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Yoga

Yoga is an ancient Indian body of knowledge that dates back more than 5000 years ago.

Ancient Yogis had a belief that in order for man to be in harmony with himself and his environment, he has to integrate the body, the mind, and the spirit. For these three to be integrated, emotion, action, and intelligence must be in balance. The Yogis formulated a way to achieve and maintain this balance and it is done through exercise, breathing, and Meditation - the three main Yoga structures.

There is a general misconception that in Meditation, your mind has to go blank. It doesn't have to be so. In Meditation, students bring the activities of the mind into focus resulting in a 'quiet' mind. By designing physical poses and Breathing Techniques that develop awareness of our body, Yoga helps us focus and relieves us from our everyday stress.

Meditation

The mention of Meditation usually brings about images of old men humming away, or should it be “oomming” away the whole afternoon. Now, humming away doesn’t seem to be helpful, left? Research, however, has proven that Meditation helps us relax and develop our power of concentration.

But what exactly is Meditation?

Meditation is anything that brings us to the present and keeps us there. This makes Meditation easy for us to incorporate into our lives. Now, do not start thinking of making shopping as your form of Meditation. Living in the NOW is one thing to keep in mind when meditating. Meditation may take on many forms but its foundation basically lies on three principles: 

  • In order to concentrate, we focus on one thing or object. Our object of focus may be our breathing, a word that we repeat whether verbally or mentally, or the sensations that we feel in our body. Meditation usually involves the senses for when we smell, feel, or listen; we start to live more in the present.

  • When our thoughts start to wander, we take them back to our object of focus.

  • Quieting” the mind is not easy so don’t castigate yourself every time you find yourself thinking of other things aside from your object of focus. Reprimanding yourself will just make it more difficult for you to focus.

  • Whenever you find yourself thinking of some other thoughts, don’t fight them but rather acknowledge them and let them pass. Meditation has nothing to do with hiding our thoughts or suppressing them. When you get distracted, just go back to your object of focus.

During Meditation, ignore all irrelevant thoughts and sensations. Meditation doesn’t bring us to another place of existence so don’t expect it will. When meditating, we will still be able to hear the people around us. However, we don’t let these distract us. We don’t let these bring us out of the now.

  1. Hatha Yoga or Yoga of Postures
  2. This branch of Yoga uses physical poses or Asana, Breathing Techniques or Pranayama, and Meditation to achieve better health, as well as spirituality. There are many styles within this path - Iyengar, Integral, Astanga, Kripalu, and Jiva Mukti to name a few.

  3. Bhakti Yoga or Yoga of Devotion
  4. Bhakti Yoga is the path most followed in India. This is the path of the heart and devotion. Yogis who practice this branch see the "One" or the Divine in everyone and everything. Bhakti Yoga teaches a person to have devotion to the "One" or to Brahma by developing a person's love and acceptance for all things.

  5. Raja Yoga or Yoga of Self-Control
  6. Raja means "royal". This path is considered to be the King of Yoga and this may be due to the fact that most of its practitioners are members of religious and spiritual orders. Raja Yoga is based on the teachings of the Eight Limbs of Yoga found in the Yoga sutras. A Raja Yogi sees the self as central, and as such, respect to oneself and for all creation is vital to this path. They achieve self-respect by first learning to be masters of themselves If you wish to learn discipline, then Raja Yoga would perfectly suit that need.

  7. Jnana Yoga or Yoga of the Mind
  8. Jnana Yoga is the path of Yoga that basically deals with the mind, and as such, it focuses on man's intelligence. Jnana Yogis consider wisdom and intellect as important and they aim to unify the two to surpass limitations. Since they wish to gain knowledge, they are open to other philosophies and religion for they believe that an open and rational mind is crucial in knowing the spirit.

  9. Karma Yoga or Yoga of Service
  10. Karma Yoga is the path of service for in this path, it is believed that your present situation is based on your past actions. So by doing selfless service now, you are choosing a future that is free from negativity and selfishness. Karma Yogis change their attitude towards the good and in the process, change their souls, which leads to a change in their destiny.

