hi Vera i have studied in Parmath Niketan for TTC few years back , that's my first time to India I couldn't get use to the Indian food in ashram so I always slipped out to restaurant for daily 3 meals and got sick during the training bacause of the severe cold weather ( i live in far east non cold place)
I hate the early morning bell ringing in ashram ( at 0530 ) to wake me up at sweet sleep , I hate the monkey jumping at the roof non stop every night, I dismay for the English accent of the teachers , i dismay for the fat teacher who teaching us asana, I surprised at all other students cried during the evening Ganga river side mantras chanting.
But when I need to return home i am terribily miss the morning bell , the India tea and naam , the hateful monkey become a lovely just naughty little pets , teachers are especially dear , already admire the fat teacher she was very flexible
and myself also cry without reason besides the holy river during night chanting ( at final day )
In the ashram we have regular life together ,wake up ....> meditation ...> asana ....> breakfast ....> lecture ....> lunch .....> afternoon rest ......> lecture ......> asana....> dinner.....> river side chanting. Sat / Sunday rest teacher will lead the outing .
My friend told me in Sivanamda students need to clean washroom for the sake of karma but in Parmath no such arrangement ( don't think cleaning washroom bad as not every body have chance to do it , students need to fight for the chance , too many students but too few washroom )