Yoga, Spirituality, and Beyond
Prepare to embark on a profoundly transformative spiritual journey, commencing in the vibrant city of Delhi, the bustling heart of India. This odyssey is a soul-inspiring quest that will lead you through ancient wonders and sacred sites, allowing you to delve deep into the rich tapestry of India's yogic and spiritual heritage.
Along the way, you'll encounter five remarkable destinations, each offering unique insights into the spiritual essence of India: the Taj Mahal in Agra, the sacred Ganges in Varanasi, the serene yogic town of Rishikesh, and the spiritually charged Haridwar.
At the end of the journey there is an optional 6 day add on excursion to experience Dharamsala, a serene haven for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in Tibetan culture and spirituality nestled in the lush foothills of the Himalayas.
The north region of India is rich in wonder, vibrant colors, historical significance, cultural diversity, and all forms of beauty. It offers a range of attractions from hills to beaches, and from forts to the richest temples, making it a truly diverse part of India.
Your journey begins in Delhi, a city where tradition meets modernity. Here, you'll explore historical sites like the Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb as well as a variety of temples, but your focus will be on your inner self. Delhi serves as the perfect starting point for your spiritual exploration, as it symbolizes the convergence of diverse spiritual paths.
From Delhi, you'll make your way to the enchanting city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal. This architectural masterpiece offers a glimpse into the eternal love story that transcends the physical realm. As you delve into the symbolism of the Taj Mahal, you'll contemplate the profound nature of love and spirituality.
Next, your pilgrimage takes you to Rishikesh, nestled in the Himalayan foothills. This tranquil town is renowned as a spiritual sanctuary and a hub for yoga and meditation. Here, you can immerse yourself in spiritual practices, connect with like-minded seekers, and find inner peace amid the natural beauty of the region.
In the midst of your journey, take a day excursion to Haridwar, where you'll witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti, a ceremony that ignites the soul. Haridwar is a sacred place for spiritual cleansing and rejuvenation. Here, you'll experience a deep sense of spiritual renewal and introspection.
Your final destination is Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the spiritual heart of India. Along the ghats of the Ganges, you'll witness profound rituals, spiritual practices, and the cycle of life and death. Varanasi is a place where you can connect with the spiritual essence of existence.
Starting in Delhi and weaving through Agra, Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Varanasi this profound spiritual journey promises to awaken your inner self, deepen your connection with the divine, and provide a spiritual transformation that will remain with you long after the journey is complete. It's a pilgrimage that transcends the physical world, guiding you toward a higher state of consciousness and awakening.
This journey is for you whether your goal is to enjoy the Indian culture and cuisine or to uncover new depths in your being.
David Sunshine will share his three decades of wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and passion generated from his lifelong love for India and personal journeys into yoga, Hindu mysticism and Saivism. David's teachings of yoga blend the wisdom of Yoga, Eastern philosophy, meditation, somatic movement techniques and the principles of Ayurveda to assist students in their physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. On this journey he will help you connect with the extraordinary soul of North India and its people and dive deep into the rich heritage and learnings.
A healthy balance of adventure, yoga, and chilling poolside. All activities are optional, you can stick with the group or venture out on your own.
This schedule is to give you an idea of how the week will look, things may shift as we get closer to the retreat as we factor in things like weather, and total attendance.
If you want to take your trip a bit further, extend your adventure with this enriching 6-day excursion into the heart of Tibetan culture and spirituality from Mar 28 - April 2. Dharamsala beckons you to explore its monastic atmosphere, visit the Namgyal Monastery, and pay your respects at the Kalachakra Temple. Immerse yourself in the vibrant Tibetan culture by shopping for handicrafts and savoring authentic Tibetan cuisine. Gain insights into Tibetan education and resilience with a visit to the Tibetan Children's Village, and Tibetan Government in Exile. This extension offers an exciting experience that deepens your connection with Tibetan Buddhist spirituality and culture, leaving you with lasting memories of this serene mountain enclave.
Join the tour group in Delhi at the Metropolitan Hotel where we have a day of leisure and sight seeing.
Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by the serene atmosphere of this mountain enclave, often referred to as "Little Lhasa." Check in to your comfortable accommodations and take a moment to breathe in the fresh mountain air. The afternoon dive headfirst into Tibetan spirituality. Visit the Namgyal Monastery, a place of deep meditation and religious study, where you can witness monks engaged in their daily rituals. Pay your respects at the Kalachakra Temple, an exquisite place of worship that exudes tranquility and spiritual significance.
Begin your day with a visit to the Norbulingka Institute, a center dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan arts and culture. Roam through lush gardens adorned with vibrant flowers and traditional Tibetan architecture. Witness artisans meticulously crafting thangka paintings, intricate woodwork, and colorful textiles. Engage with master artists and gain insights into the centuries-old techniques they employ. Explore the vibrant tapestry of Tibetan culture by spending the rest of the day shopping for intricate handicrafts and artworks at local markets.
Today, gain profound insights into the educational system and the remarkable resilience of the Tibetan people. Visit the Tibetan Children's Village, an institution dedicated to providing education and a nurturing environment to Tibetan refugee children. Witness firsthand the determination and strength of the Tibetan youth.
Delve into the intricate world of Tibetan governance in exile. Visit the Tibetan Government in Exile and learn about the political and administrative aspects of preserving Tibetan culture and identity in India. Gain a deep appreciation for the challenges and achievements of the Tibetan diaspora.
As your journey in Dharamsala comes to a close, you'll carry with you the echoes of Tibetan Buddhist spirituality and culture. These six days will leave you with profound memories and a deeper connection to the world of Tibetan heritage.
Price includes: Arrival and departure transfers between hotel and airport, 12 nights accommodation in gorgeous hotels with breakfast daily, transportation by private air-conditioned coach, entrance fees to all sites as per itinerary, English speaking North Indian expert tour guides, all airfare and transportation within India, and all applicable taxes.
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To visit India a visa is required for US citizens. Visa's can take up to a month to secure. You can apply for an e-visa online at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html - DYC will not provide you with a visa.
While local conditions may vary based on the destination, timing, and nature of the tour, the protocols below will be followed (with additional safety protocols implemented where necessary).
The use of face coverings will be required throughout the tour when appropriate and dictated by local regulations. Face coverings may be required on international flights, in transportation hubs such as airports, and on all forms of public transportation and other areas. Some destinations may also require face coverings at all indoor sites. Guests at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to age or underlying medical conditions should check with their healthcare provider before attending this tour to ensure their health and safety. Guests must provide their own masks and are encouraged to bring a supply that can be rotated throughout the tour. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the tour.
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This event is not suited for children.
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