Mahavatar Babaji’s cave Pilgrimage

Mahavatar Babaji’s cave Pilgrimage (5 days and 4 nights)

Pilgrimage Information

Overview

Description

Mahavatar Babaji’s cave is located in Kukuchina in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is inside this cave, the great Mahavatar Babaji initiated his disciple Shyam Charan Lahiri into ancient meditation system of Kriya Yoga. Kriya Yoga which was lost in Kali Yuga was thus revived for the welfare of many sincere seekers of God. Yogoda Satsanga Society (YSS) of India, the flagship organization of Paramahansa Yogananda, has built a platform at the entrance of the cave. The spiritual vibes inside the cave is very strong and is an ideal place for meditation. Near the cave is the spot where the mighty Babaji had materialized a palace, to satiate a long-forgotten desire of his dear disciple Lahiri. A small cottage is built by YSS to mark the spot and is used for purpose of meditation. Kukuchina is located almost 13 km from Dwarahat where YSS has its ashram. Devotees and seekers from all over the world visit this cave to seek the blessings of deathless Babaji whose physical presence remains accessible to only a select few.

Mahavatar Babaji’s cave pilgrimage is a pilgrimage to Sri Mahavatar Babaji’s cave in Kukuchina. The important sacred places which we will be visiting as part of this pilgrimage are namely Smriti Mandir in Kukuchina, Dronagiri Temple, Yogoda Sastanga Society Ashram in Dwarahat, Anandapuri Ashram of Haidakhan Babaji, Pandavkholi and Kainchi Ashram of Neem Karoli Baba.

Itinerary-I

Description

Day One

You will board a train for Kathgodam in the morning from New Delhi Railway Station. Outstation devotees should inform us in advance for accommodation arrangement and conveyance to the railway station. Train starts at 6:15 AM in the morning and reaches Kathgodam by 11:40 AM. We will pick you up from Kathgodam Railway Station and head towards Dwarahat by road. The journey to Dwarahat will take four hours time. Accommodation will be arranged in YSS Ashram. 

Day Two

Mahavatar Babaji's CaveBabaji’s cave in Kukuchina

Post breakfast, we will head for Kukuchina by road, which is the starting point of the trek to Babaji’s cave. It takes approximately forty-five minutes to reach Kukuchina from the ashram. From the last motorable point in Kukuchina, we will start the trek towards Babaji’s cave. Based on the speed at which we walk, it could take from forty-five minutes to an hour’s time to reach the cave. We will meditate in the cave after which we will trek back to the starting point. We will have lunch and after that we will visit the ancient Dronagiri Temple which is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is also called as Dunagiri Temple. One gets to see the panoramic view of the mountains from the temple, which is located on a hilltop. We will then return to the ashram. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the ashram.

Day Three

PandavkholiPandavkholi

After breakfast, we will again head for Kukuchina by road. This time we will trek to Pandavkholi which is on the top of the mountain. It is believed that Pandavas lived here in disguise during the last year of their 14 year exile. It takes 3.5 km trek to reach Pandavkholi. There is an ashram of the late saint Balawant Giriji. His Samadhi Shrine is located inside the ashram. Ashram also has a Radha-Krishna Temple which has some other deities inside the sanctum sanctorum. The ashram has very peaceful vibrations and is very conducive for meditation.

Few yards behind the ashram, one can see six stones kept on a cemented platform. These six stones represent five Pandavas and their consort – Draupadi. There is a Shiva-linga nearby which has an overhead stone pitcher. Water drips from the pitcher on the linga. One can see the panoramic view of the nearby mountains and valley from this place. We will have lunch in the ashram and after that we will trek back to the starting point. We will then return to Dwarahat. Dinner and overnight stay will be at YSS Ashram. 

Day Four

There will not be any excursion during the day. Devotees can spend time in meditation and can also go for a leisure walk around the ashram and market place. Kalikholi, Gujjar Dev Temple, Mrityunjaya Temple are some of the nearby places which can be explored by devotees on their own.

Day Five
Babaji's caveKainchi Dham

After breakfast, we will head for Kathgodam by road. On the way, we will visit Kainchi Ashram of Neem Karoli Baba. From Kathgodam, you will board a train for Delhi. The scheduled arrival time of train in Delhi is 20:50 pm. Outstation devotees should request us in advance to arrange for overnight hotel accommodation and conveyance. 

