Delhi - Varanasi - Rishikesh Ashram
Location of Retreat
:   New Delhi, Rishikesh Ashram and Varanasi
Yoga Type
:   Hatha
Retreat Type
:   Yoga
Topography
:   Getaway
Guest Suitability
:   Singles, Couple, Group, Youth
Timing/ Duration
:   Available all year, 09 Nights/ 10 days (beginning and ending at New Delhi)
Who should go for this package? :
  • All yoga aspirants and practitioners, who want a taste of real ashram life, to practice yoga, and be one with traditional Indian culture.
  • Who wish to experience the flavour of traditional India in Varanasi - the oldest inhabited city in the world where time has stood still in many ways.
  • For first time travelers to India, for single women travelers, as they will feel safer knowing that H&Y team is around to guide them at every step and right through the tour.
  • For those who want to practice yoga along with some adventure, as the package has an option of white water rafting and camping along the banks of the river Ganges.
  • For those who want all their travel arrangements to be taken care of once they reach India.
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This package presents a wonderful blend of Yoga and Ashram stay in the the spiritually-rich, yoga capital of the World (Rishikesh) and a visit to the oldest surviving town of the world (Varanasi).

In this package we offer you

~ Ashram living experience in Rishikesh.
~ Traditional yoga, meditation and ayurveda experience.
~ An organized stay and sightseeing of the ancient and spiritually significant town of Varanasi.
~ An opportunity and space for you to explore these places on your own while providing you an overall organized itinerary.

About the Ashram :

Rishikesh Ashram:

The Ashram is a sacred haven, resting serenely on the banks of the holy Ganga (Ganges), nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. The ashram’s beautiful architecture and aesthetic presentation of pious themes create an atmosphere of true spiritual sublimity.

It is no surprise that pilgrims are drawn here from all over the world. The awe-inspiring beauty of the ashram, the clear, flowing Ganga, the majestic mountains, and the lush green forests will embrace and rejuvenate your entire being. The Ashram offers inspiration and upliftment for your body, mind and spirit as well as a deeper connection with the Divine.

But what really sets apart an Ashram stay from a conventional hotel stay is the unique experience of positive energy vibrations generated through years of accumulated spiritual energy of mantras, chants and the aura of great spiritual saints.

Varanasi:

In addition, You will experience a short but sufficient stay of 2 nights / 3 days in a Varanasi budget hotel. You will be taken around the city and the ancient town of Sarnath (noted for its Buddhist significance). Plus, you can experience a boat ride on the Ganges, the vintage way.
 

Accommodation:
Ashram rooms retain the absolute simplicity of ashram living and yet are equipped with the necessary modern facilities. All rooms have attached, Western style bathrooms and many have hot, running water. All linens are provided. The ashram provides a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere.

Please note that the Ashram stay is basic. Some of our clients have even described their Ashram stay as a culture shock. Even though the rooms have all necessary facilities including beddings, blankets and attached baths, however, please do not expect a 5-star reception or welcome here. This is NOT a hotel and for most part you will have to find your way around; of course, the Health and Yoga team will always be only a simple phone call away.

If you are considering the Ashram Holiday, knowing more about the Ashram experience will be a definite advantage. Read this article, to get the most out of your Ashram Stay.




Itinerary
Day 1:
Location: New Delhi
Our H&Y team will pick you up from Delhi Airport; the team will wait for you at the terminal with a placard bearing your name.

Transfer and check in to Hotel:
Our team will escort you to your rooms in a budget hotel at New Delhi.

Day 2:
The H&Y team will escort you to your train in the morning for transfer to Rishikesh.
You will reach Haridwar from where you will be received by our team member to escort you to the Rishikesh Ashram where you will be staying. Overnight in Rishikesh Ashram

Day 3 - Day 6:
Location: Rishikesh Ashram

Ashram Stay will include breakfast and meals

General schedule followed at the Ashram **-
Morning Aarti in the Ashram Prayer Hall - Early Morning Prayers
Morning Yoga Session - 60-90 minutes of Yoga
Breakfast
Free Time; Optional activities can be undertaken including Seva / Library Room / Nada
Lunch
Evening Yoga Session - 60-90 minutes
Evening Aarti by the holy river Ganga - Evening Prayers and Lamp Ceremony
Dinner
Bedtime - Lights off

** NOTE: Please bear in mind that the Ashram program is subject to change without advance notice. If Ashram cancels its Yoga classes, Healthandyoga will make necessary alternate community Yoga arrangements for you just outside the Ashram;

