Notably the main thing that draws people here, aside from the fact it’s on the foothills of the Himalayas, is that it provides lessons in Yoga and meditation. You can learn from some of the best yogi instructors in the world and what better place than where yoga was born?!
It’s a pilgrimage of the spirit and mind and some say it will change your life. You can get involved in many yoga retreats and intense courses if this is what you would like to do. Most travellers stay at an Ashram while they’re here. There are so many to choose from, it’s best to just go with your gut feel and/or budget.
I stayed at Yog Niketan by Sanskriti which is a hotel ‘ashram’ not far from Ram Jhula. Every morning, you could wake up to fantastic views of the mountains and Ganges river.
My friend and I, who are totally NOT yoga bunnies, decided we would try a yoga session here. It was complimentary each morning so we thought why not.
It was a pretty painful experience and I definitely learned that I need to do a lot of work on my flexibility! The yoga instructors here are pretty intense and they will definitely correct you if you’re going wrong. Which is part of why they’re so good! So many times I was in the A frame or “mountain” and the instructor kept saying “keep your back straight, straight, STRAIGHT” lol. I definitely didn’t find my calling.
We essentially did a lot of sun salutations for around an hour and by the end of it I had a good work out. It felt really good to get up at sunrise and do something positive to start the day. I would highly recommend it.
The view from Yog Niketan each morning!