Holy Himalayan Retreat

About us

Come and experience an amazing retreat in one of the last wildernesses of Northern India. Dunagiri is an eco retreat set in a stunning location looking out toward the Himalayan peaks. We practice in the mornings outside with the mountains behind us and eagles circling overhead. We take day treks to some of the holiest sites including to Babajis cave referenced in Paramahansa Yoganandas "Autobiography of a yogi". On our journey we meet wandering yogis and learn about the life of a local yogi who lives in a hut near to Dunagiri.

We eat pure and sattvic food sourced locally, and visit local village homes to learn more about life in this beautiful pocket of the Himalayan foothills. And the great thing is, by taking this trip you are supporting the local community. Piyush Kumar and his team have set up a number of initiatives to help local residents and all work carried out on the estate is done may local artisans.

There is something very very special about this place...it is the journey of a lifetime on which you will learn a practice for life.

"They say when the gods want to meet they do so in the Himalayas. And I've experienced that..." ~ Miriam, Retreat Participant, Holland

Event Highlights

  • Travel to India as part of a group but with the feeling of independent travel.
  • Take an overnight train from Delhi to the foothills and then travel by jet through breathtaking scenery to reach the retreat.
  • Enjoy a traditional welcome on your first night and stay up to gaze at the infinity of the Milky Way.
  • Practice deep, internalising yoga outdoors in the mornings and in the meditation pyramid in the evenings.
  • See wondrous temples and holy pilgrimage sits with astonishing views of the mountains.
  • Meet local residents, yogis and pilgrims on our journeys and picnic in the wilderness.
  • Stay in a purpose designed eco retreat which is rustic and comfortable with amazing food sourced locally.

Venue Highlights

The centre is completely self sufficient and has been beautifully designed along ecological lines to have minimum impact on the local environment.
Rooms have ensuite bathrooms with showers and hot water.
As the centre is situated apart from the village there is hardly any noise apart from natural sounds.
The local wildlife is very visible, including the occasional leopard and bear.
Some accommodation is in the main house, some of it in an elected annexe and the remainder in small cottages spread out a little for privacy and the feeling of complete retreat.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Schedule

7.30 amRefreshing and uplifting yoga on the terrace surrounded by nature
9.45 Breakfast, usually taken al fresco
10.30-45 leave in jeep for start of walk
2.00pm Return for lunch
Free time
4.30 Evening practice
7pm Supper
8.30 Chanting

The days schedules will differ depending on the trek..sometimes we will be out all day and take lunch as a picnic, prepared for us by Dunagiri staff, other days we may just take a morning at the local temple, or at the temples nearby, and on other days we may take sunset walks to the ridge to watch the sun go down and chant.We also have some opportunities for little rituals and practices to support our Sadhana.

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

The food is traditional and local and there is always a selection of different vegetable dishes, grains and delicious chutneys.
Breakfast usually has plenty of fresh fruit and some kind of savoury dish.

Accommodations

The rooms have single or double beds which are large and comfortable.
Bathrooms are ensuite and towels and natural soap are provided.
Some of the rooms have verandas and sun porches.
All rooms are individual and comfortable.

Directions

It is best to fly to Delhi airport and we stay overnight at a small hotel in Old Delhi ,leaving for the mountains the next night. Train tickets will be booked for you.

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