillside on the banks of the sparkling upper Ganges River at the Gateway to the Gods, the Retreat is both an experiment in reforesting a riverine escarpment comprised largely of sandy soil, and a stellar example of Eco conscious tourism.
Flowing from the glacial waters of the Cow’s Mouth (or Gaumukh) Glacier in the high Himalaya, the river inspired the creation of this unique microbiodiversity of pristine glade and forest, rich underbrush and small orchard plantation, all of which provide safe haven to a variety of birds and small wildlife.
With roots in award-winning adventure training, sport, team-building and leadership programs for myriad organizations (from the British Army and RAF, to universities and international blue chip companies like American Express and HSBC), the site is renowned for water rafting, rock climbing, kayaking, fishing and trekking.
Today, Spashram RiverMountain Retreat also specializes in yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and plain old rest, relaxation and connection with nature. We welcome those seeking physical adventure, meditative environments, dietary and lifestyle changes, and beyond. Indeed, adventurers, artists, families, couples, solo travelers and corporate executives all find their way here to unplug and heal.
In addition to yoga and yoga retreats, meditation, ayurveda, fishing, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking and river rafting adventures, Spashram is the perfect jumping-off point for Himalayan treks, village and river exploration, bird watching, wildlife excursions to the National Parks, exploring old British Raj hill stations like Mussoorie or Dehra Dun, or visiting Rishikesh, Deoprayag, Badrinath and Hemkund (and the Valley of Flowers) which hold deep cultural and spiritual significance for Hindus and Sikhs.
From mountain adventure to intense yoga, there is something at Spashram just for you! We do not fit inside a box, and thus the normal classifications found in many other hotels and lodges do not apply here. For example, depending on your fitness and vigour, you can raft or zip line, in or out! The natural outdoors is our gym, and the river is our pool (under supervision / for experienced swimmers).
The two bungalows sleep one couple each. Open Wi-Fi is broadly available in certain spots, but there is no television or internet to interfere with birdsong and wildlife calls, including the alarm call of the barking deer when an elusive leopard is about!
Delicious meal (with fresh, home-grown ingredients) and High Tea are served in the grand tent, or al fresco in one of our many hideaways.
Spashram is a place to engage with harmony and inclusiveness, and with the natural and rural human biodiversity of the surroundings. It is beloved by discerning travellers seeking adventure, healing, solitude, natural sounds, a really bright night sky, and driftwood bonfires on the beach.
RESPONSIBILITY and SAFETY
Visitors need to bear in mind they are far from the city and normal services and supplies. Also, Spashram RiverMountain Retreat cultivates and maintains a fine balance between wilderness and tamed landscape, in order to provide the best nature getaway experience to the visitor. As such undulating walking surfaces, birdlife, small wildlife eg monkeys and in the warm weather insects are not uncommon. Also, there is a safe section on the waters edge which is app 3 feet wide. Beyond that you are not expected to wade in without supervision of one of our staff, unless it is proven that you are a highly experienced swimmer used to deep water and strong currents.
This being a personal home, normal good manners and conduct is expected of visitors while staying at Spashram RiverMountain Retreat.
Tariffs might be found to vary on certain booking engines. You may therefore check with us first before making a booking.
Individual meal rates are also quoted even while our rates are inclusive of meals. This allows proper billing in the event of a late arrival/departure check in/out.
BEFORE YOU COME:
Before you come you will be provided with a suggested packing/carry list based on the time of year and activities you choose to book.
You will also be provided with a Risk Release and Liability Waiver Form.
Should you wish to call for these prior to booking, kindly enquire.
We look forward very much to your visit, to our unique homestead