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Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Over the years, the spiritual land “Rishikesh” has earned the title of ‘The Yoga Capital’ and has taken the spotlight as a major tourist destination. If you are planning your trip to this place and wondering about your stay, then Ashrams of Rishikesh needs to be your first choice

Rishikesh
Rishikesh

Ashrams not only offer you a comfortable stay but also rejuvenate your mind and soul. These places add a sense of holistic development to your daily routine and provide that much-needed peace in your state of mind. The experiences you get during your stay at these ashrams will make your trips even more memorable and enriching.

Before you plan your stay at these Ashrams, take a quick glimpse and gather information about them. Since there are numerable ashrams spread across Rishikesh, Uttarakhand we bring out the list of the most popular and the best ones for your visit.

Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh

Founded in the year 1936, Shivanand Ashram serves as the abode of Swami Shivanand and is a centre for visitors who partake in activities that bring peace to the mind, body, and soul. A committee known as The Divine Life Society is responsible for its current maintenance and administration. Sivananda Ashram is a wonderful yoga and meditation center because of its quiet and serene ambiance. The presence of the powerful Ganges, which runs alongside this ashram, aids in the preservation of both historical and contemporary relationships.

This is one of the most popular destinations for travellers who wish to practice great meditation. Apart from this, it’s a great place for all the bookworms out there. Sivananda Ashram has its own book store.

Needless to say, about the popularity of this Ashram. Over the years, this Ashram has been a host to some eminent personalities including Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

So, if you wish for some tranquillity and rejuvenation along with a comfortable stay, you must visit Sivananda Ashram.

Address: Near Ganga Vatika, P.O. Sivanandanagar, Rishikesh

For more details, visit: https://www.sivanandaonline.org/

Landmark: 50m from Ram Jhula

Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh

Founded in the year 1942 by Swami Sukhadevanand Saraswati, Parmarth Niketan Ashram has become the prominent centre for yoga. Over the last 70 years, Parmarth Niketan has emerged as the most visited Ashram in Rishikesh. Situated at the banks of the Ganges and in the lap of Gigantic Himalayas, it is most famous for the Hawan and the aarti that it organizes every evening at the ghat just in front of the Ashram’s gate. Morning prayers, yoga and meditation courses, Satsang and talks, kirtan, as well as Nature Cure and Ayurvedic therapy are all part of the ashram’s mission to assist guests to discover inner peace and achieve their spiritual aspirations. Pilgrims from all over the world visit venerated saints, acclaimed singers, spiritual and social leaders, and others, and frequent camps are held for them.

The Ashram also runs a Gurukul based on the Indian Vedas and Shastras.

You can witness numerous tourists flocking at this ashram during the Internation Yoga celebration.

You can also avail of an accommodation facility at Parmarth Niketan Ashram.

Address: P.O. Swargashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand – 249304, India

For more details, visit: https://www.parmarth.org/

Osho Gangadham Ashram, Rishikesh

This ashram is known for its aura and positive vibes. Enclosed within the Shivalik ranges from three sides, As soon as you enter this ashram, you can feel the energy and positive vibes of Osho.

This ashram consists of common dormitories, deluxe rooms, a beautiful Meditation hall for meditation amidst the sanctity around it, and a beautiful sculpture garden.  This ashram can easily accommodate around 100 people.

Apart from your comfortable stay, the ashram also serves fresh, organic, and vegetarian food. You can taste the lip-smacking food along with enjoying the view of the Ganges, which will leave you enchanted.

 With the vibrations of searchers and rich sacred nature all around, the spiritual energy field is continually rising up here. This meditation ashram is calm, tranquil,  rustic, and can provide you with a much-needed escape from the daily hustle.

Address: Jaanaki Cottage, Lease No-52, Badrinath road, Brahmpuri, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, 249201, India

For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/OshoGangadham/

Phool Chatti, Rishikesh

As old as 100 years, this Ashram stands majestically amidst the gigantic Himalayan ranges. Phool Chatti which literally means “Land of flowers”, is surrounded by the blooming beauty all around. The rippling sound of the Ganges will provide soothing relief to your soul.

This ashram was founded by Sadhu Shri Devi Dayal Ji Maharaj and is currently under the care of Sri Swami Dev Swaroop Nanda ji.

