If you stand on any of the hills around Devachan and look down, you will notice a particularly green patch where a low building seems to lie hidden. Here we have built the Global Family Guest House for those looking for a peaceful stay amongst mountains within a unique community built on meditation and service.
We offer clean comfortable accommodation set around the lovely courtyard full of flowers and fruit trees. Rooms with attached or common baths and dormitories are available. When you are staying with us we will serve you three vegetarian meals and evening tea, and you will also have access to daily guided meditation, instruction in yoga, the library with books and videos on Buddhist philosophy, meditation and practice. In addition we have a small grocery store and gift shop as well as the all important connection to the world outside – internet!
Staying at the Global Family Guest House is in fact being a guest of the Devachan Family. Each person is free to choose what would best suite you. Irrespective of what you choose, who you are, Devachan will receive you warmly, and respect you and your choices.
For the experienced spiritual seeker, for the those giving most of their waking hours to observing the mind, emotions and body the way they are, practicing Samatha or Vippassana meditation, Devachan offers a place where your material needs are well cared for, leaving you to follow The Path. It provides the peaceful, spiritual environment so needed for the Practice. It offers meditation cells carved into the rock face under the benevolent protection of the 11 century Tibetan yogi and poet Milerapa And very importantly, Devachan offers wise counsel of experienced teachers should you seek it.
For those that have made a start or wish to make a start, it offers a peaceful, conducive environment which will encourage you to explore the possibility of learning more of yourself, of your mind. It encourages your practice with group worship and guided meditation at dawn, meditation halls situated with beautiful views of the mountains, a library which enables you to understand the techniques and the philosophy of Buddhism. The inspiring presence of young monks, nuns, school going girls and boys as well as elders will provide you with space to freely interact with the amazing traditions of Devachan. Congenial company of fellow guests, to discuss and debate issues of common interest is always a bonus over meals or under the shady trees. As for the more experienced, Devachan offers you the wise counsel of experienced teachers should you seek it.
For travelers looking for a deeper experience, an alternative experience, Devachan offers a peaceful base from which to explore the famous sites of Thikse, Shey, Stok, etc via the paths across villages and mountains, as well as the Gompas, villages and mountains not listed in the guide books!! It offers a place to rest quietly in clean accommodation and green gardens among the mountains; to enjoy alone, or in the lovely company of lively young monks, nuns, school children and delightful elders. And, of course, a chance to venture into spiritual inquiry the Himalayan region has been home to from time immemorial.
The sparklingly clean restaurant sees guests spending long hours in conversation over simple but delicious vegetarian food. The opportunity to sit inside in warm comfort on cold days and in the lush garden gazing over the mountains on warm summer days makes this restaurant in fact a Shangri-La for all guests.
*Please note that tariff is inclusive of simple and hygienic vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea
TESTIMONIALS "Beautiful and peaceful location between desert mountains, green gardens, flowers and birds, children's chanting early in the morning, Master's teachings, time to think about priorities and values in life...peace, peace, peace...all this and much more I have found at Mahabodhi."
Romone, Slovenia I’m so happy to have discovered Mahabodhi. It’s a beautiful oasis of calm and tranquility. Ven. Sangasena was an entertaining and inspiring teacher on the 3 day residential meditation course. Found a perfect way to take a piece of divine Ladakh home with me (in my heart)." Charlotte Winn, New Zealand
"Mahabodhi is an excellent place to escape the hustle and bustle of traveling around India. Great place to wonder around – you can see cheeky young monks playing cricket. The food is tip top and its was a good base for my excursions around Ladakh. I enjoyed coming back. You can be involved in the spiritual side as much or as little as you want, it’s a friendly place!"