Ashrams in Rishikesh– Are you a traveler who likes to stay in an ashram in Rishikesh during your travel? This article provides information about ashrams for travelers in Rishikesh where they can explore the yoga capital and visit spiritual dham on the banks of River Ganga by experiencing the serene environment of the ashram.

The Rishikesh is the blend of holy dhams, spiritual activities, and adventurous activities. Yearly, millions of tourists visit this place from across the globe. Some for yoga and meditation and others for daredevil adventurous activities. Traveling to a new place is all about experiencing new things.

So, why not try differently? Choose Ashram to stay instead of a luxurious resort or routine Hotel stay. Rishikesh is famous for Ashrams. It is not just budget-friendly, this place provides a tranquil experience for travelers and spiritual seekers.

Besides this, you can attend meditation and yoga classes in the ashram during your stay. The pleasant climate of the Himalayas along with a serene ashram environment along with Vedic chants from the holy dhams and the most sacred river Ganga makes your travel a peerless travel experience ever.

Do’s and don’ts at ashram for travelers in Rishikesh

  1. One should follow the rules and regulations lead out by the ashram.
  2. Wear a decent dress. Mostly prefer Indian Wear with no sleeveless and tank top and jeans. For Yoga and meditation wearing a comfortable dress is important.
  3. In general, the ashrams provide only Vegetarian food. As it is good for digestion and increases sattvic nature and positive vibes in the surrounding and in the mind of the spiritual seekers.
  4. Don’t indulge yourself in any illegal activity.
  5. Most of the ashrams don’t allow pets. So make sure you enquire about this in prior.
  6. Book rooms or register in any course in advance if it interests you. Bookings can be done through their website.

Top 10 Ashram in Rishikesh

#1 The Parmarth Niketan

Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Parmarth Niketan Ashram (Taken from TripAdvisor)

The biggest and prominent ashram in Rishikesh. Located on the banks of the sacred river Ganga, it is one of the top ashramas in Rishikesh. It is 70 years old ashram with modern facilities.

People prefer this ashram to view the Ganga aarthi during the twilight time. The universal prayer in the morning along with meditation and yoga classes makes this place exuberant, filled with positive vibes everywhere.

It is famous for Ayurvedic treatment. 

Many tourists come here for treatment. The treatment is special which includes music therapy, a strict healthy diet, and yoga.

This ashram is open for all. Visitors irrespective of community, race, and religion are welcomed here. One can stay here up to 15 days based on the requirement you can choose.

There are 1000 rooms available with three times meals. For people who join classes, they conduct extensive yoga classes and Vedic heritage.

Travelers who are looking to stay here for few days are also welcomed to participate or donate.

Facilities

Even though the ashram is 70 years old, it has modern amenities with neat rooms for the tourists. If your concern is about your health, you can reach a doctor just a phone call away.

If you are looking for stress management such as Reiki healing and Pranayam, then it is the best place. You can get classes while staying here few days during your travel.

How to reach

From Dehardun airport it takes around 20 km, whereas from the Ram Jhula it is 500m. One can reach this place by local taxi, Bus, and Railways as well.

www.parmarth.com

#2 Sivananda Ashram

Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh

Sivananda Ashram (Taken from HaridwarRishikeshTourism)

Another ashram that is best for solo women travelers. The ashram is maintained by Divine life society. The specialty of this ashram is they teach Karma Yoga.

Besides this, it has a wide range of books at the ashrama library where one can learn more about Indian Philosophy and Vedic science. If you are a woman who is traveling to Rishikesh for spirituality, then this is the place for you.

This place is well known for yoga teaching and this ashram was visited by the former president and great scientist of India, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam.

They provide free yoga and meditation classes, special yoga classes for women in the evening by women trainers. Also, accommodation here is free of charge for seekers.

Facilities

Clean rooms with modern amenities for the tourists and other Ashram people who join the classes.

Apart from serving food thrice a day, they provide tea in the evening, at a particular time set by the ashram.

