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Experience the positive energies of  Isha Dhyanalinga Temple, Linga Bhairavi Temple, and the Soorya / Chandra Theerthakund. This package includes transport cost to/from Isha yoga center, breakfast, sports, library, traditional games, nature walk, cycling trails, Yoga Classes , In-room barbeque, mountain view pool cottages or garden view cottage.

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They provide free yoga classes in weekly basis. Also conduct the paid class in bangalore branch. They provide programs like   paths of yoga, kriya energy & free yoga classes everyday . 

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Also we offer Car Rental service from Coimbatore Airport to Isha Yoga Center . we can arrange car, taxi service to isha center from Bangalore, Chennai and Puducherry (Pondicherry).

You can shop yoga clothes, rudraksha, copper bottle, body care, food, health, décor, spiritual books in Isha Shoppe. Online Shopping also available. We offer budget Isha Tour package also. F ull time volunteers are there to help you at at anytime. 

Isha Yoga Center Opening Hours: 6AM – 8PM

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How To Reach Isha Yoga Center Coimbatore

You Can Reach Coimbatore by Road, Train & Air. Bangalore To Coimbatore Isha Yoga distance – 364.7 km. From Chennai To Isha Yoga Coimbatore distance – 505.9 km,  Its in the boundary of Velliangiri mountains, T amil Nadu.

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Note : The Child below 5 yrs will be considered as complimentary. Not valid during festivals and long weekend for packages. T & C apply.

  • Group-size 1 to many (Price may reduce based on strength)
  • Destination Isha Yoga Center - Coimbatore
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360° overview.

* Arrive at Coimbatore Railway station/Airport/Bus.

* Road travel to Resort inside Isha Foundation.

* Check into the allocated room & get refresh.

* Visit Isha Yoga Centre (Opening Hours: 6AM - 8PM).

* Evening return back to Resort.

* Overnight stay at Resort room inside Isha Yoga Center.

* After breakfast go to nature walk

* Visit Poondi Sivan Temple

* Visit Siruvani waterfalls (Worlds 2nd tastiest water)

* Return to resort & check out

* Drop to Railway station or Airport

Isha Yoga Tour Includes

  • Break Fast, Dinner
  • Travel Guide
  • Indian Traditional Resort
  • Native Foods

Isha Yoga Tour Excludes

  • Pickup & Drop to Coimbatore Airport / Railway station

Surya Kund – Isha Yoga Center

Wonderful place  Well maintain They charge rs 20/person  Hygienic

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Isha Foundation – 112 Feet Adiyogi Statue

Great statue located on a peaceful  location  good  place  for  family  outings

Dhyanalinga – Best place for mediation.

isha yoga center is around 40KM from Coimbatore Airport via Siruvani Main Rd and MDR81. The travel will take 1 h 5 min. We offer car rental service at FLAT 10% discount on age above 50 years.

Isha Yoga Center Opening from Morning 6AM to Evening 8PM. Bairavi temple is closed before 6PM based on the pojaa. You can get the info from the help desk in the Sarpa Vasal (Entry to isha foundation)

We can book rooms inside Isha Yoga Center, but need to inform Before 1 month of the journey. And we can tell you availability of Nadi Cottages & Nalanda (Deluxe Accommodation)

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A day trip to Isha Yoga Center Coimbatore (Adiyogi & Dhyanalinga)

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Isha Yoga Center Coimbatore, situated at Vellangiri foothills, almost forty kilometers from the city, is a must-visit place for all, especially, for people with interest in yoga and meditation. Sadhguru founded Isha Yoga Center Coimbatore in the early nineties. However, it gained much popularity in the recent years after the inauguration of the Adiyogi Statue in 2017.

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How to reach Isha Yoga Center Coimbatore?

Coimbatore, situated in the South of India, is well connected via air, rail, and road. From Coimbatore, the fastest way to reach Isha Foundation is by cab. You can book a cab via Ola / Uber or the Red taxi app. It will cost around Rs. 800 to Rs. 1k on one side.

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Isha Foundation in Coimbatore

The most affordable way to travel to Isha foundation Coimbatore is via buses plying from Coimbatore railway station to Isha Center, at regular intervals. From the Gandhipuram bus stop, you can board Bus no. 14D that goes to Isha Center. We waited for the bus for more than an hour but with no luck, took a shared auto with some travelers. We paid Rs. 250/- total for two seats in the auto.

However, while returning in the evening, after watching the awesome laser show, we could get into one of these buses; the ticket was just Rs. 40 per person. Therefore, affordable travel is definitely via a bus.

Bus service to Isha yoga coimbatore

One tip : Avoid starting during lunchtime as while waiting at the bus stop, we learned the bus frequency is low during the afternoon time.

Is there an entry fee to visit Isha Yoga Center Coimbatore?

No, there is no entry to visit Isha Foundation. However, if you wish to stay at the ashram, you need to book your room in advance. I tried booking a week in advance, but it was unavailable. For Isha center Coimbatore  accommodation , you can send an email to [email protected] or call – 0422-2515470 / 71. For more information, visit the website .

Adiyogi – the Source of Yoga

Shiva is the first yogi, who could transcend physical limitations to reach his ultimate potential. Hence, the name Adiyogi came into being. This 112-feet Adiyogi statue represents the 112 ways through which we can transform and attain liberation. The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes Adiyogi as the Largest Bust Structure in the world. It is 150 ft. long, 25 ft. wide, and is made from 500 tons of steel. One glance at it and you will be mesmerized.

Sadhguru’s wisdom has guided me in several phases of life and coming to this center was like a dream come true. The vicinity, the calm vibes, everything puts you at ease with yourself. Going inward is the only way to spiritual enlightenment and what best place than this to start your journey?

Whether or not you are a Sadhguru supporter or a follower of his philosophies, a visit to Isha foundation Coimbatore is a must for all that it has to offer.

112-feet Adiyogi statue

Friendly tip: With the photo and reels fever, many of us lose sight of experiencing the beauty that a place has to offer. Thankfully, beyond one point, gadgets were not allowed. It gave us more time to just soak in the vibe. Nevertheless, you can click as many pictures as possible with the Adiyogi statue. While you enjoy the clicking fest, ensure you also spend some time in meditation at this peaceful place reverberating with high energy.

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Attractions at the Isha Yoga Center Coimbatore

  • 112 Feet Adiyogi
  • Linga Bhairavi – A Devi temple.
  • Theerthakunds – Suryakund and Chandrakund (separate for men and women to bathe).


Before entering the Dhyanalinga, the Isha volunteers brief you about its significance. In addition, they share the technique to meditate in its surrounding. It was surprising to see, even kids sitting quietly within the sphere of Dhyanalinga. For ten minutes, everyone was silent, absorbed in going inward. Even if you have no experience in meditation, this place can empower you to experience a deep state of meditation.  

Adiyogi 3D Laser show

The key highlight of our day trip to Isha Center Coimbatore was the spectacular 3D Laser show in the evening. It started at sharp 7.20 pm and lit up the dark sky with a colorful mélange of lights. The show starts with Sadhguru chanting the Yoga Yoga Yogeshwaraya chant. He goes on with narrating how Adiyogi practiced the yogic sciences and further taught it to humanity via his seven disciples or Saptarishis.

Rarely have I experienced something that had overwhelmed me so much. The Adiyogi Divya Darshan was one-of-a-kind sight. My drive to delve within and learn inner engineering became even stronger. I hope to attend one of the workshops offered at the Isha foundation Coimbatore soon. 

Spectacular Adiyogi Divya Darshanam

The laser show lasts for about twenty minutes but leaves an everlasting impression. A day is sufficient to explore the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore . Plan your visit such that you do not miss the 3D laser show. It is an experience out of this world.

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Getting To The Isha Yoga Center

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The headquarters of the Isha Foundation are located at the Isha Yoga Center, which is outside of Coimbatore in the foothills of Velliangiri. Isha is a sacred place for personal transformation where you can spend time working on yourself. The center welcomes visitors from all over the world because it offers instruction in all four major paths of yoga: kriya (energy), gnana (knowledge), karma (action), and bhakti (devotion).

The Center is committed to promoting personal transformation and establishing a state of wellbeing. The substantial residential complex is home to a vibrant, international community of brahmacharis, full-time volunteers, and guests. For you to adopt healthier lifestyles, pursue greater levels of self-fulfillment, and reach your full potential, the Isha Yoga Center offers a supportive environment.

20 miles (30 kilometers) west of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, is where you’ll find the Isha Yoga Center. The important industrial city of Coimbatore in southern India is well connected by road, rail, and air. From Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, major airlines offer frequent flights to Coimbatore. All of India’s major cities offer train services.

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What metro stop is closest to the Isha Foundation?

2345 meters, or 31 minutes, will get you to Baiyappanahalli Metro Station. 2663 meters, or 34 minutes, separate you from Indiranagar.

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What should I wear when practicing Isha Yoga?

Both men and women should always bring clothing that covers their shoulders, knees, and midriff.

60 days prior to the program, the following foods should be completely avoided:

Eat more kanji (natural foods like porridges like Sanjeevini, Ragi, and Millets) and natural foods like fruits, salad, sprouts, and nuts. Your diet must include at least 50% natural foods. It is best if you only eat natural foods. As much soaked groundnuts (peanuts) and sprouted green gram can be brought in.

Refer to the Samyama confirmation email that you got from Isha for the complete rules.

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What is the best way to get from Coimbatore Railway Station to the Isha Yoga Center?

Around nine in the morning, we board a bus at the Coimbatore railway station. The bus, which originated at Gandhipuram Bus Stand, had the number 14B. This bus operates at a one- to two-hour frequency.

Around nine in the morning, we board a bus at the Coimbatore railway station. The bus, which originated at Gandhipuram Bus Stand, had the number 14B. This bus runs every one to two hours. We only traveled standing up until we arrived at the Isha Foundation, which is why this bus is packed. Running takes about an hour to an hour and ten minutes.

After arriving, we must first leave our luggage, phone, and any other electronic devices at the counter. Once inside, we visited the Dhyanlinga, Suryakund, Chandrakund, and Ling Bhairavi temples.

You must leave the shoes at the inside-located stalls. Anyone who wishes to enter the Dhyanlinga dome must first receive snan in the kund. Only after this is done are you permitted to receive Dhyanlinga darshan. Both men’s and women’s kunds are separate. Males should go to Suryakund, and females should go to Chandrakund. For this, they charge Rs. 20. For using snan, towels are provided. You must first take off all of your clothing before attempting to shave with the aid of a towel. You cannot take SNAP while wearing street clothes.

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Which railroad station is close to the Isha Yoga Center?

Coimbatore Junction The closest railroad station to Coimbatore is Coimbatore Junction, where trains from important cities halt.

The Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore is a division of the Isha Foundation, an international non-profit devoted to fostering human potential and run entirely by volunteers. The center is the perfect place to pursue one’s inner journey because it is situated in one of South India’s most picturesque regions, surrounded by stunning hills, untamed forests, shimmering rivulets, thrilling waterfalls, and abundant wildlife.

