This tour is an introduction to Yoga, Meditation and Healing and includes the highlights of India. The program can be fine-tuned to individual requirements, and is particularly suited for groups of 6 or more.
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Day 1 – Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Assistance on arrival and you would be transferred to your Hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 2 – Delhi
After leisurely Breakfast proceed for sight seeing tour of Old Delhi – drive past Raj Ghat, the monument to Mahatma Gandhi erected on the site of his funeral pyre and an important place of pilgrimage for People from all over the world. In Old Delhi see the The Jama Masjid Mosque, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan; then continue past the bustling market place of Chandni Chowk, where silver merchants ply their trade.
Later in the afternoon visit New Delhi – Delhi was established in 1911 by King George V who, feeling Calcutta was too remote, wanted a new capital for the Indian Empire. Drive by the impressive India Gate with its eternal flame, the Presidential Palace and Parliament House; then stop to visit Qutab Minar, a 200-foot high minaret and Humayun’s Tomb, the first of the great Mughal Tomb complexes.
We do not include Red Fort as there is a major parking problem and involves a long unpleasant walk which takes away time from other places of visit.
Drive Back to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel
Day 3 – Delhi-Haridwar
Transfer to the railway station early morning to take the AC inter-city Shatabdi Express to Haridwar; assistance on arrival and transfer to your lodge.
Haridwar — gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand region is
located on the foot hills of Shivaliks. It is on the banks of River Ganga. The Ganga leaves the mountains and enters the plains with Haridwar being the first major town on the plains. Though the Ganges does not lose its rapids completely nevertheless it becomes very quite and calm here. The water is clean and people prefer taking bath on the numerous ghats built on the river shores. It is said that taking bath here purifies the soul and opens the way for the ultimate freedom, Nirvana.
Haridwar has earned fame as being the place which has been blessed by the trinity of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. It is also one of the major Shaktipeeths. Down the ages, Haridwar has purified the mind, the body and the soul. Not only in spiritual or religious terms Haridwar has come up as a major learning center for arts, science and culture. This place has maintained the Gurukul tradition of teaching. This ancient tradition of teaching has maintained its fervour in Haridwar.
Haridwar has since ages been a source of Ayurvedic medicines and has been providing herbal remedies. Haridwar one of the first towns to be developed on Ganges is still lush and green with forest and trees. With Rajaji Park in the vicinity Haridwar has also been the destination for the wildlife and nature lovers. The city acquires a unique charm in the evening when the ghats become breath taking beautiful with thousands of Diyas and Marigold floating in the waters of Ganges.
Day 4 – Haridwar & Rishikesh
After a quick and light breakfast, we get ready for the courses. Start the day with a short stretching exercise to loosen the joints and muscles followed by invocation of The Master (while it does refer to The Master of Pranic Healing – Master Choa Kok Sui – you are free to invoke your own spiritual Master). You will be guided through the processes by your instructor.
The invocation is followed by a detailed description of the various Chakras in the body – the major and the minor ones, what each Chakra represent and are responsible for, the concept of body energy and their focal points (the Chakras). You will also be taught about human auras, how to check individual auras by charging your fingers and hands. The sources of external energy will also be explained to you.
The day’s session ends with the introductory lesson on Yoga and asanas by your Yoga Master. Asana’s literal meaning is “seat.” From ancient times asanas served as a tool for meditation. What it did was to stretch and tone muscles, creating healthy bodies and opening up energy channels, chakras of the body, heightended psychic powers. Asanas purify the body and helps to train the mind into concentration.
Day 5 – Haridwar/Rishikesh
After an early wake up, start the day with a session on Yoga. The rest of the session will be explained to you by your Yoga teacher. The group breaks off for breakfast and will reassemble after a 45 minutes break to resume the class on Meditation and Pranic Healing. We go through the last session quickly and once the Chakras, their position and function has been made clear, you will be taught to use the external energy to clean and charge the Chakras with fresh energy. This exercise is followed by pairing off people
and doing simple experiments on energizing Chakras.
