10 nights in India
Imagine yourself awakening from a 5,000-year-long slumber. Your soul will feel similarly revitalized after uncovering the history of all things wellness in India. This 11-day tour covers some of the country’s most hallowed spiritual ground while also ensuring you catch the iconic sites of Northern India. Upon your arrival in Delhi, you’ll be introduced to the incredible diversity within India’s culture. Continue your discovery with a three-night stay at an ashram in Rishikesh where you’ll learn the history of yoga and meditation, before reaching Dharamshala, home of the Dalai Lama. As your eyes open on the final morning of your journey, you’ll see the world — and yourself — with a newfound warmth.
|Hotel (7nts), ashram (3nts)|
|10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
|For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.|
Delhi - Street Kitchen Restaurant Rishīkesh - Ayurvedic Treatments in Rishikesh - Beatles Ashram Dharamshala - Tibetan Healing Centre - Tushita Meditation Centre
ROAD Traveling by road in India is certainly not what people are use to in Western countries. Rules are not always followed, drivers appear to speed, do not stay in their lanes, overtake in seemingly dangerous situations, rarely use their mirrors or driving lights at night time. The horn however is used very frequently and can range from the latest Bollywood tune to Britney Spears! In India, although the government is investing large sums of money improving the road infrastructure, there is a lot more to be done. As a result, in India, some of the roads are poorly maintained, pot holed and uneven. This gets even more pronounced particularly during and after the monsoon. Travel time covering relatively short distances is very long in comparison to Western countries.
Throughout this trip we will practice various types of yoga, keeping in mind that the beginnings of Yoga were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda and "Yoga" is a Sanskrit word derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj” which means to connect, join or balance. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Women on Wheels Transfer
In Lodi Gardens you may encounter a local laughter club – just laugh your lungs out as they say, “Laughter is the best medicine." Rishikesh lies in the foothills of the lower Himalayas on the holy river Ganges. The views are breathtaking and the atmosphere serene and lush. The city is renowned as a centre for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams (centers for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian-only area. 3 nights are spent in an authentic Ashram (simple but comfortable rooms that will have ensuite) which has very strict rules of conduct and silence is expected between 10pm-6am. The following are strictly prohibited at the ashram: smoking, drinking intoxicants, using drugs, eating egg or other non-vegetarian foods, playing cards, watching television, playing music on speakers and yelling or loud noises. Included Activities: Hatha Yoga in Lodi Gardens Ashram Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (6.50-7.00 hours, 225km)
Rise early for a yoga session at the Ashram. After, explore Rishikesh on a walking tour including a visit to Bharat Mandir, the oldest and most sacred Temple in the region. This evening, join locals and pilgrims for an aarti ceremony on the banks of the holy Ganges. Included Activities: Yoga at an Ashram Rishikesh Walking tour Bharat Mandir Temple Visit Aarti ceremony
Start the morning with an invigorating yoga session. The day is then free to relax and reflect or opt to have ayurvedic treatments or visit the famed Beatles Ashram. This evening join a calming meditation session. Included Activities: Yoga at an Ashram Meditation Rishikesh Ashram
After morning yoga, settle in for the drive to Nalagarh in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Here we take a walk through the Village and stay the night in a heritage hotel at the Nalagarh Fort which was built in 1421. Included Activities: Yoga at an Ashram Nalagarh Fort and Village Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (6.50-7.00 hours, 250km)
"Dharamshala" translates to "a spiritual dwelling" or loosely, shelter or resting place for pilgrims and travellers. It is a beautiful former British hill station situated in the snow-capped mountains of Himachal Pradesh, in the foothills of the Dhauladar ranges. The city is divided into lower and upper Dharamshala according to the altitude. A popular pilgrimage site, the town is filled with temples, markets, galleries and gathering places. Included Activities: Nālāgarh Fort Yoga Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-6.50 hours, 200km)
Take a morning yoga class then spend the day visiting key sites including The Dalai Lama Temple complex, Norbulingka Institute and hike to Bhagsunath Temple. A perfect way to explore the varied spiritual beliefs in northern India. Included Activities: Dharamshala Yoga Dalai Lama Temple Norbulingka Institute Visit Bhagsunath Temple Excursion
Enjoy morning yoga, then opt to relax or take meditation or healing therapies. Later, take an excursion to the ancient Masroor rock-cut Temples. Included Activities: Masrur Rock Temples Excursion Dharamshala Yoga
Amritsar which literally translates as "his pool of nectar", is a flourishing city and religious centre in the state of Punjab. Important from a religious point of view to the Sikh religion, with many pilgrims coming to have a divine bath in the pool of nectar at the Golden Temple. Also an important political city where in 1947 the separation of India and Pakistan created a long white line known as the Wagah Border between the two neighbours. Included Activities: Wagah Border Ceremony Golden Temple Visit Dharamshala Yoga Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-6.50 hours, 230km)
Visit the Jallianwala Bagh gardens and memorial before catching a flight to Delhi. Opt to join the CEO for a farewell dinner. Included Activities: Jallianwala Bagh Visit Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
With extra time, you can book our 'Agra Extension,' including accommodation, transport, and a guided visit to India's most famous sight, the Taj Mahal. Included Activities: Departure Day
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in India. These can vary in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Power cuts are a regular occurrence in many places, especially throughout North and Central India. Although a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. It is also recommended when you are in your room to lock the door, as staff will sometimes enter without reason.
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