Official Website of Dhamma Giri

Dhamma Giri, meaning ‘Hill of Dhamma’, is one of the world’s largest meditation centres and the main centre
of a rapidly growing global Vipassana organization. It is dedicated to the teaching of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

What is Vipassana?

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, an Art of Living.

Vipassana is the process of self-purification by self-observation. One begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. Then, with a sharpened awareness, one proceeds to observe the changing nature of body and mind and experiences the universal truths of impermanence, suffering and egolessness. This truth-realization by direct experience results in mental purification.

The technique is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with any organized religion or sectarianism. It can be freely practiced by anyone without conflict due to race, community or religion, and will prove equally beneficial to one and all. You can find out more about the technique by visiting What is Vipassana?.

The following Video Discourse by S. N. Goenka (about 19 minutes) provides a short explanation of the technique of Vipassana meditation:

Vipassana Courses

To learn Vipassana meditation one needs to develop one's own experience during a residential ten day course. Courses are held throughout the year at Dhamma Giri. Courses are also held in various locations throughout India and many countries around the world.

To understand the prerequisites for course attendance and to apply for a course in at Dhamma Giri please consult the Course Information Page and the associated instructions.

According to the tradition of pure Vipassana, courses are run solely on a donation basis. Donations are accepted only from those who have completed at least one ten-day course with S.N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers. Someone taking the course for the first time may give a donation for future courses on the last day of the course or any time thereafter.

Centre Location

Dhamma Giri is situated in the town of Igatpuri which is 45 km away from Nashik and 136 km away from Mumbai, on Mumbai-Agra Highway. It is well connected by central railway line. Geographically it is situated 20 N latitude and 74 E Longitude and altitude of 599 m above mean sea level. For more information on Dhamma Giri visit The Centre Page.

Attending a Course?

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Register Online

Unless otherwise specified online registration is available for all courses. Please follow the steps below:

Register via Fax or Mail

You can also register for a course via fax or mail. To contact the Registration office, please send an email to or call at 91-2553-244076, 244086, 243712, 243238. Fax: 91-2553-244176.


  • One form per course
    You must submit a separate form for each course for which you apply.
  • One form per person
    Each individual must submit their own application (i.e. one form per person).

  • Changing courses
    If, after submitting a course application, you wish to change your original course date for a different one (at another time), it would be helpful if you would submit a new application. This will save the registrar time and avoid possible confusion in the system.


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Please find below the information for those who have been accepted for a meditation course at Dhamma Giri.

If you have any further questions regarding the courses, please do not hesitate to contact the Registration office at or call at 91-2553-244076, 244086, 243712, 243238. Fax: 91-2553-244176.


Confirm Registration

May be, you will appreciate, that the courses are going full and normally we have a waiting list at Dhamma Giri being the main Vipassana Centre. Hence we sincerely wish that you attend the course. In case, for some reason, you are unable to attend please inform us at any time even within seven days prior to the course by phone, email, or fax (stating your confirmation no.), so that we can accommodate another student.

Code of Discipline

If you have not already done so, please read the Code of Discipline.

This document contains important information about the content, structure, and rules of the course. By submitting your application, you have agreed to follow the "CODE OF DISCIPLINE" during this course.



Tights or leggings should be worn only under a knee-length top or shirt. Please read the CODE OF DISCIPLINE carefully and note the rules regarding clothing.

Please anticipate your individual needs in this environment. The rooms and the meditation hall are not climate-controlled. Many people like a sweater, shawl or light blanket in the meditation hall. As shoes are not worn in the meditation hall, dining hall or residential quarters, it is advisable to bring shoes that are easy to slip on and off.

Bring sufficient clothing for the duration of your stay. Laundry facilities are available at a cheaper rate.



Bring all items necessary for personal hygiene such as:

  • Towel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Bath soap
  • Shampoo / conditioner
  • Shaving/Sanitary supplies



A single bed with a mattress is provided. Please bring bed sheets and blanket.

Meditation Cushions

A cotton meditation cushion is provided. Please request a chair if you need one on the first day of the course after your arrival.

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Please do not bring unnecessary valuables or jewelry. Also, please do not bring food items, books, radios, computers, tape players, writing materials, journals, or religious objects.

All cell phones, palm pilots, pagers and other communication devices will need to be checked in with the management on the first day. Checked items will be returned when the course is over.

It is advisable to bring a watch and/or a non-ticking alarm clock. You may want to bring a flashlight and a small umbrella. Bring walking shoes if you want to do any walking exercise during the course.

Arrival and Departure Times

Please arrive between by 2:00 PM on the day the course begins. A light meal and orientation will follow after registration. If your arrival will be delayed past 6:00 PM on the day the course begins please inform registration office. If you have not arrived by 6:00 PM, and we haven't heard from you, we will assume you are not coming, and your seat may be given to another student.

The course will end at approximately 7:00 AM on the last day after breakfast. All new students, as well as returning students taking a full course, are expected to remain until the very end of the course.

Cancellation Instructions

It takes a tremendous amount of planning and expense to organize each of our 10-day residential courses. The courses at Dhamma Giri meditation centre are usually of 550 students and are run strictly on a donation basis. These courses are the only events at the facility; so it is essential to know the exact number of participants for each course.

If for any reason you will not be able to attend, it is essential for you to cancel, even if it is the day of the course. You may cancel by sending an email to, or by calling at 91-2553-244076, 244086, 243712, 243238.


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If you miss a flight or find alternative transportation or are delayed in anyway. Please contact the Registration office at or 91-2553-244076, 244086, 243712, 243238 for all updates about your arrival.

Plan to arrive at the centre no later than 5:00 PM on the day the course starts. The course ends at approximately 7:00 AM on the last day, and is followed by breakfast.

Arrivals by Airplane

Please try to arrive before or around 12:00 noon on the day the course begins. Your departing flight should leave atleast after 1:00 pm on the last day of the course, to allow time to get to the airport. 

Please visit this link for cabs from Mumbai Airport to Igatpuri. These cabs run between Mumbai airport and Nashik but they can drop you at Dhamma Giri on your request.

Arrivals by train

a) Express trains

Igatpuri is one of the stations on central railway route. Please click here for trains to Igatpuri

For  online booking of train tickets please click here

b) Local trains

Please click here for local trains from Mumbai to Kasara and Kasara to Mumbai.

Igatpuri is 18 km from Kasara. Private taxies and buses are available between Kasara and Igatpuri. If you get down at Ram Mandir then Dhamma Giri is at 5 minutes walking distance. 

Three wheeler rickshaws are also available from railway station they charge Rs. 30/- for a rickshaw. Three passengers can sit in one rickshaw i.e. Rs. 10/- per passenger

Driving to the Centre

For driving directions to and maps of the Centre please refer to the The Center Directions.