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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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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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CDATTA wrote a review Aug 2013
Pune, India16 contributions1 helpful vote
Travelled for my honeymoon in July 2013. It was mesmerizing. For us to start our new lives, this was a really wonderful place. We enjoyed every bit of our stay there. It's tough to describe the experience in words. Please visit this place, I am sure anyone who loves the Himalaya will love this place.
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Date of stay: July 2013
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Nicky wrote a review Aug 2013
Manchester, United Kingdom77 contributions63 helpful votes
Visited here last October with Jane Craggs school of yoga, we spent a night in old Delhi then took the night train were we picked up and taken up the mountain to dunagiri ! Wonderful welcome, fantastic vegan food, and the most magical views and walks to hidden places of worship. A great experience, although I was only there a week I felt totally re charged and energised
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Date of stay: October 2012
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Amirun wrote a review Aug 2013
India2 contributions1 helpful vote
Like most of you reading this article, I'm quite fond of traveling - especially discovering new places, not the popular / touristy ones, rather little adventurous. Recently stayed at Dunagiri Retreat for 2 nights and 3 days with my family (including my 2 year old kid) and we had a fantastic experience. Whilst the remoteness of the place offers a 360 degree view of the pristine landscape, the amazing team at the resort would not let anyone feel the remoteness with their superb service and food (great home cooked food). The other real amazing stuff about the place - it plays an important role in the ecosystem of the nearby villages, besides some employment opportunities and getting tourist to the place, teaching kids free of charge, taking initiative in providing medical aid to
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Date of stay: August 2013
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Abhibak4 wrote a review Jul 2013
Delhi3 contributions2 helpful votes
I spend a lot of time travelling in Uttrakhand, majorly in the Garhwal side of it. Rains are my favorite time because it brings out the best in the mountains. The river run at their wildest, every stream has water and greenery and beauty can never be captured in words or pictures. What happened in and around Ganga this year is heart breaking. Since I could not go that side, so I changed directions and went towards the Kumaon side of Uttrakhand and to my greatest pleasure, I discovered Dunagiri, How do I explain this place, completely raw, amazingly green and so less travelled that u can not hear any thing other than the birds and the crickets. Such calmness and serenity. More you can find online about Dunagiri. We stayed with Piyush and though he was not around, his staff (He
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Date of stay: June 2013
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653anonymous wrote a review Jun 2013
New Delhi1 contribution1 helpful vote
Recently visited Dunagiri with friends and had an amazing time! Dunagiri is beautiful and peaceful, and simply one of the best places to visit in India. I thank the friendly staff and the caring and helpful host, Piyush uncle, for making my trip so wonderful.
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Date of stay: June 2013
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