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YWCA of India has its headquarters in New Delhi and functions through its 87 member associations across the country. We aim at working for the marginalized population, especially focusing on women, youth and children, so that they are able to realize their rights, influence decision making processes and transform power structures.
The IGH, as it is popularly called, is a social enterprise of the YWCA of India. The IGH is a budget-friendly guest house that caters a safe space for guests from all walks of life. IGH is most popular for its convenient location with easy accessibility to public transport, restaurants and attractions like the India Gate and Parliament House. Proximity to the main metro stations and a walk away from the Connaught Place- a prime shopping location, is one of the many reasons guests prefer IGH.
Taxis and other public transport are available on stepping out of the IGH gates. Its cosy and friendly ambience makes it a home away from home for its visitors. IGH is 1km away from shivaji stadium metro station, 5 km from New Delhi Railway Station and 16 km from the Indira Gandhi Airport.
The International Guest House started its operation in 1962 with the purpose of providing a centrally located transit facility at reasonable rates to cater to all income groups. Falling under the aegis of the YWCA of India, it is a social enterprise from which the income is utilized for YWCA community development programmes. There is always an influx of tourists and guests due to its location and services.
Nestled in the blue Nilgiri mountains and only a few minutes from the city centre, ANANDAGIRI is an intrinsic part of the Nilgiri’s heritage of which the local population is proud and supportive. It offers a breathtaking view from its red-roofed cottages which are surrounded by lush gardens and flowers. A miniature train piles from Mettupalayam to Ootacamund via Coonoor. The nearest airport is Coimbatore.
ANANDAGIRI was started as a Training Centre in 1929 by Ms. Elisabeth Wilson, who was the National General Secretary of the YWCA of India, Burma and Ceylon at that time. It stands as a landmark of the first fifty years of the YWCA of India’s work in India, Burma and Ceylon on the completion of which it was gifted to the association by friends from the YWCA of USA. For a short while it was requisitioned by the WAC (1) and the army was responsible for laying its modern sanitary drainage and water systems. Today “ANANDAGIRI” has grown into one of the YWCA’s popular Holiday Homes. Interesting to note is that this property was originally the Nilgiri Brewery and for proof of this one only has to scratch the ground to find broken pieces of beer bottles!
The young women’s Christian Association of India established in 1896 is aNationally acclaimed not-for-profit organization with 86 branches in Indiaand is working nationwide for care, development, and empowerment ofwomen and girls.
The YWCA Project Chandigarh emerged out of a vision of ChandigarhAdministration which sanction a piece of land in 1980’s in one the poshlocalities of Sector 11B for use of community services.In 1982 the YWCA converted this vision into action by constructing a Hostelfor women and girls through the support of the social welfare Board.The Hostel has since then been providing safe and secure accommodationfor working women and students living away from home for work or forfurthering their education.
The Hostel has accommodation for 64 residents and since inception has metits full capacity due to its homely and caring atmosphere.The YWCA Project also has a multipurpose Hall which is used forConferences, workshops, Social gatherings and various events by the YWCAand its network partners.
The YWCA of India Project at Dehradun, which started in 1945 casters especially to the elderly and young women. ‘ Spreadacres’ House donated by Mrs. Spread is located at the foot hills of the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas consist of a Bed and
Mallital, (adjacent to the Head Post Office), Nainital – 263 001 (UP)
Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas beside the eternal green Naini Lake that was once the abode of a mighty glacier, “Fairhavens” provides the much wanted respite from the rich-of-the-mill hotels. Built in 1924 in the splendour of stone and wood, it perpetuates the great colonial heritage in which character and cultivated life-style are the basic standards of hospitality. It has two acres of undulating terrace gardens which are idyllic in itself. A 10 minutes walk from the Bus Stand, a quick drive by car and a couple of minutes walk from the Mall, its convenient location makes it even more attractive for the tourist. It is 55 km from the Pant Nagar Airport and 35 km from Kathgodam Railway Station.
FAIRHAVENS was initially used as a centre for Nainital YWCA members to meet in. When the membership drastically fell, “FAIRHAVENS” was entrusted to the YWCA of India in 1968 which ran it as a full fledged Holiday Home under the management of an appointed Project Secretary. In the year 1995 in respect of the modernisation and improvements required in running their Holiday Home, the YWCA of India licensed the management of “FAIRHAVENS” to NEXUS Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. for a period of ten years. NEXUS Enterprises have done wonders with refurbishing and renovating “FAIRHAVENS”. The YWCA of India can certainly look forward to an asset when its management reverts to the YWCA of India in the year 2004.
The Pine Retreat, YWCA, Mussorie
Telephone: (91-135) 632513 / 631213
Fax: (91-135) 632513
Surrounded by majestic Pine trees, snuggled amidst the picturesque ‘Shivaliks’ from where it overlooks the Doon Valley, as ‘Doon View’ offers its guests a panoramic view of the Dehra Dun which transforms into a fairy land at night. Though a 5 minutes walk away from the Mall, it prides itself for its peaceful ambience. The nearest Railway Station and Airport is at Derma Dun. Mussoorie is very well connected to Dehra Dun by regular bus and taxi services.
The foundation stone of “YWCA of Mussoorie Doon View” now called ‘Pine Retreat’ was laid in 1916. The property was first purchased by Mr. Smith and was run as a summer school for sometime. During World War II it worked as a Leave Centre for military personnel. After the war it was handed over to the YWCA of India which has since run it as a Holiday Home. In 1994, due to economic constraints, the YWCA of India licensed the management of Doon View to M/s B.L.Kashyap & Sons Pvt. Ltd. for a period of twenty years. ‘Pine Retreat’ as it has been renamed, is hoped will be an asset for the YWCA of India when its management finally reverts to the ‘Y’ in the year 2013.
WYOMING Holiday Home, Coonoor – 643 101, Nilgiris
Telephone: 0423-2234426, 9487086580
Set in an Estate of 1.6 acres of wooded land in the heart of Coonoor, Wyoming offers a panoramic view of tea plantations and the rolling Blue Mountains. The old world charm and tranquillity of their holiday home attracts many tourists and transit guests. Situated in the vicinity of the residential schools, Wyoming often houses excursion groups from schools and colleges at subsided rates. Wyoming is 1 km from the Coonoor Railway Station and Bus Stand. Coonoor is connected to Mettupalayam by rail. The nearest Airport is Coimbatore.
Wyoming came into being in 1905, prior to which it was used as a Missionary Home. Initially it was run as both a Hostel and a Guest House by the YWCA of Coonoor. It was in 1969 that Wyoming became the property of the YWCA of India, under whose management it has since been running as a Holiday Home.
Rooms : 5 double rooms, 2 single rooms, 3 rooms with twin beds, 1 special room which offers a view of the whole of Coonoor.
All rooms are well appointed and overlooking the gardens.
Room facilities : Laundry service, Room service available only on special request
One Dining hall which provides veg/non-veg food. Continental, Chinese and Mughlai Cuisine is available on prior order. Timings for meals are flexible.
The large spacious gardens can be used for walking, jogging or exercising.
State Bank of India
Main Branch 11,
New Delhi- 110001
State Bank of India
Main Branch 11,
New Delhi- 110001