12 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS SPIRITUAL YOGA TOUR AND RETREAT INDIA

  • INDIA
  • Mar 16, 2017 - Mar 28, 2017 (13 days)
  • USD 1750 Per Person on twin share basis
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TOUR & RETREAT  HIGHLIGHTS


    YOGA & MEDIATION CLASSES.


    DELHI: TRADITIONAL WELCOME ON ARRIVAL WITH FLOWERS.


    RICKSHAW RIDE IN OLD DELHI.


    AGRA: TAJ MAHAL .


    OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE HIMALAYAS ALONG WITH AN AMAZING YOGA RETREAT.


    AND MUCH MORE WHICH CAN ONLY BE EXPERIENCED , IMPOSSIBLE TO EXPLAIN IN WORDS  (INCREDIBLE INDIA).



TOUR DETAILS

Day 01 March 16, Arrive Delhi, the Capital City of India


On arrival at Delhi airport, our representative will meet and greet you followed by transfer to the hotel. Rest of the dayis at your leisure.


Stay overnight at the hotel in Delhi.


Delhi, India’s modern capital is also an ancient city tracing its origins in legend. It is dotted with hundreds of landmarks and offers more than a millennium of history in stone. From here the various Hindu and Muslim dynasties including the Mughals ruled. When British administration moved to Delhi (in 1911), New Delhi became the Capital of India.

Day 02 March 17, Sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi


Breakfast at the hotel.

Today morning we will explore and experience the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 20th centuries, the Old Delhi. We shall stop at the Red Fort for a photo shoot and then take a Rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of the Old Delhi up to the nearby JamaMasjid Mosque, the largest in India, has a courtyard that can hold 25,000 worshippers. The pay apoignant visit to Rajghat, the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation and a memorial to this humble man who so changed the world.

In the afternoon we explore India’s bustling capital city the New Delhi visiting the Vijay Chowk, “Victory Square”, stopover at the Presidential Palace with its intriguing combination of classical and Indian design elements and the

India Gate memorializing Indian soldiers who died in World War I. Then travel far back in time at Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating from 1570 AD and the first garden-tomb on the Indian sub-continent and lastly visit the Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world.

Overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Day  03. March 18, Delhi-Agra (By Surface:210kms/3hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning drive, proceed for a guided tour visiting the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most admired architectural masterpieces. This majestic marble-domed mausoleum builtby Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife to symbolize unending love. Then visit the Agra Fort, with splendid remains of sandstone and marble palaces.

Overnight at hotel in Delhi.


Day 04. March 19, Delhi – Amritsar (By Morning Train  : 448 kms/ 7 hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today morning we take a train to Amritsar.

Amritsar (also called Ambarsar) is a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, not far from the border with Pakistan. At the center of its walled old town is the gilded Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), considered the holiest gurdwara, or religious complex, of the Sikh religion. It’s at the end of a causeway, surrounded by the sacred Amrit Sarovar lake, where pilgrims bathe.

Meet on arrival at Amritsar airport/station and transfer to hotel

In the afternoon, we will visit Wagah border show (subject to the arrival time)

 In the late evening, we will visit Golden Temple for night ceremony

Overnight at hotel in Amritsar.


Day 05.March 20, Amritsar – Dharamsala (200 km /6 hours)

Breakfast at the hotel.

•              Morning visit Golden Temple & Jallianwala bagh

•              Later drive to Dharamsala.

•              On arrival check in at hotel.

Overnight at hotel Dharamshala

Day 06.March 21, Dharamsala

The High snow clad Dhauladhar ranges form a magnificent backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamsala. This is the principal township of Kangra district and overlooks wide spread of the plains. With dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline, Dharamsala has everything for a perfect holiday. It is full of life and yet peaceful. The headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are at upper Dharamsala. Covering a wide area in the form of twin settlement, lower Dharamsala (1380m) is a busy commercial centre. While upper Dharamsala (1830m) with the suburbs of Mcleodganj and Forsytheganj, retains a British flavor and colonial lifestyle. The charming church of St. John in the wilderness is situated here and this is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India during the 19th century. There is also a large Tibetan community who have made this place their home. Numerous ancient temples like Jwalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the plains below Dharamsala.

