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8 Day Personalized Yoga Holiday in the Himalayas of Kashmir

Rasa Retreat, Nishat Ishber, Srinagar, Kashmir, India

Hiking, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat India

This highly customized retreat in Srinagar is the only one of its kind in the Himalayas of Kashmir. From daily yoga in a variety of different styles - Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Kashimiri Shiva yoga, guests can enjoy instruction by a certified yoga teacher and meditation sessions. Nestled in the Himalayas, Kashmir is often referred to as 'Switzerland Of The East.' Its unsurpassed beauty and culture make for an intriguing and interesting setting to practice yoga and relax.

Meet the instructors

Tahir
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Highlights

  • All hiking trips
  • All yoga and meditation sessions
  • Walking or running sessions near Dal Lake
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Sheikh ul Alam International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in private rooms. The plush accommodations are comfortable with attached baths. The entire property is Wi-Fi enabled and complimentary for all guests.

Program

From daily yoga from a variety of different styles - Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Kashimir Yoga, guests can enjoy instruction by the certified yoga teacher, Tahir, who is also the Secretary of the Yoga Society of India's (North Chapter). All classes end with meditation. Most of the classes are conducted in the quiet front garden; some are conducted in the mountains, and one special class will take place on the island in the middle of Dal Lake.

The itinerary is built to allow guests to discover Srinagar and the majestic beauty of Kashmir with excursions included.

Rasa Retreat prefers for guests to arrive on Saturday and stay the week till Friday; however, they can and will accept guests on any other ideally suited date as well based on availability.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • Arrive and settle-in
  • Walk on Dal Lake
  • Yoga in the garden
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Fruits
  • Jog or walk on Dal Lake
  • Yoga in the middle of Dal Lake
  • Breakfast
  • Sightseeing - Shankarachariya Mandir, Nishat Bagh
  • Lunch followed by downtime
  • Hike to Harwan
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Fruits
  • Jog or walk
  • Breakfast
  • Sightseeing - Pari Mahal, Chasmei Sahi, Botanical Garden
  • Lunch
  • Visit Jamia Masjid
  • Downtime
  • Hike to a mountain
  • Yoga on a mountain
  • Return for dinner

Day 4

  • Fruits
  • Jog or walk on Dal Lake
  • Yoga in the garden
  • Breakfast
  • Shopping excursion to Khayam Chowk
  • Lunch
  • Downtime
  • Bus ride around Dal Lake
  • Evening walk or jog
  • Dinner

Day 5

  • Fruits to get started
  • Short walk or jog
  • Stretch it out - yoga
  • Breakfast, and then depart mid-morning for Dhara
  • Boxed lunch
  • Hike
  • Return to Srinagar for dinner

Day 6

  • Fruits and breakfast
  • Relaxed morning with plenty downtime to read, catch up on emails, etc
  • Lunch
  • Another short hike up the hill near hotel and sunset yoga
  • Dinner

Day 7

  • Relaxed morning with yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Packing and airport drop-off

Included excursions

  • Local Conveyance
  • Hiking trip in Dhara
  • Hike to Harwan, site of ancient Buddhist Monastery ruins
  • London-style double-decker hop on - hop off bus tour around Dal Lake
  • Shikara ride on Dal Lake
  • Shopping excursion to Khayam Chowk
  • Artisan workshops to observe the making of original Pashmina Shawls/Stoles, a weaving of famous Kashmiri carpets, intricate hand-painted papier-mache goods
  • Sightseeing trip to Pari Mahal, Chasmei Sahi, Botanical Garden, Sikh Gurudwara, Shankarachariya Mandir, Nishat Bagh, Badamwari, Hari Parbat Fort, and Jamia Masjid

Instructors

Tahir Bhat

Retreat location

Kashmir, nestled in the Himalayas, is often referred to as 'Switzerland Of The East.' Its unsurpassed beauty and culture make for an intriguing and interesting setting to practice yoga and meditation, as well as to add a little adventure by way of hiking, camping out, and white water rafting. In addition, the many beautiful parks, ruins, temples, and mosques make it a wonderful place to explore and learn more about the culture, people, and cuisine.

Srinagar, the mile-high capital city, is centered around Dal Lake with floating markets, 'shikaras' (boats) house boats, cafes, and more. While on this yoga adventure travel, you will see many beautiful sites and places - from Pahalgham-Aru to Gulmarg to Sonmarg - guests can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, meet and interact with Nomadic herdsman, camp out on the banks of rivers fed by glaciers, relax to the sounds nature, and practice yoga and meditation among the majestic mountains.

Food

The meals are home cooked, mostly Kashmiri-Indian; Rasa Retreat do also offer options such as pastas, sandwiches, salads, quiches, soups, Chinese noodles, and more.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Raw food
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Hallal
  • Fruitarian
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Paleo diet
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can visit the many beautiful parks, ruins, temples, and mosques while making it a wonderful place to explore and learn more about the culture, people, and cuisine of the Kashmir region in India. Massages, out-of-town excursions, and white water rafting are also optional extras that you can book at an extra charge.

Massage & spa

Massages and spa services are arranged at The Lalit Grand Palace Hotel and/or Taj Vivanta in Srinagar. The prices are vary depending on the type of services sought, type and duration of the massage, hair coloring, hair cut, manicure, pedicure, and facial. They are payable directly to the spa.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in private room with attached bathroom
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals
  • Cultural immersion
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Hikes
  • Host, team, and guides
  • Local conveyance
  • Local sightseeings

What's not included

  • Flights to Srinagar
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuity for team
  • Massages
  • Out-of-town excursions (optional, extra charge)
  • White water rafting (optional, extra charge)
  • 12% tax (to be paid on arrival)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

You have to book flights to Srinagar Airport (SXR). Rasa Experiences' team will pick you up from the airport. The airport pick-up and drop-off is included in the price.

Airport: Sheikh ul Alam International Airport Airport transfer included: Sheikh ul Alam International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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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