Yoga and Meditation Retreat, India
October 25th – November 5th 2017

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Join Cosmin Mahadev Singh for a 12 day transformational spiritual journey into the Magical Land of India.

India is known as the motherland of ancient wisdom and the home of the oldest pilgrimage tradition in the whole world. There are thousands of sacred sites known as tirthas – meeting places of heaven and earth, where one crosses the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth to reach the shore of enlightenment and liberation.

These tirthas are powerful vortexes of energy that help raise the Consciousness of the individual while the experience of higher dimensions is easier to attain.

Any spiritual practices performed at these ancient holy sites multiply millions of times over, dissolve lifetimes of karma and greatly speed up spiritual progress.

Take the trip of a lifetime at the birthplace of yoga and the spiritual home of the world’s most famous meditation traditions.

This unique spiritual journey will take you deep into the traditions that make up India’s culture. From the amazing Dharamsala to the evening ceremonies on the banks of the sacred river Ganges, from the stunning Golden Temple to the holiest city of Rishikesh. We will visit ancient temples and shrines, meet holy saints, meditate in the foothills of the Himalayas and more!

A Soul’s Journey to Mystical India! 

Itinerary & Highlights

  • New Delhi – explore the Old and the New City
  • Amristar – “Sri Harmandir Sahib” the Golden Temple
  • Rishikesh – Gateway to the Kingdom of Gods
  • Dharamsala – Home of the Dalai Lama

NEW DELHI

Explore the Old and the New City

Yoga Retreat India – New Delhi is filled with popular tourist attractions that give you the opportunity to experience the blend of modern and traditional Indian life
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Yoga Retreat India – The famous Lotus Temple one of most recognized structures in the city, built entirely out of white marble

Welcome to Delhi, the capital of India! This is one of the most lively, diverse, and endlessly fascinating cities to visit. New Delhi is a blend of the past and present, blessed with beautiful archaeological ruins, rich history, nature and shopping areas.

The city of culture, art, history, education, and fun – New Delhi is filled with popular tourist attractions that give you the opportunity to experience the blend of modern and traditional Indian life.

We will visit several recognizable landmarks such as:

  • The famous Lotus Temple one of most recognized structures in the city, built entirely out of white marble
  • Humayun’s Tomb – a beautiful red sandstone Persian style structure that is on Unesco`s World Heritage list
  • Akshardham Temple – a perfect example of traditional Hindu culture and architecture
  • Khari Baoli – Asia’s largest Spice Market for local and exotic spices
  • Lakshmi Narayan Temple – dedicated to Lakshmi the goddess of prosperity and Lord Vishnu the preserver and protector of the universe
  • Vishwa Shanti Stupa also known as the World Peace Pagoda – a Buddhist shrine and traditional Japanese garden as a symbol of universal peace.

New Delhi is an ultimate landmark to delve into so be ready to explore it!

“Yatra is a holy journey. We must go into the center, the heart center. It is a journey on earth to one’s “Isht”- one’s higher self, one’s altar. It is a self-purification. So, we go from here to designated holy places & we have no other work but to get up in the morning to meditate, to go to these beautiful surroundings. Sometimes our mind hassles us, but we do conquer it. This is the purpose of Yatra.” – Yogi Bhajan

AMRISTAR

“Sri Harmandir Sahib” the Golden Temple

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Yoga Retreat India - amristar golden temple

Amristar or the “holy pool of nectar” is the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh tradition with the Golden Temple as the soul – a place of devotion for all irrespective of cast, creed or race.

The temple’s construction was initiated by Guru Ram Das in 1578 and it is now one of the most tangibly spiritual places in the world.

The holy shrine is a symbol of human brotherhood and equality where all can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfillment without any hindrance. The Golden Temple is elegant and humbling with people from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally.

The temple is overlaid in the center of a sarovar or pool. People believe that the water has healing properties that can cure many diseases so pilgrims bathe in the pool, also a symbolic cleansing of the soul.

While at Amristar we will:

  • Visit the opulent and humbling complex of Golden Temple
  • Har Ki Pauri – “the steps of Almighty God” the place where devotees can have a hand full of Amrit (Nectar) from the Sarovar.
  • Ath Sath Tirath: taking a dip here with devotion one is blessed with the benefit of holy bathing of sixty-eight holy rivers
  • Enjoy the Langar – the free meal served to over 75,000 pilgrims a day
  • Be part of daily prayers, kirtan & ceremonies. Opportunity to do Seva and serve others
  • The 84 Steps at Goindwal Baoli – it is believed that performing prayers on the 84 steps cleanses the karma of 8.4 million incarnations so the soul may be liberated
  • Tahli Sahib Baba Sri Chand Ji Gurdwara Sri Barth Sahib – the place where Baba Shri Chand lived and meditated for many years
  • Durgiana Temple – also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Silver Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga the destroyer of evil
  • Wagah Border Ceremony – experience the ceremony of Beating Retreat and Change of Guard at the border between India and Pakistan

Amritsar is one of the most important spiritual lands of India and experiencing the Golden Temple is the best gift you can offer to your soul!

