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Journey of the Heart – India Tour 2017
India is known as a land of extreme contrasts. It’s the birthplace of many great spiritual masters and saints, exotic markets, ancient temples that stand along side modern office blocks. 21 amazing days adventuring in this mystical and colourful country.
We met on the New Moon of Aries, which brings extra magical and auspiciousness to our travels.
India is a country where devotion and an unshakable faith in the supreme existence of the divine as Goddess and God are the norm. This spiritual atmosphere permeates all of life amidst the hustle and bustle of survival.
The divine forms are many, their attributes numerous, the myths and legends surrounding these divine deities are as intimate as they are extraordinary.
This magnificent country is as vast as it is crowded in its extreme contrasts. India has been recognised as the motherland for spiritual pilgrims for centuries.
The Journey of the Heart tour takes us to northern India where we will be visiting:
- New Delhi
- Dharam Shala
Immerse yourself in a magical journey of the self-discovery as we travel, with awareness, into the heart of this ancient land.
The Journey …..
28 March – New Delhi
The journey begins and ends in New Delhi, the capital of India. Here we will explore the bazaars of Old Delhi, ancient temples that stand side by side with modern office blocks.
29 March – Day trip to Agra
Travelling by train to Agra and upon arrival we will explore that famous Mogul monument built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal … the Taj Mahal. This magnificent marble structure took 22 years to construct, and to see the sunlight change the colour of the marble at varying times of the day is breathtaking. The world’s great monument and symbol of eternal Love. A visit to the Agra Fort before returning to Delhi.
30 March – New Delhi
Visiting Akshardham Temple and staying for the Laser & Light Show in the evening … this is a spectacular display and not to be missed.
31 March – New Delhi/Kathgodam/Haidakhan Vishwa Mahadham Ashram
Departing New Delhi early morning via train to Kathgodam where we will transfer to road travel through the Kumoan mountains to Haidakhan ashram.
1 – 6 April – Haidakhan Vishwa Mahadham Ashram – is known as “the most beautiful place in the universe”.
Nestled in the Kumoan mountains is Haidakhan, the ashram of the immortal saint, Babaji, written about in ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Paramahansa Yoganada. While Babaji is no longer in physical form, his presence can still be felt at Haidakhan. We will participate in ancient fire ceremonies, purification practices, pujas (Hindu ceremony of offering of the light) and other sacred ceremonies in honour of the Divine Feminine. This festival is dedicated to Durga, the Mother God or Goddess and is a powerful opportunity to open the heart deeply. One day here is said to be equivalent to 12 years spiritual practice in the western world.
7 April – Haidakhan/Rishikesh
Early morning departure from Haidakhan to Rishikesh. Today we travel by road to the holy town of Rishikesh.
8-12 April – Rishikesh
Rishikesh is the city famous for its meditation and yoga ashrams all over the world. This ancient town of saints and pilgrims rests on the banks of the holy Ganges River. Rishikesh represents the Gateway to the Himalayas in the Tehri-Garhwal regions of Uttar Pradesh. The freshness of the air, the flowing waters of the Ganga, the scenic beauty of the region and the sound of distant bell chimes create an unforgettable experience of this ancient pilgrimage town.
We will participate in daily meditation and yoga. Jayanti will be guiding you through group practices designed to connect deeply with your inner self. There will be plenty of free time to explore this holy city made famous by the Beatles in the 60’s and now known as the Yoga Capital of the world. For the adventurous there is white water rafting, bungee jumping and plenty of great places in the surrounding areas to explore. Handicrafts, clothing and jewelry galore to tempt any shopper.
13-16 April Rishikesh/Dharamsala
The home of the Dalai Lama since the Tibetan government went into exile in 1959; Dharam sala is located on high slopes in the upper Kangra Valley. Dharamsala is a busy bazaar town famous for its handicraft markets. The colourful temples and Gompas reflect the culture of Tibet attracting visitors from the four corners of the world.
During these days there will be plenty of time to visit temples, monasteries, museums and the great Tibetan restaurants, as well as pick up some wonderful treasures in the markets.
16 April Dharamsala/Delhi
Next we fly to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi we will transfer to our hotel. In the evening we will enjoy a completion dinner.
17 April – Delhi
Free day in Delhi to rest, relax, go shopping and prepare for your flight back home.
A$ 3,885 per person, sharing a twin/double bedded room.
A$ 3,585 Early bird price booked and paid by 28th January 2017
A$ 750 Single room occupancy additional supplement
Tours price includes:
- Transport – all ground transport in India by chartered bus, private car, train and 1 air flight
- Meditations, yoga and mini workshops
- Accommodation – 20 days accommodation of various styles.
We will be staying in 4 star hotels and comfortable rooms in an ashram.
- Meals – 15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners
- Local Guides, sightseeing tour and entrance fees.
- Indian local taxes and tolls
- Airport transfers – upon arrival you will be met at Delhi airport and escorted to hotel. Transfer to airport for departure.
- Australian Group Leader, you will be accompanied
Tour Fee does not include:
- International airfares
- Travel and health insurance
- Departure taxes or visa fees
- Camera/video charges at monuments
- Meals other than specified
- Bottled water and other beverages not included with meals
- Other items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, etc.
Aus $750 per person. A deposit holds your place, $400 of which is non-refundable. Registering early is advisable as the group size is limited. Balance to be paid 60 days prior to start of tour.
Jayanti Woods for bookings on +61 (0)415 382272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Flower sellers outside temple in Vrindavan
Indian dancers in Temple
Jayanti, Sadhu and Prem Baba
Young Indian Mothers at Fatephur Sikri
The Lime water wala
Taj Mahal, Agra