Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring? The ashram provides linens and towels. Please bring your own toiletries. You may also wish to bring an alarm clock, flashlight, hatha yoga mat, umbrella, insect repellent, water bottle, 500 ml. thermos, and walking shoes. Modest, casual, comfortable clothing is recommended.

Is there laundry facility available? Most people hand wash their clothes in a bucket. But there is also a dhobi (washerman) who can wash and press your laundry for a nominal fee.

Is there wifi in the ashram? No, the ashram does not have wifi. But there is internet facility in the bookstore/reception area.

What is the weather like? The weather varies with the season. Monsoons are from late June to mid September, with warm to hot temperatures and high humidity. Generally, the weather is very pleasant from October to December with mild days and cool to cold nights. December and January can be quite cold at night and early morning, especially if it rains. February and March are very pleasant, with the temperature warming up in April, and hot in May and June. You can check the internet for specific temperature ranges.

How do I register? Please register in advance for all programs. Our programs require the participant to complete an application form for approval. The online registration form is readily available on the “Registration” page.

How can I reach the ashram? The ashram is located on Virbhadra Road, just below Hotel Ganga Kinare and before you get to the Barrage (see map on Contact Us page). From Delhi you can come to Rishikesh by train, bus, or taxi (see Contact Us page). Flights are available from Delhi to Dehradun, and from Dehradun airport you can take a taxi to Rishikesh.

What is a mantra and how do I get one? Mantra is a syllable, a sound, a word or set of words used by spiritual traditions all over the world as a bridge to cross the mire of delusion and go to the other shore of life. Mantra helps make the mind one-pointed, inward, and then finally leads to the center of consciousness. Mantra is imparted by a qualified teacher to a student when the teacher feels that the student is prepared.

How do I make payment? Payment can be made upon arrival at the ashram by cash (rupees or foreign currency accepted), traveler’s checks, personal checks payable “at par,” or wire transfer. We accept credit card/debit card for foreign currency. We have applied for card machine for Indian currency, coming soon. In case of wire transfer, you must inform us of the transfer so we can verify receipt of funds. Please do not wire any funds until your registration has been approved.

Wire Transfer Details for Sadhana Mandir Trust (Customer must use their name and address in wire transfers.)

Foreign currency:

Address of bank:

State Bank of India

Main Branch, Railway Road

Rishikesh, India

Account holder name: Sadhana Mandir Trust

SBI Account # 10548874915

Swift code: SBININBBA558

IFSC code: SBIN0001180

Branch code: 1180

Indian currency:

Address of bank:

Allahabad Bank

Ganga Vihar, Koyal Ghati

Rishikesh, India

Account holder name: Sadhana Mandir Trust

account #50211508808

IFSC code: ALLA0212070

Branch code: 2070