TOUR DATE: May 02, 2019
- Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Classes.
- Opportunity to explore Himalayas.
- Visitation to monuments, temples, monasteries and museums.
- Language of Instruction & Teaching: English.
- Golden Temple Amritsar.
- Old Manali Village.
- Famous Kullu Shawl industry.
- Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.
- Peace of mind & Rejuvenation.
- Escorted Yoga Tour by Yoga Master.
THE TRAVEL ROUTE FOR THE HIMALAYAN YOGA TOUR WILL BE FROM DELHI - AMRITSAR – DHARAMSHALA – MANALI – KULLU – SHIMLA – CHANDIGARH - DELHI
Day 1: Arrive Delhi, the capital city of India Arrive at Delhi’s international airport. Our airport representative will be meeting you on arrival (after clearing passport and customs formalities) and shall assist for the transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Day 2: Full day city tour of New Delhi and Old Delhi Breakfast is at the hotel, followed by a morning tour of New Delhi. We drive past India Gate, a memorial raised in honor of the Indian soldiers who were martyred during the Afghan War. Directly opposite is Rashtrapati Bhawan, once the imperial residence of the British Viceroys, it is now the official residence of the President of India. To one side is Parliament House, a circular building that is a symbol of Indian democracy. We will also visit Humayun’s Tomb, a sandstone forerunner of the Taj Mahal and Qutab Minar and 11th century victory tower that rises to a height of 73 meters. In the afternoon after lunch we will have sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour of Old Delhi includes a brief visit to the Red Fort, a huge settlement that contains within it some very beautiful palaces and handsome public buildings. We drive past Jamma Masjid, one of the largest mosques and a handsome structure that is still a house of worship for devout Muslims. Also visit Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. If time permits, you will also enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the silver streets of one of Delhi’s largest marketplaces, Chandni Chowk. Overnight stay at your hotel (Delhi).
DELHI & OLD DELHI - THE CAPITAL
Day 3 : Delhi – Amristsar by Train (Arrive Amritsar) Amritsar (also called Ambarsar) is a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, not far from the border with Pakistan. At the center of its walled old town is the gilded Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), considered the holiest gurdwara, or religious complex, of the Sikh religion. It’s at the end of a causeway, surrounded by the sacred Amrit Sarovar lake, where pilgrims bathe. In the afternoon, we will visit Wagah border show. (subject to the arrival time) In the late evening, we will visit Golden Temple for night ceremony. Overnight at hotel.
AMRITSAR - THE GOLDEN TEMPLE
Day 4: Amritsar – Dharamsala (200 km /6 hours) Morning visit Golden Temple & Jallianwala bagh. Later drive to Dharamsala. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 : Dharamsala The High snow clad Dhauladhar ranges form a magnificent backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamsala. This is the principal township of Kangra district and overlooks wide spread of the plains. With dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline, Dharamsala has everything for a perfect holiday. It is full of life and yet peaceful. The headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are at upper Dharamsala. Covering a wide area in the form of twin settlement, lower Dharamsala (1380m) is a busy commercial centre. While upper Dharamsala (1830m) with the suburbs of Mcleodganj and Forsytheganj, retains a British flavor and colonial lifestyle. The charming church of St. John in the wilderness is situated here and this is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India during the 19th century. There is also a large Tibetan community who have made this place their home. Numerous ancient temples like Jwalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the plains below Dharamsala. Morning Yoga Class ( Introduction to Yoga & Meditation ) Later half day tour of Dharamshala – visiting the Tibetan Medical Center, Church of St. John, meditation courses & local monasteries Rest of the day is free Overnight at hotel.
DHARAMSHALA - The Dalai Lama's residence
Day 6: Dharamsala – Manali (245 km /8 hours) Morning Yoga Class ( Pranayama & Yoga Asanas Practice ) Later leave by surface for Manali, en route enjoy the most beautiful and picturesque part of the Himachal Pradesh which takes you through some exhilarating scenery. In the evening on arrival in Manali transfer to your hotel Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Manali Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It’s also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass. Morning Yoga Class ( Pranayama, Yoga Asanas & Medtation Practice ) Half-day city tour visiting Hadimba temple, old Manali village and a Tibetan monastery Overnight at hotel.