The center is dispersed over 150 acres of open, lush land. A person’s physical and spiritual transformation is furthered by the presence of buildings like the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple, Spanda Hall, the Isha Home School, and the Isha Rejuvenation Center.

Location: On the outskirts of Coimbatore, at the foothills of Velliangiri.

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How much is the taxi ride from the Coimbatore airport to the Isha Yoga Center?

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Which metro station is closest to the Isha Foundation?

The Krishnarajendra Market station is the closest metro stop to Isha Yoga Center, Jayanagar in Hombegowda.

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How can I visit the Isha Center?

IYCNo is the text sent to the short code 83000 82000.(For example, IYC 2.5, 13.3, 2014, 2 p.m.) Filling out the information in the link:; dialing 94430 49553 to contact and inform PCC Reception.

You may already be aware that no matter how many programs are running at once or how many Ishas need to be fed, Akshaya (the Ashram Kitchen Department) never misses a meal.

We have recently observed them adapting continuously to extremely high populations of people thanks to the mega programs in the ashram. The accommodation team has found it difficult to find places for those who unexpectedly visit the ashram to stay. In order to make their work easier, we believe it is time for us to provide some assistance.

This means that starting today, anyone planning to visit or stay in the ashram for a while—including ashram volunteers, meditators, program volunteers, and guests—must register at least three days in advance in one of the ways listed below.

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In Isha, how much does a room cost?

Cost: 850 INR per day at Nadhi Cottages. A room can house two people. Included are two meals per day at the bhiksha hall. 2400 INR per day is the cost of the Nalanda Deluxe Cottages.

I recently took a trip to Coimbatore and stayed for four days at the Isha Yoga Center. This article aims to inform readers about inexpensive travel and lodging options.

If you are flying, you can reserve an Uber auto to take you from the Coimbatore airport to the Gandhipuram bus terminal (auto costs: 100–130 INR). Only drop off at the Gandhipuram bus terminal when taking a bus. From the Gandhipuram bus terminal, there are direct buses that run to Isha Center. The cost of the ticket is 40 INR. You could always order a taxi instead. (To book a taxi, call or email the Isha Travel Desk at 0422-2515430; travel [email protected] .)

The bus schedule from Gandhipuram to Isha Center can be found by clicking on the link below. (Copy, then click the browser icon to open.)

Isha Foundation's dress code is as follows:

Isha Foundation’s dress code is as follows:

The appropriate dress for the occasion calls for long shirts that cover the upper arms and thighs, ankle-length pants for men and women (no capris or shorts), and ankle-length skirts. In order to respect the local culture and ensure your comfort, please avoid wearing tight clothing.

Is the Isha Foundation phone-free? .

Is the Isha Foundation phone-free?

Visitors are not permitted to take pictures or articles on the Isha Yoga campus. Visitors must leave their personal belongings, including cell phones, in the cloakroom (note: wallets are permitted).

Two weeks ago, we went to Coimbatore, where we stopped by the Isha Yoga Center. It is a well-known meditation center with a large campus and is about an hour’s drive from Coimbatore city, similar to Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Ashram outside of Bengaluru. Sadguru, who conceptualized and constructed Isha Yoga Center, is the name under which everything in the facility operates.

We noticed the vast areca nut plantations as we got closer.

When we exited the bus, some of us were about to take a photo of the hills next to the Isha Yoga center. Volunteers, however, appeared out of nowhere and warned us against taking any pictures, not even of the hills. (The Veliankani Mountains, reportedly referred to as the South’s Kailash).

What city is close to the Isha Yoga Center?

What city is close to the Isha Yoga Center?

The Velliangiri Hills’ foothills, close to Coimbatore, are where you’ll find the Isha Yoga Center. This location can be found nearly 30 kilometers away from Coimbatore. The headquarters of the Isha Foundation are located at the Isha Yoga Center, which is outside of Coimbatore in the foothills of Velliangiri.

The Isha Yoga Center, also referred to as Dhyana Linga occasionally, is located 396 kilometers from Bangalore. Near Coimbatore, in the foothills of the Velliangiri hills, is where you’ll find the Isha Yoga Center. This location is located nearly 30 kilometers from Coimbatore.

The headquarters of the Isha Foundation are located at the Isha Yoga Center, which is outside of Coimbatore in the foothills of Velliangiri. You can devote time to your inner growth at Isha, a sacred place for self-transformation. The center welcomes visitors from all over the world by providing instruction in the four main paths of yoga: kriya (energy), gnana (knowledge), karma (action), and bhakti (devotion).

Isha Yoga Centre is located nearly 400 km away from Bangalore. The standard route from Bangalore is Bangalore—Hosur—Krishnagiri—Dharmapuri—Salem—Coimbatore, followed by Isha Yoga Center. Seven to eight hours are needed to travel the nearly 400 km total distance.

Does Isha allow jeans? .

Does Isha allow jeans?

Dress Code: Appropriate attire includes long shirts that cover the upper arms and thighs, as well as ankle-length pants for both men and women (no capris or shorts). To ensure your comfort and to show respect for the local culture, please stay away from wearing tight clothing.

Isha Foundation train station directions

Isha Foundation train station directions

The nearest railroad station is in Coimbatore. It serves as a significant rail hub and has good connections to the entire nation. There are pre-paid taxi counters at the Gandhipuram railway station. The cost is approximately INR 550, and the trip is about 30 kilometers long.

What is the distance from Coimbatore Railway Station to the Isha Foundation? .

What is the distance from Coimbatore Railway Station to the Isha Foundation?

Isha Yoga Center is an ashram located at the foothills of Vellaiangiri on the outskirts of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, India, at a distance of 32 km from Coimbatore and 16 km from Siruvani Falls. It is the Isha Foundation’s headquarters and one of the best tourist destinations close to Coimbatore.

Twenty years ago, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev founded the Isha Yoga Center, which is run by the Isha Foundation. The ashram, which is situated on a vast expanse of lush land covering 150 acres, is committed to promoting personal growth and establishing a state of wellbeing. A vibrant, multi-national community of Brahmacharis who volunteer their time on a full-time basis lives in the spacious, serene residential complex. As part of Coimbatore tour packages, it offers all four main paths of yoga: kriya (energy), gnana (knowledge), karma (action), and bhakti (devotion). This draws visitors from all over the world.

The center, which is surrounded by dense forests and close to the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, is home to the architecturally unique Spanda Hall and Garden, a 64,000-square-foot meditation hall, and a program facility. The center’s 112-foot-tall bust of the Hindu deity Shiva, known as Adiyogi, is the first thing that visitors notice when they arrive. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the largest bust sculpture ever made. Shiva is regarded as the creator of yoga, so the statue is referred to as Adiyogi, which means “the first yogi.”. The statue’s 112-foot height alludes to the yogic tradition’s mention of 112 different paths one can take to free themselves from the cycle of rebirth and death. The number also symbolizes the body’s 112 energy points.

When would be the ideal time to visit the Isha Foundation? .

When would be the ideal time to visit the Isha Foundation?

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev was responsible for founding it. Tip time is 6 a.m.; tip time is 8 p.m. The schedule times begin at 5:30 a.m. for visitors who are staying at the yoga center and go until 10 p.m. With at least two weeks’ notice, you can reserve a room at the center.

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The Isha Yoga Center situated at the foothills of Velliangiri, on the outskirts of Coimbatore, is the headquarters for Isha Foundation. Isha is a sacred space for self-transformation, where you can come dedicate time towards your inner growth. The center offers all four major  paths of yoga  –  kriya  (energy),  gnana  (knowledge),  karma  (action), and  bhakti  (devotion), drawing people from all over the world.

The Center is dedicated to fostering  inner transformation  and creating an established state of wellbeing in individuals. The large residential facility houses an active international community of brahmacharis, full-time  volunteers and visitors. Isha Yoga Center provides a supportive environment for you to shift to healthier lifestyles, seek a higher level of self-fulfillment and realize your full potential.

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The Isha Yoga Center is situated 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Coimbatore, a major industrial city in southern India, is well connected by air, rail and road. Major airlines operate regular flights to Coimbatore from Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Train services are available from all major cities in India.

There are direct buses between Coimbatore and the Isha Yoga Center ( view the timetable ).

Taxis can be booked from the airport as well as the railway station. Alternatively, you can contact the Yoga Center’s travel desk to book a taxi to the center.

The desk is open 24 hours a day.

Adiyogi and Dhyanalinga premises are open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Exuding a serene ambience, the accommodation at the Isha Yoga Center welcomes you into a relaxing space that blends rich, earth-tone hues within a simple yet elegant setting. A distinctive interior design and Isha's own furniture line underscore the rustic and cozy feel of the guest units, all while offering world-class facilities.

Accommodations at the center are available by prior booking only. Please contact  [email protected]  or Phone: 0422 - 2515470/71 ( 9am - 9pm ) to make booking.

The Nadi Cottages have various options which can accommodate between one and three people and each is fully furnished with an attached bathroom.

The Nalanda Conference Center offers deluxe accommodation facilities for guests, which include air-conditioned guestrooms and spacious four-room executive suites.

Accommodation is also available for those who have undergone an Isha Yoga program and wish to volunteer at the center.

Consecrated Space

Sadhguru is the author and designer of several unique buildings and consecrated spaces at the Isha Yoga Center, which have gained wide attention for their combination of intense sacred power with strikingly innovative eco-friendly aesthetics.

"Just sitting silently for a few minutes within the sphere of Dhyanalinga is enough to make even those unaware of meditation experience a state of deep meditativeness." – Sadhguru

"Adiyogi is here to liberate you from disease, discomfort, and poverty – above all, from the very process of life and death." – Sadhguru

"Those who earn the Grace of Bhairavi neither have to live in concern or fear of life or death, of poverty, or of failure. All that human beings consider as wellbeing will be theirs, if only they earn the Grace of Bhairavi." – Sadhguru

"Essentially, Suryakund and Chandrakund are energy pools that melt away karmic blocks, and that allow you to experience Dhyanalinga." – Sadhguru

"The Adiyogi Alayam is specially consecrated to allow one to experience Hatha Yoga and other yogic practices in their full depth and dimension." – Sadhguru

"As you go into higher levels of meditation, you come to a state of Spanda – intense, unmanifest energy – before you literally recreate yourself." – Sadhguru

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8 march 2024, mahashivratri is one of the largest and most significant among the sacred festival nights of india. this – the darkest night of the year – celebrates the grace of shiva, who is considered the adi guru or the first guru, from whom the yogic tradition originates., be a volunteer.

Isha Yoga Center provides numerous and varied volunteering opportunities of both short-term and long-term duration.

Isha Yoga Center is a powerful and dynamic space that constantly pushes us forward, beyond the boundaries we have set for ourselves.

Overseas Visitors (For Non-Indian Passport Holders / NRIs)

Planning your visit to the ashram?

First step is to register and create a visit request on  Overseas Online Portal

Make sure to have your recent passport size photo, passport and visa (if obtained) handy when registering.

To help you plan your visit, check out our  Visitor's Guide  which includes information on:

What to Pack,

Travel Tips,

A Day at Isha Yoga Center,

FAQs, and more!

