Frequently Asked Questions

Register for IYF 2023!


About the IYF

How can I register for IYF 2023?

Click here to register for IYF 2023!.   Eventbrite is the ONLY way to purchase tickets for Parmarth Niketan’s International Yoga Festival 2023. Our official correspondence is only through

Where is IYF held?

The International Yoga Festival is held at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India. To learn more about Parmarth and how to get there, click here. Please note: IYF’s venue is ONLY at Parmarth Niketan, not at any other locations throughout Rishikesh.

Will I need to show proof of a negative COVID test??

There are currently no COVID protocols in place at the ashram.

What styles of yoga will be taught at IYF?

Every year we have more than 70+ hours of yoga classes, taught by renowned teachers from around the world practicing multiple styles of Yoga including Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Hatha Yoga.  To see the full list of IYF 2023’s presenters, click here.

When will the schedule be released?

While we would love all teachers to be with us for all 7 days, regrettably many can’t. We’re sure you can appreciate that with the large number of teachers, classes and days that we need to coordinate, it isn’t always possible to confirm an exact date when a schedule will be released, however, it will be shortly before the Festival opens. Our website will be updated periodically with confirmed presenters, spiritual leaders and performers. There are great ways to get notified of latest updates on IYF 2023: “Like” our Facebook page, and sign up for our newsletter via our website.

List of presenters and schedule is subject to change at short notice.

Do I need to attend every class?

While we encourage you to participate fully in the Festival, attendance is optional.

What is included with my ticket?

All registration options include meals, hot drinks, classes, lectures and performances. In an effort to keep our waste to a minimum, please bring a reusable water bottle. We have filtered water machines throughout the Ashram at no charge.

How do I become a country ambassador?

The first person to register from each country will become a country ambassador.

Will there be any opportunities for participants to perform?

Yes! We are excited to announce that this year at the International Yoga Festival there will be a special time in which delegates of each country can offer a cultural demonstration of yoga, dance or song to highlight the cultural richness of their country. This is, of course, completely and fully optional and up to the representatives of each country. For those interested in taking part in this, please complete the form on our website with your details and an outline of what you would like to present as well as how many in your group. Our team will contact you regarding this, closer to the Festival. (Guidelines apply.) Click here for more information.


About the Ashram

What are my transport options getting to the event?

The Ashram is a 45 minute taxi ride from Dehradun Airport and 1 hour from Haridwar Junction Station. There are plenty of taxis available at both locations. We have received the following rates from a local taxi firm that has a travel desk in our ashram and the Dehradun Airport–it’s meant to serve as a guide:

Haridwar Junction to Parmarth Niketan (or return) – Rs 1300 – small 4 passenger car/Inova – 2000
Dehradun Airport to Parmarth Niketan (or return) – Rs 1300 – small 4 passenger car/Inova – 2000
Delhi to Parmarth Niketan (or return) – Rs 5500 – small 4 passenger car/Inova – 7000.

For those who wish to go sightseeing during their stay, here are the rates for a local taxi booking:

Parmarth Niketan to Neelkanth Temple (including return) – Rs 2200.
Parmarth Niketan to Kunjapuri Temple (including return) – Rs 2500.
Parmarth Niketan to Vashistha Cave (including return) – Rs 2500.

Need help with transport arrangements?
Please contact Manish Taxi service directly. They have a travel desk at the ashram and are located at arrivals at the Dehardun Airport. Office number: +91 9568318992 Mobile: +91 9719110191, +91 7895577522 Email: (please copy

What is included with my accommodation booking?

Accommodation is provided from 2pm on March 7 until 12pm on March 15. The Ashram will provide you with mattresses, pillows, pillow covers, sheets, blankets, and towels. We also have a laundry service available at a minimum fee. We ask that you bring your personal toiletries and in an effort to keep the environment clean, please be mindful that your products be as environmentally sound as possible.

Can I have a single/private room?

We will try our best to provide single occupancy but may have to offer double occupancy if festival registrations are high. When booking, please note if you wish to share with anyone and we will do our best to accommodate this, however this cannot be guaranteed.

Do the rooms have hot water?

Yes – in all rooms. If your room has a geyser please turn it on 30 minutes before showering and switch off immediately after use. Please help conserve! Other rooms have solar heated water which is instantly available.

Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?

You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat, however, there will be mats available to purchase at the festival and also complimentary mats may be available for use at each class.

Where can I eat & what are the dietary options?

Dining facilities will be set up for all IYF participants. All food is vegetarian. Vegan options will include dal, rice, salads, vegetables and fruits. Please remember that we may host hundreds of guests, and it may not be possible to have everyone like everything that’s offered at the meal times. Please note: In respect for the traditions of the ashram, within the ashram the following food/drink are strictly prohibited: drinking intoxicants, eating egg or other non-vegetarian foods. We also recommend that you refrain from eating onions and garlic.

Are there guidelines on what to wear in an ashram?

Be sensitive and respectful, dress as modestly as possible, especially during the Aarti. In respect to the traditions of our ashram, shoulders and knees should always be covered at all times, including in classes. See-through clothing is not allowed, and tight/revealing clothing is discouraged.

