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This retreat is a life-transforming experience of self-discovery and personal growth that guides you through some of the most ancient, remote, and beautiful places in India. You will practice yoga high up in the Himalayas, the world's highest peaks in a mystical land of subtle beauty. Allow AuroYoga to initiate you to its most sacred sites and temples, to its majestic, dramatic landscapes, to its most wild forests and nature!
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During the retreat, the first days in Naggar, you will be staying at Ragini Cottage and Auroyoga Sanctuary. They are located on a serene ridge with unobstructed views to the Himalayas. The property is surrounded by trees. This area of Naggar is unique for its serenity, open vistas, big trees, and huge forests.
There are a variety of different accommodations which you can choose between private cottages, cottage filled with bunk beds, or the Grand Victorian, which features three master bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, and library.
These rustically elegant cottages feature a king bed, with en-suite bathroom, kitchen or dinette, deck with Himalayan mountain views, and comfortable chairs to contemplate the Himalayas.
The sanctuary has two bedrooms. One bedroom has a double bed and the second bedroom has two twin beds. You and your housemates have full use of the balcony, brand new kitchen, and brand new bathroom with toiletries.
In Keylong you will stay in the elegant Deykid Hotel with deluxe rooms and awesome views.
In the small villages in Spiti Valley and Ladakh you will be staying in beautiful home stays or elegant guest houses like Rikpa Home Stay Nako in Nako Lake or Hotel Maitreya Regency Tabo in the village of Tabo.
Reach Kullu-Manali Airport (KUU) in the morning or take an overnight bus from Delhi or Chandigarh. The staff will pick you up from the airport or the bus stop in Pathlikul and drive you to Naggar. Check-in in the Ragini Cottage and take rest. This day is to get used to the altitude and to help you acclimatize. You will go for a walk to the Old Manali the next day, do some shopping, and visit the old castle, the ancient temple in Naggar, and the Nikolas Roerich Museum. Hike up to the Krishna Temple and attend a puja in the temple. You will stay three nights in Naggar.
You will be practicing yoga, meditation, visit the temples, the castles, and museums of Kulu Valley, soaking in the hot springs and sightseeing in the Naggar and Manali area.
The adventure begins as you leave Naggar and Manali and head to the Rohtang Pass (3,978 meters). Spend sometime at the pass and head to Spiti Valley. Once you cross Gramphoo, the stunning beauty of Spiti Valley will leave you speechless. High snow capped mountains, thousand years ancient monasteries, dry and rugged terrain, many waterfalls, the rough Chandra River and Chandra Tal lakes are awaiting you. You will stop at Chandra Tal Lake.
Kunzum Pass is a high mountain pass of 4,551 meters located on the eastern Kunzum range of the Himalaya. It connects the Kullu Valley and Lahaul Valley with the Spiti Valley. You will visit the temple dedicated to Goddess Durga also which lies at the top of the Kunzum Pass. It is considered auspicious to do Parikrama of the temple and get blessings before going further into journey.
From the Kunzum Pass, you will do a nine-kilometer trek to the Chandratal Lake. Chandratal, or the Moon Lake, its name originates from its crescent shape. The lake is situated on Samudra Tapu plateau which overlooks the Chandra River. The sweet water lake is around 2.5 kilometers wide. The lake can be visited only during the three summer months because it's frozen the rest of the time. Locals believe that fairies visit the lake at night.
This beautiful lake gives all the uniqueness which makes it a perfect stop to enjoy the calmness and beauty of nature. The best way to experience this lake is to take a stroll all around and watch the lake changing color in itself. It offers a magnificent view at night (after sunset sky is filled with count-less stars and offers a spectacular milky way view. You will contemplate the sky from the luxurious tents in parasol camps and experience this spectacular Milky way view.
Kibber is a beautiful village. It holds the distinction of the highest motorable village in the world. The unique thing about this village is that the houses are made of stone and in box like shape. The place has school, dispensary, and post office. It's a great place to experience local life of Himalayan people. You will opt for a home stay to understand the lifestyle of the hilly people. People here are very friendly and kind at heart.
The village contains a monastery and the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. Kibber monastery is situated at the highest point in the village above all the houses. This monastery was founded by Serkang Rimpochhe of Tabo. The interesting facts are not inside the monastery, but outside, all around the Kibber Village. The height of the monastery gives a perfect chance to experience the surrounding landscape with snow-capped mountains in the arid desert. Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary houses animals like ibex, red fox, Himalayan wolf, blue sheep (bharal), and the majestic snow leopard.
The area around this village is the most fertile area in the Spiti Valley and people can often sight working in their field. Agriculture forms the backbone of the local economy and lush green fields are abundant. Their livelihood mainly rely on the agriculture.
