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Meditation and Yoga Travelling Retreat in India

Welcome to India - a country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. Wake up in the lap of nature, connect with your inner self and meditate in the fresh air of Uttarkashi with the sound of eternal Ganges flowing past you. If you like mixing business with pleasure then this is for you. Experience yoga and tour India at the same time.


  • Hike to Nachiketa Tal
  • Visit the world famous Taj Mahal
  • Relaxation and asanas / pranayama session
  • Cooking class and aarti on the bank of Bhagirathi
  • Talk and interaction on yoga and meditation
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • All meals included

Skill level

  • Beginner


11 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Shikhar Nature Resort Meditation and Yoga Travelling Retreat in India Program

Many forms of meditation evolved from ancient religious and spiritual traditions. Although practices vary today, most meditation techniques aim to train attention and awareness to help bring thoughts under control.

Studies show how helpful a regular meditation practice can be for relieving pain, anxiety and stress. Studies have found meditation can benefit patients with chronic inflammatory disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, more research is needed to understand its role in the treatment of chronic health conditions.

Make it a way of life, an art of righteous living or an integrated system for the benefit of the body, mind and inner spirit with our yoga tour.

Sample itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Delhi flight

You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel. Overnight stay in hotel at Delhi.

Meals - dinner

Day 2

Delhi sightseeing

After relaxed breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel and proceed for full day tour of Delhi. You will be taken you for a tour of Old Delhi. The colorful history of Old Delhi which goes back thousands of years. Visit Chandni Chowk - silver square (once the center of Delhi), to the various places of interest - just as the royal mughals would have done centuries ago.

Drive past of The Red Fort (Delhi's most magnificent monument was built by Emperor Shah Jehan. Some of the buildings it encloses are Diwani-am,Diwani-Khas, Rang Mahal, the Pearl Mosque etc.)

Visit Jama Masjid - India's largest mosque. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to experience a rickshaw ride.

Lunch at local restaurant in Delhi.

Post lunch you will visit Qutab Minar. The Qutab Minar (the 72.5m high tower dates back to the 13th century and is one of the greatest bequests of the Islamic culture). The other attractions of this morning are Rashtrapati Bhawan (The official residence of the president of India. Formerly the residence of the viceroy of India, it has a magnificent view of the Rajpath and symmetrical north and south block government offices) and India gate (a majestic high arch, 42 meters high, built as a memorial to the Indian soldiers killed in world war 1).

Post sightseeing drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

Meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3

175 kilometers

Delhi - Dehradun - Uttarkashi flight

Morning after breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to Delhi Airport to fly Dehradun. Upon arrival in Jolly Grant Airport (Dehradun) and meet representative and start drive to Uttarkashi. Upon arrival in Uttarkshi, check in the resort.

The resort is conveniently located 5 kilometers from Uttarkashi on the way to Gangotri. The resort is spread around 4 acres of lush green terrace fields surrounded by cliff mountains and situated right on the river bank of Bhagirathi. The resort is a perfect place for a cool retreat from the noise and pollution of the plains amidst refreshing natural surroundings.

Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at resort in Uttarkashi.

Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4

1150 meters


A very beautiful day in the lap of nature will start with a hot cup of morning tea and then you will be heading towards the path of rejuvenate yourself by practicing different asanas, and study the various methods and techniques of yoga with your yoga teacher.

Yoga session will include 'Introduction to basic yogic postures and practice' and 'Breathing and relaxation techniques'. This is followed by lecture on yoga and its applications.

Afternoon session will include lectures on yoga philosophy and yoga psychology.

Later in the day you will have a cooking class where you will be taught how to cook few Indian cuisine (cooking classes).

In the evening from 1600 hours onwards, delegates will participate in aarti at the bank of Bhagirathi. The Bhagirathi is a turbulent Himalayan river in the state of Uttarakhand, India, that is the source stream of the Ganges - the major river of the Gangetic plain of northern India and the holy river of Hinduism.

Enjoy the dinner at overnight stay at SNR (Shikhar Nature Resort).

Meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5


Start your day with a cup of tea, followed by asanas / pranayama session with yoga teacher.

After breakfast, you will go for a small trek / hike to Nachiketa Tal trek and city tour which include the visits of famous temples and local market.

Nachiketa Tal trek. Uttarakhand is very small hike from Chaurangi khal - a small hamlet on Uttarkashi - Lambgaon motor road. The lake is just 3-kilometer trek and you reach a placid lake full of fishes. The route is beautiful and you get the opportunity to witness high Himalayan peaks while hiking.

