Mauni Baba Cave and Ashram Rishikesh

Mauni Baba Cave, also known as a Living Gufa, in Rishikesh, has a fascinating history and culture related to Kriya Yoga and the disciples of Mahavatar Babaji. Located in the vicinity of Rajaji National Park, the cave is nestled beside the Himalayan streams. When exploring the trails of the park from Ramjhula Bridge to Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, the cave can be found 5 km away from the Beatles Ashram on the way.

Mouni Baba is the location where Sir M and his guru Maheshwarnath Ji resided near Rishikesh, in the Neelkanth Parvat area. Sri Maheshwarnath Babaji was believed to be a follower of Mahavatar Babaji.

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Mauni Baba Ashram

The cave, formed by nature, is enveloped by Himalayan trees and renowned for bird-watching. In the winter, over 300 species of Himalayan birds migrate to the park near the cave’s vicinity.

The cave is dedicated to a highly enlightened monk, commonly referred to as Mauni Baba or Mouni Baba, who has passed away. Mouni translates to “silence” and Baba refers to “Sadhu.” These ascetics practice silence throughout their lives as a means to spiritual enlightenment

A Living Cave

The two Sadhus reside in the Ashram near the cave. The primary Sadhu, Jatadhari Baba, is a Himalayan ascetic who practices severe austerity and remains detached from the mainstream. Jatadhari Baba follows Shaivism, a sect of Shiva, and has long hair that extends up to his feet. The other resident is a disciple of Babaji who takes care of the Ashram.

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A doorway to get in the cave

Features of the Gufa

The cave is a unique dome-shaped structure constructed from large rocks and situated on the banks of a stream that flows through the Himalayan Mountains. It is also surrounded by tall trees. To enter the cave, visitors have to bend at a 90-degree angle through a small door. Once inside, there is only a limited space available, with a fire altar for performing rituals and rites (Yajana). Due to its small size, only seven to eight people can fit inside at once.

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meditation with Mauni Baba
Meditation with Mauni Baba


The cave is located in a picturesque and pristine environment, making it an ideal destination for birdwatching. You might have the chance to see some exotic Himalayan birds that you wouldn’t be able to see anywhere else. The cave attracts many people specifically for birdwatching, so it is a fantastic place for birdwatchers to go.


The 5 km hiking trail from Beatles Ashram is an easy grade and not moderate, making it an exciting & nature-filled experience for amateurs. Rishikesh hiking through the park roads in the midst of lofty tall trees gives a fresh & cool environment around. Mauni Baba has another route that leads to Neelkanth Mahadev & Bhootnath Gufa – both of which are highly recommended for those interested in an incredibly fulfilling hiking experience.

How To Reach  Mauni Baba Gufa

Ashram Place can be reached in two ways. The first is by crossing the Ram Jhula Bridge behind the Beatles Ashram. The second is by transport, but this journey is more than 3 km. After reaching the end of the road, continue walking uphill for about 2 km to reach Ashram Place.


Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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