In Search of Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave

Aug 08 2009

Last Updated on August 13, 2013 

The following is a count of my journey to Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave in Dronagiri area in Himalayas. I took the trek on 29th of July 2009 along with my Father. After several visions and signals from the Masters, I finally made the trek deep into the Mountains at about 9000 feet.

To view photos from my Trek to Babaji’s Cave, please click here.

Leaving Rohtak for Haldwani
After I could not make the trek to Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave in Pandukholi region during my visit to Almora, Himalayas in 2007 – I had accepted the fact that the time had not come yet for me to visit. During my summer 2009 vacation, I was determined to make the trip and after a small hiccup, it materialized into reality. I will try to be as faithful in remembering the little details as possible and provide you with my experiences during this extraordinary journey that I took with my Father.

My Father and I left Rohtak on Sunday, 26th July 2009 at about 10 AM for Haldwani where we would stop for the night. The drive from Rohtak to Haldwani takes about 7 to 8 hours and is about 340 KMs (337 in our case) if there are no traffic problems. The route is:

Rohtak to Delhi to Ghaziabad onwards to NH 24 all the way through Hapur, Muradabad, Rampur, Bilaspur, Rudrapur to Haldwani. We stopped at Haldwani for the night where an old colleague and friend of my Father Mr. Bisht lives. Haldwani is the last stop in the plains on way to Nainital and surrounding areas and is known as the Pravesh-Dwaar (entrance) to the Dev-Bhoomi Uttaranchal (now Uttrakhand). It connects plains to the Kumaon region of the mighty Himalayas. The next morning was rather hot and muggy as we left Haldwani at around 10 AM for Almora. The drive was scenic as it normally is anywhere in Himalayas. By then we had learned that Monsoon rains had mostly evaded the state of Uttaranchal, but as we started ascending the mountains on NH 87, we noticed raindrops on our wind shield. Due to landslides that had occurred earlier, the normal route (via Bhimtal) to Almora had been closed to public and we had to take a detour and go through Ranikhet and enter from the backside of Almora. On our way, 4 ladies asked for lift to Pilot Baba’s Ashram that was on the way. We gladly accommodated them and dropped them at their destination.

Visit to Haidakhan Ashram, Ranikhet
As we reached Ranikhet, my Father and I decided to pay our respects to Haidakhan Baba and visit his Ashram on the outskirts of Ranikhet at Chiliyanaula. To visit the Ashram, one must enter the Ranikhet Cantonment and take the low road from the Main roundabout beyond the Sadar Bazaar. Here we found another older Gentleman who we asked for directions and we ended up offering him a lift into Ranikhet until the point where the 2 KM slip road took us directly to Haidakhan Baba Ashram. Since it was a cloudy day, we could not see any of the peaks Nandadevi, etc.) that are usually visible from the Ashram on a clear day. We spent about 30 minutes at the Ashram and I meditated for about half an hour. After paying our respects, we left the Ashram at 2:05 PM for Almora in hopes of making the trek to Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave the following day. Little did we know that it was not yet to be. We arrived at Almora at 4:03 PM (odometer 474 KMs).

Fury of Rain Gods
Later that night in Almora, my Father and I both woke up to the sound of raindrops. The next morning turned out to be immensely cloudy and carried dense fog. We could barely see the terrace of the floor beneath ours. The clouds were below us and it felt as if we were in heaven for a moment. At times the floating clouds seemed to enter our hotel room and the very next moment the rain would stop giving us a bleak hope of setting out for Pandukholi where Babaji’s cave is located. The day, however, stayed dismal and rainy for most of the time and by 10 AM we had dropped the plan of making the trek. Later that night, the TV news predicted heavy rains during next 48 hours in the state and my father even suggested that we leave the following day if rain gods continued with their fury. To our relief, rains finally gave way to a light drizzle at about 4 PM. We finally left the hotel room to take a walk on Mall Road and also visited the Almora Market. Before retiring for the night, my prayers seemed to be getting answered as I finally saw the mountains in front of us that had stayed hidden behind clouds for most of the day. The heavy cover of clouds seemed to be saying goodbye to the mountains and I thanked Babaji for keeping my hopes alive of making the trek the next day.

Bright and Sunny 29th, Trek to Babaji’s Cave
Bright sunshine greeted us the next morning as we woke up to almost clear blue skies. We left soon after our breakfast of Poori Bhaaji at 8:39 AM. Kukuchina was 86 KMs of drive from Hotel Shikhar, Almora. To reach the trekking point, one must leave Almora on NH 87 and pass through Ranikhet and continue towards Dwarahat. From Dwarahat, one must bear right towards Dunagiri Temple and continue towards Pandukholi. We reached Dunagiri Temple at 11:25 AM (odometer 557 KMs) and Pandukholi was still 5 more KMs to go. After driving for a few more minutes we reached Kukuchina, which is the last village before the 2 KM walk to Rathkhaal where the trek begins. We had a cup of hot Himalayan tea at Joshi Tea stall. Mr. Joshi, who runs the shop, carries Himalayan hospitality and a welcoming smile on his face. We were surprised that he remembered us from our brief stop from 2007 when I had failed to make the trek. We discussed the conditions and the weather in the mountains and requested him to arrange a Jeep ride along the 2 KM narrow path to take us to the trekking point. My Father and I decided against taking our own Ford Ikon car considering the extremely narrow and hilly path that, in my opinion, should either be travelled on foot or in a vehicle with 4-wheel drive.

Jeep Ride to Rathkhaal, facts about the Area
On many occasions, I thought the right tire of the Jeep would slide and slip over into the Valley taking all of us along and not to mention, I kept murmuring Babaji’s name all through the nerve-breaking Jeep ride. Once the Jeep dropped us at the point where the YSS (Yogoda Satsang Society) board pointed towards the Cave up in the mountains, we chanted Babaji’s name and began our trek at 12:07 PM (Tuesday, 29th July 2009). Those who wish to get an idea of the geography and the trek must understand a few things. Babaji’s Cave is unlike most of the other sacred places such as Badrinath, Kedarnath, etc. which are visited by thousands of people each year. You will even find people in Almora area that have not heard of Babaji’s cave up in Pandukholi area. The area in particular is 86 KMs. from Almora and the trek requires sincerity, strong will, devotion and intuitiveness on your part. YSS (Yogoda Satsang Society) along with others have done a great job in putting up a few boards and laying out a very basic raw mountain path, but one may still get easily lost if not attentive and intuitive.

Trek begins to Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave
As we started climbing the stony and narrow path along the mountain edge, I felt a surge of strange energy and did not feel any fatigue all through the trek whatsoever. My father took frequent breaks while climbing and I went along capturing the extraordinary Mountains around us through the lens of my camera. Somewhere mid-way during our trek, it started raining heavily and we had to take out our raincoats from my backpack. Climbing a mountain path such as this one could be very dangerous especially when it’s raining. Rain along with pine needles along the path can make the mountain surface very slippery as we discovered during our trek. Interestingly, I slipped more than my father. May be his mountain skills acquired during childhood when he used to climb mountains in Kashmir, helped him along the way. After the rains became too heavy, I said a little prayer to Surya Dev (Sun) and whispered Surya Mantra so the sun would shine and rain would stop. Lo and behold within a minute or so, the rains subsided and sun came out. I was grateful to Babaji as it made the climb a little easier especially for my Father.

Mahavatar Babaji Smriti Bhawan
After an hour or so of climbing through the forest, we came to an ashram, which turned out to be Mahavatar Babaji Smriti Bhawan established on the hilltop by YSS (Yogoda Satsang Society) on 25th July 2002. An elderly couple that met us in front of the Bhawan told us that the Cave was further up, about a couple minutes climb from the Smriti Bhawan. We also ran into a group from Andhra Pradesh that was visiting Babaji’s Cave. Their driver gave us the key to the Cave’s door after I convinced him that we would lock the Cave door and the Smriti Bhawan and hand the key over to a keeper that lived in the village down in the valley. Initially my father suggested that he would rest at the Bhawan and I should continue up to the cave, however, I did not think that he came all the way up here to miss out on visiting the sacred cave. After my suggestion, he accompanied me up.

Arrival at Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave
Finally we saw the steps and the door of the Cave. I asked my Father to do the honors and unlock the door. As soon he opened the door, a sudden rush of energy went through me as I saw the interior of the sacred Cave. On first look, one could say that 4 to 5 people could easily sit next to each other in the Cave. We noticed that drops of water were trickling down from the cave top, which we attributed to the recent rain. Although YSS has put up a marker, gate and the steps, the cave itself is natural and could be thousands of years old. I would like to refrain from making any claim on this, however. Since the plastic spread inside the Cave was wet, we decided to spread our raincoats and sit on them. I sat in the Lotus pose (Padamasana) and was immediately lost in a trance. One does not have to try and meditate as it comes naturally where one almost feels being present on a different plane far away from the mundane world. The silence and the grace that prevailed within the cave were unlike anything I had experienced before in my lifetime.

“It’s time to leave”
Call it the fury of the weather gods or Babaji’s signal to leave – within about 15 to 20 minutes clouds started thundering in the most threatening way and we knew that rains were imminent. I finally opened my eyes and my Father suggested that we get a move on. After taking a few pictures and paying our respects, we locked the door and descended back to the Smriti Bhawan. To our surprise we found that the group of people we had met earlier was still inside the Ashram where we also decided to stay put until the rain ceased. The Smriti Bhawan had 3-4 rooms where one could stay overnight. Since the rains were heavy outside, I decided to sit and meditate inside the Bhawan where a couple of other people from the group were already meditating. Within about 30 minutes, rains gave way to bright sunshine and we decided to leave.

Energy Circles
Later while viewing the photos, I found one photo clicked after another where energy circles could be seen on my right. I discussed this with my Uncle, Dr. Rajeev Kaushik, who is a Sahaj Yogi and has recently published a book with Rupa Publications on Kundalini Yoga describing his experiences and revelations. He explained that such energy circles and usually seen at charged and sacred places where sages have done tapas or establish their presence in astral form.

You are welcome to draw your own conclusion as to what these circles are. I personally do not indulge.

Losing our way in the forest
In a stroke of wisdom, I suggested to my father that we leave the group behind and be on our way. Little did I realize that the descent back to the village would be even trickier than the climb up. Due the rain, the mountain paths were filled with water and we both slipped at a few places. I tried to be more than alert despite handling my camera and capturing the serenity and beauty of the mountains and trees around us. At a sharp turn, we came to a narrow path off the mountain where despite my strong suggestion; we turned left per my Father’s instinct. It wasn’t too late before we realized that we had not come this way during our climb up. Instead of descending the part of the mountain on our right we had confused the surroundings and were actually heading in a totally strange direction. After ascending the mountain and then descending again, we found ourselves headed straight to the valley into deep forest. At one point we could even see a house in front of us at some distance away, however, it was on the other side of the mountain and it was not possible to reach it unless one crossed the forest that lay at the bottom part of the mountain that we were on.

I then suggested to my Father to bring back his mountain-instincts and guide us out of this predicament. As I mentioned earlier, he had climbed many mountains during his childhood in Kashmir, which at that time was full of wilderness as well as animals. He took a moment to study the surroundings and then eventually with some input from me, we headed to our right and started climbing the part of the mountain that lay ahead of us. It was my understanding that it would bring us back to our original path. At some places, we had some serious hiking on the cliff of the mountains that was also wet from recent rains. I was also worried about my Father and his ability to climb at such rough spots.

Himalayan Hospitality
By Babaji’s grace, we went through the rough path and also crossed a small waterfall hidden deep within the mountains and eventually ended up in a small field of Turnips. In front of us – lay a villager’s hut who, to our good fortune, was inside the hut and having his lunch at the time. My father told them that we were coming back from Babaji’s Cave and had lost our way in the mountains and requested him to show us the correct way to reach Rathkhaal and then Kukuchina. Before he showed us the correct way, he stressed more than once that we join him for lunch or tea at the least. We politely thanked him for his generosity and went our way after getting directions. This along with other minor incidents strengthened our faith that people in the mountains were still filled with the hospitality, trust and kindness that has almost disappeared from the plains.

After descending through another rough spot that was filled with water and stones, we reached the 2 KM stretch (Rathkhaal) that would take us to Kukuchina where our car stood parked near Joshi Tea Stop. Earlier we had taken a jeep ride to save time and avoid any fatigue before beginning the trek; however, we decided that it was best to walk back to Kukuchina so we could cherish the beauty and serenity of the sacred mountain.

Guide welcomes us!
On a lighter note, I later pointed to my Father a little incident that had happened earlier while were inside the Smriti Bhawan up in the mountains after our visit to the Cave.
Father had mentioned about the challenges involved in our trek (from the heavy rains to the difficult trek) and I had casually remarked back (almost boasting) “what more challenge can Babaji present us with?” We chuckled later that Babaji indeed gave us another small challenge by making us take the wrong route and getting us lost in the forest. Lord works in mysterious ways to teach us lessons, both big and small in life.
Our trek back became very tiring due to the extra fatigue we had to undergo after losing way up in the mountains.

We took frequent breaks and just sat in silence to breathe in the mountain air. At one spot, we came across a Black Dog who was waiting on the edge of the mountain by a boulder and came running towards us as we approached that spot. Since I have never been close to dogs (that’s another story), my father cajoled him into making him go away. On a very interesting note, the dog stayed ahead of us all the way to Kukuchina and even stopped and waited for us as we took breaks during our trek back on the stony Himalayan path. We both had our own ideas about the dog, which would be later revealed to us by Sh. Netraballabh Joshi at Joshi Tea Stall. The dog, as I found out a year later was taken away by a Leopard.

Arrival back at Kukuchina
After about 55 minutes, we arrived at Kukuchina at 3:30 PM and Mr. Joshi greeted us with a smile. My father was quick to request 2 hot cups of Himalayan tea and a couple pieces of bread to chase away the fatigue of the trek. We also met Shri Netra Ballabh Joshi with whom we held discussion on Mahavatar Baba, Mahabharat, Ashwatthama, and other related topics. Some excerpts from our conversation can be viewed on Youtube in form of Part 1 and Part 2 . He also told us about the dog that had been guiding visitors on the 2 KM stretch back to Kukuchina for a few years now. I silently bowed down to the humble creature for his generous services and we later fed him with Biscuits and Bread as a small token of our gratitude.

The extraordinary day ended when we finally took leave of Joshis, bowed down to the Dronagiri Mountain and Mahavatar Baba in reverence for making this trek possible. It was once in a lifetime experience and one must physically go there to feel the energy, aura and blessings of the Dronachal Valley and Mahavatar Baba.

Arrival back at Almora
We left Joshi tea stall at 3:55 PM (odometer 562 KMs) and arrived back at Almora Hotel at 6:44 PM (odometer 648 KMs). If anyone has any questions about the trip or our trek, feel free to contact me through this website. May Babaji guide us and bless us.

Pointers/interesting observations

  • Where to Stay? Based on your travel plans, you can stay at Ranikhet, Dwarahat (Mayank Hotel) or at Dunagiri Retreat (most expensive option, usually recommended for large groups).
    My personal recommendation is to stay in rooms/cottages run by Girish Joshi | +91-94113-18540 (Kukuchhina) where you will be closest to the trek and also receive the best hospitality. I have visited many times and have formed good friendship with Joshi Ji.
  • If you decide to visit Pandukholi and Babaji’s Cave on the same day, I would advise that you start no later than 9 AM. First visit the cave and then take the steep trek to Pandukholi (about 2 KM uphill). Do sit with Ram Baba there, who is a disciple of Mahant Balwant Giri Maharaj, who was a Naga Sadhu and did Tapasya at Pandukholi for 35 years. The ashram at Pandukholi was established by him and is called Swargpuri. Baba took mahasamadhi on 14 December, 1994. Another disciple of Baba Balwant Giri is Dhanwantari Baba – who is a wandering sage, but can be visited at Sant Kuteer located near Doonagiri Temple.
  • People in the mountains may frequently ask you for lift. This might be considered out of question in the Northern Plains. We were surprised when an elderly mother asked lift for her newly wed daughter!
  • Even the simplest and financially challenged person may turn out to be the most hospitable and courteous. Such is the culture in Himalayas!
  • It is best advised to not undertake the trek during Rainy season, but if you are as daring as us, do not forget to pack raincoats!
  • Lastly, I would quote what I once read in an article. “Leave your cold intellect behind before approaching the sacred and serene mountains.”

Om Namah Shivay.

Gautam Dhar/Anupam Dhar
8th August 2009, Rohtak, INDIA
Trek date: 29th July 2009


In Search of Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave: Photos

Videos of my conversation with (now Late) Shri Netra Ballabh Joshi: Part 1, Part 2

Comments So Far..
  • dhilip 9 August, 2009 at 7:51 am

    hi thanks for sharing your experiences…

  • dhilip 9 August, 2009 at 10:45 am

    hi can you share your feelings in detail when u sat in meditation inside cave..did u feel the presence of babaji? did u see his physical presence?