  11. Tantra Yoga or Yoga of Rituals
  12. Perhaps the most misunderstood of all the paths, Tantra Yoga is about using rituals to experience what is sacred. Although sex is a part of it, sex is not the whole of it since this path aims to find what is sacred in everything we do. Tantra Yogis must possess certain qualities like purity, humility, devotion, dedication to his Guru, cosmic love, and truthfulness among other things. Yoga is more of a set of techniques for us to find spirituality. In fact, Yoga is being practiced by a lot of people from different religions like Christians, Jewish, Buddhists, and Muslims.

    Yoga develops the body since a weak one is a hindrance to spiritual growth. It does not simply focus on the physical but on the mental and spiritual aspects as well.

You may ask, "Is Yoga for me?"

Definitely, yes! Yoga is for anyone who is willing to learn its ways and ideas. It does not actually require any special equipment or clothing. What it requires is your will to have a healthier, stress-free self.

You may first approach Yoga as a way to achieve a great body or to keep fit and that is perfectly alleft. Yoga really does help in improving your health for stretching can tone your muscles and exercise your spine and your entire skeletal system.

“Yoga – Purify your soul, recharge your body”

Another boon to mankind from the rich cultural heritage of India is, Yoga, the ultimate way to attain peace of mind is developed by great sages of this ancient land. It helps to unwind and dissolve your cares. Yoga is being taught and practiced under an expert yoga guru at natural averment in Himalayas, River side camps and beaches. The calm and serene atmosphere and the crisp clean air provide an ideal atmosphere to practice yoga in the most pristine way.

Hypertension

Happens when the pressure in your system gets high enough leading to risks in your system. It is also commonly known as high blood pressure, which refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries. In diagnosing hypertension, several readings must be taken. If the rate of blood pressure reaches to as high as 140/90, then hypertension is present. Hypertension is also related to other diseases like stroke, heart attack, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), and may also lead to death. The two types of high blood pressure are as follows:

Primary Hypertension

It’s also known as essential hypertension; commonly caused by stress and injury, primary hypertension has no specific symptom. Other causes comprise emotional disturbance, heredity, race, climatic condition, Obesity, smoking and alcohol intake.

Secondary Hypertension

May lead to kidney infection, malfunctioning of the Endocrine Gland, arterial problems like arteriosclerosis, and even Pregnancy.

Hypertension has no specific symptom; it became known to be a silent killer. If not detected at an early stage, it may lead to arterial cardiac and renal damage. Nevertheless, hypertension can be detected if people experience some mild and pounding headache, giddiness, hazy vision, ringing in the ears, and disturbed kidney functioning. If experienced continuously, it may lead to heart attack, heart failure, stroke, or paralysis.

In order to manage hypertension, lifestyle management, one of which is Yoga lifestyle, helps treat and prevent hypertension through mind and body activities.

The following are the Poses you may follow to help you manage Hypertension. Note that Yoga is not the only treatment for Hypertension, Seek doctor’s advice before starting Yoga practices.

Diabetes

Diabetes means that the body does not produce or use insulin properly. Insulin is the hormone responsible in converting sugar, starches and other food into energy. Diabetes may be caused by genetic factors, though lack of exercise, Obesity and stress may also cause this disease. Stress increases the blood glucose levels and the risk for Heart Disease, stroke, and infections.

Types of Diabetes

There are two basic Types of Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 Diabetes is insulin dependent. The pancreas no longer make insulin thus patients with Type 1 Diabetes need to take insulin shots or use insulin pumps. Type 2 Diabetes, on the other hand, is non-insulin dependent and is the most common form of Diabetes. This Type of Diabetes can be developed by anyone - young and Old. In Type 2 Diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, and the fat, Muscle, or liver cells do not use it properly. Obese people have higher risk in developing Type 2 Diabetes since both body fat and fat circulating in the bloodstream appear to interfere with the ability of cells to use insulin.

Diabetes is often characterized by frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, abnormal weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability and blurry vision. Type 1 Diabetes is treated with insulin shots, regular exercise, daily aspirin intake and Blood Pressure and cholesterol control. While Type 2 Diabetes is treated with Diabetes medicines, regular exercise, wise food choices, daily aspirin intake, and blood pressure and cholesterol control.

