7 Days Beginner Meditation and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Vedic Yoga Centre Guesthouse, Neelkanth Road, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh 243902, Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India

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Yoga Retreat India

  • 7 days with instruction
  • Join Vedic Yoga Center for a yoga and meditation beginner retreat in the tranquil region of Rishikesh, the world's home of yoga. It is a perfect opportunity to renew your meditation practice or just enjoy a peaceful retreat with daily yoga and meditation classes accompanied by delicious, fresh vegetarian Indian food in a spiritual and uplifting environment.


    • Daily yoga classes
    • Pranayama and meditation sessions
    • Yoga Nidra, mantra chanting, kriya, and Nada yoga
    • Talks on yoga philosophy and its application
    • 6 nights' accommodation
    • Daily vegetarian meals

    Skill level

    • Beginner


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: Hindi, English
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    Accommodation at the Vedic Yoga Centre Guesthouse consists of twelve spacious, comfortable, and clean rooms built over two levels, many with balconies, and some overlooking the Ganga. The rooms can be rented either by couples or individuals, with each room having an en-suite bathroom and toilet. Hot water is provided 24-hours a day, and all bed linens and towels are supplied. A communal kitchen is provided for those wishing to cook their own meals. However, the guesthouse can provide delicious vegetarian meals by negotiation if this is preferred. There are single rooms and double rooms available for this program.

    In this program, you will be able to deepen your awareness, learn how to balance your emotions, and create an inner sanctuary by attending classes in the following practices:

    • Posture (asana)
    • Breathing (pranayama)
    • Relaxation (yoga Nidra)
    • Mantra (chanting, healing and bringing your attention into the present)
    • Kundalini kriyas (a practice that creates awareness and balance in the energy centers)
    • Nada yoga (a practice of tuning your awareness through sound and vibration to make the mind meditative)
    • Meditation
    • Yoga philosophy and its application in your daily life

    No previous experience in yoga or meditation is required.

    On Sunday, you will have the opportunity to visit local sights which are included as part of the program.

    The Vedic Yoga Centre (VYC) is located on the banks of the holy Ganga in the stunning town of Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh. Rishikesh is regarded as the yoga capital of the world and is just six hours by car, train or bus from Delhi. The center is a peaceful oasis for learning and practicing the ancient science of yoga, specifically Vedic yoga.

    Nearby places

    • Delhi - 6 hours
    • Laxman Jhula Bridge - 2 minutes
    • Cooking classes
    • Massage
    • Mountain walking / trekking
    • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
    • Balcony
    • Café nearby
    • Dining area
    • Kitchen
    • Restaurant nearby
    • River nearby
    • Yoga shala
    • Convenience / grocery store nearby
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Laundry
    • Multilingual staffs

    Daily delicious Indian vegetarian meals are included in the total costs.

    • Explore spiritual cafes and local restaurants
    • Explore the spiritual bookshops
    • Go to the nearby sandy beach by the river for relaxation and inspiration
    • Try outdoor adventures in the mountains of Himalaya
    • Try white-water rafting in Ganga river
    • Visit clothing shops
    • Visit hand-crafted woollen or pashmina stores
    • Visit jewelry stores
    • Visit many famous temples and some of the most holy pilgrimage sites of India such as Gangotri, Badrinarth, Kedranath, and Yamunotri

    All treatments are available upon request and with an extra cost.

    Ayurveda massage

    Ayurvedic massage is a rejuvenating treatment which helps remove stagnant energy (prana) and replace it with vital energy, moving it throughout the body. If a person has abused nature’s gift of life for a long time, massage can help restore the body to its normal condition of health, vitality, youth, and stamina, and provide awareness for change. Massage is essential for the maintenance of one’s health, and provides a deep state of bliss and joy. The massages at the center are performed on the traditional Ayurvedic massage table with either Ayurvedic herbal oils or essential oils.

