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8 Days Trekking, Meditation and Yoga Retreat India

  • Bhagsunag Village - Waterfall Pathway - Triund Hill

Overview

Himalayan Journey India Yoga Retreat

This retreat is a feast for those who love adventure on the mountains and are thirsty for the truth hidden within. You are going to dive into the world of endless beauty, untouched nature, meditation and yogic experience. While living in the natural surroundings, you are going to taste the infinite pleasure of simplicity and ordinary life: bathing in the river, cooking by the fire, sleeping under the stars, and touching the earth with your bare feet. All of these activities will intensify your awareness, creating a supreme experience of spontaneity and liberation.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practices
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Tents for spending the nights up in the mountains
  • Trekking guide and porter
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, the accommodation will be very basic. You will be provided with tents to spend the nights up in the mountains. You will have to forget about Wi-Fi, hot showers and flushing toilets. Its going to be wild.

Your basecamp is located in Chinar Paradise. This is the point from which your trekking journey begins. Chinar is also the place where you will spend your last night of the retreat.

Chinar is hugged by waterfall, greenery, and strong mountains. Still, the Chinar Soul House is highly accessible. Within seven minutes of walking distance is Bhagsunag Village. The house is tucked under Chinar, a giant maple tree. There are lovely tables made of the Himalayan stones and hammocks where you can relax forgetting the time. There are spectacular mountain views everywhere you look. Chinar House is small and charming and can accommodate up to nine people. There are double rooms with nature view and detached shared bathrooms.

Here at Chinar you will receive rare glimpses into worldly traditions and together celebrate the life through dance and music. Chinar is committed to create harmonious environment and help all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion. Among the precious gifts of this land are its unmanipulated, pristine forestry, virgin air, and crystal water flowing directly from the Himalayan, snow-capped peaks. Chinar is the final resting place before one treks deep into the Himalayas above. From here, you can go on a mesmerizing trek into the Dhauladhar Range of the Himalaya.

Chinar is also 20 minutes by foot from Macleodganj bus station. The nearest airport, Dharamsala Gaggal Airport, is 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) away, and takes about 45 minutes by taxi.

In this retreat, you will set out to expand the idea of yoga as a series of physical exercises, and bring the yogic attitude and awareness to every aspect of your journey so that yoga becomes a way of life. The aim of this retreat is to develop spontaneity, joy and a strong inner core so you will be able to face every challenge in life with detachment, equanimity and gratitude. During the journey, you'll have to forget about yoga as intensive and fast paced exercises. You will flow with meditative movements and rhythms of nature.

Being in nature is very relaxing and it is a truly meditative experience. You will get the chance to smell the mountain air and the blooming trees. You will listen to the music of the wind, waterfalls, flowing rivers and graceful birds flying in the sky. It's as if Mother Earth tells you to stop, be present and breathe deeply. Wisdom comes from nature. That's why the Himalayas became the land of yogis and sages.

Day 1 and 2

You will spend your time at Chinar Paradise. The activities include acclimatization, afternoon yoga and relaxation sessions.

Day 3

The activities include morning yoga, trekking to the Triund Hill (2835 meters above sea level), and evening meditation.

Day 4

In the morning on the Triund Hill, you will have a yoga session followed by trekking to Snowline (3000 meters above sea level). Activities that follow include yoga Nidra session and evening meditation.

Day 5

The day starts with morning yoga followed by trekking to Lahas Cave (3300 meters above sea level). Then, you will go back to Triund where you will enjoy an evening meditation session.

Day 6

You will begin the day with morning yoga. On this day, you will descend back to Chinar Paradise where you will enjoy an evening meditation session.

Day 7

The activities held on this day include morning yoga, meditation, yoga Nidra, and free time.

Day 8

This is the end of the retreat and a new beginning for your life.

  • SaumyaTirtha

    A philosopher and an artist (Saumyatirtha Art), Saumya shares her yogic experience in India, Ireland, and Poland. In her classes, you will move beyond the idea of yoga as a series of physical exercises and stretches. Saumya will invite you to focus on developing deep awareness: emotional, mental, and energetical. Saumya will also teach you to try to understand primordial forces governing your bodies and the universe, a dynamic balance of yin and yang. She practices Satyananda Yoga and Bihar yoga.

  • Ved

    Ved is your host, natural yogi, a Dharamsala local, expert mountaineer, connoisseur of Himalayan wilderness, and above all a kind and patient human being.