  • Piyush 9 August, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Gautam,

    What a wonderful and descriptive account of your visit to Dunagiri and to Babaji’s cave. It was particularly interesting to see photos with energy circles…i have seen circles in some of my photos of Dunagiri but never investigated them…taking them to be rain-drops or dust-spots.

    Look forward to meeting you on one of your next visits to Dunagiri. :)

    with best wishes,


  • vacaspati 14 August, 2009 at 8:26 am

    we had visited the cave in the month of april. the masters of the universe always open the ports for such sacred journeys at the time u physically and spiritually are ready that is why ur darshan happened on ur second outing. what u saw is merely the portico of a much larger tavern which had labyrinths in which mahavatar’s dera resided when it was visited by lahiri mahasaya. the route u have taken shows that u had to follow the path of lahiri mahasaya by approaching the cave through ranikhet. we managed to stay at dwarahat itself not at the yss ashram but on the route to kukuchina, dronagiri called hotel mayank, which incidentally is run by a person who also runs an ashram on the foothills of dronagri just outside dwarahat where there is a shrine for Sai Babaji which is Sai Baba of Shirdi and Mahavatar babaji.

    We had already visited the birth place of Mahavartar in the year 2003 which is in parangipettai (chidambaram dist, tamil nadu) and had to wait for 6 long years for ths special visit to the cave but it happened so fast that images of our visit are so fleeting we can scarce believe that we have achieved this unique journey to the temple as well as the cave.

    in photographs there are patches in corners that occur which are explained by photographers as refractive lens errors however in our almost ten years of pilgrimages and photographies such refractive errors have happened very rarily and in the case of our visit to parangipettai we did notice such errors. cosmic vibrations are supposed to by picked by kirrillian photography using special thermal sensors and there were such vibrations in abundance along the path to the cave which were much more intense in the cave and peaking towards the inner wall. the most important observation is that ur mind seems incapable of thought and u don’t really remember what u felt inside the cave in that sense the cave is a spiritual warp. hope that ur next visit u can stay in dwarahaat itself and enjoy the vibrancy of the dronagiri itself.

  • Jacob 14 August, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    very beautiful dear friend!

  • Gautam 16 August, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for sharing your count and thoughts, vacaspati.

  • Venkat 17 August, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Thanks a lot for sharing such wonderful pictures and your experiences. Pictures are very wonderful and informative to people like us who are at the other corner of the world.

  • Haresh Pandya 17 August, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope and pray that I be able to visit that cave some day.

  • Gautam 21 August, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks Piyush Sir. God willing, we shall surely meet there next time!

  • Suraj Prabhakaran 2 September, 2009 at 11:46 am

    HI Gautamji/ Anupam,

    This article was amazing. I have read the Autobiography of a Yogi many times and all the chapters are fresh in my mind! The cucumber story, the tiger swami, St. T. Neumen, the woman who never eats and the university degree to name a few of my fav chapters. This entire journey was more interesting read as it carried the actual beauty of the rubbled path above to our dearest Babaji. Call his name and there would be an instant blessing – Sri Sri Lahiri Mahasya once said and I love following it..You look graceful in the picture and u seem to understand the beauty of the Guru’s teachings and their mysterious help flowing for ages and ages to we characters playing our part! In all they were one of the best to ever come across- this trip. have a great time ahead..God Bless!

  • Anupam Dhar 2 September, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    After reading Sri Vacaspati’s account, I now recall the complete
    sense of vacuum I registered when I sat down after Gautam closed his eyes in meditation. After squatting I had turned involuntarily and was facing the cave when after sometime Gautam got up to leave. And during this period I was oblivious to sound and sight both, as if time had stood still. The torrential and thunderous rain also had failed to register its din. And all along the short period I had not closed my eyes. I did not give it much thought assuming I was too tired by the climb to have felt the way I felt. Maybe Sri Vacaspati has a point there.

  • vacaspati 5 September, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Infact Swami Kebalananda mentions this state of mind to Yukteshwar Giri and though Yogananda has further classified samadhi as per tradition, this is a strange kind of Nirbi kalpa samadhi.
    Babaji’s cave has this vibration, and infact Sri Margabandu SK Singh was is a Kriyaban, went to the holy cave first last year and then guided our journey. At that time too, I had asked the couple individually about it, and they said the same thing that you have mentioned Sir. They too had attributed it to tiredness, thunder and rain and then accepted when I pointed out that on emerging from the cave at a short distance they started having thoughts. I felt at ease, Amanasya or transcendental bliss, is natural in samadhi, but in the cave it is automatic, at attained at great ease. It is almost Sir, like a portal, or like a broad band connection at great speed.
    My brother who had accompanied us sat outside the cave with our daughter for most of the time, and felt this thrill of thoughtlessness, too.
    This gives great credence to the Shketram that Babaji’s cave is, such findings from diverse persons, as in age, ethnicity and upbringing, to find similarity of feelings at the Cave of the Eternal Master.
    If one can capture that state and replicate it whenever one invoke’s Babaji’s blessings then it will be a true blessing to the seeker!
    Thank you Sir for coming forth with your private feelings.

  • Anupam Dhar 5 September, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks indeed for your participation in our quest for spiritual pathways.
    Your insight into the subtleties of mysterious nature are precious and welcome indeed.
    Thanks again and may Babaji bless you.

  • Hari 6 September, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Thank you so much for putting this up on the net. May God bless you.

  • Dr Milon Mitra 8 September, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Gautamji pranam,
    After reading yours and others account about the cave, I went into deep meditation with thoughts of God and Babaji. After getting up I became sceptic. How are you sure that the cave belongs to Babaji? Your only way of knowing it was the YSS Boards and their identification/directions. Did Lahiri baba tell his disciples about the cave? What was your source of information?
    Please do not take me otherwise.

  • Gautam 8 September, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Dr Mitra:

    Skepticism is the engrained nature of human mind, so do not be hesitant in ever doubting anything. You are correct in saying that my source of information is only the deep research I have done over the years, count of Sages I’ve read, locals count of the place, and my interaction with other seekers.
    The place has been mentioned by Lahiri Mahasaya in his diaries, notes, to his disciples and also mentioned in the book “Autobiography of a Yogi”.

    Also, such matters can not be explained by merely using our “brain”. One has to directly experience first-hand and transcend the boundaries of intellect to feel the bliss and grasp the knowledge. All the best in your search! :=)


  • vacaspati 8 September, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    dear Masters
    The human can rise above mumbo-jumbo if he or she listened to a voiceless voice, a source of knowing that is not knowledge or hearsay. This is the source to which a seeker taps into in his/her voyage from the relative to the real, from relativity to reality.
    hence it is said that true knowing is first by elimination-Neti,Neti(not this, not this) and then an inspired moment of pratyaksha, direct perception dawns upon the seeker and throws light on the situation. Science seeks validation of data, so all esoteric experiences of masters, as vividly described in books like Autobiography of a Yogi, are all treated as metaphysics and not physics, but tell me which law of science or theorem is not based on an axiom or supposition? In utter contrast to that, the state of realisation, and the true nature of the self have been commented upon by various sages down the ages, who are not even connected by geography or ethnicity and yet stumbled upon this same startling conclusion about the nature of the human. Hence this is called the Holy Science.
    To the point of Babaji’s cave, there is an account of Babaji being a disciple of Agastya, and belonging to the Siddha tradition who embraced an immortal body, and went north to the Himalayas, and his jaunts and haunts are the hills of Dronagiri which is sacred and associated with the immortal Hanuman. Now through Lahiri Mahasaya, we know also that it is near Ranikhet.
    The cave appropriated by YSS is sealed upto 90% and just this much is suffice to offer the experiences to fellow journey men like yours truly. In this experience of calm and of samadhi, one can testify to the holy, sanctified nature of that cave. South Indian actor Rajnikanth wrote about his trip to this cave, and he and his companions entered from above, and saw a much larger spot according to the travelogue account in a vernacular weekly in 2005. In YSS ashram at Dwarahaat, the present head Swami Nirvananda mentioned that for the actor a special team of Kriyabans had come from their main center at Ranchi and he only heard of their trip. Incidentally the present world wide head of YSS, Dayamata has not been to the cave, not managing the ardous climb, but in her account she says that the Deathless Master informed her that while that was a spot he stayed for long, to seek His blessings there is no requirement to make such a journey.
    Why then do we journey? Do we seek Babaji or his state of deathlessness? Do we seek to cast off duality or retain this form given to us for eternity? Prabananda was a person who had two bodies, and two pensions, and yet chose to cast off his yoke. This is where individual will has mastery over the Cosmic Plan. Beyond all seeking, and knowing there is yet a small, but yawning chasm to be forded, which requires on our individual part a leap of faith. Do you have it in you?
    I hope this has fanned more fervour in the masters, and spurs more enquiry…May The Masters be with us.

  • Gautam 8 September, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    vacaspati ji, thanks very much for your input!

  • Anupam Dhar 8 September, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Dr Milon Mitra has asked a very simple question. I think he deserves a equally simple response.
    Sri Shyam Charan Lahiri has given a definitive description of his place of initiation.
    I would like to quote a few passages from his biography titled, “Purana Purusha Yogiraj Sri Shama Churn Lahiree”. This book first appeared in Bengali and was later translated into English by Dr Ashoke Kumar Chaterjee. Here are a few relevant excerpts which provide a definitive answer to the location of the ancient cave of Mahavatar Babaji where he initiated Lahiri Mahashaya and finally bestowed upon him Shaktipat.
    ” One day Shama Churn, accompanied by armed guards was proceeding along a hilly forest path carrying official cash. He heard someone calling him by his name. A sanyasin hastily came down a hilly tract and stood before him. He said,’ I knew you would come by this path. I have been waiting for you. Complete your work and come to my hermitage.’ He pointed to the hill top.
    After some hesitation, Shama Churn finally decided to visit the sanyasin.He proceeded along a narrow path leading to the peak. Gasping for breath, he reached the hermitage.The sanyasin touched Shama Churn gently and a electric current swept through his body..He saw his previous birth unfolding and realised the sanyasin was his Guru in his previous birth. He heard him saying,” You pracctised sadhana in your previous birth. This tiger skin and ascetic’s bowl belong to you. I have preserved them. Your
    lifespan ended here while doing sadhana. I’ve been waiting for you now for forty years.”
    This place of initiation was fifteen miles away from Ranikhet in the Dunagiri or Drongiri hills of the Dwarahat mountain range.”
    This narrow path also leads to the famous Pandukholi.

    I trust this brief description would suffice to blow away any lingering doubts.
    Participants desirous of learning more about the subject book may please contact Gautam. He obtained this edition for me.

  • vacaspati 9 September, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    The description of the cave is given by Sri Paramhansa Yogananda in chapter 34 titled ” Materialising a Palace in the Himalayas” in ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’. Lahiri Mahasaya was working in the MES at Danapur when a telegram arrived to inform him that he was required to go on work to Ranikhet. Lahiri Mahasaya narrates this to Kebalananda,” My official duties were not onerous, I was able to spend many hours roaming in the magnificent hills. A rumor reached me that the great saints blessed the region with their presence. I felt a strong desire to see them. During a rambleone early afternoon, I was astounded to hear a distant voice calling my name. I continued my vigorous upward climb on Dronagiri Mountain. A slight uneasiness beset me at the thought that I might not be able to retrace my steps before darkness had descended over the jungle.
    I finally reached a small clearing whose sided were dotted with caves. On one of the rocky ledges stood smiling a young man extending his hand in welcome. I noticed with astonishment that, except for his copper-colored hair, he bore a remarkable resemblance to myself. ‘Lahiri, you have come!’ The saint addressed me affectionately in Hindi.’Rest here in this cave. It is I who called you!’ I entered a neat little grotto which contained several woollen blankets and a few kamandulus (begging bowls)”

    a few paragraghs further Lahiri Mahasaya continues the description which I have picked up at the discretion of descriptive content of this cave…
    ” He added gently,’Lahiri, surely this cave is familiar to you?’ As I maintained a bewildered silence, the saint approached and struck me gently on the forehead. At his magnetic touch a wondrous current swept through my brain, releasing the sweet seed-memories of my previous life. ‘I remember!’ My voice was half-choked with joyous sobs.’You are my guru Babaji, who belonged to me always! Scenes of the past arise vividly in my mind; here in this cave I spent many years of my last incarnation!’

    Subsequently Babaji directs Lahiri Mahasaya thus:
    “‘Lahiri, you need purification. Drink the oil in this bowl and lie down by the river.’”
    This river finds a mention thus, ” The chill wavelets of the Gogash River lapped now and then over my body, outstretched on the rocky bank. Tigers howled near-by, but my heart was free of fear:”
    From his account the Mahasaya mentions his Office imagining him lost in the jungles for ten days and was received by another telegram that directed his return from Ranikhet to Danapur.
    Thus this account was given to Kebalananda and was given to Yogananda in his stead, who mentions this event in his account, an autobiography which is unique in the sense that it was the first such book ever, where a first person account of a Yogi and Master is available to the world.
    The book mentions that Babaji did not stay at one place for long, “dera danda utaoi” and moving with his close band of disciples. Babaji’s sister Mataji’s residence is mentioned as a cave underneath/ near the Dasawamedh Ghat in Varanasi, where a meeting of Lahiri Mahasaya Mataji and Babaji takes place, in which Babaji promised to not cast off his mortal frame. But from this account of Lahiri Mahasaya, this much is clear, that the location of cave is at Dronagiri above the ravine of the Gogash River, where Babaji camped for several decades with his disciples including Lahiri in his previous birth. After his birth Babaji mentions waiting for 3 decades for Lahiri at this very spot, and asks his favorite disciple if the cave was familiar to him. So we can safely say it was his residence for a considerable span of time. And it was not merely a small cave but a little grotto, where several disciples stayed with the Deathless Master.
    This is the source of YSS’s markings. Incidentally, the spot above the cave on the ridgeline, called Pandav Kholi is associated with the Pandavas in their exile, when they awaited the return of Arjuna from his weapon training in Indraloka, a beautiful portion of Kubera’s pleasure gardens. From here the Nanda Devi complex of peaks is at its most beautiful view!

  • Nagu 15 September, 2009 at 3:07 am

    hi, it was a nice article, i am planning to go there if god permits and if its in my destiny, hopefully in january 2010. any advice please. thanks in advance

  • Gautam 15 September, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Hi Nagu, all the best in your journey. Do consider the pointers I gave and give my respects to Mr Joshi at Kukuchina on your arrival!

  • Nagu 15 September, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    hi gautam, thaks for the prompt responce, is january a goodtime is there anything i should take and know during this period. thanks

  • Gautam 15 September, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Nagu:

    I am very sure that January will be extremely cold. I’ve lived in snow and winters for many years, so it does not bother someone like me, but do make sure you’re comfortable with that weather.
    I’m pretty sure it might also snow there at 9000 ft. I would suggest you check the weather too.

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  • Gautam 18 September, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Vinay, April-June should be good. I don’t think you’ll find any rain during that time. Babaji has not abandoned the cave. Do not expect to run into him like you would run into a stranger at an Inn. One must attain the spiritual status and a state of absolute surrender to experience such beings.

    From Haridwar, you would still have to take NH 24, I think, but you may want to double check. There might be another way from Dehradun/Haridwar side, but in my opinion you’d have to take NH 24 to NH 87E as explained in my travelogue and then pass through Ranikhet to Dwarahat to Dunagiri to Kukuchina.

    All the best brother.

  • Vinay 18 September, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Hi everyone,

    Is april-june a good time to visit Babaji’s cave? Anyways, im curious to know as to why Babaji abandoned this cave? I hear that he still lives in himalayas with a small group of disciples in an ashram shielded from foreign visitors.

    Also, Gautam, please give the ways in which we can travel onroute to the cave… i plan to first reach hardwar, via delhi and could u please tell me how to proceed from hardwar and what means of transport i can take from there….

  • Anupam Dhar 19 September, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Hi Vinay!
    If you are using pubic transport, make rail reservation from Haridwar to New Delhi and also make a connecting reservation to Kathgodam in Haldwani district. This is the last rail head before you head for the hills. Time your reservations so that you arrive at Kathgodam early morning or thereabouts. From here you have various options to reach Ranilkhet. You can board a bus, share a taxi. Exclusive taxi would cost you about INR 1000/-. The road journey takes 3 hours. There is varied fare available for board and lodge. Choose one that suits your budget. They vary from 400/- to 6000/- per night. In absence of local transport which could take you from one hotel to another, you may choose to stay at the Govt. hotel MONAL TRH. It is just above the bus stand. Tariff 450 to 650/- The phone number is 0941-221527. and rest houses are operated by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVNL). You may access You could also make reservation from their office at Haridwar as also seek more information before you proceed. Contact GMVN RAHI MOTEL, Lalta Rao Bridge, Haridwar. Phone 224240. From Haridwar you won’t need the area code, which however is 01334, in case you are using a cell phone.
    If your purpose is only to visit Babaji’s Cave and Ashram, make sure to meet Mr.Joshi who operates a restaurant cum hotel service at Kukuchina. He also let’s out his few rooms with rudimentary facilities of board and lodge. His contact number is 05966-244773. And when you make your enquiries at the GMVN office at Haridwar, tell them you wish to visit Pandukholi in the Dungiri hills. Babaji’s Cave is familiar only to his devotees.
    Dec-Feb is snow season in those areas. It starts thawing and melting during March. You will find it impossible to trace the route to the Cave covered under snow. Even if you go in Apr- Jun and you are alone, ask Mr.Josshi to provide you with a local boy as guide who may charge you a reasonable amount. If you are fortunate, you may find company.
    I think I have been quite exhaustive. If you still need more clarification, you are welcome.