•              Morning Yoga Class (Introduction to Yoga & Meditation)

•              Later half day tour of Dharamshala – visiting the Tibetan Medical Center, Church of St. John, meditation courses & local monasteries

•              Rest of the day is free

Overnight at hotel Dharamashala

Day 07.March 22, Dharamsala

07:00-08:30: Pranayama and Hatha Yoga

08:30-10:00 Breakfast

After Breakfast free for tours around Dharamshala (will be suggestions)

13:00-14:00 Lunch (vegetarian)

19:00: Dinner

20:30-21:30: Meditation & Mantra Chanting in the evening

21:30: Bedtime

Day 08.March 23, Dharamsala

07:00-08:30: Pranayama and Hatha Yoga

08:30-10:00 Breakfast

After Breakfast free for tours around Dharamshala (will be suggestions)

13:00-14:00 Lunch (vegetarian)

19:00: Dinner

20:30-21:30: Meditation & Mantra Chanting in the evening

21:30: Bedtime.

Day 09.March 24, Dharamshala - Haridwar / Rishikesh (Overnight Train)

07:00-08:30: Pranayama and Hatha Yoga

08:30-10:00 Breakfast

After Breakfast free for tours around Dharamshala (will be suggestions)

13:00-14:00 Lunch (vegetarian)

19:00: Dinner

Later in the evening overnight train from Pathankot to haridwar ( 436 km /10 hours)

Day 10.March 25, Arrival at haridwar

On Arrival visit Haridwar en route to Rishikesh.

The holy city of Haridwar translates to "Gateway to God," and the breathtaking city, replete with temples, is a magnet for religious pilgrims from all over the globe. Religious festivals hold even further draw, and tourists can’t helped but be compelled by the city’s aura of intense spirituality. Don’t miss the Har ki Pauri and the Chandi Devi Temple.

Rishikesh is located in the north of India in the state of Uttrakhand. It is known as the gateway to the Himalayas and a famous pilgrimage city for Hindus and yogis. The city annually attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists both from India as well as from the western countries. It is home to many yoga centers that can partially look back on a long tradition. Rishikesh therefore has the reputation of being the yoga capital of the world to be.

Overnight at hotel Rishikesh.

Day 11.  March 26, Rishikesh

07:00-08:30: Pranayama, Hatha Yoga & Meditation.

08:30-10:00 Breakfast

After Breakfast visit Kunjapuri Temple

Kunjapuri temple is one of the must visit places of Tehri district not just because of its story related to gods and goddesses but also for the panoramic view of Garhwal Himalayan peaks like Swarga Rohini, Gangotri, Banderpunch and Chaukhamba to the north and Rishikesh, Haridwar and DoonValley to the south it provides to the visitors. The temple Kunjapuri is situated on the top of the hill Kunjapuri 1,676m. high, 7 km away from Narendra Nagar, around 15 km from Rishikesh and 93 km from Devaprayag blessing the passersby.

Kunjapuri is temple of Goddess Durga , as it being one of the thirteen Shakti Peethas (Power Centers) in ShivalikRange and one of the three Shakti Peethas in Tehri district established by Jagadguru Shankaracharya. Other two Shakti Peethas in the district are Surkanda Devi and Chandrabadni. Kunjapuri, along with these two peethas form a holy triangle.

Shakti Peethas are the places where body parts of Goddess Sati (incarnation of Goddess Parvati before she took birth as Parvati) fell down while Lord Shiva was carrying her dead body in his arms and roaming unconsciously through the Himalayan ranges of Bharat barsh. There are total of 52 Shakti Peethas around Nepal and India.

The Durga temple Kunjapuri receives thousands of visitors throughout the year but during Navaratras (April and October) there is much flow of devotees. In the Dusshera Festival, one can be part of the grand celebrations at Kunjapuri.

13:00-14:00 Lunch (vegetarian)

After Lunch visit Vashistha Cave

Vashistha Cave is popular place in Rishikesh for meditation lovers. Vashistha cave is located 28 kms far from Rishikesh on Rishikesh Badrinath Highway. It is located on the bank of the River Ganga. According to legends Sage Vashistha Meditated here.