Ancient Hindu traditions meet modern comfort and cleanliness at Phool Chatti Ashram. Phool Chatti provides a variety of modern conveniences to ensure that guests have a pleasant stay while participating in spiritual programs. The rooms are simply furnished, providing the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. 

People come from near and far to participate in the ashram’s seven-day yoga and meditation program. ​The curriculum of this program is intended to go beyond physical yoga asanas and provide a wide overview of the yogic path.

So, be ready to unveil your inner vibrations by visiting Phool Chatti Ashram in Rishikesh.

Address: Neelkanth Temple Road, Paliyal Gaon, Uttarakhand

For more details, visit:https://www.phoolchattiyoga.com/

Yoga Niketan, Rishikesh

Synonymous to its name, this ashram has emerged as a well-known center for practising Yoga and meditation. Founded in the year 1964 by Swami Yogeshwaranand Paramhansa, you can experience tranquillity and peace of mind within the premises of Yoga Niketan. Swamiji is known to be well acquainted with the traditional practice of Yoga and has written numerous books to share that information with the world.

On the banks of the gently flowing river and amidst the Himalayas, stands this abode of Yoga, which has played a significant role in spreading the importance of Yoga and spirituality. There are numerable certified courses run by the Yoga Niketan Ashram for the teachers as well as students. Not only you can just gain knowledge about yoga, but spend a lot of time in recreational activities organized within the ashram. You can go for local sightseeing, the Himalayan mountains, and also visit the library inside the ashram to add more value to your learnings.

The ashram also provides you with a comfortable stay with their accommodations well equipped with all the basic amenities including a freshly cooked 3 times meal. Along with all this, Ayurveda, naturopathy, Bhajan, and Havan also form part of the Daily schedule. So, If you wish to gain knowledge about India’s traditional yoga along with a comfortable stay and delicacies, do visit Yoga Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh.

Address: Yoga Niketan Trust Muni-Ki-Reti, Ramjhula P.O. Shivanand Nagar, Rishikesh

For more details, visit: https://www.yoganiketanashram.org/rishikesh-ashram.php

Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, Rishikesh

Founded by H.D Paramhansa Omkarananda Saraswati in the year 1967, this ashram echoes with his Wisdom and self-realization. Situated on the banks of the holy Ganges River, this Ashram will let you feel yourselves in close proximity to that divine power. A special mention of the architectural beauty of this ashram will leave you enchanted.

This Ashram hosts a number of Indian and Indian citizens of western European sanyasis, who are highly intellectual and specialized in various educational fields. Currently, this ashram is operating under the guidance of Shri Swami Vishweshwaranand Saraswati.

Bhajan, Yagnas, Meditation, and individual spiritual practices are part of the daily routine of the ashram. Except for Sunday, you can visit any day over here to take yoga classes.  You can also book in advance for the intense yoga courses. Along with all this, lectures on the Bhagavad Gita, aarti at the Ashram’s ghat, and Iyengar Yoga classes are also given.

You can enjoy a stay at the ashram’s accommodation which provides a mesmerizing view of the Ganges river along with the serene surrounding.

Address: Omkarananda Gita Sadan, Shivananda Marg, P.O. Shivanandanagar – 249192, Muni-ki-Reti, Via Rishikesh

For more details, visit:https://www.oah.in/ganga_sadan.htm

Swargashram, Rishikesh

If you ever happen to visit Rishikesh, you’ll surely get to hear the name Swargashram. Over the years this ashram has gained popularity and is frequented by faithful, foreigners, and saints seeking better knowledge along with seeking to discover their true life purpose.

Situated amidst the picturesque surrounding, it is a spiritual powerhouse that provides plenty of peace and calm. Established in the memory of Swami Vishudhanand who is also known as kali kamli wala, this ashram has retained its ethnic touch. Free food to needy people, has been provided throughout the last 70 years in this Ashram.

Chanting, Aarti, Mantras, and many rituals are performed inside the premises on daily basis.

Inside the ashram, you can find several stores, dispensaries, cafes, libraries, Sanskrit schools, and meditation centres.

You can easily find a reasonable accommodation well equipped with all basic amenities, inside the Ashram.

Swargashram is a must-see for anybody looking to reconnect with nature and the supreme power.