  • vacaspati 20 September, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Disciples of Babaji who are conversant with Tamil Movie Superstar Ranjnikant will be interested to know that Star Vijay TV will telecast a four episode feature of his journey to Babaji’s cave. The time is 2200h/10pm IST from Monday to Thursday- RannIndia is the sponsor of this program titled’ Nadanthathu enna’ (What happened)21 September to 24 September 2009.

  • Vinay 21 September, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Thank you so much Gautam and Anupam……

  • Successprabu 21 September, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Dear Mr.

    Gautam Dhar/Anupam Dhar

    I am really feel fortunate to add comments, I would like to speak with you, may I have your contact number, please….wonderful and descriptive account of your visit to Dunagiri and to Babaji’s cave…..
    Like to join with you in your next trip……. don’t have words to express….Kindly give me your contact number……

    With Regards

  • narayan 21 September, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Hi dear,

    I am planning to visit babaji cave sometime next month. Have you heard of a babaji’s small cave. I also heard that the bigger cave which you visited is connected to the smaller cave. If you any info on this please let me know.

    jai gurudeva


  • Nagu 22 September, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Hi, i am planning my trip in january 2010 although its not the ideal time to visit. if thats what destiny then it may happen. anyone intrested to join me please leave a note. and others ofcourse can leave there suggestions and experience from the past which would be much appreciated. regards

  • Successprabhu 22 September, 2009 at 4:49 am


    Mr Narayan is from Art Of Living family itseem, me too…..Jaigurudev… Mr Narayan and Mr Nagu we all together will plan for this yatra.. kindly leave your contact in private mail. Thank You…

    Jai Guru Dev

  • Bala 22 September, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Dear Anupam / Gautam Dhar,

    I must thank you both for giving such descriptive notes about your trip to Mahavatar Babaji’s ashram. I also gather Rajinikant is an frequent visitor to the cave and spents hours together meditating. I was told from the CAVE picture you have shown, there is one more smaller cave and only experienced trekkers and yogi dare to explore that and one finds absolute peace and bliss once they are there.

    My wife and both my sons are ardent followers of SAHAJ YOGA for the last 16 years and they would love to connected with your relative, who is also an Sahaj Yogi.

    If given an oppurtunity i wish to be there and experience the vibration, meditation offers as i have been yearning to experience this divine feelings.

    Baba bless us all !

  • Nagu 23 September, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Many thanks Mr.prabu and Mr.Narayan my email is
    look forward to hear from you

  • Nagu 23 September, 2009 at 1:21 am

    i think the small cave what people talk about is in paharpani. i have also heard about this but would certainly take up thoughts and suggestion from others. this paharpani is around 70 km from nanital. regards

  • gagan dogra 23 September, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Hi! What a wonderful experience!!! reading your account i felt as if i have trekked to the cave.
    May GOD and GURU bless you.
    dr. gagan dogra

  • shanmugapriyan 23 September, 2009 at 11:38 am

    you are blessed person..
    you must had wonderful experience

  • Gautam 23 September, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Everyone, thanks for your kind comments. I don’t have anything else to add about the trip than what I could explain already in the article :-)

    I also saw the pics of Rajnikanth visiting the underground gufa. Although I have read about the Hidden Gufa in Paharpani, I’m not sure if that’s the same one as that is not that frequently visited by people and usually stays hidden per my knowledge.

    Peace to all!

  • Successprabu 23 September, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Jai Guru Dev

    Greetings to all Kindly watch today’s program around 10 PM in Vijay TV (Tamil)

    Disciples of Babaji who are conversant with Tamil Movie Superstar Ranjnikant will be interested to know that Star Vijay TV will telecasting the final episode feature of his journey to Babaji’s cave. The time is 2200h/10pm IST.

    RannIndia is the sponsor of this program titled’ Nadanthathu enna’ (What happened)

    I am watching the Episode for the past three days, quite interesting, more knowledge….

    Bless You…
    Jai Guru Dev

  • Sudharsan 23 September, 2009 at 11:47 pm


    the vijay TV episode on Babaji caves is quite informative and very interesting. The crew has taken a lot of risks and braved landslides to cover the same and even Junior Vikatan crew has also joined the Vijay TV crew


  • balasubramanian 24 September, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Great souls,

    After viewing the episodes in Vijay TV, today i browsed internet to know more about Dronagiri mountain and fortunately landed on this page of Mr Gautam and others dialogue.

    I am a sincere seeker of truth amidst my turbulent family life for the past 30 years. Now I am aged 50 and decided to spend rest of my life for the ultimate goal. As part of this, I would like to have companions to travel around Himalayas to get fast spiritual advancement with the grace of realised saints and sages in himalayas. I hope Maha avtar Babaji will guide in this holy search.

    Thanks to Mr.Gautam and others who presented their dialogue here.

  • Raghu Ram 24 September, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    i wish to go babaji temple . how to go there . i mean any bodies go from chennai or some guidance are available their . so kindly give me a reply

  • Successprabu 24 September, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Jai Guru Dev

    Dear Mr Raghu Ram how are you doing, good to hear that you are interested to go to Babaji Himalaya. Kindly let me know your mail ID will discuss in separate for the same…I am Prabhu from Coimbatore I also had a plan to go there…

    Thank You

  • SHIVA KUMAR 25 September, 2009 at 7:55 am

    thanks for sharing your valuable experience.

  • Ashwini 1 October, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Divine…………Simply Devine

  • Udaya 2 October, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Good exploaration. Babaji is till reincarnating sidharindia website has more details

  • Vasudevan Letchumanan 4 October, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Dear Gautam Dhar,

    Your Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave Spiritual Journey is simply great!
    I am looking forward to experience a similar spiritual journey to Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave very soon.
    I am planning to join a Himalaya Tour in the first week of December.

    I have read ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’. I am a Malaysian. And have very little knowledge of Himalaya places.
    Eventhough,your article gave me an idea how to prepare mentally and phisically before begin the journey.Your personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections gave me a new insight.

    Thanks for your informative and descriptive spiritual journal, friend.

  • Gautam 5 October, 2009 at 8:01 am

    I wish you all the best Vasudevan in your journey to the Himalayas!

  • P.Kunalan 5 October, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Thanks for the valuable experience which you shared with us.
    Best regards & blessed future journeys from all Gurus & Mahans.

    Thank you.

    from Malaysia.

  • Piyush Kumar 5 October, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Dear Gautam,

    I am reading with much interest the various comments, questions and responses relating to Dunagiri. Since I have now lived there for five years and am familiar with the cave as well as kriya, I would be happy to assist people with information if required. People may write to me at:

    Some information about reaching there, weather, vicinity is also given on our website

    With best wishes,


  • Dr Milon Mitra 9 October, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    vacaspati pranam,
    In reference to your letter of 08 Sept 2009, I was reminded of the voiceless voice, a divine source for growth of our consciousness. This is the source to which we can taps to discriminate real from unreal. This initiates the process of Neti, Neti (not this, not this) and then one day suddenly direct perception dawns and we turn our face fully towards God in surrender to His divine command. Till then we will keep on staring blankly at the strange lonely path.

  • vacaspati 11 October, 2009 at 3:53 am

    Dear Dr Mitra,
    you are intrigued by the end point, where reality draws away from relativity, which shows how advanced you are and how close to the realm of possibilities, to the Law of Miracles, you are placed and poised sir! The Guru will guide you, and who else?
    The voiceless voice is both manifest and unmanifest. Masters like Babaji and all great sages past and present are in this ‘business’ of ferrying souls across this ocean of samskara, who then send positive energy in the atmosphere and we are are in receipt of the same, only those who are inclined or preordained to receive them are awakened to these subtle energies and placed on the path to self realisation. What triggers this inner awakening, and why we get turned on by one master and not another, are linkages provided to us by our soul seed as it migrated across many bodies across the millenia of our soul existence. Actually this modern world with its many wondrous amenities has made us drift so much from reality that we can scarce believe that every happening including these words being written is preordained. The animals that cross your path, the pets that you have, the parents you are born into, the companions you have and your partners you lead your life with, your children, just about every thing has been gift wrapped for you, and is a culmination of thoughts, yearnings and yielding to soul imaginations across the yugas.
    Babaji if his blessing be invoked can hasten the process by his benefaction, to this realisation. You may wonder what is to be realised, i have just written these lines, you have read them, now have you internalised them? These words remain propositions till your inner eye is awakened, with the blessings of the Divine Master, the Deathless Guru, you can in the womb of his cave, have that magical soul transforming moment, when these words and propositions transcend relativity to become meaning, which you have so rightly put as the culmination of the search process of Neti-Neti!
    There are no words that express how deeply we are in debt to Deathless Guru the Mahavtar, and other great exponents of the Truth. The shadows of Maya, the perils of sensory organs, and the rooted nature of our soul to the embodiment are very very difficult for some one to break free! This is the gift of the guru, to give us that energy to leap free, to break the bonds of the body, and to spread our wings beyond the senses, which is all part of the eight fold path of internalisation as spelt out in Yoga. The Highest Yoga of Kaivalya can only take us to the doorstep of samadhi, and from this doorstep, it is the infinity of grace that embraces us beyond.
    I am firm, that once a sthithaprajna, and then a yogi, with anugraha of the Master, that moment of transformation from the gross to the subtle, from body to soul, is but a matter of divine indulgence. May the Masters be with you as you seek this transformation. Kaivalya to samadhi, from Nirvikalpa to sabikalpa, and finally to Sahaja samadhi, and in that sahaja/easy pose, there in that truth you will find you have arrived. May this be a blessing of the Mahavtar.

  • P.Vijayakumar 11 October, 2009 at 6:00 am

    A very beautiful and wonderous account of spiritual experience inddeed.
    Thankful to you for sharing this.
    Views and comments of several persons like Vacaspat are very inspiring..

  • Jayaprakash R L 11 October, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    I am learning more about Babaji since couple of days and reading this blog has increased my jeal to visit the cave soon.

    I am PA State, USA. I am from Bangalore/Chennai. I would love to go next summer. If anyone is making plans from USA (or anywhere in India), please do write to me (

    I am so glad to hear from several seekers’ account.

    Jai Guru Dev!
    May all be blessed with Baba’s grace,

  • Jayaprakash R L 11 October, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Thanks Gautham for this wonderful blog!

  • Gautam Dhar 12 October, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Dear Vacaspati:

    Your comments ring with nothing, but the truth. Thanks for keeping this thread alive with your kind words.

  • R.saravanan 13 October, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Hi it is very very interesting to read about the babaji cave and i really thank you for the detailed information given by you regarding the cave is super i hope i will try my luck to the cake very soon



  • Jayaprakash R L 15 October, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Looks like there are 3 places related to Babaji.

    1. Small and tough terrain-ed cave which Rajnikanth visits often.
    2. Large cave which Gautham visited
    3. Ashram of Babaji.

    is this correct information?

  • Selva 16 October, 2009 at 3:28 am

    Hi Gautam,

    This is Selva from Coimbatore. Thank you very much for the really inspiring write-up. I would like to get that heavenly experience at least once in my lifetime. I have heard that people who would like to enter the small cave (which Rajnikanth entered) should have got Kriya Yoga Deeksha. Is it so? Please do mail me (

    With regards,


  • Nagu 16 October, 2009 at 7:08 am

    well, there are few babaji caves, one in dwarhat (ranikhet) were goutham visited, one visited by super star.
    one in paharpani forest, one just behind tungnath temple. and gowrisankar peedam in badrinath which many have said you will feel the eternal bliss when entering the cave.however, it cant be visited without the babji’s ashirwad.this place is well protected and surrounded by mountains.

  • suren reddy 20 October, 2009 at 9:00 am

    HI ,

    I am suren reddy age 22 from tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. studying 3rd year.

    i am addicted to spiritual things. Almost , I am making my self a mental case. ven not able to concentrate on my education. Always i am feeling like going to himalayaas and meat Mr. Mahavathaar Babaji. I dont know why I am feeling like this. the thought of spiritual things discouraging me in my education.

    I dont know , whom to tell and whom to explain. Really , I am fed up with these nasty and useless spiritual things. I hate them most but not able forget abpout these all.

    I am reading

    Dear brother, Goutham dhar,

    You have visited Babaji, can u plz tell him to give me some energy to control myself. really i am helpless and hopeless.

    I wanna see him once,

    can u tell me, anything …….dat would help me….to further….,

    But i want to continue my education and wanna give up spiritual things include babaji.



    Suren reddy.p

  • selvaraj 27 October, 2009 at 12:29 am

    please tell me how to go babaji cave.

  • Anjimetiy Balaji NagaRaj 27 October, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Dear Gautam, I am already introduced to you by posting my comments in Mahavtar Babaji – Ageless Sage, today only I am fortunate enough to go through this site, I should say you are doing a wonderful service to Babaji and his disciples, my heartfelt wishes to you. Regarding the Dog which was guiding you in Himalayas was sent by Babaji itself. I would like to share my experience; I went to Saduragiri and Sadasiva Konai both are in hill top there also we were guided by dogs. It has come with us from foothill to top and stayed with us and brought us back. This happens every time we go there. Remember Babaji will come to help us in any form so we should be alert. The following is the statement of Babaji which is extracted from Book The Voice of Babaji.

    Aum Babaji Namaha!
    I’m thine, O Lord & Master Babaji,
    Thine to follow to the end,
    Thou art mine, O Babaji, my saviour,
    Guide & Helper, Lover, friend!
    Aum Tat Sat Aum.

    To go beyond the limitations of the physical senses and sense organs is Prithyaharam.
    To focus the mind on God is Tharanai. Insecently to think of God like a stream of oil is Dhayanam.
    See the hidden light in the midst of a war be ready to listen and accept his commands. In the midst of the crowd try to understand the slightest gesture. In the midst of the wordly dust and din of this earth listen to his soft voice.
    In a quite place sitting in a comfortable asanam watch hearts bursting and blossoming. Do not stop there. In silence without attachment watch. Do not follow them; do not chase them, do not crush them simply be a witness

  • AJIT M PANSE 27 October, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    It’s a life time experience which one will have only if he/she is destined to get it &/ also if BABAJI WILLS IT.

  • Ramu 28 October, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Dear Balaji,

    Your explanation is great, In tiruvannamalai I came across a person who mentioned to have seen Babaji and other mystics and he is doing lot of siddhis including flying etc I am astonished to see but he is not revealing who he is !!!

    sidharindia site has details on him …


  • Gautam Dhar 29 October, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Ramu: Are you referring to the Guruji mentioned on or someone else? I don’t have any knowledge on him, so kindly tell more.

  • shilpa 30 October, 2009 at 12:52 am

    hello gautamji,

    please can you guide us in reaching babaji,s cave
    can you give a more detailed description of ur journey…like how u travelled and what stuff u carried along with you n more……

    do you know anymore sites on babaji….


  • shilpa 30 October, 2009 at 12:54 am

    dear gautamji,

    how did you come to kinow about babaji…pls can u tell us


  • Ganesh 30 October, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Hi Gautam, I made my visit to Babaji cave after the invite from is the link to my snaps!

    I am from Chennai, I went to Rishikesh and stayed there for 3 days and thought came in and started to Kathgodam from Rishikesh and then Ranikhet, Dwarahat and Dunagiri hills. I found a guide at the YSS ashram and thus reached the Babaji cave.


  • Gautam 30 October, 2009 at 10:47 am

    HI Ganesh:

    Thank you for sharing your photos with all of us. Photos 28 (orb) and 33 (light) are truly mystic. It also appears that your journey was made in much more propitious circumstances and in beautiful himalayan weather. At least you did not have to face the wrath of rain god like my Father and I did :-)

    For the benefit of all of us, could you please describe where the small cave lies?


  • Jayaprakash 30 October, 2009 at 11:23 am

    From the timings of the photographs, it looks like the time taken to reach the ‘small’ cave from the ‘normal’ cave is just 20 mins! Rajnikanth visits this small cave!

  • Gautam 30 October, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I agree, but I’m curious about the location. Is it upwards on way towards Pandukholi – which is the top of the hill, also known as hollow mountain (it is said that the majority of Babaji’s gufa is underground and inaccessible).

  • Ganesh 30 October, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Dear Gautam,

    Well Said, I understand you would have had a tough time in reaching the caves, your blog was useful. However I was able to correlate the places you had mentioned after I reached there like haldwani, almora etc.

