We got as far as the reception counter outside. Told by a rude and disinterested woman at the counter that it was shut (at 3.45 pm), that if we wanted to come in we'd have to come back tomorrow and have an AIDS test and pay for it, (please, how stupid do they think people are - as if AIDS tests can be done by a pinprick and the results shown immediately? And why - do they actually think people are going to be having random sex with strangers on their property?), that there was a 2400 INR fee to enter to even be able to walk around the gardens and have lunch at the restaurant,and we would then have to sit through an 18-minute induction video, and also buy maroon robes to wear whilst on the property. She got positively hostile when we questioned the need for an AIDS test, and accused us of having "issues" that we needed to address. Having read a bit about Osho's teachings, we were stunned at the attitude. Dozens of people in maroon robes passed us while we were standing there, none of whom looked friendly or happy or even, dare I say, normal. We turned around and walked away, happily taking photos of all the gorgeous old properties in the pretty street near the OSHO centre. (Here I need to point out that the OSHO centre is surrounded by black 18 foot high walls, and there's nothing visible from the street apart from the reception counter at the entrance.) Next thing, an angry security guard came out from another part of the centre across the road, yelling at us that he wanted our cameras, that it was forbidden to take photos of the OSHO centre as it was private property, and he actually came at us in a very threatening way. Luckily I had my phone with me and told him if he touched us I would call the police, as we were on a public road and were entitled to take photos of anything we liked. Despite that, he still followed us, shouting angrily. See photos of the angry man. Good grief - this is supposed to be a place where one seeks enlightenment? Methinks not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful campus situated in the pleasant residential area of Koregaon Park, Pune, some fifteen minutes by air from Mumbai (formerly Bombay).This lush contemporary 28-acre campus is a tropical oasis where nature and the 21st Century blend seamlessly, both within and without. With its white marble pathways, elegant black buildings, abundant foliage and Olympic-sized swimming pool, it is the perfect setting to take time out for yourself.This is a place where you can simply relax and where you can also enjoy the company of visitors of all ages from over 100 countries. You can choose if you want to do something, or if you just want to rest, swim, meditate — or just to be.You can learn simple Osho Active Meditations, techniques specifically designed for the contemporary over-charged mind and stress-impacted body.You may like to nourish your body-mind-soul with a stunning selection of individual sessions, like bodywork and massage, and longer workshops and courses — all designed to help you become more aware of yourself.Or perhaps experiment by learning new life skills and acquiring tools to take home, that will help you remain relaxed even in the busiest of workaday environments.The key to relaxation is awareness, being a keen observer of all that is going on both inside and around us — this is the inner science, often also called meditation.And while we each walk this walk alone, it is more supportive and more fun to share the process with others, whether during the various daytime activities, or in the evening — trying out a new meditation technique, or enjoying an evening a party, dancing, or the plaza café, watching or participating in live theater events or just going to the movies.Above all this is a unique environment created through the awareness, humor, and celebration that each of us brings to the table. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Osho Meditation Hotel Pune