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Parmarth Niketan Ashram
Ranked #11 of 52 Hotels in Rishikesh
Reviewed 9 March 2012

I stayed there for 8 days. It has one of the cleanest and well maintained ghats with a Ganga-Arti every evening. If you are a religious person hoping to find spiritual enlightenment, I doubt you will be rewarded. It is more of a custom-made retreat more apt for introspection and self-study. A lot of foreigners around means that they have to keep most of their yoga/learning programs starting from basic levels which might drain out Indians coz most of us usually know the basics. for. eg a nature cure class which goes on for 2 hours about general benefits of haldi, tulasi, neem, garlic etc (not very detailed or scientific) makes you go a bit fidgety.

The living quarters are simple, spacious and have prompt maintenance services. Hot water, blankets, western style WC, 2 beds, a small kitchen platform, a cupboard, two chairs and a table are what you are provided in twin-sharing. There is a market close by where you get anything you have forgotten to bring from home. not very expensive. If you go for the Ganga-block (hoping for view of the river) do go for the 1st floor as ground floor view is obstructed and the street dwellers make hell of a noise in the night which no authority can do anything about.

There are other options like Vanprastha Ashram nearby if you don't like this one. They are lovely too. In fact better maintained. But I found that this place has a different energy to it. maybe because of the living in Guru and his students or the devotion with which everyone observes the decorum. The watchmen, ayurvedshala, block attendants are very courteous and helpful. Front office might come across as a bit clinical and rude in the beginning (especially if there are a lot of guests) but they are nice people to deal with in the long run.

Food is included in your room charges (which they call donation for some reason, maybe tax purposes). 3 simple vegetarian meals a day. There is a 104 year old baba who you might bump into at meal times. He is fun to interact with.

The Kerala Massage is ok. Not great. They need to train them better. But then, the charges are reasonable too (Rs. 800 for full body massage) so no complaints there.

The building has Kabir dohas inscribed all over. very inspiring.

Go there with an agenda of your own. keep some free time and an open mind to participate in their activities (which you might find very enriching if you are a foreigner), accept it for what it has to offer and you will feel a wonderful energy resonating within you. Good thing is they don't force you to attend everything. I hope to go back there sometime. It calls out to you, to come back. especially the serene statue of Shiva.

Room Tip: Chk your room before moving in. ganga block ground floor has obstructed view of the river (for which...
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

I stayed at the ashram for the excellent yoga festival, & then for a couple of extra nights.
There is hot water, clean rooms, great laundry service, beautiful surrounds & lovely people.
The wifi is limited to the Ganga block and is very inconsistent. This would be the only area for improvement.
The food was excellent!

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11  Thank amoslandrybasket
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

We have been to Parmarth 3rd time in December 2011. Its a beautiful Ashram with Ganges a minute walk away. All was good except one experience which spoiled few moments at the end.... Ashram break time is 1 to 3 in the afternoon and as per the last 2 times, we used to check out at 3 as we have a train at 04.20 pm and it takes little to reach the train station. So we were expecting the same this time but the person at the Reception came back at seat at 3.45 pm that too after many calls. We told him that we are getting late..pls make it fast to do the Check Out formalities and give us the Security charges back. But i dont know why he was so rude to us...he is coming late for his duty still v were polite but the way he was behaving seems as v people were at fault...it spoils the image of the Ashram. I think the people at Front Office/Reception should be polite even if the guest is wrong...but in our case he was wrong. May be he has some personal reason for his bad mood...but this is all for Reception people. Other staff at Ashram is gud and quite cooperative.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank paruljas11
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

Amazing setting with spectacular views of the river and mountains. FIlled with caring teachers and enlightenment...worth while experience.

Room Tip: Rooms on the ganga are the best in terms of views and sound of the river... The teacher Bhagwati is...
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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5  Thank DanielScheffler
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

Rishikesh has many ashrams and hotels. For those who are open to experiencing the timeless nature of Rishikesh then Parmarth Niketan is a great option. This place is not at all for those who want service and pampering. Most of the people prefer the river view rooms but my favourite rooms are the new rooms of Yamuna block which look into the inner courtyard of the ashram. The Ashram offers simple vegetarian Indian food but for those who are looking for more exciting palate the bazaar outside has many little restaurants with international options. I stayed at the ashram twice and felt amazing peace and serenity. The Ganga Arti(prayer), which the ashram organizes daily on the banks of the great river, transports you to a real calm inner space. The ashram also offer good yoga classes and is famous for hosting the international yoga conference every year. Stay her if you want a real Rishikesh exprerience.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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9  Thank KayMystic
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Additional Information about Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Address: P.O. Swargashram, Rishikesh 249201, India
Region: India > Uttarakhand > Dehradun District > Rishikesh
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Ranked #11 of 52 Hotels in Rishikesh
Number of rooms: 1000
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