Vishwanath temple in Uttarkashi is one of the prime pilgrimage attractions in Uttarkashi around 300 meters from the local bus stand. An ancient temple, it is said that it was first built by Parasuram. Later, it was renovated by Maharani Khaneti, wife of Sudarshan Shah in 1857. The temple has a Shivling, 60 centimeters high and 90 centimeters in circumference. No one misses this holy shrine on their trip to Uttarkashi.

Shakti Temple, This temple is just opposite Vishwanath temple. A big trishul in this temple is the center of attraction. The trishul is 6 meters in height and 90 centimeters at the bottom. Different people hold different views about the trishul; it is widely believed that the trishul is made of iron in the upper part and copper in the lower part. The epics say that this trishul was thrown at devils by goddess Durga.

Enjoy the dinner at overnight stay at SNR (Shikhar Nature Resort).

Meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6


Start your day with a cup of tea, followed by laughter yoga session with yoga teacher.

Laughter yoga session will led by a laughter leader or teacher, who controls the laughter session, explains and gives commands to start and complete different laughter exercises. The leader guides the members to start and complete laughter exercises together for improved group dynamic. During most laughter yoga exercises, group members keep moving, and establish eye contact with others in the group. Most laughter sessions focus on enjoyment, rather than force, when doing laughter exercises. The laughter session strives to cultivate childlike playfulness during laughter yoga exercises.

Post breakfast lecture by yoga guru on yoga and meditation.

In the evening, meditation / relaxation session. Enjoy the dinner at overnight stay at SNR (Shikhar Nature Resort).

Meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

1150 meters


Early morning, start the day with a beautiful nature walk and bird watching session. You shall meet villagers in their house or fields. Back to resort for morning tea. Post tea asanas / pranayama session along with lecture by yoga teacher.

Later in the day open dissection and chat on meditation and yoga.

In the evening meditation / relaxation session. Enjoy the dinner at overnight stay at SNR (Shikhar Nature Resort).

Meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8

3050 meters

Uttarkashi - Gangotri

Morning after breakfast drive to (95 kilometers) Gangotri temple. En route visit Gangnani (hot water spring).

Drive back to Uttarkashi for overnight stay in resort.

Gangotri. Located at 3050 meters and 95 kilometers from Uttarkashi, its one of the holy shrines of Char Dham. This picturesque pilgrimage in the hinterlands of Himalayas has the temple of Lord Ganges, beautifully located on the banks of the river Bhagirathi Ganga.

Meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9

175 kilometers

Uttarkashi - Rishikesh

Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival in Rishikesh and check in the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure in hotel. Evening Ganga Arti Darshan at Parmath Niketan Ramjhula Rishikesh. Back to hotel for overnight stay.

Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10

210 kilometers

Rishikesh - Delhi - Agra flight

Morning after relaxed breakfast, drive to Jolly Grant Airport (Dehradun) to board the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi Airport and drive to Agra. Upon arrival check in the hotel for overnight stay in Agra.

Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11

210 kilometers

Agra - Delhi departure

Early Morning sightseeing of Taj Mahal. Experience the sunrise view of Taj Mahal Agra (close on Friday).

Then visit Taj Mahal someone rightly said, see the Taj and die and the Taj certainly surpasses this thought. Described as the most spectacular monuments ever built for love, Taj Mahal is the Agra fascination and greatest pride of India. One of the legendary Indian poet - Rabindranath Tagore described its beauty as a teardrop on the face of eternity. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died after giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Around 20,000 workers devoted day and night to construct this magnificent monument.

Taj Mahal proved to be the costliest tomb ever built on this earth. Specialists were brought in from Europe and other Asian counties to produce the exquisite marble screens and pietra dura made with the thousands of semi-precious stones. It is said that Shah Jahan also wanted to build a black Taj Mahal as a tomb for himself on the opposite side if the river Yamuna. Locals guides are found saying that he want to portray his negative image, when his own son Aurangzeb threw his son into the jail, but sadly he could not afford his grandiose plans.

The Taj is the monument of love, so its each and every detail has been conceptualized with at most care and meaning. The architects and builders made it a point not to confront the viewer with the mind boggling all at once. So they made the entry through a dazzling arched gateway inscribed with verses from Koran. The credit of designing this spectacular mausoleum goes to the architect Ustad Isa Khan Effendi from Iran. The best marbles were transported from Makrana in Rajasthan, and the precious stones came from Afghanistan, Persia and Central Asia.

