12 Best Ashrams in Rishikesh for Yoga and Meditation

The practice of yoga in India is inscribed on the representative list of UNESCO World Heritage of humanity. Till date, there are many ashrams in Rishikesh that practice the ancient art and styles of yoga along with meditation. In fact, Rishikesh also goes by the name of ‘World Capital of Yoga’.

Yoga tours in India bring millions of visitors to the country to seek knowledge. Moreover, India and especially Rishikesh celebrate an annual International Yoga Festival. Visited by Yoga enthusiasts across the globe, it is an opportunity to connect with your spiritual side.

As ashrams in Rishikesh enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas along with the bliss of the sacred River Ganga, it is among the best places for yoga and meditation in India.

Famous Rishikesh Ashrams for Stay, Yoga, and Meditation

1. Parmarth Niketan
Sivananda Ashram
Omkarananda Ganga Sadan
Yoga Niketan
Sadhana Mandir
Swami Dayanand Ashram
Phool Chatti
Anand Prakash Ashram
Himalayan Yog Ashram
Osho Gangadham Ashram
Swarg Ashram
Beatles Ashram

1. Parmarth Niketan

Located alongside the holy Ganges River, Parmarth Niketan is one of the renowned ashrams in India and not just Rishikesh. With more than 1,000 rooms, an eight-acre campus, and other accommodation, it offers the ideal setting to practice yoga and meditation.

You can stay for up to 15 days of stay with permission while learning ancient science from experts. Also, the ashrams serve as host to the annual week-long International Yoga Festival held at Rishikesh.

Choose from the specializations of Ashram including Vedic Heritage, an extensive program of yoga, spirituality, and other yoga courses.

What to do at Parmarth Niketan?

  • Participate in sessions of yoga and meditation.
  • Attend lectures on spiritual topics by Gurus and yogis.
  • Be a part of the spectacular Ganga Aarti at sunset.
  • Pamper yourself with Ayurvedic treatment and nature cure.
  • Sit by the river watching the poplar activity of river rafting in Rishikesh

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2. Sivananda Ashram

Known among the best yoga training institutes in Rishikesh and also India, Sivananda Ashram is also known as ‘Divine Life Society’. Dedicated to Swami Sivananda, the founder, the ashram imparts knowledge on Yoga, Hinduism, Vedanta, and other spiritual topics.

Yoga classes are offered daily, except Sundays both for men and women. While men get morning lessons, women have lessons in the evening. There are a number of courses available for yoga, the most popular among them is a 2-month yoga course. Meditation and Pranayama are also taught while Iyengar Yoga is the most practiced form of yoga.

What to do at Sivananda Ashram?

  • Attend Yoga lessons along with meditation, pranayama, etc.
  • Indulge yourself in the simple life of the ashram.
  • Participate in various special programs offered.
  • A comprehensive study of Indian philosophy with a focus on Vedas.
  • Walk on the ghats along River Ganga, Ram Jhula, and temples in Rishikesh

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3. Omkarananda Ganga Sadan

One of the best ashrams in Rishikesh for yoga and meditation, next we have the popular Omkarananda Ganga Sadan. Located on the banks of the Ganga River, it enjoys matchless spiritual bliss. While the beauty of the setting soothes all senses, it is the knowledge from the yoga experts that make your stay worthwhile. In fact, an experience of a lifetime.

Yoga classes are open all daily, except Sundays, Intensive yoga course needs prior reservations. You can choose from diverse packages that range from days to months. Lectures on the Bhagavad Gita are soul cleansing, which you must attend.

What to do at Omkarananda Ganga Sadan?

  • Learn about the great mystic sage Shri Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati.
  • Embrace knowledge of spiritual, cultural, educational, scientific, and social fields.
  • Learn and get training in Iyengar Yoga, an important branch of Yoga in India
  • Participate in daily yoga classes.
  • Visit the river ghat, especially during aarti.
  • Attend a Satsang, praise the Lord’s name

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4. Yoga Niketan

Next on our list of amazing yoga ashrams in India, we have Yoga Niketan. Among the top training centers in Rishikesh, here you can actually feel the union of body, mind, and soul. Ultimately leading to an experience of divine bliss. Set amid 7 acres of charming landscape, here you can escape the chaos of the world. While you enjoy the peaceful setting, also get trained in the different practices of yoga.

Sessions are instructed upon all of the eight branches of Yoga according to Patanjali Yoga Shastra. While you enroll yourself, sincerely follow instructions. In addition, there are more than 100 comfortable rooms, therefore, no dearth of facilities for students of yoga in India.

What to do at Yoga Niketan?

