The ashram is situated in Himachal Pradesh in India. Before you plan your visit to the Ashram, please note that visiting ashram is a three step process:
1. Check out the events on the events page (event) for dates Om Swami is available.
2. Once you select an event, follow the instructions on that page to apply so we may block your spot.
3. Once you get an approval from the Ashram administration, you are all set to visit.
Please note that Om Swami is not always in the Ashram and when he is, he does not meet the devotees all the time. He is only available to meet as per the schedule on this blog.
There are two ways to get to the Ashram. A shorter route that requires crossing the river and walking for about 30 mins. The longer route takes you right to the doorstep of the Ashram via newly constructed road and does not require crossing the river. However, the road gets damaged during the monsoon season therefore it is recommended to check with the Ashram administration regarding the condition of the road before planning your trip.
The Ashram is about 100 kms from Chandigarh and 30 kms from Solan. Chandigarh is a major city and is well connected with other cities of India. The journey from Chandigarh to the Ashram will take between 3.5 and 4.5 hours by car depending upon the route you take. It will take longer if you are taking the bus depending upon the schedule of the buses. It is recommended that you plan your travel so that you can reach the Ashram during the day before sunset. It is not recommended to reach the Ashram in the evening or at night as we do not have resources to check you in. There are many hotels in Chandigarh, Kalka and Solan for overnight accommodation if needed so that you can travel and reach the Ashram during the day.
Solan is the last major city before the Ashram and is well connected with buses from Chandigarh and Kalka. You will have to reach Solan first by any means of transportation you are taking. From Solan, the directions to the Ashram are detailed below.
Route 1: Shorter route via crossing the river and trekking
Delhi → Chandigarh → Kalka → Solan → Maryog → Kotla Barog → Ashram
You can reach Solan via train, bus, taxi or personal conveyance. (Please see all the options below). From Solan, you need to get to Maryog. Maryog is 25 kms from Solan. From Maryog, you need to get to Kotla Barog. Kotla Barog is 5 kms from Maryog. From Kotla Barog, you will have to cross the river and walk for about 30 mins. You can call for a local guide at Kotla Barog (See under the Local Guide). The local guides can help you cross the river with ease and will guide you and carry your luggage till the Ashram at the minimal rates. These are basically the local villagers who stay close to the Ashram. You will need to pay them not more than Rs. 50 per bag (which is reasonable in weight). Each person can carry atleast two bags at one time. The number of people you call will depend upon your requirements. Please call the local guides in advance so that they are available to help you.
The entire journey from Chandigarh to the Ashram via this route will take 3.5 hours by car or taxi.
Route 2: Longer route via new road to the Ashram doorstep
Delhi → Chandigarh → Kalka → Solan → Giripul → Shalamu village route → Ashram
You can reach Solan via train, bus, taxi or personal conveyance. (Please see all the options below). From Solan, you need to get to Giripul via Rajgarh Highway. After about 6 kms from Giripul on Rajgarh highway towards Rajgarh, you will see a milestone indicating Rajgarh 10 km, Please watch out for the Ashram sign board which is between 10 and 11km milestone of Rajgarh. Take a ‘U’ turn at the Ashram sign board and take the Shalamu village (kaccha) road to the Ashram. The road is about an 11 km unmetalled road from highway to the Ashram door step. Keep following the Ashram sign boards on this road.
The entire journey from Chandigarh to the Ashram via this route will take 4.5 hours by car or taxi.
1. By Train
You can take a train from Delhi to Chandigarh or directly to Kalka. The nearest railway station from the Ashram is Kalka.
From Kalka you can take a bus or a taxi to the Ashram.
If you continue by bus go to section no. 2 below called BY BUS.
If you continue by taxi, go to section no. 3 below called BY PERSONAL CAR OR TAXI.
2. By Bus
There are direct buses from Delhi, Chandigarh and Kalka to Solan. From Solan you will need to take the bus going to Giripul.
If you are travelling via train from Delhi to Kalka and choose to continue your journey by bus then you can take the bus from Kalka station to Solan and from there take the bus going to Giripul.