 We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Contact Information:

Velliangiri Foothills, Ishana Vihar Post,

Coimbatore - 641 114, India

Telephone: 83000 83111, 0422 4283111, 0422 3583111

Email:   [email protected]


"The Isha Center is an amazing place to allow yourself to be open to the foundation of peace that is in a life of gratitude and no expectations. The volunteers have dedicated their lives to providing this experience for others. I am extremely grateful for the time and lessons I experience each visit."

I am just amazed how energetic and lively I feel when I visit the space. It has a different energy that has to be experienced. Most beautiful heavenly place. One should at least once visit here in lifetime. Full of grace. Offers yoga tools for human transformation. One of the most authentic yoga schools in world.

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The Divine Trip To Isha Yoga Center Coimbatore

I have been keenly following Sadhguru for 5 to 6 years now and had a passionate longing to visit Isha Yoga Center Coimbatore. The dream came true in June this year with an enthralling experience, especially witnessing the 112 ft Adiyogi spectacle in front of me was the best part of it all. So here is the my divine trip to Isha Yoga center Coimbatore.

As I landed in Coimbatore on 15 th June I saw a board outside the airport with Sadhguru’s world-famous Save Soil campaign culmination date of 21 st June and was even more excited to visit IYC.  I took a cab from there and reached around 90 minutes at the center.

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Arriving at Isha Yoga Center Coimbatore

The entry is through Malai Vasal Gate from where you reach the Adiyogi- the largest bust sculpture in the world.

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Standing amid the foothills of velliangiri with a cool breeze sweeping my face I looked at Adiyogi in complete awe. His ever peaceful face tilted towards the sky, looking towards infinity can dissolve all your worries and stress.

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After spending about half an hour there I left to walk on a well-trodden path towards Dhyanlingam and Surya Kund.

A Dip in Suryakunda

Dhyanlinga is the very magnificent tall Shivalingam consecrated by Sadhguru. Before that is essential to take a dip in the Surya Kund which is a waterbody with a mercury shiv lingam inside the Kund. A dip in it rejuvenated me like never before and I was all ready to meditate in the presence of Dhyanlinga. The stone-laden path, the sculptures, and spiritual vibes along the way will enchant you like the heavens.

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Dhyanalingam and Linga Bhairavi at Isha Yoga Center Coimbatore

As I reached there, I saw the big tall Nandi sitting in front of the Dhyanlingam as in all Shiva temples across the world. I bought flowers and a lamp as an offering and entered inside.

I lighted the lamp I found myself diving into a deep meditative state in just a short while and those 10 minutes was sheer bliss. Stepping outside I was just thoughtless and felt light like a feather. I was directed by the volunteers to take the auspicious darshan of Linga Bhairvi Maa. Her energetic presence attracted me like a magnet. After her Darshan, I felt myself drenched in utmost peace and energy. It was indeed a unique mesmerizing experience to be in such a divine ambience.

Nandi in Isha Yoga center

Post that I visited the Isha Shoppe and bought myself some fragrant incense sticks and an adiyogi statue. It was around 5 in the evening by then and the sky till then had changed into amazing shades and colours. It was time to leave and with a heavy heart I bid goodbye to this amazing abode of Shiva and promising myself to come again. This place felt like a magnet attracting people from all walks of life. All in all it was a divine and enthralling trip to Isha and worth all the time and patience you make to reach there.

Next, I’m looking forward to completing the well-known Inner Engineering Retreat at IYC in order to begin Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya. Lets see when that becomes a reality. I wish at least once every one should pay a visit to this beautiful holy place where Lord shiva seems to himself reside . Not surprisingly Velliangiri Mountains are called Kailasha of the South.

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Yes, But first priority is for participants only as limited accommodation there. You are advise to contact Isha officials in advance for the availability.

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Adiyogi Coimbatore Vlog.  It is a one day trip .

Introduction: Hello everyone! In this vlog, I will be sharing my experience visiting Adiyogi in Coimbatore, India. Adiyogi is a magnificent statue of Lord Shiva, located at the Isha Yoga Center. It's not just any statue, but an embodiment of a powerful spiritual energy. I was fortunate enough to visit this place, and it was truly a breathtaking experience.

Location and Surroundings: The Isha Yoga Center is situated in the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains, and the location is nothing short of picturesque. The surrounding hills and lush greenery provide the perfect backdrop for the Adiyogi statue. The center is spread over 150 acres, and it's a peaceful oasis in the midst of a bustling city.

The Adiyogi Statue: The Adiyogi statue stands tall at 112 feet, making it the largest bust statue in the world. It's a beautiful and intricately crafted statue of Lord Shiva, with a serene expression on his face. The statue is made of steel and weighs over 500 tons. The attention to detail is amazing, with every aspect of the statue being carefully thought out and crafted.

Spiritual Significance: Adiyogi is not just a statue, but a representation of the first yogi who imparted the science of yoga to the world. It's a symbol of spiritual liberation, and the energy that emanates from it is truly divine. Many people come to the Isha Yoga Center to experience this energy and gain spiritual insights.

My Experience: When I first saw the Adiyogi statue, I was struck by its sheer size and beauty. I couldn't take my eyes off it. As I got closer, I could feel the powerful energy emanating from it, and it was an incredibly humbling experience. I spent some time meditating in front of the statue and felt a deep sense of peace and serenity.

Conclusion: Visiting Adiyogi in Coimbatore was a truly unforgettable experience for me. It's a place where one can connect with their inner self and experience spiritual liberation. If you ever get the chance to visit the Isha Yoga Center, I highly recommend it. It's an experience like no other, and one that will stay with you for a lifetime. Thank you for watching!

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Nestled in the foothills of Velliangiri on the outskirts of Coimbatore, this sacred space is dedicated to the four major paths of yoga, namely kriya (energy), gnana (knowledge), karma (action), and bhakti (devotion). It was founded by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

Suggested Duration - 1-2 hours

What To Expect?

Marvel at the Adiyogi Shiva statue (world's largest bust sculpture according to Guiness World Records), offer prayers at Yogeshwar Linga, practice yoga, and be a part of Mahasatsangs, meditation sessions and discourses.

  • Timings are 6 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.
  • For the guests staying at the Yoga centre, the schedule timings are from 5.30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • You can stay at the centre with a prior booking of at least 2 weeks’ time.
  • It is suggested to book your stay for the Mahashivaratri celebrations in February/March at least 6 weeks in advance.
  • The introductory talk for the Inner Engineering program on Wednesdays 6 p.m. is free for all.

Isha Yoga Centre, Coimbatore Overview

Deep within Coimbatore's Tamil Nadu state lies Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev's visionary creation, The Isha Yoga Centre. Located at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains awaits a tranquil oasis with an all-encompassing approach towards yoga, catering for physical health alongside mental and spiritual well-being needs too. 

The goal of this not-for-profit wellness hub is to create a space where inner exploration can foster transformation that leads towards living a joyful balanced life through an array of tools provided by their programs such as the Inner Engineering program whilst offering workshops and guided retreats rooted in principles of self-discovery and meditation.

Best time to Visit Isha Yoga Centre

Coimbatore has a tropical climate characterised by high temperatures during summer and mild winters. If you prefer milder weather, then the best time to visit would be between November and February. During this period temperature averages at around 20°C or 30°C, providing relatively pleasant conditions for visitors. 

However, bear in mind that regardless of seasons, Isha Yoga Center remains open all year round with programs and activities available consistently throughout.

More About Isha Yoga Centre

Isha Yoga Centre offers many options in terms of varying activities such as guided tours, programs, exploring nature or even indulging in the peaceful surroundings at one’s leisure pace while being provided accommodations alongside vegetarian food options that cater to every visitor’s needs. 

With ancient yogic practices blended with modern techniques within a spiritual atmosphere that encourages personal growth, inner transformation and comprehensive well-being, Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore extends its guests a holistic approach towards achieving self-discovery.

Isha Yoga Centre Services

Various services offered at Isha Yoga Centre include:

Inner Engineering Program: The flagship program of this centre, Inner Engineering, is an all-encompassing course combining ancient yogic practices with meditation and powerful breathing techniques. It endows participants with robust tools for managing their bodies, minds and emotions, spawning inner peace and better well-being. 

Hatha Yoga Programs: At this world-renowned centre, you'll have access to various Hatha yoga programmes encompassing classical Hatha yoga practices like Surya Kriya, Angamardana and Yogasanas, created explicitly for improving fitness levels and building flexibility whilst boosting health overall. 

Meditation Programs: Discover various meditation programs, including the much-loved Isha Kriya technique, a simple yet potent guided meditation that can be practised by anyone. Also, check out the centre's specialised meditation practices such as Isha Upa Yoga and Isha Kriya Yoga. 

Retreats and workshops: The workshops and retreats offered here revolve around important topics such as personal growth, self-transformation and well-being. Through these engaging programs that provide guidance towards inner exploration, visitors can unlock deep-seated insights about themselves they might not have otherwise discovered. 

Accommodations & Dining Facilities: While they're here, guests will have access to cosy accommodation options as well as dining facilities offering delectable vegetarian cuisine following yogic principles.

Isha Yoga Centre Aarti

Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore will take you on a spiritual expedition that is unforgettable. The evening Aarti at Dhyanalinga Temple is an ode to divinity through fire and light. 

The consecrated area surrounding Dhyanalinga adds another dimension to this ethereal experience. Gently waving oil lamps glow in unison while sacred hymns are chanted and offerings like flowers and incense sticks create a unique atmosphere. 

Through attending Aarti, one can feel inner peace as flickering flames dance while beautiful fragrances from the burning incense sticks fill the air with a sweet aroma, contributing further to a meditative experience beyond words.

Nearby Tourist Spots

Are you seeking some breathtaking tourist attractions during your upcoming stay at Isha Yoga Centre? Here are some must-visit places:

Velliangiri Mountains: At the foothills of Isha Yoga Centre lies the majestic Velliangiri Mountains, a nature lovers' paradise! These peaks offer unparalleled natural vistas, trekking opportunities galore and profound spiritual significance. You can't miss taking on Sadhguru Trek up to its summit!

Marudamalai Temple: Another popular destination near Isha Yoga Centre is Marudamalai Temple in sublime surroundings atop a hill. This famous Hindu temple honours Lord Murugan and offers visitors panoramic views sure to take their breath away. 

Perur Pateeswarar Temple: About 14 km from the centre lies Perur Pateeswarar Temple , an ancient and essential Hindu temple with a hint of architectural beauty. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and offers a serene spiritual healing experience amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

Kovai Kondattam Amusement Park: Nestled just 19 km from its neighbouring areas lies the vibrant Kovai Kondattam amusement park. Known for its varied recreational offerings like water slides, rides and adventure sports, this location makes for a perfect family day out.

Restaurants and Local Food in Isha Yoga Centre 

Within the Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore, you can find a variety of dining options that offer nourishing vegetarian meals. The centre's main dining facility serves healthy and balanced meals, focusing on yogic principles of food preparation and consumption. To add further convenience for visitors attending events at the Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore or locals looking for new dining experiences, other tantalising restaurant choices are located within reach.

