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Osho International Meditation Resort and Guesthouse
Ranked #11 of 535 Speciality Lodging in Pune
Reviewed 7 July 2013

So many mixed reviews that I was not sure what it would be like, IMO it comes down to why you are going there. If you are someone who is looking for some direction then this is the place, there are so many different styles of meditation you will find a few that work very well for you. If you are already into yoga or silent meditation on a serious level then I doubt you will enjoy the place so much. How long you stay is also key, too little time or too much time. Give yourself some days, don't make your mind up so quickly. They run some fantastic courses, very intense courses but I felt worth the money. "Being a woman" was intense, I saw myself in a way I had not allowed myself previously. If you want someone to pat you on your back and say "oh it will all be ok blar blar blar"then this is not the place for you. If you want to be honest with yourself and work at it then you will benefit from the courses and the Ashram. I found the meditations for the heart suit me, a surprise as I was sure I would be in tune with the more energetic ones. I learnt a lot about myself there. I left a day earlier as I felt ready to leave. If the place starts to feel a little insular then it is time to leave. Perhaps some of the negative reviews are due to staying too long or not long enough.
The prices were expected and the system of the card for paying worked well instead of carrying cash. Though you can pay cash in the book shop and the post office. Also the courses are paid for by cash and any therapies you have, as in massages etc. The Indian staff who work there are very pleasant and it is very clean. The guest house was also a nice place to stay, especially if you are taking a course it allows you the freedom of going in and out throughout the day between meditations and courses. Less hassle than going back into the noise of Pune to get to your hotel etc.
Some people commented on it being unfriendly, I get that though will say that when you are doing a course you do leave yourself vulnerable and pretty exposed so you wear the "in silence"badge and I believe it is needed during those times. Also many people are there who are searching for something and are at different stages of looking into themselves. That can at times make the place seem unfriendly. The volunteers also are there to work and heal/learn about themselves so again don't expect much joy from them. Osho was against communes in the end and I do think 3months is perhaps too long for some of the volunteers to be there. There is a distinct sense of clash of personalities and fighting for power between some of them. My experience through sitting in the smoking area and hearing the moaning daily. For that reason I think they are there too long, or some of the volunteers are. They can appear a little too wrapped up in their own world. Perhaps if they had more local Indian staff to deal with questions on the resort or courses that may solve that issue.
I enjoyed the resort, particularly the course "Being a woman", that had a lot to who ran the course as she was hard and honest and pushed us. She was pretty amazing and at times a little scary as there was no fooling her.
Think about why you are really going, be open to the place and what it has to offer. If you don't feel it fits you then you don't need to stay longer there are plenty of other places to go to. Even if you have booked longer at the guest house they will not charge you and for me actually refunded the day I had already paid to leave early. Not many places would do that. I left my robes there, they were for there and I will not be going back, not for any negative reason. For me I got what I hoped and more, I will go somewhere else next time. Also I never heard the noise from the 6am meditation, though it could depend on where abouts your room was. That meditation did not suit me, maybe later on it will, so no Hoo Hoo Hoo's from me!
Finally to add, the coughing etc in the auditorium, seems an extreme measure but honestly people did cough and left , snored etc and it really does break the spell of the moment. I left myself due to a rumbling stomach which in that auditorium sounds like someone playing the drums!

Room Tip: 207 no noise from the auditorium for that room or any along the same side of the building, just in c...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

An architectural and landscaping jewel located in the middle of the posh residential neighborhood know as Koregaon Park. I experience this place as an oasis for body mind and soul. It is not only a wonderful place for winding down and have some time out; by participating in the daily program I have learned a lot about myself and the way I'm ticking -- comes in very helpful sometimes ...

BODY: Excellent national and international food, tennis courts, swimming pool, gym, open air Tai Chi, Yoga and dance classes during the day, a variety of bodywork treatments and workshops and not to forget, the active meditations on offer all day in the marvelous pyramid shaped auditorium.

MIND: Interaction with people of all ages from many different walks of life and nationalities; the Osho Multimedia Gallery with a huge offering of books, CDs, DVDs, and Cybercafe etc.

SOUL: A broad spectrum of creative and therapeutic courses and workshops in their institute they call the Multiversity.
Last but certainly not least the round the clock meditation program spreading from the very active invigorating 'Osho Active Meditations' on one side of the spectrum to the serene Vipassana meditation at the other end.

