Divine Mother India Women’s Yoga Holiday to North India

Itinerary at a Glance (10 Days/9 Nights)

September 17 – 26, 2018

DAY 1   Arrival day into Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi and transfer to the Eros Luxury Hotel

DAY 2   Mid-morning Yoga, Opening Circle & Welcome Lunch with afternoon visit to local market mecca Dilli Haat

DAY 3   Morning Meditation/Yoga, private coach to Agra & sunset at the Taj Mahal

DAY 4   Morning Meditation/Yoga, fly to India’s holiest city Varanasi & Blessing Ceremony

DAY 5   Morning Meditation/Yoga, late afternoon River Cruise & Ganga Aarti + optional Astrology Readings

DAY 6   Morning Meditation/Yoga, Goddess Durga Temple & sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site Sarnath

DAY 7   Sunrise Nada Yoga & Mantra Meditation, a walking tour of old Varanasi & afternoon visit to traditional Silk Weavers

DAY 8   Morning Meditation/Yoga & private coach to Buddhist holy city Bodhgaya

DAY 9   Morning Meditation/Yoga, visit the Mahabodhi Temple complex & Farewell Lunch

DAY 10   Sunrise Meditation with the monks, Closing Circle & flight back to Delhi (ends 5pm)

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Full Itinerary September 17 – 26, 2018

Day 1

Stay – Delhi @ Eros Luxury Hotel

Activities – Land, Check In & Rest

Upon arrival you will be met by a local guide at Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi and transferred to our luxury hotel. Depending on what time your flight arrives today will be yours to rest and recover your energy for the epic journey that is about to unfold. An opportunity to recover from any jetlag and take advantage of the hotel’s luxury pool & spa facilities. Check in time is 12 noon – for flights arriving early morning you may consider taking an extra night’s accommodation so that you can slip straight into your room.

Day 2

Stay – Delhi @ Eros Luxury Hotel 

Activities – Yoga, Welcome Circle & Shopping

Meals Included – Breakfast & Welcome Lunch

You will enjoy breakfast at your leisure and we will meet as a group in the lobby at 10am. You will enjoy a soft landing by practicing Nada Yoga (transcendental sound) & Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) as well as participating in our Opening Circle. You will get to know the other members over a Welcome lunch and then will visit local Arts & Crafts market mecca Dilli Haat. Whilst at the market you can pick up some local clothes to help assimilate into your new environment or simply enjoy taking in the exotic arts & crafts of this mystical land.

Day 3

Stay – Agra @ Grand Imperial Heritage Hotel

Activities – Yoga/Meditation & The Taj Mahal

Meals Included – Breakfast

Travel – Private Coach to Agra (4 Hours)

We will enjoy an early morning Yoga/Meditation practice. After breakfast we will check out and make our way to Agra by private coach. Once we check in to our lovely heritage hotel you might like to take a dip in the luxurious swimming pool or enjoy the hotel’s spa facilities. Late afternoon we will head to the Taj Mahal for a visit to this spectacular monument to love. The Taj at sunset is magical with highlights of pink and orange as the backdrop to the white light emanating from this glowing masterpiece. The evening will be yours to enjoy a quiet meal and a puppet show in the grounds of our charming heritage hotel.

Day 4

Stay – Varanasi @ Surya Uday Haveli Boutique Hotel

Activities – Yoga/Meditation, Flight to Varanasi & Blessing Ceremony

Meals Included – Breakfast

Travel – Private Coach to Airport (4 Hours) & Flight to Varanasi (1.5 Hours)

We will start our day with an early morning Yoga/Meditation practice. After breakfast we make our way to the airport for our flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival into Varanasi we will settle into our hotel and visit the Shiva Temple next door for a Blessing Ceremony. Over a relaxed alfresco dinner you will have the opportunity to enjoy classical Indian music and take in your new environment. Tonight from our spectacular boutique hotel which belongs to the Royal family of Nepal, you will drift off to sleep alongside the life force of Divine Mother India. Ganga Maa the Ganges River is both a Goddess and a healer, her water’s are magical and mystical infused with transformational powers.

Day 5

Stay – Varanasi @ Surya Uday Haveli Boutique Hotel

Activities – Yoga/Meditation, River Cruise & Ganga Aarti + optional Astrology Reading/Henna Tattoo

Meals Included – Breakfast

This morning you will experience Yoga with a local ‘Guru’ and Meditation on the steps of the Ganges River. During the day you will have an opportunity to catch your breath, watch the world go by from our hotel balcony or go for a stroll along the fascinating Ghats (riverside steps) and alleyways. Late afternoon we will take a river cruise along the Holy Mother Ganga exploring the Gods & Goddesses and observing the sacred cremation grounds. We will alight our boat to attend the infamous Aarti – holy fire ceremony of Varanasi riverside. As an optional activity you may like to experience a personal astrology reading by a local ‘Panditji’ or get a decorative temporary henna tattoo during your free time.

