Monal Resort

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Venue Description

Monal Resort is located 3 km from Rudraprayag, on 3 acres (1.2 hectares) of pristine land, surrounded on three sides by the lesser Himalayan Range. The resort has 53 rooms, each of which has its own private balcony, most of them with a view of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas.

Spacious rooms (1–3 beds), private bathroom, electric or AC heater, water kettle, white linen bed sheets, quilt with quilt cover or two blankets, one pillow, bed cover.

Monal Resort accommodates up to approximately 80 students. Beyond this number, participants will be staying at Narayan Pilgrims’ Hostel, which is located directly opposite Monal Resort. The room furnishing is a bit simpler and includes a shared balcony, private bathroom, electric or AC heater, white linen bed sheets, two blankets, one pillow, bed cover.
Drinking water and teas
Teas will be available on a self-service basis between the activities. Mineral water is available at extra cost.
Meals and snacks
Daily two lightly spiced Indian/Western style yogic vegetarian meals and one snack will be served buffet-style.
Teaching locations
Meditations, lectures and some asana classes will be held on a spacious roof terrace (covered) overlooking the Alaknanda river. Four scenic open air asana platforms are also available.
Outdoors
Breathing the fresh Himalayan air is a boon for health throughout your stay. The old pilgrims’ footpath to the high Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath passes right below Monal Resort. It leads to a large Ghat (bathing steps) by the Alaknanda River, ideal for pranayama and meditation, at just a few minutes walking distance. On the way you come by a small Siva Lingam Shrine where you can get blessings from a local pundit. The same footpath takes you through an impressive landscape of rocks and cacti, crossing the river over a small hanging bridge, to the Rudranath Temple (2 km distance) right above the river confluence. According to mythology it is here that Lord Rudra (Siva) taught music to the sage Narada. All worship in this temple is done by female priests.
Telephone and mobile phone
Every room has a telephone and can be reached via the reception at these numbers:
+91 (0) 1364 233-901 to -905 (5 lines)
Mobile phone coverage for Airtel, Idea and Vodafone. Sim cards available at Delhi International Airport, requires copy of passport/visa and 1 photo.
Most foreign SIM cards do allow Internet roaming access.
Boutique
Yoga accessories: yoga mats, meditation pillows, asana outfits, shawls for meditation, yoga books, mantra CDs, translation headphones and more.
Laundry service
Outside laundry service at extra charge; collection and return of laundry every evening.
Safekeeping
Valuables can be put into a safe, which will be opened once a day.
Check in/Check out
Check in at 2:00 PM
Check out at 10:00 AM

Excursions
Once a week is a lecture-free day. Possible excursions:
Rudraprayag town (3 km)
Rudranath Temple (2 km)
Right above the river confluence. According to mythology it is here that Lord Rudra (Siva) taught music to the sage Narada. All worship in this temple is done by female priests.
Koteshwar Temple (3 km)
At a distance of 3 km from Rudraprayag and on the holy bank of the River Alaknanda is situated the Koteshwar temple in a cave. There are many idols, which have been formed naturally. It is believed that before going to Kedarnath, Lord Siva meditated here. During the months of August and September, thousands of devotees come here to worship Lord Siva.
Agastyamuni (23 km)
About 23 km from Rudraprayag, in the glorious valley of Mandakini, lies the popular town of Agastyamuni – a miniature paradise. Here, on the banks of the murmuring deep blue Mandakini sat the great sage Agastyamuni in deep meditation. The Agastya temple honours the great sage and is an ideal place to relax on the banks of the river.
Kartik Swami (38 km)
The Kartik Swami temple is dedicated to Kartikeya – son of Siva. It can be reached by a 3 km trek from Kanak Chauri village, which is located on the Rudraprayag–Pokhri route. You can have magnificent views of the snow-clad Himalayan range from the Kartik Swami temple.
Travel information
Rudraprayag is an ancient pilgrimage town (20,000 inhabitants) at the point of confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini, which are both tributaries to the River Ganges. Altitude of 890 m, 370 km away from Delhi. The area carries the spiritual thought currents of generations of spiritual seekers and pilgrims who walked and prayed in these pristine natural surroundings.

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