We plan this pilgrimage for October/November 2022. Exact dates have not yet been confirmed. We hope you can join us.
Pilgrimage to Babaji’s Cave
October or November 2022
The highlight of this trip is the beautiful hillside where Lahiri Mahasaya is said to have first met Mahavatar Babaji in the autumn of 1861, and which contains the cave where Lahiri spent a previous incarnation. Babaji gave Lahiri Kriya Yoga initiation on this spot, thus launching its spread around the world. We’ll spend most of a day together on this hillside, taking turns meditating in the cave itself. And we’ll spend one day in retreat at Woodsvilla Resort, with an air of deep peace, and high mountain views.
This quiet area of Kumaon has a strong spiritual vibration and also offers saints, ashrams, and stunning Himalayan views. We’ll visit the Kainchi Ashram, with tangible vibrations of Neem Karoli Baba. We’ll chant and share spiritual stories on our bus trips. We’ll spend 3 nights near Ranikhet, at the secluded Woodsvilla Resort. This pilgrimage will be led by teachers of Ananda Sangha Delhi.
This trip is for those who are fully vaccinated only and presumes that it will continue to be safe to travel.
Thursday 10 March
|6:20 am||NDLS-Kathgodam Shatabdi departs New Delhi train station|
|11:55 am||NDLS-Kathgodam Shatabdi departs New Delhi train station
Train arrives Kathgodam. Proceed to Ranikhet, stop at Kainchi for meditation at Neem Karoli
|4:30 pm||Check into hotel
Satsang and dinner at the hotel
Friday 11 March
This retreat day at Woodsvilla Resort includes meditation, yoga, discourses, introspection, and nature awareness. It provides rest from travel and spiritual preparation for our visit to Babaji’s cave. Three meals will be provided this day.
Saturday 12 March
|8:00 am||Bus to Babaji’s cave|
|10:00 am||Start walking to the cave|
|11:30 – 3:00 pm||Babaji’s Cave, meditation, and free time|
|4:30 pm||Drive back to Ranikhet
Dinner at hotel
Sunday 13 March
Chanting and meditation at the hotel, followed by breakfast
Drive back down the hill
Lunch at a restaurant near Kathgodam
|3:10 pm||Kathgodam-NDLS Shatabdi leaves Kathgodam|
|8:50 pm||Train arrives New Delhi Station|
Accommodations, Meals, and Transportation
Train transportation from and to Delhi will be by chair-car Shatabdi. All other transportation will be by 27-passenger buses. We’ll stay in the 3-star Woodsvilla Resort near Ranikhet, with high Himalaya views. Breakfast, dinner, and two lunches are included. Those from other cities can arrive in Delhi on Wednesday 9 March, and leave Delhi for home on Monday 14 March.
Physical fitness for This Trip
The central activity will be visiting Babaji’s cave, at an elevation of about 2000 metres. This requires a walk which takes 45-60 minutes each way for a healthy person. Those who need it can take a jeep for the first part of this walk. However, everyone must climb the last part which might be 30 minutes uphill for a very fit person. This is an established rough path of dirt and rock. It can be quite steep in places, at an angle up to 45 degrees. In places, there are rough steps formed by large rocks. The steps are at uneven heights, some perhaps a foot high. It is definitely a hike or climb, not a casual stroll. If someone is a slow walker or gets winded easily it is no problem. You can take this path as slowly as you wish. The climb would not be possible for someone who cannot easily climb stairs or cannot walk on uneven ground.
Double occupancy including train: ₹ 25,000 per person.
Single occupancy (private room) including train: ₹ 32,000.
If you wish double occupancy accommodation and you don’t know another pilgrim, you’ll be as- signed a roommate if possible.
The programme fee includes train Delhi-Kathgodam-Delhi, all group transportation, lodging, 2 meals a day for 2 days, 3 meals a day for 3 days, and hotel tips. Not included in the fee are most lunches, snacks, and beverages; travel insurance; medical care should you need it; donations at ashrams; personal hotel expenses. You may also wish to contribute a tip for our guide.
The pilgrimage begins at New Delhi train station on 10 March and ends at New Delhi train station on 13 March.
Completed application form and payment are both needed to confirm your space. We ask for full payment at the time of application.
“Truly life-changing, like no other trip I’ve ever taken. This pilgrimage surpassed my expectations in terms of blessed fellowship, destinations, accommodations, activities, food—everything.” — P.H., North Carolina
“Since the pilgrimage, I’ve felt a new lightness of being—a new lease on life, spiritually. Meditation is easier and more enjoyable. Time flies when I meditate. When I hear a chant, I find myself immersed completely in it—I feel I could sing all day!” — J. T., New Delhi
“Meditating in ancient caves is fantastic and really helps deepen the meditation practice. Now, I’m looking forward to the next pilgrimage!”
— S.G., Gurgaon