Nature Retreat

Monsoon mystique

Breathe. Believe. Receive.

The meandering Ganges

We are so bound by time; by its order…sometimes it is good to simply enjoy catching up with oneself.

Under the Banyan tree

The over 250 year old Banyan Tree provides for an extensive umbrella of shade, where the cool river breeze recharges your energies; it is a pleasure to simply get lost in your thoughts whilst watching the river flow by. It is also a host to sumptuous breakfast spreads and corporate, creative or wellness programmes by the river.

The lower deck around the tree has been created for those who seek to add to their digital detox experience with Yoga and Meditation. Further below is an open area where you could play with your pets or even request for a private picnic arrangement with the soothing energy of the river alongside.

A short climb down to the river’s edge will leave you invigorated once you experience the cool and refreshing river water hands on.

Guests at Banyan by the Ganges
Guests at Banyan by the Ganges
Guests at Banyan by the Ganges

The Banyan Facilities at a glance

Accommodation

  • 12 luxury Swiss cottages, each with a spacious balcony and a large attached bathroom with all modern amenities. 

Front Desk Services

  • Private check-in/out
  • Baggage storage
  • 24-hour front desk

Entertainment and Family Services

  • Outdoor play equipment for kids
  • Board games/Puzzles
  • Library
  • We do not provide Room Service
  • No Television
  • No Internet Service

Food & Beverages

  • Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian meals
  • Seasonal fruits
  • Spring water (UV treated)
  • Kids’ meals (on request)
  • Special diet meals (on request)

Outdoor

  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Riverfront
  • Sun deck
  • BBQ facilities (additional charge)
  • Garden

Health & Wellness Facilities

  • Yoga/Meditation Workshops

Activities

  • River sports
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Evening bonfire
  • Playground
  • White-water Rafting (additional charge)
  • Kayaking (additional charge)
  • Angling (additional charge)
  • Hiking (additional charge)
  • Themed dinners (additional charge)
  • Walking tours (additional charge)

Business Facilities

  • Photocopying (additional charge)
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities (additional charge)

Parking

Free private parking available on site

Pets

  • Pets are allowed. Charges applicable.

Housekeeping Service

  • Daily housekeeping

General

  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Car rental
  • Packed lunches
  • Non-smoking rooms

Languages Spoken

  • Hindi
  • English

When is the best time to visit Banyan by the Ganges?

Ganges riverside at Vyasghat

September onwards the weather turns crisp and cool with a slight nip in the air. The river waters begin to change into a beautiful emerald green and the landscape is still a lush green, after the receding monsoons. You will need a light jacket and woolens in the evenings. Our rafting season begins in October.

Autumn trees at Vyasghat

The months of November through January are colder and the bonfire after sunset is a welcome attraction. The green hills around are speckled with rust and gold coloured foliage. Days are very pleasant, but come nightfall, heavy woollens are a must, especially if you are from warmer states.

Girl reading a book in the sun at Banyan by the Ganges

February heralds in the spring and birds are aplenty around the blooming flowers. There still is a nip in the air, which lasts till Mid-March.

April and May are the hotter months, perfect for chilling yourself in the cool river water. Splashing around in a scenic waterfall nearby is invigorating and of course, the large shady canopy of the banyan tree is home to cool, refreshing breeze from the river.

Mid-June through August are the monsoon months. Now the hills around are gifted with the bounties of our Earth and metamorphose into a lush, vibrant green. The romantic mist on the river, the chirping of the crickets, hot pakoras and momos complement the intense patter of the rains and the roar of the river. 

For those who love the rains, this season is perfect for romancing the paradise of natural beauty around us. The water levels rise in the gushing river and remind us that nature is a powerful force and mankind is but a mere spectator. Rafting and water sports, therefore, are now shut down from July onwards.

One can aptly say that Banyan by the Ganges is a place for all seasons, for various reasons.