Back to hotel for breakfast. Post breakfast check out from hotel and visit red fort Agra.

Agra Fort (near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. More often than not, the Agra Fort is overshadowed by the pristine beauty of the Taj, but for those looking for something beyond romance, the Agra Fort is worth seeing. Situated on the bank of river Yamuna, the Agra Fort today, stands as a citadel of the past that has witnessed centuries slip by). After sightseeing drive back to Delhi.

Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to IGI airport to board the flight to onward destination.

Meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner

Included excursions

Agra - The world famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Delhi - Old Delhi tour (Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid) and New Delhi (Qutab Minar and India Gate).

Gangotri - Gangotri Temple, Harsil and Gangnani (hot water spring).

Rishikesh - Ganga Arti Darshan at Parmarth Niketan.

Uttarkashi - Nature walk and bird watching, yoga, meditation, relaxation and asanas / pranayama session, talk and interaction on yoga and meditation, hike to Nachiketa Tal, Uttarkashi city tour, village attraction in Ganeshpur village, cooking class and aarti on the bank of Bhagirathi.


Shikhar Nature Resort is a deluxe tented accommodation resort located in a serene environmental location on the bank of Bhagirathi-Ganga river at Gawana village near the picturesque town of Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand.



  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Swimming nearby


  • Beach nearby
  • Lake nearby
  • Restaurant nearby
  • RIver nearby


  • Free bottled water
  • Local market
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance

What's included

  • Accommodation for 10 nights on twin share basis in above mentioned hotels / resort or similar
  • All currently applicable taxes including government service tax which are subject to change without any notice
  • All meals as per mentioned above in the itinerary
  • All transport services using air-conditioned Innova car (3 persons in each Innova)
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing in Delhi
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day
  • One time entrances to the monuments as per the itinerary
  • Services of accompanying Shikhar tour escort
  • Services of professional yoga and meditation teacher
  • Transportation for sightseeing and trek as per program
  • Return flight Delhi - Dehradun - Delhi

What's not included

  • Any international or domestic airfare
  • Any kind of insurance cover
  • Any other item not specifically mentioned above under Whats included
  • Any porterage at hotel (for baggage on arrival and departure from the hotel)
  • Camera / video camera fee at monuments
  • Cancellation of flights / trains / hotels for political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc.
  • Car at disposal or any sightseeing on leisure days unless specified above
  • Early check in or a late checkout room(s) at any hotel(s) unless specified above
  • Expenses of personal nature like personal gratuities, telephone charges, laundry, spa activities, drinks etc.
  • Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees etc.
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in flight and train schedule
  • Tips to driver, guide, hotel staff and representative

How to get there

Uttarkashi is well connected by road from Delhi. You can drive directly to Uttarkashi via Dehradun or Rishikesh. There are roads connecting Uttarkashi to other major cities like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar and other important towns:

Delhi to Uttarkashi - 399 kilometers

Delhi to Rishikesh - 225 kilometers

Dehradun to Uttarkashi - 200 kilometers

Haridwar to Uttarkashi via Rishikesh - 190 kilometers

Rishikesh to Uttarkashi - 165 kilometers

Mussoorie to Uttarkashi - 150 kilometers

Chamba to Uttarkashi - 110 kilometers

New Tehri to Uttarkashi - 74 kilometers

Barkot to Uttarkashi - 68 kilometers

Uttarkashi to Maneri - 13 kilometers

Uttarkashi to Ghangnani - 39 kilometers

Uttarkashi to Harsil - 72 kilometers

Uttarkashi to Gangotari - 95 kilometers

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, which is 25 kilometers away from Dehuradun. Daily flight operates to and from Delhi, which is the nearest international airport. Delhi is connected by air to all the major Indian cities like: Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata etc.

Arrival by train

  • The nearest railway station to Uttarkashi is Haridwar. You can take a train from Delhi to Haridwar and then drive from Haridwar to Uttarkashi.


  • Gangnani - 45 kilometers
  • Gangotri - 95 kilometers
  • Haridwar - 172 kilometers
  • Harsil - 75 kilometers
  • Jolly Grant Airport - 162 kilometers
  • Nachiketal - 33 kilometers
  • Rishikesh Railway Station- 149 kilometers
  • Uttarakhand - 5 kilometers
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