    I strongly believe my journey to the cave is happened as per Babaji wish..I have not planned anything…I booked my tickets a day before start of my parents were afraid that I am travelling all alone to rishikesh and from there i didnt tell them I am going to babaji cave, after reaching there I had called up them. Babaji was with me all the way during my travel and completed visit to the cave in a day. I shall write shortly on my blog.

    Ok, now about the small cave its only 5 mins from the big cave, u have to step down from the big cave and then on the top right u can see the small cave. This can be identified while returning to the path u had come in a small diversion will be there one leading to ground and one leading upwards and there u can see a short path leading to the cave.

    About the photos, I was totally are true..when the photo was clicked there were no light and later wen we saw we realised..

    I would say this visit was because of grace of the god..


  • Selva 31 October, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Ganesh,

    Thank you for sharing these great photos. While entering the small cave, you seem to go down deep. Is it so? Is the cave too narrow to be very difficult to enter? Inside the cave, there seems to be enough space. Pls tell us in detail. My interest to visit Babaji’s cave is even more triggered after looking at the photos of small cave. Hope to see that holy place at least once in my lifetime if Babaji wishes so. Looking forward to read your write-up in your blog soon.

    With regards,


  • ujjwal 31 October, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    babaji is a mahavtar (a god) who is coming on earth for save to us.

  • sheik 3 November, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Recently one tamil magazine published an article about this cave.
    I was induced. i planed to visit this cave immediately. I searched many articles about this cave in google. your experience is only useful among i searched items. I immediately went there. But, i failed to find out and i returned.

    Can i get your email id or phone no. to get direct experience to visit once again

  • Gautam 3 November, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Sheik, what do you mean by you “immediately went there and failed to find
    out”. Did you visit Doonagiri area and could not find the cave?

  • Selva 3 November, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Hi Sheik,

    May I know the name of that Tamil magazine? Am so keen to know… Pls reply…

  • DEENA 3 November, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you for that inspirational insight of Babajis cave.One day my family and I will make that trip .

  • sheik 3 November, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Dear Selva,

    The tamil magazine : Junior vikatan
    The baba cave related article published on: 23rd sep, 27th sep. 30th sep and 4th oct.
    The title of article: Manthira kugail Ragasiya Rajini.

    But their prescribed route to baba cave is very much longer one.

  • Selva 4 November, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Hi Sheik,

    Thank you very much for your prompt reply. Will try to get those issues of Junior Vikatan and go thro the article. You wont believe, 5 years ago, Ananda Vikatan had published Rajni’s journey to the small cave with photos and the article was so elaborate that it continued for 6 weeks. I collected all the 6 articles, but to my bad luck, I misplaced those pages and I am still breaking my head to recollect where I kept them sooooo safe…. :-)

  • Ganesh 4 November, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    This is my blog

  • Selva 5 November, 2009 at 4:15 am

    Hi Ganesh,

    Very informative write-up and lively presentation that made me feel as if I was there all the way through… You are really blessed!

    With regards,


  • Sudharsan 6 November, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Hi Ganesh

    i have gone through your blog

    it is wonderful. really amazed to know that Babaji has guided you throughout the tour through some form or other


  • Selva 7 November, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Hi Sheik,

    Tried to get previous issues of Junior Vikatan, but I couldn’t. Missed out an interesting article :-(

  • anand bahl 8 November, 2009 at 6:37 am

    hello there my friend
    i just went thru ur experience at Babaji’s cave n cannot even imagine how divine and amazing ur experience would have been
    i would really appreciate if i could talk to u more in this regard as our family has been worshiping babaji since my childhood
    it would be nice to talk to you soon
    pls can u mail me on my mail add
    lookin forward

  • Anand 8 November, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Hi thank you for the information, while reading the Autobiography of yogi devine boiok, I was planning a trip towards the babaji’s cave, after reading your article, I have determined to make the trip with few of my friends and family members. thanks a lot for the info

  • Gautam 8 November, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experiences, and inspirational thoughts everyone. I’m glad this write-up is reaching more and more sincere devotees :-)

  • Hitendra 12 November, 2009 at 4:57 am

    Bahut achchha laga. joshi ji se milne ka vistrit varnan aur achchha hota. apne bare me bataiye aur. kab phir jana hoga Kukuchhina?

  • SUKUMAR 19 November, 2009 at 3:57 am


  • Radhika 21 November, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Hello Gautam,

    I just began to read your whole journey n it instantly reminded me of my unforgettable journey to TARKESHWAR, in pauri garhwal , two years ago……even now i fall short of words when i think of that amazing place vibrating with a mystical aura n where i felt a deep presence of the mystic sages, swami Ram n babaji [Swamijis gurudev]
    I will read the whole post…….and would like to thank u for sharing your experience…..God Bless !!


    Best Regards,

  • Govind Phadke 23 November, 2009 at 1:52 am

    A very fascinating account. I came to know about Mahavatar Baabaji only recently. I am interested in knowing more. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • ANJIMETIY BALAJI NAGARAJ 23 November, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Ms.Radika, i would like to know more about Swami Rama related to Tarkeshwar, can u suggest me from where i can find it.

  • Gautam 24 November, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Dear Balaji:
    You may read about the great Himalayan Master aka Bhole aka Swami Ram at the following link:

    The following books will give you a tremendous insight on the Himalayan tradition of ageless masters:

    Living with the Himalayan Masters
    Walking with a Himalayan Master
    At the Eleventh Hour

  • Anjimetiy Balaji NagaRaj 28 November, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Dear Gautam, thanks for the link, I have already read Living with the Himalayan Masters and At the Eleventh Hour. I am working in Suriname and I won’t get the books u suggested, so I have ordered Walking with the Himalayan Masters. God bless.

  • HARI PRAJAPATI 7 December, 2009 at 6:03 am

    ALL the best……………………!

  • vacaspati 9 December, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Dear sri John
    I think your mail is an opinion misplaced on fact and judgment. This website by sri Gautam is about Babaji’s cave, a journey first undertaken by Lahiri Mahasaya, and as told to us by renditions of his sons as well as in Autobiography of a Yogi.
    The Himalayas have more masters than there are mounts, as it has from its timeless origins been a sanctuary for Seekers and their secret lives. Swami Rama is one such master, and he comes from a different tradition, apart from the YSS which has staked the claim to Babaji as their Guru.
    This website is not a YSS sponsored link, but perhaps to retain its focus it has stuck to its original intent, and this is why we have all been enriched by persons like sri Ganesh, who undertook a journey to the caves and sent us a link to his blog.
    Sri Suren Reddy has private angst and his seeking have no answers on this website, which is a guide on the physical plane to Babaji’s cave in the Kumaon, near Ranikhet.
    Your comparison of charlatans with cosmic seekers is uncalled for. What you seek, if it is the Truth, the first step is to let go…All the best.

  • sangeeta 10 December, 2009 at 10:01 am

    it is so nice to c the pic of the whole trek..
    and especially the photos of cave.. great!
    i would like to get more information abt it as i would visit uttarkhand in april.
    i am not habbitual for internet so dont know how to contact u.
    my email id
    i am from pune, heard abt babaji through Swami Ramas book and from scince attracted towards babaji. i keep on surfing to get more information abt him, but not getting the way.
    will u help me Mr Gutam.
    it will be good if u mail me on the above id


  • DEENA PILLAQY 10 December, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Salutations to all.Babaji is a great master, and we should follow his teachings ,whether thru Self Realization Fellowship teachings, or any other teachings of other Saints, that Master Babaji has taught.I find that in most religions we have this great divide, were mud slinging is the order of the day.We are made from one mould and one Divine father/Mother.Our one united goal is to get back on the bus,were the Guru is the Bus Driver and Conductor,and get driven to our united, soul searching purpose, and that is union with the Divine, in this life time. We will have many pretenders to Babaji,but why worry,the truth shall prevail, the only question and finger pointing should be at our selves for not following the path of GOD REALIZATION in this life.THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.


  • sangeeta 11 December, 2009 at 3:48 am


    I would like to make a request that this web-site is only meant for informational, learning and entertainment purposes. Please do not post inflammatory comments or start any controversies, or slander any fellow people on this site. Such comments shall be DELETED and users will be BLOCKED. If you wish to engage in defamation and inflammatory topics, then you are at the wrong web-site.

    Please, let’s keep the bliss alive and share the treasure of Sages through this Article



  • Sudharsan 11 December, 2009 at 4:00 am

    hello Gautam

    i too got this messag
    I would like to make a request that this web-site is only meant for informational, learning and entertainment purposes. Please do not post inflammatory comments or start any controversies, or slander any fellow people on this site. Such comments shall be DELETED and users will be BLOCKED. If you wish to engage in defamation and inflammatory topics, then you are at the wrong web-site.

    Please clarify

  • Anjimetiy Balaji NagaRaj 11 December, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Dear all, what Gautamji mentioned is for the person who is not really conveying the experience they had from Babaji, that’s why he didn’t mentioned any person name I think, so please don’t raise any more questions like this, if you think you made any mistake please correct it. As he said this web site is purely for Mahaavatar. Everyday first thing in the morning I use to open this site and see any message of Babaji. I feel this web site is precious for me.

  • Gautam 11 December, 2009 at 8:12 am

    All seekers: The messages I had received were already blocked by my site server. I wanted to post this so others like him could read and understand that the purpose of this article is not to challenge or argue about anything. I’m thankful for all the blessed and knowledgeful souls to be posting comments on this site, so please continue that.
    Om Shivam.

  • DEENA PILLAQY 11 December, 2009 at 11:26 am



  • Gautam 11 December, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Guys, please do not post any apologies. It was a one-off incident and does not concern anyone who’s posted a comment on this article. Let’s bring back the Himalayan serenity back and leave this behind.

  • vacaspati 11 December, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Ekam Sat Viproh Bahuda vadanti, meaning the truth is one and the wise know that it flows from many directions, is a vedic incantation that makes a case for inclusive seeking, and the belief that your god and my god could be one and definitely mean the same thing.
    Paramhansa Ramakrishna used to say often to seekers that they must persist with one path, much like he did to attain the truth-state of bliss, after which all paths are recognized. He used the idiom of well digging, did in one place, deep enough and you will strike water.
    There are many Babaji lores in the Himalayas. Mahaavtar goes by names of Shiv Baba, Muni/Mouni Baba, Balak Baba(youthful appearance) and simply as Babaji. Where Swami Rama talks of his parama guru, that Himalayan Master is Tibetan, whose haunts are the valley of flowers and the glaciers, gangotri and yamunotri. Further Swami Rama does not mention his paramaguru ever venturing outside the Himalayas, whereas Babaji has been seen by Yogi Ramaiah in Tiruvannamalai, in South India, and known to frequent the Kumbh Mela, and Magh Mela at Benares and at Sangam.
    The guru you seek is only the first step. He will know and inform you if you are his disciple, or if genuine master, will guide you to your true guru. In our syncretic culture, the Truth is never so large that it cannot be tailor made for individuals, and yet never so small that one person alone can claim inheritance over it.
    Sri Ramana Maharishi was the first person Yogi Ramaiah approached, who was a master, and he informed Yogi that his master was a deathless one who would soon approach him, who was Mahaavtar. Like wise, Narendranath approached many gurus, before he came to Ramakrishna, who told him that he was waiting for him to come home all these years and made him Vivekananda!
    I was amused to see the dissensions in postings here, and such heated arguments are the wont of scholars. Let me tell you, a seeker does not indulge in semantics, does not fall prey to dry theories and ornate constructions about the truth. The Truth is very personal as an experience, hence sages have christened it ‘Pratyaksha’ or direct. Meditate on the Master, and if you are sincere and intense, I am sure he will seek you out! May the Masters be with you, bless you, and may you awaken to the Force within.

  • Gautam 11 December, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Dear Vacaspati, thanks for rekindling the discussion. I’m glad to see we’re back on track :-)

  • Anjimetiy Balaji NagaRaj 12 December, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Dear Vacaspathi, what a stunning piece of writing, I would like to hear more from you. Can you please tell where Yogi Ramaiah had the darshan of Babaji at Tiruannamalai. From which source I can get more information about Yogiyar what you mentioned.

  • vacaspati 12 December, 2009 at 8:59 am

    There is a book by Marshall Govindan on Babaji and the Eighteen Siddhas in manner of deathless tradition that existed in Kumari Kandam, the portion of Tamil country that lies south west of Kerala under the sea. The Siddha tradition acknowledged the greatness of the human mortal frame, and how to convert this mortal coil into relative immortality and even greater heights of physical nature existed known as ‘Asta Maha Siddhis’.
    It is quite interesting to compare the esoteric writing of these Siddhas with Adi Sankara’s commentary on Yoga Sutra by Patanjali, which he acknowledges he has compiled with the grace of Nandi along with Soundarya Lahiri which is the master work of tantra.
    The moot force, is the power of thought, and so taming thought is the construct of Yoga, and Siddha tradition went beyond the here and now, to not only tame thought, but also with the energy channels within, to tame the physical body.
    The books of YSS and the disciples of Lahiri Mahasaya are silent about the origins of Babaji, while M Govindan quotes Yogi Ramaiah, and identifies the temple ashram at Parangipettai, in Chidambaram district as the birthplace of the Mahaavtar. According to the Siddha tradition, deathless masters are common, and one of them, Agastiya had initiated Babaji into this tradition in the sacred spot of Kadirgama in Sri Lanka.
    All I can submit is that these stories are hair raising, and not only Indian writers, but western scholars have written commentaries on Siddhas, and many of them have accepted that Patanjali, Thirumoolar, Nandi, Agastya and others are very similar, and perhaps belong to one poet-mystic tradition.
    Sankara himself wrote in his bhasya on Yoga Sutra that he had experienced some of the siddhis.
    I have given you this background, only because, in Sankara and Ramana’s understanding, these powers, including deathlessness must not detract from the primary goal of realising the ‘Self’ through yoga or Kriya yoga or any such selected technique. Babaji’s many actions, like materialising a palace, or appearing at two places, or resurrecting life, or moving in leaps from mountain to mountain, are incidentally clear powers defined by the siddhas and also mentioned in Yoga Sutra.
    I have come away from this search however enticing it appears to a seeker, about origins. I would like to be like a boul singer, or a pilgrim, content if I can sip a mouthful of the sacred waters without bothering about its source. Once you know, in Knowing, all veils are rendered apart, and in the blazing truth of the Self, you will yourself realise why Paramahansaji himself chose not to comment on the Mahavtar’s origins. The Deathless Master will show you the path, Sir, and stir the snake within you and may the thousand petaled lotus bloom from your search. May the Master be with you.

  • Anjimeti Balaji Nagaraj 13 December, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Dear Vacaspati, very kind of you. What you said is true, time has to ripe. I pray to Babaji that noble heart like you should gain more knowledge and help others, let Babaji be with you for ever.

  • DHILEEPAN 15 December, 2009 at 9:12 am

    hi frnz, a programme came on zee tamil tv channel on 12th dec 6pm regarding mahavatar babaji and rajinikanth…can you send me the video link or can you share the views on that programme if anyone has seen…

  • Balakrishnan 22 December, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Very nice photo my friend. We did go there on 02/12/2009 (on Babaji birthday). Really fascinating.
    I did capture some of the photo. Looking forward to go there again. Really a wonderful experience.


  • N 24 December, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Wonderful site and wonderful to hear what some of you have experienced. I hope to visit Sri Babaji’s place in Himilayas soon. Btw, Parangipettai (birth place of Sri Babaji) is in Cuddalore District. Parangipettai is about 7-8 Kms from Cuddalore. There is a Temple there dedicated to Sri Babaji.

  • N 24 December, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Can someone post PDF copies of Junior Vikatan article on this blog or on your site?

  • srikanth.t 26 December, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    sir i am realy greatfull to u for providing details of babaji. thank you.

  • Rajeev 28 December, 2009 at 11:36 am


    Great to hear your experiences. It really motivates us to visit the Sacred Cave atleast once.

    I share a story which is on similar lines as your’s. I had the good fortunate of visiting Ranikhet and Haidakhan Temple way back in 2005 when I was doing my Engineering Third year.

    I Missed going to the Babaji’s Cave then because of untoward incidents. May be, He wants me to wait for some more time.

    I am now stuck in the United States and sorely miss the serenity back home.

    I just read this article of your’s yesterday and it really peps me up to visit the Cave as soon as possible.

    Can I have your email address so that I communicate with you for any additional information. Mine is Looking forward to your mail.

    Here is the video posted on youtube of my experiences.

  • Rajeev 28 December, 2009 at 11:44 am


    This is Rajeev. I just read your comment as I was scrolling up. I am in Maryland, USA right now and like you have said, reading this article only motivates you to visit the place.

    I am basically from Vizag and My Parents stay in Chennai right now!

    By god’s grace if every thing goes according to plan, we can plan a trip to visit Babaji’s Cave next summer(2010- May, Jun, Jul). Please do let me know what your plans are and lets stay in touch and plan accordingly.

