Our Philosophy

Over the years, the stretch of the Ganga river (India’s holiest river, which makes the Great Indo-Gangetic plain) above the pilgrim town of Rishikesh had infrastructure that was limited and catered mainly to the pilgrim traffic headed up to the holy shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath. Very little existed for the leisure and active traveler, or the vacationer, considering this is the quickest one can get to the Himalaya. Atali Ganga set amidst reserved Forest and over 300 trees, has changed all that.

Distinguished by its use of stone, reed and steel wire, the project abandons a commonplace aesthetic and other such iconographic elements to distinguish itself in favor of a building that draws its aesthetic from the means, methods and modes of its construction. The resort consists of a stone building that houses a storage facility on the lower level and a dormitory on the upper level, a veranda with a tensile roof that frames the surrounding mountains, a cafe and cottages for guests. The first building, made of stone, encased in galvanized gabion boxes and tied to each other with steel wire was constructed predominantly out of material that was either found on site or excavated from it.

The cottages sit comfortably and responsibly on the hill, they have an ageless quality about them. People come to see the architecture! The cottages that dot the upper levels are characterized by their spartan luxuriousness. Entered through a private verandah, a central stone wall demarcates the tripartite bathroom from the bedroom. Extensively glazed, they open themselves up to the surrounding landscape.

Why Us?

  • We have won the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award for Top 25 Small Hotels in India for the last 4 years in a row and are ranked No.8 currently. We are the only Hotel in Rishikesh to be listed by TripAdvisor for this prestigious Award.
  • In June 2013, Conde Nast Traveller listed Atali Ganga on the Top 50 New Hotels In The World.
  • In January 2017 at the Outlook Traveller and the World Responsible Tourism Awards we won the Silver Award for the Best Responsible Tourism Property in India.
  • In 2008 and 2009, 2 years in a row, Aquaterra Adventures™ made it to the list of the world’s best adventure travel outfitters in the first Authoritative Rating of Adventure Tour Operators, selected in a global survey by National Geographic Society.

The Atali Team

Vaibhav Kala

Founder & Director

Guiding since the beginning of organised and serious adventure travel in the country, he has been at the forefront of conceiving, planning and executing trips that were considered too audacious to run.

Somna Misra

Head of Sales

Somna is part of the team that conceptualized the Aquaterra Challenge in 2013. She anchored it’s implementation as the Race Director ever since to emerge as a leading outdoor skill and endurance competition in North India.

Some of our Corporate Guests

01-TOI
02-Airtel
03-HDFC
04-Audi
05-EY
06-Pepsi