The Begnas Lake Resort & Villas
The Begnas Ayurveda Lake Resort in the Himalayan mountains is located in an oasis of untouched nature directly at the deep blue Begnas lake. It is said that here, at the foothills of the Himalayas, is where the teachings of Ayurveda had originally been received by the sages in ancient times before these healings became popular in the Indian subcontinent.
Let the historians debate about the accuracy of this - it’s a fact that visitors from around the world have praised the climate and ecology here as a truly healing.
Today’s resort location was discovered by Prem & Purnima Rana during a family trekking holiday in the surrounding hills of Pokhara valley. The scenery of the spot was simply breathtaking: The majestic Himalayan peaks to the north, with rice terraces and pristine forest land all around. Add to this a tranquil lake with fishermen going for their catch early in the mornings. On the two sides of the spot are springs that naturally segregate the property from the nearby hills: a haven for wildlife and birds.
The family’s vision of a resort here came into manifestation with the opening in 1999 with the later development into an Ayurveda center in 2008. A staff of experienced ayurveda doctors and therapists from Kerala were brought here to establish a quality standard. Local therapists and doctors have been given the opportunity to train at the center since and joining the team.
Diseases such as rheumatism, arthritis, nervous disorders, muscular weakness, insomnia, high blood pressure and cholesterol problems, low energy levels, and skin diseases are treated here with great results. The center also provides comprehensive ayurvedic programs such as the typical Panchakarma purification and rejuvenation therapy, body immunization/longevity therapy, body slimming therapy, psoriasis therapy, stress management, spine & neck care program and beauty care programs. Most of these programs start at 14 days, but can be extended up to 28 days.
Alongside these classic treatments, it is also possible to stay for shorter treatments, especially for guests who would like to combine a taste of an ayurveda treatment with their trekking tour.
One resident doctor who supervises all treatments is permanently on site. Other senior doctors come in for certain shifts depending on requirements and season. Finishing consultations are offered in written form and consultation via email after departure is possible as well.
Most of the oils used here are imported from Kerala. Medicated oils are adjusted for individual requirements by the resident doctor.
For ayurveda treatment guests the center provides a la carte meals from a special menu with freshly picked produce from the organic garden. The doctor explicitly instructs the ayurveda chefs on what to avoid for particular guests and what to provide in abundance. Patients are counseled and advised to follow similar eating habit upon their return home.
Regular yoga sessions are conducted by two experienced yoga teachers: one class takes place in the morning and one in the late afternoon. The morning session is conducted by Shri Mitralal, who has studied yoga and meditation at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Hardwar, India, and completed the OSHO Meditation Course. He teaches pranayama and simple yoga stretching exercises. He also leads discussions on the “Art of Living”. The other yogacharya is called Kabindra Rajthala, and is a scholar of naturopathy and yoga. He has studied extensive hatha yoga and reiki from the Nature Cure Foundation and holds a masters degree in both. His yoga sessions are more technical and challenging.
Furthermore, it is possible to book uniquely designed yoga and meditation retreats, which can be booked year-round. Participants get to stay in one of four separate cottages in the even quieter area of the resort ensuring a deeply meditative experience.
The center can arrange for amazing hiking trips into the surrounding hills, as well as escorted village visits, or excursions to Pokhara, Gorkha & Bandipur, mountain biking, paragliding, microlite flying, and fishing.
The Begnan Lake Resort has 28 Deluxe standard rooms, four waterfront cottages, four premier rooms and two luxury suites with large twin beds, double queen sized, or king sized beds. Each room has a grand view of the Begnas Lake. With much love and attention to detail, natural elements such as river rocks, wood and slate have been used as much as possible for all of the buildings.
About the area: Himalaya
Das Begnas Ayurveda Lake Resort is surrounded by the magical and ever icy-white mountain tops of the Himalaya, amidst untouched forests in an 20 ha area of land. The Begnas Lake is famous for its crystal clear water and a diversity of rare fish species live here. Only 12km away from Pokhara, but almost 200km to the nearest international airport of Kathmandu, the resort arranges for airport pick up.
- Ayurveda offer
- Medical treatment
- Panchakarma (Detox) cure
- Swimming pool
- Yoga Asana classes
- Cooking classes
- Airport Transfer
- Laundry Service
- Individual diet
- Price category
- The outdoor swimming pool with natural mountain water to cool off between treatments.
- The homegrown vegetables, herbs, spices, and fruits, all infused with the flavor of these magical surroundings.
- The yoga teachers Shri Mitralal and Kabindra Rajthala.
- The main restaurant and the Himalayan Terrace are open all day long and treatment guests are welcome to come at any time for a snack or a fruit drink.
- Traveling to the resort is a bit of a track - the closest international airport is almost 200 km away
- The design of the buildings is a form of tribal Gurung style architecture.
- Bona fide ayurveda - for those who don’t want to compromise on authenticity.
- For wildlife lovers: sightings of monkeys, deer, jackal and even leopards are not uncommon.
- For the best view of the Himalayas including the mountain Annapurna (meaning goddess of abundance).