In most cases, it is easy to ignore Diabetes in its early stage, especially when you see or feel no symptoms. This is dangerous. Diabetes affects almost all our major organs such as the heart, the Nerves, the eyes and the kidneys and can lead to both long and short term complications. Long term complications can be disabling or fatal, they also develop gradually. Keeping your blood sugar close to the normal level is the best way to reduce the risk of complications. This can be done through exercise and physical activity and taking medications. Strengthening your immune system is also vital since some illnesses can cause your body to produce more blood sugar. Constant watch on your glucose level is important when you are sick. Food and alcohol also has great effects on your blood sugar level. Alcohol intake can make your sugar level to fall while food intake can raise it up, so drink only in moderation, watch your food intake, and still, keep watch of your sugar level. The level of estrogen and progesterone in your body can also cause changes in your blood sugar level, especially during the third week of the Menstrual Cycle. Most Women, though, do not notice this change.

Diabetes is often characterized by frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, abnormal weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability and blurry vision. Type 1 Diabetes is treated with insulin shots, regular exercise, daily aspirin intake and Blood Pressure and cholesterol control. While Type 2 Diabetes is treated with Diabetes medicines, regular exercise, wise food choices, daily aspirin intake, and blood pressure and cholesterol control.

In most cases, it is easy to ignore Diabetes in its early stage, especially when you see or feel no symptoms. This is dangerous. Diabetes affects almost all our major organs such as the heart, the Nerves, the eyes and the kidneys and can lead to both long and short term complications. Long term complications can be disabling or fatal, they also develop gradually. Keeping your blood sugar close to the normal level is the best way to reduce the risk of complications. This can be done through exercise and physical activity and taking medications. Strengthening your immune system is also vital since some illnesses can cause your body to produce more blood sugar. Constant watch on your glucose level is important when you are sick. Food and alcohol also has great effects on your blood sugar level. Alcohol intake can make your sugar level to fall while food intake can raise it up, so drink only in moderation, watch your food intake, and still, keep watch of your sugar level. The level of estrogen and progesterone in your body can also cause changes in your blood sugar level, especially during the third week of the Menstrual Cycle. Most Women, though, do not notice this change.


01 Night / 02 Days

Day 01 Arrive Isha Yoga Centre
Arrive by 09:30 am at the Isha Yoga Center and check-in at the cottage.

10:00 to 11:40 am – Linga Bhairavi, Theerthakund and Dhyanalinga.

Linga Bhairavi Temple

A highly expressive and exhuberant feminine form of the Divine. Linga Bhairavi greatly enhances the physical dimensions of life, material wellbeing and health.

Theerthakund: Rejuvenate yourself before you step into Dhyanalinga
Embedded 35 feet into the earth, Theerthakund is a consecrated pool of water, highly energized by a Rasalinga: a linga made of solidified mercury. A dip in this vibrant pool significantly enhances one’s spiritual receptivity, rejuvenates body and brings health and well being.

Dhyanalinga Temple: A dream of many enlightened beings, has come true after thousands of years.
Just sitting silently for a few minutes within its sphere is enough to make even those unaware of meditation to experience a state of deep meditativeness and feel the divine energy which overflows from this glorious form.

11:50 am to 12:10 pm - Nadha Aradhana
An ethereal blend of flowing vocals, singing bowls and melodious instruments conducted in the Sanctum Sanctorum of Dhyanalinga.

12:30 pm to 1:10 pm - Aumkara Dhiksha
Initiation into the timeless AUM Meditation.

1:15 to 2:15 pm –A complete vegetarian sattvic lunch will be served.
Isha Shoppe: A unique, organic & eco-friendly collection, you cannot resist indulging in. Offers a variety of gift items, jute items, paintings, metal crafts, stone art-de-facts, handicrafts, souvenirs, beauty products, Isha raiments and much more.

Other features include
•        A unique presentation of ‘Ancient Technology for the Modern Mind’
•        Rejuvenating, Ayurvedic and therapeutic massages depending on availability of time slots
•        A complete vegetarian sattvic dinner - 7 pm / 7:45 pm and overnight stay at Isha Yoga Center.

 Day 02 Koval Kuttralam
9.00am: Breakfast and travel to Kovai Kuttralam – 30 minute drive from Isha
Kovai Kutralam falls is an exciting water fall situated at Siruvani. The water fall is about xx kms away from the Isha yoga centre and the water fall is popularly known for its magnificence.