Adyar Ananda Bhavan: Known for its delicious South Indian vegetarian cuisine, Adyar Ananda Bhavan offers a variety of dosas, idlis, and traditional meals.

Hari Bhavan: This restaurant in Coimbatore specialises in authentic Tamil Nadu cuisine, serving mouth-watering vegetarian dishes like sambar, rasam, and biryani.

The French Door: Located near Isha Yoga Centre, The French Door is a popular spot for those craving European delicacies. This establishment boasts a tempting menu of dishes influenced by French cuisine. You can delight in a variety of options such as delectable pastries, savoury sandwiches, and richly brewed coffee.

Malabar Mess: Their impressive selection of dishes includes everything from irresistible seafood creations to aromatic biryanis and timeless Malabar specialities.

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At a distance of 16 km from Siruvani Falls and 32 km from Coimbatore, Isha Yoga Center is an ashram situated at the foothills of Vellaiangiri on the outskirts of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, India. It is the headquarters for the Isha Foundation and among the top places to visit near Coimbatore . Isha Yoga Center was founded by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev two decades ago and is administered by the Isha Foundation. Sprawling over 150 acres of lush land, the ashram is dedicated to fostering inner transformation and creating an established state of wellbeing in individuals. The large tranquil residential complex houses an active international community of Brahmacharis who are full-time volunteers. It offers all four major paths of yoga - kriya (energy), gnana (knowledge), karma (action), and bhakti (devotion), drawing people from all over the world as part of Coimbatore tour packages . Surrounded .....

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At a distance of 36 km from Coimbatore, and 50 km from Palakkad, Siruvani Waterfall is a scenic waterfall situated in the Siruvani Hills of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular waterfalls in Tamilnadu , and among the must-visit places during your Coimbatore trip . Also called Kovai Kutralam Falls, the Siruvani Fall is formed by the Siruvani river. The reservoir at Siruvani was built for Tamil Nadu by the Kerala Government with funds collected by the Tamil Nadu government to meet the drinking water requirements of Coimbatore city. The water of the Dam is famous for its sweetness and it is typically known to be the second sweetest lake water in the world. It is one of the major tourist places in Coimbatore . The visitors are not allowed to see the falls after 5 pm as it is located in the center .....

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At a distance of 15 km from Coimbatore Railway Station, Marudhamalai Temple is a Hindu temple situated atop a hill near Coimbatore. It is one of the prominent places to visit as part of Coimbatore tour packages . Located on a scenic hillock at a height of 600 feet, Marudhamalai Temple is an adobe of Lord Murugan and is considered one of the popular Murugan temples in Tamilnadu . Built by Tamil kings during the 12 century CE, Lord Murugan in this temple is worshipped in the form of Dhandayuthapani. According to Puranas, a Siddha overcome by tiredness, take shelter under the shade of a Marudha tree and pray to God to help him to quench his thirst. Suddenly water sprinted out from the roots of the tree and leaped in joy, the saint worshipped Muruga and this place is called Marudhamalai. It is one of the important Coimbatore places to visit . The .....

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At a distance of 4 km from Coimbatore Junction, the Gass Forest Museum is a government-run natural history museum situated in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Located at Cowley Brown Road, it is one of the popular museums in Tamilnadu, and among the must include places in Coimbatore packages . Gass Forest Museum is located inside the premises of the Forest College Campus, Coimbatore. J. A. Gamble, the conservator of forests for the Madras Presidency, made an aborted attempt to establish a forest museum in the province towards the end of the 19th century. A few years later in 1902, Gamble's successor, Horace Archibald Gass, succeeded in establishing a museum for forestry. During World War-II, the museum was closed to accommodate evacuees from Greece and Malta. After Indian Independence in 1947, the museum came under the administration Government of Tamil Nadu and is currently run by the Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding .....

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At a distance of 3 km from Coimbatore Junction, GD Naidu Car Museum is a vintage car museum located in Anna Salai, Coimbatore. Also known as Gedee Car Museum, it is one of the few vintage car museums in India, and among the top Coimbatore tourist places . Inaugurated on 27th April 2015, the Gedee Car Museum was set up by GD Gopal, the son of GD Naidu, an eminent industrialist and philanthropist of Coimbatore. GD Naidu visited several countries during his lifetime and was fascinated by the workmanship and engineering capabilities of Germany. He started collecting unique cars which had a history of its own and His son GD Gopal continued his father's hobby by not just adding to the collection, but maintaining most of the cars in motorable condition and initiated the setup of the Car Museum. The main objective of the museum is that the students and general public should learn about the technology behind it .....

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At a distance of 2 km from Coimbatore Junction, the VOC Park & Zoo is a zoological garden and amusement park located in Gopalapuram locality of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Also known as V.O. Chidambaranar Park, it is one of the prominent recreational spots as well as tourist places in Combatore . The VOC Zoo & Park was established in the year 1965 in an extent of 7 acres and is named after freedom fighter V O Chidambaram Pillai. Managed by the Coimbatore City Corporation, the park houses around 890 animals including 335 birds, 106 mammals, and 54 reptiles. The park and zoo is a preferred picnic spot for locals who get their kids to have a wonderful time and introduce them to the world of animals. The park has a play area for the kids, an aquarium, and a Jurassic Park where not just children but even adults can have fun. Visitors also have access to a variety of fairs, exhibitions, annual events, .....


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Journey to Inner Peace: A Handbook for the Isha Yoga Center Explorer

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Journey to Inner Peace A Handbook for the Isha Yoga Center Explorer

Located in Coimbatore, the Isha Yoga Center enjoys easy access to various transportation options in the city. There are numerous regular flight options to Coimbatore from different cities like Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. Further, several bus or taxi services offer their services to travel from Coimbatore to the Isha Yoga Center. These services are open 24/7. On the other hand, you can also check the direct flight tickets to Thiruvananthapuram as it will provide multiple options for travel.

Yogeshwar Linga and Saptarishis

Yogeshwar Linga and Saptarishis

Situated close to the Adiyogi is the Yogeshwar Linga, dedicated by Sadhguru and representing five primary chakras in the human body. The Yogeshwar Linga combines flamboyant ecstasy with austere discipline. Adiyogi is now a living being thanks to the Yogeshwar Linga.

The Saptarishi Panel, a beautifully engraved granite relief behind the Linga, features the seven disciples of Shiva– Agastya, Atri, Angiras, Bhrigu, Gautama, Vasishtha, and Kashyapa. Each disciple is shown with a distinct yoga posture and mudra.

Linga Bhairavi

Linga Bhairavi

Linga Bhairavi is the manifestation of the Divine Feminine. Furthermore, Devi stands eight feet tall, representing a unique manifestation of the Mother Goddess.

“Those who earn the Grace of Bhairavi neither have to live in concern nor fear of life or death, poverty, or failure. Consequently, all that human beings consider as well-being will be theirs if only they earn the Grace of Bhairavi.” —Sadhguru

Devi, who was dedicated by Sadhguru via prana pratishtha, has three and a half chakras representing stability, well-being, and health. Devi, who is both fierce and compassionate at the same time, looks after her followers, providing for all their material, physical, and even more vital needs. Various offerings and rituals that assist in every step of life are available here. This will allow devotees to benefit from Devi’s abundant grace. If you want to look for different affordable flight options, visit for cheap flight tickets from Canada to India.

Darshan Timings: (6:30 AM to 1:20 PM) & (4:20 PM to 8:20 PM)



In Sanskrit, “Linga” means form, while “Dhyana” signifies meditation. Additionally, Sadhguru, a Yogi, mystic, and realized master, dedicated the Dhyanalinga after three years of intense prana pratishtha (a life-force consecration procedure). The Dhyanalinga, the first complete form in millennia, is a manifestation of all seven chakras, fully charged and sealed to prevent dissipation. Within its space, intense yet subtle energies allow for the deepest states of peace and silence, revealing the fundamental nature of life. In the metaphysical sense, the Dhyanalinga is a Guru, a massive energy center, and a portal to enlightenment and liberation. Notably, this unique energy form sits under a pillarless 250,000-brick dome structure.

“Just sitting silently for a few minutes within the sphere of Dhyanalinga, indeed, is enough to make even those unaware of meditation experience a state of deep meditativeness,” asserts Sadhguru.

Before entering the Dhyanalinga complex, visitors are greeted by the Sarva Dharma Sthambha, a 17-foot white granite monolith with symbols from nine major religions engraved on its sides as a universal welcome to all. The stone gateway, known as the Thorana, serves as the main entrance. Beyond the Thorana rise three unusually high entrance steps that represent the three gunas or mental qualities: Tamas, Rajas, and Sattva. You can discover the greatest and most recent offers on reasonably priced and cozy international flights if you’re looking for last-minute international flight deals .

Darshan Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM

Adiyogi – The Source of Yoga

Adiyogi – The Source of Yoga

The first Yogi (Adiyogi) imparted the science of yoga to his seven disciples. Furthermore, he meticulously outlined 112 strategies aimed at assisting individuals in overcoming their obstacles. These strategies play a pivotal role in helping individuals realize their full potential. Additionally, Adiyogi offers tools for personal transformation, emphasizing that it is the only way out for human welfare and emancipation—this being his core message.

“Adiyogi is the doorway to ultimate wellbeing and liberation.” —Sadhguru

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Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow: The Best of Moscow!

I just got back from one week in Moscow. And, as you might have already guessed, it was a mind-boggling experience. It was not my first trip to the Russian capital. But I hardly ever got enough time to explore this sprawling city. Visiting places for business rarely leaves enough time for sightseeing. I think that if you’ve got one week in Russia, you can also consider splitting your time between its largest cities (i.e. Saint Petersburg ) to get the most out of your trip. Seven days will let you see the majority of the main sights and go beyond just scratching the surface. In this post, I’m going to share with you my idea of the perfect travel itinerary for one week in Moscow.

Moscow is perhaps both the business and cultural hub of Russia. There is a lot more to see here than just the Kremlin and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Centuries-old churches with onion-shaped domes dotted around the city are in stark contrast with newly completed impressive skyscrapers of Moscow City dominating the skyline. I spent a lot of time thinking about my Moscow itinerary before I left. And this city lived up to all of my expectations.

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Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow

Day 1 – red square and the kremlin.

Metro Station: Okhotny Ryad on Red Line.

No trip to Moscow would be complete without seeing its main attraction. The Red Square is just a stone’s throw away from several metro stations. It is home to some of the most impressive architectural masterpieces in the city. The first thing you’ll probably notice after entering it and passing vendors selling weird fur hats is the fairytale-like looking Saint Basil’s Cathedral. It was built to commemorate one of the major victories of Ivan the Terrible. I once spent 20 minutes gazing at it, trying to find the perfect angle to snap it. It was easier said than done because of the hordes of locals and tourists.

