Nestled close to an old heritage village sitting on top of the mighty Shivalik Ranges, overlooking the majestic Ganga is a place that seeks to reclaim the serenity and peace that resides within.
Sitting atop the city of Rishikesh, your isolated retreat enjoys breathtaking scenery and 360 degree views of Shivalik Ranges, the serene snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas and the holy river Ganga.
In pursuit of peace and true happiness, Yash and his team have recreated the beauty of going back in time and space, to set up an abode where you can relax and enjoy the true worth of life and expand your mind.
The aim is to allow you to experience the beauty of blending with nature and participate in activities of your choosing.
Mount Abode is situated at the height of 1400 meters above sea level which makes the weather pleasant throughout the year. It provides a respite from the scorching heat of Rishikesh in summers and the warm bright sun in winters.
NB: A moderate fitness level is required for this retreat. You will walk into the retreat via a 1.5 km sometimes steep and rocky track. Porters will carry your luggage however it is required that you pack light for your stay.
Arrive in Rishikesh via train (we can organise train tickets at your expense). Our guide will be at the station to greet you up on arrival and take you into Rishikesh town for any personal supplies you might require before heading off to the stunning Mount Abode.
Once ready you will depart Rishikesh for the 60-90 min ride through beautiful scenery and small local villages. The road ends at Chandogi Village where you will begin the easy to moderate 1.5km trek to Mount Abode. The trek will reward you with some of the most spectacular views and scenery.
On arrival you will receive a welcome drink and be given an introduction to the surrounds and accommodation. Accommodation consists of tents with mattress and bedding supplied. Toilets are of western standard and drinking water is available on site. It is advised in the interest of the environment, you bring a reusable water bottle.
All meals are included and are vegetarian unless prior arrangement has been made. Take this time to reset your body, soul and mind. Be open to new experiences and enjoy the complete freedom you will feel in this unique environment your host Yash has created.
Over the next few days you can fill your time with any of the following activities you wish to participate in.
Yoga & meditation
Relax on a hammock overlooking the Ganga River below
Landscape and wildlife photography
Cooking or gardening with the locals
Playing board games
Bird watching and wildlife spotting (binoculars provided)
Do nothing and simply be in nature
Get to know the locals
If today is your last day you will depart Mount Abode and make your way back to Chandogi Village where your transport will be waiting. You will be transferred back to the train station in time for your departure.
If you have chosen to stay on, continue to relax and enjoy all on offer. You may decide to take a guided tour to the local village and see how the locals work and live.
There is plenty of time to grab that novel you’ve been wanting to read. Choose a hammock and spend the day in total awe of the environment you are in. Don’t forget to look up and check out the view, watch for eagles flying high or catch a glimpse of one of the many superbly coloured birds that call the area home.
You may be up for some immersion into the local food culture today. Spend the morning with the chef, choosing ingredients from the garden before being the sous chef, helping and learning a new recipe to take home and replicate.
An authentic traditional Indian massage is available and may be well on the cards after the previous days of yoga.
Simply savour all that is Mount Abode.
Time for fond farewells. You will depart Mount Abode and make your way back to Chandogi Village where your transport will be waiting. You will be transferred back to the train station in time for your departure.
As you reflect back on Mount Abode you will remember all of the simplicity and special people that made this a truly memorable stay. The people you met, the silence you experienced, the ultimate freedom felt and we hope you can take some of the peace and serenity back and incorporate it into your daily life.
PACK LIGHT take only your essentials as you have a 1.5km trek on a sometimes steep and rocky track.
Pre and post accommodation can be arranged for stay over in Rishikesh at additional cost.
Alcohol is available on request (own cost) and can be purchased before arrival (bring your own from Rishikesh or can be arranged on prior request).
* Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with Trailblazers Travel.
By choosing Trailblazers Travel to tour India to reset your mind, body and soul and participate in yoga, you are aligning yourself with an organisation that gives our guests real, authentic and life changing experiences, works with responsible travel operators to leave a social impact, and gives you the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself.
We believe in contributing to change and making a difference, whether through the use of local staff and guides, or by donating to charities we believe in on behalf of every person who travels with us.