    Ayurveda massage menu

    • Ayurveda massage with herbal oils (one hour, 1000 INR)
    • Ayurveda massage with essential oils (one hour, 1500 INR)

    Benefits of Ayurveda massage

    • Helps ease chronic aches and pains like backache, joint pains, stiff neck, migraine, and rheumatic pains
    • Improves blood circulation
    • Helps battle obesity and diabetes
    • Provides an overall positive influence on the body and mind

    Swedanam (steam bath)

    Swedanam is given with medicated and herbal oils in a closed chamber to remove the bodily impurities by applying steam to create perspiration. The result of this therapy is glowing and relaxed skin. Different sweating therapies are performed in traditional Ayurveda depending on the constitution of the body: vata, pitta, or kapha. All parts of the body are within the enclosed chamber with the exception of the head. The duration of this treatment depends on the individual's needs and body type. The cost of the treatment is 700 INR.

    Benefits of Swedanam

    • Helps with neurological aliments
    • Eases arthritic, rheumatic, and other bodily pain throughout the body including stiffness of the back
    • Helps clear skin diseases
    • 6 nights' accommodation
    • Daily vegetarian Indian meals
    • Daily yoga and meditation classes
    • Local sightseeing tour on Sunday
    • Yoga philosophy and its application in your daily life

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.

    Arrival by bus

    You can take a pre-paid taxi from Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to the bus depot and depart for Haridwar or Rishikesh.

    Arrival by train

    You can take a pre-paid taxi from Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to New Delhi railway station and take the train to Haridwar. From Haridwar, take a taxi to the retreat center in Nealkhant Road, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Vedic Yoga Centre an inquiry.


    • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom

      "My time in India was meant to be a time of self study, so I needed somewhere quiet to have my own practice. Vedic Yoga center was that place. It was just a few minutes to all the main restaurants and classes of Lakshman Jhula, but in the opposite direction so less crowded and noisy. I could even go for walks in the morning and not hear a single car horn, an amazing thing to find in India, and have beautiful views of the Ganges."

      "If you need a quiet place to stay in Rishikesh with access to a kitchen, I highly recommend Vedic. The rooms are beautiful, huge beds, and reasonably priced. My private room and shower was the same price as the dorm in the main hostel on Lakshman Jhula. Don't go to hostels when you can have so much more, plus privacy, for the same price. I had a wonderful experience staying at Vedic for 2 months. Yoga classes, massages, and ayurvedic treatments also happen. And their yoga classes are one of the few in Rishikesh that incorporate kundalini work and kriyas."

      "There are fruit and vegetable stands just a few steps away and the kitchen was stocked with pots, a kettle, bowls, plates and everything you would need to cook. Plus they give all of your veggie scraps to the cow and I love that nothing got wasted. Permaculture!"

      "Wonderful experience and lovely family that runs this place (and free wi-fi)!"

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    • Review by a traveler from Washington D.C, USA

      "The management team, Shri. Shailandra, Shri. Rajendra, Ms. Priya - was extremely helpful and professional. Room was clean and reasonable size. It was quiet and peaceful to stay there. It's located very close to Maa-Ganga - an ideal location if you want to spend time by Her banks. Location is good with restaurants, tea-shops and fruit and vegetable shops nearby. They also arranged taxi for pick-up and drop-off from airport and also helped to arrange taxi for local sightseeing. Thank you to everyone at Vedic Yoga Center Guesthouse for making our Rishikesh stay a pleasant experience."

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    • Review by Gopika G. from Paris, France

      "I was well surprised when I arrived at the Vedic Yoga Guesthouse as there is all what we are looking for to have a perfect stay. A yoga hall for practicing and bajans, a kitchen, a massage center, a beautiful rooftop with a perfect view on Ganga and temples, etc. Rooms are very spacious, clean, cozy. I've felt like at home and that shows the quality of the place! My friends and I had a wonderful time there, and we will definitely come back!"

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    • Review by Eva G. from Hamm, Germany

      "I spent about two weeks in Vedic Yoga Guesthouse and enjoyed it very much. I especially liked the spiritual atmosphere with mantra singing and ceremonies in the morning. I also loved the clean and cozy room, the nice family who runs the house, and the stillness (although stillness is relative in Lakshman Jhula!). It was a pleasant stay and a home during my time in Rishikesh. Thank you!"

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