“A place of pilgrimage is where the currents are flowing from the body towards the soul, where the whole atmosphere is charged; from where people have achieved samadhi, from where people realized their enlightenment. Such places have become specially charged. In such a place, if you just open your sails, without doing nothing else, your journey will begin.” – Osho

DHARAMSALA

Home of the Dalai Lama

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Dharamsala literally means “a spiritual dwelling”, the home of the Tibetan exiled community in India and their spiritual leader his Holiness the Dalai Lama. This warm and friendly hill station town is filled with Buddhist temples, monasteries and Tibetan shops surrounded by rolling snowcapped mountains.

Explore Dharamshala – a sanctuary for the Buddhist tradition with unique temples and monasteries, monks strolling by in red robes, scents of oak and conifer trees, surrounded by a feeling of compassion and tranquility. Witness the harmonious play of daily and spiritual life!

Our stay to Dharamsala will include monastery visits, learning about Tibetan culture, walks in the beautiful nearby forests, and opportunities to hike uphill for yoga and meditation in the foothills of the great Himalayas.

We will visit:

  • Namgyal Monastery – the largest Tibetan temple outside Tibet and the personal monastery of Dalai Lama
  • Gyuto Monastery – the center for Tantric Meditation, ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy, the temporary residence of the 17th Karmapa
  • The Baijnath and Aghanjar Mahadev – ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva (the water of Baijnath is believed to contain medicinal properties)
  • Beautiful Tea Gardens with the most breath taking views
  • Sherabling Monastery the home of a massive statue of the Buddha and grand stupas in the middle of the green forests
  • Tashi Jong Khampagar Monastery – the dwelling place of the famous togdens, yogis who have gained high levels of realization
  • Norbulingka – the heart of Tibetan Culture, discover the art of Thangka painting, sculpture, screen-printing, woodcarving, papermaking, and metal craft
  • Triund – the crown jewel of Dharamsala with most spectacular view of the snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar ranges
  • McLeod Ganj – known as “Little Lhasa” famous for the culture, crafts, Tibetan thangkas, carpets, and souvenirs.

The vibration of this sacred place is very elevated and it provides the perfect setting for our special journey of yoga, meditation and spiritual growth!

“That’s what Yatra is. So, we go from here to designated holy places and we have no other work, but to get up in the morning to meditate; to go to these beautiful surroundings. Sometimes our mind hassles us but we conquer it. This is the purpose of Yatra.” – Yogi Bhajan

RISHIKESH

Gateway to the Kingdom of Gods

Known as the World Capital of Yoga, Rishikesh is considered to be a sacred town, the abode of many saints and sages. Located at the foothills of the Himalaya on the bank of the Ganges the town is filled with temples exuding divinity and many ashrams making Rishikesh a major attraction for those seeking spirituality.

This is home for the Triveni Ghat, a confluence of three holy Rivers: the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswati – a most revered sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh. A bath here is said to have the power of purifying & clearing away all of one’s sins and freeing one from the cycle of rebirth.

Busy during the day with many tourists shopping for beautiful souvenirs, in the evening the town slows down as sadhus and pilgrims prepare for the nightly Ganga Aarti – the Divine light ceremony filled with chanting, prayers, ritual and a real sense of the Divine. Enjoy the sunset, the majesty of the Himalayas and the beauty of the Ganges while feeling a deep sense of bliss, reverence and spiritual connection.

Our trip to Rishikesh will include:

  • Lakshman Jhulathe famous hanging bridge across Ganga
  • Visit Parmarth Niketan “a true spiritual haven” – the largest local Ashram
  • Ganga Aarti – the devotional ritual offered to the Holy Ganges: a play of Kirtan, prayers, flowers and fire as a thank you to the Divine
  • Triveni Ghat – the pilgrimage site where the water is believed to have the power to wash away the sins and purify the soul
  • Shopping for souvenirs – a fun and a unique experience
  • Meditation at Vasishta Guha – the cave of one of the Saptarishis (Seven Great Sages), the teacher of God Rama
  • Meditation at Jesus Cave – the place where Christ is believed to have spent time through his sojourn in India during the lost years.

Rishikesh is the place where people come to find a new experience: a world where ashrams, sadhus, holy cows, kirtan, the smell of incense and the divine emotion coexists within the great mother nature.

“A journey to these holy sites of India is considered a lifetime achievement and endows the pilgrim with a unique experience and spiritual nourishment! Everybody should have this experience at least once in their lifetime”– Cosmin Mahadev Singh

Accommodations

  • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star hotels.

Included

  • All accommodations
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • All Ground Travel
  • Entrance fees for all temples
  • Yoga and Meditation classes
  • Full Moon Meditation

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No yoga experience required. All levels welcome!

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