    My id is Looking forward to your reply

  • Amit 2 January, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Hi this is Amit from Ambernath Thane(dist),Mumbai.. From day after which i was introduced myself to babaji , i mean after getting information about the power and the love of babaji i was really impressed due to which i us meditate in the name of om and babaji

    u wont believe !!!!!!!!!!!

    The day before my BEE engineering fe exam, i was having an eye check and due to some of the work i was unable finish off my portion properly , i just studied 2 chap unfortunately i was having no worry i mean i had not a pinch of tension at all and 90 percent of the paper was from that 2 chapters only .

    Believe me its great to be a shishya of babaji i stopped mostly bab things which i was use to do before

    now a days i feel every person to be a relative of mine.

    Keep faith in BABAJI ……..

    Thanks for reading my comment. Bye have a nice day.

  • Amit 2 January, 2010 at 6:56 am
  • Ganesh 2 January, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Hi Gautam, grace of the babaji, with his blessings I made to the inside of the babaji cave on the year end! snaps are here for you!

  • Gautam 2 January, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for the pictures Ganesh! Energy circles clearly visible in pics 17 and 18. Peace be upon you brother!

  • Selva 4 January, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Hi Ganesh,

    Congrats for making it happen. The pictures are really nice and inspiring. God bless you.

  • Sapna 15 January, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Energy circles are known to originate in pictures if photography is done in secluded areas like caves and the effects are more vivid in presence of water vapors (rain, humidity etc) ..

  • REKHA 19 January, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I have gone thro the article. I have a desire to visit Babaji’s
    cave. I am staying in Mumbai. Can you guide me simple way by train & bus To Dwarahat and babaji’s cave.
    contact person who can guide once we reach there.

    Approximate expence to stay for 10 days

    I will be grateful to u
    God Bless you


  • Gautam 20 January, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Hi Rekha, please go through the previous comments that speak in detail about how to embark on the Journey from Delhi onwards.

  • Satish 20 January, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Hi there
    Is there anyone from Mumbai who wants to visit Babaji Cave in Oct.10?
    Maybe we can form a group and visit the cave together from Mumbai as it would be more economical.

  • REKHA 21 January, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Yes. Mr. Satish I wld like to visit. can u send proposed
    programme 7 expected expenses. at present i am out of country. expected back in August first week. My email address is
    I am a member of YSS of India. mostly attend satsang at
    wadala centre.
    will wait for your mail ths

  • Satish 21 January, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Rekha

    I have just sent you an email.
    For all readers, I found a package tours to Babaji Caves arranged by Ananda Pilgrimages, plick visit
    The package starts from Rs. 14,000 per person for double occupancy including train.
    Gautam and all those who have visited Babaji Caves – please advise if this cost is reasonable considering that it includes travel by 2-tier air-conditioned Ranikhet Express, bus, accommodation in 3-star Woodsvilla Resort in Ranikhet with high Himalaya views and breakfast and dinner.
    If you find a better deal, please post your comments.

  • Ganesh 21 January, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Hi Satish,

    That’s costly deal according to me, I came from chennai and was in haridwar, rishikesh, kausani totally 8 days and it took only 7k which excludes my flight charges from chennai to delhi and vice versa which was 8k.

    I paid 3k seperately for car from ranikhet to the caves which was from mrng 7 a.m to night 10p.m

    Since they are staying in ranikhet for 2 days and in start hotel they charge that much I believe.

    You can keep one day for the caves, starting 8 a.m..if u r member of YSS then no need to worry abt the stay u can stay at the YSS ashram only.

  • Piyush Kumar 21 January, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Satish, I believe the charges are reasonable, considering the effort they would put in planning, coordinating and guiding the trip itself.

    For those of you looking for an option, may i suggest staying at Dunagiri Nature Retreat that overlooks the cave itself. We can easily organize your visit to the cave, which is close to walking distance from us. Each room has a private sitting/meditation area. Organic veg. food, peaceful vibrations, personal care. If interested, please visit the website for more details. Being followers of Babaji ourselves, it will be our pleasure to provide assistance to fellow travellers on the path. Independent review of our retreat can also be seen at:

    Apologize if this ends up sounding like an ad for the retreat, but i do genuinely believe kriyabaans and other pilgrims would benefit by knowing of this option.

  • Satish 22 January, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Thanks to Ganesh & Piyush for their feedback. Ganesh, I think travelling to & fro Babaji cave in one day would be too tiring. You need at least an extra day to recharge and feel the area. Piyush, could you please indicate costing for similar trip as offered by arranged by Ananda Pilgrimages. The other option would be to meet at Kathgodam and booking a taxi for the group would prove more economical. What do you reckon, guys?

  • Rajeev 22 January, 2010 at 5:08 am


    I don’t think material comforts should be taken into consideration when you are going to have the Darshan of Mahavatar Babaji.

    In my opinion, second class AC, 3 star Hote,l these are immaterial when talking about the sublime darshan of Babaji. Enquiring about the costs is good enough , but these details should not be given importance, if your focus is on Mahavatar Babaji.

    My advice to you would be to take a route deviod of all this high figh arrangements and follow a simple way. I am pretty sure you will have a great darshan, done this way.


  • Satish 23 January, 2010 at 1:42 am

    I don’t care about material comforts but do feel that one should spend at least two days in that region to recharge and spiritually connect to the area and the immortal souls unless you are in a hurry to leave. Visiting temples, enjoying the natural surroundings in the himalayas, doing meditation, etc. would enhance our spiritual aspirations and also calm our mind. Maybe one would not feel to leave this heaven after all!

  • Satish 27 January, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Guys

    If you want to connect with Babaji spiritually, click the following link

  • natarajan 31 January, 2010 at 10:34 am

    a great reading!
    it continues almost every day for me!
    We are happy to learn that Babaji is from Parangipet. TN.

    Om Arunachaleshwaraya namaha.

  • Nagu 2 February, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Hi Gautam, finally it has happened, according to my original plans i made it with my friends to babaji cave and ofcourse various other remote places in Himalayas although it was bitter cold we had all of our arrangements planned well over 6 months and our necessary gadgets provided invaluable support and comfort.
    those places are filled with energy circles which i managed to capture in my video camera and at some points we were able to locate with infra red sensors were the energy circles are coming from they seem to frequently changing spots. especially in babaji cave more energy circles were found outside the caves at some points. i have done 4 hours worth of exotic vidoes and 15000 pictures. we are organising them all and shall post them soon and shall let you know of our experience. there are lots of do’s and dont’s.
    thanks to Gautam.

  • Nagu 4 February, 2010 at 3:02 am

    hi Gautam,
    i have created a blog and started to give those information for people who wants to travel i shall add photos and video soon. more than happy to provide any information for those planning to travel.


  • Usha 5 February, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Hi All

    We four of us ( from Singapore) are planning to have a darshan of Babaji’s caves this coming April/ May 2010. Please let us know if you are interested. My email id is

  • Satish 5 February, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Hi Nagu

    You have conducted an excellent research on Babaji cave and energy circles and is an eye opener for all of us. Can you please post your personal experiences on the energy circles and the do’s and dont’s.
    I believe that an energy circle is a positive and healing energy simiar to reiki and these energies are of divine Babaji and other souls existing in interdimension who do the work of solution on Earth. This may sound odd and strange, but one day when the actual energy field of consciousness is being examined by scientists, it may start to make sense.
    Visiting Babaji’s cave is a once in a lifetime pilgrimage for all us to connect to the divine souls and experience positive changes in our lives.
    Om Kriya Babaji Namah Aum

  • Nagu 6 February, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Hi satish,
    i have created web blog and have started to write those experience i took 5 of my net friends i have explained to them all about what we are expected to do in those trips. and to avoid any disappointment in case if they had any expectation i published series of newsletters regularly. i am a person who always try to get a nearest explanation on science for any divine experience although as you know science cannot explain everything in nature. this i have started long time and have compiled few volumes of books. time constraints. i had personal experience in those areas as i am a kriyaban. i was merely exploring peoples experience in on their own context. and was quiet inspired by vacaspati writings that were truly sensational. so i decided to explore with my scientific an spiritual intuition. it was a 7 day trip i must say every single day was a divine experience we only slept 4 hours a day i was worried about others but all were in good spirits and fresh minds due to new experience with some deep unexplained phenomeneon but felt within our senses. i told all those folks that they have to bear with me for being slow for reasons of alitutde issues (i am a medic myself so clearly educated them before travel) and told them i would wana take a deep look at things like using infra-red sensors and videophotography which i have to spend time and carry heavy gadgets but ofcourse well paid off with tons of picture and superb video which i shall publish later i have to get consent from others due to privacy issues. those video equipment demonstrated energy circle especially in the forest surrounding dunagiri.(but please dont take chance they are dangerous wilderness and we saw trails of animals killed by wild beast) energy circles sometimes comes from the trees themself i noticed on the main road group of small shops just before josi tea shop in kukuchina has abundant circles. like wise i have blogged them all. few more exploration needed it was bitter cold although i am ok i didnt wana risk other team membes so i decided to go in may 2010 to complete my work.i shall post them once my work is all done.
    my sincere thanks to all who has wrote in this site and special thanks to gautham and vacaspati

  • vacaspati 6 February, 2010 at 8:02 am

    The hills are full of vibrant energy, the reasons are not just the presence of many great souls in past and present, but also the presence of the Deathless Master in the cave as His Blessings.
    If you are a little aware of tradition, in 1671 AD Sri Raghavendra was entombed live, in a Jeevanta Brindavana, and the great master promised his disciples that his blessings would be available for another 700 years. So the benedictory power is the blessing that creates a portal in that spot of the universe, some thing like a wish fulfilling tree, where the cosmic energy is available and palpable to ordinary mortals. The camera lenses are capturing only light particles, orbs of energy, but there is something that you as a human being with your sensorium can feel, only your faith is such that you need to see something out of the ordinary to believe.
    Just as this temple of Raghavendra at Mantralayam, is the cave of Babaji. The ease with which one can lapse into a mental state of self abnegation is one i have recounted earlier on this website. What i want to stress here is that while energy circles are no doubt a thrilling experience visually, seekers must not miss in their eagerness at photo/video graphy the real sense of overwhelming cosmic vibration that purifies your mind and body, and the peace of being at the cave actually lasts for a few days without effort, as a lingering blessing.
    Babaji called Mahasaya to this cave, and since we are following the footsteps of Mahasaya in reaching out to the Master Mahaavtar, for us this cave is a heritage which we must seek and preserve with sacred spirit and sanctity.
    Sri Nagi and his friends have not commented on their intense personal experiences, so it would be incorrect to bother them with any query about their experiences at the cave over and above their fascinating photo shoot. May their seeking find fulfillment and expression!
    I wish to also inform that if one stays back in the cave or allow for some dark corners then too one can see light- particles floating. So it is not just a camera, you yourself can perceive the energy.
    These experiences are recounted with original candour by Yoganandaji in his seminal Autobiography of a Yogi.
    There is cosmic energy, and while science scoffs at paranormal experiences, accounts of masters and journey men like yours truly, put us at odds with science.
    Light now can be slowed, and so relativity is now getting modified to explain natural phenomena by way of string theory or some other new axiom. My experiences and excuses for science is that it is trying to explain that which is external and merely sensed, as in external phenomena. And trying to do that is as difficult as trying to hold a candle to your ‘SELF’. Babaji has illumined the nature of natural phenomena by telling his followers to keep moving (Dera danda uthoi) and to keep doing kriya(meditation). Each breath is a boon, when exiting and entry are equal, the mind is quelled. In that amanasya, the light of the truth is so abundant, that Gandhiji described it, Arjuna described it, and as did others who were blessed to see it, as so dazzling that our sun pales into insignificance.
    The blessings are unceasing, like the ticking seconds, arrive with warmth and effervent joy. Allow them to caress our souls and bless our bodies. Invoke the Mahaavtar! All the best.

  • Nagu 6 February, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Dear Gautam,
    would you be kind enough to let me have your contact details or let me reply to vacaspati’s comment on your website.

  • Satish 6 February, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Readers

    The following website gives a good insight on 18 kriya postures taught by Babaji

  • Sharad 7 February, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Hi Gautam Dhar,

    Very informative and interesting trip of yours to BabaJi’s Cave. Please send me your phone No. by email as I would like to talk to you. I just visited Shirdi and have read about Baba Nagraj for years. I am is USA so I would like to call and talk to YOU.

    Om sai ram
    Sharad Bhai

  • Sharad 7 February, 2010 at 7:17 am


  • Nagu 7 February, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Hi Sri Vacaspati, Gautam
    I write with respect.I found your arduous comment impulsive and felt it is quiet imperative that i clearly put my point of view across to those who may have misjudged my original post. I am able to identify your personal anguish in your post on my diligence but the reason behind my photography was not for personal gain but to share the experience with others, who are unable to make such a trip for various personal reasons. I entirely agree with your statement that one should not miss in the eagerness the real sense of overwhelming cosmic vibrations. However it is incorrect of you to expect everyone to experience the cosmic vibration in the same way. Also it is selfish of you to say that people who are unable to make the journey do not deserve the experience
    If energy circles can easily be perceived by sitting in a dark room, then we all at some point should have witnessed this phenomena. The energy circles are rare and a blessing, the camera only hopes to capture and recreate these precious phenomena to those that cannot witness it in person. If Yoganandaji had not disclosed about Babaji in this Autobiography of a Yogi, then we may have never known of the legendary avatar. All publicity is not bad publicity.
    People are right in saying that energy circles are not to be carried away with, however the energy circles are part of the soul cleansing experience. The blog is not to disclose personal information, as the title itself says that certain experiences are “personal”. Whilst i want to share my experiences for informatory purposes, if i were to disclose my personal account of my feelings and perceptions, which not everyone who goes there may feel; i would generate a vast crowd to these holy hills, who all will seek these preceptions. While some may attain great attunity in this soul cleanser, some may return empty handed and that will breed disappointment. We all have to understand that knowledge can be passed on to all, but not all will percieve the information in the same manner. Some have attained a stage, where they may easily comprehend all this information but not everyone who reads this blog will be at that stage; overload of knowledge to prove an opinion will only breed contempt and confusion.

  • Satish 7 February, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I agree with Nagu. What Nagu’s done is very unique and not yet attempted by anyone. We should be grateful to him for spending valuable time to provide us with insights which would be very useful to everyone trying to explore this area.
    We would like to see your extraordinary clips and photos (when available) and also your comments.
    Like I have stated before, exploring Babaji cave is a lifetime opportunity to experience communion with the souls of Mahavtar.
    It’s a pilgrimage to experience heaven and bring positive changes to our mind, body and spirit.
    Nagu can post his experiences with a disclaimer if people think they are too personal to post.
    We all have different views so it is extirely on us if we can digest the provided information or not.

  • Nagu 7 February, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Dear satish,
    kindly check my web blog for any information.

    i shall post video clipings later and also add more photos to this site.

  • natarajan 9 February, 2010 at 11:13 pm
  • natarajan 14 February, 2010 at 12:07 am

    how many manifestations how many disciples and how many followers. simply great.

    most masters old and new have had connections with Babaji.

    Paramahamsa Nityanandha is another master!
    Look at the connection from Thiruvannamali to Himalayas.

    how small are we to keep herring more more at every step we take in life.

    ‘Each sincere step taken …will make the Divine to take 10 steps towards you’! – heard it somewhere.

    Its Darshan time here in Bangalore with SRI SRI , Jaggi Vasudev in Astha channel on Shivrathri and now Matha Amruthananamayi’s presence on the 18th Feb.

  • Devendra 18 February, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Hi Gautam, Can u help me with details to get to Almora or nearby places by train from Maharashtra. Please Check if u can get fares for them also. I am livin in Kolhapur which is at 5hrs distance from Pune. Email me the details on my ID. I want to see Babaji,s cave in this lifetime! Hoping so!!!

  • Hema 25 February, 2010 at 2:12 pm


    You are blessed by Babaji to visit his abode. You are fortunate to have reached the spiritual maturity. Thanks for the article, I can at least read and enjoy, and see the places in my mind.

    I have read Autobiography of a yogi and intensely sought Babaji to show me a guru; and soon after it so happened that one of my staff member who is a spanish woman told me about the When I checked the website, the initiation was to be held the following week, which I attended and became a disciple. I am practicing meditation, but still have to go a long way.

    You have not mentioned any women visiting the caves. If Babaji wishes that I visit his abode, I will travel to see that place.

    Thanks again for the article; please do not post this on your website.


  • Ghanshyam Pant 27 February, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I can help to reach Babaji’s Cave …!!

  • Success 27 February, 2010 at 9:21 pm


    Hi Hema I believe you dint see this link, this January we Visited Babaji Cave with his blessing, In our team total 6 members inside of that two of them are women. Kindly check this Blogs…for more info…Keep Smiling

    Jai Guru Dev

  • Jonathan 2 March, 2010 at 1:06 am

    The post is interesting and concerned place has certainly shared my attention, however, I’m more impressed by the “Babaji”. I’ve heard and read a lot regarding the sages and saints who had informed the normal humans about spiritualism and salvation that’s why many of our countrymen have been to India to observe what we’ve been hearing, reading and knowing since decades.