Address: Swargashram, Ram Jhula, Opp. Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh

For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/SwargashramRishikesh/

Sacha Dham Ashram, Rishikesh

Established by Shri Hansraj Ji Maharaj, a disciple of Shri Sacha Baba Kulanand ji and a saint of Sacha lineage, this ashram is flocked with visitors from around the world. The ashram was established with the motive of turning every individual towards the path of enlightenment and spirituality. The motto of the ashram is “Parivartan apne aap me”. Although this great saint left for the heavenly abode in the year 2011, this whole premise vibrates with his aura.

Be it the international or national devotees, all come to seek the blessings of this great saint and also achieve a state of mental peace.

Situated along the banks of the holy Ganges River, this ashram is sprawled over a large area. Inside the ashram, you can find the main Hall of Shri Sacha Baba, where daily Arti and bhajan are done in the morning as well as evening. Just in front of the main hall (Mandap), you can visit and meditate at the Samadhi area of Shri Hansraj Maharaj, where the greatest saint rests in peace. You can experience peace of mind and all the positive vibrations over here.

Adjacent to the mandap, you can find an enclosed area with the amazing backdrop of mountain ranges and the rippling sound of the Ganges, This area consists of a raised marble platform surrounded by a beautiful garden. On this platform, one can meditate and get closer to one’s consciousness.

As you step out of the Samadhi area, you can see a Yagyashala, where Yagnas rituals are performed.

The ashram also consists of its own large Cattle area (Gaushala) where cattle are taken care of and milk is provided to the residents. The ashram also consists of a huge kitchen area, where 3 times meals are provided daily. This meal is not only for the residents but is served even to the wandering saints and needy people. This ritual of serving freshly cooked food has been continuous since the inception of this ashram.

The Ashram also consists of over 100 rooms and numerous halls well equipped with all the basic amenities. You can find AC as well as non AC rooms in the ashram. Out of these numerous rooms, many provide a direct view of the flowing Ganges and the Lakshman Jhula. One of the gates of the ashram is directly connected to the stairs of Ganga Ghat. So, you can easily visit the Ghat in the evening and enjoy the serene surroundings amidst the mountain peaks and flowing Ganga.

The Ashram is maintained well and if you wish for a calm, comfortable stay along with enlightenment, Sacha Dham ashram is a must-visit.

Address: Sacha Dham Ashram, Tapovan, Rishikesh

For more details, contact –0135 243 5650

Anand Prakash Ashram, Rishikesh

If you are looking for some Yoga retreats along with a perfect staycation that can extend more than a week, Anand Prakash Ashram needs to be visited. The Akhanda Yoga Institute’s core and your home for true yoga study and practice in India are Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram.

Founded by Yogrishi Vishvaketu, here you may cure yourself and discover inner serenity. This ashram will not just provide you intensive Yoga training but also meditation and pranayama training, healthy Yogic food, a secure place, and a supportive community that encourages self-healing and stress recovery. Daily activities, such as pranic healing with a traditional fire ceremony and frequent collective sound medicine, as well as twice-weekly Kirtan, are available to all visitors.

The best part is that you can even customize the programs over here according to your preference.  A yoga retreat that incorporates Ayurveda treatments from recommended Rishikesh practitioners can also be implemented.

Ashram consists of well-equipped single as well as Family rooms along with Library, a Garden rooftop terrace, and a serene surrounding. But, if you wish not to stay in the ashram, You can still buy day passes, class passes, and meal passes.

Located on the banks of the Holy Ganges and amidst the gigantic Himalayas, this place can give you a perfect weekend getaway.

Address: Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram & Retreats, Tapovan, Tehri Garhwal, Rishikesh

For more details, visit:https://akhandayoga.com/ashram/

Madhuban Ashram, Rishikesh

Madhuban Ashram in Rishikesh is known to attract thousands of visitors due to it serene surroundings and architectural beauty. This Ashram is dedicated to the supreme power- Lord Krishna. It is currently headed by Swami Bhaktiyog Maharajji, widely regarded as one of the most prominent contemporary authorities on bhakti-yoga, devotional service to Lord Krishna. Madhuban Ashram is also regarded as an Iscon temple since it follows Iscon rituals. The whole premises of the Madhuban ashram echoes with the chanting “Hare krishna, Hare Rama”.

