12 Days Cultural Tour and Yoga Retreat in Himalaya, India

  • Hotel Hongkong Inn, Amritsar, India

12 Days Cultural Tour and Yoga Retreat in Himalaya, India

  • Hotel Hongkong Inn, Amritsar, India

Himalayan India Yoga Retreat

If you want to walk down the green and flowery meadows and climb up the rugged mountains with yoga and meditation, then Himalayas is the perfect destination. So don’t wait, come and explore the greatest gift of nature at this Himalayan yoga tour. Transform your life towards divinity, bliss, and peace. Following the trip, you will gain peace of mind and rejuvenation.


  • Yoga classes
  • Opportunity to explore Himalayas
  • Meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Visits to monuments, temples, and museums
  • Airport transfer and transport during tour
  • 11 nights of accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Throughout the tour, you will stay in budget hotels, namely Hongkong Inn in Amritsar, Bob N Barley in Dharamshala, Snow Park in Manali, and Bridge View in Shimla.

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi, the capital city of India

Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). An airport representative will be meeting you on arrival (after clearing passport and customs formalities) and shall assist for the transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Day 2: Full day city tour of New Delhi and Old Delhi

Breakfast is at the hotel, followed by a morning tour of New Delhi. You will drive past India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers who were martyred during the Afghan War.

Directly opposite is Rashtrapati Bhawan, once the imperial residence of the British Viceroys, it is now the official residence of the president of India. To one side is Parliament House, a circular building that is a symbol of Indian democracy. You will also visit Humayun’s tomb, a sandstone forerunner of the Taj Mahal and Qutab Minar and 11th century victory tower that rises to a height of 73 meters.

In the afternoon, after lunch you will have sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour of Old Delhi includes a brief visit to the Red Fort, a huge settlement that contains within it some very beautiful palaces and handsome public buildings. You will drive past Jamma Masjid, one of the largest mosques and a handsome structure that is still a house of worship for devout Muslims.

You will also visit Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. If time permits, you will also enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the silver streets of one of Delhi’s largest marketplaces, Chandni Chowk. Overnight stay at your hotel in Delhi.

Day 3 Delhi - Amristsar by train

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.

In the afternoon, you will visit Wagah border show (subject to the arrival time). In the late evening, you will visit Golden Temple for night ceremony. You can rest at the hotel afterwards.

Day 4: Amritsar - Dharamsala

In the morning, you will visit Golden Temple and Jallianwala bagh. Later, drive to Dharamsala. On arrival, check in at hotel.

Day 5: 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 (1380 meters) is a busy commercial center, while upper Dharamsala (1830 meters) 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.

In the morning, you will join a yoga class which includes introduction to yoga and meditation. Later, enjoy a half-day tour of Dharamshala, visiting the Tibetan Medical Center, Church of St. John, meditation courses, and local monasteries. The rest of the day is free.

Day 6: Dharamsala - Manali

Join a morning yoga class which also covers pranayama and asanas practice. Later, leave by surface for Manali, en route enjoy the most beautiful and picturesque part of the Himachal Pradesh which takes you through some exhilarating scenery. In the evening, you will arrive in Manali and be transferred to your hotel.

Day 7: Manali

Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It’s also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000-meter-high Rohtang Pass.

In the morning, join a yoga class which includes pranayama, yoga asanas, and medtation practice. Then, enjoy a half-day city tour visiting Hadimba temple, old Manali village, and a Tibetan monastery. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Manali

Join a morning yoga class which includes pranayama and advance yoga asanas practice. Today, there will be a full day excursion visiting local bazaar, mall Road and Sollang Valley. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9: Manali - Kullu - Shimla

Nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, Kullu is a veritable jewel in the crown of Himachal Pradesh. The breathtaking beauty of its marvelous landscapes, the hospitality of its people, their distinctive lifestyle and rich culture have enthralled travelers for eons.

The Dev Sanskriti of the valley blends faith, mythology and history to create and sustain a unique bond between the mundane and the divine. Blessed with salubrious weather throughout the year, the district is known for the internationally renowned towns of Kullu and Manali, the pristine beauty of the Parbati Valley, the teeming biodiversity of the Great Himalayan National Park, the quaint temple architecture of the hills, and several enjoyable trekking routes across its breadth and width.

