Day 1, Tuesday, October 18: Departure from the USA.
Day 2, Wednesday, October 19: Arrive at New Delhi, 10:35 p.m. We will rest after our long flight and depart for Rishikesh the next morning.
Day 3, Thursday, October 20: Travel from Delhi to Rishikesh by private car (6 hours). Rishikesh is a great place to start our Sacred India Tour. It will be a time to reflect on your life journey; to embrace the present moment and discover the infinite potential of the self.
We will have daily yoga, pranayama, meditations, kirtan and hours of time to explore sacred ashram and temples. Rishikesh situated on the banks of the holy Ganges River is a place of devotion. A holy place where saintly persons come together to love, serve and remember the Divine. We are staying at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram on the Bank of the Ganges River.
Days 4-10, October 21-26: While in Rishkesh we will be receiving several days of Ayurvedic Panchakarma Treatments. These treatments remove deep toxins from the body, create peace in the mind and support rejuvenation and vibrant health.
Day 11, Thursday, October 27: Drive to Vrndavana (3 hours). Lunch (afternoon free time to rest, read or journal) at 12:30 p.m. Shopping at Loi Bazaar at 16:00 p.m. (small village shops - great for purchasing cloth, devotional clothing, beads, incense and oils). We will then visit ancient temples in Vrndavana and attend an evening Kesi Ghat worship ceremony and boat ride on the sacred Yamuna River.
Days 12-16, October 28–31, Thursday - Sunday: We are visiting Vrndavana during the festive devotional month of Kartika; the village of Vrndavana celebrates this month with great celebration in all of the temples. Vrndavana Parikrama: 5:30 a.m. (Parikrama is a walking meditation around the Holy Places of Vrndavana). Evening lunar month of Kartika, celebration offering candles at the Krishna Balarama Mandira.
Day 17, November 1, Monday: Departure Monday afternoon or Tuesday early morning. Drive to Delhi and spend the night at a hotel. Shopping at Connaught place and Parganj market. Lunch or dinner at the Hotel Alka (best vegetarian restaurant in India)
- Other activities in Rishikesh:
* Walking tour and evening arati (sacred ritual) at the Ganges
* Yoga and meditation
* Ganges River White Water Rafting
* Afternoon: free-time for shopping
* Evening arati at the Ganges River
* Vasistha Muni’s meditation caves
- Harki puri is believed to be the sacred place where Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, two great Hindu Gods, appeared in the Vedic era. A dip in the holy water of the ghat is said to relieve a person of all his bad karma. The place is surrounded by some ancient and some newly built temples
- Haridwara is the “Gateway to the Himalayas”. Haridwara’s name has a very significant meaning. The word dwara means doorway and Hari is a name for God that means “He who takes away our misery”. So Haridwara means the “Doorway leading to God.” In ancient times pilgrims would go to the Himalaya’s, passing through Haridwara on their way
- Travel Tips:
* Only drink filtered bottled water
* Keep personal belongings and food secured while monkeys are nearby
* Always be aware of potential pick-pocketing in crowded areas
* A money belt or pouch that is secured to the body is recommended
* Don’t eat if you’re not hungry. Most illness starts with indigestion
* Remove shoes before entering Temples and be careful where you leave them
* Tour guides may make adjustments to the schedule when necessary.
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