This complex is a rather unworldly experience whilst in India. Outside the gates, it's (not surprisingly) chaotic with a lot of traffic, many small shops and restaurants, and pedestrians, bicycle rickshaws, cars, buses, and random animals competing for road space, but once inside, it's as if one has been transported to another planet! The architecture is absolutely stunning and as mentioned by others, there are lovely gardens and green fields.
There is a range of accommodation and dining, but nothing in the high-end range.
At the moment (March 2013), there is a large walled off area where a huge new temple is being constructed. It was quite fascinating to tour the construction site. According to the guide, it will be the tallest Hindu temple in the world and have a capacity of 10,000. Along with the temple, there are also new higher end guesthouses and such coming up.
And as mentioned many times, it is quite surreal to see the incredibly diverse international community here living together in such unity. To see people from all over the world (literally everywhere -- Africa, China, Russia, America, Australia, all parts of India!) coming together to pray in a really harmonious, loving way was touching. And they welcome everyone to observe or even join in.
If you can, try to arrange a trip to the school (gurukula) where the boys live in a traditional Vedic village in beautiful huts set within elaborately designed gardens and fountains. They cook on traditional mud stoves built into the ground and learn the Sanskrit scriptures. Talk about a time machine!
There is no other place I've found to experience India as it would have been hundreds of years ago. Ironically, the inhabitants aren't all Indian!
Go for this one!
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