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This festival will encompass the most consecrated sites throughout the beautiful Kathmandu Valley and the teachings from yoga masters from a wealth of traditions and lineages, providing a divine opportunity to share, learn, and practice from those most adept in the art of yoga. It promises to be a truly unique event drawing together cultures, traditions, and teachings from across the world. It is an opportunity to evolve spiritually by going deep into the essence of yoga.
During this retreat, you will be staying in various accommodations with the options of a private room or shared room. When in Kathmandu, you will be staying in Khushi Khushi Hotel and Pashupati Hotel Plaza. When in Pokhara, you will be staying in Kantipur Hotel and when in Lumbini, you will be staying in Osho Ashram.
Kantipur is the poetic name of ancient Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal. Now, this poetic essence although disappearing in Kathmandu has finally materialized in Pokhara 200 kilometers all the way west of Kathmandu along with the combination of beauty, comfort, and taste. That is in the class form of an exotic place to relax and enjoy delicious cuisine amidst the magnificent views of the most beautiful Himalaya "fish tail" of Annapurna range reflecting itself within the Phewa Lake.
Khushi Khushi Hotel Pvt. Ltd. is just a 10-kilometers drive away from the royal palace heart of the city, Kathmandu. It is a peaceful place surrounded by forest and the soft rice terrace fields with changing colors overlooking magnificent panoramic views of the mountains and valley below while relaxing in the tranquil surroundings.
Osho Tapoban is an International Commune and Forest Retreat Center. It is a non-profit oriented organization and operated as per the vision of Osho. Osho Tapoban is the only Osho center outside Pune Commune which has six sessions of daily meditation and regular meditation camps and has residential facilities to suit the visitors throughout the year.
Hotel Pashupati Plaza is located at the prime location Gaushala, Pinglastan, opposite south gate of Pashupati Nath Temple and just two minutes’ drive from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) and walking distance from most of the city’s main visitor attractions, including Pashupati Nath Temple, Guheshwori Temple, Bagmati River, and Bauddha Nath Stupa.
This spiritual journey will commence in Kathmandu where you will spend two days in the enchanting capital city of Nepal. The festival will begin on the day of Shiva Ratri-Shiva’s appearance day, in which you will come together to honor Lord Shiva, the first guru of yoga by celebrating yoga’s depth and diversity. You will continue this spirit by visiting the Pashupatinath Temple, considered to be the most powerful and important Shiva temple in existence, lying on the banks of the Bagmati River.
You will also visit the Boudhanath stupa, a symbolic Buddhist site as well as being the largest stupa in Nepal, and the Swayambhunath Stupa, the oldest Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu. Dhulikhel is located 30 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu. At 1550 meter above sea level, an astonishing panorama unfolds and one can merge with the breathtaking view of the snow-kissed Himalayas.
Besides its incredible nature, this town offers a vast number of temples, stupas, and pagodas. Another interesting fact about this place is its Hindu philosophy-based design. All the shapes and distances between houses and temples carry a specific meaning with them making a visit exciting and worthwhile.
The pilgrimage will then bring all of you to Pokhara, which does not only offer the holy sites of the Peace Pagoda and the Barahi Durga Temple but also breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and Lake Phewa. It is an ideal place for yoga and meditation surrounded by nature’s beauty. Finally, the journey will take you to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. This important pilgrimage location offers the Ashoka Pillar erected in the Lumbini Garden, marking the spot where Prince Siddharta Gautam was born, and where the Mayadevi Temple is dedicated to Lord Buddha’s mother, Queen Maya Devi.
On the way back to Kathmandu, you will spend one night at Dev Ghat, the sacred convergence of two rivers, the place where Sita, Rama, and Laskshman departed from this world, the birthplace of Veda Vyas, the compiler of the Vedas. There are many ashrams there and it is the home of many spiritual practitioners to this day, so it is highly charged with spiritual energy.
Afternoon arrival at Shanti Yoga Ashram for night stay.
Shanti Yoga Ashram Yoga festival.
Pashupatinath Temple Yoga festival and Boudhanath visit.
Bhaktapur (Ancient tantric city with many temples).
Travel to Pokhara (luxury tour bus will be provided).
Yoga festival in Pokhara.
Travel to Lumbini (luxury tour bus will be provided).
Lumbini (Buddha's birthplace).
Travel to Dev Ghat (luxury tour bus will be provided).
Morning yoga program in Dev Ghat and conclusion of festival and travel back to Kathmandu.
Should you feel qualified to teach yoga in any of the above-listed disciplines feel free to send us your bio and have the chance to teach or give a presentation at the yoga festival. If you are bringing a group, you will be given the chance to teach at least one class and will be the point person to communicate all necessary information to your group.
During this retreat, you will get the chance to visit the Pashupatinath Temple which is considered to be the most powerful and important Shiva temple in existence, lying on the banks of the Bagmati River. You will also visit the Boudhanath Stupa, a symbolic Buddhist site as well as being the largest stupa in Nepal, and the Swayambhunath Stupa, the oldest Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu. Other than that, you will get to visit Bhaktapur, an ancient Tantric city known for its amazing architecture and spiritual energy. It is home to many temples of cultural significance.
Then, you will go to Pokhara, which not only offers the holy sites of the Peace Pagoda and the Barahi Durga Temple, but breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and Lake Phewa. It is an ideal place for yoga and meditation surrounded by nature’s beauty. Last but not least, you will go to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. This important pilgrimage location offers the Ashoka Pillar erected in the Lumbini Garden, marking the spot where Prince Siddharta Gautam was born, and the Mayadevi Temple, dedicted to Lord Buddha’s mother, Queen Maya Devi.
This retreat will take place in Nepal. The journey will start in Kathmandu then move on to Pokhara, Lumbini, and will end in Kathmandu.
You will be served with daily breakfast and lunch. The diet will be yogic and pure vegetarian. Dinner is included on arrival and the first day only. There will be many restaurants in the area to choose from.
Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).