Situated in Nagpur, Maharastra it is easily accessable by flights from Bombay and Delhi (and other cities in India), by rail and also road. If coming from abroad you can book a flight from Bombay or Delhi directly to Nagpur. Nagpur is a beautiful historical city with a nice feeling and wonderful temples and old buildings from the previous century.
Nearest Railways Station: Nagpur (10 minutes drive)
Nearest Airport: Nagpur Airport (25 minutes drive)
Sattvik Excursions around and in Nagpur:
Sevagram - the ashram of Mahatma Gandhi
Vinoda Bhava ashram - just a few km from Gandhi's ashram
Siddhi Vinayak Temple - very ancient and peaceful Ganesh temple
There are many more within an our or two's drive. Gandhi's ashram is highly reccomended. Try the pera (milk sweets) at Vinoda Bhava's ashrama. Also learn to spin khadi at Gandhi's ashrama.
ABOUT THE CLINIC:
Dr. Sunil Joshi is one of the most respected physicians well known in India and also in the west. He has decades of experience with Panchakarma and runs a very well organized and renowned clinic in the heart of Nagpur. He is author of a well known book on Panchakarma. He also is involved for many years in Ayurvedic education.
The clinic is in a nice part of Nagpur called Civil Lines. It is a beautiful and peaceful city area with roaming cows and near to many parks and historical temples for morning walks. The actual road the clinic is set on is quite busy and rooms on the East and North side are subjected to some traffic noise. There is some bird and squirel life audible from time to time which nicely balances the nearly constant traffic noise.
Air quality is average to high due to urban setting. When the diesel generator is running a faint smell of diesel becomes noticible in parts of the building.
The sometimes noticable pollution goes against the very basis of Panchakarma and needs to be addressed. Perhaps more trees can be planted in the front of the property or a air filteration or ionization system with ionizers/rock crystal lamps/cacti can be implemented. In the long term a doctor of the calibre of Dr. Joshi would do well to have a in-nature centre too.
There are no visble cell towers very close to the hospital. There is a Wifi connction which is only used some of the time.
Urban (suburbs of Nagpur)
Vinayak Panchakarma centre get just one nature ranking Banyan out of a possible 5. The quality of the clinic staff, doctor and treatments are very good but the actually setting is urban and on a rather busy road. There is little greenery visible besides the park accross the road. There is no garden in the clinic and very few trees.
Dr. Joshi and his wife are the two resident Vaidyas or Ayurvedic physicians. Both are exceptionally experienced and of the highest renown. Many patients come year after year due to the wonderful clinical skills of the Joshis. Dr. Joshi is also author of Ayurveda and Panchakarma, a very beautiful book introducing Panchakarma.
Full panchakarma protocols are offered all personally supervised by Dr. Joshi himself. Many patients return year after year having experienced his detailed approach and care. Each case is reviewed and treatments are planned accordingly.
Three $ out of a possible 5. Prices are moderate. One week of treatment is presently $550 and accomodation is $20 per day for sharing per person and $30 per day for singles. Patients from the Indian sub-continent who are born there can enquire for the pricing for residents of India which is less.
All meals are prepared by a chef trained personally and supervised by Dr. Joshi's wife (also an Ayurvedic physician). The food is very sattvik (no onion, garlic, chilli, tea etc.) and very delicious. Everything is made to be tridoshic meaning good for all prakrutis. Ingredients are sourced locally and very high quality. Nothing is certified organic but the local vegetables seem to be very good. The wheat is freshly ground and all preparations are made fresh and stricktly according to Ayurvedic principals. No outside food is allowed. Home made Ayurvedic biscuits are served made with jaggery as a snack in the mornings. Tridoshic Panchakarma trea is available 24 hours a day.
FOOD CONSCIOSNESS RANKING:
3 apples out of a possible 5 are offered for the food at Vinayak Panchakarma Centre as the food is prepared very fresh with deep awareness of Ayurvedic principals. The food is light and sattvik and there is no compromise on Ayurvedic principals. Everything is fresh and cooked deliciously. They would get 4 apples if the ingredients, including the wheat, dal and rices were sourced from certified organic suppliers (there are a few major suppliers in Maharastra so supply is relativly simple) and if there was a little more variety in the diet otherwise it is very good and the most sattvik Panchakarma food we have yet seen.
DRINKING WATER QUALITY:
All drinking water is filtered with RO (Reverse-osmosis) systems and completely pure. No dynamisation of drinking water is taking place as of yet.
Rooms are basic but very comforable. Hot water is available always from a wonderful solar heating system. Most rooms are quiete but those nearer High Court road have a bombardment of traffic noise which one tends to get used to but it by no means ideal for healing and rejuvenating. When the power is night the quieter rooms are closer to the generator and there is noise from that side so insulating the generator would be a good. There are desks and phones in all rooms and they are a good size sleeping two.
The hospital comprises of a modern three story building designed with lovely central lighting and neatly and simply furnished and decorated. There is a beautiful presence of Ganesh in the building in allignment with it's name (Maharashtra is renowned for it's very special Ganesh temples)
Vaastu is good. There is a beautiful brahmasthan that brings light down in the centre of the building. The building is facing North with entrances on the East and the North. It seems quite some awareness of Vaastu has been applied into it's design. The good Vaastu compliments the treatments.
WHEELCHAIR AND DISABLED FACILITIES:
There is very thoughtfully an elevator in the 3 story building so patients who have difficulty walking can be easily catered for. The rooms have no special facilities for disabled patients but with assistance bathing and so forth would be not too difficult.
Recycling: None at present
Biofuel in use: None at present
Renweable Energy: Solar hot water system