Visiting India is a not-to-be-missed life experience, especially for anyone interested in spirituality, yoga, meditation, and the exotic.
On this journey, we will be in the North of India primarily in 2 cities: Amritsar, which is the capital city of Punjab where the Golden Temple is and Rishikesh, which is thought to be the birthplace of yoga and is the home of The International Festival of Yoga.
|February 24th||Arrival in New Delhi. Catch flight together to Amritsar
Picked up in Amritsar and taken to our Hotel Svasa
|February 25th||Breakfast at Svasa
Transport to Golden Temple
Orientation to Amritsar
Tour/ History of the Golden Temple with Interpreter
Universal 12 Step Meeting at The Golden Temple
Lunch out in Amritsar
Afternoon Yoga Class in/near Svasa Hotel (or MPA)
Dinner at Svasa
|February 26th||2:30am Pick-up at Svasa
Clean Golden Temple
Sadhana Chanting and Prayer
12-Step Meeting in the Golden Temple
6:00am pickup to head back to Svasa
12:30am Lunch at Svasa
2:00pm Pickup to Miri Piri Academy (MPA)
Teach Yoga Class at Miri Piri (time dependent on MPA schedule)
Dinner either out in Amritsar or at Svasa (Would be nice to have an out of hotel dining experience)
|February 27th||Hang in Amritsar for last-minute sights and shopping
Night Train from Amritsar to Rishikesh (1st Class)
|February 28th||Pick up in Rishikesh (10:15am) and Transport to…Lodgings
Hotel or Parmath Niketan or Sattva Center
Possible attendance at Aarti Ceremony that evening.
Dinner in Rishikesh TBD
|March 1st-7th||The International Festival of Yoga at Parmath Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh.
Aarti Ceremony each night by the Ganga.
Time in and around Rishikesh.
|Airfare||Approximately $1500-$2000 round trip from the United States.
(Please note: Participants are responsible for booking and paying for ALL flights to New Delhi and connecting on to Amritsar for arrival in Amritsar on February 24.)
|Train||We will be taking a 1st class train together from Amritsar to Rishikesh, which costs approximately: $25.|
|Daily Costs||We ask that you budget approximately $200/day for our time in India.
This covers food, lodging and local transportation (vans and/or taxis) to and from sights and other activities. This figure is meant to give you an estimate of what our basic costs on the trip will be. This does not include shopping or other expenditures you may choose to make along the way.
|Total Costs||Fee: $2500
Food, Lodging, Transport: $2200
Total: $6200 (Includes 7-Day Pass to International Festival of Yoga in Rishikesh)
You will need a valid Passport and, depending on your country of origin, a Visa to travel to India. BLS International website is the recommended site for obtaining your Visa if in the USA.
Triple check expiration dates on all travel documents. Bring a photocopy of all travel documents to carry in a separate location from your original documents.
If the Visa application asks why you are going to India, write “travel and tourism.”
No vaccines are required for India, however Tetanus, Hep A and Typhoid are recommended. Do some research and see how you feel. See here for more info: travelhealth.ie/Countries/India.php.
It is your responsibility to be aware of any health and safety alerts for the regions you are traveling. Malaria is not a concern if you are only traveling to Delhi and Rishikesh.
Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. He holds advanced certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and has 20 years of recovery from acute drug addiction.
Tommy is the founder of Recovery 2.0, the host of the Recovery 2.0 Online Conference Series and author of the book, Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life (Hay House 2014). He presents workshops annually at Esalen, Kripalu and Blue Spirit and teaches regularly at yoga conferences and festivals, including Wanderlust, Hanuman and The International Festival of Yoga in Rishikesh, India. Tommy and his wife, yoga instructor Kia Miller, live in Venice, California, where they teach yoga and grow a lot of organic vegetables in their backyard.
Kia’s study of yoga began when she was 15. She has advanced to become one of the most well known Yoga teachers in the West. Kia is certified in both Hatha and Kundalini yoga and has an ability to translate this powerful combination of teachings in a highly accessible way.
She teaches workshops, retreats and teacher trainings throughout the world, including her signature, Radiant Body Yoga Teacher Training, which she will teach in Rishiksh, India in March 2014. Kia’s passion is to share the Kundalini tradition infused with Vinyasa and the devotional practice of Bhakti Yoga. Kia’s classes are a powerful mix of asana, breath, meditation and chanting that will leave you uplifted and empowered.