Breaking Ground in Khajuraho

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Work has officially begun at the newest Himalayan Institute location in Khajuraho, located in north central India.  HI Khajuraho will be inaugurated as a meditative retreat center and educational facility during the pilgrimage to the Kumbha Mela in 2013. The 30-acre campus is located only 7 miles from the main temple complex, which is a World Heritage Site.

On-site construction work kicked off in mid-April 2011. This donated tractor and hydraulic dumper trolley will be crucial in moving construction materials around the 30-acre site. The first phase of development includes demarcating boundaries, installing a main gate and secondary gates, guardhouse and staff quarters.

As the sun begins to set, the workers arrive. The majority of infrastructure installation is being done now, at the height of the dry season. Work must be done at night and very early in the morning because daytime temperatures reach as high as 120F.

Aerial view of the campus, taken from a nearby hilltop.

The main gate will be built between these two large Mahua trees.

Work is being overseen by three staff members from HI Allahabad, along with several local staff.

Khajuraho Site Manager Vivek stands with Ishan Tigunait, Director of Strategic Development for the Himalayan Institute.

Our temporary guardhouse. We have guards, hired locally, 24/7 to secure the land.

To bring electricity to campus, 22 poles were erected to extend the electrical wires from the nearest junction. The campus has its own private transformer.

Casting concrete pillars, which will be put up along the backside of the property for nearly a mile. They will support a solar electric fence.

Making concrete pillars from scratch includes cutting, bending and welding steel rebar frames by hand. It will take approximately 3 weeks to hand-cast and cure 620 pillars.

Neel Kanth bird, considered to be sacred. There are many on our campus.

Neelgai, a wild antelope species in the area. Other wildlife on campus include jackals, hyenas, fox, monkeys, and perhaps leopards.

The forest department’s private stone wall that borders most of our land. We have hundreds of acres of national forest land bordering the HI campus.

Two bore wells were dug. The campus now has clean water, drinkable straight from the ground!

There is a great deal of work to be done, but with a dedicated vision, the right team of laborers and enough moonlight to work by, HI’s newest center will be ready to throw open its doors to the Kumbha Mela pilgrims.


Join us in Khajuraho and Allahabad for the Kumbha Mela! Celebrated every 12 years, the Kumbha Mela is the largest spiritual gathering on the planet and has attracted hundreds of thousands of people to the banks of the Ganges River for over 5,000 years. Experience the pilgrimage of a lifetime while enjoying the comfort and security of the HI campus. Register now for discounted rates.

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