As you continue strolling around Red Square, there’s no way you can miss Gum. It was widely known as the main department store during the Soviet Era. Now this large (yet historic) shopping mall is filled with expensive boutiques, pricey eateries, etc. During my trip to Moscow, I was on a tight budget. So I only took a retro-style stroll in Gum to get a rare glimpse of a place where Soviet leaders used to grocery shop and buy their stuff. In case you want some modern shopping experience, head to the Okhotny Ryad Shopping Center with stores like New Yorker, Zara, and Adidas.

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To continue this Moscow itinerary, next you may want to go inside the Kremlin walls. This is the center of Russian political power and the president’s official residence. If you’re planning to pay Kremlin a visit do your best to visit Ivan the Great Bell Tower as well. Go there as early as possible to avoid crowds and get an incredible bird’s-eye view. There are a couple of museums that are available during designated visiting hours. Make sure to book your ticket online and avoid lines.

Day 2 – Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Tretyakov Gallery, and the Arbat Street

Metro Station: Kropotkinskaya on Red Line

As soon as you start creating a Moscow itinerary for your second day, you’ll discover that there are plenty of metro stations that are much closer to certain sites. Depending on your route, take a closer look at the metro map to pick the closest.

The white marble walls of Christ the Saviour Cathedral are awe-inspiring. As you approach this tallest Orthodox Christian church, you may notice the bronze sculptures, magnificent arches, and cupolas that were created to commemorate Russia’s victory against Napoleon.

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Unfortunately, the current Cathedral is a replica, since original was blown to bits in 1931 by the Soviet government. The new cathedral basically follows the original design, but they have added some new elements such as marble high reliefs.

Home to some precious collection of artworks, in Tretyakov Gallery you can find more than 150,000 of works spanning centuries of artistic endeavor. Originally a privately owned gallery, it now has become one of the largest museums in Russia. The Gallery is often considered essential to visit. But I have encountered a lot of locals who have never been there.

Famous for its souvenirs, musicians, and theaters, Arbat street is among the few in Moscow that were turned into pedestrian zones. Arbat street is usually very busy with tourists and locals alike. My local friend once called it the oldest street in Moscow dating back to 1493. It is a kilometer long walking street filled with fancy gift shops, small cozy restaurants, lots of cute cafes, and street artists. It is closed to any vehicular traffic, so you can easily stroll it with kids.

Day 3 – Moscow River Boat Ride, Poklonnaya Hill Victory Park, the Moscow City

Metro Station: Kievskaya and Park Pobedy on Dark Blue Line / Vystavochnaya on Light Blue Line

Voyaging along the Moscow River is definitely one of the best ways to catch a glimpse of the city and see the attractions from a bit different perspective. Depending on your Moscow itinerary, travel budget and the time of the year, there are various types of boats available. In the summer there is no shortage of boats, and you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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If you find yourself in Moscow during the winter months, I’d recommend going with Radisson boat cruise. These are often more expensive (yet comfy). They offer refreshments like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and, of course, alcoholic drinks. Prices may vary but mostly depend on your food and drink selection. Find their main pier near the opulent Ukraine hotel . The hotel is one of the “Seven Sisters”, so if you’re into the charm of Stalinist architecture don’t miss a chance to stay there.

The area near Poklonnaya Hill has the closest relation to the country’s recent past. The memorial complex was completed in the mid-1990s to commemorate the Victory and WW2 casualties. Also known as the Great Patriotic War Museum, activities here include indoor attractions while the grounds around host an open-air museum with old tanks and other vehicles used on the battlefield.

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The hallmark of the memorial complex and the first thing you see as you exit metro is the statue of Nike mounted to its column. This is a very impressive Obelisk with a statue of Saint George slaying the dragon at its base.

Maybe not as impressive as Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower , the skyscrapers of the Moscow City (otherwise known as Moscow International Business Center) are so drastically different from dull Soviet architecture. With 239 meters and 60 floors, the Empire Tower is the seventh highest building in the business district.

The observation deck occupies 56 floor from where you have some panoramic views of the city. I loved the view in the direction of Moscow State University and Luzhniki stadium as well to the other side with residential quarters. The entrance fee is pricey, but if you’re want to get a bird’s eye view, the skyscraper is one of the best places for doing just that.

Day 4 – VDNKh, Worker and Collective Farm Woman Monument, The Ostankino TV Tower

Metro Station: VDNKh on Orange Line

VDNKh is one of my favorite attractions in Moscow. The weird abbreviation actually stands for Russian vystavka dostizheniy narodnogo khozyaystva (Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy). With more than 200 buildings and 30 pavilions on the grounds, VDNKh serves as an open-air museum. You can easily spend a full day here since the park occupies a very large area.

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First, there are pavilions that used to showcase different cultures the USSR was made of. Additionally, there is a number of shopping pavilions, as well as Moskvarium (an Oceanarium) that features a variety of marine species. VDNKh is a popular venue for events and fairs. There is always something going on, so I’d recommend checking their website if you want to see some particular exhibition.

A stone’s throw away from VDNKh there is a very distinctive 25-meters high monument. Originally built in 1937 for the world fair in Paris, the hulking figures of men and women holding a hammer and a sickle represent the Soviet idea of united workers and farmers. It doesn’t take much time to see the monument, but visiting it gives some idea of the Soviet Union’s grandiose aspirations.

I have a thing for tall buildings. So to continue my travel itinerary for one week in Moscow I decided to climb the fourth highest TV tower in the world. This iconic 540m tower is a fixture of the skyline. You can see it virtually from everywhere in Moscow, and this is where you can get the best panoramic views (yep, even better than Empire skyscraper).

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Parts of the floor are made of tempered glass, so it can be quite scary to exit the elevator. But trust me, as you start observing buildings and cars below, you won’t want to leave. There is only a limited number of tickets per day, so you may want to book online. Insider tip: the first tour is cheaper, you can save up to $10 if go there early.

Day 5 – A Tour To Moscow Manor Houses

Metro Station: Kolomenskoye, Tsaritsyno on Dark Green Line / Kuskovo on Purple Line

I love visiting the manor houses and palaces in Moscow. These opulent buildings were generally built to house Russian aristocratic families and monarchs. Houses tend to be rather grand affairs with impressive architecture. And, depending on the whims of the owners, some form of a landscaped garden.

During the early part of the 20th century though, many of Russia’s aristocratic families (including the family of the last emperor) ended up being killed or moving abroad . Their manor houses were nationalized. Some time later (after the fall of the USSR) these were open to the public. It means that today a great many of Moscow’s finest manor houses and palaces are open for touring.

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There are 20 manor houses scattered throughout the city and more than 25 in the area around. But not all of them easily accessible and exploring them often takes a lot of time. I’d recommend focusing on three most popular estates in Moscow that are some 30-minute metro ride away from Kremlin.

Sandwiched between the Moscow River and the Andropov Avenue, Kolomenskoye is a UNESCO site that became a public park in the 1920’s. Once a former royal estate, now it is one of the most tranquil parks in the city with gorgeous views. The Ascension Church, The White Column, and the grounds are a truly grand place to visit.

You could easily spend a full day here, exploring a traditional Russian village (that is, in fact, a market), picnicking by the river, enjoying the Eastern Orthodox church architecture, hiking the grounds as well as and wandering the park and gardens with wildflower meadows, apple orchards, and birch and maple groves. The estate museum showcases Russian nature at its finest year-round.

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If my travel itinerary for one week in Moscow was a family tree, Tsaritsyno Park would probably be the crazy uncle that no-one talks about. It’s a large park in the south of the city of mind-boggling proportions, unbelievable in so many ways, and yet most travelers have never heard of it.

The palace was supposed to be a summer home for Empress Catherine the Great. But since the construction didn’t meet with her approval the palace was abandoned. Since the early 1990’s the palace, the pond, and the grounds have been undergoing renovations. The entire complex is now looking brighter and more elaborately decorated than at possibly any other time during its history. Like most parks in Moscow, you can visit Tsaritsyno free of charge, but there is a small fee if you want to visit the palace.

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Last, but by no means least on my Moscow itinerary is Kuskovo Park . This is definitely an off-the-beaten-path place. While it is not easily accessible, you will be rewarded with a lack of crowds. This 18th-century summer country house of the Sheremetev family was one of the first summer country estates of the Russian nobility. And when you visit you’ll quickly realize why locals love this park.

Like many other estates, Kuskovo has just been renovated. So there are lovely French formal garden, a grotto, and the Dutch house to explore. Make sure to plan your itinerary well because the estate is some way from a metro station.

Day 6 – Explore the Golden Ring

Creating the Moscow itinerary may keep you busy for days with the seemingly endless amount of things to do. Visiting the so-called Golden Ring is like stepping back in time. Golden Ring is a “theme route” devised by promotion-minded journalist and writer Yuri Bychkov.

Having started in Moscow the route will take you through a number of historical cities. It now includes Suzdal, Vladimir, Kostroma, Yaroslavl and Sergiev Posad. All these awe-inspiring towns have their own smaller kremlins and feature dramatic churches with onion-shaped domes, tranquil residential areas, and other architectural landmarks.

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I only visited two out of eight cities included on the route. It is a no-brainer that Sergiev Posad is the nearest and the easiest city to see on a day trip from Moscow. That being said, you can explore its main attractions in just one day. Located some 70 km north-east of the Russian capital, this tiny and overlooked town is home to Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, UNESCO Site.

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Sergiev Posad is often described as being at the heart of Russian spiritual life. So it is uncommon to see the crowds of Russian pilgrims showing a deep reverence for their religion. If you’re traveling independently and using public transport, you can reach Sergiev Posad by bus (departs from VDNKh) or by suburban commuter train from Yaroslavskaya Railway Station (Bahnhof). It takes about one and a half hours to reach the town.

Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is a great place to get a glimpse of filling and warming Russian lunch, specifically at the “ Gostevaya Izba ” restaurant. Try the duck breast, hearty potato and vegetables, and the awesome Napoleon cake.

Day 7 – Gorky Park, Izmailovo Kremlin, Patriarch’s Ponds

Metro Station: Park Kultury or Oktyabrskaya on Circle Line / Partizanskaya on Dark Blue Line / Pushkinskaya on Dark Green Line

Gorky Park is in the heart of Moscow. It offers many different types of outdoor activities, such as dancing, cycling, skateboarding, walking, jogging, and anything else you can do in a park. Named after Maxim Gorky, this sprawling and lovely park is where locals go on a picnic, relax and enjoy free yoga classes. It’s a popular place to bike around, and there is a Muzeon Art Park not far from here. A dynamic location with a younger vibe. There is also a pier, so you can take a cruise along the river too.

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The Kremlin in Izmailovo is by no means like the one you can find near the Red Square. Originally built for decorative purposes, it now features the Vernissage flea market and a number of frequent fairs, exhibitions, and conferences. Every weekend, there’s a giant flea market in Izmailovo, where dozens of stalls sell Soviet propaganda crap, Russian nesting dolls, vinyl records, jewelry and just about any object you can imagine. Go early in the morning if you want to beat the crowds.

