Haridwar – A Silent Retreat in India

A silent retreat, Uttarakhand's holiest Hindu city, Haridwar, offers a spiritual experience like no other. Also called Hardwar, which means "gateway to God," it welcomes pilgrims all-round the year. Hundreds of temples tell the stories related to Hindu mythology and perform the evening aarti along the banks of the Ganges.

However, what many don't know that Haridwar has evolved as a spiritual hub with its various yoga and meditation retreats. You can spend some time basking in moments of spiritual awakening in any of the ashrams. Or you can join a yoga center and learn the basics of holistic living. You can even go for a small trek in the nearby jungles or just sit at the sacred ghats along the Ganga.

Jairam Ashram

Jairam Ashram is mere 3 km from the Haridwar Junction Railway Station. It is popular for its massive white statue depicting the famous samudra manthan episode. It also houses several vibrant white sculptures of Hindu gods. Recognized for outstanding lodging services, it has 512 rooms where the pilgrims are offered free accommodation.

Ma Anandamayi Ashram

This ashram hosts the mortal remains of the eminent Bengali mystic Sri Ma Anandamayi. The ashram is a center of faith for many who travel along the path of spirituality and lies at a distance of 4 km from Haridwar Junction Railway Station. Its well-maintained complex houses several buildings - Gayatri Yagnashala, Ati Rudra Yagnashala, Shankaracharya Hall, and Ma Anandamayi Museum, among others.

Prem Nagar Ashram

This has been one of the most popular silent retreats for saints and sages for thousands of years. This ashram continues to provide the perfect manifestation of serenity for our times too. Visit Prem Nagar to reconnect with yourself.

The ashram is about 3 km from the main town of Haridwar, offering higher spiritual knowledge and a life of service to devotees. With more than 800 rooms and lovely gardens that are the perfect place for meditation and contemplation, the ashram gives off an aura of divinity.

Art of Living

The famous Art of Living center in Haridwar offers several stress-elimination and self-development programs based mainly on meditation and yoga.

So, the next time when you want to ponder upon the bigger questions in life, appreciate the transcendent nature of life, connect your soul, you know where to go. Get away from the mad chaos of your everyday life in your own silent retreat at Hardiwar.

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