How to reach

It is located 3 km from the Rishikesh towards Badarinath Dham whereas from the airport it is 10 km. When it comes to railways it is located 6 km from the railway station.

www.sivanandaonline.org

Note: Spiritual seekers need to apply for room booking one month in advance.

#3 Anand Prakash Ashram

Another best ashram to stay for travelers at a budget-friendly price. This ashram was started by a couple in 2007. Here they teach Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga. Also, they teach a special yoga called Akhanda Yoga.

Facilities

In this ashram, they have 3 single rooms, 11 double rooms, and 7 Triple rooms.

All the rooms have beds with modern amenities.

The price range for one full day for a single room is 1100 rupees whereas for shared room 800 rupees.

If you are planning on learning Yoga during your stay, the charges would be 200 rupees for the morning session and 200 rupees for the evening session.

The ashrama has a library where you learn more about Hatha yoga.

How to reach

The ashram is located in the Tapovan area, 4 km from Rishikesh whereas from the Railway station it is 6 km and 20 km from the airport.

https://akhandayoga.com/ashram/

#4 Jai Ram Ashram

If you are looking for a free staying during your pilgrimage in the Deva Bhumi (uttarakhand ) then this is the best ashram. This ashram was started in 1891 by Adi Guru Shri Jai Ram Maharaj.

Daily they conduct Keerthana(holy songs) for God in the ashram. They do marriage for underprivileged people. Also, have their own Gaushala.

The ashram does many charitable works for underprivileged people like organizing eye camps and charitable hospitals.

Facilities

They have a total of 512 rooms where pilgrims can stay free of cost.

All the rooms have modern amenities.

They have both AC and Non AC rooms for Pilgrims.

How to reach

The ashram is located in Bhimgoda in Haridwar, it takes 6 km from the Haridwar railway station, whereas from the airport it’s 34 km. You can reach this place by any means.

www.jairamashram.org

#5 Madhuban Ashram

Looking for an ashram with an in-house restaurant and good hospitality? Then this is the ashram for you. This ashram is dedicated to Lord Krishna.

Here they perform aarthi for Lord Krishna daily in the morning and evening. They serve excellent Sattvic food and the serene environment makes this place the most liked tourist place.

Facilities

They have single rooms, double rooms, club private rooms, club private suites, and even presidential suites.

All the rooms have modern amenities.

They arrange pick up and drop for the tourists.

They even provide laundry and dry clean service.

How to reach

The ashram is located in Kailash gate Muni-Ki-Reti. You can reach this ashram by any means. From the railway station, it takes 4 km and from the airport it’s 20 km.

www.madhubanrishikesh.org

#6 Andhra Ashram

The ashram was built for south Indians who were not familiar with the local language. Inside the ashram, there is the Sri Ventakshwara temple and the Chandramouleshwara temple.

Facilities

Here they have 65 rooms with very basic facilities but they have separate 8 rooms with modern amenities. Choose according to your requirement.

You can go strolling the mango garden where you can see different varieties of mango species.

How to reach

You can reach this ashram by any means as it is located near Lakshman Jhula road near the Madras cafe. From here, the railway station is just 2 km away whereas the airport is 17 km and Haridwar is 20 km.

Note: No online booking or website available as one has to go there directly and check in.

#7 Omkarananda Ganga Sadan

This ashram is located at the banks of the river Ganga. The specialty of the ashram is they teach Iyengar yoga. This ashram was established in 1993 by Omkarananda Saraswati.

Here they follow the methods taught in the ancient yoga sutra book of Patanjali. Hence it is the home of Patanjala Yoga Kendra in Rishikesh. If you are looking for some serene place to relax and experience yoga during travel, then this is the perfect place.

The activities here are lectures on the divine Bagavath Gita, performing daily aarthi, and evening classes on Iyengar yoga.

Yoga classes are provided for all, if you are looking for intense yoga classes then make sure you book classes one month in advance.

Facilities

If you’re looking for river view rooms, then this is the best place. Since it is located on the bank of river Ganga on Muni-ki-Reti.

