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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.
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RajnishRSingla wrote a review Jul 2015
Rudrapur, India69 contributions29 helpful votes
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Dunagirir Retreat is an Eco yoga retreat, where heaven meets earth. We trek to cave of Mahaavtar Baba Ji. Words are but poor vehicle of thoughts, to describe the nature. Sun rise, Sunset everything was indescribable but you can only feel when you will be there, Be with your best friend - The Nature ! My sincere thanks to our host Piyush Ji, who is a real gem.
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Date of stay: October 2014
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hkvyas wrote a review Jun 2015
Aurangabad, India1 contribution3 helpful votes
the best place to re energize yourself.. All hotels provide service but very few provide service with love and hearty caring nature, dunagiri retreat is one of them, during stay felt like homely caring atmosphere with privacy and suitable for any age group of person.Thanks once again to entire Dunagiri retreat team.
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Date of stay: June 2015
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TravellerNewDelhi3 wrote a review Jun 2015
New Delhi, India2 contributions1 helpful vote
The three of us (an Indian, American and Frenchman) came here to experience calmness and nature. The entire site and experience is so 'natural' that it transports you to another world. Our host Piyush was (is) par excellence and really looks after you. Time stands still while one can be a part of nature, be it the fruit trees, fresh organic produce to be had each day, yoga, treks and understanding nature and our true relationship with it. Always looking forward to coming back.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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rahultewari wrote a review Apr 2015
Sammamish, Washington1 contribution2 helpful votes
I had the pleasure of staying at Dunagiri Retreat recently with several of my childhood friends for a reunion. It was an excellent experience - starting with very warm and welcoming hospitality of the owner, Piyush, along with his staff. They made us feel like we were visiting family and were their personal guests. Facility itself is in a beautiful area surrounded by majestic mountains. It is set up to provide optimal privacy to guests with an excellent choice of rooms ranging from completely separate cottages to a room in the main lodge. All rooms offer a great view of surrounding forested hills. Staff prepared fresh, vegetarian meals which were really excellent. They even arranged a special cake for us to celebrate our reunion. Piyush accompanied us on nearby hikes to
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Date of stay: April 2015
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wajahat r wrote a review Apr 2015
Ghaziabad, India21 contributions13 helpful votes
I had been travelling in kamoun and Garhwal a lot but this place is out of the world!.It is not only beautiful but has some spiritual power.Last week I visited this place with my friends ..Piyush, the owner, told me that first day you might not like the place as much but as you will stay you will start falling in love with it and that was exactly what happened. I got so enthralled with this place that now when I look back and think, I wonder why we keep on running for material pleasures which can only give us temporary satisfaction. Real happiness eludes us .I came back relaxed and rejuvenated .Dunagiri I love you! Some useful suggestions- Trekking to nearby places is a must, stay here minimum for three or four nights.. Lots of wildlife, no t.v, no phones, no newspaper
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Date of stay: April 2015
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FMeilland wrote a review Apr 2015
Sierre, Switzerland2 contributions5 helpful votes
For an incredibly beautiful experience in Northern India ... go directly to the Dunagiri Resort☺️! We have visited India for the first time in October 2014. The first week was spent at the Dunagiri Resort for a wonderful week course of Qi gong. The resort and our hosts, Piyush and Katy, with their warm welcome, charming and nurturing environment offered us an exceptional experience throughout our stay. The beautiful natural surrounding of the area proved to be a unique natural support for all our activities A special thanks to Piyush and Katy, for their kindness and patience for our many questions...and needs, their knowledgable sharing on so many subjects, not the least of the country, its traditions, history and deep comprehension of the sacred aspects of the Himalaya area.