A beautiful temple inside the premise with the colourful idols of Lord Krishna, Radha and Lord Rama, will leave you captivated. Those idols are decorated every day, and the beauty they hold is indescribable. 

There is also a guest house and a restaurant on the premises. The guest home contains a total of 20 rooms. The rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with all necessary amenities. Govind ji’s Prasadam is the name of the ashram’s restaurant. The restaurant solely provides vegetarian dishes that are free of onion and garlic.

You can also find a health centre which provides the optimum quality products along with some refreshments.

During the arti time, it remains flocked with the tourist. The Ashram also organizes a Rath Yatra annually. The ashram becomes a major site of attraction during Janmashtami.

If you are looking for a comfortable, Peaceful and divine stay, Madhuban Ashram is a perfect place. You can even book the rooms according to your preference, online. They have options for King Suite/ Queen Suite and Double sharing.

Address: Madhuban Ashram, Kailash Gate, Muni-Ki-Reti, Rishikesh

For more details and bookings, visit: http://madhubanashram.org/ 

Nirmal Ashram, Rishikesh

A spiritual hermitage was founded by Mahant Buddha Singh Ji in 1903 with the purpose of providing lodging facilities to the saints meditating on the banks of the Holy Ganges. Over the years, Asram expanded its service by establishing schools, a hospital and an eye clinic.  Free camps are organized and hospitals are well equipped with all the latest amenities. The sole intention behind setting up these institutions is to serve the welfare of the community. The ashram runs on a motto “Love all Serve all”.

If you are looking for an escape from your daily routine, you can surely visit Nirmal Ashram. The premises of Ashram also consist of a gurudwara dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The ashram also follows the ritual of the community kitchen, which is open to everybody from all walks of life.

To make everyone self-dependent and fulfil their dreams, vocational training is also provided to all those who are in need. The ashram also runs an orphanage and old age home, for those who are in severe need of shelter. You can find well-maintained rooms here.

Address: Nirmal Ashram, Nirmal Marg, Rishikesh

For more details, visit: https://nirmalashram.com/

Swami Dayanand Ashram, Rishikesh

Swami Dayananda Saraswati, a worldwide recognised Vedanta teacher and best scholar of Sanskrit, created Swami Dayananda Ashram near Rishikesh.  Located on the banks of the Holy Ganga in a private setting, It is a one-of-a-kind centre for the study of Vedanta and Sanskrit in English while remaining true to the historic teaching tradition. 

It’s also called Arsha Vidya Pitham, which translates to “a learning center based on the teachings of ancient rishis”. Here, certain Vedanta books and supplementary literature are taught, as well as Paninian-style Sanskrit grammar and Vedic chantings throughout the classes. Regular retreats on Vedanta, Yoga, and other disciplines are held throughout the year by Arsha Vidya Teachers who gather their students for specific periods of time and offer lessons.

Apart from being a center for Vedanta literature, this ashram is a perfect place for your weekend getaway. Inside the premises, you can find a  temple which is dedicated to Lord Siva as Sri Gangadharesvara. Pujas and prayers are offered at the shrine every morning and evening in keeping with the traditional Vedic style. 

You can also visit the samadhi shrine of Pujya Sri Swami which is located adjacent to the Lecture hall. Regular pujas are conducted here also in the morning and evening. 

The ashram also is a great place for all bibliomaniacs out there as it has its own library.

Please note that the ashram does not function as a hotel. Visitors are welcome to participate in daily Vedanta, Sanskrit, Vedic Chanting, or Yoga programmes. You need to fill out the form given in their website and they will let you know about the space availability.

Address: Swami Dayanand Ashram, Arsha Vidya Pitham Swami Dayananda Nagar Muni Ki Reti (Rishikesh)

For more details, visit: https://dayananda.org/

Vanaprastha Ashram, Rishikesh

Founded by Baba Kali Kamli Wale, this beautiful ashram stands along the bank of the holy Ganges. The premises of this ashram resonates with spirituality and enlightenment.

Aarti in the morning and evening, Yoga, Pranayam and Kirtan, forms the part of daily rituals in the ashram. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, this ashram is an ideal place for those seeking tranquillity and peace. The ashram also provides freshly cooked vegetarian meals along with comfortable accommodation. These accommodations are well equipped with all the basic amenities. If you are looking for a nice spiritual escape from your hustling life, you can visit the Vanaprastha ashram.

