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9 Days Maa Ganga Yoga Tour in India

Maa Ganga India Yoga Tour

Travel feeds the soul with new experiences and self-discovery. Tasting the culture and seeing the wonders a place could offer awakens the senses yet gives a fulfilling calmness. Take a much needed break and experience pure bliss with a yoga tour in India. Join Demystifying Yoga on a journey through the marvelous landscapes of yogas origin. Explore the culture and heritage of Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Netala and Gangotri. Visit sacred temples and ashrams including the famous Beetles ashram. And get in touch with your adventurous side with a river rafting at Rishikesh. All these paired with an opportunity to deepen your yoga practice in an authentic setting, the home of yoga, incredible India.

Retreat highlights

  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Satsang or chanting and pranayama classes
  • Visit to Lord Shiva's temple, Beetles ashram and Sivananda ashram
  • Adventurous river rafting and ganga aarti at Rishikesh
  • Spiritual, cultural and heritage experience
  • 8 nights lovely accommodation

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport

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Accommodation

Hotel Good Palace (Delhi)

Hotel Good Palace is an award winning boutique hotel in New Delhi. This hotel boasts of its tastefully designed interiors, serene accommodation and unparalleled customer service. Strategically located at New Delhi's most happening commercial center Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh, Hotel Good Palace is only a few minutes drive from New Delhi railway station, while it takes around 30 minutes from international as well as domestic airport.

Hilltop Swiss Cottage (Rishikesh)

Hill Top Swiss Cottage is located in the heart of the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh in an extremely characteristic, quite lively area within short walk distance to all the important tourist destinations. It is situated on the right high bank of the Ganges at Tapovan, Rishikesh. Facing the roaring Ganga, retreat is surrounded by thick reserve forests at the base of Himalayan foot hills and is the one of the best accommodation available along the Ganga. Upon entering the hotel, you will immediately sense its special intimate atmosphere that makes you feel like being in your own florentine home.

Anand-Ganga Homestay

Anand-Ganga Yoga Guesthouse is located in Netala, Uttarkashi, in the Himalayas, which is well known in ancient epics and scriptures for its spirituality and natural beauty. It is surrounded by mountains, snow peaks (in winter) and forests. The Ganga river is only 10 meters away, flowing with beauty and grace. People come here to relax, meditate, or satsang (sing devotional songs and chants), read, write books, bathe in the Ganga, go for walks in the deep pine forests, or visit villages to see real Indian culture.

Demystifying Yoga Maa Ganga Yoga Tour in India Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival at Delhi, the capital city of India

Arrival at Delhi airport, a representative from Demystifying Yoga will meet and greet you followed by transfer to the hotel

Rest of the day is at your leisure

Stay overnight at the hotel in Delhi

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

The day will start with a morning tour of New Delhi right after breakfast

The tour will drive past India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers who were martyred during the Afghan War. Directly opposite is the 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 Humayuns Tomb, a sandstone forerunner of the Taj Mahal and Qutab Minar and 11th century victory tower that rises to a height of 73 meters

Lunch

Sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour of Old Delhi includes a brief visit to the Red Fort, a huge settlement that has beautiful palaces and public buildings within. You drive past Jamma Masjid, one of the largest mosques and a handsome structure that is still a house of worship for devout Muslims

Visit to 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 Delhis largest marketplaces, Chandni Chowk

Dinner

After dinner, you will take a luxury Volvo bus to Rishikesh (5 - 6 hours drive)

Overnight in the bus (Delhi - Rishikesh)

Day 3 - Rishikesh

Early morning arrival at Rishikesh. Check in at hotel to relax and refresh

Breakfast at 10:00 am

After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for the white-water rafting on the Ganges.

You will also visit Laksham Jhula, a long and mighty bridge over the Ganges, which was built in 1939

Lunch en route

Various temples in the city will also be visited along with the famous Beetles ashram or the original, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram

In the evening, the Arati ceremony will be held on the banks of the Ganges.

Dinner

Overnight stay at the hotel ( Rishikesh)

Day 4 - Rishikesh

06:30 - 07:30 Pranayama and meditation class.

08:30 - 10:00 Yoga Asana class.

10:15 - 11:00 Breakfast.

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. Drive time visit and back will take approximately 4 hours

In the Evening you may design your henna hand tattoo created by Indian traditional Mehendi art or can take an Ayurveda massage

Dinner

Overnight stay at the hotel (Rishikesh)

Day 5 - Rishikesh to Netala Drive

06:30 - 07:30 Pranayama and meditation class

08:30 - 10:00: Yoga asana class

10:15 - 11:00: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Netala (Uttarkashi) and visit temples

Lunch en route

Arrival at Netala. Check in and dinner at the homestay

Overnight stay at the homestay Uttarkashi (Netala)

Day 6 - Netala

06: 00 Silent walk meditation

07:00 Satsang (Chanting)

08:30 -10:00 Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Gangotri

On the way to Gangotri, you will stop at Gangnani for a refreshing dip in hot water spring

Continue to Gangtori and visit the holy Gangotri temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga, submerged Shivling, Kedar Ganga Sangam, Bahironghati and Harsil

Lunch en route

Homemade dinner at the homestay

Evening visit to Sivananda Ashram (Kutir) Netala

If time permits, you will join in the evening satsang at Sivananda Kutir Ashram

Overnight stay at the homestay (Netala) Uttarkashi

Day 7 - Netala - Rishikesh

06:30 - 7:30 Satsang in the morning followed by meditation

08:30 - 10:00 Yoga asana class

10:00 - 1:00 Breakfast

After breakfast drive to Rishikesh

Visit Lord Ramas Guru Sage Vashishtas cave

Arrive Rishikesh and check in at hotel

Lunch en route

Dinner in the evening

Overnight stay at the hotel (Rishikesh)

