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5 Days Himalayas Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh, India

Meditation and Yoga Retreat India

This retreat is an excellent opportunity for you to rejuvenate, recharge, and relax. It was designed specially for people who are looking for an opportunity to go within and find those little spouts of ever expanding happiness. Enjoy yoga in the middle of nature and experience the adventure of a lifetime in the Himalayas! You will be experiencing a mix between yoga, relaxation, sightseeing, cultural experiences, and some physical activities out in nature, all in all offering you the ultimate experience of India.

Meet the instructors

Hitanshi & Gourav
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Experience high sattvik energy atmosphere
  • Daily well-being program with yoga and meditations
  • Great experience to give you peace and tranquility
  • Enjoy activities surrounded by pristine nature
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

All guests will be staying in dome-shaped tents, on a twin sharing basis. Individual tents are available at an extra cost.

Program

This retreat starts on March 28, 2018.

Day one - Wednesday:

  • Depart for Chopta (Start Early: 7 a.m.)
  • View the confluence of the rivers Alakhanda and Bhagrirati at Devprayag
  • Reach Sari Village by evening
  • Trek for 3 kilometers to Devariya Tal (warm-up trek)
  • Camp at Devariya Tal

Day two - Thursday:

  • Yoga and Pranayama in the morning
  • Trek to Rupani Bhugyal and explore the jungle (Warm up trek - 2)
  • Yoga session in evening
  • Star Gazing
  • Relax

Day three - Friday:

  • Start early for long trek to Chopta via Rohini Bughyal (16/18km)
  • Enjoy the birder's trail
  • Meditation session on the way
  • Enjoy the trail through Rhododendron (and other forests) forest
  • Enjoy the serene and secluded meadow of Rohini Bugyal
  • Yoga Stretches on the way
  • Reach Chopta
  • Relax and Silence! Starts

Day four - Saturday:

  • Wake up early
  • Mindful sun salutations (54 times)
  • Relax, Pranayamas
  • Meditate by the camp or near a stream
  • Rest and relaxation
  • Afternoon chanting and Nidra yoga
  • Silence over

Day five - Sunday:

  • Wake up early for silent walk
  • Morning asana session at Chopta camp
  • Departure to Haridwar/Rishikesh

This retreat starts on Friday, September 28, early morning 07:00 from Rishikesh. There are many options to reach Rishikesh, in the same morning, by buses from Delhi or if you prefer a train journey, you could reach Haridwar and Hith Yoga would make pickup arrangements from Haridwar Railway station, at additional cost.

You could also reach Rishikesh before and spend a weekend on exploring this amazing hub of yoga. If you need any kind of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Hith Yoga and they will gladly assist.

Day one

  • Depart for Chopta
  • View the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi at Devprayag
  • Arrive in Chopta by evening
  • Relax

Day two

  • Yoga and pranayama in the morning
  • Start the trek to Tungnath
  • Yoga session in evening or on the way
  • Camp at Tunghnath

Day three

  • Early trekking to Chandrashila
  • Meditation session
  • Depart for Chopta
  • Rest and Silence! Starts
  • Yoga in the evening along with relaxation

Day four

  • Wake up early
  • Mindful sun salutations (54 times)
  • Relax and pranayamas
  • Meditate by the camp or near a stream
  • Rest and relaxation
  • Afternoon chanting and Nidra yoga
  • Silence over
  • Bonfire

Day five

  • Wake up early for silent walk
  • Morning asana session at Chopta camp
  • Departure to Haridwar or Rishikesh

Included excursions

During this retreat, you will be trekking, while stopping to meditate at the river banks that form Ganga, to energize yourself.

Tungnath

Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world, and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Chandrashila

Chandrashila is located at the summit of Tungnath. It literally means "moon rock", and is located at a height of about 4,000 meters above sea level.

