January 24 – February 5, 2020
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Join us for our spiritual pilgrimage to the motherland of yoga, amazing India! Guaranteed to give you a boost in your spiritual life and cross off that next bucket list trip! We will start in Mumbai with the life changing Flower Festival where we will have a transcendental flower fight during ecstatic Kirtans (or musical mantra meditations) led by internationally famous chanters. Next, we will spend 3 days at the prestigious Govardhana Eco Village, one of the world’s top rated self-sustainable eco farms, for a cultural immersion with yogis from around the world. Here you will have 3 fresh Ayurvedic meals daily and access to first class Ayurvedic treatments. From the Eco village we will depart to the world capital for Rishikesh for a 5 day adventure where we will bath in the sacred river Ganges, hike to the top of the Himalayas, experience ancient ceremonies and venture into caves that date back thousands of years! We will end our trip with a few days in Vrindavan, the most special of all sacred sites in India where we will get a full taste of real ancient yoga tradition – A town fully immersed in the ecstasy of spiritual practice while visiting untouched flower gardens and ancient villages.
This trip is for those who are ready to level up their spiritual life and experience a culture of ancient yoga that will open the mind and heart to profound new levels. We are so very excited to serve you and facilitate a life changing experience in the Sacred Mother India!
Jan. 24 Mumbai airport pickup and transfer to hotel (Recommendation to arrive latest by 2pm on the 24th or you can also arrive on the 23rd)
Jan. 25 Flower Festival
Jan. 26 Drive to Govardhan Eco Village
Jan. 27 Govardhan Eco Village Jan.
28 Govardhan Eco Village
Jan. 29 Fly to Rishikesh and transfer to hotel (flight included)
Jan. 30 Rishikesh (Vasistha’s Cave, Waterfall Hike)
Jan. 31 Rishikesh (Kunjapuri Temple Visit)
Feb. 1 Rishikesh
Feb. 2 Rishikesh (Ganga Puja)
Feb. 3 Bus to Vrindavan / Evening visit to Temple for Kirtan
Feb. 4 Vrindavan: Sandipani School and visit Sadhu Sridhar, Kusum Sarovara
Feb. 5 Optional visit to Taj Mahal / drive to Delhi airport
Your Retreat Includes
– International Airport pick up and drop off
– 12 Nights’ accommodation with healthy vegetarian and vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner at four different hotel/ lodges including:
– All Entrance tickets for tours with the exception of the optional Taj Mahal Excursion
– Guide services throughout the trip
– All internal transport including drivers and internal flight to Rishikesh
– Mumbai’s famous Flower Festival
– Yoga & Meditation classes on most mornings
– Witness breathtaking views and invigorating hikes through the Himalayas
– Wash away our stresses in the surcharged holy rivers
– Dive into the histories and incredible stories of the Vedic culture (made applicable to today’s times)
– Admission into the International Bhakti Yoga Festival
– Build life-long friendships
– The optional Taj Mahal Excursion + Entrance services
– International flights
– Visa – approximately 100$ for 6 month E-visa and 160$ for 10 year multiple entry visa
– Gratuity for Tour Guides and Drivers
– Personal Spending Money
– Optional Ayurvedic Treatments
This once in a lifetime opportunity filled with deep spiritual experience is available at a double occupancy where you can travel with a friend (or we can pair you up with another yogi) or at single occupancy at a limited first come first serve basis.
Double Occupancy (separate beds): $2995
Single Occupancy: $3495
Register by August 11 and get $200 off your Sacred pilgrimage!
It is recommended to visit a Travel Medicine clinic or your doctor before traveling to discuss any precautions or necessary vaccines.
You can expect a livening experience to boost your soul and open your mind! But at the same time, please keep in mind that this is India and you should not expect US standards. We are traveling as Yogis and thus we will live simply but comfortably. As a cultural and spiritual experience note that we will be eating healthy but primarily vegetarian food with little to no alcoholic beverages. Please be comfortable with these limitations prior to signing up for this trip. The experiences you will have are designed to be transformational in spirit!
We are going to be visiting 4 different parts of India including Mumbai (2 nights), Govardhan Eco Village (3 nights), Rishikesh (5 nights),
Vrindavan (2 nights). We will be traveling by private professional van and also one internal flight. If you have tendencies to get car sick, it is recommended to bring some over the counter medication, as the trips will be several hours in length.
Our whole trip will be in English and all the places we go everyone speaks English.
You’ll want to fly into Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. Currently, there are many round-trip flight options out of the Northeast U.S. for around 665$- 1300$. You need to arrive on or before 2pm on January 24. The retreat will end on February 5, with transport back to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, arriving by 1pm, so the earliest flight departure time should be 4 pm. For flight recommendations, feel free to ask us.
We will have the opportunity to wash our clothes in Mumbai and Rishikesh but we highly recommend hand washing your belongings once we get to Vrindavan. Here are some items you may want to pack:
Note: Please dress “modestly”. Nothing short, low cut, too tight etc. Women should pack capri length pants and skirts that go past the knees and tops that aren’t too revealing. Long skirts are best and pants that aren’t skin tight. Shawls are always nice and can be used with flowy skirts on the festival days! Indians wear lots of color, so bright colors are welcome and encouraged!
The flower festival is an opportunity to dress in our best Indian attire! (not necessary, but fun!)
It is a sign of respect and chastity to have women’s hair tied back or braided so we recommend bringing hair ties. Sometimes India can be a bit overwhelming for women with all of the attention that is paid, so these suggestions are so that we can blend in more and not call on too much extra attention. Women should bring one-piece bathing suits and a pair of shorts to wear for swimming.
Men can wear shorts/pants above or below the knees and can wear bathing suits/ board shorts.
Remember to bring clothes for Yoga! Both men and women will have plenty of opportunities to purchase cheap, lightweight, and loose fitted clothing when we get to Rishikesh.
Yoga Bohemia recommends purchasing travel insurance for your trip that covers both medical emergencies and trip cancellation. Purchasing insurance protects you from losing money should you need to cancel your trip. We recommend squaremouth.com to search and compare travel insurance options. World Nomad Travel Insurance (worldnomads.com) is also a great and trusted option! Travelers insurance if typically less than $100 for your trip and worth the investment for both medical and cancellation coverage.
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