Best Ashrams To Stay In Rishikesh

Best Ashrams To Stay In Rishikesh

Ashrams  in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is known as the land of sages, it is the place where one can find a true connection with their soul and have an introspection. It is located on the banks of the holy river Ganga in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Tourists around the globe come to Rishikesh for meditation, yoga and in search of divinity and spirituality. Rishikesh is well known for spiritual and meditation ashrams in India. When you want to retreat your inner conscience with meditation and yoga, turn your head towards Rishikesh and when you will stay there you will come to know about your life goals in the true sense and that will bring mental peace to you. Here I go with the list of five best Ashrams to stay in Rishikesh, which is also known as the birthplace of yoga. The main aim to stay at these ashrams in Rishikesh is the spiritual development of an individual. 

Aurovalley Ashram


Those who land to Rishikesh as spiritual aspirants can get their dream stay at Aurovalley Ashram. Tourists can visit this ashram for a shorter or longer duration. They can stay there as a guest and can take part in the activities going in ashrams. The ashram activities include meditation, Yoga Asanas, bhajans, and kirtans. Swami Brahmadev is the founder of this ashram. Interested tourists can also enroll themselves in the Internal yoga program. This program is available for shorter and longer duration course modules. This ashram is located at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain.   

The location of this ashram is truly incredible, just located in the midst of nature, surrounded by Rajaji National Park. The sounds of chirping of Himalayan birds will make your day and one can truly find a soul connection with their inner conscience and mother nature too. 

Swami Brahmadev who is the founder of the ashram was born in a very rich family of northern India, but his passion for human services let him be the founder of the ashram for the services of humanity. He is very passionate about yoga and meditation. 

This ashram welcomes people from different corners of the world and from different age groups too. The ashram has permanent residential buildings that offer accommodation. The ashram offers residential educational programs, spiritual programs for the well being of the people in short- and long-term modules. Other offerings are yoga classes on a daily basis, spiritual activities and teaching of internal yoga. 

Sivananda Ashram  

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Another option that can be taken into consideration while finding an ashram to stay in Rishikesh is Sivananda Ashram. It was established in the year 1936 under the guidance of Swami Sivananda as Divine Life Society under, now this society runs various charitable trust and publications (the divine life society) across the world. The main aim of this society was to help the poor and needy people. The activities include free education, sanitation, free medical services, free yoga dropping classes and social activities too. 

Apart from these free services, the ashram also provides accommodation to the true aspirants of spirituality. 

The Ashram is located on the Western banks of holy river Ganga in Rishikesh near Ramjhula Bridge. 

The ashram has gained an international reputation among spiritual seekers and visitors. The Ashram stretches up to the edge of the bank, structurally the set up of ashram for monastic aspirants where they could enhance the spiritual knowledge. 

This can be the best accommodation for spiritual guidance, yoga, and meditation too. Sivananda Kutir offers Teacher Training Courses (TTC) and Sadhana Intensive courses from April to November each year

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Yoga Niketan 

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Another best option could be Yoga Niketan. This is considered to be the oldest Ashram in Rishikesh. It is located on a hillock by the holy river Ganga, near Ram Jhula Parking. 

The locational advantage of this ashram is great, it offers 180 views of Himalayas, just overlooking holy river Ganga. The views of Himalayas is superb from the premises of the Ashram in the midst of nature and monastic set up. 

This ashram is well managed too. The ashram offers a wonderful stay to the spiritual aspirants and tourists with basic amenities like meals, snacks are also provided. Morning and evening yoga classes are also offered along with Satsang too. 

Yoga Niketan Ashram offers nearly 100 well-furnished & ventilated, A/C, non-A/C and cooler rooms for its aspirants. Each room has a private bathroom with 24 hours of hot/cold water, and electricity.

So when you are planning for Rishikesh must consider Yoga Niketan as accommodation. 

Salient Features:
  • Near to the Bank of the Ganga
  • One of the oldest Ashram
  • Daily Schedule of the ashram is cheerful & warming including classes of Yoga & Meditation
  • Separate Library, Meditation & Yoga Hall
  • Neat & clean rooms
  • Affordable pricing starting from Rs. 900
The Ved Niketan Ashram 

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The Ved Niketan Ashram is also known as International Vishwaguru Yoga Vedanta Academy. It is located on the eastern banks of the holy river Ganga. It is situated at just 20 minutes' walking distance from the Ramjhula (a suspension bridge) Parking near Parmarth Niketan. 

Earlier it was managed by the Maharshi Mahesh Yogi but now Ved Niketan Ashram is run by Art Of Living Foundation. The foundation has modified and renovated the Ved Niketan in a very beautiful way. It is now equipped with all modern amenities to accommodate foreign tourists as well. 

The Ashram is under the guidance of the Art of Living Foundation, so students can enroll themselves in various yoga courses under the guidance of Sri Sri Ravishankar. The authority conducts several courses on yoga and Ayurveda. 

  1. Ayurveda Panchakarma Centre
  2. Asana & Pranayama Course
  3. Six month Yoga course for the Indian nationals
  4. Residential Yoga course and Teacher Training Programme
  5. Ashram Accommodation
Parmarth Niketan Ashram

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This ashram is located on the eastern banks of the Ganges on the foothills of the Neelkantha Mountain near the Ramjhula suspension bridge. This Ashram is considered to be a voracious spiritual shelter in Rishikesh. 

It is supposed to be the largest residential ashram. This ashram attracts numbers of pilgrims across the various corners of the world, who are willing to stay in Rishikesh for their spiritual development. 

The location of the Parmarth Niketan is in the area of Swargashram the main alley that runs along the bank of Gange towards east just on the left bank of the Ganges. This ashram was founded by Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji in 1940, This spiritual ashram has a legacy from the last 70 years and one of the oldest ashrams in Rishikesh. 

The Ashram offers a very clean environment, one can feel the spiritual connect amidst beautiful lush green gardens, including the Rudraksha tree. The ashram comes with more than 1000 rooms AC / Non AC blended with western amenities & facilities. 

Parmarth Niketan ashram offers various yoga programs and retreats from Beginner to Teacher Training Courses throughout the year.

Salient Features:
  • Over 1,000 rooms, the facilities are a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional, spiritual simplicity.
  • Daily Yagya & Aarti

Any ashram can be chosen to stay in Rishikesh, accommodation, amenities can be different but the common thread that ties all the spiritual aspirants in Rishikesh is a true connection with soul amidst nature and near the banks of holy river Ganga.

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