Yoga and Meditation Tour

A Yoga, Meditation and Wellness Package in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas.

Duration: 8N/9D

Itinerary: Delhi – Haridwar – Uttarkashi – Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi

Haridwar is an ancient city and important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India’s Uttarakhand state, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills. The largest of several sacred ghats (bathing steps), Har Ki Pauri hosts a nightly Ganga Aarti (river-worshipping ceremony) in which tiny flickering lamps are floated off the steps. Worshipers fill the city during major festivals including the annual Kanwar Mela.

The town of Uttarkashi is a tourist destination known for its stunning natural beauty, and is also called as Devbhumi, which can be literally translated to ‘Land of the Gods’. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1158 m above sea level.

Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. The river is considered holy, and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams (centers for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian enclave upstream from Rishikesh town.

 

Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Delhi our representative will meet you at the airport and assist you till your check in process at the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Day 2: Delhi – Haridwar (by train) – Uttarkashi

Morning transfer to Railway station for Haridwar. Meet our representative on arrival at Haridwar Railway station and drive to Uttarkashi. On arrival check-in at hotel. In the evening, visit temple of Lord Vishwanath at Uttarkashi. Overnight stay at hotel.

vishwanath temple uttarkashi
vishwanath temple uttarkashi

Day 3: Uttarkashi

Morning Yoga session followed by Breakfast. Short Yoga discussion (optional). Lunch. In the evening, perform meditation & Yoga. Overnight stay at hotel.

Morning Yoga session
Morning Yoga session

Day 4: Uttarkashi

Morning Yoga session followed by Breakfast. Short Yoga discussion (optional). Lunch. In the evening, perform meditation & Yoga. Overnight stay at hotel.

meditation
meditation

Day 5: Uttarkashi – Rishikesh (150 kms)

In the morning after breakfast drive back to Rishikesh, on arrival check-in at Ashram. Overnight stay at Ashram.

rishikesh
rishikesh

Day 6: Rishikesh

Morning yoga session followed by breakfast. Later theory class. After lunch time for rest, then yoga meditation class. In the evening, see aarti being carried out on the banks of Ganga River. Overnight stay at Ashram.

Parmarth Ashram Rishikesh
Parmarth Ashram Rishikesh

Day 7: Rishikesh

Morning yoga session followed by breakfast. Later theory class. After lunch, time for rest, then yoga meditation class. Overnight stay at Ashram.

Yoga Session
Yoga Session

Day 8: Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi (by train)

Morning transfer to Haridwar Railway station for Delhi. Meet on arrival at Delhi Railway station and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Haridwar Railway station
Haridwar Railway station

Day 9: Delhi Departure

In the morning stay in the hotel and relax. In late evening, head for the Delhi airport for onward destination.

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Buddhist Circuit Tour

Trace the footsteps of Buddha as we take you through all the places across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and MP through this itinerary.

Duration: 9N/10D

Itinerary: Delhi – Lucknow – Shravasti – Lumbini – Kushinagar – Patna – Bodhgaya – Varanasi – Delhi

Lucknow is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh. Toward its center is Rumi Darwaza, a Mughal gateway. Nearby, the 18th-century Bara Imambara shrine has a huge arched hall. Upstairs, Bhool Bhulaiya is a maze of narrow tunnels with city views from its upper balconies. Close by, the grand Victorian Husainabad Clock Tower was built as a victory column in 1881.

Shravasti  was a city of ancient India and one of the six largest cities in India during Gautama Buddha’s lifetime. The city was located in the fertile Gangetic plains in the present-day district of the same name, Shravasti, that belongs to Devipatan Division of Uttar Pradesh near Balrampur. It was the capital of ancient Kosala kingdom and is sacred to the Buddhists because it is here that Lord Buddha performed the greatest of his miracles to confound the Tirthika heretics. These miracles include Buddha creating multiple images of himself, which has been a favorite theme of Buddhist art.

Lumbinī is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi District of Province No. 5 in Nepal. It is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BCE. Gautama, who achieved Enlightenment some time around 528 BCE, became the Buddha and founded Buddhism.

Kushinagar, district of the eastern Uttar Pradesh, is known for its cultural heritage all over the world. It is one of the four holiest places for the Buddhists. At Kushinagar, Great Lord Buddha, founder of Buddhism, delivered his last sermon. Outside India, it is an International Buddhist Pilgrimage Centre.