Other Activites arranged for you by HealthAndYoga include:

~ Ayurveda Massage and Treatment Sessions,
~ a Himalayan mountain view Drive,
~ whitewater rafting and overnight camping by the banks of the river Ganges (season dependent)

Day 7:
Transfer Back to Delhi and escorted to Airport for flight to Varanasi.
Pick up on arrival at Varanasi and transfer to Varanasi Hotel. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 8:
After breakfast, day sightseeing of Varanasi by air-conditioned car.
Also included by Health&Yoga:
~ visit to Sarnath - the place where the Buddha preached his first Sermon.
~ Boat trip on the river Ganges where you are transported back in time to an ancient Indian culture
Overnight at Varanasi hotel.

Day 9:
After breakfast: Free time during the day to explore the nearby town on your own.
Afternoon: Transported to the Airport for flight back to New Delhi.
Evening: Pick up on arrival at New Delhi and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at New Delhi

Day 10:
Check out of Hotel in the morning.
Drop back to Airport for flight home. End of Tour.

Extra Add-Ons (Optional)

* Available from New Delhi

Ex - Rishikesh:

- - Experience a day or two at the World famous Ananda Spa. Get enthralled by the extreme diversity between the simplicity of Ashram stay and the destination spa health pampering stay all in the same region. Of course, be prepared to spend quite a sum for this luxury add-on.
- - Reiki Course (2 day): Add on a level 1 Reiki Healing course with a 2-day extension to your Ashram visit and learn the art of energy healing.

Ex - Delhi:

You could add trips (of varying durations) to places of historical and cultural richness around New Delhi -

Add a Day trip to Agra to visit the TAJ MAHAL - the monument of love - an architectural wonder of the world.
OR
If you have more days, you could see the historical Moghul forts in JAIPUR alongwith the princely palaces of UDAIPUR.

You can also ask for a DELHI SIGHTSEEING trip to be organized to witness the architectural delights of the Moghul Era & the British Rule era, besides technologically marvelous temples and experience the peaceful aura at the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.

Please mention in enquiry form if you want any of these visits to be added to your trip.

Package Cost Includes :

At New Delhi (2 Nights):
Pickup and drop back from Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport
Transfer to Hotel in New Delhi
Stay at Hotel in New Delhi
All other transfers.

At Rishikesh (5 Nights):
Transfer to Haridwar/Rishikesh by Luxury Train
Stay in Rishikesh Ashram ( All meals included)
Yoga in Rishikesh
Ayurvedic Treatment in Rishikesh
Himalaya Darshan (View of the Himalayas)
River Rafting in Rishikesh

Varanasi (2 Night):
Stay at Hotel with Breakfast
Sightseeing of Sarnath & City by Air-conditioned car
Boating ride on the Ganges.
All transfers to and from airport

- All train tickets and inland transfers as per package are included in above costs.
- Air tickets from Delhi- Varanasi- Delhi are NOT included and will be EXTRA.



Food Options
Package includes Ashram Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Meals are simple, non spicy and vegetarian in the Yoga tradition of Sattvik balanced diet, known to be best for the body system. Meals are an Indian fare.

(If you seek variety, our team can also direct you to appropriate restaurants. In such cases, please note that the food costs would have to be borne by you directly)


Advice and Precautions
Do not entertain beggars and unsolicited strangers.
You need a VISA to travel into India. Please enquire with the VISA authorities in your country for more information


Cancellation Terms
a) More than 30 days: 20% of tour cost
b) 15-30 days: 30% of tour cost
c) 7-15 days: 50% of tour cost
d) 2-7 days: 75% of Tour cost
e) Less than 2 days or Cancellation/changes during the tour - No Refund


What to expect?
Be prepared for a wholesome experience.
You will experience your spiritual self with yoga;
relax and heal your body with Ayurveda sessions;
and be in the lap of Mother Nature - the magnificent Himalayas, the beauty of river Ganga.

Package does not include:

1) Any meals other than those mentioned above.
2) Any portage at Airport and Hotels tips, Laundry, Mineral water, Telephone charges and all items of personal nature and meals and drinks not specified in the inclusions.
3) Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
4) Parking Charges, Interstate Taxes & Entrances to the park, monuments, Guide charges
5) Any increase in taxes or fuel, leading to increase in surface transportation and land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.

Other Terms:
1) The Ashram schedule is subject to change anytime.
2) Ashram schedule generally includes Community Yoga and Aart

 

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