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8 Days Awakening with Shiva Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh, India

Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh, India

India is a land of many religions and faith. Journey to this abode of gods might end your search for nirvana. It is that country which believes in the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and can preach the world its ancient principles of tranquility, moral code and wisdom. Together with Shiva Centre and its team of professionals, allow yourself to take the spiritual journey, let them support and help you discover some of the wonderful experiences of India which many people have realized in the past. So come and experience India, rejuvenate, heal and transform.

Retreat highlights

  • Yoga training sessions
  • Participation in Parthiv Shivling puja
  • A guided tour to Rishikeshs most sacred places
  • Ayurvedic body massage and relaxation therapy session
  • Vedic astrology and personal consultation session
  • Roundtrip including internal transfer during tours
  • Two or three vegetarian meals per day
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Shiva Centre Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh Program

Shiva Centre is a company focused on designing yoga trainings, Ayurveda retreat, Panchkarma therapies, Vedic astrological remedies and on-demand event planning and management in India. The company strives to offer the most innovative programs to help you be connected in a contemporary and accessible manner to the advantages of ancient Indian philosophies and lifestyles. With a manifesto for everyone, Shiva Centre aspires to disseminate 5000 years old wisdom and help you practice that for whole life. With a transformed mind, body and soul, their offerings can make you feel active, energetic, positive and live life to its optimum potential.

Retreat program

Awakening with Shiva' is a disciplinary program and all the activities are performed in Rishikesh. Centered around the foothills of Himalaya, it is an amalgamation of Ayurvedic treatments, yoga training, puja rituals, philosophical discourse, pilgrimage to Neelkanth and Kunjapuri temple and Vedic astrology session. Actively participating in these activities can really show the devotees the path to spiritual prosperity.

In this program, the visitors will get a chance to participate in Parthiv Shivling puja on the banks of Ganga. This puja is organized to appease Lord Shiva who can take away all the sufferings of the devotees and inspire to lead an awakened and fulfilling life.

Philosophies of ancient gurus, sacred literature and Vedic astrology are explained to the participants to make them understand the secrets of a happy life. After completing the program successfully, the participants will be bestowed with a certificate of yoga training from the Shiva Trust.

Daily activities

  • Day 1
  • Orientation session, lamp lighting and Saraswati Vandana in the morning
  • Visit to a book exhibition on Hinduism, yoga and allied subjects
  • Yoga theory session in the evening
  • Night stay in Rishikesh
  • Day 2
  • Yoga theory session in the morning
  • Ganga puja and Parthiv Shivling puja (on the banks of Ganga), Homa (Hawan) and informative session on the Puja
  • Night stay in Rishikesh
  • Day 3
  • Practical yoga session and introductory lecture on Ayurveda in the morning
  • Ayurvedic Shirodhara, Ayurvedic body massage and relaxation therapy session
  • Mantra chanting and Keertan program in the evening
  • Night stay in Rishikesh
  • Day 4
  • Practical yoga session followed by Ayurvedic Shirodhara, Ayurvedic body massage and relaxation therapy
  • Visit to Swargashram and Geeta Bhawan
  • Ganga Aarti overview in the evening at Parmarth Niketan
  • Night stay in Rishikesh
  • Day 5
  • Practical yoga session in the morning
  • Pilgrimage to Neelkanth temple at Rishikesh
  • Night stay in Rishikesh
  • Day 6
  • Practical yoga session in the morning
  • Session on Vedic astrology, Hindu Chart, Bhava, Yogas and Dasha System
  • Consultation with Vedic astrologer, personal Vedic chart file distribution
  • Special guidance on remedies, mantra diksha, puja and hawan
  • Mantra chanting and Keertan program and Rasa (a dance of Krishna)
  • Night stay in Rishikesh
  • Day 7
  • Visit to Kunjapuri temple by trekking from Narendranagar
  • Night stay in Rishikesh
  • Day 8
  • Local site seeing and market visit in Rishikesh
  • Appreciation Certificate distribution and program conclusion ceremony in Rishikesh

Included excursions

Geeta Bhawan - Rishikesh

Geeta Bhawan is one of the oldest temple complexes situated near Laxman Jhula on the banks of Ganges in Rishikesh. Gita Bhavan has a dedicated Museum for puranic and mythological awareness for the common man. The building consists of a very large complex comprising discourse halls and over 1000 rooms available free of charge for the stay of devotees. For the convenience of the devotees, simple vegetarian food, kitchen and grocery items and Indian sweets are available at very moderate price.

Kunjapuri temple (Tehri Garhwal)

The temple is one of the 52 Shaktipeeths dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The legend is that one of the body parts of Sati, wife of Lord Shiva, fell on the spot where the present day Kunjapuri Temple is situated. In the course of time, this place has become a prominent place of worship in the region and its glory and sacredness are attracting thousands of devotees from all over the world.

The temple is situated near the Hindolakhal Village on a hill-top and can be reached by trekking only 7 kilometers from Narendranagar that is situated at a distance of 15 kilometers from Rishikesh.

Neelkanth temple - Rishikesh

Neelkanth temple is one of the most sacred places of worship for the Hindus. It is located on a hill above Swargashram in Rishikesh and is situated at an altitude of 925 meters. Neelkanth temple is considered to be an apt example of complete natural hill heaven that lies adjacent to mountain ranges of the Nar-Narayan. Because of its beauty and religious importance, the devotees and nature lovers visit the place round the year. Neelkanth Mahadev temple is considered to be one of the most famous temples and is situated at the confluence of the Madhumati and Pankaja rivers, amidst three valleys - Vishnukoot, Brahmakoot and Manikoot.