Instructors

Hitanshi Jain
(Yoga)
Hitanshi conducts various yoga workshops, including stress management, therapeutic yoga workshops for companies, and yogic treatment for other occupational disorders like anxiety neurosis, depression, blood pressure problems, and cervical and back pain. She completed a postgraduate diploma in yoga with alternate therapies (acupressure, Reiki, naturopathy) from LNUPE, Gwalior, and is currently pursuing a master of science in yoga therapy from SVYASA, Bangalore. She is also a follower of Bihar School of Yoga, as well as a Reiki and pranic healer.
Gourav Khabya
(Yoga)
Gourav is Yoga Siromani from Sivananda Vedanta Centre, Kerala. He deeply follows learnings from Bihar School of Yoga and SVYASA, Bangalore. He is also an NLP practitioner and a pranic healer. He worked with various multinational corporations in business operations and engineering before taking up yoga as a full-time career option. Gourav co-founded Hith Yoga to help people become healthier, both physically and mentally. He has a special interest in working on peoples’ mindsets and emotions, and thus combines his Hatha yoga teachings impeccably with meditation practices.

Retreat location

%This retreat will take place in Rishikesh, Chopta, Tungnath, and Chandrashila, across Uttarakhand, India.

Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges river. The river is considered holy, and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free, and vegetarian enclave, upstream from the Rishikesh town.

Chopta

Chopta is a small region of meadows and evergreen forest area which is a part of Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary, and a base for trekking to Tungnath, the third temple of Panch Kedar, which lies 3.5 kilometers away.

Tungnath

Tungnath is one of the PanchKedars and is the highest Shiva temple in the world. As per the legend, sage Vyas Rishi advised the Pandavas (Refer: Mahabharata) that since they were culpable of slaying their own relatives during the Mahabharata war, their act could be pardoned only by Lord Shiva. They went in search of Shiva who hid to avoid them as he was convinced of their guilt. To keep away from them, Shiva took the form of a bull and went into hiding in Guptakashi, where Pandavas chased him. Later, Shiva’s body in the form of bull’s body parts re-materialized at five different locations that represent the "PanchKedar", where Pandavas built temples of Lord Shiva at each location, to worship and venerate, seeking his pardon and blessings. Each one is identified with a part of his body; Tungnath is identified as the place where the bahu (hands) were seen. (Third temple of PanchKedar and the highest Shiva temple in the World). During the winters, the idols from Kedarnath temple and Madhyamaheshwar are brought to worship there for six months.

Chandrashilais summit of the Tungnathand literally means "Moon Rock". There are various legends associated with this place. According to one of the most popular legends, this is the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the demon-king Ravana. Another legend says that moon-god Chandra spent time here in penance. The Beauty of Chandrashila is incredible. It is an impressive vantage point that offers 360 degrees panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas. This is a beautiful trek, with difficulty level, rated as easy to moderate.

Devariyatal

Devariyatal is perhaps the only trek that gives maximum returns for the effort put in. The lake is known for its wide 300° panorama view of snow covered mountains like Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Bandarpunch, Kedar Range, Kalanag, etc. can be viewed from here. At an altitude of about 2438 meters, it has heavily wooded, lush green inclined fields surrounded by dense trees. Deoria Tal lies in the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary. If lucky, then one can spot

animals drinking water from the lake early in the morning.

Rohini Bugyal

Rohini Bugyal is among the best picturesque sites in the Himalayas. It is surrounded by Rhododendron and plenty of other variety of trees overlooking mysterious peak of Kala Parvat. During the sunset, everything here seems to be painted with heavenly colors. Trek from Devariya Tal to Rohini Bhugyal is a birders trail having huge numbers of birds to spot. Quietness and Serenity make it an ideal place to meditate; but just that this 14 kilometers trek would make you enjoy every bit of your muscles. Oops, they meant every bit of your trek.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Mountain walking

Food

The price of this retreat includes three daily meals after reaching Chopta. Food will be Indian, simple, vegetarian, fresh, and local.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Camping arrangement (dome tents + sleeping bag + camping mattresses + first aid)
  • Daily vegetarian meals - provided after reaching Chopta
  • Experienced mountain guide and cook
  • First aid or medical kit
  • Forest entry (for Indians)
  • Porter or mule for carrying camping equipment and ration
  • Toilet tents
  • Transport from Rishikesh to Chopta in tempo traveler or equivalent

What's not included

  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Meals during journey from Rishikesh to Chopta
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Soft drinks, beverages, etc.

How to get there

Arrival by Airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).

Arrival by bus

The cheapest way is by bus. If you are coming from Delhi, you can get a bus to Rishikesh.

Arrival by train

There are many trains coming from Delhi, the best one is called Shatabdi - Dehradun Express. It leaves twice daily from New Delhi Train Station and the journey takes four hours and fifteen minutes up to Hardwar.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
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