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10 Days Culture and Yoga Holidays in India

  • Delhi - Agra - Rishikesh

Overview

Adventures, Meditation, and Yoga Retreats India

Spark your spirit of adventure and explore the exotic smells and tastes, the vibrant colors and landscapes, and the rich spiritual tradition of India. Create memories as you practice yoga and meditation with an intimate group, meeting enlightened beings, sitting in sacred places from Delhi, across Rishikesh, to the foothills of the Himalayas. This is a crash course into learning how to travel the ancient land safely and respectfully, while immersing yourself in Indian customs and traditions.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Experience amazing Indian traditions and celebrations
  • Visit Taj Mahal in Agra, local villages in foothills of the Himalayas, and more
  • Meet students and spiritual teachers at satsang gatherings
  • Airport transfers and tour transports
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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You will spend one night in a hotel accommodation in Delhi, one night in a hotel accommodation in Agra, and seven nights in a hotel accommodation in Rishikesh.

During this yoga holiday, you may practice daily yoga and meditation; it is optional. Your guides have lived and traveled in India for many years and they will teach you about the history and culture. You will learn how to travel India safely and with respect to culture, tradition, and practices.

Have fun exploring India such as a visit to the Taj Mahal, temples, and other sacred and historical sites of Northern India. You will attend and witness celebrations and traditions. For example, you will attend satsang gatherings, where students and spiritual teachers from different schools of yogic and meditative backgrounds come together.

This is more than just a tour group. At the end of ten days, Anuttara Ashram hopes to provide you with a real understanding of this rich and rare culture, while experiencing authentic adventures and making memories to last a lifetime.

Daily Schedule

Day 1 - February 19, 2017

  • You will arrive in Delhi
  • There is a pre-arranged taxi to transfer you to your hotel
  • You will be given free time to rest and settle down in your hotel room
  • In the evening, have fun at a group dinner

Day 2 - February 20, 2017

  • Wake up to a complimentary breakfast
  • You will attend a talk on Indian culture, proper etiquette, safe travel, and more
  • A pre-arranged taxi will take you to Taj Mahal
  • You will have lunch upon arrival to Taj Mahal
  • After lunch, you will enjoy a tour of the Taj Mahal
  • You will also experience a historical tour of Agra
  • At the end of the tour, you will have dinner before you check-in to your hotel

Day 3 - February 21, 2017

  • You will catch the flight to Dehradun by 10:00
  • A taxi will take you to Rishikesh and you will arrive by noon
  • At the hotel, you will be given time to settle down in your room
  • Enjoy a group lunch at the hotel
  • During lunch, there will be a welcome talk to introduce you to Rishikesh
  • You will receive personal maps for you to enjoy a tour of Rishikesh or Luxmanjula
  • After your tour, have fun at the group dinner
  • You will attend a speaking Hindi class after dinner
  • Enjoy your personal time for the rest of the evening

Day 4 - February 22, 2017

  • Drink your morning cup of tea
  • You may decide to join the morning yoga or meditation practice
  • Enjoy breakfast
  • You will join the celebration of Holi at Sacha Dham Ashram
  • You will visit the Ganga
  • You will learn the traditional Puja ceremony and honoring then you will experience a blessed bathing in Ganga
  • Take some personal time to relax, meditate or do whatever brings you joy
  • Join the gathering for the evening tantric Yajna or ancient fire ceremony
  • You can take the rest of the evening for your personal time

Day 5 - February 23, 2017

  • You may opt to join the morning yoga or meditation
  • Enjoy a complimentary breakfast
  • You will board a pre-arranged taxi that will take you to Vashishta Gupta Cave
  • You will visit Vashishta Gupta Cave for meditation
  • Take your lunch in Laxmanjula
  • You will attend satsang
  • Relax and enjoy your personal time
  • Join the gathering for the famous evening Aarti on the Ganga

Day 6 - February 24, 2017

  • You may opt to join the morning yoga or meditation
  • Take your breakfast
  • You will meet Prem Baba and attend satsang
  • Take your lunch and enjoy your personal time
  • You will meditate outside of Maharaji's tomb
  • You will visit Beatle's Ashram
  • Take the rest of the evening for your personal time

Day 7 - February 25, 2017

  • Practice morning yoga or meditation
  • Take your breakfast
  • You will board on a pre-arranged taxi to the sacred city of Haridwar
  • You will take cycle rickshaws to visit and meditate in the ashram of Ananda Mayi Ma
  • Take your lunch
  • In the afternoon, you will visit Chandi Devi Temple
  • You will visit 10 Cosmic Power Temple
  • You may opt to attend Puja with Hindu priest
  • Take your dinner
  • After dinner, you will return to Rishikesh

