12 days
Duration
16th May 2019
Dates
India
Destination

Spirit of North India – Yoga adventure with Donna Noble

Welcome to this exclusive North India yoga tour. Join this 12-day exclusive North India yoga tour with Donna Noble, where you will stay in yoga retreats deep in mountains of the Himalayas.

Discover your inner self by participating in our daily schedule of meditation, pranayama, relaxation, hatha yoga, and yoga study. We aim to tailor our programs to taking into account your particular areas of interests and all newcomers can go through an induction teaching them in the ways of meditaion, yoga and will provide a introduction to the philosophy  of the Himalayan Tradition.

Our purpose is to teach and make available the knowledge of yoga and meditation within the tradition of the Himalayan Masters, as interpreted by Swami Rama resident yogi, based at the foot of the Himalayas.  Discover local temples and towns and participate in an Aarti ceremony on the banks of the river Gang.

DONNA NOBLE

Donna is a London based yoga specialist, body positive advocate, coach and blogger. She has over 15 years experience of practicing and studying all aspects of yoga and wellbeing. She has been a certified yogi since 2011 and  is also a certified master neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner and hypnotherapist.  

She has taught in New York, Texas, India, Turkey and all over UK.  Donna has taught at  various wellbeing workshops and events like the Om Show. Her yoga classes are accessible and suitable for all abilities and levels.   

Find out more about Donna: www.thenobleartofyoga

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes

  • Daily meditation, pranayama and yoga philosophy in Sadhak Gram Ashram resort

  • Quality hotels

  • Enjoy beautiful landscape of the town Rishikesh

  • Attend Aarti ceremony on Ganga river banks

  • Small group – Maximum 8 people

  • Visit Konjapuri temple

  • Practice yoga with yoga teacher at the top of the hill

  • Sightseen Haridwar- the gateway to the above of Goods

  • Visit Vashistha Cave

TOUR DETAILS

  • 16th May  2019

  • Cost £1299 per person in twin/double room

  • Please contact us for a single supplement

  • Limited spaces

TO BOOK or Further information

  • For further information Contact us here

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Hotels

The hotels we are using are:

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION

Flights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights

INCLUDED

 Accommodation as per hotel grid above;

Meals per itinerary (B, L and D).
8 Yoga sessions as per itinerary;

Activities as per itinerary at Swami Rama Sadhak Grama

 Sightseeing in Rishikesh as per itinerary;

All taxes, parking fee, entrances, fuel charges, interstate taxes, and porterage at all airports

 All transfers, sightseeing as per tour itinerary by an AC mini coach in Delhi and by Innova car in Rishikesh (shall be provided depending on number of pax);

Entrance fees, Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes and porterage at all airports;

 Services of 01 English speaking local guide for sightseeing tours in Rishikesh as per the itinerary;

 Services of a yoga teacher during yoga classes as per the itinerary; Train fare in air-conditioned executive chair car class for Delhi – Haridwar – Delhi sector;

 Spirit Journeys representative for assistance on all arrival & departure transfers with meet & assist;
All currently applicable taxes, including the service tax applicable on total invoice amount;

NOT INCLUDE

 Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fees at monuments, medical expenses;

 Any airfare or airport departure taxes, etc.;
Meals other than those specified above;
 Any insurance;
 Any visa fees;
 Christmas for Travelling;
Any other services not mentioned in the inclusion.

DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI  

Arrival Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure.

DAY 02: DELHI – HARIDWAR RAILWAY STATION / DEHRADUN AIRPORT – RISHIKESH ASHRAM

Arrival at Haridwar railway station/ Dehradun airport drive to Sadhak Gram Ashram:

Guests are offered a daily schedule of instruction in meditation, pranayama, relaxation, hatha yoga, and yoga philosophy. A large focus is to share with you the science and philosophy of meditation and Ayurveda. We aim to individualise our programs taking into account the particular areas of interests of our guests, but all newcomers can undergo an induction into the philosophy of the Himalayan Tradition. Our purpose is to teach and make available to you the knowledge of yoga meditation from the Himalayan yogis, as interpreted by Swami Rama of the Himalayas.

Participants in all the programs follow the daily ashram schedule which begins at 5:00 AM and runs until 9:30 PM. Time for reading, journaling, and reflection is always available.

