A Picturesque Serenity In Rishikesh: The Glasshouse On The Ganges (Neemrana)
Are you at the planning stage of a peaceful weekend getaway around Delhi? Valentine’s Day is around the corner as well, so are you looking to spend a romantic weekend with your loved one while basking in the glory of the Himalayas? Are you nodding your head to the above? I suggest you give this article a quick read.
Rishikesh is ideally known as the Yoga capital of the world, situated at the confluence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga river and surrounded by the foothills of Himalayas. If I was, to sum up this Rishikesh experience in one word it would be: SURREAL. All thanks to this beautiful property of Neemrana Hotels. The Glasshouse On The Ganges is one of the most beautifully secluded spaces in Rishikesh, situated by the edge of a white sand beach of the Ganges.
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It overlays five cottages in the spread and is surrounded by hills on all sides. Filled with lush tropical trees of mango and litchi fruits, the rooms provide you with tranquil views of the Ganges whether it be in the basking glory of early mornings or hued evenings of sunset. It is a 30 minutes drive from the main market and 20 minutes away from Lakshman Jhula. One stays in The Glasshouse on The Ganges and you will discover a unique spot of fascination by India’s holiest water!
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The Glasshouse On The Ganges – Guide, And Experience
Let’s cut to the chase and guide you through the basics of our stay in The Glasshouse on The Ganges.
Karnali: The Room
On the second (topmost) floor of the building and towards the extreme end of the area, the room is massive and rightly spacious for a stay of two. It consists of a cozy and private balcony/terrace overlooking a clear view of the Ganges. Since February is chilly winters here, we were provided with heaters in the room making it comfortably warm inside.
You can clearly hear the sound of the water and gushing of the winds at any time of the day or night. A clear sky at night also gives you a blanket-like view of the stars in the sky. Sunsets can be enjoyed right from the balcony or you could also choose to sit by the river to which you will have private access.
The Dining Experience
The dining area overlooks the backyard of the property. You could choose to warmly sit inside or enjoy the fresh air in the open sitting area while enjoying food. A plethora of North Indian cuisines to choose from, the South Indian food and Chinese are equally good too. The dinner and lunch buffets were royally delicious which included authentic Indian delicacies such as Murgh Makhani, Paneer Lababdar, Mutton Gosht, Rabri Jalebi and an enriching range of Tikkas and other appetizers.
The breakfasts were simple but uncompromising in taste. I ordered Masala Dosa for both of my breakfast along with the other options and chose to complete the meal with two fresh apples as well. I was happy to know some of the vegetables are grown in the backyard and the meat is procured on a daily basis.
The buffet timings are tentative as follow:
- Breakfast 7:30 – 9:30 am
- Lunch 12:30 – 2:30 pm
- Dinner 8 – 10 pm
Private Barbeque Dinner
For dinner on the second night, I requested a private barbeque dinner around 8:30 pm. The experience was inexplicably cozy and good. There was a bonfire set up, a private table for two and Tikkas for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The lamps hanging by the trees made it romantic as well. Thankfully, I chose to visit here on a winter weekend, so it added the right kind of chill to the ambiance. What is the one thing you expect when you ask for a private dinner? Privacy. And I got just that in an open space, while also enjoying the winds by the river.
Psithurism is a word to describe the sound of wind through trees and rustling of leaves. I have always been a lover of it! The natural beauty of The Glasshouse On The Ganges provides a peaceful escape from our maddening lifestyles. Aforementioned, space is filled with mangoes and litchi trees. You could take a stroll in and around the lush while breathing in oxygen to your lungs.
There is also a vast open space for yoga or exercise by the Ganges. In case you are an early morning riser and do wish to exercise in the wee hours of dawn, you are in for an exquisite experience.
Private Access To Riverside
The perks of staying in a private location on the banks of the river are easy access to the river at any time of the day. While you are sitting on the banks, you could once a while even get to spot exotic birds migrating from far off places and rafts of people on the river venturing into trips. It is a delightful sight. I chose to divide my time here enjoying the calmness and clicking beautiful landscape pictures of the hills surrounding the place as well as the river.
Irrespective of how beautiful a place might be, what is of utmost importance in a stay in the hospitality. The staff here welcomed us cordially and all arrangements were well taken care of. Every morning the room cleaning staff ensured that our toiletries and sheets were changed and the rooms were cleaned.
The staff serving us in the dining area were happy to guide us through the delicacies. The people at the reception were friendly lots and every time we met them they greeted us with smiles and ensured that our stay was peaceful. We often overlook these little things but they do add the right amount of positivity to one’s stay. There was a sense of security and the assurance that we were safe in this place. So, yes, it was warm and helpful.
Activities You Can Do
One thing I regret about this stay is not having enjoyed the relaxing retreat at the Amrit Kashi Spa here which I have heard from friends is rejuvenating. The staff I enquired with told me they provided experiences of Marma massage which helps you ease strains and aches in your back, shoulder, and neck. The body treatments also include plant-based and organic healing traditions from Ayurveda. I will make sure to give time for a spa next time.
You could also go trekking, zip-lining, bungee jumping or rock climbing. Just ask at the reception and they will guide you through it. If you wish to take a private dip into the holy waters, The Glasshouse On The Ganges is the best place for that. It is the purest stretch of the river as the water flows by here before it reaches the main town.
The reception can also assist you in enjoying river rafting in some of the ideal places such as Shivpuri, Brahmapuri, and Rudraprayag. The shopping area is 30 minutes drive from The Glasshouse on The Ganges so if local handicrafts, copper and brass artifacts, or local organic spices are on your list go for it.
I wish I could stay here for some more time but this should be reiterated it was really a peaceful weekend getaway. A 266 km and 6h 27m drive from Delhi, I would recommend you do a road trip and enjoy the drive-through in broad daylight.
I would suggest, you begin your journey early in the morning so that you reach there around lunchtime and have half the day with you to explore. This was one memorable stay in Rishikesh and the magical laziness was way too settling for a weekend escape.