Rishikesh is such an amazing place, it is like the yoga capital of the world, the place to be when it comes to yoga. But if you've ever been in Rishikesh you know how overwhelming it can be sometimes. With so many ashrams and yoga teachers all around the place and thousands of spiritual seekers everywhere it can be a bit hard to find a really peaceful place to actually relax and meditate. Luckily I did found such a place at Swami Rama's Ashram called Sadhana Mandir.
It's a really quiet and peaceful ashram located just next to the Holy River Ganges but away from the central areas of Rishikesh like Ram Jhula or Laxman Jhula. I think this is the ideal place if you want to take a break from the busy Rishikesh center and focus on your own meditation or yoga practice. There were very few people while I was staying at the ashram and they were all very focused on their own sadhana. Silence is guaranteed.
"Away from the hustle and bustle of Rishikesh, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Sadhana Mandir is located on the banks of the holy river Ganges. Surrounded by beautiful flowering gardens, mango trees and a lotus pond, a quiet and serene atmosphere permeates the ashram making it ideal for sadhana." From the Sadhana Mandir Website
The ashram is for serious sadhakas that want to use the facilities to focus on their meditation practice so they ask you that if you decide to stay at the ashram you should try to remain within the ashram premises and not visit the center of Rishikesh. However I did went to Ram Jhula on a few occasions without any trouble.
You need to be aware that when there is a meditation course or retreat there is more activity at the ashram and the main hall might be reserved only for the course participants. However there is another hall that you can use for meditation and you can always practice yoga in your own room or in the porch outside the rooms.
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Sadhana Mandir Ashram Facilities
The ashram has the most beautiful gardens that I have seen in any other ashram so far, with all sort of flowers and trees and a cute frog pond; a nice spot to sit for a while to contemplate.
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My room was amazing. It was clean, big enough for my hatha yoga practice and it had a very nice and clean closet, I felt almost like if I was in a hotel. But the best thing was the view to the river Ganges. What else can I ask for? The only thing that I didn't like was that the rooms share the bathroom with the room next door so when your neighbor decides to use the toilette it almost feels as if they are coming into your room. Not a big deal I guess.
And the food was absolutely delicious. It is a small ashram so there were just a few tables in the dinning room but that makes it even more special. And all this for 750 Indian Rupees!
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Just next to the ashram there is a walking road (with no bikes or rickshaws!) that borders the river Ganges . You can actually walk through this road all the way to Rham Jhula which would take about 30 or 45 minutes, but I guess during the monsoon season this might not be possible because the Ganges might cover some sections of the way towards Ram Jhula.
This is also the perfect place for running. Finding a place for running while traveling in India can be challenging so this can be another advantage of staying at this ashram. I never went for running because in the morning I was focused in my meditation and yoga practice and later on the sun would come out and it would be to hot, but I loved having a walk on this road after lunch time.
You can also walk from Sadhana Mandir to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in about 20 minutes. SRSG is a sister ashram of Sadhana Mandir. Sadhana Mandir was founded by Swami Rama himself and Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama was founded by Swami Veda Bharati disciple of Swami Rama. Swami Veda is also the current director of Sadhana Mandir.
Meditation courses at Sadhana Mandir Ashram in Rishikesh
The ashram offers different courses during the year. I haven't done any of these courses but they sound pretty interesting so next time that I have the opportunity to stay there I might join one of the courses.
- Self Transformation Program
- Path of fire and light
- Personal meditation retreats
- Intensive meditation retreat with Swami Jnaneshvara
- The Science of Joyful Living
- Guided Silence retreat
- Ongoing meditation retreats
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How to reach Sadhana Mandir Ashram in Rishikesh
From Ram Jhula you can take one of the big blue color shared auto rickshaw and ask them to drop you at "market" (5 rupees). If you take them from Lakshmam Jhula it should be 7 rupees. Once you reach the market you'll need to change to another shared rickshaw (a smaller size but fully packed) which are normally standing a few meters up the road from where you were dropped. Ask them to drop you at Sadhana Mandir, they all know Sadhana Mandir so you shouldn't have any trouble. That would cost another 7 rupees. The total journey should take around 20 minutes.
Sadhana Mandir Ashram Contact Information
Ashram Website: www.sadhanamandir.org
Ashram Facebook Page: Facebook Page
Sadhana Mandir Trust
Ramnagar, P.O. Pashulok
Rishikesh, 249203, (Uttarakhand) India
Phone: +91 1352431693
If you are looking for another peaceful ashram near Rishikesh you might also like to read about Santosh Puri Ashram in Haridwar. While Sadhana Mandir is the perfect place if you want to spend some time in silence and focus on your own meditation practice, Santosh Puri Ashram is the perfect place to enjoy the company of a few other spiritual seekers in a vibrant small ashram and follow the regular Hatha Yoga and Yoga philosophy courses.
You can find more information about other ashrams in India in this article: Guide to Ashrams in India: Yoga Retreats in India and More