All the Bulgakov’s fans should pay a visit to Patriarch’s Ponds (yup, that is plural). With a lovely small city park and the only one (!) pond in the middle, the location is where the opening scene of Bulgakov’s novel Master and Margarita was set. The novel is centered around a visit by Devil to the atheistic Soviet Union is considered by many critics to be one of the best novels of the 20th century. I spent great two hours strolling the nearby streets and having lunch in the hipster cafe.

Conclusion and Recommendations

To conclude, Moscow is a safe city to visit. I have never had a problem with getting around and most locals are really friendly once they know you’re a foreigner. Moscow has undergone some serious reconstruction over the last few years. So you can expect some places to be completely different. I hope my one week Moscow itinerary was helpful! If you have less time, say 4 days or 5 days, I would cut out day 6 and day 7. You could save the Golden Ring for a separate trip entirely as there’s lots to see!

What are your thoughts on this one week Moscow itinerary? Are you excited about your first time in the city? Let me know in the comments below!


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Ann Snook-Moreau

Moscow looks so beautiful and historic! Thanks for including public transit information for those of us who don’t like to rent cars.

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Yup, that is me 🙂 Rarely rent + stick to the metro = Full wallet!

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Mariella Blago

Looks like you had loads of fun! Well done. Also great value post for travel lovers.

Thanks, Mariella!

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I have always wanted to go to Russia, especially Moscow. These sights look absolutely beautiful to see and there is so much history there!

Agree! Moscow is a thousand-year-old city and there is definitely something for everyone.

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Tara Pittman

Those are amazing buildings. Looks like a place that would be amazing to visit.

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Adriana Lopez

Never been to Moscow or Russia but my family has. Many great spots and a lot of culture. Your itinerary sounds fantastic and covers a lot despite it is only a short period of time.

What was their favourite thing about Russia?

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Gladys Parker

I know very little about Moscow or Russia for the\at matter. I do know I would have to see the Red Square and all of its exquisite architectural masterpieces. Also the CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR. Thanks for shedding some light on visiting Moscow.

Thanks for swinging by! The Red Square is a great starting point, but there way too many places and things to discover aside from it!

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Ruthy @ Percolate Kitchen

You are making me so jealous!! I’ve always wanted to see Russia.

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Moscow is in my bucket list, I don’t know when I can visit there, your post is really useful. As a culture rich place we need to spend at least week.

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Looks like you had a great trip! Thanks for all the great info! I’ve never been in to Russia, but this post makes me wanna go now!

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Wow this is amazing! Moscow is on my bucket list – such an amazing place to visit I can imagine! I can’t wait to go there one day!

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The building on the second picture looks familiar. I keep seeing that on TV.

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Reesa Lewandowski

What beautiful moments! I always wish I had the personality to travel more like this!

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Perfect itinerary for spending a week in Moscow! So many places to visit and it looks like you had a wonderful time. I would love to climb that tower. The views I am sure must have been amazing!

I was lucky enough to see the skyline of Moscow from this TV Tower and it is definitely mind-blowing.

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Chelsea Pearl

Moscow is definitely up there on my travel bucket list. So much history and iconic architecture!

Thumbs up! 🙂

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Blair Villanueva

OMG I dream to visit Moscow someday! Hope the visa processing would be okay (and become more affordable) so I could pursue my dream trip!

Yup, visa processing is the major downside! Agree! Time and the money consuming process…

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EPIC MOSCOW Itinerary! (2024)

Moscow is the heart of Mother Russia. Just the mention of this city conjures images of colorful bulbous pointed domes, crisp temperatures, and a uniquely original spirit!

Moscow has an incredibly turbulent history, a seemingly resilient culture, and a unique enchantment that pulls countless tourists to the city each year! Although the warmer months make exploring Moscow’s attractions more favorable, there’s just something about a fresh snowfall that only enhances the appearance of the city’s iconic sites!

If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or simply wanting to see as much of the city as possible, this Moscow itinerary will help you do just that!

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Here is a quick look at the seasons so you can decide when to visit Moscow!

The summer months (June-August) are a great time to travel to Moscow to take advantage of the enjoyable mild temperatures. This is considered peak travel season. Bear in mind that hotel prices rise along with the temperatures!

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If you’re planning a trip to Moscow during fall (September-November) try to plan for early fall. This way the temperatures will still be pleasant and winter won’t be threatening.

Russian winters (December-February) are not for the faint of heart as Napoleon learned to his peril. Some days the sun will be out for less than an hour, and snow is guaranteed. Although winters are exceptionally cold, this is when you’ll get a true glimpse of the Moscow experience!

The best time to visit Moscow is during spring  (March-May). The temperatures will begin to creep up and the sun begins to shine for significant portions of the day. Hotel rates will also have yet to skyrocket into peak ranges!

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With a Moscow City Pass , you can experience the best of Moscow at the CHEAPEST prices. Discounts, attractions, tickets, and even public transport are all standards in any good city pass – be sure invest now and save them $$$ when you arrive!

Moscow is a large city with many accommodation options to choose from. Staying in a location that fits with your travel plans will only enhance your Moscow itinerary. Here is a brief introduction to a few great areas of the city we recommend checking out!

The best place to stay in Moscow to be close to all the action is Kitay-Gorod. This charming neighborhood will put you within walking distance to Moscow’s famous Red Square, thus cutting down on travel time. This will allow you to see more of the city in a shorter amount of time!

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It’s surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops. If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or just planning a quick weekend in Moscow, then this area is perfect for you!

Another great area to consider is the Zamoskvorechye district. This area of the city offers a blend of new and old Moscow. It has an artsy vibe and there are plenty of fun sites you can explore outside of the main touristy areas of Moscow.

Of course, as in all areas of Moscow, it’s close to public transportation that will quickly connect you with the rest of the city and make your Moscow itinerary super accessible!

Best Airbnb in Moscow – Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Modern and cozy, this apartment is in the heart of Old Moscow. Bordering the Basmanny and Kitay-Gorod districts, this two-bedroom flat is walking distance to the Kremlin and Red Square. Safe, quiet, and comfortable, this is the best Airbnb in Moscow, no question!

Best Budget Hotel in Moscow – Izmailovo Alfa Hotel

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The Izmailovo Alfa Hotel is a very highly rated accommodation that provides all the components necessary for a comfortable trip to Moscow. There is an on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, and an airport shuttle service. The rooms are modern and spacious and are equipped with a TV, heating/air conditioning, minibar, and more!

Best Luxury Hotel in Moscow – Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre

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If you’re touring Moscow in luxury, the Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre is the hotel for you! Elegantly furnished rooms are equipped with a minibar, flat-screen TV,  in-room safes, as well as tea and coffee making facilities! Bathrooms come with bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries. There is also an onsite restaurant, bar, and fitness center.

Best Hostel in Moscow – Godzillas Hostel

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Godzillas Hostel is located in the center of Moscow, just a short walk from all the major tourist attractions and the metro station. Guests will enjoy all the usual hostel perks such as self-catering facilities, 24-hour reception, Free Wi-Fi, and security lockers. This is one of the best hostels in Moscow and its wonderful social atmosphere and will make your vacation in Moscow extra special!

Godzillas Hostel is one of our favourites in Moscow but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

An important aspect of planning any trip is figuring out the transportation situation. You’re probably wondering how you’re going to get to all of your Moscow points of interest right? Luckily, this sprawling city has an excellent network of public transportation that will make traveling a breeze!

The underground metro system is the quickest and most efficient way to travel around Moscow. Most visitors rely exclusively on this super-efficient transportation system, which allows you to get to pretty much anywhere in the city! It’s also a great option if you’re planning a Moscow itinerary during the colder months, as you’ll be sheltered from the snow and freezing temperatures!

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If you prefer above-ground transportation, buses, trams, and trolleybuses, run throughout the city and provide a rather comfortable alternative to the metro.

Moscow’s metro, buses, trams, and trolleybuses are all accessible with a ‘Troika’ card. This card can be topped up with any sum of money at a metro cash desk. The ticket is simple, convenient, and even refundable upon return to a cashier!

No matter which method you choose, you’ll never find yourself without an easy means of getting from point A to point B!

Red Square | Moscow Kremlin | Lenin’s Mausoleum | St. Basil’s Cathedral  | GUM Department Store

Spend the first day of your itinerary taking your own self guided Moscow walking tour around the historic Red Square! This is Moscow’s compact city center and every stop on this list is within easy walking distance to the next! Get ready to see all of the top Moscow landmarks!

Day 1 / Stop 1 – The Red Square

  • Why it’s awesome: The Red Square is the most recognizable area in Moscow, it has mesmerizing architecture and centuries worth of history attached to its name.
  • Cost: Free to walk around, individual attractions in the square have separate fees. 
  • Food nearby: Check out Bar BQ Cafe for friendly service and good food in a great location! The atmosphere is upbeat and they’re open 24/7!

The Red Square is Moscow’s historic fortress and the center of the Russian government. The origins of the square date back to the late 15th century, when Ivan the Great decided to expand the Kremlin to reflect Moscow’s growing power and prestige!

During the 20th century, the square became famous as the site for demonstrations designed to showcase Soviet strength. Visiting the Red Square today, you’ll find it teeming with tourists, who come to witness its magical architecture up close!

The Red Square

The square is the picture postcard of Russian tourism, so make sure to bring your camera when you visit! No matter the season, or the time of day, it’s delightfully photogenic! 

It’s also home to some of Russia’s most distinguishing and important landmarks, which we’ve made sure to include further down in this itinerary. It’s an important center of Russia’s cultural life and one of the top places to visit in Moscow!

In 1990, UNESCO designated Russia’s Red Square as a World Heritage site. Visiting this historic site is a true bucket-list event and essential addition to your itinerary for Moscow!

Day 1 / Stop 2 – The Moscow Kremlin

  • Why it’s awesome: The Moscow Kremlin complex includes several palaces and cathedrals and is surrounded by the Kremlin wall. It also houses the principal museum of Russia (the Kremlin Armory).
  • Cost: USD $15.00
  • Food nearby: Bosco Cafe is a charming place to grat a casual bite to eat. They have excellent coffee and wonderful views of the Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin!

The iconic Moscow Kremlin , also known as the Kremlin museum complex, sits on Borovitsky Hill, rising above the Moscow River. It is a fortified complex in the center of the city, overlooking several iconic buildings in the Red Square!

It’s the best known of the Russian Kremlins – citadels or fortress’ protecting and dominating a city. During the early decades of the Soviet era, the Kremlin was a private enclave where the state’s governing elite lived and worked.

The Kremlin is outlined by an irregularly shaped triangular wall that encloses an area of 68 acres! The existing walls and towers were built from 1485 to 1495. Inside the Kremlin museum complex, there are five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers.

The Armoury Chamber is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex and is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1851. It showcases Russian history and displays many cherished relics. Definitely make sure to check out this museum while you’re here!

The Moscow Kremlin

The churches inside the Moscow Kremlin are the Cathedral of the Dormition, Church of the Archangel, Church of the Annunciation, and the bell tower of Ivan Veliki (a church tower).

