The Begnas Lake Resort & Villas

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The Begnas Ayurveda Lake Resort in the Himalayan mountains is located in an oasis of untouched nature, on the shore of the deep blue Begnas Lake. It is said that here, in the foothills of the Himalayas, is where the teachings of Ayurveda were originally received by the ancient sages, long before these healings became popular in the Indian subcontinent. Let the historians debate about the accuracy of this - however, it is a fact, that visitors from around the world have praised this region's climate and ecology, as 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 here is simply breathtaking: from the majestic Himalayan peaks to the north, to the surrounding rice terraces and pristine forest land. Add to this a tranquil lake, and fishermen going out for their early morning catch. On either side of the property lay springs that naturally segregate the resort area from the nearby hills, which are a haven for wildlife and birds.

The family’s vision of the resort at last came into manifestation with its opening in 1999; it later developed 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, and have since joined the team.

Diseases such as rheumatism, arthritis, nervous disorders, muscular weakness, insomnia, high blood pressure and cholesterol issues, 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, psoriasis treatment, stress management, a spine & neck care program, as well as beauty care programs. Most of these programs start at 14 days, but can be extended up to 28 days.

Besides these classic treatments, it is also possible to come for shorter stays, especially for those guests who would like to combine a taste of Ayurveda during their trekking tour.

There is always one resident doctor supervising all treatments 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. All medicated oils used are adjusted per individual requirement, by the resident doctor.

For those guests who are here for specific Ayurveda treatment, the center provides "a la carte" meals from a special menu, using 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 habits 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 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”. Kabindra Rajthala is the Yogacharya for the afternoon classes. A scholar of naturopathy and Yoga, he has studied extensive Hatha Yoga and Reiki at the Nature Cure Foundation, holding 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, located in a deeply quiet area of the resort, ensuring a 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 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

Surrounded by the magical and ever icy-white mountain tops of the Himalaya, the resort lies amidst untouched forests on 20 hectars of land. The lake itself is famous for its crystal clear water and a diversity of rare fish species.

Only 12km away from Pokhara, but almost 200km to the nearest international airport in Kathmandu, the resort arranges for airport pick up.

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Ayurveda offer
  • Medical treatment
  • Panchakarma (Detox) cure
  • Massages/rejuvenation/wellness
Extras
  • Tours
  • Swimming pool
  • Meditation
  • Shop
  • Yoga Asana classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Café
  • Spa/Cosmetics
Services
  • Airport Transfer
  • Internet/WLAN
  • Laundry Service
  • Library
Scenery
  • Mountains
Food
  • Western
  • Asian
  • Indian
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Individual diet
Accommodation
  • Single
  • Double
  • Shared
Price category
  • Moderate
What we love
  • 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.
What to know
  • 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 trek - the closest international airport is almost 200 km away
  • The design of the buildings is a form of tribal Gurung style architecture.
Why go
  • 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).
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