Patna is an ancient city that sprawls along the south bank of the Ganges River in Bihar, northeast India. The state capital, it’s home to Bihar Museum, a contemporary landmark exhibiting bronze sculptures and old coins from the region. Nearby, Indo-Saracenic–style Patna Museum displays a casket believed to contain the Buddha’s ashes. Close to the river, the Golghar is a domed colonial granary overlooking the city.

Bodh Gaya is a village in the northeast Indian state of Bihar. Considered one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites, it’s dominated by the ancient brick Mahabodhi Temple Complex, built to mark the site where the Buddha attained enlightenment beneath a sacred Bodhi Tree. A direct descendant of the tree sits within the complex today, along with six other sacred sites, including a lotus pond.

Sarnath is a place located 10 kilometres north-east in Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dhamma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna.

Tour Plan

Day 1: ARRIVAL DELHI

Upon arrival at Delhi meeting and assistance followed by transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Day 2: Delhi – Lucknow – Shravasti

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to railway station to connect train for Lucknow.

Upon arrival at Lucknow meeting and assistance followed by transfer to Shravasti.

Lucknow to Shravasti
Lucknow to Shravasti

On arrival at Shravasti check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Shravasti – Lumbini

Sahet Mahet Shravasti
Sahet Mahet Shravasti

After breakfast visit Sahet & Mahet. Later drive to Lumbini enroute visit to Kapilvastu, Kingdom of king Suyodhan, father of prince Siddhartha. On arrival at Lumbini check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Kapilvastu
Kapilvastu

Day 4: Lumbini – Kushinagar

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to visit birth place of Lord Buddha, Ashoka pillar and Maya devi temple.

birth place of Lord Buddha
birth place of Lord Buddha
ashoka pillar lumbini
ashoka pillar lumbini
Maya devi temple lumbini
Maya devi temple lumbini

Later drive to Kushinagar. On arrival at Kushinagar check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5: Kushinagar – Patna

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to visit Rambhar stupa and Mahaparinirvana temple. Afternoon drive to Patna via Vaishali. On arrival at Patna check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

ramabhar stupa kushinagar
ramabhar stupa kushinagar
Mahaparinirvana temple kushinagar
Mahaparinirvana temple kushinagar

Day 6: Patna – Bodhgaya

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Bodhgaya. On arrival at Bodhgaya check-in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya. The Mahabodhi Temple built on the east of the sacred tree stands majestically 17 feet high on a base 5 feet square, and consists of a soaring pyramidal tower surmounted by a stupa. The Vajrasana or Diamond Throne lying between the Bodhi Tree and the temple marks the actual Spot where Buddha sat in meditation and attained supreme knowledge. A gilded Buddha smiles upon the visitors from a niche in the wall of the temple, and his footsteps carved in stone hold flower offerings from the devout. Unbelievable peace pervades the atmosphere giving credence to legend, besides the Mahabodhi temple, we would visit several Buddhist temples built by the followers of Buddhism from all over the world. Overnight stay at hotel.

mahabodhi temple bodhgaya bihar
mahabodhi temple bodhgaya bihar

Day 7: Bodhgaya – Varanasi

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Varanasi

Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats.

Varanasi
Varanasi

Later an excursion to Sarnath. It enjoys the extraordinary privilege of Lord Buddha delivering his first sermon after attaining enlightenment 2500 years ago. It is about 10 km from Varanasi and holds a number of Buddhist sites that include the famous Dhamek Stupa, the seat of the holy ‘Buddha’. You can also visit the ruins of Dharmarajika Stupa and Mulagandha kuti Temple, where Lord Buddha is said to have rested and meditated while in Sarnath.

Dhamek Stupa Varanasi
Dhamek Stupa Varanasi
Mulagandha kuti Temple Varanasi
Mulagandha kuti Temple Varanasi

The Ashoka Pillar built by the emperor Ashoka is a must see in Sarnath. The Lion Capital on top of this pillar is now the National Emblem of India and stands apart for its excellent artistry and carvings.

ashoka pillar sarnath
ashoka pillar sarnath

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: Varanasi – Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi.

Upon arrival at Delhi meeting and assistance followed by transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Delhi departure

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to international airport to connect flight for onward destination.

Tour Ends