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YOGA & MEDITATION TOUR IN RISHIKIESH

Description

Exotiqtours organizes many Yoga and Meditation tours in India. Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines that originated in Ancient India almost 5000 years ago. Yoga combines physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation or relaxation so as to foster harmony in the body, mind and environment. In other words, as said by a renowned Yoga Guru – Yoga means to move towards an experiential reality where one knows the ultimate nature of the existence the way it is made. This tour takes you to Rishikesh, located in the Himalayan foothills besides the holy River Ganga – known as the “Yoga Capital of the World” with many ashrams that offer regular programs on Yoga. Rishikesh is also popular for its adventure activities like River Water Rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, ancient temples and many cafes. It is a Pilgrimage town for the Hindus and serves as a gateway for many Himalayan treks. After having enjoyed 2 days in Delhi, the capital of India, you will spend 7 days in the Ashram, learning Yoga. Your final destination will be Haridwar – another ancient town and a major Pilgrimage centre for the Hindus known for its Ganga arti with illumination of Diyas (oil lamps) on the flowing river of Ganges. This tour program will surely rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. So experience your Yoga and Meditation tour with Exotiqtours or send an enquiry line online and book your package today.

Tour Highlights:

  • 4 nights Accommodation in 3*/4* hotels in Delhi, Rishikesh, Haridwar on double sharing basis with daily breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation in Ashram in Rishikesh with all meals.
  • Sight seeing tour of Old and New Delhi
  • Yoga sessions in Rishikesh Ashram
  • Daily participate in evening aarti ceremony
  • Day 4 – Day 9 same schedule will be followed at Rishikesh Ashram
  • All transfers and intercity travel by AC Vehicle.

Itinerary

Duration: 12 days / 11 nights

Destinations: DELHI – RISHIKESH - HARIDWAR – DELHI

Day 1

Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Delhi airport our representative will meet and greet you at the airport and Transfer you to your hotel.

Delhi – the capital city of India, comprises of two parts – the Historic city of Old Delhi and New Delhi – the capital of India since 1947. With its long history of empire successions from the Delhi Sultanates to the Mughals, and then the British, the city at present is one of the fastest developing cities in the world.

Rest of the day at leisure and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

IN DELHI

After an early breakfast proceed for sight seeing of Delhi…Start with the beautiful Laxmi Narayan Temple and proceed to India Gate , a cenotaph commemorating Indian martyrs. Drive Past the President’s Palace Built by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1929, and Parliament House. Visit the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque which can accommodate upto 25000 devotees.

Later visit the Humayun’s Tomb and Jantar Mantar Observatory. Visit the Qutab Minar – 73 mtr. High tower of Victory built by Qutubuddin Aibak in in 1193. Pay homage at Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, where he was cremated after his assassination in 1948.

Thereafter you have the option to experience the “Sound and Light Show” at Red Fort which is a striking beauty in red sandstone built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

Return to the Hotel and overnight.

Day 3

DELHI - RISHIKESH

This morning after your breakfast you will drive to Rishikesh – a Holy city popularly known as “Yoga Capital of the World” with several ashrams offering training on Yoga.

Arrival in the ashram at Rishikesh. Today you can spend some time on your own and rest.

Dinner and overnight at the Ashram

Day
4-9

ABOUT YOGA – Sessions

DAILY YOGIC ACTIVITIES FOR HEALTHY LIVING

  • Inner awareness
  • Movements and Asanas
  • Breathing and Pranayama
  • Meditative state and inner silence

By use of Yogic Skills throughout the day, not only relieves you from your daily stress, day to day problems, but also opens up new ways of living and enjoying your life.

Our Yoga Programs are based on Ashtang Yoga - meaning eight limbed, and traditionally this refers to a yoga practice involving all eight limbs. In other words, Ashtang Yoga comprises of 8 stages defined as

1. Yama -  Self control, restraint, Attitude or behaviour that can be classified as :

  • Ahimsa - Friendly feeling among all, practice non violence
  • Satya - The art of living a life based on truthfulness
  • Asteya – Abstain from taking something which does not belong to us
  • Brahmacharya – Literally means Divine Consciousness, obsession with God
  • Aparigraha – Non attachment or living life without any greed

2. Niyama – Observe discipline or rules or attitude we adopt towards ourselves. There are 5 disciplines in life which one needs to practice :

  • Saucha – purity of mind, body and mind, cleanliness and clearness.
  • Santosh - Feeling of contentment which is a very important virtue to gain mental peace
  • Tapas- Means burning of impurities
  • Swadhaya – Self Study, review to deepen Yoga Practice beyond just the mat.
  • Ishwapranidhana – Dedication, devotion and surrender to God (Ishwar)

3. Asana – literally means a seat, refers to  Postures or poses referred to as "neuromuscular integration,

  • Yogic Asanas helps to master the mind, body and enhance the overall health and functions of the body
  • Asanas are performed to improve flexibility, strength and balance
  • The various asanas help cleanse the organs and other systems in the body alongwith expanding the joints and muscles
  • Each movement carried out in Yoga asanas demands that we polish some of our consciousness.

