Nestled in the rolling hills of the Poconos, the Himalayan Institute’s picturesque 400-acre campus offers breathtaking views, scenic trails, and peaceful spaces for reflection and contemplation.
The natural beauty of the landscape is one of the most captivating aspects of the Institute’s Retreat Center experience. Each season offers its own unique display, from brilliant autumn foliage to the quiet, snowy blanket of winter to the richly colored fields and flowers of spring and summer.

Our Favorite Places

We invite you to visit the special places on campus whose beauty and harmony offer respite from day-to-day preoccupations and the space to find your own center of stillness. Here are a few of our favorite places, loved by guests and residents alike. We hope you have the opportunity to experience these places during your stay.

Enjoy this serene expanse by traversing its lush shoreline, and catch some of the best sunsets on campus from its bank on the entrance to the Green Trail.

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Take in a magnificent panoramic view of rolling hills and open sky from the top of Sound of Music Hill, situated on the north edge of our property.

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Located just behind the Havan Kund, this sheltered outdoor space is perfect for sitting and contemplating, enjoying your asana practice, or sharing time with a friend.

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Groomed Hiking Trails

Hiking any of our four groomed trails is an ideal way to enjoy the year round the beauty of our majestic vistas and the natural charm of water, woods, and fields. Nature lovers will appreciate the many species of wildlife and native trees that thrive in these areas.

Safety Notes:

Hiking is at your own risk. Please notify Reception if you are taking an extended hike or if you have any questions about the trails. We recommend that you hike with a partner. Closed-toed shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellent, and brightly colored clothing are also recommended.

 

Campus Map

Click here to download a map of our campus, featuring campus buildings, key points of interest, and our groomed hiking trails.

Difficulty: easy
Duration: 20–30 minutes

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Difficulty: moderate
Duration: 30–45 minutes

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Difficulty: challenging, steep
Duration: 45-60 minutes

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Difficulty: difficult, slippery
Duration: 60-90 minutes

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Take a moment to reflect during your hike by stoping at our Contemplation Stations, intentionally placed along the Red and Green Trails

Contemplation Stations

As You Arrive

As you turn into the Himalayan Institute driveway at the top of the scenic Front Hill, our campus welcomes you with an exhilarating view of the surrounding area and the Retreat Center below. Continue down the hill to the Main Building, where our friendly reception staff will greet you.

The forest and fields that cover the Front Hill are home to an abundance of wildlife, and the Hill’s long driveway is the best place on campus to enjoy a scenic, uphill aerobic workout.

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Overlooking the Retreat Center, this garden enclosure perched near the top of the Front Hill is ideal for quietly taking in the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

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A popular spot for lunch and dinner during the summer months, the front entrance and patio area is a delightful place to meet new friends and socialize.

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