  • Exhilarate in daily Yoga classes and spiritual lectures at the top meditation ashram in India.
  • Attend Satsang in the evening.
  • Visit bustling local markets.
  • Enjoy delicious food such as diversified varieties of breakfast, porridge, rice, chapattis, and seasonal food.
  • Learn about traditional hatha yoga and different yoga therapies.
  • Exhilarate in Ayurvedic Spa and Acupressure.

5. Sadhana Mandir

Among the many popular ashrams in Rishikesh, next, we have Sadhana Mandir. It is one of the best places to learn about yoga and meditation in India. Moreover, the ashram follows the 5,000-year-old practice of yoga, along with other ancient Himalayan traditions. The peaceful atmosphere and view of the banks of the flowing Ganges River are soothing by all means.

Known as the “village of spiritual seekers”, this ashram is highly regarded for its scientific approach to yogic meditation. Also, experience bliss at physical, pranic, mental, and spiritual levels. In addition, engage in yoga lessons, along with breathing, relaxing, meditation practices, and lectures on spiritual concepts.

What to do at Sadhana Mandir?

  • Enroll in a weekend retreat
  • Enjoy the beauty of the ashram as well as its surroundings
  • Self-Transformation program.
  • Personal meditation retreats.
  • Guided silence retreats.
  • Walk to Ram Jhula and the charming town.

6. Swami Dayanand Ashram

As holy as its location, Swami Dayanand Ashram is among the best places to learn about yoga and meditation in India. Set alongside River Ganga, the ashram is an internationally recognized center for learning about yoga, Vedanta, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and more.

Daily yoga classes are open for all. Also, meditation halls here are open for the experts as well for novices to learn more about the ancient form of wellness. In addition, the ashram offers courses that include yoga and meditation along with Vedic chanting.

Also, puja and other traditional rituals add to spiritual bliss. Additionally, Iyengar and Hatha yoga is the most practiced of the eight forms of yoga at the ashram.

What to do At Swami Dayanand Ashram?

  • Attend daily workshops on yoga, meditation, and chanting.
  • Take a holy dip in the River Ganga.
  • Participate in the Satsang held around.
  • Enjoy a stroll along the Ram Jhula and the charming town of Rishikesh.

7. Phool Chatti

Known among the popular ashrams for yoga and meditation in India, Phool Chatti is one of the best places for spiritual bliss. Famous for its special seven days yoga and meditation programs in India. While the name means “Land of Flowers” it accordingly describes the ambiance.

In addition to yoga classes, there are programs for meditation, cleansing, chanting, breathing, Mauna (silence), worship, kirtan, and multiple other aspects of yogic paths. Moreover, the ashram practices mostly all the eight forms of yoga with a focus on Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga yoga.

In addition, the clutter-free environment of the ashram awakens spiritual enlightenment. In addition to the yogic way of life, there are touches of modern comfort. Also, indulge in the rituals to carry spiritual wellness throughout your lives.

What to do In Phool Chatti?

  • Yoga session
  • Attend lectures on spiritual topics
  • Ritual bathing in the holy River Ganga
  • Be a part of the havan ceremony to get divine blessings

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8. Anand Prakash Ashram

An interesting mix of ancient and modern, Ananda Prakash Ashram is built on the concept of East meets West. The location of the sacred ashram makes it one of the best yoga retreats in India. Moreover, it is located in Tapovan also known as the ‘forest of yogis’, the ashram is ideal for spiritual wellness. Surrounded by mountains with a view of the holy river, the setting, therefore, evokes divine bliss.

Also, the ashram proffers diverse courses including Akhanda Yoga, classical Kundalini, and Hatha-raja yoga. In addition, transform your mind, body, and soul with yoga classes, pranayama, mantra chanting, meditation, Kirtana, and more.

What to do at Anand Prakash Ashram?

  • Attend Yoga classes.
  • Participate in Ayurvedic cooking classes.
  • Be a part of the sessions of mantra chanting, kirtan, and other rituals.
  • Enjoy walking around the town especially the ghats of river Ganga

9. Himalayan Yog Ashram

Next on our list of the top yoga retreats in India, we have the Himalayan Yog Ashram. The famous yoga school in Rishikesh offers a number of courses and programs for the learners as well as the experienced ones. Also, learn more about Ashtanga yoga/ Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa flow from a scientific approach.

Moreover experience a truly yogic lifestyle, with a program that consists of postures, breathing, meditation, spiritual teachings, and organic Ayurveda food. In addition, there are programs designed to remove stress and also detoxify the body, mind, and soul.

What to do at Himalayan Yog Ashram?

  • Follow the daily rituals of a yogic lifestyle.
  • Attend lectures on Vedic teachings.
  • Delight in a Healthy Ayurvedic vegetarian lifestyle.
  • Get trained in pranayama, asanas, mudras and bandhas
  • In addition, explore the charming bliss of Rishikesh with evening walks

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10. Osho Gangadham Ashram

A part of institutions following the principles of Osho, the Osho Ganga Dham Ashram is an ideal option to enjoy a spiritual holiday in India. Moreover, if you are in search of inner peace, then here you can definitely explore bliss. Yoga practices and mediation are taught here all through the year with options of diverse courses.

