Season: depends on itinerary and region of India, best from September till May
Yoga retreat is a great way to travel, let go of stress, rejuvenate and find a new meaning of life! Retreats organized in India allow the travelers to experience this beautiful country, its culture and spirituality, meet friendly people, eat local food, dance and sing during kirtans in ashrams and old temples. The serenity and spiritual renewal in particular can be experienced in the Himalayas, through yoga practice and meditation by holy rivers and in ancient temples and caves, also through Ayurvedic healings which bring purification and rejuvenation to the body and mind. And Rishikesh has it all!
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Meet upon arrival and transfer to Rishikesh. A distance of 240 km can be covered in about 5/6 hrs. Overnight stay in hotel.
Full day sightseeing of Rishikesh. Visiting Ramjhula and Lakshman Julla bridges, Shivananda ashram, walk through silver sandy beaches of Ganges. Evening witness of Ganga arati ceremony. Overnight stay at hotel.
Early in the morning 04:30am start driving to get the nearest highest point of Rishikesh called Kunjapuri – a famous Durga temple for Hindus on the elevation of 1990m. Enjoy the spectacular views of snow capped mountains during sunrise, Rishikesh town and Ganges River. Later trek down to Rishikesh follows villages, forests and Neergarh waterfalls. A distance of 14 km all the way down hill trek will be covered in about 5/6 hrs. Afternoon ayurvedic massages and treatments. Overnight in hotel.
Today’s attraction is Holy River Rafting – white water River Rafting on Ganges and Indian cooking. Selection of stretch of Rafting depends on age group health condition. Afternoon we will assemble for Indian cooking classes. Evening free for preparation of mountain trip. Overnight stay in hotel.
After breakfast drive to Kalimath . On the way visit Vasishtha cave for meditation. Lunch enroute. A distance of about 200 km can be covered in about 6/7 hrs. After arrival set up our camp next to the river Kali Ganga . Evening visit Goddess Kali temple. Dinner and overnight stay in tent.
After breakfast with pack lunch 3 hrs steep trekking leads to Kalisila- huge stone where goddess Kali killed demons. This place has great energy. Visit small ashram of baba Barkha Giri. 2hrs trek down to next camp site called Monsuna next to the river Madhu Ganga. Dinner and overnight stay in tent.
Through the dense forest 5/6 hrs trek leading to an Himalayan lake – Deoria Tal (2400m) surrounded by forest. This lake is in Kedarnath Nation Park. This lake is famous for its Panoramic views of Himalayan peaks such as Mt. Kedarnath 6800m, Mt. Chaukhamba 7120m, Mt Kharchkund 6700m and some un named peaks. This trek often giving a good view of the surrounding villages. You can take the time off to explore the area around. Overnight in tent.
The mornings in the Himalayas are one to look forward to. Wake up early to catch the first rays of the sun on the snow covered Himalyas. After breakfast we set forth to Chopta. This is a gradual trek and takes 5-6 hours to complete, which however pass relatively quickly as you pass through the dense, cool forests and beautiful alpine meadows dotted with wild flowers. Arrive at Chopta and camp at outskirts. Meals and Overnight stay in tents.
Our target today is to reach the summit of Chandrashilla in time so that we can catch the panoramic view of the high Himalayan peaks in good light. The trek is mostly a gradual ascent through the dwarf rhododendron bushes. At the summit, take in a good look at the prominent peaks surrounding you from all directions. Almost every prominent peak of the Garhwal Himalayas can be spotted from here. To one side is Nanda Devi (7817Mtrs-the highest peak of Indian Himalayas), Mt Dunagiri, Changbhang, Kamet, Hathi and Gori Parbat the other side is Kedarnath, Trishul, Banderpoonch, Black peak. There are many more unnamed mountains can be also seen. One can feel that is sitting in ocean of peaks. Trek back back to Chopta for dinner and overnight stay in tent.
Drive back to Rishikesh via same route. Overnight in hotel.
Today excursion to famous Neelkanth temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Overnight in hotel
A distance of about 420 can be covered in about 6/7 hr to visit one of the seven wonder – Tajmahal. Half day sightseeins. Overnight in hotel.
A distance of about 205 km can be covered in about 3/4 hrs. After arrival if time allows we will proceed for sightseeing of Delhi, visiting Qutub Minar, India Gate (War Memorial), Lakshminarayan Temple, and Lotus Temple. Drive passes President’s house, Parliament house and Secretariat Buildings. Overnight hotel.
Transfer to airport to catch flight home.