Ten days was too short a stay. I could have spent a month, and hope to do so another year. Where to begin describing how special Dunagiri Retreat is? I wanted silence and solitude for a spiritual retreat in the holy Himalayas. Here I found the perfect hermitage for my sadhana.
Location. Architecture. Original art. These three play together exquisitely. The five elements: earth, water, fire, air, akasha; ground and center harmoniously in the building, the room and the place. Although alone, I felt safe and undisturbed. Panditji, Giriji and the rest of the staff took care of me like a respected elder in their family. Overwhelmed with gratitude for their kindness, I don't begin to know how to thank them. Though I speak no Hindi, they understood and provided all that was needed.
Other guests came and went. There are enough outdoor places to rest, meditate, walk, play, be alone, or meet new friends. I spent much time in mantra, or resting in meditation gazing at the incredible views; snow mountains to the north, rolling Kumaon mountains to the east. I also took the walks to mountain tops, sages, temples and caves. The drivers who took me to the trails, and the guides who walked with me were great.
Never miss the dawn. Be out there to see the sunrise. Pandiji brings chai. The sky brightens, waves of mountains stretch before the eyes. Peace settles in the soul, and all makes sense again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Nature Retreat in a lush hill forest setting overlooking a dramatic rural landscape. At Dunagiri, you are completely in harmony with nature - distances seem infinite and heaven close. Silence speaks in a thousand tongues here - all calm, joyous and serene. Very few places are left on our planet where we can enjoy tourism experiences in such pristine, tranquil and calm environment amidst ancient forests. A spot of stunning natural splendor, being one with nature is easy to do at Dunagiri Nature Retreat. Its greatness lies not merely in its fascinating history and captivating beauty, it is rather the peaceful and spiritual atmosphere of this place that strikes the mind and brings peace to the soul. Known by various names such as Drongiri, Dronagiri and Doonagiri - a visit to Dunagiri is a holiday like no other; it is a journey into the innermost recesses of the soul, a re-discovery of the essence of being. Go for nature walks, treks in hills and wilderness, visit Cave of Mahavatar Babaji of Kriya Yoga mentioned in An Autobiography of a Yogi. ... more less