An idea of the daily schedule –

5AM                   Prayers

5:15                    Joints and Glands exercises/Hatha Yoga

7:00                   Pranayama

7:30                    Meditation (guided for beginners, silent for others)

8:30AM            Breakfast

10:00                 Practicum class or Philosophy lecture or spiritual video

11:00                  Class or free time

12:30PM           Guided Diaphragmatic breathing session

1:00                    Lunch

2:00                   Guided digestive breathing session

4:00                   Tea

4:30                   Hatha Yoga class

5:45                    Meditation

7:00                    Supper

8:00                    Lecture, video or special night program

9:PM                   Night prayers

Fully furnished cottages are provided. Most cottages have A/C. Guests are provided with vegetarian meals which are cooked and served in a common dining hall. A reverse osmosis water filter is in the dining hall where guests may fill their water bottles for drinking water. The tap water at the ashram is drawn from our own well. Additional facilities include a large meditation hall, a video room, bookstore, sound recording room, and the Meditation Research Institute.

The ashram provides bed linens, blankets and towels. Please bring your own toiletries.

Comfortable, casual and less revealing clothing is recommended. White and light colors are traditional ashram colors, and are considered sattvic (resonating peace and purity). Ladies will have to take care to not wear halter or thin strapped tops, mini-skirts or shorts. Men will take care to wear a shirt outside of their room. Tight clothing is also inappropriate. Shoes are removed to enter the mediation hall, dining hall, etc. so you may want to have a pair of shoes that are easy to take on and off.

In the spirit of ahimsa (non-harming), they do not consume or prepare any meat, fish, or eggs on the premises. Alcohol, intoxicants or mind-altering drugs are prohibited. Smoking is not allowed in the cottages or on the campus grounds.

DAY 03: SADHAK GRAM ASHRAM

Continue as per Sadhak Gram Ashram schedule.

DAY 04: SADHAK GRAM ASHRAM

Continue as per Sadhak Gram Ashram schedule.

DAY 05: SADHAK GRAM ASHRAM– RISHIKESH

After Yoga Class and breakfast drive to the Rishikesh Hotel

One of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is not just known for its religious connection but also for its beautiful landscape. Surrounded by hills (the Lesser Himalayas) on three sides and holy Ganga River flowing through it, Rishikesh is an ethereal experience. Rishikesh is the gateway to famous Chardham which are Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. In fact Rishikesh is a favorite of those coming to meditate and seek salvation. It is believed that meditation on the land of this holy place leads to salvation. Every year many people come here in the ashrams to meditate and gain peace of mind. The place is also very famous with foreigners who come to India in search of spiritual quest. Rishikesh is famous for its ashrams on the banks of Ganga, at many such ashrams yoga is practiced and taught regularly. Such is the feeling of Rishikesh that even the Beatles could not escape from the magical experience. They had visited India in 1960 to pay visit to their Guru in Rishikesh. What else works in Rishikesh’s favour is its altitude (1360 metres). It is higher than the other holy cities of Haridwar and Varanasi, the water in Ganga here is cooler and cleaner. The flow of the river is stronger here and the city is less populated than others. It is calmer and more peaceful here. It is such a beauty, the water gushing from the Himalayas, the banks dotted with ashrams and temples (both ancient and recent) and a hilly landscape in the background of all this, Rishikesh is truly amazing.

Evening attend Aarti ceremony at Triveni Ghat.

Morning yoga class at hotel

Evening sightseeing and walk to Rishikesh town, Beatles Ashram (Chorasi Kutiya) and evening attend the Aarti ceremony at Parmarth Niketan.

Return to your hotel after the ceremony.

DAY 06: RISHIKESH

Morning and evening yoga class at the hotel.

DAY 07: RISHIKESH – KUNJAPURIRISHIKESH

Early morning drive to Kunjapuri (32 kms) with Yoga teacher and packed breakfast.

Kunjapuri Temple – Lying in the divine Himalayas of Tehri Garhwal district, three Siddha Peeths can be located well on top of three different mountains, dedicated to ‘Sati the wife of lord ‘Shiva’. The holy triangle of the temple is linked with a famous tale …. when Sati, daughter of Daksha Prajapat, immolated herself at the sacrificial spot lord Shiva took the dead body of his wife and started walking towards the Himalayas. The places where the parts of her dead body fell are known as Kunjapuri, Surkanda Devi and Chandrabadni and are thus worshipped as Siddha Peeths.

