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Join Punyah Yoga for a week long yoga retreat to get in touch with your center. While you are in this sacred city in India, you can expect Western comforts. Clean, organic, and healthy living is what Punyah Yoga believe in.
You will stay in Hotel Devaaya Palace in single or shared accommodation (depending on the availability). The hotel has defined a benchmark of fine living and has expressed high standards in the art of hospitality in Rishikesh. It has retained the spirit and charm of the traditions of India and has blended these with the latest technology that the industry has to offer. Ideally located near Laxman Jhula and only 15 minutes away railway station and bus stand.
Hemant Singh is Punyah Yoga founder. Ashtanga yoga and asana teacher with nearly 10 years experience. After obtaining his BA in Information Technology at Middlesex University in London 2011, Hemant decided to switch life trajectories and start his yoga journey. In 2013, he got his 200-hours Hatha yoga TTC from Sivananda Ashram, Uttarkashi. He continued practicing and teaching yoga in Sivananda Ashram under the guidance of Yogi Vijay Mehra, director of Sivananda Dwarka center, New Delhi. To further his knowledge, he completed his 200-hours Ashtanga Yoga TTC from Tattvaa Yoga Shala in 2015.
Sandeep is a Hatha yoga and pranayama teacher with more than 10 years experience. From a very young age, he already was keen on yoga from and has been more and more interested in developing his skills. He studied yoga from the International Sivananda Vedanta Ashram in Uttarkashi and Rishikesh. Thereafter, from 2010, he spent most of his time practicing and teaching. Sandeep has always been very passionate about his work. He loves to work with various pranayama techniques and believes that pranayama itself is a great tool for people who are busy in their life and get little time to practice.
Rishikesh is a busy and buzzing town. One could expect to see many temples, yoga schools, daily drop-in yoga classes, loitering cows and dogs, hotels, motels, guest houses, chai corners, coffee shops, a German bakery, multi-cuisine restaurants, yoga massage places, fruits stalls, trekking tour guides, scooter and taxi rentals, you name it.
Also, one could also expect to meet local tourists from various parts of India and travelers from all around the globe. There are many popular ashrams here: Parmarth Ashram, Gita Ashram, and Sachidanand Ashram – all of which offer yogic food at a very minimal price.
There is also the Ganges Aarti: a ritual that uses fire as an offering. This proves to be a very popular event for anyone who is in Rishikesh. Parmarth aarti and Triveni ghat aarti is also known to draw in crowds. Rishikesh becomes quieter as soon as evening arrives and the sun settles down. Shops shut down by 8 p.m. There are a number of good cafes to explore around the area which is mostly open until 10 to 11 p.m.
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Clean, organic and healthy living is what Punyah Yoga believes in. Following their strong vision to promote wellness for all, they take the utmost care on nutrition. When staying with Punyah Yoga, you will be served meals made of naturally processed, non-GMO products. Coconut water, fruits, vegetables and fresh juices — free from preservatives and prepared with utmost care and love.
Channa, your amazing chef taking care of your health and taste buds, has a deep understanding and experience in cooking according to the rules of the science of Ayurveda so you are in excellent hands! Note: Although they strongly encourage you to try following the vegan way, they provide both vegan and vegetarian meals for your comfort and freedom of choice.
This price includes brunches, dinners, daily snack of fruits, herbal teas, chai, and fresh coconut water.
Exploring new and exciting things is never ending in Rishikesh and there are many activities and sights one can enjoy during on a well-deserved day off from training. Vashistha cave, Neelkanth Mahadev temple, and several waterfalls are nearby.
Kunjapuri temple is the place to visit and see your first glorious sunset in this area. You have to get up around 3:30 a.m. and be there by 4:30 a.m. to see the sun rising - don’t worry, it’s worth it. Here are other places Punyah Yoga highly recommend one should visit in and around Rishikesh:
Located in Ram Juhla, Parmarth Niketan - the largest ashram in Rishikesh - visitors can quickly notice its clean, pure and sacred atmosphere. The ashram is decorated with abundant and beautiful gardens. Thousands of pilgrims, who come from all corners of the world, visit this sacred place on a regular basis.
The daily activities at the ashram include morning universal prayers and meditation classes, daily Satsang and lecture programs, kirtans, a Ganga Aarti at sunset attended by hundreds of visitors each day, as well as nature cure and Ayurvedic treatment and training. Special cultural and spiritual events are often hosted in the ashram by visiting revered saints, acclaimed musicians, as well as spiritual and social leaders.
