Dwarahat-Babaji Ashram is a small hamlet, located near Ranikhet in the Kumaon region of the northern state of Uttarakhand. Which is perched at an average elevation of 1500 meter. The mountains make it a very special place with a beautiful view of the Himalaya. Dwarahat is the nearest town to Pandukholi Mountains, where, the holy cave, where Mahavtar Babji taught the Kriya Yoga to Lahiri Mahasaya in 1861. Dwarahat is soaked with the energy of the Mahavtar Babaji, who brought the ancient science of Pranayama into this world and made available to common people through his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya.
The spiritual importance of the great is vividly narrated through the words of Paramhansa Yogananda in his book “ An autobiography of a Yogi “ in the chapter, titled “Materializing a Palace in the Himalayas.”
There is an Ashram is called Yogoda Satsang Sakha, is situated about 1.5 km from Dwarahat hamlet, and the Ashram is environed by beautiful Himalayan pine forest & the lofty peaks of the mountains. While heading to the Ashram, on the right side, there is a Rest House of KMVN. Where Sri Daya Mata, the head of YSS lived from 1995 to 2010.
Babaji’s Cave is the locality where Mahavtar Babaji gave his first teaching on Kriya Yoga to Lahiri Mahasaya. The cave is located on Pandukholi Hill at 1-hour walking distance from the small hamlet of Kukuchina (25 km from Dwarahat).
The trekking path to the cave has been rebuilt and paved to facilities its devotees. The trek up to the Babaji cave employs one hour for the average walking person. During the monsoon season, there are a few water streams sprout along the trek route which fills the Gogash River with plenty of waters that is also described in an Autobiography of a Yogi.