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11 Days Bhakti Pilgrimage and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Ganesha Events Kochi - Coimbatore - Pondichery - Thiruvanamalai - Chenai - Auroville

Overview

Sacred Journey Yoga Retreat India

  • 10 days with instruction
  • Join this retreat to experience a sacred journey around India with local and international bands, visiting eternal temples, discovering stories and sacred places, encountering enlightened beings in the area, and a perfect combination of yoga sessions and Hanuman Chalisa workshops. This pilgrimage is a peep inside the heart of spiritual mystic grounds of India where the streets pulse with spirituality and people dedicate their lives to the divine.

    Highlights

    • Daily yoga classes
    • One different location every day
    • Daily Hanuman Chalisa workshops
    • Transportation around pilgrimage places
    • 10 nights accommodation
    • Daily local meals

    Skill level

    • Beginner

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    During this retreat, you will stay either in a shared or a private room in three and four-star hotels and ashrams.

    During this retreat, you will experience a different location around India every day. You will enjoy daily yoga practices along with Hanuman Chalisa workshops. You will have the opportunity to visit sacred places in Sri Krishna, Radha, Shiva, Buddha, Hanuman, and Ram and Sita. Also, you will get to know sacred people that dedicate their lives to the divine in its many forms and some of the greatest living yogis and masters of the world.

    Daily itinerary

    Tuesday - January 10 and Wednesday - January 11, 2017

    Travel and visit to Kochi.

    Thursday - January 12, 2017

    Travel and visit to Salem.

    Friday - January 13, 2017

    Travel and visit to Coimbatore

    Saturday - January 14, 2017

    Travel and visit to Thiruvanamalai

    Sunday - January 15 and Monday - January 16, 2017

    Travel and visit to Pondicherry

    Tuesday - January 17, 2017

    Travel and visit to Auroville

    Wednesday - January 18, 2017

    Travel and visit to Chennai and having a delicious breakfast followed by departure to Chennai International Airport (MAA).

    Temple etiquette

    • Always shower and wear clean clothes before entering a temple
    • Always remove your shoes prior to entering a temple
    • Occasionally, a temple will collect and store your shoes in a special area
    • Taking pictures in temples is almost always forbidden so please abide by temple rules
    • In many temples, mobile phones and cameras are not allowed so please respect this policy
    • Always use your right hand to accept Prasad, when touching anything, or when accepting gifts
    • You will find different statues representing different gods, it is common to walk around these idols as a form of worship, go in front of the idol, and touch the feet of the idol with your right hand as another form of worship.
    • Men and women must always sit a part in the temples
    • Be respectful of God and the Gods
    • Leave food and improper manners outside
    • Do not enter the shrines (special areas inside the temples) without invitation
    • Do not sit with your feet pointing toward the deities or another person
    • Refrain from gossip and worldly talk
    • Turn off or mute/silence your cell phone
    • Treat the priests with respect and obey visitor signs
    • Men and women should avoid hugging and other demonstrations of affection
    • Excursion to Auroville
    • Excursion to Chennai
    • Excursion to Coimbatore
    • Excursion to Kochi
    • Excursion to Pondicherry
    • Excursion to Salem
    • Excursion to Thiruvanamalai
    • Wari Om

      Wari is a yoga photographer and filmmaker. He travels around the world sharing and expanding the light of yoga. His work has been published and sponsored by some of the most prominent yoga magazines and conferences.

    This retreat will be held at six different places around India, Kochi, Coimbatore, Thiruvanamalai, Pondicherry, Auroville, and Chennai.

    During this retreat, you will be served three daily vegetarian meals per day starting with breakfast on arrival day and finishing with breakfast on departure day.

    During your free time, you may enjoy chanting practices or visit ancient temples to meet yogis.

    • 1 daily yoga class
    • 3 daily vegetarian meals
    • 10 nights accommodation
    • Airport transfer from Cochin International Airport (COK) to hotel
    • Airport transfer to Chennai International Airport (MAA)
    • Chalisa workshops
    • Chanting sessions
    • Local transportation to all places mentioned in the itinerary
    • Visits and excursions to sacred places
    • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Additional meals
    • Airfare

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). The organizer will pick you up from the airport on arrival day at 14:00. The pick-up is included in the price.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

    Testimonials

    • Review by Sanjani

      "All I can say is that I am coming back next year and I can't wait!"

      India Yoga Festival Facebook page, edited

    • Review by Vincent

      "Such a great Bhakti gathering! Grateful for the love and joy we shared."

      India Yoga Festival Facebook page, edited