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.
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.
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.
Duration: 20–30 minutes
Duration: 30–45 minutes
Difficulty: challenging, steep
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Difficulty: difficult, slippery
Duration: 60-90 minutes
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.
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.
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.