Go With The Flow

Vivek Rathore

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Raichak on Ganges is like a bubble. It is a place to escape to and experience the rhythm of rural life amidst peaceful environs surrounded by a timeless landscape, composed of a sacred river and swaying coconut palms.

Raichak on Ganges is situated just 50 km. to the south of Kolkata, a quick 90-minute drive away. It comprises of the Ffort Raichak luxury hotel, a boutique resort called Ganga Kutir and the Anaya destination spa, along with numerous country homes that dot its landscape.

Accommodation options are two, the Ffort Raichak, which is a luxury fort-themed hotel, and Ganga Kutir, the chic spa resort. Both are situated at different corners of the sprawling greens, but no matter where you decide to stay, you have an exhilarating view of the dramatic bend of the river Hooghly, which is what the Ganga is called in this part of the country.

If it is a vibrant holiday that is on your wish-list, then Ffort Raichak fits the bill; but if it is a quiet retreat to calm city-frayed nerves, then head to Ganga Kutir, the day-dream inducing spa resort designed by Channa Daswatte, Probir Mitra and Vivek Rathore, under the helm of Harshavardhan Neotia, chairman of Ambuja Realty, of which this development is a part. 

The Ffort Raichak has been intentionally made to look as if an old fort was brought back to its original glory. But in reality, there never was a fort! The new red bricked structure housing the rooms is positioned on sprawling greens and criss-crossed with pathways that connect it to other areas, including the boutique Anaya Spa building.

The Anaya Spa building has the look of a rammed earth construction on the outside. Two types of facades clad its exteriors; red brick and a central dome like structure that is clad in shimmery white mosaic. As the doors open and one steps inside, the beauty of the outdoors merges effortlessly with the contemporary beauty of the interior space. That fine line between the indoors and out becomes even more of an illusion as the gently wafting breeze fills the space, as guests make a bee-line to try the international therapies that help to rejuvenate their senses and keep them calm throughout their stay.   

The Ganga Kutir boasts of a perfect hybrid of traditional elegance and modern luxury. Subtle references to the days gone by create a cultural, yet organic, ambience. Here the guests enjoy tastefully done up rooms, a library, as well as a swim in a pool whose edge melds into the waters of the river. Artfully presented vestiges of the days gone by evoke nostalgia at the Sonar Tori Restaurant.

It may be the spiritual charisma of the mighty Ganga, or the innate hospitality, or the luxurious accommodations, but no visitor comes away from here without a good measure of admiration and affection for this destination, just waiting to convince his near and dear one to follow suit. Come with your mind open and you will leave with your heart full.