The waters of the falls are believed to have medicinal properties as they run through forests of herbs before their descent. Tourists who visit and bathe in the waters claim that the water has a soothing effect, help the old feel young and the sick heal rapidly.

The peak season for visitors is June-September

Travel to Perur from Kovai Kutralam
Perur Patteeswaraswamy Temple(more than 2000 years old) is an ancient shrine, situated on banks of Noyyal River, is about 25 kms from the Isha yoga centre . The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati, known here as 'Patteeswarar' and 'Panchanayaki'.

Note:  Only married couples & siblings can stay together. Children above 10 years are considered as Adults.


Cochin – Munnar – Periyar – Kumarakom – Kovalam Beach
10 Nights / 11 Days


The Oasis state of Kerala at the Malabar Coats & Kochi, one of the India’s most colorful cities. This inter-connected series of Islands & shoreline presents a vivacious blend of Cultures & Religions.

Tour Highlights
  • Yoga and Meditation classes under perfect trained coach
  • Traditional Indian Welcome ceremony upon arrival in Cochin
  • Experience a Safari Cruise in Periyar Game Sanctuary
  • Boat ride to see the rural life of canal side villages in Cochin
  • Attend a performance of the Kathakali Classical Dance
  • Take a lifetime memorable backwater cruise of Kerala
  • Life time experience to stay in backwater resort in Alleppey
Day 01         Arrive Cochin
Arrive Cochin meet and greet at airport transfer to hotel. Kochi is the only place in the country where you can see Portuguese.

Day 02         In Cochin
0600-0700 hrs:
Briefing from Yoga instructor
0700-0900 hrs: Lectures and practice
0900-0930 hrs: Breakfast

Today visit to Churches, a Jewish Synagogue, Hindu Temples, and Dutch Architecture & Mosque nearly side by side. Late afternoon a memorable experience in any journey in Kerala is a Boat Trip along the Palm Fringed Lakes & Backwaters of the Area; we enjoy this extraordinary excursion today. As we sail along the shady canals we see cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. From our launch, we enjoy use of narrow produced –Laden dugouts & the everyday life of families living on narrow spits of land between the waters. This evening we attend the performance of the Kathakali, one of India’s most famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & Exotic makeup & Masks intensify the beauty of the dancers, intricate moments. Overnight stay.

Day 03         Cochin – Munnar 130 kms / 2 hrs
0700-0900 hrs:
Yoga Practice
0900-0930 hrs: Breakfast
1130 hrs: After breakfast drive to Munnar

Upon arrival check in hotel. Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountains streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni & Kundala. Munnar is a famous tea plantation, picture book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular hill station. Later visit to Matt petty – 13 kms away from Munnar, situated at a height of 1700m. It is famous for its highly specialized Dairy Farm – the indo Swiss livestock project. Over a hundred verities of high yielding cattle’s are reared here. Visitors are allowed to 3 of the 11 cattle shades at the farm. Overnight stay at the Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 04         In Munnar
0700-0900 hrs:
Yoga Practice
0900-0930 hrs: Breakfast

Visit to Mattupetty Lake & dam which is just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot. This sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake are the other attraction in the vicinity. Overnight stay at Munnar. (B, L, D)

Day 05         Munnar - Periyar 110 kms /2 hrs
0700-0900 hrs:
Yoga Practice
0900-0930 hrs: Breakfast
1030 hrs: Drive to a tranquil hill retreat, the Spicy Village. Along the way we pass through Tea, Cinnamon, and Clove & Cardamom plantations – beautiful to see & smell! Our hotel is set in a Spicy Garden & has been molded after the Tribal dwellings of the area; each Cottage has thatched roof & a deep, Airy Verandah.
This evening we visit the nearby Periyar Game Sanctuary; Game viewing here is like no other Safari experience. We simply relax in a Motor Launch & sail along as heard of Elephant & Bison come into view. During the dry season Tigers & Panthers come down to the Lake shore for a drink – be sure to have plenty of film on hand. Overnight stay. (B, L, D)

Day 06         In Periyar
0700-0900 hrs:
Yoga Classes
0900-0930 hrs: Breakfast

Afternoon is free for own activities. Later another Game viewing in the park 1700-1900 hrs. Yoga classes and lecture. (B, L, D)

