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8 Days Yoga and Meditation Retreat in India

  • Dewa Retreat Centre, Badrinath road, Opp. Balaknath Mandir, Tapovan, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh 249192, Uttarakhand, India

Rishikesh Yoga Retreat India

This special retreat will take place at the beautiful Dewa Retreat Centre in Rishikesh and each day will be filled with the practices of yoga, mantra, myth, and meditation along with ample free time to explore this richly historical city. This retreat is ideal for yoga students who want to experience the wonders of India while diving deeper into their practice with two passionate and inspired guides. In addition to twice daily Vinyasa yoga classes, there will also be a host of optional activities to choose from, from river rafting to temple visits, and more.

Highlights

  • Daily morning yoga practices
  • Daily evening yoga practices
  • Evening mantra and meditation sessions
  • Discussions with experienced teachers
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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Each room at Hotel Dewa Retreat offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan hills and a private quiet balcony area to relax, sip a cup of tea, or just read a book to the sound of the river Ganges and the wind kissing the hills. They provide you with a truly boutique experience with exclusive designed rooms giving you a true experience of space and luxury.

The four-storied retreat has 30 contemporary Himalayan mountain facing rooms, each designed with keeping the local Himalayan feel and contemporary aspects in mind.

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 17:00 Free time to explore Rishikesh or participate in optional activities
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Evening yoga practice
  • 18:30 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 21:00 On three nights, an evening session of mantra, meditation, or storytelling will be offered

The retreat takes place at the beautiful Dewa Retreat Centre in Rishikesh, India in a luxury hotel in the foothills of Himalayas and one of the top 10 hotels in Rishikesh. The hotel also has a swimming pool with stunning views and a serene spa for some rejuvenating optional treatments.

Tapovan-Rishikesh is a city of pilgrimage for Westerners and Indians alike, and is where The Beatles came to find meaning to life with the maharishi and stayed long enough to write over 50 songs. It is still a perfect spot to de-stress, deepen your yoga practice, and connect to yourself and your surroundings.

Activities
  • Hiking nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking/trekking
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Balcony
  • In-room safe
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Breakfast and dinner are included in this retreat.

Exclusions

Lunches are not included in the retreat.

Evening Ganga aarti

The most well known Ganga aarti in Rishikesh is held on the bank of the scared River Ganga at Parmarth Niketan Ashram. The aarti is a pleasant ritual of worshiping the Ganga. The aarti happens at a very picturesque place on the bank of Ganga in front of the statue of lord Shiva built on the river. The aarti starts at 17:30 with children studying Veda and the bhajan singers and the performers walking into the ghat, as the sun sets and it gets slightly darker, the statue of lord Shiva is lighted up and looks beautiful. The aarti continues with lamp in various shapes and size lighted up and passed on from people to people.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is a popular sport which consist of riding a bicycle off road often over rough terrain using especially adapted mountain bikes. It is a sport which requires lots of stamina, endurance balance, core strength, bike handling skills, and total focus. Mountain biking will offer you with all the adventure and trill you have longing for paddle downhill, take glimpse of the lush green meadows and you will also come face to face with the beauty of the diminutive villages scattered here and there.

Nature activities

At Dewa, guests have an opportunity to spend half a day at a village up a hill about one-hour hike. Here you can see the herb, agricultural, and rice paddy fields. You are guided by a resident team of farmers to learn more about the various items that are grown in and around Dewa. Activities include harvesting, planting, weeding, and watering the various food and herbs that go into their food and rejuvenation oils. Please note the agricultural activity is seasonal in villages.

Other activities

Other activities that you may participate in include day trips to the Beatles Ashram Maharishi Mahesh yogi ashram, morning trips to Ananda Prakash Ashram for a traditional Indian yoga class with Swami Vishvektu, visits to the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, which is a temple of Shiva and is 32 kilometers away from Rishikesh, visit to the Rama Osho Orphanage cafe, and treat yourself to spa treatments at the hotel spa.

Typical Indian experience

Hotel Dewa Retreat in Rishikesh organizes local classical musical and dance recitals occasionally where staff of the hotel take you to a neighboring village to witness the festivities of the numerous spiritual and cultural activities that take place every month.

White water rafting

The excitement and thrill of white water rafting are beyond comparison. River rafting is a recreational outdoor activity and can be enjoyed by anyone serving the minimum age criterion of 12 years old.

There are four starting points of river rafting in Rishikesh, ranging from basic to difficult ones, which mean there are four different trips to choose from packages that can be customized accordingly. The months of September to December and March to June are considered as the best period for the ultimate enjoyment of rafting.

Spa treatments are available at Dewa Retreat Center's Holistic Wellness Ayurveda Panchakarma Center and Health Spa for an additional cost. Over 2000 years ago, Ayurveda was born and developed in India. Ananta Ayurveda Panchakarma Center and Spa is the finest and best spa in Rishikesh for a variety of Ayurvedic massage therapy and treatment, apart from bursting gamut of day spa therapies.

Ayurveda treatments are an anxious relaxation treatment, various Ayurvedic massages treatments, Ayurveda beauty therapy, Ayurveda treatment therapies for body and mental troubles, Ayurveda slimming therapy, and health spa. They offer a variety of Ayurvedic massages like abhyangam, shirodhara, pizhichil, etc.

The Ayurveda massage are a relaxation massage aimed to ease the body and give peace of mind. Other categories of Ayurveda massage offer by the spa are rejuvenating and relaxing massage, skin glowing massage, beautification, massages for treatment of certain diseases and body massages, and ailment for specific objective.

This well-resourced, experienced, and reliable spa center provides various types of internationally acclaimed massages in addition to Ayurvedic massages, including Swedish massage, Thai massage, aromatherapy, shiatsu, deep tissue massage, etc.

In addition to these beautification massage services, Ananta spa also provides packages from time to time, which contain diverse combination of these relaxation services in order meet each and every need of Ayurvedic massage in India.

These refreshing and relaxation massages cover the categories of hand and feet massages, back massage, head and face massage, shoulder and head massage, health spa, and the whole body massage.

Additionally, massage oil used by therapists are prepared herbalised oil for massages made from sensitive plants such as country mellow and winter cherry. Sesame oil and olive oil are the most common base oil for the preparation.

  • 2 daily Vinyasa yoga classes
  • 7 nights accommodation at Dewa Retreat Centre
  • Breakfast and dinner for each day of your stay
  • Optional activities to enjoy from temple visits to river rafting
  • Optional meditation and mantra practices
  • Travel with like-minded people and deepen your yoga practice in a supportive environment
  • Yoga practices and time for discussion with experienced teachers
  • Airfare to and return from New Delhi
  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, and telephone calls
  • Any items that are not specifically detailed on the website or the final retreat itinerary
  • Cancellation and medical insurance
  • Cost to obtain a valid passport
  • Domestic flights form New Dheli to Dehradun
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Transfers to and from Dewa Retreat Centre

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive from New Delhi International Airport (DEL) to Jolly Grant Airport (DED).

This is a 45-minute direct flight from New Delhi. Rishikesh is just a 25-minute drive from the airport.

Arrival by train

A five-hour journey on Shatabdi Express from the New Delhi railway station to Haridwar and then a one-hour drive from Haridwar to Rishikesh by taxi will bring you to the retreat.

Distances

  • New Delhi, 245 kilometers - 6 hours
  • Rishikesh - 25 minutes drive