MANALI - Valley of Gods
Day 8: Manali Morning Yoga Class ( Pranayama & Advance Yoga Asanas Practice ) Today full day excursion visiting local bazaar, mall Road & Sollang Valley. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Manali – Kullu – Shimla (265 km /8 hours) Nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, Kullu is a veritable jewel in the crown of Himachal Pradesh. The breathtaking beauty of its marvelous landscapes, the hospitality of its people, their distinctive lifestyle and rich culture have enthralled travelers for aeons. The Dev Sanskriti of the valley blends faith, mythology and history to create and sustain a unique bond between the mundane and the divine. Blessed with salubrious weather throughout the year, the district is known for the internationally renowned towns of Kullu and Manali, the pristine beauty of the Parbati valley, the teeming biodiversity of the Great Himalayan National Park, the quaint temple architecture of the hills and several enjoyable trekking routes across its breadth and width. After breakfast, interesting drive to Shimla, which was once the summer capital of India during the British Raj En-route visiting the famous Kullu Shawl industry On arrival in Shimla transfer to hotel Overnight at hotel.
KULLU - Valley of Gods
Day 10: Shimla
Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts. Shimla has been blessed with all the natural bounties which one can think of. It has got a scenic location, it is surrounded by green hills with snow capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era creates an aura which is very different from other hill. Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, Shimla retains its colonial heritage, with grand old buildings, charming iron lamp posts and Anglo-Saxon names. The Mall, packed with shops and eateries, is the centre of attraction of the town, and Scandal Point, associated with the former Maharaja of Patiala’s escapades, offers a view of distant snow clad peaks. Shimla is ideally located, and though there is an air service to the town, it is best reached by road that takes in the charms of the HIMALAYAN countryside at its best. There is a sense of nostalgia about SHIMLA, with its old bungalows and their gabled roofs and beautiful gardens. Morning yoga class ( Pranayama, Yoga Asana Practice & Meditation ) Later full day excursion visiting Kufri and near spots Overnight at hotel.
SHIMLA - Queen of Hills
Day 11: Shimla – Chandigarh (120 km/4 hours)
Chandigarh is the best-planned city in India, with architecture which is world-renowned, and a quality of life, which is unparalleled. As the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh it is a prestigious city. The face of modern India, Chandigarh, is the manifestation of a dream that Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru envisaged and Le Corbusier executed. Serenity and a city are two diametrically opposite concepts, which however, get belied in the ‘City Beautiful’. Chandigarh is a rare epitome of modernization co-existing with nature’s preservation. It is here that the trees and plants are as much a part of the construction plans as the buildings and the roads. India’s first planned city, is a rich, prosperous, spic and span, green city rightly called “ THE CITY BEAUTIFUL ”.
Morning Yoga Class ( Pranayama, Yoga Asana Practice & Meditation ) Drive to Chandigarh On arrival rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Chandigarh - Delhi (120 km/4 hours) Drive to Delhi In time transfer to Delhi airport/station to board flight/train to onward destination.
- 11 Nights accommodation on Twin/Double Sharing basis in base category room with above mentioned hotels or similar.
- Air-conditioned (Vehicle) Transport for Airport Transfers / City Tour and Intercity Travel as per program.
- Train Delhi - Amritsar ( 2 AC).
- Breakfast at the hotels (Day 2 to Day 12).
- Pranayama, Yoga Asana Practice & Meditation Classes.
- All entrance fees during the sightseeing for single visit only.
- English speaking local guides at Delhi / Amristar / Dharamshala / Manali / Shimla.
- Escort / Master Yoga Teacher.
- All currently applicable taxes.
- Lunch & Dinner or any other meal not mentioned in inclusions.
- Camera / Video camera fees at the monuments.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as telephone calls, tips, use of payable items in room mini bar, any kind of alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages.
- Cost incurred in obtaining Visa, Travel Insurance, Airport Taxes etc.
- Cost incurred in case of hospitalization or evacuation.
- Tips / gratuities given to drivers / guide, restaurants / hotels etc.
- All services which are not mentioned in the “Trip Inclusions”.
Comfortable clothing for yoga, a yoga mat, a small towel for yoga, an eye pillow (optional), warm clothes, a bathing suit, a robe, shoes or sandals, comfortable shoes.
In standard economy budget category hotels and resorts.