    I certainly can’t comment over this post because neither I’ve visited the place nor I’m aware of the history but I’ve traveled to India and place where most of the natives have devoted themselves to meditation and other forms of spiritualism. My first trip to India was arranged by Zapbooking ( ) and I had a wonderful trip that was fulfilling and gratifying as well, however, I missed Himalayas.

    My friends out here recommended the emerald green Himalayan region but due to some reasons I dropped the plan, however, I’ll make sure that in my next trip I must went to this place.

    Do forgive me if I’m only talking about myself and my trip but this post actually educated me about true beliefs that Indian people share with others.

    On the whole the post is nicely written and highly informative.

    Thanks and Regards

  • Thiaga 9 March, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Dear Gautam & Anupam Dhar

    I have just finished reading your visit to BABAJI’S Cave. It is very nice and informative article. I thank you both for giving this successful experience to all of us. It is a great service to the mankind. I have really enjoyed in reading and felt that I am also visiting and seeing BABAJI’S Cave. I am reading about BABAJI at the moment.

    Thanks again. Best wishes to both of you. Good Luck.

    Thiaga, 09/03/2010

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  • Ganesh 18 March, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Gautam, grace of babaji..happen to reach his abode 3rd time. Below are the pics

  • Ganesh 18 March, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Gautam,

    Have uploaded in picasa.

    Hope this helps


  • Satish 19 March, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Ganesh, you are really blessed by Babaji as you have been there three times, Congrats!

  • Anjimetiy Balaji NagaRaj 19 March, 2010 at 4:59 am

    As a deer seized by a tiger (cannot escape), so a disciple on whom the Guru’s gracious looks have rested will never be let go, but will surely be led to the State of Kaivalyam. (Guru Ramana Vachana Mala, 143)

  • Piyush Kumar 23 March, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    hi..we just had a visit of 31 devotees from a kriya yoga ashram in london who stayed with us for two days. all of them, ie, men and women, of all ages (25-65) were able to reach the cave with a bit of assistance from our staff. some final stages of initiation were held at the cave and concluded at our Retreat. please do feel free to contact me if you need information or assistance during your visit to dunagiri. some information is also given on our website:
    ~piyush, new delhi, india. +91-98102 67719

  • Surya 29 April, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Namaste, Gautamji and Anupamji,

    I don’t know when and how I have developed aastha in Babaji. We are devotees of all forms of God, but I specifically love Datta Bhagwan, Shirdi sai. Once I got one small Marathi book “Navnath Bhaktisar”. The Navnaths are with Datta. I became restless to get the Hindi version big one. Finally, I got it in Mathura. Some people say. Gorakh baba, Shivbaba, Mahavatar Babaji all are one. Whenever I read all the things about these yogis I could not control myself, sometimes cry bitterly like I am orphan without them. I just wanted to meet and see them (How greedy I am), which is highly impossible. There is one stotra in Datta Book”The Siddha Mangala Stotra-”. It was mentioned that if you read this with shraddha, one may be blessed by siddha purushas with darshan. One day I was restless to see a photo of Babaji and chant this stotra 21 times and nothing happened. I was crying and angry with datta baba that if it was true why did not I get babaji’s darshan? Then I just control myself, gone to one of my friend’s house, there she told me that I have something for you to show. Then she brought one calandar 2009 and showing all God’s photos. They were beautiful. She was turning pages…Lo…Mahavatar Babaji’s photo was there. Can u imagine? Babaji’s photo never be printed normally in calanders. Only particular places may be we get. That was the miracle. I had no words for this. He proved that if you cry for him he is always with u.

    2. Once we were travelling towards Chennai, on the way I chant 21 times and ask Babaji to give me darshan in any form during my travel. Nothing happened. I was so upset. On the way to our return journey to Delhi, suddenly my husband told me that they purchase some books in Tamil. In those, one Book is “Maunam”, which is full of Babaji, Lahiriji, and others related to Babaji’s. I could not control my gratitude and unable to hide my tears. I can read Tamil very very slowly. But I finish half of the book before we reach.

    I think I am boring everybody. Sorry. Gautamji, could you please tell me where can I get a photo of Babaji?

    Thanks for giving so much information about Babaji’s cave.

  • prashanth 30 April, 2010 at 6:20 am

    I offen visit babaji cave thats a place with full of peace

  • Ratan 3 May, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Dear Anupam Dhar,
    Many thanks for the information.
    We are planning to go to cave from Delhi,
    Can you guide us the following questions?
    - Where can we stay? place
    - We are planning to go by car from Delhi what will be the best route?

    - How many days require and we want to visit only babaji cave?
    - Any precautions to be taken?/


  • Gautam 3 May, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Hello Ratan:
    Thanks for your comment. Quite a few people have already explained this so I encourage that you go through the comments. My Father had replied a few months ago to the same query and you may read his response here where he explains about travel, hotel, etc.

    All in all – I will keep aside minimum of 4 days to thoroughly experience the Journey – although it is hard to limit days when taking such journeys. You may choose to stay in Ranikhet, Dwarahat or even Dunagiri based on your requirements from a hotel.


  • srila 8 May, 2010 at 1:38 am

    i’ve been thinking of making this trip to babaji’s cave for the last 2/3 years but for some reason or the other i’ve been cancelling the trip but this year i am determined…reading your account of the trek fills me with anxiety as i am asthamatic and have a fear of heights but i’m on the spiritual path and a kriyaban so to allow such things to stall me from experiencing Babaji’s cave is self defeating…

  • Tripura 11 May, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Gautam and Sri Anupam Ji,
    What a blessing you both must have had to have had a calling such as this one. And thanks for sharing this beautiful journey with all. Your photo journey is like the cooling Himalayan showers to us, thirsty hearts, who yearn to see Babaji. I truly appreciate your sharing them with all of us.
    The energy circles (Orbs) are truly amazingly beautiful. Some one on the blog here asked why Babaji abandoned the cave. I don’t feel Babaji abandoned the cave. He is right there in the cave at the very moment looking at every one who passes through it’s entrance. The fact is, surely, it takes an enormous amount of frequency change to be able to perceive Babaji. I feel he is in another frequency range altogether. When one is able to changes one’s frequency to that of Babaji, there he/she will have Babaji presence made known. Something like: “Make known the Unknown” All those online who spoke of the quietude descending upon them while in or outside the cave are in fact experiencing his presence. That does mean they are tuning in to Babaji. It would take a tremendous amount of calming to gain his audience. More than anything else Babaji’s Grace is what would bring him face to face. You both are blessed! Thanks very much for sharing and letting me share my humble 2 cents worth.

  • DR Zankyani 10 June, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Hi Gautam,

    We are very thankful to you for proving lot of information at your website. We a group of 10 persons visited Mahavatar Babaji Cave, Pandavkholi & Chilianoula ashram & everybody experienced divine vibrations at each place. At pandavkholi Ramu baba was very kind to us, we stayed 3 days there & met with Baba Nirvanananda with a team of school childerens.

    In the meantime we got a sad news that a divine guide of Kukuchina Mr. Netravallabh Joshi is no more. Pray god to give him peace.

  • Gautam 10 June, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Hi DR Zankyani

    Thanks for your comment. Indeed sad to know that Joshi ji passed away. We are glad we were able to meet him and capture his wisdom in the little videos we took during our travels.
    Peace be upon him.

  • Mahendran 12 June, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Hi Gautam,

    Thanks for the very good informations.How long it will take from Dunagiri to Kukuchina to babacaves and how many hours trekking will be there ?

    We group of peoples from chennai intend to reach delhi and visit haridwar,Rishikesh and then to reach dunagiri and to start from there to baba caves and to back.

    Please advise .


  • Gautam 12 June, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Please review the article for details I’ve already given. From Dunagiri temple, Kukuchina is about 5 KMs. From there you can take a 5 min jeep ride or walk for about 45 mins to Rathkhal from where the trek is about 50 mins or so depending on your pace.

  • Mahendran 12 June, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Hi Gautham,

    Great Thanks for your quick reply.

    We are planning our trip shorty during August 2 nd week.


  • esha 25 July, 2010 at 8:10 am

    wow.thanks for sharing this beautiful incidence. you are truely blessed by the great master. i too feel fascinated towards babaji.i constantly google over him and try to find more info about him.
    thanks again :)

  • Debashis Mukhopadhyay 30 July, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Om Namah Shivay

    Pranam Gautamji,

    Thanks for your impressive travel account. Could you suggest some name of good books on Mahavatar Babaji Maharaj ? And I have a small request to you to publish a informative travelogue in details with your spiritual experience in cave, guide map, pictures etc. In addition to this kindly explain on “Energy Circles” and its significance.

    With warm love,

    Debashis Mukhopadhyay.

  • Manoaj 16 August, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Inspired by your blog and the inner urge to visit the cave, I made a special trip to Kukuchina and to Pandukholi on the 13th August, 2010 (Friday).

    It was a great experience with help being offered at every step. To reach there, I left Haridwar using NH 121 to Ranikhet. This road passes through the Jim Corbett National Park and is much shorter as compared to the Haldwani route. It is 287 kms from Haridwar to Ranikhet.

    Before making the trek on 13th August, Out of curiosity (guy being a maharashtrian, and I hail from mumbai), I visited a shop called ‘Maratha Jewellers’ in the Ranikhet Market and the owner happened to ask me the purpose of my visit. He immediately introduced me to a person who is the caretaker of the Pandukholi ashram and he gave me a introductory note for the ashram sanchalak.

    I reached Kukuchina at 10 am and started the climb after meeting Mr. Joshi of the famous Joshi tea stall. He asked me to visit Pandukholi which is a 5 km trek and then come down from an other side to the cave, which is again 1.5 kms.

    When I started climibing, there was a point where i felt that this trek is not ending and Lo! i get help from a young guy who is quickly approaching me. He said that he got a call from the Ranikhet saying that I was coming and he came to take me there. This young lad called Hemant was an ashramite and had a very clear understanding of the purpose of my trip. He took me up to the Ashram, fed me well and asked me to go back to Kukuchina and start the trek from the other route to the cave. I told him that it will be long and very difficult. He said the shortcut route was very risky because it was very steep and slippery with no real track. It was basically come down from a hill top, a deep jungle where there were no clear pathways.

    Realising that I could be lost he accompanied me all the way to the cave, we meditated there and he dropped me back to kukuchina. He was truly sent by Babaji and he took care of my as if I am a special visitor to the place.

    There is lots to write but will share more details soon.

    Thanks to Babaji.

  • Gautam 16 August, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Hi Manoaj

    Thanks for sharing your experience (I’m reading this sitting in your city Bombay). Me and my father are also planning another sojourn in some remote areas of Himalayas later next month and also plan to visit Pandukholi again.

  • Ganesh 16 August, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Dear Gautam,

    Welcome back to India.

    Grace of Babaji, I happen to visit the Babaji caves. Please find below the link for pics.

    By the way, the small cave has been closed and pics attached. Not sure why they closed. Could be because many started travelling or wild animals or anything. Not sure..Babaji Knows.


  • Ganesh 16 August, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Dear Gautam,

    Welcome back to India.

    Grace of Babaji, I happen to visit the Babaji caves. Please find below the link for pics.

    By the way, the small cave has been closed and pics attached. Not sure why they closed. Could be because many started travelling or wild animals or anything. Not sure..Babaji Knows.


  • manoj 28 August, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Dear All,

    The easiest way to visit is to take the Ramnagar road from Haridwar, via the Corbet National Park (NH 121). This road is about 280 kms to Ranikhet and is not very busy because not many tourist vehicles ply on this route. It takes about 7 hours to reach Ranikhet.

    Once in Ranikhet, please visit Sadar Bazar and see Mr. Maratha who owns a Jewellery shop know as ‘Maratha Jewellers’. This man was sent to me through Babaji, because the minute I told him that I plan to visit Pandukholi, he called someone who is a caretaker of the Pandukholi Ashram. That man then gave me a letter of introduction to the Ashram. They took very good care of me, fed me and gave me a guide to visit Babaji’s cave. Though I took the difficult trek which is going all the way to Pandukholi and coming down to Babaji’s cave, very ardous and difficult with no clear pathway, slippery stones and pine leaves, but it was only Babaji’s grace which made the whole journey possible.

    It had rained the whole day but when I reached Kukuchina, it stopped all the way till i reached the cave. Once I started meditating there, It started raining heavily as if a blessing from Babaji. There is lots to say but I cant express myself. I am in deep gratitude to the ‘Great Babaji’!

  • Ramakrishnan 6 September, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    A million thanks for your experience and information.Actually I was travelling with you. I never felt I am going through the words. Everything HIS blessings. Thanks.

  • Gautam 18 September, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    There have been landslides and a cloud burst in the Almora region yesterday. I’m headed to Kumaon myself to visit some places including Babaji’s cave this week. If it is the wish of the sages – then path will be clear. So pray on and continue :-)

    Good luck.

  • Manoaj 19 September, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Hi Gautam,

    All the best for your trip. Please keep us in your prayers. Just chant Babaji’s name on the way and the weather will just be perfect for you to travel. I did the same and Lo! No rain, thunder or fog.

    Have you visited the Pandukholi Ashram up on the mountain? If you havent you must and see a guy called ‘ Hemant ‘ who will show you around.

    Best Regards,

  • Gautam 19 September, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I’m in Dehra right now guys and had plans to go to Tarkeshwar from Lansdowne, however, torrential rains have lashed the entire state of Uttarakhand with UP also affected. Many people have recently died in Almora from landslides, and right now our entire plan is looking very meek unless Babaji’s grace lets the sun shine. Will keep you all posted, but right now it’s advised to stay away. Not to mention we were stuck on our way to Dehra for more than an hour (20 KMs from Dehra) due to a landslide.

  • Balaji 24 September, 2010 at 1:27 pm


    I am Planning to visit Mahavatar Babaj’s cave,Badrinath,Rishikesh and Haridwar by this year oct mid from chennai….

    If anyone is interested you can drop me a mail to


  • Gautam 24 September, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Balaji et. al
    Before you plan your trip, I would recommend you check with locals, bus stands, taxi stands on the road situation before coming here especially if you’re coming all the way from southern part.

    As of 3 days ago when I came back from Dehradun all roads leading to Kumaon and Garhwal were closed. This included Dehradun-Delhi highway, Dehradun to Haridwar or Rishikesh,
    NH 24 from Delhi to Kumaon via Moradabad > Haldwani > Ranikhet. Rail services from Haldwani/Kathgodam were also affected.

    My plans to visit Tarkeshwar (near Lansdowne) from Dehradun was cancelled as Haridwar highway was under water. Not to mention nature’s fury in Almora and other districts that has severely damaged highways and left about 5,000 people stranded.
    Check local news before coming here or try to postpone it until Mid November if you can when the rains will be gone.


  • Balaji 27 September, 2010 at 12:08 pm


    Thanks for your update on the climate…If i plan mid of novemeber should i able visit Badrinath.
    It will open that time and There will be much snow in that time if am not sure.


  • Gautam 27 September, 2010 at 10:41 pm


    Per a website:
    The temple authorities will decide about the closing muhurat or closing date of Badrinath temple on Dussehra day. Usually, the temple closes during the third week of November due to harsh winter and remains closed till May in next year.
    However, you can visit Babaji’s cave in November, however, it will be cold, so dress appropriately.

    Also due to recent disasters, keep an eye on local weather and road conditions.


  • Balaji 4 October, 2010 at 12:31 pm


    I would like to start from Delhi – Rishikesh to Badrinath or Kedarnath.

    Can you please help me out how to travel from this place and what are all the main places to see.

    how many days can be enough to cover those places.From either badrinath or kedaranth how can i reach babaji’s cave and how long it take and place can be seen here.


  • sangos 8 October, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Nice! Am a hillman myself from Nagaland and its always nice to read about mountain treks. Mountains always give the physical feeling of being elevated from the world. No wonder the Himalayas are so associated with spiritualism of such high quality as Yoga. Babaji’s cave is very interesting. We also have many interesting folk legends in Norhteast!

  • Gautam 10 October, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Balaji, you can review my father’s comments on page 1 and 2 about the route, places to stay etc.

  • sheik 20 October, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Hi everyone,

    With my three friends, I got the rare opportunity to visit the Babaji cave. Really we felt entire bliss. Gautam Ji and our friends already explained the route to reach there. Anyhow, I would like to add my experiences also to help others.

    From Chennai, I reached Delhi airport at 10 am on 12th October 2010. I have alreay arranged one travels car to visit Babaji cave and Badrinath and Kedarnath. We reached Ranikhet at 10 pm on the same day.

