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Forget city life for a while and try one or more of the special packages offered at Himalayan International Yoga Academy (HIYA). This facility is set amongst about 30,000 sq. ft. of land in a pristine hilly location south of the city has been designed as per the norms of Vaastu. It has a bungalow named Kailash and four tented camps named Wisdom, Tranquillity, Harmony and Bliss. The organic foods grown within the facility appear in most of the vegetarian diets served in its restaurant.

The Yogic and Naturopathic specialists at the retreat aim to deliver effective kind of treatment and care that can rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. Services include Yoga, Meditation, Spa, Pancha-Karma, Ayurvedic Clinic and other customisable packages. Furthermore, you can take Yoga lessons ranging from a few hours to several weeks or even months so as to learn the secrets of a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Subodh Simkhada, a co-founder and the chief physician of Himalayan International Yoga Academy and Research Centre (HIYA-RC) has more than a decade of professional experience and specialises in Yoga and Naturopathy.

He completed his postgraduate degree (MD) in Complementary Medicines from Open International University for Complementary Medicines, Sri Lanka, in 2002. He has also completed several trainings including Hatha Yoga,  Human Consciousness and Yogic Science, HIV/ AIDS Care and Support through Yoga and other Alternative Therapies, Traditional Thai Reflexology, etc.

He was awarded the Lifelong Yoga Popularity award in the International World Congress of Alternative Medicines held in India in 2001.Presently a member of Complementary Medical Practitioner Association Nepal, he has published several articles and journals in different magazines.

Rajan Simkhada, another co-founder of HIYA-RC, started his career as a Front Desk Attendant at a hotel in Kathmandu in 1994. Driven by his obsession with the natural heritage of his motherland, he joined a reputed trekking agency in 1996 as a tour leader.

In the years that followed he led different trekking and mountaineering groups to all major Himalayan destinations in Nepal and Tibet and a few in India. Till date, he has successfully accomplished over 90 such expeditions with many high profile visitors from Nepal and abroad. In 1997 and 1999, he led groups of geologists and researchers from University of Arizona to Mustang and two more American researchers to Simikot in 2000.

Rajan has a genial personality, perfect planning and management skills, and to top it all, a burning desire to explore Nepal to the fullest detail possible. He has been able to win the hearts of his satisfied clients and has been featured in the Action Asia magazine published in Hong Kong in appreciation of his works.

Caring for Destination

This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.

Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:

Environmental - Waste reduction and management
Social - Supporting education of deprived children

Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:

Your hosts at the academy believe that the key to healthy living is a healthy environment. We believe this cannot be attained with mere advocacy but long sighted efforts from individuals are needed at large.

In order to preserve the natural environment of our facility, we have decided to ban the use of plastic bags, which significantly reduces waste reduction. Further, we are collecting and reusing waste water in their farms where fruits and vegetables are grown organically. Willing participants are encouraged to learn such techniques or share their own. You can even join one of our plantation campaigns during your visit.

The academy is concerned about social welfare, which can only be realised through proper education. To help this cause, we donate 5% of our profits to local non-profit organisations that are educating children from deprived communities in the neighbourhood.