Itinerary-II

Description

(Four days and three nights)
Day One

You will board a train for Kathgodam in the morning from New Delhi Railway Station. Outstation devotees can inform us in advance, and we will arrange accommodation and conveyance to the railway station. Train starts at 6:15 AM in the morning and reaches Kathgodam by 11:40 AM. We will pick you up from Kathgodam Railway Station and head towards Ranikhet by road. The journey to Ranikhet will take two hours time. You will check in at a hotel in Ranikhet. Later in the day, we will visit Anandapuri Ashram of Haidakhan Babaji which is located in Chilianaula locality of Ranikhet. You will also get the opportunity to go for a stroll through the nearby area and market place. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day Two

Mahavatar Babaji's CaveBabaji’s cave in Kukuchina

Post breakfast, we will head for Kukuchina by road, which is the starting point of the trek to Babaji’s cave. It takes approximately two hours to reach Kukuchina from the hotel in Ranikhet. From the last motorable point in Kukuchina, we will start the trek towards Babaji’s cave. Based on the speed at which we walk, it could take from forty-five minutes to an hour’s time to reach the cave. We will meditate in the cave after which we will trek back to the starting point. We will have lunch and after that we will visit the ancient Dronagiri Temple which is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is also called Dunagiri Temple. One gets to see the panoramic view of the mountains from the temple, which is located on a hilltop. We will then return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day Three

PandavkholiPandavkholi

After breakfast, we will again head for Kukuchina by road. This time we will trek to Pandavkholi which is on the top of the mountain. It is believed that Pandavas lived here in disguise during the last year of their 14 year exile. It takes 3.5 km trek to reach Pandavkholi. There is an ashram of the late saint Balawant Giriji. His Samadhi Shrine is located inside the ashram. Ashram also has a Radha-Krishna Temple which has some other deities inside the sanctum sanctorum. The ashram has very peaceful vibrations and is very conducive for meditation.

Few yards behind the ashram, one can see six stones kept on a cemented platform. These six stones represent five Pandavas and their consort – Draupadi. There is a Shiva-linga nearby which has an overhead stone pitcher. Water drips from the pitcher on the linga. One can see the panoramic view of the nearby mountains and valley from this place. We will have lunch in the ashram and then trek back to the base of the mountain. We will then return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day Four
Babaji's caveKainchi Dham

After breakfast, we will head for Kathgodam by road. On the way, we will visit Kainchi Ashram of Neem Karoli Baba. From Kathgodam, you will board a train for Delhi. The scheduled arrival time of train in Delhi is 20:50 pm. Outstation devotees should request us in advance to arrange for overnight hotel accommodation and conveyance.

Cost

Description

For a group of eleven persons:

Itinerary-I

  • The travel cost per person is Rs 6,900.
Itinerary-II
  • Travel cost per person on a twin sharing basis is Rs 13,800.
  • Travel cost per person on a single occupancy basis is Rs 19,800.

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Cost includes:
  1. Cost of transport in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  2. Cost of accommodation in a standard hotel in Ranikhet with complimentary breakfast and dinner. (Only for Itinerary-II)
  3. Train tickets charges for air-conditioned chair car category. 
  4. English speaking tour leader and local guide charges.

Cost excludes:

  1. Cost of lunch and any meal/ snacks/ drinks ordered at the hotel/restaurants apart from those mentioned in the inclusions.
  2. Expenses of personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls etc.
  3. Donation for YSS Ashram in Dwarahat. (For Itinerary-I)
  4. Hotel accommodation and conveyance in Delhi for outstation devotees.
  5. Anything apart from those mentioned in the inclusions.

Schedule

Description

There is no fixed day departure for this pilgrimage. On request, this pilgrimage can be organized at any time of the year.

Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave Pilgrimage

Mahavatar Babaji Cave Pilgrimage

Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave Pilgrimage

Mahavatar Babaji Cave Pilgrimage

Essential Info

Description

  • The itinerary-I of Babaji’s cave pilgrimage is designed for the devotees of YSS/SRF. Itinerary-II is designed for the devotees of who are not associated with YSS/SRF, wherein the accommodation is arranged at a hotel in Ranikhet.
  • We have carefully designed the pilgrimage itinerary for seekers and devotees, who would like to meditate and soak in the divinity of each of the places in the itinerary. Thus the pace of the travel is engaging yet unhurried.
  • In order to visit Babaji’s cave and Pandavkholi, one has to trek a certain distance. The trek requires stamina and good physical health. All those who are not in the best of physical health should avoid the trek.
  • One can visit Babaji’s cave at any time of the year but it is best to avoid the trek during the monsoon months (from June to July) because the trekking path gets slippery.
  • During the winters starting from November to February, temperature may fall up to 1-5 degrees Celsius. All those who would like to visit during the winter, must carry warm clothing with them. Those of you, who would like to visit during the summer months (from April to June), should carry umbrellas and caps.

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