This trekking and yoga retreat will be held in Dharamsala. The adventure itself will take place in the magnificent scenery of Kangra and Chamba Valley, a splendidly isolated valley system in North India, Himachal Pradesh. They are known for their sacredness, antiquity, art and scenic beauty.

Nearby places

  • Bhagsunag Village - 7 minutes
  • Dharamsala Gaggal Airport (DHM), 20 kilometers - 45 minutes
  • Macleodganj bus station - 20 minutes
  • Pathankot, 85 kilometers - 3 hours 30 minutes
Activities
  • Mountain walking/trekking
General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • River
Services
  • Tour assistance

During the retreat, the kitchen team will provide healthy and tasty vegetarian meals. The menus are balanced with the season and are based on locally grown fruits and vegetables. Since everything is made from scratch using fresh ingredients to create a variety of healthy dishes, Chinar are able to meet everyone’s need. You will also have a vegetarian cooking class.

If you have any special dietary requirements due to a medical condition, please contact Chinar before making a booking to inquire whether they can accommodate your needs. They will do their best to provide for your needs.

  • 7 nights unique accommodation
  • Daily guided meditation sessions
  • Daily vegetarian / yogic meals
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Guide and porter fees
  • Tents for spending the nights high up in the mountain range
  • Additional equipment (sleeping bag, backpack)
  • Additional items and meals such as snacks and extra drinks
  • Airfares
  • Entry visa to India
  • Health and travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Ghandi International Airport (DEL) in New Delhi, from where you will take a domestic flight to Gaggal Airport (DHM) with Air India or SpiceJet.

Arrival by bus

Regular direct bus services are available from main cities. From Delhi, there are government and private buses departing from Kashmiri Gate (ISBT-Inter State Bus Terminal) and Majnu ka Tila (Tibetan Colony). Most buses leave between 18:00 and 20:30 and arrive in Dharamsala at 06:00 to 07:00. You can book your ticket in advance online or take a private bus company such as Bedi Travel.

Arrival by train

From Indira Ghandi International Airport (DEL) you can take the Airport Express Metro to New Delhi Railway Station. Once there, you can go to the tourist office and ask for the next train to Pathankot (Chakki Bank). Its the nearest train station, which is approximately 85 kilometers from Dharamsala. After arriving in Pathankot ,you can either take a bus which is about 3.5 hours travelling time from Dharamsala (at a cost of 200 INR) or a taxi which takes 2.5 hours (and costs approximately 1500 INR).

Distances

  • Pathankot, 85 kilometers - 3 hours 30 minutes
For information about the booking conditions, please send Temple of the Nature an inquiry.
  • Review by Steven Ferraro from Australia

    "Temple of the Nature - Chinar Paradise is one of the most wonderful places I have ever spent quality time away from home. In fact, it kind of felt like home to me. The setting of the place is perfect - up in the mountains near a waterfall, giving people a chance to stop, unwind, listen, and relax. The yoga, meditation, nature walks, and painting were just some of the daily activities that brought me much joy personally. The meals are amazing and nutritious and the nights around the campfire are awesome fun. Coming to this place was an important part of my journey in life and the highlight of coming to India. I learned to go with the flow and listen to my heart more. Thank you Ilona and Ved for hosting such an amazing retreat. I certainly recommend it to others and am confident that I'll be back in the not too distant future."

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  • Review by Debbie from South Africa

    "We experienced the most beautiful ten day retreat under the sacred Chinar tree. The beauty and the peace brought out my inner goddess. Thank you to Ved and Ilona for hosting. Look forward to returning."

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  • Review by Maria Emilia Peterle from Mendoza, Argentina
    10 out of 10

    "Chinar is the place where we found peace, a real experience of connection between body, mind, and nature. Happy to participate in such a wonderful experience, we want to thank Ilona and Vet, for working from their hearts making sure everything was magical. We found a place for art and entertainment, as well as yoga and meditation. This retreat nurtured our soul!"

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  • Review by Claire Hanniffy from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "I found Ilona brilliant! She has gorgeous energy, so tranquil and calm. I had just broken my wrist when I met her so her yoga Nidra classes were heavenly and just what I needed. It was fate that we met, and I always remember her with a smile!"

