Sadhana Mandir Ashram
Surrounded by the Himalayan foothills, the Sadhana Mandir ("temple of spiritual practice") Ashram in Rishikesh serves as an international center for sincere aspirants to retreat and practice mediation in a spiritually elevating environment. The ashram radiates peacefulness - even for the first visit, one can experience the special energy, inspiration and pull to inner peacefulness.
Founded by Swami Rama in 1966, Sadhana Mandir Ashram is an incredible place to stay. They offer beautiful surroundings and freshly prepared, delicious vegetarian meals. A long, long paved walkway lies just in front of the ashram where you can take beautiful walks along the Ganga-- perfect for morning or evening strolls. The morning sun rises from behind the mountains and cuts through the fog, and you can sometimes see wild elephants in the wild jungles across the Ganga. The slower paced lifestyle at the ashram and in Rishikesh makes it an easy location choice for anyone coming to India for the first time or returning for a deeper experience of India.
4-Star Hotel DoubleTree - Agra
We will enjoy our evening in Agra at this beautiful 4-star hotel. Our rest this night will be alongside the sacred energies of the majestic Taj Mahal, which rests on the south bank of the Yamuna River. The spiritual power of visiting the resting places of those venerated ones was understood as a catalyst for greater personal sanctity. Indeed, for many, the Taj Mahal is a reflection of a paradise here on earth.
4-Star Holiday Inn - New Delhi
We will arrive in India and enjoy our first night at this lovely 4-star hotel in New Delhi. Savor a light snack at night before waking up to the splendid buffet breakfast with a delightful combination of American and Indian selections. Enjoy the hospitality that India is known for!
Sursingdhar, Chopta, Tunganath Eco Lodges
We will be hosting our retreat throughout the mountains in rustic Himalayan Eco Lodges with eco-friendly practices and sustainable camping facilities. We will be close to nature and close to the spirit of the Himalayas in these special venues. The beauty of the natural surroundings of mountains, rivers, and forests is supported by their "leave no trace" practices which leave minimal impact upon the environment. At all these specialized eco lodges, the food they serve is locally grown and has high nutritional value.