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Experience the journey to spiritual India for Holi celebration! This unique festival takes place annually and attracts countless travelers to India. Known for the beautiful vibrant colors of the festival, Holi stays true to the cultural roots of India. Alongside a certified Learning Journey's guide, you will spend your retreat fully immersed into the truly unique culture of India. Take part in this cultural event and spread the peace!
In this retreat, you will be staying at various accommodations. You will overnight at a hotel in Delhi for three nights and at a hotel in Rishikesh for the rest of the nights.
Holi, also known widely as the festival of colors, is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of spring with bonfires, colored powders, and gatherings. This vibrant celebration takes place on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna, which is early March. This globally recognized event gives travelers an inside look of Hindu mythology, as they partake in this cultural event of welcoming spring and spreading peace.
Depart from your home on a journey of the mind, body, and soul to Northern India. Please ensure when booking flights that you plan to arrive on the morning of February 26.
Namaste and welcome to India! You will arrive into its capital city, Delhi. Contemporary, Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Check-in at your hotel in Delhi. The hotel is a retreat of contemporary accommodation and warm hospitality. You will overnight in Delhi.
Your first morning in India will begin with a hotel breakfast. After breakfast, proceed for a combined tour of Old and New Delhi, a cultural melting pot of the contemporary and old world. On this tour, you will visit International Society for Krishna Consciousness temple and spend some time there learning the customs and culture surrounding this magnificent temple.
After International Society for Krishna Consciousness, you will have lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on your tour to Old Delhi. Old Delhi's narrow lanes give personality to this rich city. There, you will have a tour to the market with a cycle rickshaw ride. Additionally, on your tour, you will visit Raj Ghat and Sikh Temple, and Gandhi museum. Around 6:00 p.m., you will experience an evening Aarti ceremony at a local temple.
After your day of touring, you will have dinner at a Veda restaurant at Connaught Place. You will overnight in Delhi. Meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.
After early breakfast, you will be transferred to New Delhi Railway Station for the train to Haridwar. Upon arrival to Haridwar, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant and drive to Rishikesh. Since ages, yogis and sadhus lived and practiced religion there. This small hill town got an introduction to the western world in the late 60s when Beatles stayed at an ashram here.
There you will have a hotel check-in in Rishikesh. In the evening, visit the ashram where Beatles stayed, followed by a visit to Parmarth Niketan ashram where you will witness the prayer of river Ganges, called Ganga Aarti.
The ceremony is performed by ashram resident children who are studying the Vedas there. The ceremony commences with the singing of bhajans (prayers) and a purifying and sacred ritual that takes place around a fire, with the offerings made to the fire god (Agni).
The lamps are lit and the aarti takes place as the final part of the ceremony. The children sing along with the spiritual head of the ashram, in sweet, haunting voices. This is a very spiritually engaged ceremony.
You will overnight in Rishikesh. Meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.
This morning, you will be accompanied with an early yoga session at a hotel before breakfast. After breakfast, you will take an excursion to Kunjapuri Temple. Kunjapuri is situated at the height of 1,645 meters above the sea level, the temple is dedicated to the Goddess Shakti who donated power. Kunjapuri Temple is home to breathtaking view to the Himalayas after 150 step staircases.
On the way back, you will get the chance for a true cultural immersion into India with a visit to the village to meet the locals. After the locals visit, you will have lunch at a local restaurant. Evening remains at leisure. Guests can book a spa session with the hotel or shop in the bustling markets of Rishikesh. Dinner will be served at the hotel. You will overnight in Rishikesh. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
After a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on your drive to Haridwar to visit your guide’s home and enjoy Holi celebrations. There, you will learn local traditions and have a delicious and fun-filled lunch with the family. After engaging in the festival, you will return to Rishikesh and rest of the day remains at leisure. Dinner will be served at the hotel. You will overnight in Rishikesh. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
This morning, you can engage in a yoga session at the hotel before proceeding to breakfast. On this day, on site, visit Purukal Youth Development Society, a community organization that strives for excellence in rural children through free holistic education, day long nutrition, and complete health care. It has dual focus; development of the individual capacity of the underserved and the consequent building of community capacity.
This non-governmental organization is not only running a school but also ensuring student’s transition into a successful adulthood. In addition to education, the non-governmental organization has taken several community development initiatives like employment to the ladies of a rural community, health and sanitation, social causes such as domestic violence against females, child abuse, dowry, alcoholism, female infanticide, feticide, and natural disaster relief.
Enjoy your lunch with the staff and children here at Purukal. In the evening, get ready with your questions as you will meet an Astrologer. Astrology in India has deep roots and is very well respected. Dinner will be served at hotel. You will overnight in Rishikesh. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
In the morning, you have another chance to engage in a yoga session at the hotel before proceeding to breakfast. After breakfast at hotel, the morning remains at leisure. Lunch will be served at hotel. After lunch at about 12 p.m., you will check out of the hotel and transfer to the Haridwar Railway Station (one hour drive) to get on the train to Delhi. Once you reach Delhi, you will have a transfer to an airport hotel where you will have dinner.
You will overnight in Delhi. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Early in the morning, you will have a transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Enjoy excursions to Old and New Delhi, International Society for Krishna Consciousness temple, Raj Ghat and Sikh Temple, Gandhi museum, Haridwar - the holy place, and the ashrams where the Beatles stayed. Experience the Holi celebration, the festival of colors and have a tour to the local market with a cycle rickshaw ride.
International Society for Krishna Consciousness is a spiritual institution that follows a monotheistic tradition within the broad Hindu culture. It is scripturally based on the 5,000-year-old Sanskrit text Bhagavad-gita, focusing on educating people in the techniques of spiritual life and propagate a consciousness of Krishna as it is revealed in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.
This retreat will take place in India covering Delhi, Rishikesh, and Haridwar.
Rishikesh, at a height of about 1,360 feet above sea level, is the gateway to the Himalayas and a major center of spirituality and pilgrimage. Several temples dot the banks of the Ganges at Rishikesh.
The word Haridwar is the combination of two words ‘Hari’ means the God and ‘Dwar’ means the gate. The literary meaning of Haridwar is the gate to Gods. The city is located at the point where the Ganges leaves the Himalayas to begin its journey across the plains makes it a particularly holy place. Every 12 years, the Kumbh festival attracts millions of pilgrims who come and bathe in the river. Various episodes from the Hindu epic Mahabharata are set in this ancient town.
During this retreat, you will be provided with three daily meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Enjoy a spa treatment that you can book at the hotel or shop in the bustling markets of Rishikesh.
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Perillo's Learning Journeys will pick you up from the airport.