Day 07         Periyar - Kumarakom 124 kms
0700-0800 hrs:
Yoga Classes
0800-0830 hrs: Breakfast
1000 hrs: After breakfast drive to Kumarakom

If you have ever wondered how time stands still, you have come to the left place. The Kumarakom is the land of unique characteristic, panoramic backwater stretches. Lush paddy fields, highlands. Enjoy the beauty of back water resort and surrounding on the banks of Vembanad in more than. Stroll through its verdant landscape and you’ll be transported to an era gone by. Where the mystique of the past and the richness of the timeless heritage lives on to this day. (B, L, D)

Day 08         Backwater Cruise
0700-0900 hrs:
Yoga classes
0900-0930 hrs: Breakfast
1100 hrs: After breakfast board the to Jetty to meet your way own floating hotel in the famous backwaters.
Ketuvallam (An Authentic Kerala Houseboat)
- the moving master piece, have been plying the inland waterways of southwest India for untold centuries and originally used as cargo rice. A journey through the backwaters of Kerala which offer one of the world’s truly unforgettable experiences, myriad network of silent lagoons, freshwater river, and hyacinth covered canals that wind their way through colorful corridors of forests, palms and fruit trees. A canoe expedition via an intricate network of canals, through backwater villages where daily continues unaltered, as it has for centuries. You will see lush palm groves and stretches of rice fields. Overnight in House Boat Evening Yoga Classes. (B, L, D)

Day 09         Alleppey - Kovalam 175 kms / 4 hrs
0900 hrs House Boat arrives at Alleppey finishing point jetty. On arrival checkout from house boat after breakfast and transfer to Kovalam. Kovalam – an uncluttered beach of silvery sands fringed with rows of tall palms, a sheltered bay, and a wide choice of water sports. Kovalam is the perfect place for a seaside holiday. Stroll through the beach side and enjoy the facilities of the resort. Here your stay will be 2 nights. Overnight stay.

Day 10         In Kovalam
Morning Yoga Classes and Lectures Day free to enjoy Evening Yoga Classes and Lectures After breakfast enjoy the resort facilities spa and Ayurveda, Sauna & Steams. Afternoon Rest & Relax on Beach Resort hotel. Evening Yoga season. Overnight stay. (B, L, D)

Day 11          Kovalam – Trivandrum 11 kms
After breakfast Say good-bye to this fascinating Land with sweet and memorable memories transfer to airport to board the flight for onward Destination/ Hometown.

COST INCLUDES

Accommodation

10 Nights Stay in first class hotels / Beach side resort with private bath and shower.
Inclusive of all Hotel Taxes and service charges.

Dinning
Daily full Buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel restaurant as suggested By the Instructor. Inclusive of Taxes.

Transportation
All transfers & sightseeing by First class Air conditioned vehicle. Services of English Speaking local Guides. All State taxes, toll taxes & Parking Charges. All monument entry fees wherever applicable.

COST EXCLUDES
Video & Still Camera, Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Hard drinks, Bear, Telephone Calls and Expenses like Personal Nature. Tips and gratuities, any claim due to natural calamities.

Policies & Conditions
We can arrange customize package with your requirement if you are a group of 10 or more.

Required Skill Level Open to All
Required Equipment Not Applicable

HOLIDAY OVERVIEW

Activities:
Meditation, Yoga
States: Kerala – South India
Country: India
Group Size: At least 10 people
Accommodation: First class Hotels / Beach side Resort
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Insurance: Not Included
Season: November to April.


Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi
10 Nights / 11 Days


Recreation Tours offers to take you on a refreshing yoga & meditation tour to some of the holy places in North India. This yoga itinerary offers to open up a world of freshness that helps you cleanse your system physically, mentally & emotionally.

Tours Highlights
•        Traditional welcome in Delhi
•        Drive pass through Raisina hill
•        Attend aarti ceremony in Haridwar
•        Stand front of the Taj Mahal
•        Yoga & Meditation classes in Haridwar / Rishikesh
•        Visit to Ashrams and Temples
•        Enjoy Rafting in River Ganges
•        Caparisoned Elephant ride Amber fort

Day 01        Arrive in Delhi

Arrive Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Meet & Greet at the airport by Recreation Travel’s representatives. Escorted transfer to your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle.

