Rishikesh is the ‘Yoga capital of India’. The jungles and riverside of Rishikesh are where sages and gurus have practiced and perfected yoga and meditation for years.
Yoga, the ancient Indian tradition to remain healthy is celebrated through the International Yoga week at the base of the Himalayas on the bank of the Ganges, in Rishikesh. Yoga, the word derived from the Sanskrit word “Yuj”, means to bind, join, attach and yoke, to direct and concentrate one’s attention on, to use and apply. While practicing Yoga, one exercises yoking of all the powers of body, mind and soul. Yoga is a very useful practice for disciplining of the intellect, the mind, the emotions and the will enables one to look at life in all its aspects evenly.
This yoga retreat will provide an incredible opportunity to live, breathe and experience yoga on a whole new level. You will not only practice and deepen your Asanas (physical Yoga Postures) but you will awaken your spirit and open yourself to a more wholesome and fulfilling life. We will give you the tools to have a healthy, positive and enriching life through the detailed and compassionate teaching of our authentic yoga teachers and spiritual masters.
The tour starts from Delhi, the capital city of India, where you can witness the captivating ancient monuments, fascinating museums and art galleries, architectural wonders, fabulous eating places and bustling markets. It then leads to a divine journey in Rishikesh, a small tranquil city on the laps of the Himalayas and at the confluence of the rivers Chandrabhaga and the sacred Ganga. Encircled by the picturesque hills on all three sides and the Sacred Ganga flowing through the valley, the divine land offers a perfect meditation centre where pilgrims from all over the world come to attain salvation. Here you will participate in a 7 days yoga retrait in a traditionl Ahram on the beautiful Ganga banks. Before joing the retrait you will have a chance to visit also the holy city of Haridwar with its various temples, ashrams and take part in the worship of River Ganga in the evening, thus getting a flavour of the deep religious insight and belief.
1° day: arrival at delhi
Arrival at Delhi airport. Transfer to hotel for some rest. Some of the most famous attractions are the Qutub Minar, the Red Fort, the Mughal Gardens, the Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple, Raj Ghat etc. After some rest you will visit the Jama Masjid, the mainthe main mosque in Old Delhi (every day nearly 25,000 people visit and pray inside this mosque). An ancient copy of the holy Quran is also preserved here, which was written on Deer skin. Visit small lanes of this part of the city such as Chawri Bazar, one of the busiest street of Old Delhi. After you will visit the Red Fort, known as LalQila or Qil’ah” was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The fort was originally the palace of the Mughal emperor, after the capital was moved from Agra to Delhi. Delhi was the capital of the Mughals until the revolt of 1857.
2° day: transfer to rishikesh
Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to New Delhi railway station to board the train to Haridwar. The train “Dehradun Shatabadi” will depart from New Delhi railway station and reach Haridwar. On arrival you will be taken for an excursion tour of Haridwar city. Its location at the point where the Ganges leaves the Himalayas to begin its journey across the plains makes it a particularly holy place. Proceed for the sightseeing tour visiting Chandi Devi. A panoramic view of Haridwar can be enjoyed from the temple of Chandi Devi located on top of Neel Parvat. The temple is a 3 km trek from Chandi Ghat. Maya Devi Temple is located to the east of Har-ki-Pauri. Bhimgoda is another spot to visit at Haridwar. Pawan Dham is famous for its Hanuman Mandir decorated with glass pieces. In the evening you will be transferred to your hotel at Rishikesh by road, which is 25 km from Haridwar.
Overnight in Rishikesh (B, D)
3° – 9° day: discover rishikesh
During the next 7 days you will participate in a yoga retrait. The following will be the tentative schedule for the next days:
5:00: Morning Bell
5:15 – 6:15: Meditation
7:00 – 8:00: Pranayama/ sat karm
9:15 – 10:15: Yoga Philosophy
10:20 – 11:50: Hatha Yoga
14:30 – 15:30: Anatomy & Physiology / Mantra Chanting / Teaching Methodology
16:00: Tea Break
16:30 – 18:00: Hatha Yoga
18:10 – 19:00: Meditation
20:00: Self Study/ Kirtan/ Music Concert
21:30: Light Off
Overnight in Rishikesh (B, L D).
10° day: depart to delhi
Transfer by car to Delhi airport (around 5 hs) for your international flight.
The city of Rishikesh has a pleasant climate all year round, but the best months for doing yoga in Rishikesh are from September to April. These months provide the best time between the heat of summer and the cold of winter and are a perfect climate for yogic routines.