Best things to do in Kibber is star-gazing. In the night, you can see the once in a life time view of the galaxies in the clear, majestic sky. You will spent the night at the village in a beautiful guest house and then move to the next destination Kaza and Kye Monastery.
%Key Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. It's the largest monastery in Spiti Valley situated close to Kibber Village. It is the religious training center of Buddhist Lamas. Here you can see Lamas studying, playing, singing which is heart-warming. The walls of the monastery are decorated with beautiful paintings, valuable manuscripts, and unique wind instruments.
Since September 2011, this monastery is headed by a 10-year old boy, Rinchen Namgyal of Ladakh, who is said to be the reincarnation of a renowned Buddhist monk, Kachen Dugyal. In the prayer hall, there is a huge picture of Buddha, where you can offer your prayers. There is a large set of desi ghee diyas (lamps) in the corner, which are lighted every evening creating a solemn atmosphere and you find in any Buddhist monastery of the Spiti Valley. The monastery has a collection of ancient murals and books of high aesthetic value and it enshrines Buddha images and idols, in the position of Dhyana.
From the roof of the monastery, you can capture all the surrounding amazing views. One side is covered by the high hills of Himalayas and the other side is covered by the Spiti river valley and beyond that, there are the snow-capped high peaks of Himalayas. Looking down, nestled on the banks of Spiti River, there is Kye Village and its green-lush farms that are soothing to the eyes. His holiness the Dalai Lama often visits the monastery.
Visiting Kye Monastery is a wonderful experience. Overnight is in a homestay in Kye Village.
You'll continue your journey to Kaza. You can stop to capture some beautiful scenes and pictures while passing through the Kye Village and along the Spiti River and you'll finally reach Kaza in one hour. You’ll stay in Kaza for a few hours. From Kaza, you’ll visit an ancient monastery considered as a historic treasure of India - Dhankar monastery which is located 29 kilometers from Kaza. Overnight will be at Dankhar in a homestay.
Dhankar Lake is situated nine kilometers after Tabo, above the village of Dhankar at the height of 4,136 meters in the middle of hills. This lake lies above the Monastery of Dhankar. You'll approach this lake by a trek from the monastery. It is surrounded by barren hills. It offers a beautiful site to eyes and soul. It spreads over a large area with its crystal clear water. The color of the lake keeps changing.
The lake with its changing colors makes the scenery ethereal and the photographs absolutely magical. There is a small temple being built by local people on the side of the lake. There is a pole with lots of prayer flags on the other side. Despite its remote location, the shrine is visited by large number of Buddhists. It is a dream come true for people who have passion for photography. It is an extremely photogenic site.
Dhankar monastery is built at the highest location in Spiti Valley. It is one of the five main Buddhist centers in Spiti Region. Centrally located in Spiti Region, Dhankar monastery offers panoramic view of the Spiti Valley. Dhankar originally called Dhak, cliff, and Khar Palace. It literally means palace on a cliff. Dhankar is also of historical importance for art lovers.The monastery consists of a number of multistory buildings that stand together, giving it fortress like impression, an image of Vairocana or Dhayana Buddha, consisting of four complete figures, seated back to back is the highlight of this monastery.
There are Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti language and relics such as paintings and sculptures. Two Gompas are housed in this Monastery Lha Opa Gonpa and Lkhang Gonpa. The former is supposed to date back the 12th century and the second Gompa is more prominent with its splendid mural which represents the life of Buddha. You”ll spend the night in a homestay in Dhankar. From Dhankar Lake, you’ll head to the national park of the Pin Valley.
You will visit the national park which is home of endangered animal, like snow leopard and Siberian ibex. Pin Valley National Park was founded in 1987. High peaks towering to elevations of 6,000 meters surround this valley from all sides. A large part of the total area of this park is under permanent cover of snow.
Tabo Monastery is situated close to Kaza in Tabo Village. It was founded by the Tibetan Buddhist Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo (Mahauru Ramabhadra) the king of western Himalayan kingdom of Guge. There are many priceless collections of Thankas (scroll paintings), manuscripts, well-preserved statues, frescos, and extensive murals which cover almost every wall. It is the preserver of Buddhist legacy. The monastery has fine collection of well-preserved paintings.
There are nearly 36 clay statues attached on the wall of assembly hall and believed to be as old as the Monastery. The Monastery complex comprises nine temples, 23 shortens, a monk’s chamber and an extension that houses the nuns chamber. You will stay in the guest house of the monastery for one night, visiting the monastery during the day to meditate and attend pujas in the evening. From Tabo, you'll visit the Nako lake and monastery.
This village is considered as the highest in the world. It has motorable road, and is situated at a towering altitude of around 15,027 feet above sea level. Komic Village is also famous for Lundup Tsemo Gompa Buddhist monastery. It is said the monastery is connected with the Maitreya Buddha or the future Buddha. Festivals are part of life in the village.
