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Enjoy an India tour and yoga retreat with Demystifying Yoga. This retreat is designed for those seeking spiritual, cultural, heritage, and yogic part of India. You will be introduced to the world of authentic traditional Indian yoga and Ayurveda. This tour combines instructions in yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation with a glimpse into the various cultures and traditions of India, which has inspired travelers for years. Demystifying Yoga welcomes you with divinity and peace.
In Delhi, you will be staying in Hotel Singh Sons. In Amritsar, you will stay at MC International. While in Dharamshala you will stay at Nandini Regency. On day 9, March 24, 2018, you will have an overnight train traveling from Dharamshala to Haridwar or Rishikesh. In Rishikesh, you will be staying at Hilltop Swiss Cottage.
Arrive at Delhi, the capital city of India. You will stay overnight at the hotel in Delhi. Delhi is India’s 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 there, 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.
You will go for a sightseeing tour of old and new Delhi after breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, you will explore and experience the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 20th centuries, the old Delhi. You will stop at the Red Fort for a photo shoot and then take a Rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of the Old Delhi up to the nearby Jama Mosque, the largest in India that has a courtyard to hold 25,000 worshippers. Then, you will pay a poignant visit to Rajghat, the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation and a memorial to this humble man who so changed the world.
In the afternoon, you will explore India’s bustling capital city the New Delhi visiting the Vijay Chowk, “Victory Square”, stopover at the Presidential Palace with its intriguing combination of classical and Indian design elements and the India Gate memorializing Indian soldiers who died in World War I. Then, you will travel far back in time at the Humayun’s tomb, a UNESCO world heritage site dating from 1570 AD and the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and lastly visit the Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world.
You will stay overnight at a hotel in Delhi.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will go for a morning drive then proceed for a guided tour visiting the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most admired architectural masterpieces. This majestic marble-domed mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife to symbolize their unending love. Then, you will visit the Agra Fort where you will find splendid remains of sandstone and marble palaces.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will take a train to Amritsar, 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), and in the late evening, you will visit the Golden Temple for a night ceremony. You will be staying overnight in a hotel at Amritsar.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will go for a morning visit to the Golden Temple and Jallianwala bagh. Later on, you will drive to Dharamsala and check in your hotel.
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 a widespread 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. You will have morning yoga class, which includes an introduction to yoga and meditation. Later, you will join in a half day tour of Dharamshala, visit the Tibetan Medical Center, Church of St. John, attend meditation courses, and visit local monasteries. The rest of the day is free for you to go exploring.
You will have pranayama and Hatha yoga classes in the morning, followed by breakfast at 08:30 a.m. After breakfast, you will be free for tours around Dharamshala. You will have lunch at 13:00 and dinner at 19:00. Later in the evening, you will have a meditation and mantra chanting in the evening.
You will have pranayama and Hatha yoga classes in the morning, followed by breakfast at 08:30. After breakfast, you will be free for tours around Dharamshala. You will have lunch at 13:00 and dinner at 19:00. Later in the evening, you will take an overnight train from Pathankot to Haridwar.
Upon arrival, you will visit Haridwar en route to Rishikesh. The holy city of Haridwar translates to "gateway to God,". The breathtaking city, replete with temples, is a magnet for religious pilgrims from all over the globe. Religious festivals hold even further draw and tourists can’t help but be compelled by the city’s aura of intense spirituality. Be sure you do not miss the Har ki Pauri and the Chandi Devi Temple.
Rishikesh is located in the north of India in the state of Uttrakhand. It is known as the gateway to the Himalayas and a famous pilgrimage city for Hindus and yogis. The city annually attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists both from India as well as from the western countries. It is home to many yoga centers that can partially look back on a long tradition. Rishikesh, therefore, has the reputation of being the yoga capital of the world to be.
You will have pranayama, Hatha yoga, and meditation classes in the morning, followed by breakfast at 08:30. After breakfast, you will visit Kunjapuri temple. Kunjapuri temple is one of the must visit places of Tehri district not just because of its story related to gods and goddesses but also for the panoramic views of Garhwal Himalayan peaks like Swarga Rohini, Gangotri, Banderpunch, and Chaukhamba to the north and Rishikesh, Haridwar, and DoonValley to the south.
The temple Kunjapuri is situated on the top of the hill Kunjapuri 1,676 meters high, 7 kilometers away from Narendra Nagar, around 15 kilometers from Rishikesh and 93 kilometers from Devaprayag blessing the passersby.
Kunjapuri is the temple of Goddess Durga, as it being one of the thirteen Shakti Peethas (power centers) in Shivalik Range and one of the three Shakti Peethas in Tehri district established by Jagadguru Shankaracharya. Other two Shakti Peethas in the district are Surkanda Devi and Chandrabadni. Kunjapuri, along with these two peethas form a holy triangle.
Shakti Peethas are the places where body parts of Goddess Sati (incarnation of Goddess Parvati before she took birth as Parvati) fell down while Lord Shiva was carrying her dead body in his arms and roaming unconsciously through the Himalayan ranges of Bharat barsh. There is a total of 52 Shakti Peethas around Nepal and India.
The Durga temple Kunjapuri receives thousands of visitors throughout the year but during Navaratras (April and October), there is much flow of devotees. During the Dusshera Festival, one can be part of the grand celebrations at Kunjapuri.
You will have lunch at 13:00. After lunch, you will visit the Vashistha Cave, a popular place in Rishikesh for meditation lovers. Vashistha cave is located 28 kilometers far from Rishikesh on Rishikesh Badrinath Highway. It is located on the bank of the River Gang. Vashistha is one of the seven sages (Saptrishi) in Hindu culture.
Vashistha is considered as Brahmrishi. Brahmrishi is highest kind of sage who has achieved highest divine knowledge. Vashistha is also considered as one of the contributors to the Vedas. Arundhati was his wife. He was the priest of prestigious royal families such as Surya Dynasty. Lord Ram was also born in the same dynasty. Lord Ram was the incarnation of Vishnu.
According to ancient Hindu scripts Vashistha has a divine cow “Nandini”. Nandini cow has powers that she can fulfill all the wishes of the owner. Once King Kaushik (later became famous as Vishvamitra) came to know about this cow and tried to capture this cow forcefully. When he failed to do that, he killed the sons of Vashistha. Sage Vashistha tried to end his life in the River Ganga. River Ganga refused him and send him back.
Arundhati (wife of Vashistha) liked the place and decided to stay there. It is believed that this is the same cave which was used by Vashistha in ancient time. No wonder many people feel amazing while meditating in this cave. There is also small Shivlinga inside the cave.
You will have pranayama, Hatha yoga, and meditation classes in the morning, followed by breakfast at 08:30. After breakfast, you will visit Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Beetle's Ashram, or Maharishi Yogi Ashram. You will also visit local markets. In the evening, you will enjoy the Arti at Parmarth Niketan.
After breakfast, you will drive to Delhi, in time transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to go home with love, light, peace, and bliss in the hearts.
This spiritual yoga tour will take place in Delhi, Agra, Amritsar, Dharamsala, Haridwar, and Rishikesh, India.
You will be served daily breakfast meals throughout this retreat. Meals will be vegetarian.
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.