A WILD HIMALAYAN FARM RETREAT
on the banks of River Ganga
If you love nature, appreciate efforts on going green, recycling / upcycling almost everything, going organic, integrated farming, healthy living, connecting with nature, disconnection from urban life, and letting nature help you relax, then, Aashraya is the perfect place for you.
Aasharya is 6000 sq. ft. of dry stone construction, consisting of 03 cottages, a common dinning and kitchen area. Located in such a manner, to optimise on the views, sunlight and privacy, this Farmstay Retreat near Rishikesh is all you need to lose yourself in nature.
If you are a group of 02 - 06 guests, you may also stay at "The Arthouse": our private 02 bedroom house that is located about 50 meters from the cottages at an exclusive space.
Our entire garden is 100% organic, we recycle everything and nothing leaves our premises as waste. The roofs are insulated with recycled jute bags. So far we have planted close to 200 trees comprising of mainly fruit trees and most of our food is grown in our personal farm.
03 EXCLUSIVE COTTAGES
for the nature-lover in you
Inherently, Aashraya consists of a Dining Hall and 03 exquisite air-conditioned/heated cottages with plush interiors and large glass windows that let you soak in the most awe-inspiring 180-degree view of the surrounding landscape.
Each cottage is about 1000 square feet in size and has a double bed and enough space for 02 more extra beds to house a total group size of 12 pax at Aashraya.
All of our rooms have air-conditioner for cooling and a wood-burner for heating and we collect dead wood to burn in our room heaters.
We have set very high standards for our selves. The idea was to use as little cement as possible and no RCC.
We wanted to use as much local material as possible. The entire wood used has been sourced from Maruti Udyog (packaging wood). Our water supply comes from a fresh-water spring located about 2 km away using the principles of gravity.
02 Bedroom Private Retreat
The Art House at Aashraya is a soul-stirring experiential retreat that inspires reflection, quietude, creativeness and belonging and was self-architected, designed and executed by Depi as his personal residence.
The House is made almost entirely of dry stone and glass windows offering views of its beautiful natural surroundings from every corner.
Inside the 02 bedroom house, you will find a large living area filled with beautiful pieces of art collected from all corners of the world including works by Brigita Volz, Rung, Mtauyhah, Atul Sinha, Brita and many more. Depi's own artwork on river stones is also on display here. Wooden flooring, comfy sofas, a mini library, artwork and large floor-to-ceiling windows offer one the feeling of luxury in the middle of the forest.
The 02 rooms are attached on either side of the common living area. Each room has large windows, fully-equipped attached washrooms, an air-conditioner as well a wood-burner, making the place an exclusive all-season retreat. A modern kitchen is attached to the house that is used by the private staff but can also be used by guests.
In and around Aashraya
THINGS TO DO
Besides the more popular attractions in Rishikesh, there are plenty of things you can do at Aashraya -
Relaxation, gardening, helping at the farm (we encourage participation at the farm), meditation and yoga at the beach, hydrotherapy at the beautiful waterfall, hiking on the ancient Badrinath walking route or just taking a leisurely walk through the nearby villages and to the temple.
We also arrange for day workshops at Aashraya to educate people on upcycling, sustainable farming, sustainable living, zero waste living etc. We would be happy to share, learn and expand our knowledge with you.
all-natural infusions, lentils, seeds and grains from the High Himalayas
With the single-most aim of being in-sync with nature, we have been sourcing most of our lentils, spices, herbs, grains, honey and (infusions) tisanes from higher regions of the Himalayas and growing some here at Aashraya by reviving old traditions of farming and associated practices, which are slowly getting lost.
Some of these amazing natural products never reach the markets and with Wild Himalaya, our in-house brand for healthy, organic and eco-conscious products we want to make the world a better place.
While you are at Aashraya, ask our staff to take you to The Wild Himalaya Tea Lab and try out some of our infusions.
With your support and purchase of our products, hill farmers can live on in their tradition and give us the best of products with their ancient wisdom.
BEFORE YOU BOOK
What to expect at Aashraya
Getting to Paradise
Aashraya is located away from all the hustle-bustle of the city of Rishikesh, about 45 kms ahead of Rishikesh on the banks of River Ganga. As with all great places, getting to this paradise-of-a-location requires a beautiful 03 kms / 01 hour moderate trek that takes you across a river bridge and then through a forest and a village. A good fitness level is required to walk this stretch comfortably.
Our staff will receive you at the starting point of the trek and help you out with your luggage. Mules can be hired on prior request at INR 200 PER mule (to be paid by guest).
Hushstay x Aashraya is strongly recommended for outdoor lovers since we are surrounded by a number of great hiking trails. There is a waterfall and a secluded river beach just a few minutes hike away from the cottages. While you are here, we advise that you spend most of your time in the outdoors. If you are coming with younger kids / senior citizens who are physically fit and love the outdoors, we can promise they will have a good time.
Being at an offbeat location, the electricity is erratic and at times we have to manage with lanterns and candles for lighting the rooms and dining. This might also offer you an opportunity to switch off and gaze at the starry night sky. We promise you will not regret it.
The weather is similar to that of Rishikesh. The temperature is about 5 degrees cooler than Delhi and about 01 - 02 degrees cooler than Rishikesh due to the surrounding forest.
We promote sustainable travel and we are very conscious about nature and we would like our guests to feel the same way. Most of the construction has been done keeping recycling / upcycling in mind. The stones used have been locally procured from the land itself. We try to reduce the use of single-use plastic as much as possible and hence, we do not provide cold drinks or bottled drinking water. Our drinking water comes from an RO and refillable water bottles are provided in each room.
There are no petrol pumps close to the property so we request you to please fill up your tank before entering hills. Also, our power backup runs on Diesel, we always keep enough diesel to keep it running for 3-4 hours.
Food and Staff
Only Breakfast is included in the tariff. For other meals, there is a fixed as well as an A-la-carte menu that you can order from.
The meals offered, depend upon the raw materials available locally. If you have any special requests, please make sure you inform the staff 24-48 hrs in advance so that it can be sourced in time. We have a full staff including an in-house cook who will be at your service. Also, the staff has to wake up early to prepare ahead for the day, therefore, we request you to kindly adhere to meal timings.
“A charming little place tucked in the most unassuming part of Himalayas. What can I say. I'd gone to Ashraya with a bunch of friends to have a great, relaxing time and that is exactly what I got. Ashraya is wonderfully constructed, tastefully decorated, and superbly located in a place that inspires peace, adventure, and fun all at the same time. The idea of going to Ashraya is to cut off from the world of social media and electronics and find something that you can really connect with. We spent the time lazing at the nearby waterfall drinking beer and doing absolutely nothing. In all, great trip, awesome place. Highly recommended to all.”
- Abhishek, Gurgaon
REACH OUT TO US
Location and Contact
"Aashraya on the Ganga" is located about 45 km from Rishikesh off the Badrinath road. The closest road head is 3 km away and it takes about 40 mins to hike up to our place. However, it's based on your fitness level.
If you are coming by air, the closest airport is Jolygrant (Dehradun) with many flights connecting to Delhi. The airport is 60 kms away and it takes 01 hr and 45 min to reach the road head.
Aashraya on the Ganga, Mahadev chatti, Chandpur Rishikesh,
Uttarakhand - 249192