Day 8 - Rishikesh

After Breakfast, use local transport services to visit Hardwar

Lunch en route, dinner in the evening

Overnight stay at the hotel (Rishikesh)

Day 9 - Rishikesh to Delhi

07:00 - 08:00 Pranayama and meditation class

09:00 -10:00 Breakfast

Take the luxury Volvo bus to Delhi

Lunch en route

Arrival at Delhi

Departure to international airport and further destinations

Included excursions

Beetles ashram or the original Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram

It was abandoned in 1997 and is now back under the control of the forest department. However, the shells of many buildings, meditation cells and lecture halls can still be seen, including Maharishis own house and the guesthouse where the Beatles stayed and apparently wrote much of the White Album. The once-striking art installation called the Beatles cathedral gallery has become a graffiti free-for-all, but its still worth seeing. It is to be turned into a museum soon.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

According to Hindu mythology, the place where the Neelkanth Mahadev temple currently stands is the sacred location where Lord Shiva consumed the poison halahala that originated from the sea when devas (Gods) and asuras (Demons) churned the ocean in order to obtain Amrita. This poison that emanated during the Samudramanthan (churning of ocean) made his throat blue in color. Thus, Lord Shiva is also known as Nilkanth, literally meaning the blue throated one.

Lord Ramas Guru Sage Vashishtas cave

Vashistha cave is cave (Gufa) of great sage Vashistha. Vashistha was one of the Saptarishis (Seven great sages) in ancient India. Vashistha was manas putra of Lord Brahma and Guru of Lord Ram. This cave is located 25 kilometers far from Rishikesh and it is believed that Vashistha Rishi meditated here. This cave is most beautiful place of meditation. Later it was maintained by small family for many years. During 1930 Swami Purshottamanand came here and maintained this place. Currently Swami Chaitanyanand Ji (disciple of Swami Purshottamanand) is head of the ashram.

Retreat location

Delhi

Delhi, Indias 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.

Haridwar

Haridwar is city in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand state in India. A place where the river Ganges enters in plain areas north India after flowing 250 kilometers from its origin Gaumukh (Gangotri Glacier). People from across the India visit for pilgrimage and to take a holy dip into the holy river Ganges. It is an ancient city and one of the most sacred cities in India. Foreigners are always attracted to Haridwar because here they can closely experience Indias complex culture, various Hindu rituals and the ancient civilization.

Rishikesh

Rishikesh, known as the Place of Sagas is a spiritual town situated 24 kilometers upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga rivers and surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides. The whole place is considered to be sacred as it is believed that meditation at this place leads to attainment of salvation. There are many temples-some ancient, some new along the river Ganges. The river side is dotted by the ashrams of Sadhus and Sages.

Rishikesh is also known as the yoga and adventure capital of India and for the adventure seekers the suggested place to start their trekking expeditions to the Himalayan peaks and the White river rafting. A well-known place where most of the yoga teacher trainings, reiki and healing practices are taught and learned in India. The international yoga week which attracts participation from across the world is held here during the month of February (every year) on the banks of the holy Ganga. A vegetarian and an alcohol - free city by law.

Netala

If places were books, Netala would be that rare timeless classic placed on a hard-to-reach shelf, in a bookshop that only eager bookworms make their way to. No attractive cover to grab attention, no reviews mentioned on its back cover, no catchy tagline, no popularity, not even a shred of well-deserved pride mentioned for admiration. Netala has altogether a different world to offer, a real world untainted by materialism.

A small Himalayan village right on the banks of the river Ganga with no networks, no tourist traps, and a sky full of fresh mountain air. Home to handful of people and their animals, it has the air of a place that stayed true to what nature had intended for it, long before it got marked on a map. And the ice-cold waters of the Ganga, known as the Bhagirathi, passes here roaring past mountains elegantly dressed with evergreen trees. The Siror bridge, the Sivananda ashram and the villagers humble dwellings being a few signs of human culture dotting its terrain.

Gangotri

Gangotri is the origin of river Ganga and the seat of goddess Ganga, is situated in Uttarakhand, it is 300 kilometers from Dehradun and very close to the Indo-Tibetan border. The Gangotri temple was built by a Gorkha commander in the 18th century. Apart from its religious significance, Gangotri is also a miracle of nature. River Ganga originates from the Gangotri glacier and is known as Bhagirathi till it merges with Alaknanda at Devaprayag. From Devprayag, it is known as Ganga.

Food

Delectable and healthy vegetarian breakfasts

Home cooked vegetarian dinner at Anand Ganga Homestay, as per itinerary.

What's included

  • Air conditioned transport at Delhi.
  • All applicable taxes
  • Entry fee at all the monuments/national parks and museums as per the program.
  • Home cooked dinner at Anand Ganga homestay (vegetarian) as per the tour.
  • Local transport
  • Luxury Volvo bus fares (Air conditioned)
  • River rafting
  • Satsang, meditation and yoga classes as per the tour
  • Services of English speaking accompanying escort and yoga teacher for complete tour
  • Services of local English speaking guides as per the tour.
  • Twin share, clean and cozy accommodation in budget hotels, homestays or similar
  • Vegetarian breakfasts

What's not included

  • All services which are not mentioned in the trip inclusions
  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, fax services, beverages (even during meals), camera fee and video charges at monuments
  • Insurances of any kind relating to trip (delay or cancellation), baggage (lost or damaged) and medical (medication, consultation or hospitalization).
  • International and domestic flights
  • Porter (for baggage handling) at the place of stay, airports and railway stations
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers or at the restaurants
  • Visa fee for India and airport taxes

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Book your flights to Delhi International Airport or officially known as Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Demystifying Yoga will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to respective accommodation.

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Thursday July 26, 2018
Departure: Friday August 3, 2018

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