Room Tip: Rooms at the OSHO Guesthouse are all in first class ZEN style and identical in size and furnishings...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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8  Thank NJS1310
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

Over the last 7 years i have been here at least 10 times.
No definition fits better than meditation resort. Meditation starts 6 o clock in the morning till 10:30 in the night ranging from vipassana to dynamic from silent sitting to kundalini.
It’s a wonderful place to stay and get in balance, food is healthy and tasty, Jacuzzi and swimming pool (together with the small gym and tennis court) help you to feel great.
If you like dancing crazy, there is a dance celebration every morning under the bamboo in the Buddha groove.
The resort pay a lot of attention to design and esthetics and it’s a pleasant place if you like the boutique hotel kind of stuff.
Warning: from 6:30 to 8:30 pm either you stay in your room, go to the “evening meeting” or stay outside This is the only relevant constraints I’ve found in @ “the ashram”.
There is a truly international flavor and a interesting mix of people from all over the world.
If you live an intense biz life, meditating will consistently improve your performance.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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7  Thank furlanetto
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

I am a repeat offender at this place. Lush gardens,great pool,great food and the heart of the place is meditation. A simple half day orientation class gets you up and running.Beautiful A.C, rooms all serviced.This is a large walled garden under a canopy of trees. Oh its a fun place too why be serious while looking for your original face.The design is pure Zen.There is no photography allowed so there is a sense of privacy, plenty of silent leafy glades in the garden to be alone.There are night events where you can dance late into the night, or just sit with a glass of red and watch the show.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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6  Thank RussellGardner
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

I have had so many wonderful experiences here; with seeing people so fresh and new, so many different backgrounds, watching my psychological hang ups and getting deeper into meditation under the guidance of Osho. There are a lot of plush rooms as well as cut rate ones available at the Guest House, and both are exactly what is needed. There was I remember, a 21 day vipassana meditations, where you can stay inside your room and have food you have selected at the door. Hundreds of courses are there in the Multiversity to bridge you to better meditation. The security is very high, so lots of entry checks are there to protect you against anything.
I love the place.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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12  Thank NancyKHarper
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

unlike resorts..this is meditation resort...has its rules and regulations which maybe overwhelming at the beginning but only there to make your journey inwards more peaceful...

check in only if you want to participate in the activities...very basic rooms rooms at very affordable rates...no TV, phone, refrigerator, kettle etc in the room...the bathroom could do with some upgrade especially the shower area...food is served within the resort premises at specific times...minimal use of phones...there are designated smoking areas...no smoking in the room...

you have a coupon system within the resort and all payments are done through this mode...you are encouraged to wear maroon robes when you are within the resort...it brings about a sense of belonging and oneness...

you have your space and you give people their's ...its a place you come to only for yourself...to go deep within yourself...

strongly recommended for all those who are brave enough to drop their personality...cause when you drop your personality you see your individuality...

a definite bucket list item...go explore...

Room Tip: all rooms are the same...and they have only 1 type...try and take one away from the lift...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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10  Thank Manoj A M
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Address: 17 Koregaon Park, Pune 411001, India
Region: India > Maharashtra > Pune District > Pune
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #11 of 535 Speciality Lodging in Pune
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful campus situated in the pleasant residential area of Koregaon Park, Pune, some fifteen minutes by air from Mumbai (formerly Bombay).This lush contemporary 28-acre campus is a tropical oasis where nature and the 21st Century blend seamlessly, both within and without. With its white marble pathways, elegant black buildings, abundant foliage and Olympic-sized swimming pool, it is the perfect setting to take time out for yourself.This is a place where you can simply relax and where you can also enjoy the company of visitors of all ages from over 100 countries. You can choose if you want to do something, or if you just want to rest, swim, meditate — or just to be.You can learn simple Osho Active Meditations, techniques specifically designed for the contemporary over-charged mind and stress-impacted body.You may like to nourish your body-mind-soul with a stunning selection of individual sessions, like bodywork and massage, and longer workshops and courses — all designed to help you become more aware of yourself.Or perhaps experiment by learning new life skills and acquiring tools to take home, that will help you remain relaxed even in the busiest of workaday environments.The key to relaxation is awareness, being a keen observer of all that is going on both inside and around us — this is the inner science, often also called meditation.And while we each walk this walk alone, it is more supportive and more fun to share the process with others, whether during the various daytime activities, or in the evening — trying out a new meditation technique, or enjoying an evening a party, dancing, or the plaza café, watching or participating in live theater events or just going to the movies.Above all this is a unique environment created through the awareness, humor, and celebration that each of us brings to the table. ... more   less 
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