Address: Vanaprastha Ashram, Swargashram, Rishikesh

Jai Ram Ashram, Rishikesh

 Founded in the year 1891 by Adi Guru Shri Jai Ram Maharaj, this ashram is a perfect spot for getting that much-needed escape from the Hustle- Bustle of the city. Over the years, Ashram has undergone major renovation under the guidance of Shri Devendra Swarup Ji Maharaj.  The Ashram has its own Sanskrit College, where the knowledge of Hindu literature is imparted to the students. 

Once you step into the premises of the ashram, you can feel the positive vibe that this place exhibits. Ashram also has its very own Gaushala to take care of the cattle. Being sensitive towards the underprivileged section of the society, the ashram organizes free checkup camps along with organizing community marriage for all the needy people.

The premises of the ashram consist of two temples, where daily bhajan and kirtans are organized. Along with this, the ashram has food halls, offices, and well-equipped rooms. Based on your preference, you can choose a room. All rooms have all the basic amenities required.  Also, there is ample parking space available.

Ahram also has a lift facility for old age people. Jai Ram Ashram is a perfect place for your weekend getaway which can be filled with enlightenment. Along with all these facilities, the ashram has its very own dispensary and Satsang Bhavan.

The ashram is within walking distance to the very popular Triveni Ghat, so you can even enjoy the Aarti at Triveni Ghat and experience the serenity of the region.

Address: Jai Ram Ashram, Mayakund, Rishikesh

For more details, visit: http://www.jairamashram.org/

Kailash Ashram, Rishikesh

Established in the year 1880, by Swami Dhanraj Giri, Kailash Ashram is one of the oldest Ashrams of Rishikesh. Currently, the ashram is running under the administration of Shri Mahamandaleshwar Vidhyanand Giri Ji.

Earlier the ashram was only meant for the Sanyasis and Brahmachari. But with the passage of time, even Grahasth people are also allowed for a certain period of time. You will be amazed to know that it is the only place in India where one can study Prasthana Traya ( Gita, Upanishad, and Brahmasutra). And Kailash Ashram has around 12 branches spread across the country.

The ashram also has its own publication house, cow shelter, and free medical services. Situated on the banks of the Ganges this ashram provides a comfortable stay amidst calm and serene surroundings. Ashram also provides the facility of free meals along with tea. But the General public can reside here only for 3 days or else if you are deeply interested in the deep knowledge, a stay of 1 month is allowed inside the premise.

The premise of the ashram consists of its own temple, where Bhajan and kirtan are held every day. You can surely enjoy an enlightening stay here.

Address: Haridwar Road (NH-58), Near Union Bank of India, Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh

For more details, contact –  0135 243 0598

Geeta Bhawan, Rishikesh

On your way to Parmarth Niketan from Ram Jhula, You’ll find Gita Bhawan. This is one of Rishikesh’s most ancient shrine complexes. In fact, Gita Bhawan is Gita Press’s sister organization, which is a well-known distributor of Hindu religious literature. As you step inside the Bhawan, you can see that Bhawan’s walls are covered with texts from the famous epics Sri Gitaji and Ramayana. In the compound, there is a meditation hall where devotees gather to offer their prayers. The Ayurvedic section manufactures medications utilizing botanicals from the Himalayas and Ganga water. Straightforward nutrition is available with little to no effort. Gita Bhawan also organises satsangs on a regular basis. 

Apart from all this, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Book Shop, Cloth Store, Ayurvedic Medicine Shop consisting of all medicines made by Gita Bhawan Ayurved Sansthan, and a large room for Satsang is all part of Gita Bhawan Rishikesh. Satsang and contemplation attract devotees from all over the world. Geeta Bhawan is a massive structure with multiple lecture halls and over 1000 rooms for devotees to stay in for free. So, the Bhawan can accommodate over 2000 worshippers at once and offers them free lodging.

The entire premise is well maintained and cleanliness is taken care of.  Geeta Bhawan is a popular destination for devotees from all over the world since they may stay for free while taking a holy bath in the Ganga and listening to talks and meditation. You will always witness Geeta Bhawan flocked with the number of devotees.

Address: Geeta Bhawan, Swargashram Rd, Rishikesh

For more details, contact-  0135 243 0122

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