Igatpuri is home to the Vipassana International Academy (VIA) founded by S N Goenka in 1976. The academy is a centre for Vipassana, which is an ancient technique of meditation taught by the Buddha 2,500 years ago in India. Courses in Vipassana are offered at VIA and it attracts hundreds of visitors from across the country and the world.
ALSO READ Top 9 Yoga centres in India
The VIA is also called as Dhamma Giri and is famous for its 10-day meditation course. Up to 600 people can join the course at a time. Complete silence is required from the participants during the course. The participants are also asked to refrain from communicating with other participants and outside contacts. The academy also offers hostel facilities for the visitors. The accommodation, food and the course is free of any charges.
Photograph Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
BEST TIME TO VISIT IGATPURI
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Igatpuri is as given below. The best time to visit Igatpuri is also specified.