Nourish your body and spirit with daily sessions. Also, not just yoga, there are sessions for mediation, body pampering, and other activities that bring you close to the divine.

What to do at Osho Gangadham?

  • Enjoy the lovely view of the majestic Himalayas along with the view of River Ganga.
  • Actively participate in the peaceful setting of Ashram.
  • Also, attend the session on yoga and meditation
  • In addition, be a part of the lectures on spiritual topics
  • Escape from the chaos of cities

11. Swarg Ashram

Swarg Ashram is another interesting ashram to visit on your Rishikesh Trip. This ashram is situated on the banks of the holy river Ganga in proximity to the Laxman Jhula. It was built in memory of Swami Vishudhanand.

The location of this ashram is amazing and it amplifies the overall beauty of the Swarg Ashram. This ashram is a famous meditation and yoga center where visitors go and meditate for some time. Apart from the religious activities, one can see people chanting the Lord’s name, meditating, and practicing spiritualism.

What to do at Swarg Ashram?

  • Meditate in the designated area.
  • Enjoy photography and the view of the surrounding area.
  • Be a part of the aarti rituals or holy chants.
  • You can also become a part of the group practicing spiritual activities.
  • Enjoying the serenity of the place if you are on a rejuvenating trip

12. Beatles Ashram

Another very serene place to go for meditating is the Beatles Ashram. This ashram got its stardom after the popular Beatles Band visited here on their trip to India in 1968. They stayed here for quite some time and practiced their songs in peace. They give this ashram a lot of credit for all that they achieved afterward, stating that the positive aura of the place always helped them. The ashram is also known as Chaurasi Kuti and is located on a cliff in the Swargashram area.

One of the most visited ashrams in Rishikesh, Beatles Ashram houses a library, temple, and a kitchen. It is believed that it was home to a Maharishi Yogi. There is an ashram park at a distance of 1 km from here. After the training center of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi got closed, this place was abandoned. But after 2015, it was again reopened for tourists and is a part of Rajaji Tiger Reserve now.

What to do at Beatles Ashram?

  • Rejuvenate yourself by meditating in the peaceful environment
  • Take a walk in the park
  • Explore the library and read some books on self-enlightenment
  • Photography and videography are also something that you can do here.

While this is the end of our list, there are many more ashrams in Rishikesh for yoga, meditation, and spiritual bliss. Visit any of these holy ashrams and get spiritually enlightened! Find an extensive list of Rejuvenation Yoga and Ayurveda Packages in India.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Rishikesh Ashrams

Q. Which are ashrams in Rishikesh for free stay? +-

Ans: The best ashram that offers free stay in Rishikesh is the Gita Bhavan.

Q. Which are the best ashrams in Rishikesh? +-

Ans: The best ashrams in Rishikesh are listed below:

  • Parmarth Niketan Ashram
  • Phool Chatti Ashram
  • Patanjali International Yoga Foundation
  • Sivananda Ashram
  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram

Q. Which are the best yoga ashrams in Rishikesh? +-

Ans: Here are the top yoga ashrams in Rishikesh:

  • Parmarth Niketan
  • Omkarananda Ganga Sadan
  • Swami Dayananda Saraswati
  • Himalayan Yog Ashram
  • Sivananda Ashram
  • Yoga Niketan
  • Sadhana Mandir and Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram
  • Shree Mahesh Heritage

Q. Which are the best meditation ashrams in Rishikesh? +-

Ans: The list of best ashrams where people can enjoy meditation include:

  • Osho GangaDham ashram
  • Sadhana Mandir and Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram
  • Shree Mahesh Heritage
  • Omkarananda Ganga Sadan

Q. What is the per night cost of the Rishikesh ashram for stay? +-

Ans: You can book yourself a place in the Ashrams for as low as 1099 INR approx. There are other ashrams where you get higher prices and with that, there are more services that come along.

Q. Best Rishikesh ashram near Ganga? +-

Ans: The best Rishikesh Ashram near Ganga is the Swarg Ashram where people get amusing sights and a lot of peace. It is also in proximity to Laxman Jhula. 

Q. Best ashram in Rishikesh for women travelers? +-

Ans: The best ashram in Rishikesh for women travelers is listed below. If you are traveling to the yoga capital of the world alone, you can choose to stay in these ashrams.

  • Parmarth Niketan Ashram
  • Sivananda Ashram
  • Phool Chatti Ashram
  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram
  • Anand Prakash Ashram
  • Patanjali International Yoga Foundation

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Debashree Chakraborty

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