Having introduced the world to yoga, India has now become the go-to country for practitioners and meditation lovers who are looking to map their spiritual journey. That's why there are dedicated ashrams all around India that play host to travelers, both locals and international globetrotters, who want to find their zen amidst scenic locales under the guidance of spiritual gurus. Here are some of the best, most popular yoga ashrams for the avid yogi:
Art Of Living (Bengaluru): This place rewires your emotions and mental health by helping you deal with your problems in a positive manner. Sprawling over 65 acres, you can meditate and connect with yourself among winding paths and passageways, scenic foliage, a calming lake, and even under a gorgeous glass dome hall that boasts of intricate craftsmanship and elegantly luminescent décor. The ashram partakes in multiple social events and organizes drives to aid rural development and promote education, and enable organic farming initiatives and scientific research. The ashram also houses an ayurveda hospital, lotus-shaped auditorium, offers satvic food and has enchanting gardens. Accommodation is available on the campus to suits various budgets.
👉 Art Of Living
Hinterland Village (Kochi): Thriving in the lap of nature, the Hinterland Village is a bio-diverse universe that offers a holistic approach to purge the mind and body. It is a serene space that encourages you to find your spiritual connect in a place that's cut-off from bustle of the city. The yoga center, or Yoga Shala as it is known, is surrounded by coconut trees, lush vegetation and a paddy field. You can bring your pet along and settle in for just $47.50 a night (inclusive of breakfast). We recommend volunteering in activities like gardening, painting, animal care and the likes for a deeper experience. Note, that this yoga sanctuary is also a safe haven for birds, butterflies, frogs and snakes; a visual treat for nature and animal lovers.
👉 Hinterland Village
OSHO International Meditation Resort (Pune): Easily one of the most popular ashrams among international tourists, this Mecca for meditation is spread across 32 acres of garden expanses, and has a swimming pool, sauna, spa, jacuzzi, gym, tennis court and a boutique guest house, too. The Osho ashram offers numerous courses, therapies, and 11 forms of meditation for you to choose from. A 14-day stay at the resort will set you back $1364.38, but most visitors report it is completely worth it. Not your standard yoga ashram, the Osho Meditation Resort is a coveted spot and sometimes needs to be booked months in advance.
👉 OSHO International Meditation Resort
Tushita Meditation Centre (Dharamsala): The place follows Buddhist philosophies based on the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. This center is located in the picturesque forest hills of Northern India above the town of McLeod Ganj in the Dharamkot village. At Tushita, you engage in mindfulness and meditation and develop concentration through courses that involve visualization techniques. Only if you sign up for a course, you can stay on the premises, which is assigned once you check-in. You can opt for private or group courses and they have short ones too, tailormade for the globetrotting traveler. FYI, it serves as a seat for the 14th Dalai Lama.
👉 Tushita Meditation Centre
Parmarth Niketan Ashram (Rishikesh)
: If India is considered the land of yoga, then Rishikesh is the epicenter of its activities. One of the best places to experience life through yoga and meditation is Parmarth Niketan which has classes, satsang (songs, teachings and chants), intensive courses, meditation, pranayama, stress management, acupressure, Reiki and other activities based on ancient Indian sciences.
👉 Parmarth Niketan