Day 1, Tuesday, February 18: Arrival New Delhi.
Arrival in India. We will meet you at the airport and bring you to our hotel.
Day 2, Wednesday, February 19: Delhi Tour
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of Delhi. Take a tricycle ride in Old Delhi passing through Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square), the busiest market area in Delhi dating back to 1638 and now home to silversmiths, repair shops, clothiers, spicy street food vendors, and traditional sweetmeat shops. Walk through the colorful and fragrant spice market. In the afternoon, visit the Hindu Lakshmi-Narayan Temple. This temple is dedicated to the Goddess Lakshmi (the Bestower of Wealth, Fortune and Prosperity) & her husband Lord Vishnu (The Preserver of the Universe). In the evening, visit the India Gate. Drive past the President’s house and Parliament.
Day 3, Thursday, February 20: Delhi - Rishikesh
Take the early morning deluxe train to Haridwar and arrive at Rishikesh in the afternoon.
Day 4, Friday, February 21: Beatles Ashram & Shivaratri Celebration in Rishikesh
After breakfast enjoy local sightseeing in Rishikesh. Visit the famous ashram in the middle of the forest where the Beatles spent a 2-month stay in 1968 and composed songs becoming part of the White Album and Abbey Road. There are various interesting legends related to the festival of Maha Shivaratri. According to one of the most popular legends, Shivaratri marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Some believe that it was on the auspicious night of Shivaratri that Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’, the dance of the primal creation, preservation, and destruction. Hence the day is considered to be extremely auspicious by Shiva devotees and they celebrate it as Maha Shivaratri - the grand night of Shiva!
Day 5, Saturday, February 22: Sivananda Ashram & Trayambakeshwar Temple
Morning Yoga. After breakfast, visit Sivananda Ashram. In the afternoon visit Trayambakeshwar Temple. Evening meditation at Kriya Yoga Ashram. Evening Yoga.
Day 6, Sunday, February 23: Haridwar Temple Visit & Aarti
Morning Yoga. After breakfast, leave for Haridwar. On the way, visit the shrine of Neem Karoli Baba - a Hindu mystic, and devotee of the Hindu deity, Hanuman. He is known outside of India for being the guru of a number of Americans who traveled to India in the 1960s and 1970s, the most well-known being spiritual teachers Ram Dass and Bhagavan Das, and musicians Krishna Das and Jai Uttal. Other of his famous followers include Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg & Julia Roberts. We will have a short meditation in the temple's Meditation Cave. Proceed to Haridwar, known as "The Gateway to God." Haridwar is one of the oldest living cities and one of the seven holiest places in India. Every evening, the river comes alive with the magic of the "Aarti" (worship with fire), as lamps are lit, prayers are offered, and small candles are floated down the river with thousands of devotees singing the devotional songs.
Day 7, Monday, February 24: Ayurveda Lecture & Massage or Sunrise Kunjapuri Trek
Optional activities: Sunrise Kunjapuri Trek or Ayurveda Lecture, Ayurvedic Massage, and Ayurvedic cooking class. Afternoon Yoga. Overnight train to Pathankot, which arrives at 2:30 am and then 2-hour drive to the Monastery.
Day 8, Tuesday, February 25: Mcleodgang, Dharamsala
This little town is where the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Kingdom in exile have resided since 1959. After lunch, walk through the beautiful forest surrounding the Dalai Lama Temple with its thousands of prayer wheels and flags. Free time in the Tibetan market. Evening Yoga.
Day 9, Wednesday, February 26: Tibetan Handicrafts Center
The Tibetan Handicraft Center opened 1963 with valuable contributions from the Dalai Lama. Many Tibetans were trained in weaving and employment was provided to them. They provide accommodation and assist children with their education. The center also embarks in several noble activities such as coordinating Medicare, providing a pension plan for retired workers, caring for the workers and funeral expenses for their families. They also make important contributions in exile, for the Tibetan Government. Evening Yoga.
Day 10, Thursday, February 27: Norbulingka Monastery
Morning Tibetan Yoga session with a local Tibetan Yoga Teacher
After breakfast visit to the beautiful and serene Norbulingka Monastery and Institute of Tibetan Art & Culture. From the moment you step inside the gates of Norbulingka, it is as if you are transported to a different world. Gurgling streams run through immaculately maintained Japanese styled gardens, while birds of all different species can be seen flittering among the treetops. The architecture, built-in traditional Tibetan style gives a feeling of returning to old Tibet. Evening Yoga.
Day 11, Friday, February 28: Hiking to Bhagasu Temple/Waterfall
Morning Yoga. After breakfast, light hike through the Himalayan Cedar forest to visit the ancient "Bhagasu Nag Temple" dedicated to Lord Shiva. Walk to the nearby famous Bhagusu Waterfalls.
Day 12, Saturday, February 29: Dharamsala to Amritsar, Visit Golden Temple
Arrival & transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit the most sacred place of pilgrimage for the Sikhs, "The Golden Temple" with its scenic beauty of a gold coating and gold-laden dome. In its complex is the world's largest community kitchen serving free food twice a day to 25,000-30,000 people per day every single day of the year!
Day 13, Sunday, March 1: Amritsar to Delhi, Lodhi Gardens
Early morning train with a packed breakfast to Delhi. Arrive at Mid-day. Those who are staying overnight or have an early morning flight check-in at the hotel. In the evening, visit the beautiful Lodhi garden for a final yoga session. Those who have flights the same day proceed to the airport. Others back to the hotel.
Day 14, Monday, March 2: Depart for home
Departure as per the flight details.
A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $1000 IS DUE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT. The remaining balance will be due by January 1, 2020. Payments may be made by check or credit card. A 3% processing fee will be added to credit card transactions. Please email Jessica@treeofindia.com with any questions.
Airport transfers. All road transfers will be in a vehicle equipped with air conditioning.
Train transfers: Delhi-Amritsar, Haridwar-Rishikesh, Rishikesh-Delhi with AC wagon
Hotel in double sharing rooms in boutique hotels, superior bed and breakfast and heritage properties, which all include breakfast. In Mcleodganj, you will stay in a Buddhist Monastery guesthouse.
Indian Tour Leader (Jagdish Thakur) for the entire tour
Meditation and yoga sessions with Jessica Lohrey
City walk & rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
Tibetan Yoga Class in Dharamsala
Entry to the Norbulingka Monastery in Dharamsala
Hiking to Bhagasu waterfall
Entry to the Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh
Visit to Sivananda Ashram & Trayambakeshwar Temple
Meditation session at Kriya Yoga Ashram
International flights and airport taxes
Unspecified food and/or beverages
Personal Extras and Tips
Trip Insurance (Required). Contact Jessica for insurance recommendations.
Any other item not mentioned as included
About Your Guides
Jessica Lohrey, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist
Jessica has been a yoga practitioner for 19 years and believes in the transformative power of Yoga for modern practitioners. You can read more about Jessica HERE.
Jagdish Thakur, Cultural Associate
Jagdish is trained & approved by the Government of India's Ministry of Tourism & Culture to work as a cultural and heritage expert. Jagdish speaks fluent English and Spanish and has led various Yoga, Spiritual and Ayurveda tours with people from all over the world in his 14 years as a Tour Guide. Jagdish has a degree in Indian History and in his free time, he enjoys horticulture.