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Kainchi Dham, Neem Karoli Baba – The Abode of Entrepreneurs

When you have a list of followers that includes names like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Daniel Goleman, you are bound to raise some real quriosity. It is a small ashram now called Kainchi Dham, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram near Nainital, which attracts a long list of people visiting the place where famous Neem Karoli Baba spent ten years of his life. This is the most well known and famous Ashram of Neem Karoli Baba, followed by some of the biggest entrepreneurs in the world.

My Keen Interest To Visit Kainchi Dham, Neem Karoli Baba Ahram

I am also a recent addition to the list of entrepreneurs and this curiosity lead me to visit the ashram in Bhowali near Nainital. This is the summary of my experience and what followed during the journey.

Some experiences can’t be described in words, one of them is my experience with visiting Kainchi Dham the ashram and temple of famous Sri Neem Karoli Baba Marharajji.

 

My Journey Starts for Kainchi Dham, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram

I started my journey from Delhi or Indirapuram which falls into Delhi NCR near the eastern side of Delhi to be precise. We started our journey around 7:10 AM and had to face a little bit of traffic while crossing NH24. We were travelling on a Friday morning and we were quite upbeat about our travel to the Kainchi Dham, Neem Karoli Baba ashram.

Flat Tyres a small hiccup during our journey to Kainchi Dham
Flat Tyres a small hiccup during our journey to Kainchi Dham

We had a stop at around 8:30 AM after Hapur for some real dhaba tea. I noticed my car tyres were running low on air and it came out to be flat tyre. Fortunately the dhaba itself had an adjoining workshop for flat tyres and we were good to go in no time.

Secluded spot near dhaba

We just also found a secluded spot adjacent to the dhaba where we really enjoyed our tea and went ahead with the journey.

Our First Major Stop For Breakfast

Dhaba on our way to Neem Karoli Baba Kainchi Dham
Dhaba on our way to Neem Karoli Baba Kainchi Dham

I love the food and taste of Dhabas all across Indian highways. I would highly recommend if you are into travelling a lot and are not experiencing eating at dhaba you should consider adding it to your list of must stop destinations. Dhaba hunting is a serious business I must tell you!

Just have a look at local Chhach or Butter Milk served to us. The curd mixed with spices is a real treat during summers.

Masala Chhach at the dhaba
Masala Chhach at the dhaba

Our stay on Bhowali Sattal Road Near Kainchi Dham, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram

We had booked our stay for 3 nights at Bhowali Sattal Road, it was one of the best places to stay while travelling to Kainchi Dham Ashram, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram. The distance from our hotel to Kainchi Dham Ashram was around 8 KMs.

Drive to Kainchi Dham is really great and not too long
Drive to Kainchi Dham is really great and not too long

For those willing to know the route we took. We travelled through Hapur, Muradabad, Bajpur, Kala Dongi, Kathgodam and Bhimtal. Those travelling by train can book the train from Delhi to Kathgodam and Kainchi Dham Ashram through taxi which is approximately 31 KMs from Kathgodam Railway Station.

Nearest Major international airport is in New Delhi.

The Stay Was Wonderful And Reasonably Priced

Our Hotel Near Kainchi Dham Baba Neem Karoli Ashram
Our Hotel Near Kainchi Dham Baba Neem Karoli Ashram

We were not out for luxury and did not expect one. The resort was very reasonably priced and therefore our expectations were also in line with what we paid. “You get what you pay for” this old saying can nowhere be proved more wrong than on this particular occasion. The resort came out to be well above our expectations and the food was good. There were may other properties around the place which also looked good.

At this time I am not providing you a list of good stays near the location however please watch this space as I would soon come up with a list

Finally the Abode of Entrepreneurs Neem Karoli Baba Ashram Kainchi Dham

The very next day we started at around 8:30 AM and within 30 minutes by travelling through wonderful circular roads and great views of mountains and valleys we were at the place. Ladies and Gentlemen we were at Kainchi Dham Neem Karoli Baba Ashram

Road to Kainchi Dham Neem Karoli Baba
Road to Kainchi Dham Neem Karoli Baba

The road were full of Gambel oak tree. Remember were were travelling in the month of May and this made our the whole landscape more beautiful. The purpulish tint of our journey did add some extra bit of kick into the journey.

About Kainchi Dham, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram

Kainchi Dham Neem Karoli Baba Ashram

Kainchi is a beautiful secluded mountain ashram located in the Kumoan Hills in Uttarakand. This is one the oldest temple of Neem Karoli Baba and was inaugurated in June 1964.

The tolal distance that was showing on our odometer was 314 KM from our place. The precise distance from Delhi is 323 KM.

The place is in its full glory each year, during the famous June 15th bhandara, reportedly, more than one lakh (100,000) people are fed.

Rules mean a lot here and there are poeple to ensure it is followed properly. Furthermore people staying at the ashram are required to participate in morning and evening Arati. While the temples are open to everyone from 7am to 6pm in Winter, the ashram is closed for 4-5 months, because it becomes very cold.

We were of the 7 AM to 6 PM lot and we really could spend ample time at the ashram due to low turnout of people on the day.

