India Yoga Tour
w/Tristina Kennedy & Michael Fong
Take a pilgrimage through 6 sacred locations in India to experience the heart of yoga & devotion!
Embark on a journey of discovering yourself in the magical land of India: a place of devotion, diversity, and glorious celebration! The people and beauty of this vast land will capture your heart. You will be fully immersed into a culture and lifestyle like no other place in the world. The locations you'll visit are culturally, historically, and geographically rich.
You will be guided by Tristina Kennedy and Michael Fong. India is a special place that has captivated them through both their yoga studies and travels. Experience the powerful transformation of this yoga and cultural immersion. Enjoy the support of having all the details arranged for you and have fun traveling with a like-minded group. All you really have to do is say yes!
delhi - pushkar - udaipur
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Day 1: Arrive at New Delhi International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Delhi where you will have time to settle from your long journey. If possible, we recommend a flight that arrives earlier in the day so you have more time to relax. (1 night at Radisson Blu)
Day 2-3: Catch an early morning train to Pushkar. Riding the train in India is such an inherent part of experiencing the culture. We'll enjoy the scenery as we cross the state of Rajasthan to our destination. This holy town is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage destination that feels enchantingly small. Pushkar curls around a holy lake, and often hums with puja (prayers) generating a soundtrack of chanting, drums, and gongs. Here we will have time to practice yoga with a local guru, visit temples (including the world-famous Brahma temple), take a camel ride at sunset, explore the colorful bazaars, and observe the life of the locals along the ghats (steps down to the water). (2 nights at Jagat Palace)
Day 4-7: We will depart Pushkar in the morning to drive to Udaipur (5-6 hours). Set beside shimmering Lake Pichola, Udaipur is a romantic destination filled with fantastical palaces, temples, a lively arts scene, and countless narrow, colorful streets. We will stroll through the local markets, watch traditional folk dance, take a boat ride on the lake, and tour the city palace/garden. There will be a day trip to visit the stunning marvel that is the Ranakpur Jain temple (check out the photo in the above slideshow!). We also can't wait to share tea and kirtan in the home of our dear friends, Mukesh & Chanchal, one evening during our stay! (3 nights at Chunda Palace)
****Overnight train ride to Vrindavan.
vrindavan - haridwar - rishikesh
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Day 8-9: We arrive in Vrindavan by train in the morning. Vrindavan is where the young Krishna is said to have grown up. As pilgrims flock here from all over India, the town is alive with devotion. Dozens of temples, old and modern, dot the area and we will have time to explore many of them, and even enjoy evening kirtan together at the Krishna Balram temple. One morning we will visit the Sandipani Muni School and have an opportunity to interact with the children. Later that day, we will journey to the epic Taj Mahal to take in its splendor at sunset. (2 nights at MVT Guesthouse)
Day 10-11: We will depart Vrindavan in the morning to drive to Delhi, where we will catch a train north to Haridwar (4 hours). Located at the point where the Ganges River emerges from the Himalayas, Haridwar (which means "Gateway of God") is one of the 7 holiest places to Hindus and is said to be where Lord Vishnu left his footprint. Observe the daily rituals along the banks of the Ganges, enjoy fantastic food on the streets (the best masala dosas!), shop your way through the market, and attend the famous evening Aarti (prayer) ceremony at Har-ki-Pauri along the Ganges banks. We will also spend time with a modern-day spirtual saint named Nani Ma. (2 nights at Ganga Lehari)
Day 12-16: A short one-hour drive brings us north to Rishikesh. Situated at the banks of the jade green Ganges River, the town is also a gateway to the mighty Himalayas. Known as the Yoga Capitol of the World, Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers. You will find an abundance of yoga ashrams, meditation, Ayurveda, reiki, and other healing modalities. Here we will unwind from our travels and dive deeper into our practice. You have the option to trek to a waterfall, visit the ashram where the Beatles were in the 60s, and/or go whitewater rafting. (4 nights at Divine Ganga Cottages)
Listen to what past retreaters have said about traveling with Tristina & Michael!
DATES: September 9-24th, 15 nights/16 days
COST: $2750 in double occupancy room
Single supplement is $600
A payment plan is available
PLEASE NOTE: The rate is based on double occupancy and rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you do not have a roommate, we will make efforts to pair you with another solo traveler. Please note that if there is not another solo traveler, you will be responsible for the single supplement fee. Don't you have a friend who'd love to join you for an adventure?
A $600 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your space in the retreat. This amount is applied to your total cost. By submitting your registration and deposit to us, you are agreeing to the policies in our Payment Terms.
15 nights accommodations (9/9-23)
Daily breakfast, 2 group dinners
Yoga/meditation sessions (suitable for all levels)
Experienced tour guides
All ground transportation within tour
Initial airport transfer from New Delhi Airport
Departing airport transfer to Dehradun Airport (Rishikesh)
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
International/domestic airfare or any baggage charges
Travel insurance - HIGHLY recommended (read here)
Transport outside of tour activities
Airport transfers not to/from our retreat properties
Flights & Travel info
FLIGHTS: To allow maximum flexibility, you will book your own flight to/from New Delhi. The tour begins with dinner on the 9th and ends after breakfast on the 24th. Book early! At the time this webpage was published, roundtrip airfare from San Francisco to Delhi was less than $1000!!
ARRIVE: Friday, 9/9, 2016, no later than 9pm
DEPART: Saturday, 9/24, 2016, no earlier than 6pm
Feel free to run your flights by us before final booking. Please be advised that you will need a flight from Rishikesh (Dehradun Airport) to Delhi. We can help you book this once you have your main flight details. The cost ranges only $40-80, depending on the airline/time of the flight.
If you want to arrive early or extend your stay, we will be happy to help you make arrangements. Please note that airport transfers can only be provided if you stay at our properties before/after the retreat.
VISA: In order to travel to India, you need a valid passport from the country in which you reside. You will also be responsible for obtaining a visa issued from the Indian government. The good news is that getting an Indian Visa recently became much easier with the new "visa on arrival program." Learn more about this convenient program and apply for your Indian visa HERE You will apply for your visa one month before you arrive in India. We will send out additional information and reminders about this process as the trip draws nearer!
VACCINATIONS: The Centers for Disease Control recommends certain vaccines when traveling in India. You can review their current recommendations HERE. You should also discuss medications and vaccinations with your doctor to evaluate which ones are right for you given your own unique health needs and personal beliefs about vaccines.
***Don't worry, we will hold a pre-trip meeting & send plenty of helpful emails to aide you in your preparations!
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Get ready, because this is going to be AWESOME!