Saturday, December 13, 2014

15-Day Spiritual India Trip - VIII (November 2 to November 16, 2016): A Trip of a Lifetime

Encouraged by the overwhelming response to my last 7 Spiritual India Trips, now I am organizing my 8th Spiritual India Trip.  I invite you to join this trip of a lifetime to explore the beauty of India's 5000 years old rich culture, heritage, beautiful places and delicious cuisines. 

While travelling to most popular tourist destinations of North India (Delhi, Agra, Haridwar/Rishikesh and Jaipur), we will not only delve into India's fascinating history of massive forts, the opulence and splendor of Rajasthan's palaces, but also have the opportunity to visit some of the most serene and spiritually enriched places in the majestic Himalayas. We will enjoy a lot of fun activities, including visits to colorful bazaars and elephant ride etc. One very important thing about this trip is that we will attend an Indian wedding during our stay in India.

As you know, India is a mystical land that has a living ancient culture in its many holy places and Ashram's.  At one of these Ashram's, we will attend a spiritual retreat under the guidance of a famous Yoga Master who obtained master's degree in nutrition from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.  In tune with the latest advances in mind-body medicine, he is the author of 10 books and more than 200 research articles on Yoga and health etc.  He took early retirement from his last job (as a professor in one of the topmost medical institutions in India) to deepen his dedication to disseminating Yoga.

Travelling with friends is always fun.
Following is just a  brief  itinerary of this  trip, including visit to Taj Mahal in Agra,  Bahai Lotus Temple, Akshar Dham etc. in Delhi,  Amber Palace in Jaipur, Ashram-s  and places of faith in Rishikesh.  This itinerary is subject to  changes.

Wednesday, November 2nd: Arrival Delhi: Any time after 8:00 a.m.:  Rest, relax and enjoy Yoga/meditation
Fun time with Rajasthani turbans
Thursday, November 3rd:  Spiritual Retreat (Yoga, meditation and talks on topics like "purpose of life") with a Master at the Ashram in Delhi. 

                                    Qutub Minar in Delhi

Friday, November 4th: Spiritual Retreat (Yoga, meditation and talks on topics like "purpose of life") with a Master at the Ashram in Delhi. 

Saturday, November 5th: Leave for Jaipur, the Pink City,  by a luxury  train and sight seeing, including Palace of Winds  in the afternoon in Jaipur.

Palace of Winds  in Jaipur
Sunday, November  6th: Turban wrapping, visit to Amber Palace on an elephant in the morning  and Chokhi Dhani in the evening.

                    A part of Amber Palace         


                                             One participant at Amber Palace

Monday, November   7th:   Yoga, time for shopping and leave for Haridwar/Rishikesh by an overnight  train.

The beauty of Himalayas cannot be explained  in words.

Tuesday, November 8th: Arrival by train  in Haridwar/ Rishikesh,  world capital of Yoga. Visit  an   Ashram and attend Aarati (worshiping of holy river Ganges with lamps and chants) in the evening. 

Wednesday, November 9th: Morning  walk along Ganges river, attend Aarati at an Ashram, visit Vashisht Gufa (caves) up in Himalayas in the afternoon and Yoga in the evening.

                                                Aarati at Ganges River

Thursday, November 10th:  Visit a local bazaar and a few Ashram-s.

Friday, November 11th: Yoga, free time for Ayurvedic massage and leave for Delhi in the afternoon by a luxury train.

Saturday, November 12th: Sightseeing in Delhi, including visit to Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Bahai Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar.

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in Delhi

Sunday, November 13th: One day visit to Agra to see Taj Mahal, a 16th century love story.

Monday, November 14th:  Free time during the day and attending an Indian wedding in the evening.

Tuesday, November 15th: Yoga, sightseeing in Delhi, including visit to Akshar Dham.

Akshar Dham is one of the 7 wonders of 21st century.
Wednesday, November 16th: Yoga, shopping and leave for US.

For registration details or questions, please contact me at
Hope you can join us.


PS:  Here are some more pictures from the last four Spiritual  India Trips.  These pictures give a better idea of the itinerary and  activities during our Spiritual India Trip.

Elephant ride to reach Amber Palace

Aarati (worshiping with lamps) at Ganges river

Enjoying the company of local folks

Sunset at Rishikesh


Monkeys in Rishikesh

Time for shopping

Celebrating birthday of our friend Henri in Bollywood style

Henna (Mehndi) Time

Yoga on the banks of Ganges river

Palace of Winds in Jaipur

Qutub Minar in Delhi

Our friends at Taj Mahal
Celebrating friendship while enjoying lunch
Folk Dance at Indiana Restaurant
Enjoying Folk Dance while having dinner

Dancing with folk dancer.

Our people dancing with folk dancers at Indiana restaurant
Participants being welcomed  at Chokhi Dhani
Folk Music at Indiana Restaurant
Himanyn Tomb in Delhi
South Indian Food
Bahai Lotus Temple in Delhi
Rishikesh, the world capital of Yoga
Celebrating Diwali (Festival of Lights) at Sunita's home in Delhi

Amber Palace

Fun time!
Mahatama Gandhi's Samadhi (Cremation Memorial)  in Delhi
Up in Himalayas near Rishikesh
Palace of Winds, Jaipur

Taj Mahal, a 16th century love story
Enjoying togetherness at Taj Mahal
Amber Palace in Jaipur
Amber Palace in Jaipur
Pre-Diwali shopping  in Jaipur
Fun time!

Having dinner in Rajasthani style
Atithi Devo Bhava (Guest is God)
Our friends enjoying the company of local  school girls
Time for coffee after doing shopping in Rishikesh
A suspension bridge in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is full of Ashram-s

A temple at Ganges river
Fun time!
Amber Palace in Jaipur
Relaxation break!
Welcome to Chokhi Dhani 
Chokhi Dhani village entrance in Jaipur
North Indian Thali
Chokhi Dhani village in Jaipur
Chokhi Dhani
Do you like Henna Tattoos in my left hand?
This gentleman can help you to learn about your future.
Water Place in Jaipur

Heritage Restaurant in Jaipur
Heritage Restaurant
Heritage welcomes you!
Shopping before leaving for US
Shopping and Entertainment
Dilli Haat (Bazar) in Delhi
Dilli Haat is famous for handicrafts
Dilli Haat

Henna time!
                                                                          Fun time

                                                        Sun set at Akshar Dham

Don't miss this opportunity to experience and explore Spiritual India.

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