Parmarth Niktan - Rishikesh

Parmarth Niketan is a true spiritual haven, situated on the holy banks of Mother Ganga in the lap of the lush Himalayas. It is the largest ashram in Rishikesh providing thousands of devotees who come from all corners of the globe with a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere for pilgrimage, meditation and Vedic sermons.

Swarg Ashram

A pleasant 2 kilometer walk south of Lakshman Jhula along the path skirting the east bank of the Ganges leads to the spiritual community of Swarg ashram, made up of temples, ashrams, a crowded bazaar, sadhus and the bathing ghats where religious ceremonies are performed at sunrise and sunset. The colorful, though rather touristy, Ganga aarti is held at the riverside temple of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram every evening at 6:30 p.m., with singing, chanting, musicians and the lighting of candles.

Retreat location

This retreat will be taking place in Rishikesh in India - a prominent spiritual town situated on the banks of holy river Ganga, also called as the gateway of the Himalayas. Known as yoga capital of the world, this sacred place holds deep cultural and spiritual significance for local Hindus. Sacred rivers and mountains set the scene for yoga and reflective hikes, with ashrams and all kinds of yoga, meditation and spiritual classes. Most of this offering is north of the main town, where the exquisite setting on the fast-flowing Ganges, surrounded by forested hills, is conducive to meditation and mind expansion. In the evening, an almost supernatural breeze blows down the valley, setting temple bells ringing as sadhus (spiritual men), pilgrims and tourists prepare for the nightly Ganga Aarti (a fire offering or ritual performed on the Ganges).



  • Boating nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearb
  • Shopping nearby


  • Caf nearby
  • Lake nearby
  • River nearby


  • Tour assistance


For your meals during the retreat, two or three vegetarian meals per day will be provided from the local hotels and restaurants, all throughout the trip. Further details will be provided where ever relevant.


  • Wines and alcoholic beverages, mineral water, items of personal nature and food or drink which is not part of a set menu.

Things to do (optional)

Devraj Coffee Corner

Perched above the bridge and looking across the river to Shri Trayanbakshwar temple, this German bakery is a sublime spot for a break at any time of the day. The coffee is the best in town and the menu ranges from specialties such as brown bread with yak cheese to soups and sizzlers, along with croissants, apple strudel and more.

Theres a good new and used bookshop next door.

De-N-Ascent expeditions

  • A specialist in kayaking lessons and expeditions. Learn to paddle and Eskimo roll with an experienced instructor, or go on multiday kayaking or rafting adventures.

Lakshman Jhula and Around

The defining image of Rishikesh is the view across the Lakshman Jhula hanging bridge to the huge, 13-storey wedding-cake temples of Swarg Niwas and Shri Trayanbakshwar. Built by the organization of the guru Kailashanand, they resemble fairyland castles and have dozens of shrines to Hindu deities on each level, interspersed with jewelry and textile shops. Sunset is an especially good time to photograph the temples from the bridge itself, and youll hear the bell-clanging and chanting of devotees in the morning and evening. Shops selling devotional CDs add to the cacophony of noise on this side of the river. Markets, restaurants, ashrams and guesthouses sprawl on both sides of the river; in recent years the area has grown into the busiest and liveliest part of upper Rishikesh.

Little Buddha cafe

This funky treehouse-style restaurant has an ultra-lounge-y top floor, tables overlooking the Ganges river and really good international food. Pizzas are big and the mixed vegetable platter is a serious feast. Its one of the busiest places in Lakshman Jhula, for good reason.

Maharishi Mahesh yogi ashram

Just south of Swarg Ashram, slowly being consumed by the forest under growth is whats left of the original Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram. It was abandoned in 1997 and is now back under the control of the forest department. However, the shells of many buildings, meditation cells and lecture halls can still be seen, including Maharishis own house and the guesthouse where the Beatles stayed and apparently wrote much of the White album.

The once-striking art installation called The Beatles Cathedral Gallery has become a graffiti free-for-all, but it's still worth seeing.

Omkarananda Ganga Sadan

On the river at Ram Jhula, this ashram has comfortable rooms and specializes in highly recommended Iyengar yoga classes at the Patanjala Yoga Kendra Centre. There are intensive seven to ten-day courses on offer from October to May, advance reservations recommended. In the gaps between the intensives, day classes are offered 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

The ashram has its own Ghat and evening Ganga Aarti.

Parmarth Niketan ashram

Dominating the centre of Swarg Ashram and drawing visitors to its evening Ganga Aarti on the riverbank, Parmarth has a wonderfully ornate and serene garden courtyard. The price includes a room with a private bathroom and basic Hatha yoga sessions.

Swarg Niwas and Shri Trayanbakshwar temple

  • This 13-storey wedding cake of a temple dominates the left bank of Lakshman Jhula, with dozens of shrines to Hindu deities on each level.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All daily meals
  • Ayurvedic body massage and relaxation therapy
  • Daily classes and yoga sessions
  • Tours and entrance fees to temples and ashrams
  • Roundtrip airport transfers and all road transport during tours

What's not included

  • Air fare
  • Any extra cost incurred on behalf of an individual due to illness, accident, hospitalization or any personal emergency
  • Any services or activity charges other than those included in the program itinerary
  • Travel insurance, laundry, telephone charges, shopping
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