The Himalayan Center of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Nainital is a significant branch of its namesake ashram, which is situated in Delhi. It is the Himalayan centre for the group dedicated to yoga and meditation. An important centre of learning of these ancient disciplines, it aims at providing complete relaxation, good health and peace of mind.
Located in the verdant hills of Nainital, away from the cacophony of the marketplace. With prior permissions from the ashram’s administration, visitors can plan a stay at this tranquil place.
Nainital is a place that offers the beauty and aura of a hill station combined with calm and tranquility of hills and forests. Aurobindo ashram is such one place that offers the visitors a lot of spiritual feeling in a calm and serene environment.
The Himalayan Center of Aurobindo Ashram is a branch of New Delhi Ashram working as a training center of Aurobindo Ashram Pondicherry. It is located along the lush green hilly slopes of the Kumaon Valley, which is at the distance of just one km from hectic local market of Nainital. Located at the steep climb of the hill, its elevation is 7400 ft or 2200 meters with a campus that spreads in around 4 acres of land. Also known as Van Niwas, it offers isolation and serenity while providing beautiful view of panoramic valley of Nainital.
The vertical ascend upwards in the direction towards the Ashram is a great work out for people who are physic conscious which provides a sense of satisfaction when arriving at the Ashram. The centre aims at spreading healthy living style through the practice of meditation and Yoga. People sometimes come here in the quest of spiritual knowledge and ’Gyan’ of the religion.
Ashram also provides residential accommodation for which permission prior to stay is required. One can easily stay here and practice various yoga asans as well as meditation techniques. These activities encourage one to discover internal persona as well as help to gain serenity of mind. One can also acquire the profound level of contentment and tranquility while learning the skill of perseverance and imbibing the feeling of ultimate bliss. There are numerous activities that one can attend while staying or joining a course.
The programs here consists of lectures on body-mind medicine, the spiritual philosophy which forms the base of yoga and how it is relevant to stress management and other aspects of life including sleep, exercise, nutrition, mental alertness and smoking, drinking alcohol, chewing tobacco etc.
There are many activities designed especially for children. Here they can learn physical exercises as well as discipline, time management, increasing mental strength, managing own routine work, along with the qualities of sharing, helping, paying respect to elders and indulging in some cultural activities.
Food is available here at the ashram for the guests staying in or one can bring it from outside. However, non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited here.
For a simple visitor, the place can be a very peaceful abode where one can sit, relax and feel the serenity and calmness slowly seeping into own being. The place is very elegantly and efficiently managed and visitors can have a great view of Nainital from the ashram.
There are many budget hotels near Aurobindo Ashram if someone could not find accommodation within the premises of the Ashram. They suit all budgetary requirements and capable enough to cater all basic requirements of stay near the Ashram while providing a close view of this divine place very frequently.
The Ashram is open on all working days from 6:00 in the morning to 6:00 in the evening. It is open on Sundays and all public holidays as well. Taxis, cabs are easily available from hotels or other points of the city. One can also take a walk from the valley towards the uphill. From railway station also, one can hire cabs or auto to reach Himalayan Center of Aurobindo Ashram.