Ashutosh has trained a number of yogis from around the world over the years in Bangalore and Goa, India.
from Guatemala, June 2018
"Total Kashmir experience!"
The owner of Rasa Retreats, Pawan, takes care of every little detail! I didn’t go just for the yoga. The hiking and cultural experiences were the best. We met a lot of wonderful people thanks to Pawan. We stayed in a houseboat one night, which I would suggest. One night we were surprised with a local band and dancer! Awesome! I learned a lot about Kashmir!
from Italy, June 2018
"best experience ever"
I am just back after 1 week staying at Rasa. Amazing team, amazing food. I felt like home.
Very well planned all the stay at Rasa, i have had the opportunity to really undertsand and live Kashmir culture.
Srinagar offers a lot of place to visit, a mix of different religions, and mixture of culture. The city is beatiful, with mountains, lake and river.
I have also had the opportunity to know local people, that is one of the things i miss more, together with Rasa team.
I really suggest Rasa. Best experience ever
from Great Britain, February 2018
- Amazing service
- Amazing food!
- Great balance of sight seeing, yoga, relaxing etc.
- Very organised trip
from United States, February 2018
amazing service and yoga
from Hong Kong, February 2018
"A Lovely Relaxing Stay"
Nice and peaceful
Great food & hospitality
Fab yoga at sunrise & sunset
Included tour to Spice Farm & hike to Temple
from Great Britain, January 2018
"An exquisite, meaningul and unforgettaqble retreat."
As a Jewish rabbi seeking to deepen my understanding of the practice of meditation, and incorporating principles of yoga into my personal regimen, I chose this retreat somewhat blindly. And it could not have been more meaningful or impact-making. The hospitality was warm and gracious. The instruction was serious, gentle and patient. The extra outings gave us a real taste of the local flavor and culture. And the entire experience was one of spiritual incubation. I have nothing but the highest regard for Pawan, for Rasa Retreat, and for all the staff and faculty involved.
from Sweden, January 2018
"Best retreat "
Everything from the airport-pick-up to yoga , hiking and food was just perfect!
from United States, January 2018
"Great place for the soul and body "
Exceptional attention to details and guests’ needs. Delicious meals and friendly staff.
from India, January 2018
"SImply the Best"
I knew immediately that Rasa Retreat would be one of the top travel experiences I've had and the kind of place I won't shut up to my friends about to encourage them to go. I was so right. I went as a solo female traveler, and from the first day I felt a part of the family. The other guests at the house and I formed an amazing instant bond.
Everything was simply excellent: the yoga, excursions, FOOD, cooking classes, accommodation, massage, shopping experience and of course the retreat dog, Coco. I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for my Rasa experience and can only hope to return one day to Goa or Kashmir.
from Israel, December 2017
"The most perfect retreat."
Pawan and the Rasa family created the most wonderful, warm and caring experience for my wife and myself. After 1 week, it was very difficult to say good bye to this serene and extraordinarily welcoming home. Everything was customized to our preferences and exceeded all expectations. From the food, to the yoga, excursions, cooking classes, to celebrating my birthday. We also made great friendships with the other guests. And the accommodation was absolutely 1st class. We hope to return either to Goa or to Pawan's Kashmir summer retreat.
from Cyprus, November 2017
"Fully yogic experience "
That owners were so friendly and caring
#team rasa I can very confidently say is by far the best in what they cater to.This trip was planned for my parents (senior citizens ) so we wanted something with extra care and comfort for them, given their limitations in mobility ,food ,and also exploring a place.Trip with team rasa was initially taken by my sister and her family in April 2018 and they were more than satisfied with them so we took this opportunity and booked a trip for my parents immediately in the next month may 2018 (we got lucky they get booked pretty ). Well my parents are back and they still seem to praise Pawan (head) and his boys who more than just taking care of them made their entire trip so beautiful. They had planned an itenary before hand and was sent to us ,also the food menu was discussed and planned as per my parents personal taste and we given a huge variety in every meal they had !. They covered almost all the things to do in kasmir shikara rides ,various gardens , Pahalgam, Gulmarg and also ended with a high tea at Taj Vivanta in Srinagar which my parents really enjoyed. They added a personal touch in every thing they did from making sweet little notes for my parents to personalised cards ...they definelty delivered more than what was promised to us and went an extra mile (from the heart ).Also the trip was prepaid and my parents didn't have to spend anything extra during their trip (team took care of each and everything !) which was fantastic. One important point they accompany you from the start of the trip till then end of it , incase of any unforeseen situations arises you be rest assured they will take good care of you. If you are planning a trip to Kashmir trust me look nowhere ...you can't find better than this. Cheers to #teamrasa!