Neem Karoli Baba and His Legacy

Kainchi Dham Ashram, Neem Karoli baba
Kainchi Dham Ashram, Neem Karoli baba

Neem Karoli Baba (Hindi: नीम करौली बाबा) or Neeb Karori Baba (Hindi: नीब करौरी बाबा) (1900 c. – September 11, 1973), is also known to his followers as Maharajji. He was a Hindu Guru, mystic and devotee of the Hindu deity Hanuman. He is famous inside and outside India for being the Guru of a number of Americans who travelled to India in the 1960s and 1970s

Some of the most well-known being the spiritual teachers Ram Dass and Bhagavan Das, and the musicians Krishna Das and Jai Uttal, and Trevor Hall (Rampriya Das). His ashrams are in Kainchi Nainital, Vrindavan, Rishikesh, Shimla, Neem Karoli village near Khimasepur in Farrukhabad, Bhumiadhar, Hanuman Gadi, Lucknow, Delhi in India and in Taos, New Mexico, USA.

List Of Disciples That Is Unmatched

His notable devotees and followers include humanitarian Larry Brilliant and his wife Girija, scholar and writer Yvette Rosser, filmmaker John Bush, and Daniel Goleman author of The Varieties of the Meditative Experience and Emotional Intelligence. Baba Hari Dass (Haridas) was not a disciple, however, he supervised several buildings and maintained the ashrams in Nainital area (1954-1968) before heading to the USA to become a spiritual teacher in California in the beginning of 1971.

Mr. Jobs Himself!

Steve Jobs, along with his friend Dan Kottke, traveled to India in April 1974 to study Hinduism and Indian spirituality; they planned also to meet Neem Karoli Baba, but arrived to find the guru had died the previous September. Hollywood actress Julia Roberts was also influenced by Neem Karoli Baba and later converted to Hinduism. A picture of him drew Roberts to Hinduism.

Mr. Facebook Follows Mr. Jobs

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of facebook, influenced by Steve Jobs, visited Neem Karoli Baba’s (Maharajji) ashram in Kainchi in October 2015. Larry Brilliant took Google’s Larry Page and Jeffrey Skoll, co-founder of eBay, on the pilgrimage

About My Experience with Neem Karoli Baba Ashram in Kainchi Dham

We stayed at the Kainchi Dham Ashram for a couple of hours. It was interesting that no cameras or mobile phone pictures were allowed. You can carry the equipment but cannot take a picture. And yes there are people who keep constant watch to find any errands and you will not get away with it so don’t embarrass yourself by trying to take pictures. I am making that recommendation because I saw people exactly doing the same and politely being reminded of the deviation.

The Entry Gate of Kainchi Dham

Entry Gate Kainchi Dham, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram
Entry Gate Kainchi Dham, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram

If you know how to read Hindi you may have noticed the name mentioned as Neeb Karori Maharaj. Infact this is the correct spelling, however he is now more well known as Neem Karoli Baba.

After crossing the above main entry gate you will come across a small foot bridge which is over a small very clear water channel and we could easily spot some fishes there in the water at a height of 40 feet above from the bridge! Pic below

Clear Water Channel Kainchi Dham
Clear Water Channel Kainchi Dham

You can see the foot bridge leading to the main gate of the temple below in the picture

Bridge crossing Kainchi Dham
Bridge crossing Kainchi Dham

And yes a word of caution for these little monkeys. Where else to find them than a Hanuman Mandir. There are plenty of them and yes they can snatch food items from you so better keep yourself clean of anything which may look like food to them. One of the little monkeys pic below even jumped on my 5 year old daughter. Thankfully she screamed wild monkey and that was all to it. We had to check her thoroughly though for any scratches, it however came out as a naughty push to little one from another little one.

Monkeys at Kainchi Ashram Nainital
Monkeys at Kainchi Ashram Nainital

The last entry gate leading to the temple. Remember no photography beyond this point.

Entry gate to Neem Karoli Baba ashram in Kainchi Dham
Entry gate to Neem Karoli Baba ashram in Kainchi Dham

Shops near Kainchi Dham
Shops near Kainchi Dham

Inside the temple of Neem Karoli Baba

Just when you enter the gate need to get rid of your shoes or slippers. There is an unmanned rack where you can put all your belongings there.

The first temple on your right is a small temple and proceeding further you will find a right cut from where you will find Hanuman Temple, Baba Neem Karoli Temple. There is also a library where you can find some books about life, spirituality and philosophy on Neem Karoli Baba. We did buy a handful of them in English and Hindi. I am yet to read the book and will share my thoughts when I complete reading the book. Interestingly the book is also available on Amzaon and I am sharing the link for people who may like reading the book.

Mediating at Neem Karoli Baba Kainchi Dham Abode

If companies like Apple, Google and Facebook had some of the ideas conceptualized after their founding members visited the Ashram, why should my small startup company not benefit from it. I am just kidding, the idea was to stay without a thought for 10 minutes dissociating myself from the rest of the world and see the calmness within, at this miraculously peaceful place. The fact that I could do that for 10 minutes at the place was a great achievement for me. It wasn’t easy for me to meditate as my concentration span is too low.

Could It Do Some Magic For My Business

I never went there with a thought that this visit could miraculously transform my business. But I can tell you one thing, when I returned back home there is something that has happened. I just keep thinking about Neem karoli Baba and it feels that decisions are easy now and somebody is looking after my back. How well this would work out for me is something only future can tell.

Final Thoughts

Kainchi Dham Ashram sits nearin Nainital which in itself is a wonderful and scenic hill station. The ashram has some real peaceful charm and I would recommend anyone and everyone reading this post to atleast visit the destination once. I can assure you you will have a wonderful experience. Do comment if you want me to include any additional information in this post and please do share the post if you liked it.

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