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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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Bhakti_AroraManekar wrote a review Dec 2012
Mumbai, India13 contributions11 helpful votes
Dunagiri retreat is where one can just be with them selves & the nature. Its a beautiful place surrounded by snow peaked mountains, and a breath taking view. one of the best places you can go to if you want to run away from the chaotic and stressful life of cities. The place brings you really close to the nature...calm, serene and peaceful.. One can enjoy just being with themselves, reading a book, listening to music, enjoy the lovely sunrises and sunsets in the middle of the mountains... or go for some treks around to spot some not so popular but extremely beautiful views of the Himalayas ! The owner of the retreat ; Piyush ji looks into smallest of the things personally, which makes your stay really comfortable. He is the best person to approach for any local treks you want
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Date of stay: December 2012
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BeLikeWaters wrote a review Dec 2012
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India2 contributions5 helpful votes
Dunagiri Retreat for me is a definition of Peace, Serenity , Love, Music and Beauty . Its just Beautiful ! So Positive and So Peaceful .I heard the Sound of Silence here. If you want to feel the oneness with nature and yourself I would say one should experience the feel of this Divine Place at least once. I loved it ! I am sharing the pic of the view I had from my room . :)
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Date of stay: December 2012
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drkatypoole wrote a review Nov 2012
Portland, Oregon2 contributions15 helpful votes
I thought I knew everything about India. She’d been the object of my fascination, of my devotion, of my scholarship for 25 years. And yet when I first met Piyush Kumar and he told me about a place in India I’d never heard about—Dunagiri in Kumaon—I was yet again humbled. I didn’t know everything, after all, about India. In fact, I didn’t even know the best part of India. It’s said that sacred things must be kept secret. The same can be said about Dunagiri. It’s a secret sacred place. It’s a place that’s a way of life that should never be lost. It’s timeless. It’s eternal. It’s ananta, without end. And like all great things, it’s difficult to get to. It takes endurance to brave the roads up there from Delhi. They’re rough and unpredictable. At one point, you’ll feel like
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Date of stay: October 2012
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Linda H wrote a review Nov 2012
Stockport, United Kingdom2 contributions6 helpful votes
from the moment we arrived to the moment we left we are all made to feel welcomed and part of a family and the wider community. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the setting is amazing. Piyush and his team were all attentive to ensure we were comfortable at all times. The food was tasty and nourishing and the cook even gave us a demonstration on request so we make some of the dishes when we left. The setting and scenery and the landscape of the grounds are beautiful as many of the photos demonstrate. Pictures can never capture the atmosphere and energy of a place and the feeling of bliss and contentment that be experienced by sitting quietly amongst it. We enjoyed guided trips and walks to places of beauty and interest which added to our pleasure. I would not hesitate
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Date of stay: October 2012
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Karen593 wrote a review Nov 2012
Manchester, United Kingdom4 contributions6 helpful votes
We visited for 10 days in October what a wonderful experience perched high up the mountain with unbelieveable views all round, the rooms are spacious, comfortable & clean & the food is outstanding. Our host Piyush & his staff could not do enough to ensure our stay was wonderful they were so helpful & polite also advising us on places to visit & the best walks to take. This hidden gem is so peaceful away from the every day pressures a true escape.
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Date of stay: October 2012
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abhisabhi wrote a review Oct 2012
London, United Kingdom12 contributions10 helpful votes
Some places are tough to describe with words. Dunagiri retreat is one such place. You have to be there to experience the peace and tranquility of the surroundings. Perched high on a remote mountain, it's location is great to explore the kumaoni hills close by. The retreat has good and comfortable rooms. The service is excellent from the locals who work there. Ever ready to help, they go out of their way to make your stay comfortable. The food also deserves a special mention. All the meals we had were quite delicious and served timely. We were also well guided by the staff on planning day trips and local treks. There is plenty for you to do if you are adventurous, a spiritual seeker or even to spend the day gazing at the beautiful surroundings. It is a must visit place if you are
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Date of stay: June 2012
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sachu79 wrote a review Sep 2012
New Delhi, India71 contributions27 helpful votes
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Great discoveries are made by chance; we were staying at Kalmatia Sangam Himalayan Resort at Almora – when its manager, Narendra Ji suggested us Dunagiri Retreat over Kousani and Mukteshwar. We are happy that we took his suggestion and drove to Dunagiri via Kosi - Someshwar – Binta. The route was a revelation of the natural beauty of Kumaun. Someshwar to Binta the road was in a valley with paddy fields on both sides – lush green during the Monsoon showers of August. From Binta to Dunagiri the forest range is too beautiful to describe in words. The road, the paddy fields and the jungles won our heart even before we reached Dunagiri. Dunagiri Retreat is on a vast estate with fruit trees, vegetable farms and also a free English teaching institute that the owners run for village
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Date of stay: August 2012
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Anon3773 wrote a review Jul 2012
London, United Kingdom1 contribution3 helpful votes
We spent 8 wonderful days at Dunagiri last month. The Retreat is everything that somewhere by that name should be – an escape from the pressures of everyday life, set in breathtaking surroundings, with the warmest of welcomes and excellent service, and numerous picturesque walks and interesting day trips. Every day we were treated to a series of delicious dishes, many cooked with home-grown ingredients, and the owner – Piyush Kumar – was the kindest and most generous of hosts. But Dunagiri is much more than that. Piyush has created somewhere that is a part of the village in which it sits – it was built by the villagers, they work at the retreat and local children visit every afternoon for extra classes. For those who want to understand places that they visit, Piyush offers a
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Date of stay: June 2012
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Nupur0103 wrote a review Jun 2012
Ghaziabad, India10 contributions11 helpful votes
My family had been planning a trip to dunagiri since quite a few years and we finally managed to make it in June, 2012. We were quite impressed by the reviews we'd read and the pictures posted here as well as on the retreats website. The retreat was everything we had imagined it to be. Very quaint but incredibly spacious, it was a delight to live in the retreat, with good home-cooked, predominantly organic local food and excellent service. I'd like to specially mention the bathrooms!! They were done up so well and so artistically! The overall planning off all the cottages was done very well, ensuring each guest had the maximum amount of peace and privacy possible. Our trip happened to be at an excellent time with respect to the fresh produce. Fruits hung abundantly on the trees
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Date of stay: June 2012
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ShubhendraRao wrote a review Jun 2012
New Delhi, Delhi, India1 contribution3 helpful votes
When I started searching for places where I could get away from the hectic city life for at least 3 weeks with my family, I looked at tons of options that are available these days. Wrote to many people, spoke to tons of them but everywhere I was disappointed because it seemed that everyone was only interested in the money but not in who I was or what I was looking for. A friend directed me to www.dunagiri.com. The first look at the website gave a positive feeling and I wrote to the name mentioned in the website, PIyush. I received a prompt reply from him and soon we realized that he lived in Delhi too. We met up a few times, spoke for hours about what my expectations were. Being musicians, both my wife and me were looking for something deeper than just a beautiful place. We also
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Date of stay: June 2012
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