Pranayama – Prana is breath or vital energy and Pranayama is Control of breath, breathing exercises

  • Pranayama – Prana is breath or vital energy and Pranayama is Control of breath, breathing exercises
  • Breathing is a bridge between our body and mind. Changes in our body and mind affect our breathing
  • Breathing can balance our nervous system. When practices regularly, they produce a profound, calming effect on our mind and body and decrease sympathetic nervous system stimulation.

Pratyahara - withdrawal of our senses – derived from two Sanskrit words – Prati (meaning away or against) and ahara (meaning food or anything taken into ourselves)

  • Anything that takes your focus away from the external impressions and creates peaceful and positive inner impressions
  • Helps to conserve energy that can be used for healing
  • Discipline the senses – which is possible by abstaining from social media, TV, electronic devices and spend time connecting with nature.

Dharana - Ability to direct our minds, or focus

  • The mind has reached the ability to be directed when direction towards a chosen object is possible in spite of many other potential objects within the reach of the individual.
  • The ability to maintain direction in this way is not possible if our minds are immersed in distractions or- strongly affect by obstacles such as misapprehension

Dhayana - Ability to maintain calm, meditation

  • Involves concentration and meditation on a point of focus with the purpose of knowing the truth about it.
  • This deeper concentration is the instrument of self-knowledge where one can separate illusion from reality and ultimately reach the goal of Yoga, i.e samadhi ( bliss or Union with the source or God)

Samadhi – Unification of the mind, mind is absorbed in one object

  • This is the highest state of meditation where complete unity is reached- a state of transcendent union.
  • Only by relaxing, reposing in the self by practice of resting, conscious relaxation and conscious rest can the state of samadhi be achieved.
  • Important for our health as this means combining of all aspects of our being – physical, spiritual, mental and emotional to attain supreme bliss, super consciousness and enlightenment.

RISHIKESH – YOGA – DAILY SCHEDULE

  • 06.30am-08.30am : Asanas/Pranayama
  • 08.00am-11.00am : Breakfast
  • 11.00am-12.30pm : Discussion/Rest
  • 12.30pm-01.30pm : Lunch Break
  • 03.30pm-04.00pm : Tea
  • 04.00pm-06.00pm : Meditation/Relaxation
  • 06.00pm-07.00pm : Aarti Ceremony
  • 07.30pm-08.30am : Dinner Break
Day 10

ASHRAM – RISHIKESH HOTEL


This morning you will check out of the Ashram and check into a hotel. Rishikesh is not only known as the Yoga Capital of the World, but also is famous for its adventure activities like River Rafting. Rishikesh is blessed with many Ganga Ghats, and is also amongst the 3 holy cities where the Ganga arti ritual is performed.

Begin your sight seeing tour by visiting Laxman Jhula – the 137 mtr iconic bridge that offers magnificent Ganga View, Shivanand Ashram – the best place for meditation and relaxation, Ram Jhula – Iconic suspension bridge across the River Ganga, Parmarth Niketan Ashram – a spiritual haven on the banks of the holy Ganga, Bharat Mandir – one of the ancient temples. Also visit the Beatles Ashram – located on the eastern Banks of the Ganges River – during the 1960s and 70s it was the training centre for Transcendental meditation and became internationally popular when in 1968 Beatles rock band studies Meditation here alongwith many other celebrities. This period was known to be the Band’s most productive period as songwriters and composers. Later in the evening witness the Ganga Arti at Triveni Ghat.

Return to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 11

RISHIKESH – HARDWAR


Today after your breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and drive to Haridwar – an ancient city and important Hindu Pirlgrimage site where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan Foothills. Haridwar is also popular worldwide as being one of the four places where the Kumbh Mela – world’s largest festival is held every twelve years.

On arrival start your sight seeing tour – visit Har Ki Pauri regarded as one of the most sacred Ghats in India A dip in the river Ganges is believed to wash away all your sins and according to Hindu mythology it is one of the four places where the drops of elixir (Amrit) were spilled by the celestial bird Garuda. Visit Chandi Devi Temple devoted to one of Goddess Durga’s form chandi, then on to Mansa Devi Temple situated atop the Shivalik Hills dedicated to Goddess Manasa, continue to Bharat Mata Mandir to Mother India – the temple stands for the many freedom fighters and the patriots of the Indian struggle for independence. Also visit the Daksha Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Then visit the Shantikunj Ashram – an academy for social and spiritual awakening. This pilgrimage centre has shown the right path and provided long lasting happiness to innumerable people.

Thereafter check into the Hotel. Later in the evening – you will witness the greatest evening ritual – the Ganga Arti in Har ki Pauri. This divine light ceremony is filled with songs, prayers, hymns, rituals . Dias or oil lamps are offered to God and the priests perform the prayers with bowls of fire amidst the ringing of temple bells and chanting of mantras and the reflection of the lights on the flowing river is a sight to behold.

Return to your hotel and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 12

HARIDWAR - DELHI


This morning after your breakfast you will drive to Delhi and onward be transferred to the airport to connect your flight back home or another destination with Unforgettable memories of this YOGA & MEDITATION TOUR

This is only a suggestive itinerary. Modifications on the duration of the tour or customization to the itinerary can be made to suit your preferences.

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