If you think your trip has been quite special so far, wait till you see the next destination. Nako is nothing short of utterly celestial! Nako’s beauty is undeniable - the water appears to actually be striped in varying shades of blue, purple, and green. Spend the day soaking in the experience of Nako Lake. You’ll spend one night at an elegant camp in front of the Lake Nako. You will also visit of the ancient Nako Monastery.
Baralacha la or Baralacha pass is one of the highest mountain pass. It means pass where many roads meet. Here you can see mountains covered with snow all around which makes it heavenly experience. Baralacha pass connects two prominent mountain ranges of India Pir Panjal and Zanskar valley besides the great Himalayan ranges. The Bhaga river originates from Surya tal lake which is situated at few kilometers from the pass. It is at comparatively low altitude than some of the other passes in this region, it's on the Leh Manali highway and offers great views and beauty .
Near below the Baralacha la you’ll meet a beautiful emerald lake, the Suraj tal (Sun Lake) the source of River Bhaga. Suraj tal or Surya Tal is sacred body of water literally means the lake of the Sun God. It is the third highest lake in India and 21st highest lake in the world. The lake remains frozen throughout the year as it is one of the highest lakes in the the world. Legends say that one dip in this lake can purify the human soul from all its sins. Beautiful lake with stunning views and healing energy.
Also known as Hollow Lake, it lies at an altitude of 4,420 meters and is about in some sections - approximately six to seven kilometers wide. It's Asia's largest saltwater lake, surrounded by barren snow-capped mountains. You’ll picnic next to the lake feeling and sharing its high vibration and its beauty!
Leave for Keylong. Stay at a luxurious hotel in Keylong for one night.
Visit this ancient, beautiful place and stay in a beautiful hotel for one night.
Stay for one night.
You will have overnight stay in a beautiful hotel.
There will be a transfer to the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL) for your flights back home.
You will go for a walk to the Old Manali to do some shopping and visit the old castle, the ancient temple in Naggar, and the Nikolas Roerich Museum. Hike up to the Krishna temple and attend a puja in the temple. You can visit the temples, the castles, and museums of Kulu Valley, soaking in the hot springs and sightseeing in the Naggar and Manali area.
Maria is a spiritual nomad who quits her Paris and Athens based psychotherapy practice and lecturing at the university to travel the world. She founded Auroyoga Academy to help people connect with their yoga practice on a deep spiritual level. She believes that Auroyoga practice is a powerful tool in helping people achieve balance, inner strength, and self-growth in their life. She teaches Auroyoga, Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga, meditation, and several courses based on the Eastern and Western contemplative and psycho dynamic approaches and Agni yoga.
As part of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is a deeply spiritual place in India. The most blessed and ancient places are Ladakh and the sacred Spiti Valley. The subtle, healing energy of the Himalayas pulsate in Spiti Valley. Nothing describes adequately Ladakh, its ethereal, subtle yet harsh dramatic landscapes.
It’s often called Little Tibet because it’s inhabited by Indo-Aryan but mostly by Tibetan descent people, so its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet. Rock carvings found in many parts of Ladakh indicate that it has been inhabited from Neolithic times. Ancient Buddhist monasteries, rivers with crystal clear water, mud-brick houses in oasis-like villages, beautiful lakes with emerald color water, high mountains, unexplored paths, the kindest, friendliest and most welcoming people of India await the visitor, silently unraveling the innate secrets of the joyous journey into the self.
In these mystic, dramatic landscapes of the Himalayas loaded with healing, ethereal spiritual energy, visitors, travelers, pilgrims, yoga practitioners, austere ascetics get a glimpse of their consciousness merged with the Highest. Himalayas connects everyone with Shambhala, the Abode of the Hierarchy of Light. The delusion of the impermanence of consciousness dissolves to become the Timeless, Permanent, Eternal, and Infinite One!
During this retreat, you will enjoy local cuisine. Most of the population of Spiti is engaged in agriculture activities and produces raw food for the preparation of their traditional dishes.
Vegetables such as pumpkins, potatoes, beans, and beetroots are cooked in different ways. Thukpa and skyu (made of wheat flour), khambir (local bread), and pava (made of sattu) are the staple food of the people of Ladakh. Varieties such as tsampa, cholak, thukpa, and mok-Mok are also the specialty of the Ladakhi cuisine.
The following meals are included:
The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:
Please book your flight to arrive at Kullu–Manali Airport (KUU). Transfer from and to the airport is included. AuroYoga will pick you up from the airport.
Please book your flight to depart from a different airport, the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL) in Leh. Transfer to the airport is included.
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