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About Us Dunagiri Retreat

Nestled amidst the serene beauty of the Himalayas, Dunagiri Retreat beckons as a sanctuary for spiritual seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. Established in 2005 by Piyush Kumar, a former World Bank professional, Dunagiri Retreat embodies the philosophy that love, rather than wealth, enriches existence. This exceptional retreat prioritizes ecological sustainability, benefiting both visitors and the local community. We take pride in our entirely local staff, fostering sustainable livelihoods and nurturing a close-knit bond between guests and residents. Embark on a serene and spiritual journey to Mahavatar Babaji's Cave, beginning right from the doorstep of Dunagiri Retreat, nestled just 25 km away from Dwarahat in the tranquil village of Kukuchina. Here, delve into a harmonious blend of geological marvels and spiritual enlightenment, where Mahavatar Babaji imparted wisdom to Lahiri Mahasaya. Dunagiri Retreat serves as a refuge for those yearning to escape the chaos of daily life. It stands as an idyllic sanctuary for nature aficionados and spiritual seekers who cherish the serenity and magnificence of nature. Your stay promises rejuvenation and inspiration, leaving you invigorated and uplifted. At Dunagiri Retreat, our fundamental principles include advocating dignified, sustainable livelihoods, enhancing local education, providing healthcare, and fostering harmonious coexistence with nature. We strive to illustrate how every aspect, from rocks to wildlife, can harmoniously thrive together. We extend a warm invitation to your home away from home in the Himalayas through Dunagiri Retreat—from its ancient, sacred history and unspoiled natural allure to its positive influence on the local community. You'll arrive as a guest but depart as a cherished family member, experiencing the profound impact that following 'the road less traveled,' as Robert Frost eloquently put it, can impart.

 

Discover the serene and spiritual journey to Mahavatar Babaji's Cave, starting from our doorstep at Dunagiri Retreat, located just 25 km from Dwarahat in the peaceful village of Kukuchina. Experience a blend of geological wonders and spiritual enlightenment where Mahavatar Babaji shared his wisdom with Lahiri Mahasaya.

Dunagiri Retreat is a haven for those seeking to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It's a perfect sanctuary for nature enthusiasts and spiritual seekers who cherish tranquility and the beauty of nature. Your stay promises rejuvenation and inspiration, leaving you feeling refreshed and uplifted.

Founded in 2005 by Piyush Kumar, a former World Bank professional, Dunagiri Retreat embodies the philosophy that love, not money, enriches the world. This unique resort focuses on ecological sustainability and benefits both visitors and the local community. We pride ourselves on being staffed entirely by local villagers, contributing to sustainable livelihoods and fostering a close-knit community between guests and residents.

Our core principles at Dunagiri Retreat include promoting dignified, sustainable livelihoods, enhancing local education, providing healthcare, and exploring harmonious coexistence with nature. We aim to show how every element, from stones to wildlife, can joyously coexist.

We invite you to uncover the magic of Dunagiri Retreat, from its ancient, sacred history and untouched natural beauty to its positive impact on the local community. You'll arrive as a guest but leave as part of our family, experiencing the profound difference that taking 'the road less traveled,' as Robert Frost said, can make.

Reconnect with your body, mind, and soul.

"You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain;
I smile and make no reply for my heart is free to care.
As the peach blossom flows down the stream and into the unknown,
I have a world apart that is among no one."

The Retreat

Dunagiri Retreat offers a "rustic-deluxe" experience—modern facilities within very remote and rural surroundings in the Himalayan wilderness. While maintaining a close relationship with nature, your comfort is our utmost concern. Our hospitality is genuine and refined—yet down to earth. Pure deshi. Right down to the fresh cow’s milk, naturally sweet from its diet of mountain herbs. 

Organic Farm-Fresh Meals

Fireside Dining & Conversations

Inspiring Walks & Hikes

Natural Spring Drinking Water

Modern Bath Facilities

Hot Showers

Meet Our Founder
Piyush Kumar

Guided by the philosophy that love transcends monetary value, Piyush Kumar, a former World Bank professional, established Dunagiri Retreat in 2005. His vision was to create a retreat that harmonizes with nature and nurtures the local community, fostering a unique synergy between guests and villagers under the retreat's guiding principles.

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Dunagiri Retreat Founder Piyush Kumar
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