Post monsoons, it was time for a family break (after all my work trips!!) and since we have a toddler , the choice was a secluded destination which would not require us to drive too much. After much discussions, we decided on a weekend stay at ‘The glasshouse on The Ganges’ propety by Neemrana Group, which is located in a relatively private part of Rishikesh, away from the main town. It was overall good experience for the family, with small hiccups.
Here is my review of our family weekend break ‘The Glasshouse on The Ganges’ at Rishikesh.
We are frequent road trippers on the Delhi to Haridwar (and also to Rishkesh) route, so travelling till rishikesh main town without directions was smooth ride for us (it takes around 5-7 hours from delhi to Haridwar/rishikesh). However, even for us experienced travellers on this route, locating the property was quite an excercise. Since the property is located away from the main town and there are two different roads leading up from Rishikesh town to different destinations, it was quite frustrating at times. We asked the reception 2-3 times about the directions which they replied promptly and kept asking locals on the way. I would strongly suggest Neemrana group to put up sufficient number of signboards!! After all, it is luxury travel destination and not adventure travel for the patrons (certainly it felt more like an adventure with toddler in tow, asking for directions every 10 minutes). We were able to reach the property after quite a bit of effort asking for directions and going by our instinct.
The Glasshouse on the Ganges in probably the smallest property of Neemrana group (atleast it’s the smallest I have visited; the other ones I have stayed are Neemarana Fort Palace, Kesroli Fort Palace and now closed Pataudi Palace). However, we found the warmth and hospitality at this property to be of same quality. The check-in was smooth and we were relaxing at our luxury tent (we had booked one of the two luxury tents – Hooghly) in a matter of 10 minutes.
While there are nice rooms at The Glasshouse on The Ganges, we choose luxury tents for an unique experience and also for the views!!
This is the view of river from the entrance of the luxury tent 🙂
As with other neemrana properties, food was served in the main hall. Both me and husband liked the food here; it was simple home style cooked food, with enough options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The staff also took care of our small requests for food preparations for the toddler during meal times and our baby really loved the mealtimes here!
It was an enjoyable and relaxing time for all of us in the family at the property, enjoying the changing veiws of the river Ganges and the surrounding mountains. Our baby loved walking around the litchi garden and other parts of the property.
In the evenings, the hotel staff conduct aarti by the river Ganga and it is a serene experience. While I have attened Ganga aarti at Har Ki Pauri and Rishikesh also, this oen was really lovely as there were only few people present and the location was secluded. We all could feel the power and divinity of our holy river Ganga during the Aarti 🙂
Overall, I would recommend the property, if you are looking for a luxury stay in rishkesh (couples or with family). At 5000 INR per day for luxury tent (and going above for other rooms), this is not a budget destination. However, the experience is quite unique, especially for couples and family, if one is looking for quite time away in nature’s lap.