You can choose Route 1 or Route 2 from Solan.
Route 1 – Shorter route via crossing the River
From Solan, you will need to take a bus for Maryog on the way to Giripul. Maryog is on Rajgarh highway. You will have to get off at Maryog bus stop. From Maryog you will have to take the local taxi (number provided below under Taxi Options) to Kotla Barog. From Kotla Barog, you will need to cross the river and walk for about 30 mins. (Please refer to the local guide help above).
Route 2 – Longer route via road
From Solan, you can take a bus directly to Giripul. From Giripul, you will need to take the local taxi to the Ashram via Rajgarh highway. (Please see directions by Personal Car or Taxi on section 3 below).
3. By Personal Car or Taxi
You can take a taxi or your own conveyance from Chandigarh to the Ashram or take a taxi from Kalka, Solan or Giripul to the Ashram.
You can choose Route 1 or Route 2 from Solan.
Route 1 – Shorter route via crossing the river
You first need to reach Solan. From Solan you need to take the Rajgarh highway to reach Maryog. Please note that while driving on the Rajgarh highway, you will see a milestone indicating Rajgarh, Do Not take that road. Go straight for Maryog. Maryog is on the highway. From Maryog you need to get to Kotla Barog. If you are travelling by personal car, you will have to park your car at Kotla Barog. From Kotla Barog, you will have to cross the river. (Please refer to the local guide help above).
Route 2 – Longer route via road
You first need to reach Solan. From Solan you take the Rajgarh highway to reach a town called Giripul. Continue driving on Rajgarh highway towards Rajgarh. After about 6 kms, there will be a milestone indicating Rajgarh 10 km, Please watch out for the Ashram sign board which is between 10 and 11km milestone of Rajgarh. Take a ‘U’ turn at the Ashram sign board and take the village (kaccha) road to the Ashram. The road is about an 11 km unmetalled road from highway to the Ashram door step. Please keep following the Ashram sign boards on this road.
4. By Air
The nearest airport is Chandigarh. From the airport, follow the taxi instructions as stated in section 3 above.
a. If you are travelling by train, you can easily get a taxi from the taxi stand just outside the railway station.
b. You can also call for a local Taxi driver to pick you up from Kalka railway station.
Car Type: Maruti ALTO [Small Car]
Driver Name: Sanju Contact Number: +91.981.608.9386 or +91.981.714.6386 or +91.941.848.9384
Car Type: Scorpio [SUV]
Driver Name: Baldev Contact Number: +91.941.801.3681
c. You can also hire a taxi from Chandigarh to the Ashram. For this you need to contact Sanju on : +91.981.608.9386 or +91.981.714.6386. He regularly brings visitors to the Ashram and knows the way well to the ashram doorstep. He can arrange for other vehicles as well but needs to be booked two days in advance. Please note that these are local taxi drivers who operate independently.
Taxi Charges ie on a small car till ashram would be approximately:
From Solan – Rs. 1200 /-
From Kalka – Rs. 2500 /-
From Chandigarh/Chandigarh Airport – Rs. 3000/- /Rs. 3500/-
The local guides will be helpful only if you choose the Route 1 shorter route to cross the river and trek from Kotla Barog. Their contact details are:
Sant : +91.980.527.2925 / +91.981.695.9425
Ajay : +91.889.485.4050
Padam Singh : +91.981.750.9072
It’s best to bring a small umbrella with you because we don’t have any covered pathways on the ashram premises. Also bring a small flashlight with you.
Additionally, note the following if you are taking Route 1 shorter route to cross the river and trek from Kotla Barog.
- Carry an umbrella or wear a cap/hat because it can be scorching hot during the day.
- Carry slippers to cross the river and comfortable walking shoes for the trek.
- You will need to fold your lowers while crossing the river. Hence it will be better to dress accordingly.
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You can contact the driver Sanju on +91.981.608.9386 or Baldev on +91.981.714.6386, who can provide you with all the basic information mostly in Hindi.