Day 02        New & Old Delhi Sightseeing
Today visit to New Delhi - Lateens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. Visit to monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar, Louts Temple, Drive pass through the Raisina Hill, past the imposing India Gate, President House and Parliament House.

Old Delhi - was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Here you will view Red Fort, the most Opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India;

Day 03        Delhi – Haridwar 200 kms /4 hrs
Today morning drive to Haridwar, Uttaranchal, On your arrival at Haridwar and check in at a hotel. Later in the day the visits to the important places of tourist interest in Haridwar, Some of the tour sites that you visit are the Ghats on the banks of the River Ganges, ancient temples and the famous Har-ki-pauri for aarti in the evenings. You come back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 04        Haridwar
Wake up early in the morning and the join a yoga class with a yoga expert and then continue practicing for two hours at a go. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast cooked at the resort. The meal served to you is specially prepared keeping in mind the yoga regime that you are instructed to follow.

Later in the day you can go on holiday tours to the places of tourist interest in Haridwar, Uttaranchal, North India. You visit the mercury Shiva Lingam Temple, Daksha Temple and a few other temples. You are free to go on walks to the market or simply relax on the banks of the River Ganges. You stay overnight at the hotel in Haridwar, Uttaranchal, North India.

Day 05        Haridwar - Rishikesh 25 Kms
Morning yoga session after which the tour guides arranges for a drive to Rishikesh and visit the various ashrams. The members of the famous music group "The Beatles" stayed in Rishikesh for a while in the 1970's. In the evening the tour itinerary includes a check in at the rafting beach camp situated on the banks of the River Ganges. You have your dinner around a bonfire at the rafting camp.

Day 06        Rishikesh
An early morning yoga session. Have your breakfast and then go on a rafting tour and have your lunch at the riverbanks at the rafting camp. You are free to spend the rest of the day sunbathing on the riverbanks. Later in the evening you have your dinner at the rafting beach camp.

Day 07        Rishikesh - Delhi 245 kms / 5 hrs
After breakfast a drive to Delhi. On your arrival in Delhi, check into a hotel. You spend the evening at leisure and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 08        Delhi - Agra 204 kms / 4-½ hrs
After early breakfast drive to Agra. At the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. The short golden age of Agra came to an end with the seventeenth century reign of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal. Arrive Agra and check in hotel.

Afternoon visit to Agra Fort built by Akbar the Great and the city. Also visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father. As you drive through the city witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India.

Enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mghal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden.

Day 09        Agra - Jaipur 232 kms / 5 hrs
Drive to Jaipur via visit the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1569 by the Great Emperor Akbar. Today, it is deserted and left in solitude to reminisce over its past glory. On today’s drive to Jaipur through the Rajasthani countryside we see villages, woman dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region, Camels, Elephants & scenes of rural lives.

Day 10        In Jaipur
After breakfast visit the 17th century fortress of Amber Fort - marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort ascended on Caparisoned Elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past.

Afternoon visit to maharaja’s city palace where you can see an imposing blend of traditional rajasthan and Mughal Art. Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 A.D.), Birla White Marble temple and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) -a five storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

Day 11        Jaipur - Delhi 260 kms / 5 hrs - Onward Destination
After taking a lot of memories say good-bye to this fascinating land proceeds to Delhi for flight to onward destination.


Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Shivpuri – Delhi
11 Nights / 12 Day
s

Day 01        Arrive in Delhi
Arrive Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Meet & Greet at the airport by Recreation Travel’s representatives. Escorted transfer to your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle. Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern.

Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages.

Day 02        Old & New Delhi
6AM TO 7AM - Briefing from Yoga instructor
7AM TO 9AM - Lectures and practice
9.00 TO 9.30AM – Breakfast

After Breakfast Proceed to the Old Delhi tour was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India;

New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House & President House. You will visit the monuments Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Evening Yoga Practice as per Instructor's plan. Overnight stay.

Day 03        Delhi - Haridwar – Rishikesh 225 km / 5 hrs
Morning transfer to station to catch Shatabdi Express to Haridwar. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour followed by grand viewing of Ashrams, some of which are internationally recognized as Centre of Philosophical studies, Yoga and Meditation. An international yoga week is being organized here every year by Uttaranchal Tourism between 02nd and 07th February. A few of the ashrams in and around Rishikesh are.
Muni Ki Reti Mahesh Yogi Ashram
Parmarth Niketan Shankracharya Nagar
Swarg Ashram Parmarth Niketan
Ved Niketan Yoga Study Center
Shanti Kunj Maa Anand Mai Ashram

Arrive and check in into one of the Ashram. Afternoon is to be spent on briefing of day routine.

