Vipassana International Academy
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Lonely Planet review
Heard of vipassana, haven’t you? Now head to Igatpuri to see where (and how) it all happens. Located about 44km south of Nasik, this village is home to the world’s largest vipassana meditation centre, the Vipassana International Academy , which institutionalises this strict form of meditation first taught by Gautama Buddha in the 6th century BC and reintroduced in India by teacher SN Goenka in the 1960s. The centre also serves as the apex body governing the spread of vipassana around the world. Ten-day residential courses (advance bookings compulsory) are held here throughout the year, though authorities warn that it requires rigorous discipline, and dropping out midway isn’t encouraged. Basic accommodation, food and meditation instruction are provided free of charge, but candidates are free to make a donation once they have successfully completed their courses.