    The next day, 13th October, we reached Pandukholi at 10 am through Dwarahat and Dronagiri. Our Joshi ji welcome us very warmly. We stayed in Joshi Ji’s rooms. He has beautiful rooms and one meditation hall. He provided south indian food for us. Afternoon we visited Babaji’s cave.

    The following day, 14th October, We started journey around 8 am and reached Karnaprayag 01 pm ( 122 KM from Pandukholi ). Karnaprayag is mid point of Rishikesh and Badrinath route. Then we continued our journey and reached Badrinath at 7 pm. We have to reach joshimath before 5 pm. Joshimath is 40 KM away from Badrinath. At 5 pm, the road will be closed at Joshimath.

    The following day, 15th October, We stayed in Badrinath. On 16th, we started journey towards Delhi via rishikesh. We skipped Kedarnath due to Journey tired.

    The Babaji’s cave is inducing us to visit every year

  • Gautam 21 October, 2010 at 12:41 am


    Thanks for your entry, and I trust your visit to the Cave and Badrinath was blissful. Unfortunately, I could not visit Dronagiri, Pandukholi, etc due to landslides and shut roads in Aug-Sep. My plan to visit will now be in next Winters to avoid any chance of rains what-so-ever.

    Peace be upon you!

  • sivavel 23 October, 2010 at 9:12 am

    hi thanks, i love babaji.sir iam at Ambala please guide me how i can reach Babaji cave i have no car. tell corret month ,were to stay how much money to carry. i too want to a good ashram to know more about babaji iam very sad to see too much mahaavatar babaji in web sites. iam from lower middle family and 33yrs old . i used to vist dehradun , chomoli .porighatwal. srinagar

  • R Murthy 25 October, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope this will help many like us, who may plan to go this highly Spiritual place… Keep it up..


  • Balaji 27 October, 2010 at 11:37 am


    Finally with blessings of babaji i have visited Kedarnath,Badrinath,Haridwar and Babaji’s Cave…

    I have started my trip from chennai to delhi by train on 12th oct 10.30 pm reached delhi on 14th morning.

    From delhi i took bus to haridwar around 11 am and reached by 5.30 pm that night i spent in haridwar.

    Next day i.e 15th Oct i booked a car to Badrinath and kedarnath from Haridwar..we started around 8 am from haridwar to badri through rudraprayag on same day we spent near rudraprayag..on 16th around 10.30 we reach gaurikund through all the way to Guptkashi,Sitapur.. from gaurikund i had hot kund bath and from there by horse ,I have reached kedarnath travelling 14 KM around 5.30 was too cold and beautiful himalayan view.I darshan Kedar baba on that day evening,Next day morning i have also darshan baba again.
    I have started back to gaurikund as my car was parking in sitapur..i reached sitapur aroung 2.30 pm on 17th oct from there i went to Gupt kashi temple.18th morning i have started trip to badrinath from rudraprayag through karnaprayag and i have reached joshimuth around 4.00 pm and i booked a hotel for that night,woke up at 5.30 getting ready to badri it was very good all the way to joshimuth to bardi by road..
    Morning around 10.30 i had darshan badrinath from there i went to Mana village to visit vyas gufa,ganesh gufa and bheem tal..after visited all these places i have started from badri to haridwar at 2.30 pm and reached haridwar on 20th oct 3.30 pm..

    Now my trip to Babaji’s Cave..

    From Haridwar i had an option uttarkhand bus on 20th at 5.30pm to Ranikhet.
    I have reached ranikhet at 8.00 am morning on 21st oct from there i took a share taxi to Haidakhan Babaji ashram in Chiliyanaula.I refresh and started to babaji’s cave.. I took share taxi from ranikhet market to Dwarahat for 50 Rupees i visited YSS ashram in Dwarahat to get information to reach cave.From Dwarahat i have took share taxi to kukuchina for 25 rupees and i get down near Joshi ji’s shop it was around 4.30 PM.
    Joshi ji asked a boy to guide me towards cave and i have started trekking finally i have reached babaji’s cave and i spent sometimes inside the cave..It was so good experience..

    This is all about my trip information..If anyone need any assistance pls feel free to contact me..:) Thankx..

  • Deepti 2 November, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Hi Gautam,

    It was so overwhelming when accounted of your visit to Babaji’s cave. It was also highly interesting to see photos of the energy circles.

    I and my mother would like to visit Babaji’s cave in 2011.

    Kindly advise which month will be suitable to visit and how to start off with the journey. We stay in Hyderabad.

    Thank you very much for your kind cooperation.


  • Gautam 2 November, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Deepti

    You can go anytime, but just avoid the rainy seasons (July – Oct). If you’re not used to winters/snow, then go between March – July or Oct – Dec.


  • Balaji 3 November, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Hi Deepti,

    I am also from south(Chennai).i will also plan to go to babaji’s cave in 2011 october have go to delhi by air or rail from your place then from delhi either you need to go to Kathgodam by rail or ranikhet from delhi check if buses are available direct to ranikhet..Ranikhet is nice place to stay..

    From Ranikhet take a share taxi which cost Rs 50 each to dwarahat.Again you need to take a taxi from Dwarahat to Kuku chinna or Dronagiri it cost Rs 25 each..from there you have to trek 3 to 4 km to Babaji’s cave.when you are getting down in Kukuchinna ask for Joshi Ji shop..he will send u a person along with can refer my name to joshi ji if you want..

    If you some more info pls feel free to call me on 098410 05011..


  • sabari 13 December, 2010 at 5:17 am

    my contact no 9840480087 mail id we planned to go babaji caves but we dont know how to reach that palce form chennai.
    so please guide us to reach that place, it will be so helpful to us.
    i hope u will call us & please provide ur contact no

  • sangos 14 December, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Your best bet is to travel to New Delhi from Chennai. From New Delhi you can either take train/bus/taxi to Almora, which is the closest big town to the caves. The closest airport is situated at Pant Nagar in Nainital if you are planning to fly from New delhi. Note that Almora and Nainital are in the state of Uttarakhand which is high in the Himalayas so it is very cold and snowy in winter. Personally I would recommend you to make this trip to the mountains in April-May before the monsoons and when the climate is warmer unless you have a strong reason to go there now. Not good, the climate can get very treacherous especially for travelling and trekking.

  • narayan Nair 6 January, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Dear Gautamji and Anupamji,

    Saadar Namaste.

    It is a thrilling experience reading your detailed record of your trip to Mahavatar Babajis Cave.Due to my eye problem, I cold not read it completely. I will try to get a print of it and read again, not once but a number of times. For this reading cannot be put down after one reading.

    Babajis blessings are always with you and may He keep you and your dear ones in all happiness and good health.

    Please accept my loving regards.

    Narayan Nair,
    Civil Lines Road,
    Thrissur – 680 003,

  • Rama 5 February, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    The 1st spritual Center in Malaysia was open on 16th Jan 2011
    We need guidance and support how to keep Babaji teaching and values to be awaken in country of Malaysia…

    For more information please do visai our facebook :
    Mahavatar babaji Selangor / mahavatar babaji malaysia ( group)

    i need advise and moral supports and backups

    Thank you

  • Sanjay 8 February, 2011 at 12:36 am

    The all people here are really blessed n Babaji is with all of us.

    I am going to Babaji’s cave in this Feb or in March

    Jai Babaji

  • Debashis Ghosh 23 March, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Gautam,

    I am Debashis from Hyderabad, originally from Bhubaneswar working here.

    It seems to be a mystic adventure you went through. Loved to read your story and could imagine that too.

    I was recently introduced to “Autobiography of a Yogi” by one of my close friends. Since then, I have been a big big follower of Mahavatar Babaji. I would like to visit Babaji Cave. What time of the year is the right time to visit the place and how many days is required at minimum to visit. What should be a budget for 2 to 3 persons?

    Please let me know. My email address is

    Thanks and regards,

  • S SHIVA KRISHNA 26 March, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    hi this is shiva, i am very much interested in visiting babaji’s cave.i think u r so lucky and blessed by babaji,without his grace no one can even know about him,but u visited his cave here itself we can know the grace showered on u and your father.thank u for sharing u r wonderful experience………..
    if u have any plan in visiting babaji’s cave next time so please can u inform me so that i can join your trek.i am from chennai(minjur) 9445051258.

  • Thulasidas 30 March, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Dear Gautam

    I am from Kerala. The southmost state of India.

    I am also very much interested in Babaji.

    You are very lucky to visit the cave related to Babaji and Lahiri mahasay.

    I heard much about an ashram near Sathopanth lake, Badari nath where babaji still present with a few disciples.

    Can you please give some information about that.

    Is it possible to visit there?

    What is your opinion?

    Anticipating an early reply


  • Piyush Kumar 30 March, 2011 at 1:53 am

    This may be of interest to devotees of Mahavatar Babaji and practitioners of Kriya Yoga. We are organizing regular trips from Delhi to Babaji’s cave, Dunagiri. Transport and all arrangements for visiting the cave, stay, meals etc. are taken care of. Please send me an email at or call at +91-98102 67719 if interested.

    Devotees of Mahavatar Babaji are most welcome to stay with us. Our facility overlooks Babaji’s cave and we arrange guides, transport etc. For more information, pls visit

    with prayers and best wishes,

  • deepak tandon 4 April, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Hi … Om kriya babaji namaha Aum. This article of yours is great. Thanks. May babaji shower his blessings on you always.

    deepak tandon

  • swetank prakash 5 April, 2011 at 3:34 am

    thanks, for all the above valuable information. Its wonderful to here such good accounts of BABAJI’s cave.

  • srinivasalu 12 April, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Thanks a lot.

    Your narrations are spontaneous and plain.

    I am planning to visit Babaji cave shortly if He blesses me so.

    Om Namashivaya

  • Gautam 20 April, 2011 at 8:39 am

    First off, thanks to all for sharing their inquiries and experiences. Secondly, has anyone been to Baba Amarjyoti’s Ashram that’s located in Palampur (Himachal)? Per their website, the full address is Village Kandwari, Palampur, Distt. Kangra. I have a couple questions about the route, so please send me an email via

    Thank you and peace.

  • Piyush Kumar 21 April, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    There’s a wonderful new video of trip to Mahavatar Babaji’s cave. All devotees will love to watch this beautiful video.

    Piyush Kumar,
    Our retreat overlooks Babaji’s cave. All devotees and aspirants are most welcome. Please let me know if we can assist in your travel to Babaji’s cave. I can be reached at: Piyush[at]Dunagiri[dot]com or call +91-98102 67719

  • Anupam Dhar 25 April, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Thanks Piyush, for loading this wonderful video. It was an enchanting experience watching it.

  • DHANANJAY 29 April, 2011 at 3:07 am

    dear sir,
    please guide me the perfect route to babaji’s cave.And simplest way like by plane,train,vehical from soon as possible reply me.
    yours rectfully&humbly

  • DHANANJAY 29 April, 2011 at 3:11 am

    dear sir,
    \pls guide me the simplest way to babaji’s cave from pune.and tell me the best way like plane,train or soon as possible reply

  • srinivasalu 29 April, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Route map to Babaji cave from Pune:

    Pune to Delhi by flight/train.

    Delhi to Kathgodam by train.

    Kathgodam to Dwarhat town(via Ranikhet) by taxi.

    Dwarhat to Kukurchina village (19kms) by same taxi.

    Check up with Mr.Joshi (runs a provision store cum hotel) and take guide to Babaji cave from there (4.5 kms).

    Jai Guru dev.

  • Veena 19 May, 2011 at 5:32 am

    I am fortunate to have come across this narrative and the conversation . thank you so much .I was at Ranikhet and Almora for ten days couple of years back and kept asking people for babaji’s cave but no one could direct me .Now i understand the time was not ripe .
    I am a kriyaban follower of parmhans Yogananda Ji and also consider Sai baba of shirdi my friend philosopher and guide . Here i found so many connections between all of my spritual ‘marg darshak’ that I am amazed. I am overwhelmed .thank you once again.

  • Kriyaban J 11 June, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Dear Ones,

    Dear ones,

    To attune with Mother Gayathri and Sri Babaji recite Gayathri mantra or OM Sri Gayathrai namaha for 24 times daily and then recite ” Babaji, bless me, love me, protect me, guide me forever and forever” , any number of minutes to hours as per your likes and dislikes.

    Seekers those who are suffering are suggested to recite the following Sarpa Gayathri mantra, directly given by Mother Gayathri …

    Om aadi seshaaya vidmahe, mahaa sarpaaya dheemahi, thanno sarpa raja prachodayat…..

    by reciting these prayers every day you will be blessed by Babaji like anything.

    Kriyaban J.

  • ashish 23 July, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Dear Gautam thanks for the information. Its very helpful for me, as I am planning to go for Babaji’s Cave Darshan in October 2011. Would like to contact you, my email id is

    @ Anupam dhar:
    I have tried to call Mr. Joshi, on the number, you have provided. But seems to be not working anymore. Do you have any other contact no.?


  • Piyush Kumar 23 July, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Ashish,

    If you need any assistance or information regarding Dunagiri on the trip to Mahavatar Babaji’s cave, please feel free to contact me. I live in Delhi but have been visiting Dunagiri almost every month for the last six years as I have a house and Nature Retreat there. You are welcome to contact me at +91 98102 67719 for information regarding Dunagiri and on reaching there. A lot of information about Dunagiri, reaching there is given at


    Piyush Kumar
    +91-91802 67719

  • Gautam 25 July, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Hi Ashish:
    I just returned to Haldwani after a Himalayan sojourn to a few siddha places. I met Joshi ji as well and his phone number has changed. His new number is 094113-18540.


  • Ashish 25 July, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Hello Gautam,

    Thanks for the mobile no. I have contacted him. May I know the name of siddha places, you visited?


  • ashish 25 July, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    @Piyush Kumar

    Thanks piyush for all your guidance & website information.


  • Veena 28 July, 2011 at 3:14 am

    I never get tired of reading and rereading about the trip to Babaji’s cave .Thank you Gautam and God bless you.You have inspired so many people to visit .
    This summer I was able to go to Joshimath ,Badrinath ,Kedarnath ,Gangotri and many other places nearby.The visit to snow clad Kedarnath was indeed a divine experince .Himalaya always makes me feel closer to God . there is something in the air which can not be explained.I am waiting for Babaji to make it possible for me to visit his cave as well .

  • Thulasidas 29 July, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Dear veena

    Could u hear something about Babaji’s Swarna Swargashram in ur visit to Badrinath?

    I heared much about this ashram which is blessed by Babaji’s physical presence

    Pls inform anything u know


  • veena 31 July, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Dear Thulasi,
    I had also read somewhere that Babaji still resides in the Badrinath area.I do not know about the ashram.
    People there did mention that many yogis are still living in the caves of the surrounding mountains over there but I suppose only a true wanderer can meet them .
    There is a place beyond Badrinath temple known as swargarohan , the route which pandavas took on their final journey. One can only go to the place where Draupdi fell down first , there is small temple there .One can see the route through the opening between the two mountains but can not go beyond this point as its a difficult trek.


  • Raj 2 August, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Hi veena and Hi Thulasi..

    I have read an article written by a direct disciple of Mahavatar babaji about his hidden residence in Badrinath called the Gauri Shankar Peetam..

    If you are interested , I can share that material with you which is very very interesting actually. YOu will get to understand the place better once you read that.

    Please provide your mail ids , so thatI can forward that copy to yours.


  • dhileepan 2 August, 2011 at 12:27 am please post me about gowri shankar peedam.. I have visited cave last year. Want to see badri this year ..

  • sivakrishna 2 August, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Hi Rajeev,

    this is shiva from chennai.can u pls forward me a copy of Gauri Shankar Peetam material.My E-mail id is

  • thulasidas 2 August, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Dear Raj

    I am always anxious to know about Babaji

    I will be grateful to u if u share that article

    With regards


    my e mail id

  • thulasidas 2 August, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Thank u veena


  • Selva 2 August, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Dear Rajeev,

    This is Selva from Coimbatore. I would be very grateful if you can share that material regarding Gauri Shankar Peetam with me too…

    My ID is



  • Ashish 2 August, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Dear Rajeev,

    My email id is , can you please send me material regarding Gauri Shankar Peetham?



  • Raj 2 August, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Shiva, Thulasi, selva, Gautam, Ashish, Dhileep..

    i sent the scanned copies on Gauri Shankar Peetam(Babaji’s residence) to your respective mail ids.. Please read it and let us all stay in touch..

    Great to hear from you all. Keep smiling. Please give me a confirmation after you read it.


  • Selva 2 August, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Dear Rajeev,

    Just got your scanned copies on Gauri Shankar Peetam. Thanks a lot!



  • Balaji 7 August, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Hi Rajeev,

    I also heard about Gauri Shankar Peetam..can u pls share those article to my mail

    Hi Gautam,

    Himalayan sojourn to a few siddha places — can u share these siddha places..


  • Balaji 7 August, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Hi Veena,

    We are planning to visit babaji’s cave by aug 20th..If u r interested to know abt pls let me know..


