Kalyanika Himalaya Devasthanam also known as Dol Ashram is located in Almora district of Uttarakhand state in India. Uttarakhand is a place with the unruffled beauty of nature and makes you experience something so improbable that you never remain the same. The mountains make your soul happy, the waterfalls masks, the distracting sounds, the stunning smell of the lakes, walk on the grasslands makes you forget the rest of the world, holy pilgrimage and valley of flowers altogether show how nature wears the color of spirit and keeps everything lively.
Among these all there is yoga and meditation center popularly known as Dol ashram. It was established by `yan Das Ji during his Mansarovar Journey. During the journey, Babaji met Maa Bhagwati and got motivated to start the ashram in the Himalayas. In 1990’s Kalyan Das Ji established the Kalyanika Himalaya Dev Sthanam ashram between thick forests near Almora in the lap of Himalayas.
If I had ever imagined what heaven looked like in my childhood, I could see the view in the closest way possible. The Ashram is in the middle of the forest with not a single human being in sight surrounded by towering oak and rhododendron trees, clouds passing through us, only the sound of birds to keep us company, and an endless green path laden with plum trees and colorful flowers.
This place is good for the bird observer. One can see many Himalayan species in this Dol Ashram.
A picture does speak more than a thousand words but the godliness of this place can neither be explained through photos nor words. This place is meant to be explored and taken proper care by tourists like their own home. The narrow lanes should not have the hoot of vehicles either must be found littered with empty chips packet and beer bottles.
Aerial View of Dol Ashram, Almora
The mountains which one will see on the way will do better than lifting the weight of endless houses, resorts, and mobile towers. It does not need a Cafe Coffee Day or a Pizza Hut. And above all, it does not deserve to die a slow death that popular hill stations such as Manali, Nainital, and Shimla are experiencing.
For lunch, we chose to have local Kumaoni food at a local restaurant and had a simple potato curry, along with bhang (Cannabis) chutney.
You can literally hear a “whoosh” of the winds all along with endless chirping of birds. After what felt like hours of peace and silence, we left the Ashram before sunset as the Ashram is among the early to bed and early to rise.