Dunagiri Retreat, Uttarakhand

For people seeking peace, spiritual awakening, relaxation and some quiet time amidst nature, the Dunagiri Retreat offers a refreshing stay option in the hills of Uttarakhand.

Scenic Views all Around the Retreat

Scenic Views all Around the Retreat

A retreat in the mountains that has a distinct energy that lifts up your senses and provides you the right environment to meditate, pray, do yoga and enrich your soul for complete rejuvenation. Yes, that’s what makes the Dunagiri Retreat so special and an extraordinary place to be.


The place is highly recommended for people who love to experience new culture and soak in India’s rich ancient heritage. Dunagiri and the surrounding area has abundant ancient temples, fort ruins and villages that still adapt age-old traditions to lead daily lives.


Founded by Piyush Kumar in 2005, the retreat was a dream he chased after leaving his lucrative career at World Bank. Dunagiri is not your usual destination, but a spiritual place (a tapo bhumi).

It is a place ideal for yoga teachers, healers and masters of spiritual arts and for those who love to be part of nature and experience nothingness. So with such stunning locale, even sipping a cup of tea and doing nothing is joyful!

The Dunagiri Retreat is located amidst an oak forest and the location is perfect for walks and forest trails with beautiful mountain views at all seasons.

Image by Piyush Kumar, Owner Dunagiri Retreat
Image by Piyush Kumar, Owner Dunagiri Retreat

About Dunagiri

Located at a distance of 400 kms from Delhi, Dunagari is a cluster of small villages near Dwarahat (17 kms), at a height of 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) above sea level and lies in the historic Almora District of Uttarakhand, India.


With snowfall during the winters and bright sunny days during summers, Dunagiri has pleasant weather throughout the year and that ‘s why it is a great destination for all who enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

Accommodation Offered At Dunagiri Retreat

Cosy reading corner and a perfect place for Morning Tea!

Each room has been constructed keeping in mind ecology, environment and generates sustainable tourism. It’s a ‘rustic deluxe’ experience that has all the modern facilities required for a city dweller. Details on Rooms HERE

Meditation at the Meditation Centre, Dunagiri Retreat

Food/Eating at the Dunagiri Retreat: 

The food offered at the Dunagiri offers fresh vegetarian organic meals that are prepared using satvic methods of cooking food and the emphasis is on a healthy and conscious living.

View Piyush Sharma’s Flickr Image Gallery HERE 

YSS -Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Ashram

Visit the YSS/Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Ashram, which is just 1.5 kms from Dwarahat and 18 kms from the Dunagiri Retreat. Surrounded by Pine forests all around, the ashram is the most preferred stay option for devotees.

YSS Ashram, Dwarahat
YSS Ashram, Dwarahat

From the Ashram, the journey to Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave takes about 6-7 hours.

The next Kriya Yoga Initiations will be held at Dwarahat on September 29th, 2016. 

Click Here to know the History of Kriya Yog

Contact: 05966-244271 / 244671
E-mail: yssdwarahat@gmail.com
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Places to Visit in/Near Dunagiri

Mahavatar Babaji Caveis situated in the Mountain of Dunagiri (near village Kukuchina) and it is here that Mahavatar Babaji shared Kriya Yoga with Lahiri Mahasaya in the year 1861. The original technique was remodeled by Lahiri Mahasaya into a graded discipline so as to enable the modern man to easily assimilate and master the technique, step by step.

Inside the Main cave of to Mahavatar Babaji, Dwarahat
Inside the Main cave of to Mahavatar Babaji, Dwarahat

Dunagiri Temple / Vaishnavi MataDunagiri is also popular for having one of the two Vaishnavi Shaktipeeths in India after Vaishno Devi Temple located at Katra, Jammu & Kashmir. The Vaishnavi Mata Temple also known as Dunagiri Temple fulfills all the wishes of her devotees just like Ma Vaishno Devi Mata and is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.
Legends believe that Hanuman, while taking the ‘Sanjeevani Buti’ dropped some here and hence the place has been known as ‘Dunagiri’. At the temple, there is also a bronze plate that dates back to 1181 A.D. To reach you need to walk about 400 steps, but the view up is stunning and worth the trip.

Main Shrine of Dunagiri Temple
Main Shrine of Dunagiri Temple

Pandhavkholi: One of the places, where the Pandava’s stayed during their ‘Agyatvas’ at the end of their 14-year exile.

It is also believed that the Kauravas chased them till the hills here and Kukkuchhina is the site that marks the last sighting of Pandava’s by Kaurava’s before the vanished into the thick jungles. Now there is an ashram where Baba Balwant Giri stayed and practised yoga. To reach you need to take a 5 kms trek from Kukuchina which can be reached by a motorable road. – Pooran from Matela.


Sukhadevi Temple and Ashram: This small temple is the Birthplace of Bharat (Brother of Lord Ram).

Dwarahat: at a distance of 17 kms from Dunagari, this is a historical place consisting of over 55 temples.

Temple Ruins, Dwarahat
Temple Ruins, Dwarahat

It is also known as ‘Uttari Dwaraka’ and is believed to be one of the ancient abode of Lord Krishna much before he went to Dwarka, Gujarat. Read more about this ancient town HERE

Distance from Cities

By Road:

  • From Nainital: 100 Kms (3 hrs)
  • From Ranikhet: 43 Kms (1.5 hrs)
  • From Kausani: 50 Kms (2 hrs)
  • From New Delhi: 400 Kms (10 hrs)
  • From Jim Corbett National Park: 136 Kms (4 hrs)
  • From Mukteshwar: 120 Kms (4 hrs)
  • From Rishikesh: 287 kms (7 hrs)
  • From Haridwar: 312 kms (7.5 hrs)

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam (80 kms), Haldwani (92 kms), Rudrapur (117 kms)

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar (112 kms), New Delhi (400 kms)

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