After breakfast, enjoy an interesting drive to Shimla, which was once the summer capital of India during the British Raj, visiting the famous Kullu Shawl industry en route. After arriving in Shimla, you will be transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Shimla

Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.

Shimla has been blessed with all the natural bounties which one can think of. It has got a scenic location, it is surrounded by green hills with snow capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era creates an aura which is very different from other hill.

Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, Shimla retains its colonial heritage, with grand old buildings, charming iron lamp posts and Anglo-Saxon names. The Mall, packed with shops and eateries, is the center of attraction of the town, and Scandal Point, associated with the former Maharaja of Patiala’s escapades, offers a view of distant snow clad peaks.

Shimla is ideally located, and though there is an air service to the town, it is best reached by road that takes in the charms of the Himalayan countryside at its best. There is a sense of nostalgia about Shimla, with its old bungalows and their gabled roofs and beautiful gardens.

In the morning, join a yoga class with pranayama, yoga asana practice, and meditation. Later, join a full-day excursion visiting Kufri and nearby spots. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Shimla - Chandigarh

Chandigarh is the best-planned city in India, with architecture which is world-renowned, and a quality of life, which is unparalleled. As the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh it is a prestigious city. The face of modern India, Chandigarh, is the manifestation of a dream that Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru envisaged and Le Corbusier executed.

Serenity and a city are two diametrically opposite concepts, which however, get belied in the "city beautiful". Chandigarh is a rare epitome of modernization co-existing with nature’s preservation. It is here that the trees and plants are as much a part of the construction plans as the buildings and the roads. India’s first planned city, is a rich, prosperous, spic and span, green city rightly called "the city beautiful".

In the morning, join a yoga class which also covers pranayama, yoga asana practice, and meditation. Then, you will be driven to Chandigarh. On arrival, you have the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Chandigarh - Delhi

Today will be the last day of the Himalayan tour. You will be driven to Delhi and transferred to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or station to board flight or train to onward destination.

Throughout the tour, you will visit monuments, temples, monasteries, and museums in Amritsar, Dharamsala, Manali, Kullu, Shimla, Candigarh, and Delhi.

Himalayas is one such nature's gift to mankind. It's the symbol of nature's beauty in true sense. Himalaya being the world's highest mountain chain is a collage of nature's beauty. It portrays different facets of nature like the snowcapped mountain peaks, valleys, glacier, rivers, and varied rich vegetation.

For mankind, Himalayas has always been a mystery, so people have tried to explore it again and again. It was in the year 1953, May 29, when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to climb Mount Everest, world's highest peak. Since then, many have climbed to explore the unknown zone of the Himalayas. Exploring the Himalayas bring you close to nature, its surrounding, the people, their religion, and food culture.

As you traverse through the Himalayan range, you will discover the geographic variation from the lush green lands to the beautiful valleys and tropical jungles. Such variation is rarely seen anywhere in the world. There are various destinations to be visited in the Himalayas. With variations in the climate, vegetation and geographical characteristics, each place is distinct from the other.

The tribes and the people of Himalayas showcase their own rich culture and heritage of the region. Himalayas is considered paradise on earth. Its scenic beauty is just a visual treat. It rejuvenates the body and soul. The mystic beauty of the Himalayas has attracted people from across the world. Other than a popular holiday destination, Himalayas is also known for certain places which are still unexplored.

Breakfast from day 2 to 12 are included in price.

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • All currently applicable taxes
  • All entrance fees during the sightseeing for single visit only
  • Breakfast at the hotel from day 2 to day 12
  • English-speaking local guide in Delhi, Amritsar, Dharamshala, Manali, Shimla
  • Escort / master yoga teacher
  • Pranayama, yoga asana, and meditation classes
  • Train Delhi - Amritsar
  • Airfares
  • Alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as phone calls
  • Cost incurred in obtaining visa, travel insurance, airport taxes
  • Cost incurred in case of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Camera or video fees at monuments
  • Lunch, dinner, or any other meals not mentioned in inclusion
  • Tips or gratuities given to drivers, guides, restaurants, or hotels
  • Use of items in room mini bar

Arrival by airplane

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

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.


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Arrival: Wednesday May 2, 2018
Departure: Sunday May 13, 2018



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