Wilderness meets top luxury at the Aalia Jungle Retreat & Spa, a stone’s throw away from Delhi

Nestled harmoniously alongside the world-renowned Rajaji National Park, the exquisite Aalia Jungle Retreat & Spa by the illustrious Claridges Collection is an absolute treasure trove of opulent wilderness escapades. Be prepared to have your senses enraptured from the very moment you step foot into this extraordinary sanctuary. I recently embarked on a transcendent journey to this magical destination, where indulgence, extravagance, and rejuvenation converge seamlessly. The best part? It took me a mere four-hour drive from the bustling city of Delhi to arrive at this idyllic oasis of tranquility – perfect for an unforgettable weekend getaway. If you are craving to soak blissfully in nature or yearning for star-kissed nights far away from the chaos of city life, then I recommend this exclusive, luxury glamping haven that promises to transport you to a realm of pure bliss.

Glamping in the wild:

For the intrepid traveller with a yearning for bespoke safaris and encounters with the regal creatures of the wild, Aalia Jungle Retreat & Spa is nothing short of a paradise. The privilege of witnessing the awe-inspiring bird species, butterflies and majestic horses amidst the untouched landscapes of Rajaji National Park is an experience that will remain etched in your memory forever. The jungle retreat takes the concept of luxury to new heights. As you step into this sanctuary, you are enveloped in the warm embrace of bespoke lighting and thoughtful design that seamlessly blend colonial charm, contemporary flair, and simple elegance. The result is a tapestry of comfort that surpasses all expectations.

Officially opened in July 2023, Aalia Jungle Retreat & Spa is nestled at the base of the mighty Himalayas near Bandarjudh Village

The property boasts 11 lavishly appointed tented lodgings, each a sanctuary of its own. These tents are adorned with exquisite and elegant furnishings, creating an inviting setting for discerning guests. The opulent en-suite bathrooms, spacious living areas, and private sit-out areas offer a sense of exclusivity and comfort that’s truly remarkable for a glamping experience.

Indulge in wellness

At Aalia Jungle Retreat & Spa, wellness isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a way of life. The property is designed to cater to your physical and mental well-being with unparalleled dedication.

  • Spa Heaven: The on-site spa is a sanctuary of serenity. Expert therapists pamper you with a range of rejuvenating treatments inspired by ancient traditions. The soothing ambiance and natural surroundings enhance the sense of tranquility. Something that I highly recommend is a soothing sandalwood oil aromatherapy massage after the nature walk and bird spotting to calm down your senses.
  • Yoga and Meditation: Immerse yourself in the healing practices of yoga and meditation. The tranquil environs of the retreat provide the ideal backdrop for centering your mind, body, and soul. Oh, and don’t forget to carry your swim suits to take a soothing dip in the clear pool amidst the lush forest.
  • Farm-to-Table Dining: Wellness begins with what you eat, and Aalia takes this to heart. Savour exquisite farm-to-table cuisine crafted from the freshest ingredients. The culinary experience here is as much about nourishing your body as it is about delighting your palate. If you love Indian, Chinese or Continental comfort food, just let the chef know and he will work his magic to ensure you get the best of culinary treats.

Activities the reconnect you with nature

While here, one can also partake in a variety of outdoor activities. Guided jungle safaris, horse riding, nature walks, and birdwatching expeditions will deepen your connection with the natural world. The enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff ensures each excursion is an educational and unforgettable adventure. For me, this destination transcends the ordinary and offers a prefect mix of luxury, adventure, and wellness set against the backdrop of breathtaking wilderness. Whether you seek thrilling wildlife encounters or a serene wellness retreat, Aalia Jungle Retreat & Spa is the place where you are bound to be enchanted by the sheer opulence and natural beauty that awaits you here.

How to get here: Located near Haridwar, Aalia Jungle Retreat & Spa – Claridges Collection in Bandarjudh can be reached via a four hour drive from NH334 Highway. The closest railway station is Haridwar Train Station, which is approximately 34 km away. For reservations, connect here with the hotel.

(The writer’s trip and experiences are courtesy: Claridges Collection.)