Day 04 to Day 07        Rishikesh Ashram
A Typical day At Ashram
05.30 A.M. to 06.30 A.M. Meditation classes
07.00 A.M. to 08.00 A.M. Yoga class
08.15 A.M. Breakfast
12.00 Noon. Lunch
15.00 A.M. to 15.45 A.M. Lecture
16.00 P.M. Tea
16.30 P.M. to 19.00 P.M. Yoga & Meditation Classes
19.30 P.M. Dinner

Day 08        Rishikesh - Shivpuri
Morning drive to Shivpuri, arrive & check in Nature camp resort. After a welcome drink & acclimatization briefing about the whole schedule. Later in afternoon jungle walk in the reserve forest around the Nature Camp Resort. Campfire followed by dinner & overnight stay.

Day 09        Shivpuri
Early morning wake up for a Yoga class followed by relaxation of body & mind. After yogic breakfast drive to Byasi / Kaudiyala to start the rafting up to Shivpuri. Arrive Byasi briefing on safety, raft maneuvering, team spirit development etc. Today we exercise teamwork and hit the most exciting rapids on Ganges. Lunch at nature camp resort. Free time for own activities. Evening meditation and relaxation followed by campfire & dinner at camp.

Day 10        Shivpuri
Early morning wake up for one and half hour drive to Hindolakhal, arrive and start trek to Kunjapuri. The one hour trek goes through thick forest till we reach the top i.e Kunjapuri. After exploring the area for some time join the class for Asanas, relaxation & meditation. Witness the sunrise on Greater Himalayan peaks and afterwards trace your steps back to Nature camp resort. Free time for own activities. After lunch drive to Chilla for a wildlife Safari. Arrive Chilla, briefing on jungle discipline, animal behavior & low impact eco friendly outdoors. Drive back to Nature camp resort for Dinner & night halt.

Day 11        Shivpuri – Delhi
Early morning advance yoga class with question answer session helping in assessment of change in personality during the course. After breakfast we raft down from the Shivpuri to Rishikesh assessing leadership qualities, team spirit and training for rescue. Lunch at Brahampuri. In the evening you will be transferred to station to connect train to Delhi. On arrival check in into hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12        Delhi – Departure
On time transfer to International Airport for flight back home.


Delhi – Rishikesh – Rudraprayag – Joshimath – Auli – Rishikesh – Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Delhi - onward
14 Nights/ 15 Days

Day 01        Arrive in Delhi
Arrive Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Meet & Greet at the airport by Recreation Travel’s representatives. Escorted transfer to your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle.

Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages.

Day 02        Old & New Delhi
6AM TO 7AM - Briefing from Yoga instructor
7AM TO 9AM - Lectures and practice
9.00 TO 9.30AM – Breakfast

After Breakfast Proceed to the Old Delhi tour was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Here you will see Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India;

New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House & President House. You will visit the monuments Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Evening Yoga Practice as per Instructor's plan. Overnight stay.

Day 03        Delhi - Rishikesh 235 kms / 4-½ hrs
7.00AM TO 9.00AM - Yoga Practice
9.00 AM TO 9.30AM – Breakfast
11.30 AM Drive to Rishikesh en route visit Hardware

Evening free to visit temples, ashram Overnight at Hotel situated on Ganges or Deluxe Swiss tents.

Day 04        Yoga Classes
7.00AM TO 9.00AM - Yoga Classes
9.00AM TO 9.30 Breakfast
Afternoon free for optional activity like Hiking, River Rafting, Visit Ashrams
5.00PM TO 7.00PM Yoga classes and lecture

Day 05        Rishikesh - Rudraprayag 170 km 7 - 8 hrs
7.00AM TO 8.AM Yoga classes
8.00AM TO 8.30AM Breakfast
10.00AM Leave from Rudraprayag, en route visit Devprayag Overnight at Resort/ Tents.

