Vipassana meditation center at Igatpuri, also known as Dhamma Giri (Hill of Dhamma) is the largest Vipassana meditation center.
(New to vipassana meditation? Learn what is vipassana meditation or check out these surprising facts about this ancient meditation practice).
It is also one of the largest meditation centers all over the world. Today tens of thousands of people come to Igatpuri every year to learn Vipassana meditation. The center offered its first course in 1976. There over 400 cells in the center pagoda (meditation hall) for individual meditation.
Read on to find out more about this fantastic place.
How to register online for vipassana at Igatpuri
Normally, registrations open three months in advance from the actual date of course. You can do online registration and find the course schedule at Igatpuri through the same page by clicking on the link in the text.
Since Igatpuri is one of the most popular meditation centers in the world, there is a huge rush of people to book their seats as soon as the registrations began.
Preferably, register yourselves in the midnight itself whenever they open for the course scheduled after three months.
How to reach Igatpuri
Igatpuri is a hill station located in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. It comes under the district of Nashik. It is located at a distance of 45 km from Nashik and 136 km from Mumbai.
The nearest airport from Igatpuri is Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai. But there is not any regular direct flight to Igatpuri. One can reach Igatpuri in three hours via driving from Mumbai through Mumbai-Agra Highway.
However, Igatpuri is well connected by central railway line also with the rail distance of about 83 Kms. In fact, if you are a traveler coming from outside Maharashtra without any vehicle of your own, it is better you take a train to Igatpuri. You can reach Igatpuri from Mumbai via train in the minimum time of 1 h 30 minutes.
There are as many as 59 direct trains from Mumbai to Igatpuri. Some of the popular trains from Mumbai to Igatpuri are Panchavati Express (train number- 12109), Kamayani Express (train no- 11071), Nandigram Express (train no.-11401), and Tapovan Express (train no.- 17617).
Why You Must Go To Vipassana Retreat At Least Once
I went through Vipassana meditation retreat in 2014. That experience of 10-day silent meditation left a long-lasting impact on me.
During those 10 days, you get to meet your inner self and observe your monkey mind wandering from one branch of thought to another.
With the practice of Aanapan meditation (mindfulness of breath) and then Vipassana technique, you experience a journey into your inner mind.
Due to the fast paced nature of life and continuous cacophony of sounds, the peaceful environment at Vipassana retreat seems too good to be true. However, the experience is worth it!
Moreover, Igatpuri center is one of the most popular retreats all over the world. So, you won’t be disappointed once you complete the 10-day course there. All the best for this inner journey into your mind.
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