Are there laundry facilities?

Laundry can be dropped off between 7:30-9:30am at the Ganga Block Hospitality Office, and picked up there from 6-8pm. Please note that underwear is not accepted for laundry service.

Where can I receive medical attention?

We have our own clinic with a dispensary onsite called Parmarth Niketan/Swami Shukdevanand Charitable Hospital. Hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm. If you require attention outside these hours, please go to the Help Desk and someone will contact the resident doctor. It is always advisable to carry any regular/prescription medicines that you take in the amounts you will need, instead of trying to find them here.

Are there safety precautions I should take?

While Rishikesh is a safe place in general, it is inadvisable for females to travel alone into deserted areas day or night. It is not safe to venture into the forest before dawn or after dusk as elephants and leopards inhabit this area. If any local tells you they want to do Astro-readings, healings, etc. & say they will come to your room, this is a definite NO. We do not offer these services, so we do not allow this at the Ashram. No unauthorized guests allowed in guest rooms at any time.

How can I meet with Pujya Swamiji for darshan/blessings and/or the havan (fire) ceremony before Aarti?

At our IYF registration & help-desk, there will be sign-up sheets for both these events.


About Registering for IYF

What are the visa requirements?

Please be sure that you have a valid visa for India. Their requirements have changed recently and so be sure to check the Indian Embassy website for your country to ensure that you have the most updated visa information and visa.

What is included with my ticket?

All registrants can access 12+ hours of programming a day for the 7 days of this year’s IYF.

Can I purchase tickets for a specific day?

Our Day Passes give access to 1 specific day of IYF 2023, which includes all classes, workshops, lectures, and performances from Mar 8 – Mar 14, including our Opening & Closing Ceremonies, along with the meals. The number of Day Passes may be impacted dependent on worldwide health conditions.

Are there discounts for group bookings?

Yes! Discounts of 10% off all full week passes are available for groups of 20 or more (the discount is reflected on the prices online).

Are there discounts for Indian Citizens?

Yes! We offer a significantly reduced pass for Indian resident citizens (ID required). For the Indian citizen week pass, accommodations are included.

Can I stay at the ashram before the festival / after the festival?

We are offering selected dates via Eventbrite to be booked in with your festival pass. For reservations before March 7, 2023 or after Mar 15, 2023, please contact our Reservations Team through

Can I change details on my booking?

If you need to make changes to your booking, please email

Can I purchase passes at the door?

We strongly encourage those interested to purchase your passes in advance to avoid delayed entrance and due to the increased popularity of this event. If passes are still available, onsite purchases can be made by cash (rupees, dollars or sterling) or credit card.

I have received a higher charge on my card than expected.

International transaction fees may apply. Please check with your banking institution.

I am getting an error when inputting my card details.

Some credit cards/banks won’t allow transactions in a different currency. Many times this is an effort for the banking institution to prevent fraud, or simply because it costs a lot to do it. Please check with your bank to be sure you’re able to make international transactions with your card.


How can I donate to the ashram?

You can make an additional donation to the Ashram when booking your IYF pass. If you wish to make donations when at the Ashram, please only do so at the Main Reception desk. Also, make sure to receive your receipt (even if you don’t require it). Please do not tip anyone, as this is against the Ashram Policy.

Where can I give feedback for future International Yoga Festivals?

We will be giving out Feedback Forms following the festival. Please keep your mind open to improvement, and fill them in.

Refund Policy

– No refunds are possible for cash, cheque, bank transfers or money orders.
– Refunds can only be granted for online donations by credit card under the following schedule:
– Before January 1, 2023: donations are fully refundable, minus a $75 processing fee per person;
– From January 1, 2023: 50% of full donation, per person, is refundable.
– From February 8, 2023: NO refunds are possible.
– You can also transfer your ticket to another person, at no charge, before February 8, 2023. Ticket transfers are not possible after this date.

Transfer requests should be made in writing by the original purchaser to with full details of the person who the ticket is being transferred to.

Terms and Conditions

– All fees are per person / per registration.
– We cannot modify / discount residential packages for partial stay or participation for any reason.
– Accommodation and meals before and after the festival are additional.
– There is no guarantee of room type / preference at any point, however we will do our best to accommodate all requests.
– By purchasing your IYF ticket and collecting your wristband from our Registration Desk, you accept the following Terms & Conditions:
– Parmarth Niketan and it’s representatives shall be not held liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may be occasioned for any reason by guests attending IYF, including but not limited to: death, personal injury, illness, delay or cancellation of scheduled performances and loss of or damage to personal property.
– Your wristband must be worn to gain entry & re-entry to venues and performances. Any wristbands removed or damaged will be consider null and void and will not be replaced. Parmarth Niketan has the right to prohibit anyone without a wristband from gaining access to any of the festival venues.
– All participants grant the International Yoga Festival & Parmarth Niketan the rights to utilise the participant’s image, likeness, actions and statements in any live or recorded audio, video, film, or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction made of, or at, the Event in any medium or context for any purpose, including commercial or promotional purposes, without further authorisation or compensation.