  • veena 8 August, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Thanks Rajeev, I am very happy for you . Please do post your experiences of this holy trip. It would not be possible for me to takeup the journey now . Veena

  • Jyotsna 14 August, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Rajiv, can you pls send the details of Gauri Shankar Peetam to my mail id too.

  • Nirav 19 August, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I would like to have a contacting information of Mr. Gautam including his phone number if possible so that I can contact him personally and plan my journey. You can contact me via email if that is easy and safe for you. I am not sure whether or not I will be able to access this website again.

  • Gautam 27 August, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Finally the write-up is complete of my Journey from this year and as requested, I have put it up on this site. You can read it here:

    Here are the photos:


  • sridhar 16 September, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Dear Rajeev,

    My email id is , can you please send me material regarding Gauri Shankar Peetham?



  • soaringeagle63 19 September, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you for the article and the clear description. It will be of great help to us when we undertake our trek to Babaji’s cave in the near future, provided Babaji permits us to do so.

  • G Pant 24 September, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Babaji is living at Mukteshwar Dhooni Kutir Shiv Mandir Mukteshwar

  • Anupam Dhar 24 September, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Sri G.Pant:

    Who exactly is this Babaji you have mentioned staying at Mukteshwar?

  • sivakrishna 24 September, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Is that Mahavatar babaji you mentioned there ?
    pls give details…

  • Ghanshyam Pant 4 October, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Swami Sangsudhyanand Puri also known as “Lal Baba” is living there in Mukteshwar Shiv Temple, Dhuni Kutir. One of his devotee believes that he is Mahavatar Baba Ji. He also wrote a book on Mahavatar Baba Ji. His name is Rambare Mukhey, and he’s a Marathi. He also performs Guru Pooja every year in Mukteshwar Temple, believing that Baba Ji is Mahavatar Baba.

  • veena 5 October, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Dear rajeev , you may have not received my e-mail id which i sent you ling back for the Gauri shakar peetham material .I am sending it agian
    Please do send me the matrial .
    Thank you , Veena

  • Nirav 5 October, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Hi Ghanshyam Pant,

    Thank you for letting me know about the Mahavtar Babaji. Do you know the address of Mukteshwar Shiv Temple and/or Dhuni Kutir. I am not in India at present and it would be helpful to have proper address so that I can search and find out my way. Thank you very much.


  • Ghanshyam Pant 5 October, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Nirav,
    Mukteshwar is a small town in the District Nainital, and also one of the highest peak in the whole District. The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), dedicated to livestock research and development was established in Mukteshwar in 1893. The temple is situated in the topmost point of the mountain. The route to Mukteshwar from Delhi is as follows: Delhi-Haldwani-Bhowali-Mukteshwar. Mukteshwar is about 70kms from Haldwani. Haldwani is a major city in the whole district, also known as the Gateway of Kumaon. Regular bus and taxi services are available from Haldwani to Mukteshwar. Several hotels/resorts/rest houses of KMVN (Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam) are available here in Mukteshwar. KMVN’s Tourist Rest House is nearest to the temple.

  • Ghanshyam Pant 5 October, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Nirav,
    Mukteshwar is located at 29.4722°N 79.6479°E. It has an average elevation of 2,171 metres (7,123 feet). Mukteshwar is rich in scenic beauty, with magnificent views of the Indian Himalayas including India’s second-highest peak, Nanda Devi. Mukteshwar is a town and tourist destination in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. It sits high in the Kumaon Hills at an altitude of 2286 meters (7500 feet), 51 km from Nainital, 72 km from Haldwani, and 395 km from Delhi.
    Mukteshwar gets its name from an 350-year-old temple to Shiva, known as Mukteshwar Dham, situated atop the highest point in the town, within the IVRI campus, and close to which lie the overhanging cliffs, locally known as Chauli-ki-Jali, used for rock climbing and rappelling, with an excellent view of the valleys below. The sunrise point is at the government-run PWD Guest House. One can also visit the Indian Veterinary Research Institute. IVRI hostels and the PWD resthouse were the prominent shelters for ages. Now, KMVN operates a Tourist Rest house (can be booked from Delhi as well as on Phone / Wireless from other KMVN guest houses). Several other hotels, resorts, guest houses and seasonal tent / hut based camps come up. Valley Unwind Resort is one of the best resort for various eco-tour activities around the valley. Nice scenery can be viewed from Chaulli ki Jaali, where rocks jut out from the hill face at a bizarre angle. This is a great place to observe eagles and other feathered scavengers as they swoop down at their prey. IVRI laboratories (experiments on tiny rats, gold plated books, cattle-sheds), 16 mile x 14 mile wide Deodar forest, prestine 22 snow-peaks view, advanture of living among wildlife like tigers and bears, are some of the major attractions of this sleepy town. Mukteshwar is ABODE OF A SAINT – SHRI MUKTESHWAR MAHARAJ JI – who lived at the Top Cottage Temple where his samadhi is situated. One of his disciple – Swami Sanshudhanand ji – now stays there. Whole temple complex is a Tapovan, and an ideal place for meditation.
    Till 1893 the place was known for its shrines and temple before it was selected for serum production to protect animals from cattle plague. Later it was developed into the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), which later moved its headquarters to Izatnagar. Still Mukteshwar serves as the hill campus of IVRI, including various facilities such as an experimental goat farm. The noted nobel winner scientist Robert Koch visited this place on request of then GOI. The microscope used by him and other historical articles are kept in the museum maintained by IVRI. Hill carved cold room in 1900 is a place of attraction for visitors. It was made to store biological materials then.Because of the hilly topography, agriculture in the area consists chiefly of potato fields and fruit orchards on terraces cut into the hillsides.
    Robert Koch visited IVRI Mukteswar to work on cattle plague.

    Haldwani is well connected to the capital Delhi via road and air.
    The nearest airport is Pantnagar airport with connecting flights to Delhi.
    The railway station is Haldwani Railway Station with four trains running per day to delhi.

  • Ghanshyam Pant 5 October, 2011 at 8:27 pm
  • Nirav Bigelow 6 October, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Thank you very much Ghanshyam Pant for detail information about Mukteshwar. I will appreciate if you can be contacted via phone and willing to provide your phone number if located in USA so that I can discuss more about the trip I can plan.

    I highly appreciated your time for providing this details. Have a wonderful day.

  • Ghanshyam Pant 6 October, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Hi Nirav,
    You try to contact me when you’ll return to India. Till then, we can be in touch via Facebook, and you can have my e-mail ID:
    Here’s the link for my Facebook Account:

  • Ghanshyam Pant 9 October, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Dear Nirav Bigelow,
    You can contact me via
    let me koow your email id

  • debaprasad pal 28 November, 2011 at 6:03 am

    i am willing to remain at HIS Holy Charan for the rest of my life….and beyond till eternity………….

  • Biswajit Mitra 29 April, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Dear Anupam,

    First of all, I am grateful to you for an excellent account of your visit to Mahavatar’s cave.

    I shall make an attempt to visit the cave on 5th June. Bought ticket to Kathgodam on 4th night. I have some questions for you. Can you please answer them?

    1. Is it the right time for the visit? Hope the rainy season doesn’t start by then.
    2. How many days can I stay at the Babaji Smriti Sadan? Is any booking required? If yes, from where and how? If I get accommodation there for 2-3 days, I shall plan my return journey to Delhi accordingly.
    3. Are any woolen clothes required at that time?
    4. Is that 2-km car ride arranged by Joshiji still possible? In that case trekking will be less.
    5. How difficult is the trekking?
    6. Planning to book a car from Kathgodam. Is it OK? What kind of car is the best? A jeep?

    My email id is If you provide your ph no there, I may call you to discuss.

    Thanks and Regards

  • Gautam 30 April, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Hi there,
    1) Rains begin in July, so you should be fine.
    2) You will have to check there. Else stay in rooms/cottages provided by Joshi Ji. I am not sure if Babaji Sadan provides boarding
    3) May want to keep light woolens for night time or change of weather
    4) Jeep ride is provided by locals. If they are there, you can hitch it or walk slowly but leave early in the morning
    5) Trekking is medium difficulty. Go slow while enjoying the nature
    6) Just take any decent car from Kathgodam. Highway is more or less good.


  • Biswajit Mitra 1 May, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Hi Gautam,

    Thanks for your quick reply. Is Joshiji’s ph no. 094113-18540? Can you please confirm?


  • Gautam 1 May, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Yes, Joshi Ji’s number is 94113-18540

  • Gautam Kar (aka Dev Kar) 31 May, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Gautam:

    This message is from an older Gautam (62 years) to a younger one. I loved reading your post on the immortal saints of India. I live in Northern Virginia and work as a Lead Economist at Global Financial Integrity (a think tank) in Washington DC.

    I was initiated in the Sri Vidya tradition by Guruji (Sri Swami Rama) in May 1988 and have, as far back I can remember, an avid reader of Indian spiritual traditions and biographies of Indian spiritual Masters. So naturally I loved reading your post. I am currently reading a book on Neem Karoli Baba; Guruji devotes an entire chapter to Him in Living with the Himalayan Masters.

    Keep up the great work. You write well and we would love to read about your spiritual “tirthas” and experiences. Om Guravey Namaha!

    Dev (Gautam is my nickname)

  • Gautam 13 July, 2012 at 3:10 am

    An update to my article. Yesterday my Mamaji (Uncle) and I discovered a strange face in a photo I took back in July 2009 when I visited the Gufa. There is a clear image behind the entrance that appears to be a mendicant with piercing eyes. I took this photo after we had been inside the cave and had locked it on our way back down.

    Could this be a divine presence? I prefer to not debate but nod silently :)
    Here is the image. Save the image and then open with about 200% zoom.

    P.S. The fuzziness in the pic is due to drizzle/rain droplets.

  • Raj 2 May, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Dear All,

    Can anyone suggest me any ashram near Babaji cave as I need to stay there for couple of days.Or any other alternate for staying near Babaji cave.

    Many thanks in advance


  • Gautam 2 May, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    @ Raj,

    See through the comments where the boarding aspect has been discussed heavily :)
    Best place is to stay with Joshi ji at Kukuchhina. You can go for a room or pick one of the cottages. Joshi Ji’s number is 94113-18540

  • Bibudha 17 July, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Dear Gautam,
    The book of Shri M & your elaborate story of visiting Babaji’s cave inspired me to visit Kukuchina recently. From Bhubaneswar to Delhi to Kathgodam – Ranikhet- Dwarahat & Kukuchina finally. Of course it is a tough trek, but we could make it in May 22 this year. Yogoda society is now constructing pathway up to the cave by putting stones. What a place indeed- calm quite & beautiful nature. Meditation in the cave was very satisfying. The re is no need to get the keys from Smruti Mandir now a days as the Society is keeping it open from Morning to evening. Incidentally a black dog also showed us the way up to Joshi restaurant, when we missed the track. From there we set our journey up to Karnaparayag- Joshimath & Badrinath & finally Kedarnath.

    Please do continue to write about your spiritual experiences .

    God bless you.

  • Gautam 2 December, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I met Yogiraj Amar Jyoti this weekend at Kandwari (Himachal) and it was truly a blissful moment.

  • raju 2 January, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Gautamji, Reading your experience about Babaji’s cave search,your experience took my mind back 10years ago when i was barely outof my deathbed sickness and when i came to India to visit my relatives they were planning to go to Vaishnodevi which I never heard, but I wend along with 130peoles and the view from top of the hill and by Bhairovnatha temple was kind of experience once in life time.When I was going in to that little cave where you can wash your feet from the river water and the minute I went inside I was looking for the picture of mataji, but the minute I stood there the priest told me that these stones are symbol of mataji, there is no picture or statue. And the experience i had which is still hard to explain clearly. Even we went to Shivkhodi to visit the Siva cave which was great experience.They says that,that cave goes to Amarnath but its been close for security reason from that side.I am reading Gujarati book Radha avatar which feels like Audhovji is still around Himalaya because Krishna told him to spend his after life in Himalaya. I am not a strict follower of Babaji but I do believe in Shiva since I was around 6years old.My cousin in LA has library about Paramhansa yogananda and after I finished reading it I got picture of shri Yogananda’s, Lhahiri mahashay and Babaji’s which I got printed in India and I have it in my books. Vow…what a great information you gave us..Thank you.Om namah Shivaya

  • raju 3 January, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Gautamji, reading all your reply ,it seems you are a great follower of Babaji and same time Babaji gave you enough time and courage with “shanti” to reply all questions we have. With my experience in india, traveling alone,is just we have to have inner courage,still we need more guide in mountain area. I am sure you are a great helper who ever is seeking to experience inner peace.To help someone anyway you can seems Babaji’s blessing on you.Keep posting your more experience and pictures,so we feel great inside. I think you are our media even though we can’t experience it but we can see with your eye and namah shivaya.

  • Gautam 4 January, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Shiv Khodi is one of the main caves of Sri Guru Mahavatar Baba. The Pandukholi Cave I have written about is where Lahiri Mahasaya met Sri Guru.

    Very few people know about the significance of Shiv Khodi including me until now despite me being from Kashmir and having spent my childhood summers in Jammu. If you’ve been to Shiv have the master’s blessings.


  • raju 4 January, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Gautamji, Thanks for your reply.We went to Shivkhodi from Katra tarati hotel in 3tour bus where we cross river which was scary seeing too much water with fast flow and on horse with small thin walkway we went all the way to top.From front it looks like little hut and only one person can get through at a time. We had about 10youngesters with us who did great help all the time during our tour and they were helping us to go in.Only few people can stay in at one time because health problem.once those are out then other can go.Other thing there is one spot where u have to walk side way to go ahead.But waiting and going through scary mind it was worth.I have rare lung disease and still I went there which surprise everyone,but for sure Shivji gave me my health back for sure. After that i went to Vdevi for 4 times& wish1more time Mataji please,but i am scare of area.I know Babaji’cave is diff.then this but this was just my experience which i want to share with u.Om namah shivaya

  • raju 4 January, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Hi Raj, This is Raju. I just read your comment. Since you have article about Gauri Shankar peetam.would you please give me some information about it.I have been to Vaishnodevi and Shivkhodi and planning to visit Badrinath. May be you can help me to make my trip more happier.Thank you,,Om namah shivaya

  • Nirav 6 January, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Hi Gautam,

    Where is Shiv Kholi located? Please let me know. Thanks.


  • Gautam 6 January, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Shiv Khodi is in reasi area of Jammu. You will find it on Google Maps.

    Hi Gautam,
    Where is Shiv Kholi located? Please let me know. Thanks.

  • raju 7 January, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Hi everyone,
    To go to Shiv Khodi , first you have to go to Jammu railway station. From there you can get local jeep(sharing)to go to Katara which is base place with lots of hotels for visitors of Vaishnodevi, Shiv khodi and Patnitop. Here you can rent a jeep or tour from hotels will take u to Shiv khodi which is around 80km one way.Make sure you leave early because visitors are not allowed to stay there after around 3pm. I am sure you will fiend it..Om namah shivay

  • raju 8 January, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Hi everyone,
    If any one has information about Gauri Shankar Peetam tirthdham, would you please share with us?..
    Om Namah Shivaya

  • Dev Kar 8 January, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you Gautam for sharing your experiences in the Himalayas. God willing, I will be able to trace these steps to find Babaji’s cave and experience the spiritual vibrations of that cave and the entire region. These experiences are described in Guruji’s book “Living with the Himalayan Masters” by Sri Swami Rama. I would strongly recommend this book in case you have not read it. It talks of Guruji’s own personal experiences growing up in the company of great sages of the Himalayas. If it is His will, I can also retrace Gautam’s trip. I liked your advice “Leave your cold logic behind”. Very true indeed. In the meantime, I am still stuck at this job. Plan to hang up my gloves in a year or two.

    Om Namah Sivaya! (Guruji’s told me that the meaning of the mantra is “Lord Shiva–nothing belongs to me, everything belongs to you!”).

  • Gautam Dhar 8 January, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Dear Dev Kar,
    Wishing you goodluck in your journies! Yes, I have read Swami Ram’s book many times and he has been a constant guide in my journey so far :-)
    May we all be guided and blessed!

    Dev Kar
    Thank you Gautam for sharing your experiences in the Himalayas. God willing, I will be able to trace these steps to find Babaji’s cave and experience the spiritual vibrations of that cave and the entire region. These experiences are described in Guruji’s book “Living with the Himalayan Masters” by Sri Swami Rama. I would strongly recommend this book in case you have not read it. It talks of Guruji’s own personal experiences growing up in the company of great sages of the Himalayas. If it is His will, I can also retrace Gautam’s trip. I liked your advice “Leave your cold logic behind”. Very true indeed. In the meantime, I am still stuck at this job. Plan to hang up my gloves in a year or two.
    Om Namah Sivaya! (Guruji’s told me that the meaning of the mantra is “Lord Shiva–nothing belongs to me, everything belongs to you!”).

  • Gautam 19 February, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    For everyone who knows about Yogiraj Amar Jyoti – I would like to share a video that I made during my visit to Kandwari Village when we had an impromptu Ghazal evening.

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