YOGA & MEDITATION TEACHER TRAINING IN DHARMASALA, NORTH INDIA, AT THE FOOTHILLS OF HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS.
Our Address in Dharamashala
Sarvaguna yoga Dhaama
(Yoga-Meditation training& Research Academy)
Upper Bhagsunag, Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala,
Himachal Pradesh- 176219.
Ph/WhatsApp: +91 903 297 4215
A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF HIMALAYAS AND DHARMASHALA
Himalayas, meaning the abode of snow in Sanskrit, are the range of mountains with mighty snow peaks, forming the northern border of the Indian subcontinent. Himalayas have been a great inspiration for the spiritual practitioners, yogis, saints and as well as Healers, from time immemorial. Experienced by many practitioners and yogis as a very powerful energy centres on the Earth, these sacred mountains have been inspiring many seekers till today.
Dharmashala is located in the North Indian state, Himachal Pradesh. Nestled below the mighty snow clad peaks of the beautiful Himalayan Dhauladhar mountain range, it is a wonderful location with an abundance of natural beauty and spiritual diversity.
Dharmashala is the spiritual headquarters of Buddhists all over the World. It is the home for H.H Dalai Lama, and the centre for Tibetan govt in exile. H.H.Dalai Lama has been living here along with his followers since 1959. His presence and the Tibetan population has made Dharamshala a popular destination for Indian and foreign tourists, including students studying Tibetan Culture.
Dharamsala and Mcleodgunj are twin towns located at lower and upper areas of that point of Himalayan Mountain range. Dharamasala is mainly populated by Locals. Mcleodganj is the abode of the H.H. Dalai Lama. Many Tibetans have their permanent settlements in this town and leading a peaceful life.
Bhagsunag and Dharmakot are twin beautiful hamlets located 2 k.ms away from Mcleodganj town . These two villages are relatively calm and quiet and give a conducive atmosphere for Yoga and Meditation practices. Hence, yoga and meditation learners chose to come here for their training.
ALTITUDE AND WEATHER: The altitude here is between 1,250 and 1,982 meters. In the months of April to July, the temperature is maximum 35 degree Celsius. The Monsoon season starts in July and lasts till September.
CLOTHINGS: In the Months of May and June, there will be little chill in the early hours of the day and at nights. We recommend you to bring a light jacket for a comfortable yoga/meditation practice. Otherwise, some light warm clothes would be perfect. Daytimes are often warm with comfortable amount of sunshine, pleasant weather, clear sky, beautiful scenery and nice people around.
How to reach Sarvaguna Yoga Dhaama
Reaching by AIR: The best way for the international travellers to reach Dharmashala by AIR is to travel from New Delhi airport. New Delhi Airport is connected to all most all major destinations from abroad and all major cities in India. Daily flights are operated from New Delhi to Dharmashala Airport (Also known as Gagal Airport) which is about 25 kms away from our Yoga centre. It is a 40minutes journey by taxi to reach the yoga centre and it costs around 1200 INR.
OPTION: If the direct flights to Dharamsala are not available, there are other possibilities to reach there by Air: You can take a flight to Chandigarh (250 km from the our Yoga centre) or Amritsar (200 km away from our centre) and then take a pre-paid taxi to McLeodGanj. It takes 4 -5 hours to reach there. The taxi rent will cost about 4000 INR. In case of International travellers who chose to arrive in Amritsar International Airport, can chose to reach Dharmashala by taxi, which is a better option.
Reaching by TRAIN: There are no direct Trains to reach Dharmashala. Pathankot (Earlier Known as Chakki Bank) is the nearest Railway station to a reach Dharmashala. Patankot Railway station is well connected by rail from all other major cities in India. The distance from Pathonkot to our Yoga centre is about 100 kms and it costs around 1500 INR to reach the centre by Taxi.