Day 8 - February 26, 2017

  • Practice morning yoga or meditation
  • Take your breakfast
  • You will board on a pre-arranged taxi that will take you to the foothills of the Himalayas
  • You will visit local homes and speak with the people of the small surrounding villages
  • Take your lunch
  • You will learn mindfulness walking meditation in the lush greenery of the Himalayas
  • Take your dinner
  • In the evening, enjoy your personal time

Day 9 - February 27, 2017

  • Practice morning yoga or meditation
  • Take your breakfast
  • You will visit the Vedic astrologer who practiced Astrology in his family since the 8th century
  • You will receive a personal Vedic astrology reading, optional
  • You will attend satsang
  • Take your lunch
  • You will learn the proper shopping and bartering etiquette in India while enjoying the sights and sounds of the small shops and stores

Day 10 - February 28, 2017

  • Enjoy a cup of tea in the morning and practice yoga or meditation
  • Take your breakfast
  • You will board a taxi to Dehradun Airport (DED)
  • You will arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and will enjoy a picnic at Lodi Gardens
  • After exchanging goodbyes, the guides will help you check-in to hotel, catch a flight, or advice you where to head next on your travels

Badrinath

  • Visit Vashishta Gupta Cave for meditation

Delhi

  • Historical tour of Agra
  • Taj Mahal tour

Rishikesh

  • Celebrate Holi at Sacha Dham Ashram
  • Experience ancient fire ceremony or tantric Yajna
  • Join Ganga’s popular evening Aarti gathering
  • Meditation outside Maharaji’s tomb
  • Picnic at Lodi Gardens
  • Tour of Rishikesh or Luxmanjula
  • Visit Beatle’s Ashram
  • Visit the Ganga for Puja ceremony and honoring then experience a blessed bathing

Haridwar

  • Attend Puja with Hindu priest
  • Take cycle rickshaws to Ananda Mayi Ma ashram
  • Visit 10 Cosmic Power Temple
  • Visit Chandi Devi Temple
  • Visit the sacred city of Haridwar

Himalayas

  • Visit small shops and stores, learn barter, and speak to locals
  • Visit the foothills of the Himalayas to enjoy sights and sounds, and practice mindfulness walking meditation
  • Thomas "Nirav" English

    Nirav, also known as Thomas English is a wacky, funloving, and rather humouristic yogi. He is the founder and leader of Anuttara Ashram since its inception in 2005. He has been practising yoga and tantra since 1999. First, under the direct guidance of Swami Vivekananda Saraswati in India and Thailand with the International School of Agama Yoga. His study and practice of tantra yoga are based on understanding of the depths of meditation, leading him into many solitary retreats into yoga practices and Buddhist meditation. He has been teaching in India, Thailand, and Canada since 2002.

  • Artemis "Aarti" Doyle

    Artemis "Aarti" Doyle works as the manager of Anuttara Ashram and spends a lot of time working on promotions, advertisement, and the general ambiance of the Ashram. She is dedicated to heightening the collective vibration by guiding spiritual practices that reveal practitioners to their true selves and she selflessly holds space for all who are blessed to be in her realm.

India offers exotic and vibrant smells, colors, tastes, traditions, people, and landscapes. It is a country that cannot be forgotten and certainly should not be missed.

You will be served with two complimentary breakfasts at the hotel on the second day and fifth day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Explore the tastes of India and dine at local food shops
  • Discover other sacred places and tour sights
  • Bag a good bargain from local town stores
  • 9 nights accomodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Costs for any admission fees for sights, and other programed activities
  • Costs for daily optional yoga and meditation
  • Transportation costs during tour
  • Airfares to India
  • Meals, except for two complimentary breakfasts served at the hotels
  • Souvenirs, personal purchases, and any other personal expenses in nature
  • Transportation costs for personal side trips outside the group tour

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Anuttara Ashram will pick you up from the airport.

  • Review by a traveler

    "What can be better than to have a tour with someone who provides rich, powerful, and beautiful moments?"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "This afforded me the priceless opportunity of taking in what India had to offer without having to worry about anything."

    Anuttara Ashram website, edited

  • Review by a traveler

    "Although Thomas, the main guide, has traveled to India many times, his perspective remains fresh, leaving you inspired, intrigued, and with long lasting memories."

    Anuttara Ashram website, edited

  • Review by a traveler

    "I had been to India before but I missed so much because of all the craziness that is India. Traveling with Anuttara Tours taught me the way to move in a culturally shocking country and they brought me directly to all of the hidden spots that travelers dream of. I went from shocked and unknown to well-versed traveler in a matter of days."

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Anuttara Ashram is an organization dedicated to teaching and healing through the practice of yoga and meditation. They teach traditional yoga, Advaita Vedanta, and Tantra.

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10 days / 9 nights

Availability

Arrival: Sunday February 19, 2017
Departure: Tuesday February 28, 2017

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 300 CAD per person. To benefit, book or reserve before December 31, 2016.

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