My daughter studies in Mussorie International School and I have to travel to Mussorie and Dehradun fairly often. Like many other parents I too need to take my ward back from Mussorie for an Exeat / vacation and travel back to my home town and back in a really short time. The Shatabdi train allows a very narrow window to do this job in a single day. (This may be true for short business trips as well). Hence you end up needing to stay at a hotel in Dehradun / its vicinity as the last flight out of Dehradun is around 1630 hrs or so and the Shatabdi leaves at 1700 Hrs. There are some very good options to stay in Mussorie like the Amber Vermont, Country Inn etc BUT I feel for a capital Dehradun really lacks a good hotel.
The Hotel Ganga Kinare in Rishikesh is a very good place to stay and fills this gap rather perfectly. It is only 15 Kms from Jolly Grant Airport while from anywhere in Dehradun you need to travel at least 22 Kms through some heavy traffic.
The hotel is not a huge property but it is excellent. The view is simply SUPERB as the river Ganga flows by it. In fact the Hotel has its own private ghat that one can use (if of a religious bent of mind). The top floor I think the 4th is under renovation and the newly redone Lotus Suite on that floor would be my top pick as the room is really large and your ward can easily fit into the same room with an extra bed. I am posting some pictures of this room also online for all to see. The view from the room is simply great.
The staff is courteous and the food is good. It’s certainly a great option for any other parent like me or even a business traveler transiting through Jolly grant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled snugly on the banks of a tranquil River Ganges, Ganga Kinare - A Riverside Boutique Hotel is a charming retreat in the sanctum of Rishikesh, a land where spirituality and Mother Nature blend into a heady concoction. The only hotel resort in Rishikesh built right on the banks of the Ganges, Ganga Kinare overlooks the Rajaji National Park, one of North India's expansive sanctuaries and a melting pot of diverse flora and fauna. The resort boasts of a waterside esplanade beside the sinuous river, where one can soak in the sight of the mountains and revel in the sheer verdancy of it all. The resort houses 38 contemporary river facing rooms, each subtly touched with a flavour of tradition and local culture. Every room of the hotel presents an enthralling view of the interplay between the woods, the great Ganges and the Shivalik hills in the background. In addition, a modernistic conference hall can host up to 120 delegates. The resort can enhance an overall experience through enticing activities including safaris, white water rafting, camping, trekking, biking, nature walks, bird watching, boating, sky gazing, yoga and meditation, and Ayurvedic spa treatments. The hotel has hosted the International Yoga week on many an occasion and its guest list includes dignitaries like Mr Anil Kapoor (famoun Bollywood and Holywood Actor), Ms Lisa Ray (famous model and actor), Mr Rahul Gandhi (Gen Secy, Indian National Congress), Mr Lal Krishna Advani (ex-Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minster), Padam Shri BKS Iyengar, Mr. Moti Lal Vora (ex- Governor U.P.), Mr Ramanand Sagar (producer and director, Ramayana - a renowned television serial), Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad (ex-Tourism Minister, Govt of India), Dr. Karan Singh (ex-Union Cabinet Minister), Mrs Hema Malini (renowned film actress), Ms Yukta Mookhey (ex-Miss World), Pandit Jasraj (renowned Indian classical musician) among international heads of states, ambassadors, artists, celebrities, religious leaders and other VIPs. ... more less
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