The five-domed Cathedral of the Dormition is considered the most famous. It was built from 1475–1479 by an Italian architect and has served as a wedding and coronation place for great princes, tsars, and emperors of Russia. Church services are given in the Kremlin’s numerous cathedrals on a regular basis.

The Grand Kremlin Palace was the former Tsar’s Moscow residence and today it serves as the official workplace of the President of the Russian Federation (Vladimir Putin seems to have bagged that title for life) .

Insider Tip: The Kremlin is closed every Thursday! Make sure to plan this stop on your Moscow itinerary for any other day of the week!

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Lenin’s Mausoleum

  • Why it’s awesome: The mausoleum displays the preserved body of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin .
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Khinkal’naya is a charming Georgian restaurant with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick. It’s a popular place with locals and right next to the Red Square!

Lenin’s Mausoleum, also known as Lenin’s Tomb, is the modernist mausoleum for the revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. It’s located within the Red Square and serves as the resting place for the Soviet leader! His preserved body has been on public display since shortly after his death in 1924.

It’s located just a few steps away from the Kremlin Wall and is one of the most controversial yet popular Moscow attractions!

Admission is free for everyone, you’ll only need to pay if you need to check a bag. Before visitors are allowed to enter the mausoleum, they have to go through a metal detector first. No metal objects, liquids, or large bags are allowed in the mausoleum!

Lenins Mausoleum

Expect a line to enter the building, and while you’re inside the building, you’ll be constantly moving in line with other visitors. This means you won’t be able to spend as long as you’d like viewing the mausoleum, but you’ll still be able to get a good look. Pictures and filming while inside the building are strictly prohibited, and security guards will stop you if they see you breaking this rule.

The mausoleum is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday – unless it’s a public holiday or a day scheduled for maintenance. The hours it’s open for each day are limited, make sure to check online before you visit to make sure you can fit this into your Moscow itinerary for that day!

Insider Tip: The Lenin’s Museum is there for people to pay their respect; remember to keep silent and move along quickly, it’s not intended for people to congregate around. Also, men are not allowed to wear hats and everyone must take their hands out of their pockets when inside the building.

Day 1 / Stop 4 – St. Basil’s Cathedral

  • Why it’s awesome: A dazzling designed cathedral that showcases Russia’s unique architecture. This cathedral is one of the most recognizable symbols of the country!
  • Cost: USD $8.00
  • Food nearby: Moskovskiy Chaynyy Klub is a cozy cafe serving food items and pipping hot tea; it’s the perfect place to go if you’re visiting Moscow during the winter months!

Located in the Red Square, the ornate 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral is probably the building you picture when you think of Moscow’s unique architecture. Its colorful onion-shaped domes tower over the Moscow skyline!

The cathedral was built from 1555-1561 by order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. It was designed with an iconic onion dome facade and enchanting colors that captivate all who see it. Fun fact: If you’re wondering why Russian churches have onion domes, they are popularly believed to symbolize burning candles!

This iconic cathedral has become a symbol of Russia due to its distinguishing architecture and prominent position inside the Red Square. It’s one of the most beautiful, wonderful, and mesmerizing historical cathedrals in the world!

St. Basils Cathedral

The interior of the church surprises most people when they visit. In contrast to the large exterior, the inside is not so much one large area, but rather a collection of smaller areas, with many corridors and small rooms. There are 9 small chapels and one mausoleum grouped around a central tower.

Visiting the inside is like walking through a maze, there are even small signs all around the cathedral tracing where to walk, and pointing you in the right direction! The walls are meticulously decorated and painted with intricate floral designs and religious themes.

The church rarely holds service and is instead a museum open for the public to visit.

Insider Tip: During the summer months the line to go inside the cathedral can get quite long! Make sure to arrive early or reserve your tickets online to guarantee quick access into the cathedral!

Day 1 / Stop 5 – GUM Department Store

  • Why it’s awesome: This is Russia’s most famous shopping mall! It’s designed with elegant and opulent architecture and provides a real sense of nostalgia!
  • Cost: Free to enter
  • Food nearby: Stolovaya 57 is a cafeteria-style restaurant with a variety of inexpensive Russian cuisine menu items including soups, salads, meat dishes, and desserts. It’s also located inside the GUM department store, making it very easily accessible when you’re shopping!

The enormous GUM Department Store is located within the historic Red Square. It has a whimsical enchantment to it that sets it apart from your typical department store.

A massive domed glass ceiling lines the top of the building and fills the interior with natural sunlight. There are live plants and flowers placed throughout the mall that give the shopping complex a lively and cheerful feel! A playful fountain sits in the center, further adding to the malls inviting a sense of wonder and amusement!

The GUM department store opened on December 2, 1893. Today, it includes local and luxury stores, including Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and many more! There are numerous cafes, restaurants, and even a movie theater inside!

GUM Department Store

For a special treat, head into Gastronom 1. This 1950s-style shop sells gourmet food items, like wine, freshly-baked pastries, cheese, Russian chocolate, and of course, vodka! Also, be on the lookout for a bicycle pedaling ice cream truck with an employing selling ice cream!

The ambiance is simply amazing, a trip to this idyllic shopping mall is an absolute must on any Moscow itinerary!

Insider Tip: Make sure to carry some small change on you in case you need to use the restroom, you’ll need to pay 50 rubles – or about USD $0.80 to use the bathroom in GUM.

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Novodevichy Convent | Gorky Park | State Tretyakov Gallery | All-Russian Exhibition Center | Bolshoi Theater

On your 2 day itinerary in Moscow, you’ll have a chance to use the city’s excellent public transportation service! You’ll explore a few more of Moscow’s historic highlight as well as some modern attractions. These sites are a little more spread out, but still very easily accessible thanks to the metro!

Day 2 / Stop 1 – Novodevichy Convent

  • Why it’s awesome: The Novodevichy Convent is rich in imperial Russian history and contains some of Russia’s best examples of classical architecture!
  • Cost: USD $5.00
  • Food nearby: Culinary Shop Karavaevs Brothers is a cozy and simple place to have a quick bite, they also have vegetarian options!

The Novodevichy Convent is the best-known and most popular cloister of Moscow. The convent complex is contained within high walls, and there are many attractions this site is known for! 

The six-pillared five-domed Smolensk Cathedral is the main attraction. It was built to resemble the Kremlin’s Assumption Cathedral and its facade boasts beautiful snowy white walls and a pristine golden onion dome as its centerpiece. It’s the oldest structure in the convent, built from 1524 -1525, and is situated in the center of the complex between the two entrance gates.

There are other churches inside the convent as well, all dating back from many centuries past. The convent is filled with an abundance of 16th and 17th-century religious artworks, including numerous large and extravagant frescos!

Novodevichy Convent

Just outside the convent’s grounds lies the Novodevichy Cemetery. Here, you can visit the graves of famous Russians, including esteemed authors, composers, and politicians. Probably the most intriguing gravestone belongs to Russian politician Nikita Khruschev!

The Novodevichy Convent is located near the Moscow River and offers a peaceful retreat from the busy city. In 2004, it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The convent remains remarkably well-preserved and is an outstanding example of Moscow Baroque architecture! 

Insider Tip: To enter the cathedrals inside the complex, women are advised to cover their heads and shoulders, while men should wear long pants.

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

  • Why it’s awesome: A large amusement area in the heart of the city offering many attractions!
  • Cost: Free! 
  • Food nearby: Check out Mepkato, located inside Gorky Central Park for a casual meal in a cozy setting. There are indoor and outdoor seating options and the restaurant is child-friendly!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure is a large green space in the heart of Moscow. The park opened in 1928, and it stretches along the scenic embankment of the Moskva River. It covers an area of 300-acres and offers a lovely contrast from the compact city center.

You’ll find all sorts of wonderful attractions, from boat rides to bike rentals to tennis courts and ping-pong tables, and much more! there are an open-air cinema and festive events and concerts scheduled in the summer months.  A wide selection of free fitness classes is also offered on a regular basis, including jogging, roller skating, and dancing!

Although many of the options you’ll find here are more suited for outdoor leisure during the summer, you’ll also a selection of winter attractions, including one of Europe’s largest ice rinks for ice-skating!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

If you’re trying to decide what to do in Moscow with kids, the park also offers several venues designed specifically for kids. Check out the year-round Green School which offers hands-on classes in gardening and art! You can also feed the squirrels and birds at the Golitsinsky Ponds!

The park is very well maintained and kept clean and the entrance is free of charge, although most individual attractions cost money. There is also Wi-Fi available throughout the park.

With so many attractions, you could easily spend all day here! If you’re only planning a 2 day itinerary in Moscow, make sure to plan your time accordingly and map out all the areas you want to see beforehand!

Day 2 / Stop 3 – The State Tretyakov Gallery

  • Why it’s awesome: The gallery’s collection consists entirely of Russian art made by Russian artists!
  • Food nearby : Brothers Tretyakovs is located right across the street from the gallery. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric restaurant serving top quality food and drinks!

The State Tretyakov Gallery was founded in 1856 by influential merchant and collector Pavel Tretyakov.  The gallery is a national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the most important museums in Russia!

It houses the world’s best collection of Russian art and contains more than 130, 000 paintings, sculptures, and graphics! These works have been created throughout the centuries by generations of Russia’s most talented artists!

The State Tretyakov Gallery

The exhibits range from mysterious 12th-century images to politically charged canvases. The collection is rich and revealing and offers great insight into the history and attitudes of this long-suffering yet inspired people!

All pictures are also labeled in English. If you plan to take your time and see everything inside the museum it will take a good 3-4 hours, so make sure to plan your Moscow trip itinerary accordingly! This gallery is a must-see stop for art lovers, or anyone wanting to explore the local culture and history of Russia in a creative and insightful manner! 

Insider Tip: When planning your 2 days in Moscow itinerary, keep in mind that most museums in Moscow are closed on Mondays, this includes The State Tretyakov Gallery!

Day 2 / Stop 4 – All-Russian Exhibition Center

  • Why it’s awesome: This large exhibition center showcases the achievements of the Soviet Union in several different spheres. 
  • Food nearby: Varenichnaya No. 1 serves authentic and homestyle Russian cuisine in an intimate and casual setting.

The All-Russian Exhibition Center is a massive park that presents the glory of the Soviet era! It pays homage to the achievements of Soviet Russia with its many different sites found on the property.

The center was officially opened in 1939 to exhibit the achievements of the Soviet Union. It’s a huge complex of buildings and the largest exhibition center in Moscow. There are several exhibition halls dedicated to different achievements and every year there are more than one hundred and fifty specialized exhibitions!

All Russian Exhibition Center

The Peoples Friendship Fountain was constructed in 1954 and is a highlight of the park. The stunning gold fountain features 16 gilded statues of girls, each representing the former Soviet Union republics. 

The Stone Flower Fountain was also built in 1954 and is worth checking out. The centerpiece of this large fountain is a flower carved from stones from the Ural Mountains! Along the side of the fountain are various bronze sculptures.

You will find many people zipping around on rollerblades and bicycles across the large area that the venue covers. It’s also home to amusement rides and carousels, making it the perfect place to stop with kids on your Moscow itinerary! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and allow a few hours to explore all the areas that interest you!