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Date of stay: October 2014
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YKS01 wrote a review Apr 2015
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India3 contributions2 helpful votes
Imagine you have a friend who has a bungalow somewhere in Kumaon region. The place is full of stories from Sat, Treta and Dwapar yuga. You have stories from Hanuman, Ashrams of Shuka and Garg muni, a 'gupt' vaishnav shakti peeth - the only one other than Vaishno devi at Jammu, you have a cave where Pandavas were supposed to have lived and deceived Duryodhana's spies, you have Bababji's cave - the same babaji who lived no one knows how many centuries, the who initated Lahiri Mahashay and whose description can be found in Chapter 34 of Swami Yoganand's book "Yogi Kathamrit" or "Autobiography of a Yogi". You can also meet an extra-ordinary living person - Bhatkoti baba - who is believed to have lived in a cave here only on leaves for 10-12 years. So much about the place, but what
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Date of stay: April 2015
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Basant P wrote a review Mar 2015
Akron, Ohio43 contributions40 helpful votes
We traveled to the resort during end December, we were the only guests staying at the resort. Have to admit that staying with Piyush and Kathy was truly wonderfully, these guys are amazing hosts and the hotel staff are equally warm and loving. Since we visited the resort in December, it was quite cold but Piyush took care of our needs really well, he did not come across as Hotel manager, albeit a family member. The rooms were clean, spacious and had necessary provisions for comfortable stay. The food was local fare, absolutely delicious, oozed of love. Piyush lovingly showed us his Pyramid meditation centre, it is beautifully done and very vibrant. The resort is on the opposite hill from Babaji's cave, the energy within the resort also is extremely vibrant, just by closing
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Date of stay: December 2014
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Catherine C wrote a review Oct 2014
Montreal, Quebec, Canada32 contributions8 helpful votes
We went there for 10 days with a group of 29 in mid-April. They absolutely were not ready for such a large group. Most of the cabin didn't have electricity or running water for several days. When in India, a working toilet is kind of mandatory as people get sick easily. And buckets of warm water had to be asked each time to take a shower. It was cold and rainy for that time of the year and we had to wait several days before getting heating devices in each rooms and the owner wanted to make us pay extra for wood for the rooms with a wooden heating oven. There was no indoor dinning room, so we were obligated to eat outside in the cold all the time. The owner showed aggressivity several times. We had to do yoga in the smoke of their garbage burning fire. At that height
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Date of stay: April 2014
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Response from Infinite_Spaces, Owner at Dunagiri Retreat
Responded 13 Oct 2014
Dear “Yoga Retreat Group”, Thank you for giving us this opportunity to clarify certain matters related to your visit here. Please recollect we had welcomed your group wholeheartedly, we had gone out of our way to be of service to you, but unfortunately you choose to remain ignorant and ungrateful. Please be honest enough to admit to yourself that you were woefully unprepared upon arrival and unmindful of your surroundings during your stay. We were forced by you to heat your rooms because you did not carry appropriate clothing for visiting us. Charges for burning a precious natural resource such as wood for heating of rooms are clearly mentioned on our website but your group had neither the decency nor the heart to pay these charges, even while demanding unnecessary heating of rooms in the middle of Spring season. Somehow you insisted your lack of clothing was our burden. You claim to be surprised to have found there to be no 24x7 running hot water and no indoor dining hall. This should have been well known to your group and your group leader who had visited us a year before, and took specific and detailed notes of our facilities. We still have her compliments in our guest book from that visit! Our facilities did not get downgraded from the time of that visit till the arrival of your group; they had only improved! Please understand neither did we remove 24x7 hot running water nor did we make the indoor dining hall disappear! We were surprised to find you not carrying any warm clothing at all, as if you were expecting to go to a beach in summertime – so much so the poor villagers of this area had to lend you their clothing so you could keep warm. It may have come as a surprise to your group that Himalayas tend to get cold when it rains no matter what the season; however please know everyone else who has ever visited us has known this without us telling them. Your ignorance does not automatically become our fault. It came as a surprise to us that upon arrival your group declared its purpose of visiting us was to “shift the energies of Mahavatar Babaji’s cave to our pyramid meditation hall”! Please understand this was not the stated purpose of your yoga retreat; please also know this is not yoga or spiritual advancement but a delusional state of mind. It is unfortunate that people take practice of yoga to be merely contortions of body and change of breathing patterns while remaining unmindful of the need to practice the very fundamental tenets of yoga in their daily life. These are the practices of Ahimsa - non-violence; Satya – benevolent truth; Asteya – non-stealing; Brahmacharya – spiritual advancements by education and Aparigrapha – non-appropriation.
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Stwinbando wrote a review Sep 2014
Kansas city15 contributions5 helpful votes
A friend and I stayed here for a couple days in August 2014 in the midst of a chaotic tour of India. It was a highlight of our trip! It is very remote and hard to get to, but the drive is completely worth it! (bring anti-nausea meds if you are prone to car sickness.) Great scenery, wonderful hosts, and its good to know this place has such a positive impact on the villages surrounding it. We chose to do some trekking as well as some relaxing: prayer and reading. We left feeling very recharged and ready to face the rest of our trip. Don't come here expecting to be entertained by anything (TV, tourist attractions) - it is just you and nature - do with that as you will. We loved it, and 3 days was not nearly enough! Thank you Piyush and Katy for welcoming us and making our stay so
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Date of stay: August 2014
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