Ananda in the Himalayas, Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand

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The Viceregal Palace

The Palace consists of a very inviting reception hall, which gives more of a residential feel to it as compared to the usual reception counters in most hotels. After the traditional welcome guests are escorted to their room in an electric cart.

Next to the reception hall, is the magnificently restored palace sitting room. The room has two original fireplaces, a 14 feet high ceiling made of 19th century stamped and pressed copper, enhanced with Venetian crystal chandeliers. The walls are adorned with photographs of royalty, including kings, queens, and viceroys who visited the Palace for a peaceful retreat and offer their ‘salaams’ to the Maharaja.

The staircase to the lower-ground floor leads to the erstwhile Maharaja’s personal game room – Viceregal Hall. The hall is an ideal area for conferences and meetings. The venue is also suitable for the staging of various art performances due to its good natural acoustics that can raise and resonate the human voice to spiritual heights.

On the ground floor of the Palace, adjacent to the Lobby, is the Maharaja’s Library, which shelves over 1000 rare books on ancient medicinal sciences from the Maharaja’s personal collection.

Opposite the Library, is the Billiards Room housing a 150-year-old original hand-carved billiards table and the Maharaja’s original cues. Next door is a board / conference room with seating capacity for 16 persons.

A grand staircase with hand carved Burma teak banisters and newel posts gracefully lead the way to the magnificent Viceregal Suite covering 3000 sq. ft. With breathtaking view of the Himalayas, Rishikesh valley and the Ganges, the suite has fully marbled bathrooms and three fireplaces, including one in the bathroom. One of the rare features of this suite is its private terrace of about 2000 sq. ft., with its private Jacuzzi bath overlooking the valley, the Ganges and the gardens of the Palace. A special private elevator has been provided for the personal use of the Palace Suite and the Private Dining room on the roof.

On the rooftop, sitting like an island surrounded by terraces is another private meeting / dining room, with natural light from all the four sides.

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