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Bolshoi Theater

  • Why it’s awesome: The Bolshoi Theater is a historic venue that hosts world-class ballet and opera performances!
  • Cost: Prices vary largely between USD $2.00 –  USD $228.00 based on seat location.
  • Food nearby: Head to the Russian restaurant, Bolshoi for high-quality food and drinks and excellent service!

The Bolshoi Theater is among the oldest and most renowned ballet and opera companies in the world! It also boasts the world’s biggest ballet company, with more than 200 dancers!

The theater has been rebuilt and renovated several times during its long history. In 2011 it finished its most recent renovation after an extensive six-year restoration that started in 2005. The renovation included an improvement in acoustics and the restoration of the original Imperial decor.

The Bolshoi Theater has put on many of the world’s most famous ballet acts! Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake premiered at the theater in 1877 and other notable performances of the Bolshoi repertoire include Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker!

Bolshoi Theater

Today, when you visit the theater, you can expect a magical performance from skilled singers, dancers, and musicians with the highest level of technique!

If you don’t have time to see a show, the theater also provides guided tours on select days of the week. Tours are given in both Russian and English and will provide visitors with a more intimate look at the different areas of the theater!

The stage of this iconic Russian theater has seen many outstanding performances. If you’re a fan of the performing arts, the Bolshoi Theater is one of the greatest and oldest ballet and opera companies in the world, making it a must-see attraction on your Moscow itinerary!

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Cosmonautics Museum | Alexander Garden | Ostankino Tower | Izmaylovo District | Soviet Arcade Museum

Now that we’ve covered what to do in Moscow in 2 days, if you’re able to spend more time in the city you’re going to need more attractions to fill your time. Here are a few more really cool things to do in Moscow we recommend!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

  • Hear the timeline of the ‘space race’ from the Russian perspective
  • This museum is fun for both adults and children!
  • Admission is USD $4.00

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a museum dedicated to space exploration! The museum explores the history of flight, astronomy, space exploration, space technology, and space in the arts. It houses a large assortment of Soviet and Russian space-related exhibits, and the museum’s collection holds approximately 85,000 different items!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

The museum does an excellent job of telling the full story of the exciting space race between the USSR and the US! It highlights the brightest moments in Russian history and humanity and is very interesting and fun for all ages!

If you’re a fan of space or just curious about gaining insight into Russia’s fascinating history of space exploration, make sure to add this to your 3 day itinerary in Moscow!

The Alexander Garden

  • A tranquil place to relax near the Red Square
  • Green lawns dotted with sculptures and lovely water features
  • The park is open every day and has no entrance fee

The Alexander Garden was one of the first urban public parks in Moscow! The garden premiered in 1821 and was built to celebrate Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s forces in 1812!

The park is beautiful and well maintained with paths to walk on and benches to rest on. The park contains three separate gardens: the upper garden, middle garden, and lower garden.

The Alexander Garden

Located in the upper garden, towards the main entrance to the park is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with its eternal flame. This monument was created in 1967 and contains the body of a soldier who fell during the Great Patriotic War!

The park stretches along all the length of the western Kremlin wall for about half a mile. Due to its central location in the city, it’ll be easily accessible when you’re out exploring The Red Square.

It provides a bit of relief from the city’s high-energy city streets. Bring a picnic lunch, go for a walk, or just sit and people watch, this is one of the best Moscow sites to wind-down and relax!

Ostankino Television Tower

  • Television and radio tower in Moscow
  • Currently the tallest free-standing structure in Europe
  • Make sure you bring your passport when you visit, you can’t go up without it!

For spectacular views of the city, make sure to add the Ostankino Television Tower to your itinerary for Moscow! This impressive free-standing structure provides stunning views of the city in every direction. The glass floor at the top also provides great alternative views of the city!

Ostankino Television Tower

It takes just 58 seconds for visitors to reach the Tower’s observation deck by super fast elevator. The tower is open every day for long hours and is a great site in Moscow to check out! There is even a restaurant at the top where you can enjoy rotating views of the city while you dine on traditional Russian cuisine or European cuisine!

The tower is somewhat of an architectural surprise in a city that is not known for skyscrapers! To see the city from a new perspective, make sure to add this stop to your Moscow itinerary!

Izmaylovo District

  • The most popular attractions in this district are the kremlin and the flea market
  • Outside of the city center and easy to reach via metro
  • Most popular during the summer and on weekends

Travel outside the city center and discover a unique area of the city! The Izmaylovo District is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and one of the coolest places to see in Moscow! The two main attractions we recommend checking out are the Kremlin and the flea market.

The Izmailovo Kremlin was established as a cultural center and molded after traditional Russian architecture. This colorful complex is home to several single-subject museums, including a Russian folk art museum and a vodka museum!

Izmaylovo District

Next to the Kremlin is the Izmailovo open-air market, which dates back to the 17th century! The market is connected to the Izmailovo Kremlin by a wooden bridge. Pick up all your Russian souvenirs here, including traditional handicrafts, paintings, books, retro toys, and Soviet memorabilia!

You will find many hand-made and hand-painted options available at higher prices, as well as mass-produced souvenir options at lower prices!

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

  • Closed on Mondays
  • Filled with old arcade games that visitors get to try out!
  • The museum also includes a small cafe and burger shop

For something a little different, check out the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games! The museum features roughly 60 machines from the Soviet era, including video games, pinball machines, and collaborative hockey foosball! The machines inside the museum were produced in the USSR in the mid-1970s.

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

The best part is, most of the games are still playable! Purchase tickets and try the games out for yourself! The museum also has a neat little screening room that plays old Soviet cartoons and an area with Soviet magazines! This unique attraction is a fun addition to a 3 day itinerary in Moscow, and an attraction that all ages will enjoy! 

Whether you’re spending one day in Moscow, or more, safety is an important thing to keep in mind when traveling to a big city! Overall, Moscow is a very safe place to visit. However, it is always recommended that tourists take certain precautions when traveling to a new destination!

The police in Moscow is extremely effective at making the city a safe place to visit and do their best to patrol all of the top Moscow, Russia tourist attractions. However, tourists can still be a target for pickpockets and scammers.

Moscow has a huge flow of tourists, therefore there is a risk for pickpocketing. Simple precautions will help eliminate your chances of being robbed. Stay vigilant, keep your items close to you at all times, and don’t flash your valuables!

If you’re planning a solo Moscow itinerary, you should have no need to worry, as the city is also considered safe for solo travelers, even women. Stay in the populated areas, try and not travel alone late at night, and never accept rides from strangers or taxis without a meter and correct signage.

The threat of natural disasters in Moscow is low, with the exception of severe winters when the temperature can dip below freezing! Bring a good, warm jacket if you visit in Winter.

However, please note that Russian views on homsexuality are far less accepting than those in Western Europe. Likewise, Non-Caucasian travellers may sadly encounter racism in Russia .

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Now that we’ve covered all the top things to see in Moscow, we thought we’d include some exciting day trips to other areas of the country!

Sergiev Posad (Golden Ring)

Sergiev Posad Golden Ring

On this 7-hour guided tour, you’ll visit several scenic and historic areas of Russia. Start your day with hotel pick-up as you’re transferred by a comfortable car or minivan to Sergiev Posad. Admire the charming Russian countryside on your drive and enjoy a quick stop to visit the Russian village, Rudonezh!

You’ll see the majestic Saint Spring and the Church of Sergiev Radonezh. You’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, one of the most famous Orthodox sites in Russia!

Lastly, you’ll swing by the local Matreshka market and enjoy a break in a nice Russian restaurant before returning to Moscow!

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

On this 13-hour trip, you’ll discover old Russia, with its picturesque landscapes and white-stoned beautiful churches! You’ll visit the main towns of the famous Golden Ring of Russia – the name for several cities and smaller towns north-east of Moscow.

Your first stop will be in the town of Vladimir, the ancient capital of all Russian principalities. The city dates back to the 11th century and is one of the oldest and the most important towns along the Ring! Next, you’ll visit Suzdal, a calm ancient Russian town north of Vladimir with only 13,000 inhabitants!

The old-style architecture and buildings of Suzdal are kept wonderfully intact. If you’re spending three days in Moscow, or more, this is a great option for exploring the charming areas outside the city!

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

On this 9-hour private tour, you’ll explore the ancient town of Zvenigorod, one of the oldest towns in the Moscow region! As you leave Moscow you’ll enjoy the stunning scenery along the Moscow River, and make a few stops at old churches along the way to Zvenigorod.

Upon arrival, you’ll explore the medieval center, including the 14th-century Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery. Next, you’ll take a break for lunch (own expense) where you’ll have the chance to try out the Russian cuisine! Next, you’ll visit the Museum of Russian Dessert and sip on tea at a Russian tea ceremony.

The final stop of the day is at the Ershovo Estate, a gorgeous place to walk around and enjoy nature!

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage & Faberge

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage and Faberge

On this full-day tour, you’ll enjoy a a full round trip to St Petersburg where you’ll spend an exciting day exploring another popular Russian city! You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Moscow and be transferred to the train station where you’ll ride the high-speed train ‘Sapsan’ to St Petersburg.

Upon arrival, you’ll start the day by touring the Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace. Next, you’ll visit the Faberge Museum, where you’ll explore the impressive collection of rare Faberge Eggs! In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing boat ride and a traditional 3-course Russian lunch.

If you’re spending 3 days in Moscow, or more, this is an excellent trip to take!

Trip to Kolomna – Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

Trip to Kolomna - Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

On this 10-hour tour, you’ll escape the city and travel to the historic town of Kolomna! First, you’ll visit the 14th-century Kolomna Kremlin, home to the Assumption Cathedral and an abundance of museums!

Next, enjoy lunch at a local cafe (own expense) before embarking on a tour of the Marshmallow Museum – of course, a marshmallow tasting is provided!  Your final stop is the Museum of Forging Settlements, where displays include armor and accessories for fishing and hunting.

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Find out what people want to know when planning their Moscow itinerary.

How many days you need in Moscow?

We recommend that you spend at least two or three days in Moscow to take it all in.

What’s the best month to visit Moscow?

The best time to visit Moscow is over the spring, from March to May as temperatures are mild, crowds are thin and prices are reasonable.

What are some unusual things to do in Moscow?

I mean, queuing up to see an almost 100 year old corpse is pretty unsual! Check out Lenin’s Mausoleum if you fancy it!

What are some fun things to do in Moscow?

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a fun place to explore the famous space race from the perspective of the ‘other side’!

We hope you enjoyed our Moscow itinerary! We’ve made sure to cover all the Moscow must-sees as well as some unique attractions in the city! Our addition of insider tips, favorite food stops, and day trips from Moscow is an added bonus and will guarantee you make the most out of your exciting Russian vacation!

Immerse yourself in the modern and traditional Russian lifestyle! Get lost in museums, witness awe-inspiring architecture, and indulge in Russian cuisine! Spend the day strolling through all of the charming sites of Moscow, admiring the beautiful scenery and discovering the city’s fairytale-like enchantment!

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