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Dunagiri is an area in Kumaon, an incredibly beautiful setting within the magnificent Himalayas. Touching an astounding 8,800 feet, the lush forest setting of Dunagiri Retreat overlooks stunning snow peaks and a dramatically serene landscape. Distances seem infinite and heaven seems close at Dunagiri. They say silence speaks in a thousand whispers here, eternity flows as time seems to stand still. Very few places are left on our planet where we can enjoy tourism experiences in such pristine, tranquil and harmonius environment amidst ancient forests. A spot of stunning natural splendor, being One with nature is easy to do at Dunagiri.
Situated 400 km North of Delhi, it takes 10-11 hours to reach Dunagiri from Delhi. 100 km from Nainital, Dunagiri is 43 km from from Ranikhet and about 50 km from Kausani. One can travel to Rishikesh/Haridwar from Dunagiri in 6 hours. It takes 6 hours to travel from Dunagiri to Badrinath, to Valley of Flowers National Park or to the revered Hemkund Sahib. Dunagiri is within short driving distance of other popular destinations such as Jim Corbett Park, Almora, Mukteshwar, Bageshwar, Jageshwar, Munsiyari, Chaukori and Patal Bhuvaneshwar - all of these are under 5 hours drive from Dunagiri.
Very few places are left on our planet where we can enjoy tourism experiences in such pristine, tranquil and calm environment amidst ancient forests. Its greatness lies not merely in its fascinating history and captivating beauty, it is rather the serene and spiritual atmosphere of this place that strikes the mind and brings peace to the soul. Known by various names such as Drongiri, Dronagiri and Doonagiri.
Dunagiri is also intimately associated with Mahavatar Babaji and Kriya Yoga. It was at Dunagiri in 1861 that Shyamacharan Lahiri, better known as Lahiri Mahashaya, was given initiation into Kriya Yoga and the discipline of Kriya Yoga was re-established in the world after having been ‘lost’ for centuries. This first meeting, spectacular and miraculous, occurred at a cave at Dunagiri. The full account of this meeting is well documented in the famous book “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Swami Yogananda Parahamsa (chapter 34-Materializing a Palace in the Himalayas). The cave at Dunagiri is well marked and is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.
Dunagiri is about 400 km North of Delhi in the Himalayas. It is close to (43 km) from the well known town of Ranikhet. One can reach here by road - you can drive, take a bus or a taxi; you can reach here by train - the closest station is Kathgodam which is connected to major Indian cities such as Delhi, Calcutta, Varanasi and Jammu or you can take a flight from Delhi to the nearest airport at Pantnagar Airport (PGH). Various options of reaching Dunagiri are given at: Reaching Dunagiri
Altitude: Elevation: 7,000 to 8,300 feet. Position: Coordinates: 29°49'23"N 79°26'54"E Nearest town: Ranikhet Nearest airport: Pantnagar (airport code PGH) Nearest metro city: Delhi
Driving to Dunagiri from Delhi takes 10 to 11 hours. Take NH-24 out of Delhi, drive through Ghaziabad, Hapur, Garhmukteshwar, Moradabad, Rampur to Bilaspur, Rudrapur, Haldwani and Kathogodam. After Kathgodam is a scenic hill journey that takes you through Bhimtal, Bhowali, Ranikhet, Dwarahat to Dunagiri.
Another route from Moradabad to Dunagiri is via Bazpur, Kaladhungi, Nainital to Bhowali, Ranikhet, Dunagiri is slightly shorter and more scenic, but you need to enquire road conditions before proceeding..
The nearest train station is Kathgodam. Drive to Dunagiri takes about four hours (140 km) through very picturesque lakes and hills. On prior notice we can arrange pick-up taxi from Kathgodam train station to Dunagiri Retreat.
The nearest airport is Pantnagar Aiport (PGH). There is a direct flight from Delhi to Dunagiri with a flying time of just one hour. This flight is operated by Kingfisher Red. Flight No. IT4363 leaves Delhi at 13.05, arrives Pantnagar at 14.05. Flight currently operates four days a week - Sun, Tue, Thur and Sat. From Pantnagar, on prior notice, we can help in arranging taxi to pick you up from the airport and bring you to Dunagiri Retreat. Taxi journey from Pantnagar airport to Dunagiri takes about 5.5 hours. Return flight leaves Pantnagar at 14.35 and reaches Delhi at 15.40
The best way to get around within Dunagiri is to walk! Local taxis, though limited in availability, can be hired to travel within the immediate area. Information on travel to several interesting places close to Dunagiri can be seen at Dunagiri-Places of Interest
Dunagiri is within short driving distances to Nainital, Ranikhet, Kausani, Baijnath, Bageshwar, Almora, Binsar, Mukteshwar, Munsiyari, Chaukori, Patal Bhuvaneshwar, Joshimath, Badrinath, Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib which makes it suitable for visitors to stay at Dunagiri and visit these places as 'day trips' or short excursions. Dunagiri's is centrally located with reference to these popular tourist destinations.
Positional Details of Dunagiri: Coordinates: 29°49'23"N 79°26'54"E
Dunagiri Distance Chart: Distances and approximate driving times from Dunagiri to places of interest: Dunagiri Distance Chart
Dunagiri temple, Mahavatar Babaji's Cave, Sukhadevi, Pandukholi, Garg Rishi Ashram, Mansadevi, Dwarahat ancient temples.
Stay at Dunagiri Retreat. There are several options for treks, village walks, soft adventure, meditation and of course, spiritual practices.
Peace of mind! You can also buy some organic, gourmet quality farm produce.
At Dunagiri Retreat: Pure, organic food grown in fields that have NEVER been contaminated by pesticides, insecticides or chemical fertilizers.
Spring water from pure Himalayan sources, Organic milk.