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Mayawati Ashram, Abbott Mount Overview

Located 16 kilometres from Abbot Mount and perched at an elevation of 1940 metres, the Mayawati Ashram is a spiritual centre which is synonymous with peace and tranquillity. The Ashram is located in the midst of beautiful snow-covered peaks that are a wonderful sight to behold. Popularly known as Advaita Ashram, this place serves as a prominent tourist attraction as well as a spiritual centre for devotees from India and abroad. The ashram was established in the year 1899 by Swami Vivekanand and has been a centre of learning ever since. A small museum and a library which was specifically reckoned by Swamiji is also present within the confines of the Ashram. In addition to these, boarding and lodging facilities are also available for the convenience of the visitors.

The Ashram seeks to practice and propagate Advaita Vedanta, which is a school of thought pertaining to Hindu religious practices. It is also the main publication centre for a number of Ramakrishna Order of Books, which includes important pieces such as 'The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda', 'The Life of Swami Vivekananda' as well as the English translations of important Hindu scriptures. The serene atmosphere of the landscape coupled with the vibe of spiritual learning is a welcome break from the fast paced life of cities. The monastery provides an ambient atmosphere to introspect and learn more about spirituality and being through the medium of books, meditation and self-absorption. In addition to the learning centre, the Ashram also runs the 'Mayavati Charitable Hospital', which looks after the medical needs of 1400 villages without any charges. The conscious efforts of the Ashram personnel play an important part in binding the community together and creating a spirit of brotherhood and camaraderie among its patrons. 

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History of the Ashram

In the year 1895, British Indian Army Captain James Henry Sevier and his wife Charlotte Sevier had an encounter with Swami Vivekananda in England. They were so impressed with Swami's vision that they accompanied him through his travels to Switzerland, Germany, and Italy for nearly nine months. The Advaita Ashram found its roots in Vivekananda's vision of establishing a facility similar to the retreat for monks in the Alps, which he had a chance of visiting whilst he was recuperating. In keeping with the same, James and Charlotte moved to India in 1896 with the aim of finding a place near Almora, and set up an Ashram. There they rented a bungalow for the next two years worked for ceaselessly for the Ashram. The Mayawati Ashram was then established on 19 March 1899 as a part of the Ramakrishna Math.

Best Time To Visit Mayawati Ashram

Best time to visit is during the months of September to December. Don't forget to carry woollens as the weather gets cold during this time. 

Stay Near Mayawati Ashram

A small guest house with limited facilities is available in the Ashram. The guest house is available for visitors from mid-March to mid-June and mid-September to mid-November. You can only stay here for a period of 2 -3 days and need permission from the Adhyakahs of this Ashrama. This can be done early January of early June, depending on when you need the accommodation.

A number of other hotels and guest houses are available as well. These include Hotel Jyonar Palace, Parvati Resort, Te Aroha Dhanachuli and The Golden Peak Hotel, but these are located around 20 - 40 kilometres away from the Mayawati Ashram. 

Local Experiences At Mayawati Ashram

A soothing and tranquil retreat in the bosom of nature, this destination is a must visit for all those who are looking for a rendezvous with the Divine. 

Restaurants Near Mayawati Ashram

You can get a simple meal at the Amar Jyoti Restaurant or Abbot Mountain Restaurant. 

Tips For Visiting Mayawati Ashram

1. Do not litter the premises
2. Follow the code of conduct in the Ashram

How To Reach Mayawati Ashram

You can take a cab to Lohaghat, from where jeeps are available which will directly drop you to the Ashram as it lies at a mere distance of 9 kilometres from here. 

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