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Join Natural Yoga on a pilgrimage to Indias most amazing spiritual places. Practice yoga and meditation on the banks of the sacred Ganges, meet with sadhus, visit ancient temples, meditate in sacred Himalayan caves, and dive deep into the wonders of yogic India - most of them off the beaten tourist track. The places you will visit have a strong meditative power and will help you in connecting to your authentic self. Come and experience practicing yoga in its birthplace!
Ideally located in Pahar Ganj, Jyoti Mahal is a place where you can relax. The hotel has picturesque bedrooms, all decorated in their individual character. The Rajasthani architecture bestows character, the elegant furnishing conveys style. The surroundings are so quiet you will think you are in private residence. As a finishing touch, each room leads through to its own spacious bathroom lined with exquisite Indian white marble and complete designer toiletries.
High Bank Peasants Cottage is a boutique accommodation located five kilometers upriver from Rishikesh in the Tapovan area of LaxmanJhula, on a hill at higher elevation from the Rishikesh town. Situated on the outskirts of busy Rishikesh town, High Bank Peasants Cottage is the best choice for foreign tourists looking for safe and peaceful stay. Run by a highly qualified local Indian Brahmin family, the guest house has clean rooms with attached baths / hot water, nice gardens, and good balcony overlooking the forest and the far down town area.
Situated in the heart of Varanasi, mere 1.37 miles from Varanasi Railway Station. Main Ghat is 1.24 miles and city center (Godowlia) is 0.93 miles from here. This place is run by an Indian family and those who wish to stay with a family and enjoy hospitality of freshly cooked homemade food and wish to exchange culture of the different parts of India / countries would like it here very much.
Experience the spiritual atmosphere of Vrindavana in the comfort and security of the MVTs Bhaktivedanta ashram. It features award-winning architecture, exquisite gardens with manicured lawns, mango trees, peacocks, parrots, and the devoted service of the staff.
You will visit four of the main pilgrimage places in North India: Rishikesh, Haridwar, Varanasi and Vrindavan. Each one of them has a specific value and you will tune into a different path of yoga in each area. You will investigate the relevance of Hatha Yoga (physical exercise), Jnana Yoga (holy scriptures), Karma Yoga (selfless service) and Bhakti Yoga (devotion to Love and God). During this trip, you will experience the divine essence of prayer, ritual, yoga, meditation, and selfless service. It will be a powerful imprint in your memory and it will give you a new perspective. India will remind you of the essence of life and prevent you from falling into an empty race after hollow experiences. And when it happens, you know what to do to refuel your soul.
Traveling through India with Natural Yoga will make you feel safe, comfortable, and provided with anything you need. Transport, accommodation, and meals being arranged for you to save a lot of hassle, stress, and money. The traveling schedule looks intense but there will be enough time for peaceful reflection and to let your experiences sink in. You will sleep in beautiful places with the authentic Indian atmosphere.
You will be welcomed at the airport and will go to a quality hotel in Delhi with a great rooftop terrace. The next morning we take a train at 6.30 a.m. It is recommendable to arrive one day earlier in Delhi so you have some time to settle down.
In Rishikesh we will practice outdoor yoga on different spots, attend beautiful Puja’s (ritual offerings) and take sacred dips in the Ganges. We meet with sadhu's and will meditate in a special cave and do a 4-hour raft on the Ganges river.
During this trip, we will have one full-day-off in Rishikesh for you to relax or discover the area.
Haridwar is a famous pilgrimage place that means “Doorway to God”. In Haridvar we attend an ancient evening ritual at the Ganges, we have dinner in an authentic Indian hotel and take the night train to Varanasi.
Varanasi is the most ancient city in the world, where dead bodies are being burnt on the river ghats of the Ganges. We will discover this sacred area by boat, do little offerings and experience holy pujas to honor the river Ganges. In the early morning, we will enjoy the serene silence during a sunset boat ride which is a mystical experience.
We have lunch in a very luxury hotel in Agra on our way to Vrindavan. In Vrindavan, we check in the MTV ashram which is a beautiful and Krishna devoted resort. We visit the Iskcon Temple, play kirtan in the evenings, visit beautiful temples and rituals and discover the market streets.
Morning time closing ceremony. Departure to Delhi. Some like to go via Taj Mahal to Delhi airport.
Noëlle has been studying and teaching various styles of yoga for around 10 years, combined it with holistic traditions and health systems from all over the world. She loves to share the similarities, her personal experience, and her strong intuition for what is needed here and now, in contemporary yoga classes, empowering coaching sessions, and healing massage therapy.
Arjuna van der Kooij works as an editor for Mandala Publising, a US based publisher on award winning yoga books. He authored “Myths of the Asana’s” and a few other books and edited many. He is yoga philosophy teacher for international Yoga Teacher Trainings. Arjuna has lived in India for 6 years, and is a long time practitioner of bhakti yoga and mantra meditation
This yoga retreat and pilgrimage will take place in India and covers Delhi, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Varanasi, Agra, and Vrindavan.
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are arranged for you to save a lot of hassle, stress, and money.
Indira Gandhi International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). From there, an airport transfer will be arranged to take you to your hotel in Delhi. The transfer is included in the price.