Day 6

Stay – Varanasi @ Surya Uday Haveli Boutique Hotel

Activities – Yoga/Meditation, Durga Temple, Sarnath & Spiritual Bookshop

Meals Included – Breakfast

After your early morning Meditation and Yoga practice with the Guru we will we will continue our spiritual journey through Varanasi. Firstly we will visit the powerful Shakti Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga where we will make flower offerings and receive the abundance of her grace and blessings. From there you will continue on to Sarnath with our local guide. Sarnath is an extremely important Buddhist pilgrimage site where Lord Buddha taught his first holy sermon. This is one of the four most important pilgrimage places for Buddhists in the world and hosts a beautiful museum with ancient Buddhist relics. After a leisurely lunch you will return to our riverside boutique hotel visiting a Spiritual bookshop on the way home.

Day 7

Stay – Varanasi @ Surya Uday Haveli Boutique Hotel

Activities – River Cruise/Meditation, Walking Tour & Silk Weaving

Meals Included – Breakfast

In the very early morning, we will take a river cruise to experience chanting and meditation at sunrise on Mother Ganga. Our boat will drop us in the charming old city of Varanasi and we will walk through the cobblestone streets taking in all of the fascinating aspects of the oldest living city in the world and enjoying a chai and spot of shopping along the way. We will return to the hotel by rickshaw taking in more of the sites and colours of India. This afternoon we visit a 5th generation silk weaving family and have the opportunity to try on silk sarees and make some purchases if anything takes your fancy.

Day 8

Stay – Bodhgaya @ Oaks Luxury Hotel

Activities – Yoga/Meditation & Road Trip

Meals Included – Breakfast

Travel – Private Coach to Bodhgaya (5 hours)

After early morning Meditation and Yoga practice with the Guru we will have a leisurely breakfast and prepare to check out. Today we will travel to Buddhist pilgrimage town Bodhgaya by private coach. Whilst watching the world go by you will have a chance to journal, reflect and compare notes with your fellow travellers. Once we reach Bodhgaya it will be time to take rest and settle in to our new surroundings.

Day 9

Stay – Bodhgaya @ Oaks Luxury Hotel

Activities – Yoga/Meditation, Mahabodhi Temple & Farewell Lunch

Meals Included – Breakfast & Lunch

After our Yoga/Meditation practice we will venture out to the renowned Mahabodhi temple complex and explore this very different atmosphere. It was under the great ‘Bodhi’ tree that Lord Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. As you will see this is a major pilgrimage site for Buddhists from around the world. After our temple visit we will enjoy our Farewell Lunch together and the afternoon will be yours to visit more temples in this quaint little holy town, shop for souvenirs or simply relax back at the hotel and get a massage.

Day 10

Activities – Meditation, Closing Circle

Meals Included – Breakfast

Travel – Flight to Delhi (2 hours)

Very early morning we will return to the Mahabodhi temple to listen to the devotional chanting of the Buddhist monks and join them for our own individual Meditation. We will finish with our Closing Circle and farewell activities in the Temple grounds returning to the hotel for breakfast. Midday we will head to the airport for our flight to Delhi. Once we reach Delhi we will bid farewell to new friends and continue on to international flights or alternative plans in India.

On the Divine Mother India Yoga Holiday you will experience & learn…

  • Japa Mantra Meditation

  • Hatha & Nada Yoga

  •  About all of the branches of the ‘Tree of Yoga’

  • The epic love story of The Taj Mahal

  • The ancient mantras of sunrise on the Ganges River

  • The sacred AARTI fire ceremony at sunset

  • The key deities of the Hindu pantheon and their significance

  • Hindu and Yoga Philosophy

  •  The story of the Buddha and Buddhist Philosophy

  •  How to create a sacred altar and bring the Divine into your everyday

  • The art of reflective journal writing

  • The deeper meaning behind many of the rituals that exist in Spiritual India

  • How to re-connect with your ‘Spiritual’ side and live from a place centered in the heart

Divine Mother India Yoga Holiday Inclusions

  • Welcome Gift

  • 9 Night’s Accommodation on Twin Share basis

  •  Breakfast Daily

  • Daily led Yoga/Meditation Classes

  • Airport transfer on Day 1

  • Welcome & Farewell Lunch

  • Shopping trip to Dilli Haat in Delhi

  • City Sightseeing in Varanasi

  • Entrance to Taj Mahal & Sarnath

  •  River Cruise in Varanasi x 2

  • Rickshaw ride in Varanasi

  • Air Conditioned Private Coach

  • English Speaking Local Guide

  • Australian Tour Leader & Yoga Teacher

  • Normal Economy Class Airfares from Delhi to Varanasi and Gaya to Delhi

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You will be led in a way that is nurturing and fun.

You will have the chance to experience and grow without any expectation or pressure.

This is an opportunity to put yourself first and make YOUR dream of travelling to India come true. 

A well-designed, thoughtful spiritual journey to some of the key sacred pilgrimage sites of Northern India.

A pilgrimage for spiritual women who value coming together in community and sharing their love of Yoga & Travel.

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