Known as the Beatles Ashram, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram (as it is properly called) is the ashram of the famous Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who started the Transcendental Meditation movement. In 1968, the ashram rose to fame and placed Rishikesh on the global map when the famous rock band, The Beatles, stayed here. Although it was abandoned in 1997, it has now been taken over by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and is slowly being brought back to life.
But even today, below the undergrowth of moss and grass, the impressive buildings, meditation huts and lecture halls can still be seen - including the Maharishi’s house and the place at which the Beatles stayed.
For a refreshing day in nature and a pleasant hike, (with a rewarding swim f you please), you can take a walk to one of the three famous waterfalls nearby: Neer Gaddu, Garud Chatti or Patna.
For panoramic views of the snow-capped Garhwal Himalayas in the distance and the Ganga River below, it is best to visit the small white Shakti Temple of Kunjapuri. Go at dawn to experience an incredible sunrise as the sun shines atop the sharp point of an almost perfectly conical hill.
Positioned at a height of 1645 meters, Kunjapuri lends a panoramic sight of the Himalayan peaks to the North and Rishikesh, Haridwar and the Doon valley to the South.
Around 25 kilometers away from the buzzing town of Rishikesh, there is a very peaceful place known as Vashishta Gufa (cave). According to Hindu mythology, Sage Vashishta (one of the seven great sages) is a son of Lord Brahma and the teacher of Lord Rama. After the death of his children, Vashishta was desperate and decided to commit suicide in River Ganga. But the Goddess Ganga didn’t accept his plea of suicide.
Then Sage Vashishta and his wife, Arundhati, meditated here for hundreds of years to overcome their sorrow. Nowadays, the cave attracts spiritual seekers who come here to feel the energy and meditative ambiance this exceptional spot gives off.
Located 32 kilometers from Rishikesh, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple - one of the most revered holy shrines dedicated to Nilkanth, an aspect of Shiva - is a top Hindu pilgrimage site. According to mythology, the place where the Temple currently stands is the sacred location where Lord Shiva consumed the poison, which made his throat blue in color. Thus, Lord Shiva is also known as Neelkanth, literally meaning The Blue Throated One.
The most important festival at Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is the Maha Shivratri. During the festival, a huge number of devotees visit the temple to pay their homage to the Lord and make an offering of flowers, honey, milk, water, coconut and Bael leaves. The festival falls two times in a year, once in the month of February-March (Maha Shivaratri) and in July-August (Shraavan Maas as per Hindu calendar).
The temple is decorated beautifully during both occasions. Beautifully located in the surrounding of dense forests, adjacent to the mountain ranges of Nar-Narayan, with a natural spring where devotees usually take a holy bath before entering the premises, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple makes a perfect destination for a half-day trip.
Rishikesh is not only about religious ashrams and the sacred Ganga but a home for adventurous spirits as well. Here one can find a lot of high adrenaline sports activities going on throughout the year.
One such is paragliding, which is best done in the Kunjapuri region. Kunjapuri resides amidst the Shivalik ranges and overlooks the enthralling Gangotri, Banderpunch, Chaukhamba, and Swarga Rohini peaks. This makes paragliding here a wonderful treat to the eyes, especially at the time of sunset, when the peaks glisten in hues of yellow and orange.
Situated at the foot of Himalaya Mountains, Rishikesh makes a perfect base for trekking and hiking tours. Uttarakhand is adorned with abundant natural beauty, emerald rivers, green-cloaked hills, snow-capped peaks and lush green forests. Divided into two regions, Garhwal and Kumaon, the state indeed offers an incredible opportunity for adventure.
It is the home gorgeous glaciers, majestic Himalayan Mountains, breath-taking high altitude lakes, and surreal alpine meadows. With some easy and moderate routes, as well as more challenging trails, Uttarakhand has an option for every mountain adventure seeker.
While Punyah Yoga doesn’t offer any spa treatments, there are many wonderful Ayurvedic spas and treatment centers around your yoga shala. These spas offer world class massages, panchakarma, and facials, and other relaxing treatments.
Jolly Grant Airport
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Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Punyah Yoga advises students to fly from New Delhi (DEL) to Dehradun (DED) Airport. Rishikesh is just 20 kilometers away from Dehradun Airport, which takes about 45 minutes and costs approximately 900 INR by taxi. Jolly Grant Airport/Dehradun Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights.
Rishikesh is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand and northern states of India. Luxury and normal buses to Rishikesh are easily available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate and Meerut. Buses and taxis to Rishikesh are available from major destinations of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Haridwar, Srinagar, Tehri, Uttarkashi, etc. Rishikesh is situated on national highway 58 which connects Badrinath.
Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh Railway station are frequent. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh to Muni-ki-reti and Swargashram.
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