 RUDRAPRAYAG is one of the five sites where the confluence of sacred rivers occurs. The confluence of the Mandakini River, which arises from the icy pindari glacier and the Alaknanda, occurs at Rudraprayag which is names after Rudra, one of the names of lord Shiva. According to legend, the sage Narada worshipped Lord Shiva at this location and was blessed by Shiva in his incarnation as Rudra. Rudraprayag has tremendous natural beauty, with lakes and glacier nearby, as well as places of pilgrimage.

Day 06        Rudraprayag – Joshimath
7.00 AM TO 9.00AM Yoga classes
9.00AM TO 9.30AM Breakfast
11.00AM Leave for Joshimath

Evening Yoga Classes
Overnight at Hotel / Tents

Day 07        Joshimath - Auli

Morning Yoga Classes
After breakfast free day for Skiing, Nature Walk or Trekking.

Enjoy skiing at one of the best and most beautiful resorts in Asia. It is equipped with 3.8km long cable car which picks you up at 6000ft and put you up at 12000ft, a 1.8km long ski lift and 1km long chair lift and snow beaters. At an average altitude of 9000 ft this place provides a panoramic view of high Himalayas and makes the experience of skiing even more joyous. Evening Yoga Classes and Lectures (B, L, D).

Day 08        Auli
Morning Yoga Class and lectures
Day free to enjoy
Evening Yoga Classes and Lectures

Day 09        Auli
Morning Yoga Classes and Lectures
Day free to enjoy
Evening Yoga Classes and Lectures

Day 10        Auli - Rishikesh
Morning Yoga Classes and Lectures 11.00 AM Leave for Rishikesh Overnight at Hotel at Ganges / River side Tents.

Day 11        Rishikesh – Delhi 235 kms 4-½ hrs
Morning Yoga Class and Lectures
Leave for Delhi
Free day for shopping

Day 12        Delhi – Agra 200 kms 4 hrs
Morning Yoga Class
9.00 TO 9.30 Breakfast

After breakfast leave for Mughal city Agra. Later visit to Agra Fort – built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D., the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Also Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father.

Taj Mahal 7 Wonder of the World
Enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. As you drive through the city witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Agra is famous for Marble Items. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 13        Agra - Jaipur 232 kms 5 hrs
Morning Yoga Classes
8.00AM TO 8.30 Breakfasts

After breakfast proceed to Jaipur. On the way you will visit Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. Upon arrive check in Hotel. Overnight stay

Day 14        Jaipur City Tour
After early breakfast, Journey back in time at deserted 17th century fortress of Amber Fort. 11 Kms. from Jaipur, Amber Fort is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. Go up the fort on the back of a gaily-caparisoned elephant true to the style of the Maharajas of the past. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork complemented by exquisite wall paintings.

Afternoon venture back into the city tour: Visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armory of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, Also visit the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD). Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).

Day 15        Jaipur – Delhi 260 kms / 5 hrs
After breakfast drive to Delhi. Say good-bye to this fascinating Land with sweet and memorable memories. Transfer to Indira Gandhi International airport to board the for onward Destination/ Hometown.

Highlights
•        “Traditional Indian welcome” upon arrival in Delhi
•        Yoga & Meditation classes, Lectures and Lessons as mentioned in the Itinerary
•        Enjoy comprehensive tours of Golden Triangle
•        Stand before the world’s most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal
•        Travel by bleftly caparisoned elephant to Jaipur’s Amber Fort
•        Drive down Delhi ’s impressive Rajpath to the India Gate
•        Aatri ceremony at Rishikesh.

Additional
During stay in Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, Joshimath and Auli meals are vegetarian, In Delhi, Agra and Jaipur you will have choice of Veg and non-Veg meals.

Nearby Attractions
River Rafting, Hiking, Skiing (if weather permits), Photography.

Policies & Conditions
We can arrange customize package with your requirement. Skiing in Auli is only during winter. Required Skill Level Open to All

Holiday Overview
Activities:
Meditation, Yoga
City: Delhi, Rishikesh, Joshimath, Rudraprayag, Auli, Agra & Jaipur
States: Rajasthan, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh
Country: India
Season: April to November
Climate
Summer: May to June – Max. 35°C, Min 25°C
Monsoon: July to September – Max. 30°C, Min 25°C
Winter: October to February – Max 20°C , Min 2°C
Spring: March to April – Max25°C, Min 15°C.


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