Ashok Khanna is a well-known man within the hospitality industry, born into an eminent family of hoteliers, the passion for the hotel industry basically runs through his veins. When everybody fell for faster, bigger, better – and at best all at the same time – Ashok stuck to ancient Indian virtues, where holistic living was a way of life: back when people understood the balance of nature, the ways of the universe and how the elements affected not just physical health, but also mental wellbeing. It was always clear to Ashok, that if people achieved harmony within, they would be at peace with others. This is the very philosophy which brought Ananda – In the Himalayas to live, believing that each individual is unique.
The seed was planted in the back of Ashok’s head back in 1989, years before Ananda opened its doors in 2001. Why did it take so long? Because Ashok traveled the length and breadth of India searching for the location that would embody the soul of Ananda. He finally found this in the foothills of the Himalayas, “the birthplace of yoga, where people have visited for centuries to be healed and to find rest and rejuvenation”, he said. His secret of success? The unswerving will to change every guest’s lifestyle and assist them on their path to personal wellbeing with all the wealth of ancient sciences and health practices Ananda’s pillars have to offer: yoga, Ayurveda, Vedanta and a healing cuisine.
The most important element to Ananda is its people though, states Ashok: “Each and every member of the staff needed to understand, imbibe and live by the Ananda philosophy and we were lucky to find them.” Every employee lives up to the old Indian believe that ‘Guest is God’ – ‘atithi devo bhava’. Ashok always hires for attitude, not for skill, because everything can be learned, but an attitude full of love is either given or not. But hear it all from Ashok himself at the HEALING SUMMIT 2016 – COMMITTED TO HEALING when he looks into his success story: From Vision to Reality – Creating an Authentic Holistic Experience.