The second half of the day is reserved for visits around Rishikesh. Rishikesh is located in the northern part of Uttar Pradesh. It is 238 km northeast of Delhi and 24 km north of Haridwar and spreads on the right banks of the Ganges, at its confluence with the Chandrabhanga stream. It is surrounded by hills on three sides and is perched at an altitude of 356 meters above sea level. The name Rishikesh is loosely applied to an association of five distinct sections encompassing not only the town but also hamlets and settlements on both sides of the river. Legend has it that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance and, as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh. Rishikesh also represents the site where Lord Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu. The place is known as the Tapo Bhumi or the place for meditation of the Gods. Tapovan, on the other bank of the Ganges, houses a temple to Lakshmana. It is believed that Lakshmana, the younger brother of Lord Rama, carried out penance here. The Neelkanth Mahadev temple is believed to be the site where Lord Shiva had drunk the venom that came out during the churning of the ocean.
Day 6 – Haridwar/Rishikesh
The day beings early with Yoga as you follow instructions of your Yoga Teacher; your course will include breathing techniques – Pranayam, Yogic Postures and other exercises related to Yoga. After breakfast, you will spend the first half of the day on practicing Healing Techniques and Meditation methods – a mix of Eastern methods and Western influences. The session will end with an introduction to methods adapted for awakening the Kumdalini – the source of eternal energy and which connects your body energy to your ANTAR ATMA/ATMA/PARMATMA – the three stages to connecting to the Cosmic Energy.
The second half of the day is dedicated to visits of Spiritual sites.
Day 7 – Haridwar-Delhi-Agra
Board the early morning train to Delhi (0623/1115 hours); assistance on arrival and transfer by surface – a drive of 5 to 6 hours and reach Agra and check-in at your hotel. Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Day 8 – Agra
Today, visit the Taj Mahal – a breathtaking sight and a fitting tribute to love and romance as the monument was built as a tribute to the queen of Emperor Shah Jehan and today it is one of the wonders of the world. The legendary monument to love is an architectural marvel perfectly proportioned and fashioned in white marble. It stands testimony to the skill
of craftsmen brought in from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and to the 20,000 workers who toiled for 17 years in its construction. It has aptly been compared to “a drop of tear on the face of the universe”, by the Indian Nobel Laureate Tagore.
The days other visits include The Agra Fort – where you see it’s palaces and the Hall of Public and Private Audience. From here, you get to see the Taj Mahal, in the distant – with the foreground of the River Yamuna. Legend has that during the period of imprisonment of Emperor Shah Jehan here, he would see the Taj Mahal as a reflection in a mirror placed next to his bed.
Day 9 – Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Jaipur (by surface 6/7 hours aprox.)
After Breakfast proceed for Jaipur en-route stop at the fabulous Fatehpur Sikri – perched atop a rocky ridge, 37 kms west of Agra. Fatehpur Sikri came into being four centuries ago when Emperor Akbar, not yet 28 years old, created the first planned city in Indo-Islamic architecture. In 1568, Akbar was secure and powerful but had no son and heir. He was blessed by Sufi saint Salim Chisti living close in Sikri Village, who prophesied the birth of three sons to him. Soon after Prince Salim was born and later came to be known as Emperor Jehangir. In gratitude for the blessing, Akbar decided to create imperial residence in Sikri, which would function as a joint capital with Agra. The city unfortunately had to be later abandoned due to the lack
of water. Its fortifications, massive gateway and palaces remain in a wonderful state of preservation and include the Jamma Masjid, Panch Mahal & The Salim Chisti’s Tomb set like a jewel in a courtyard of pink sandstone and enclosed by delicately carved marble screens. Proceed to Jaipur and on arrival, check into your hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 10 – Jaipur
Breakfast at the Hotel. Early morning, visit the Amber Fort which for six
centuries was the ancient capital of the state of Rajasthan. Visit the Jag mandir & the Sheesh Mahal (pavilion of mirrors) which reflects a single candle flame in a thousand flickering lights. Also experience the unique thrill of travelling by Elephant Back to the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the city. Late evening, visit the local market and walk down the main street of Jaipur with shops on both
side used by the locals. Later sightseeing tour of Jaipur city. Visit the Observatory equipped with mortar instruments of remarkable size, which for sheer accuracy are difficult to beat even today. Also visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the former royal residence and now a museum housing a vast amount of artefacts. Stop by at the beautiful Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), a beautifully decorated facade of 953 windows in flushed pink. Remember, Jaipur is the most colourful and vibrant city of India and a haven for shopping! Overnight at the Hotel
Day 11 – Jaipur
The day is free for independent activities – Jaipur is a shopping haven and the best place for your last minute souvenir shopping.
Day 12 – Jaipur-Delhi
Transfer by road to Delhi and on arrival – check-in at your hotel where rooms have been reserved for day use. Late in the night, proceed to the airport for your flight back home.