From the Founder

Atali Ganga, India’s first Activotel has been listed by Conde Nast Traveller among the 50 Best New Hotels In The World. Atali Ganga is situated in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand which is a six hour drive by Road and a 30 minute flight from New Delhi. The Activotel began its operations in April 2012 and is a brain child of Vaibhav Kala who also owns and runs Aquaterra Adventures.

Our staff backed by years of experience are conscientious, aware of the needs and requirements of the group and, interact and communicate freely to provide better service leading to a complete experience.

Our Activity Officers are trained in First Aid, CPR, have years of outdoor guiding experience in the Himalaya, and sometimes beyond. We practice a very true form of ecotourism, and are one of the few companies where over 95% of our guides and staff, belong to the Himalaya.

You would be hard pressed to find an outfit that comes close to our standards of operation.

Happy Faces at Atali

Meet the 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 & Reservations

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.

Aparna Choudhrie Kala

Director and Head of F&B

Aparna has spent 13+ years in the Corporate world in various leadership roles across Management Consulting and Business Process Outsourcing Companies. She has worked in global roles in India and across Europe.

Sanjay Rana

Mountain & River Guide

Belonging to Sarasu village, India’s first village as far as raft guides go. Sanjay is one of the most experienced raft guides in the country today. He has been part of several big saves in the Himalaya and has delivered, each and every time.

Jetandra Singh

Mountain & River Guide

Has been guiding since 2004 and has hands on experience running camps, treks and our whitewater trips. Whether it is his role as safety kayaker or raft guide he is one of the jewels in the outdoor industry in India.

Harender Pal Sharma

Guest Relations

A National Games Kayaking Bronze Medalist, Scuba Diver and a River Guide, Harender has been rafting since the early days of rafting in India. HP, as he is fondly know has guided on all major rivers in the country.

Purshottam Singh

Head Chef

Chef Purshottam heads the culinary team at Atali. Before taking up the reins of the kitchen at Atali, Purshottam had been cooking delectable food in kitchens across hotels in Shimla and Gurgaon over a period of 18 years.

Mahendra Singh Rawat

Head of Operations

Mahendra heads the maintenance and property management divisions of Atali. A hotel management graduate, he’s been in the industry since 2006, working across multiple hospitality units in Delhi and Gurgaon.

Pritam Singh Pundir

Head of Housekeeping

Pritam looks after the housekeeping and service divisions of Atali. In the industry since 2002, Pritam has been one of the pillars of the resort since it opened. He is also a keen trekker and has trained at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.

Netra Kirthwal

Head of Accounting

Netra heads the accounts and financial management verticals at Atali and has been neck-deep in accounting and financial auditing since 2005. He has worked in diverse sectors such as audit, export & telecommunication

Dhruv Naresh Rana

Mountain & River Guide

A keen raft guide and safety kayaker with over 16 years of experience, he has represented India in competitions in China and India. Rana oversees Aquaterra’s operations and ensures guests return happy and hungry for more.

Radhika Mandhar

Sales & Operations

Going on to take up legal education after pursuing hospitality, Radhika likes to make her own path instead of following the ‘straight-jacket’ formula. She is a fitness freak & enjoys the outdoors which challenges her fears.

Aashima Sharma

Assistant Manager Operations

Aashima works out of the Delhi Office currently and occasionally guides on Aquaterra treks. She has also been a part of the Activity team at Atali, Ganga and has a background in mountaineering, skiing and trekking.

Sumeru Bahuguna

Digital Marketing Manager

Sumeru has been tinkering with computers and developing websites since his school days. He has been going for River Rafting Expeditions since he was 10 years old and considers the team behind Aquaterra as his second family.