Mr. Kamal Tripathi and his wife Mrs. Sunita Tripathi envisioned Aahana not just to create a resort but to create a family along with it. Mr. Tripathi comes from a family of Freedom Fighters, and from there his belief in giving back to society stems. Inspired by his upbringing he involved the local community in his endeavour.
In 2002, as he laid the foundations of Aahana Mr. Tripathi imagined of creating a home not only for the travellers from all over the world but also for the 173 bird species, the 200 species of trees and various species of flora that live in Aahana today. With his dream come true, Aahana stands today as an ecologically responsible and sustainable retreat amidst the wild environs of Corbett.
The couple actively takes initiatives to help in the development of the region. They donated apart of the resort land where the hand pump for the village has been put up, and it has drastically solved the village’s water problem. They even financially support the village school in whichever way possible. At a personal level, they offer compensation to people if wild animals cause damage to the people’s property or cattle. A lot of awareness drives in the area are undertaken under Mrs Tripathi’s guidance. The use of CFL and LED lights saves power and reduces the emission of carbon dioxide from the generators. The 100% waste management program also contributes to our motto of minimising carbon footprints. The last five years of love and respect from the village and continued guest patronage have reaffirmed our beliefs that we are on the right path.
At a bigger scale, Aahana also has one of Asia’s biggest and most unique Sewage Treatment Plant, which uses Canna Root Zone System without use of electricity and chemicals and recycles 100% waste water from the facility to provide clean water for gardening.
We also have organic gardens and our own Gaushala (cow shed) from where we provide fresh milk to our guests. At Aahana, we inspire learning for young kids be it through live demonstration of milking of the cow or through birding tours with our in-house naturalist. The construction area being only 25% of the 13.5 acres makes space for various lawns and walking tracks. The Tripathi family built the resort on the idea of giving an out of the world experience.
“To provide each guest a luxurious stay in the heart of wilderness.