They have many river view rooms. Also, the price here is reasonable with clean rooms.

How to reach

It is located in Muni-ki-Reti. From the railway station, it takes around 5 km whereas from the airport it is 22 km. One can reach this place either through local transport or bus.

www.omkarananadaashram.org

#8 Sadhana Mandir and Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram

If you are looking for some private relaxation time at the ashram, then this is the best place for you. The ashram is covered by a beautiful rose garden along with an enchanting lotus pond and mango trees.

Here they teach traditional Himalayan Yoga. Also, individual personalized lectures and individual spiritual retreats for guests. This ashram was founded by Swami Rama in 1966. He wrote many books on Yoga and spirituality.

Facilities

Here they provide individual cottages for accommodation, however, only 100 guests alone can stay at a time.

If you are alone it is better to take a single room. They have a double room as well. If you are fine to share with fellow guests then Dormitory is available.

All the rooms have two beds and an attached bathroom with them.

When it comes to the Dormitory, each room will have 4 beds with attached bathrooms.

When it comes to food, they provide a delicious three-course veg meal. Since it is an ashram you can’t expect Non-Vegetarian anywhere.

Here you get a WiFi facility as well at the reception. If you want to know more about Yoga and gain some spiritual knowledge, they have a library as well.

How to reach

It is located 3 km from Rishikesh, near Ram Jhula. Whereas from railway station 6 km and 10 km from the airport. One can easily walk and go to this amazing ashram from Ram Jhula as it is just a 10-minute walk.

https://sadhanamandir.org

#9 Swami Dayananda Ashram

The amazing ashram was founded by world-renowned Vedanta teacher Swami Dayananda Saraswati in 1960. He is also the founder of Arya Samaj.

In this ashram, they teach Vedic chanting, Bagavath Geeta, and Upanishads along with Yoga and meditation. Another noticeable fact about this ashram is here there are few small temples inside the premises.

The guests who are staying in the ashram can perform Puja rituals to the idols in the temple by themselves either in the morning or evening or both the time.

Facilities

There are a total of 150 rooms available on the ashram premises.

The rooms are simple but comfortable for the guest to stay.

They even have computer rooms with two computers for students to browse. These computer rooms are quite small.

They have a book store where you have a good collection of books.

On the second floor, they have a huge hall where they conduct Yoga and meditation classes.

How to reach

One can reach this place by bus as it is 3 km from Rishikesh bus stand whereas 4 km from the railway station and 18 km from the airport.

If you are planning to explore the place, then take a walk from Ram Jhula to the ashram which is around 20 minutes. On the other one enjoy the amazing view during the stay in the ashram as it is located on the banks of Ganga.

Important Note: “Tourists are not allowed in the ashram for stay”. The only course registered students are allowed inside.

https://dayananda.org/ 

#10 Phool Chatti Ashram

One of the oldest ashram in Rishikesh which was found in 18th century by Sri Devi Dayal Ji Maharaj Ji. The ashram got the name as it is surrounded by the pleasant mountains and flower garden and hence it is called “land of Flowers”.

People come here to learn yoga, meditation, and inner peace whereas others experience the ashram life. Here they conduct yoga classes for beginners and teach different pranayama techniques.

Facilities

The rooms are neat with simple furniture and filled with positive vibes. Also, they offer modern amenities.

The peaceful environment in the Lakshman Jhula makes visitors and seekers a surreal experience.

How to reach

You can reach this place by any means, from Lakshman Jhula it is 5 km whereas from the railway station it is 6 km. From the airport, it takes around 20 km. The ashram is located on the Neelkanth temple road.

https://www.phoolchattiyoga.com/

The above mentioned are the top 10 ashram for travelers in Rishikesh, make your pligrimage or spritual seeking jounry or adventours activites peerless by staying in ashram for few days. The stay at ashram experince will change your life forever. 

Further Reading– If you are interested in spiritual topics, I have another article and travel guide dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, please check out the Tirupati travel guide. 

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