Choosing to go to Kashmir is amongst the best decisions we took this year. However, choosing to go with Rasa is what made it the BEST! Pawan and his outstanding team @ Rasa made our vacation truly memorable from the word go! Right from the really welcome at the airport, the prep for the itinerary, food, optimizing our schedules to put tastes, weather and security situation ...everything was AWESOME & thoroughly professional. Pawan truly delights guests with handcrafted itinerary, picks the best places to eat, shop, see and becomes your real best buddy for the family by the end of the vacation. We experienced Kashmir like a local accompanied at every step of the journey & treks by Firdaus & Sajid that made us feel really at home inspite of the relatively tense situation at Srinagar during our stay in May. Kashmir is breathtakingly beautiful. Don't listen to what the papers say ... Just go out there and enjoy the prisitine beauty and God's gift to nature. If you chose to go there, look no further than Team Rasa as they are THE BEST HomeStay experts in India.
a traveller United Arab Emirates
Rasa Retreat website
My visit to Kashmir marked my second experience with Pawan and the Rasa family, the first being a stay in Goa last March, which was a fantastic, unforgettable holiday which not only met but far exceeded any expectations I thought I had. I didn’t think it was possible to have another trip which even rivalled it – how wrong I was!
From start to finish, the 7 days I spent with Pawan, Shabir, Firdous, Sajid, Sajad, Coco the dog and a lovely family of fellow guests, were utterly wonderful. I felt as if I was experiencing somebody else’s life – and that’s exactly what you can expect from the team at Rasa, whether in Goa or Kashmir. The days I spent in Kashmir were tailor-made to suit all my interests and desires, while also allowing me to experience life there through Kashmiri eyes. I was able to completely immerse myself in everything that this beautiful location has to offer; from walks in the beautiful Tulip Gardens and Almond Flower Gardens, to hikes to the old fort and Buddhist monastery ruins, and an overnight stay in a luxurious houseboat on Srinagar’s peaceful lake followed by another overnight trip to the breathtakingly beautiful Pahalgam. I also had the opportunity to eat lunch in a local’s house, made by Sajad’s father – a traditional Kashmiri cook of the sumptuous “wazwan” meal, and afterwards meet local craftsmen who continue traditional methods of pashmina making and carpet weaving.
Pawan did an outstanding job as the excellent resident chef; preparing delicious, locally inspired meals for us three times a day, while still finding the time to ensure our itineraries were running smoothly and suited our needs, and most importantly accompanying us during our daily Happy Hour! I had daily yoga sessions with Shabir in some amazing locations: on an island in the middle of Dal Lake, on the deck of the houseboat, and at the foot of the Buddhist monastery ruins. I am relatively inexperienced in yoga but was able to take so much from just 7 lessons with Shabir, who is a knowledgeable, attentive, and highly patient instructor. Firdous was absolutely wonderful as my personal tour guide, photographer, translator, driver, and teacher in the local culture and customs, and I have both him and the fantastic Sajid to thank for ensuring that I always had a cup of hot chai in my hand – and that my wine glass was never empty!
Reaching the last day of my trip was very emotional, as I felt I was about to depart not just from a holiday, but from a home and a family. Kashmiri tourism has suffered greatly in recent years due to political unrest and negative media reports, but everywhere I visited made me wonder how on earth there weren’t more tourists there appreciating the natural beauty, unique culture, and fascinating history of the region, where I did not once feel unsafe or at risk in any way. I promised to the Rasa family and to myself that while it was my first visit, it would most definitely not be my last, and this is a promise I intend to keep. Any time spent with Rasa Retreat is guaranteed to be an unforgettable, awe-inspiring experience which will truly “Nourish Your Soul”.
a traveller United Arab Emirates
Simply the best! My family and I visited Rasa in Kashmir. We just can’t get over the trip. Pawan and his team at Rasa including Sajid, Firdous and Sajad made sure our stay was most comfortable and took care of every little need without being overbearing. They planned the trip to perfection and executed it as per the flexibility we needed. We got a taste of Kashmir and Kashmiriyat which helped nourish the soul and satisfy our palate for scrumptious cuisine. Considerable thought and ethos was put into planning the stay by Pawan. Right from the morning tea to the happy hours and late dinners we just loved the experience beyond imagination. If you ever need a perfect holiday think of none other than Pawan and Team Rasa!
Philip & JC Paris
Pawan and his team give a warm welcome and top-notch service, catering to your every need in this relaxed, informal guest-house. The meals are excellent, especially the Indian and Burmese. The yoga was of a great, professional standard, and suitable for all levels of student. The property is a 10-15 minute walk from a beautiful, not too crowded beach.