If you choose to travel by Train, we strongly recommend you to book your train tickets through Indian govt Rail website: www.indianrail.gov.in or www.irctc.co.in. You should have your identity proof while booking your train tickets. You can also book your rail ticket through www.makemytrip.com
Reaching by BUS – There are daily bus services from Delhi to Dharamsala every evening, it’s about 10 to 12 hours journey with a fare of INR 300-1300 depending upon the type of bus you choose to travel. Local government or private sleeper buses, AC or Non AC chair are available from New Delhi and from other major cities. This option is the most economical. Bus services are also available from Manali and Shimla. You can book your bus online at www.redbus.in or www.hptdc.nic.in/bus.htm. We can provide you more details information about travel to Dharamsala if you need.
Location of Our Yoga-meditation school:
Sarvaguna Yoga Dhaama is located at Oasis Guest house, in Upper Bhagsu, about 2.5 kms away from Mcleodgunj town and half a mile away from the Bhagsunag main market. (There are a few steps to be climbed to reach the school on the mountain) Its geographical location makes it comfortably away from the main stream markets and distractions, which results in creating calm, quite and contemplative environment for yoga and meditation practices. As the area around the Yoga centre cannot be reached through motor vehicles etc.,(but connected through a comfortable pathways leading up the hill top) one can enjoy a true serenity and peaceful atmosphere of the Himalayas.
Topography around the Yoga Centre
While the geographical location of our yoga centre provides a calm and quite atmosphere, the topography of the area naturally brings a meditative disposition in the yoga practitioners, giving an experience of peacefully merging with the nature. Staying here, one can feel that he or she is relaxing in the lap of nature, healing, refreshing and rejuvenating. Being located on a mountain side, having full of green palm trees in the backdrop and a visual perception of beautiful valley in front and chirps and tweets of the birds around, we believe our centre truly provides a conducive and spiritual environment for yoga and meditation practices.
ACCOMMODATION AT THE CENTRE
Oasis Guest House has 12 nice luxurious rooms reserved for yoga students only. Each room has western style toilet with 24 hour hot shower, a shelf with lock and key, a wooden wardrobe, a big double bed, blanket, mosquito net, study table, two chairs and free Wi-Fi. These rooms have enough space for two people to stay.
Your room will be reserved in the Oasis Guest House (On site accommodation), where the Sarvaguna Yoga Centre is located, on first cum first serve basis, if all the rooms are full in the Oasis house, your accommodation will be arranged in the immediate neighbouring guest houses very close to the school. Accommodation charges are included in the course fee.
Food at the yoga centre/Oasis Guest House.
During the Yoga training courses, Oasis guesthouse runs its own restaurant exclusively for our yoga students. All Indian cuisines, especially Indian Yogic meals are prepared here for the course students. One may also ask for other western or international cuisine or special diet here
Restaurants and other Amenities around the our yoga school 10 minuteswalk down from our centre, you will find a number of local restaurants offering Indian, International and Tibetan cuisine at very reasonable prices.
SHOPS AND MEDICAL STORES: you can purchase fruits, vegetables, snacks, natural foods and Ayurvedic herbs etc. and other necessary items like toiletries etc, in the main market place/ local shops located in the lower Bhagsunag, 10 minutes down from the school.
Money Exchange and ATM: ATMs are located 2 kms down from the yoga center, where you can use any international debit or credit cards to draw money. There are many a number of internet places and travel agents who also exchange foreign money or give cash on swiping your credit card or against traveler’s checks.
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: One can easily walk down to Mcleodganj or other surrounding areas on foot, however, Taxis, Auto Rickshaws & Bikes, are available for hire if one prefers to travel fast.
Other Locations and Surroundings:
There are some interesting places to explore nearby the yoga centre, like waterfalls and a glacier. Trekking trips can be arranged to visit these places. Popular destinations from Dharamsala include Rishikesh, Manali and Amritsar.
Other Learning Facilities in and around Bhagusnag: Dharmakot and Bhagsunag are the places for learning Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda Healing techniques, Indian and western music and Dance, Indian cooking etc as there are many schools offering these courses. Moreover, the Tushita Meditation Canter for study and Practice of Buddhism and International Vipassana Meditation Centre are also located in this place.
You can always contact us if you need any help to get to us!
Hope to see you in summer at peaceful Himalayas!