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  • Review by Raisa Miikkulainen from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "I went to the eight day yoga retreat in Chinar Paradise on May 2 to 9 and can highly recommend that. The days started with a walk around the surrounding beautiful nature, then morning yoga asanas and yoga Nidra, the deep relaxation. After lunch, we had some free time and in the evening some more yoga asanas and mystical Tibetan singing bowls and more. I found Ilona's style of teaching very inspiring and soothing, concentrating more on the meditative and awareness-bringing aspects of yoga. The place, Chinar Paradise, has a very special energy. The house is tucked under Chinar, a giant maple tree. There are lovely tables made of the Himalayan stones and hammocks where you can relax forgetting the time. There are spectacular mountain views everywhere you look. Ved, the owner, is very kind and friendly and will take you on an unforgettable mountain trek. The place is just so special that I am still staying here and enjoying. So if you just have the chance please come to these retreats. I found the place just walking and seeing an ad in Bhagsu Nag but apparently you can also book through BookYogaRetreats.com."

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  • Review by Ekaterina Korovina from Moscow, Russia
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed just a few days in Chinar Paradise but it was enough to feel how peaceful and beautiful this place is. It was at the end of my trip to India, a perfect place to slow down, integrate, and still stay open to what the world around and inside has to offer. I felt there was a lot of space around, space to be yourself. The gentle yoga classes allowed me to explore something deep within me, to learn, to release, to keep moving mindfully. I am grateful to the nature and all the people I met there for beauty, guidance, support, and care."

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  • Review by Janko Jankovic from United Arab Emirates
    10 out of 10

    "I have the pleasure of being friends with Ilona since the last 15 years, and I have been watching the progress and development of her spiritual path since the early beginnings. She is a very dedicated yogini and one can tell she's taking the matter seriously, while in the same time she retains a healthy balance by having an easy going attitude, and a sense of humour that will make you realise that laughter is part of enlightment.The sessions of yoga Nidra I have taken with Ilona were like a real trip into- and out-of the body, and I have to admit she's a very good guide. It is important to mention, that Ilona is a spiritual artist as well, and her paintings have radiance that is out from this world. My impression is, that the main reason why Ilona decided to become a yoga teacher is far from materialistic, it's rather the awareness, that every time you teach, you also learn yourself."

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  • Review by Aine Kenny from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "I had the pleasure and benefit of being a student of Ilona Saumyatirtha over seven months during 2015. During that time we had one to one sessions and I also attended a group Yoga Nidra class which Ilona ran. During this time I was suffering from chronic back pain which is now subsiding due to meditation, gentle yoga and emotional awareness taught to me by Ilona.I can honestly say that Ilona is a very inspiring, spiritual teacher who is very kind and patient but also has a wonderful sense of humour and I believe all of these attributes make her the perfect yoga teacher. Anyone attending her classes will benefit greatly from her dedication and passion in teaching yoga and I highly recommend her."

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  • Review by Made Mata from Spain
    10 out of 10

    "My days in Chinar were quite, relaxing and peaceful. It's in the middle of a hill, isolated from the rest of the village and with easy access to the village along a beautiful mountain path that crosses the river. Simple acommodation, beautiful landscape and nice and helpful landlord. Staying in Chinar is more like staying with friends than being in a guest house. Really wonderful spot to practice yoga, meditation, connect with mother earth and explore the surroundings."

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  • Review by Souravi P. from Delhi, India
    10 out of 10

    "This place is located 30 mins walking distance from Bhaksu Main Market towards the Shiva Cafe on the adjoining hill (on the other side of the stream). Chinar Soul House/Chinar Paradise is a complete mesmerizing stay in the lap of the mountain!! The day here is full of abundant sun and at night you can enjoy the bonfire. At summers, this place is a meditating zone in between the sacred nature. The rooms are perfectly fine, spacious enough. There is a big lawn and there is plenty of stone sitting arrangements, perfect to sip your tea/coffee. Please help yourself at your stay and don't expect any room service. Cook your own food in the kitchen and wash the utensils. And the room rates are cheap beyond your all expectations! Safe place for solo girl travelers! The owner Mr. Ved is a very helpful and resourceful person. A definite place to stay if you are looking for an offbeat location and a peaceful stay, away from the busy, noisy and cluttered cities."

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Dharamshala, India

Temple of the Nature is a heaven for those who seek self-transformation, as well as those who wish to cultivate affection for Mother Earth through a healthy lifestyle.

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8 days / 7 nights

Availability

Arrival: Saturday June 24, 2017
Departure: Saturday July 1, 2017

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