About Vashistha: Vashistha is one of the Seven Sages (Saptrishi) in Hindu culture. Vashistha is considered as Brahmrishi. Brahmrishi is highest kind of sage who has achieved highest divine knowledge. Vashistha is also considered as one of the contributors to Vedas. Arundhati was his wife. He was priest of prestigious royal families such as Surya Dynasty. Lord Ram was also born is same dynasty. Lord Ram was incarnation of Vishnu.

Legend behind the Vashistha Cave: According to ancient hindu scripts Vashistha has divine cow “Nandini”. Nandini cow has powers that she can fulfill all the wishes of here owner. Once King Kaushik (Later became famous as Vishvamitra) came to know about this cow and tried to capture this cow forcefully. When he failed to do that he killed sons of Vashistha. Sage Vashistha tried to end his life in the River Ganga. River Ganga refused him and send him back. Arundhati (wife of Vashistha) liked the place and decided to stay there. It is believed that this is the same cave which was used by Vashistha in ancient time. No wonder many people feel amazing while meditating in this cave. There is also small Shivlinga inside the cave.

How to reach Vashistha Cave: Vashistha cave is 28 kms far from Rishikesh on Rishikesh Badrinath Highway. From the highway you need 150 meters walk downhill to reach the cave.

Dinner in the evening

Overnight at hotel Rishikesh.

Day 12.  March 27, Rishikesh

07:00-08:30: Pranayama, Hatha Yoga & Meditation.

08:30-10:00 Breakfast

After breakfast visit Laxman Jhula , Ram Jhula , Beetle`s Ashram or Maharishi Yogi Ashram.

Local markets & in the evening enjoy the Arti at Parmarth Niketan.

Day 13.  March 28, Rishikesh  to Delhi (Airport Drop)

After Breakfast drive to Delhi, in time transfer to Airport to way back home bagging love, light, peace & bliss in the hearts.

TOUR/ RETREAT END.

ACCOMMODATION

 3*** STAR HOTELS + Hill Top Swiss Cottage

DAY

DATE

PARTICULARS

3 STAR HOTELS or SIMILAR

D1

16-March

ARRIVE DELHI

HOTEL SINGH SONS

D2

17-March

DELHI

HOTEL SINGH SONS

D3

18-March

DELHI -AGRA DRIVE - DELHI

HOTEL SINGH SONS

D4

19-March

AMRITSAR

MC INTERNATIONAL

D5

20-March

DHARAMSHALA

NANDINI REGENCY

D6

21-March

DHARAMSHALA

NANDINI REGENCY

D7

22-March

DHARAMSHALA

NANDINI REGENCY

D8

23-March

DHARAMSHALA

NANDINI REGENCY

D9

24-March

DHARAMSHALA – HARIDWAR - RISHIKESH

OVERNIGHT TRAIN

D10

25-March

HARIDWAR-RISHIKESH

HILLTOP SWISS COTTAGE

D11

26-March

RISHIKESH

HILLTOP SWISS COTTAGE

D12

27-March

RISHIKESH

HILLTOP SWISS COTTAGE

D13

28-March

RISHIKESH - DELHI

DEPARTURE

WHAT`S INCLUDED

> Traditional welcome at the airport on arrival.
> Accommodation 3* Budget Hotels & Hilltop Swiss Cottage.
> Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi.
> Air-conditioned vehicle for Airport Transfers / City Tour and Intercity Travel as per program.
> AC Chair Car train ticket by Shatabadi Express from Delhi to Amritsar.
> AC 2nd Class train ticket for overnight train from Pathankot to Haridwar.
> Breakfast at the hotels during the tour but not during the Stay at Rishikesh (No Meals).
> All entrance fees during the sightseeing for single visit only.
> Tour Escort & Yoga Teacher.
> Local English Speaking Guide for sightseeing in each city.
> All currently applicable taxes.

WHAT`S NOT INCLUDED

> Lunch & Dinner or any other meal not mentioned in inclusions.
> Camera / Video camera fees at the monuments.
> Any expenses of personal nature such as telephone calls, tips, use of payable items in room mini bar, any kind of alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages.
> Cost incurred in obtaining Visa, Travel Insurance, Airport Taxes etc.
> Cost incurred in case of hospitalization or evacuation.
> Tips / gratuities given to drivers / Escort, guide, restaurants / hotels etc.


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