Located at an altitude of 1645 meters and it lends a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks to the North and Rishikesh, Haridwar and the Doon valley to the South.

Practice yoga with the yoga teacher at top of the hill. After breakfast go to a typical Garhwali village for a walk.

Return to your hotel in Rishikesh after the walk.

Evening yoga class at the hotel

DAY 09: RISHIKESH – HARIDWAR – RISHIKESH

Morning yoga class at the hotel. Afternoon drive to Haridwar for half day sightseeing.

Hardwar town is the gateway to the abode of Gods. The mythological and religious importance of Hardwar is well known. The ‘Kumbh’ and the ‘Ardh Kumbh’ fairs are held periodically, every twelfth and sixth year in Haridwar, when a large number of pilgrims and devotees converge to commemorate this divine event. According to astrologers, the ‘Kumbh Fair’ takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. According to mythology, ‘Devas’ (Gods) and ‘Asuras’ (Demons) churned the ocean to obtain Nectar and when the coveted ‘Kumbha’ (pitcher) of Nectar (Amrita) which gave immortality was obtained from the depths of ocean, one of the ‘Devas’ whisked away the ‘Kumbha’ from the ‘Asuras’ and evading from the ‘Asuras’, stopped at four places viz. Hardwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain before he finally Arrived into the safety of heaven. A few drops of Nectar are supposed to have spilled over on the water at these four places and sages, saints and pilgrims started periodically to flock to each of these ‘Tirthas’ to celebrate the divine event. In fact, it is a unique event that blends religious and social features alike.

Shantikunj is the headquarters of the spiritual and social organisation All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP). Established in 1971 at Haridwar, it has emerged over the years as a center of the global movement of Yug Nirman Yojana (Movement for the Reconstruction of the Era) for moral-spiritual regeneration in the light of hoary Indian heritage. Situated at the bank of holy Ganges and between the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas, it’s also a place of attraction for tourists and seekers of spiritual guidance.

The Daksh Mahadev Temple is an ancient shrine situated south of Kankhal town. Also visit the Cremation Point. Har-Ki-Pauri, the sacred ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhartrihari. Evening witness Aarti ceremony at Har Ki Pauri.

Return to your hotel after the ceremony.

DAY 10:- RISHIKESH – VASHISHTA CAVE (SHIVPURI) – RISHIKESH

Morning yoga class at Hotel. After breakfast drive to Vashishta Gufa (Vashishta’s cave).

After breakfast drive to Vashishta gufa or cave which was about 25 km away from Rishikesh. This is a place huddled in the middle of high range hills all around with mother Gang flowing to the right of the cave. There was complete silence interspersed by the small sound of leaves dropping on the ground or the sound of birds. Mythology says the great sage Vashishta did penance here 3,000 years ago. The compound has a temple, small accommodation for the ashram occupants and the cave. The entrance of the cave does not give any hint of what is there inside. The cave was about 20 ft long, 10 ft wide at the entrance but slowly tapering down and the height was about 7 ft. In other words, this was a huge cave. At the furthest end of the cave, there was a Shiv-ling with an oil lamp nearby. The cave that stretched quite a way inside the mountain was walled off at this point. Apparently, sages from the remote and higher parts of the Himalaya come down in their astral bodies to that part of the cave for meditation.

Afternoon back to Hotel and evening attend the yoga class at the hotel

DAY 11: RISHIKESH- HARIDWAR RAILWAY STATION/ DEHRADUN AIRPORT

Drive to station or airport to connect train/flight for Delhi. On arrival, transfer to an airport hotel.

DAY 12: DEPART DELHI

Transfer to international airport for flight to onward destination.

  • UK and EC citizens require a visa to visit India. You are responsible for obtaining these yourselves but we will of course provide any guidance or assistance you may require.
  • Check-in time at all the hotel si 1400 hrs and check out time is 12 noon except at Dewa Retreat where check-in time is 1400 Hrs and check out time is 1100 Hrs;
  • In case of any currency fluctuations or amendments to local Government taxes, or any fuel price rises, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly;
  • Any change in hotel or room category may attract a supplement or reduction in the tour cost.
  • Rate quoted above includes only those items as specified in the above inclusion column;
  • Quote is valid only for the above mentioned period;
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