A Yoga retreat To India
With Yogi Aaron

September 9 – 22, 2020

A journey home to your humanity. Reignite your spiritual connection on this yoga retreat to India

India – a place of magic, mystery and awe.

The origins of yoga are found everywhere in India which is why so many people, hoping to catch a glimpse of this ancient mystery, make this journey. The Divine is said to dwell here and, for centuries, pilgrims have journeyed to the heart of the Himalayan Mountains seeking their blessing.

Majestical beyond comparison, this region of the Himalayas is considered by many travelers to be the most physically beautiful place in the world. As the very birthplace of meditation and yoga, it is rich with spiritual history as well as natural beauty. For millennia, heartfelt spiritual seekers have taken refuge here to connect to their innermost selves.

We invite you to journey with Yogi Aaron into the heart of yoga on this sacred journey into the Himalayas.

Join us in this amazing adventure to deeply transform and align yourself more closely with the person you want to be.

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Sept 9-22, 2020
starting at $2990
14 days/ 13 nights
with Yogi Aaron

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About Your Guide

Yogi Aaron has been leading yogis to India since 2005 and this will be his 12th trip. He passionately shares the hidden secrets and practices of the Himalayas with his students and those who are looking to understand the deeper meaning of their lives.

“I have been to India a dozen times, and after each time, I always think this will be my last trip. But again and again, Mother India beckons to me to return to her.

India is such an enigma. It is a place of so many contradictions, and yet, what I find so fascinating is that the presence of the divine is felt so strongly. Devotion for the sacred is present everywhere, all the time.

In coming with me to India, you will develop a deeper meaning of yoga and how to connect with the sacred.

A pilgrimage has the potential to lead us into the depths of who we are. The external journey and search enables us to fully understand who we are and align our intention with our purpose.”

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What Is Included

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Roundtrip Flights from Delhi to Rishikesh
Airport pick-up and departure transportation in Delhi
• Shared transportation once we leave Delhi
• Transportation through the Himalayas
• Applicable Taxes

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Yoga practices and Satsang led by Yogi Aaron
Supervised morning sadhna practice, including ancient purification rituals
• Special lectures and talks with local Masters
• Ceremonies and Puja in Rishikesh

Indian Chai served in Rishikesh

• Some deluxe and some adventurous accommodations
Free WiFi in most places
Tours in Delhi, Rishikesh, + Kedarnath
• Some stops along the way at local villages and restaurants

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• A special welcome dinner including a food tasting experience at one of the top restaurants in all of South East Asia. Vegetarian or non vegetarian options available
• Breakfast and Dinner everyday
• A special farewell dinner in Delhi

Reserve Your Spot Now!

ONLY until January 31, 2020 Save $600
$2990 – Double Occupancy
$3990 – Single Occupancy

Starting February 1, 2020
$3590 – Double Occupancy
$4590 – Single Occupancy

    Prices do NOT include incidentals, such as the cost of international flights, lunches, incidentals, laundry, gratuities, and anything else that is not on this list. The fee also does not cover the cost for any missed flights or travel delays. We strongly suggest you arrive a day or two early, so that you will be on time for your flights and training. If you are late arriving and miss your local flight, you will be responsible for joining the group in Rishikesh. Wifi is also very limited in Kedarnath
    Our Cancelation Refund Policy for this Retreat: The deposits and payments made for this retreat to India are non transferable and non refundable. You are expected to pay in full for this journey 90 days before the trip begins. In paying for a retreat with Blue Osa, you agree to these terms.
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India Retreat Itinerary

Please scroll down below to read a more detailed itinerary.

Sept 9 – Day 1: Delhi

Sept 10 – Day 2: A day in New Delhi

Sept 11 – Day 3: Delhi to Rishikesh where the yoga retreat will take place

Sept 17 – Day 9: Journey to Kedarnath

Sept 18 – Day 10: Kalimath to Kedarnath

Sept 19 – Day 11: Spend the day in Kedarnath

Sept 20 – Day 12: Hike down from Kedarnath and Drive to Rudra Prayag

Sept 21 – Day 13: Rudra Prayag to New Delhi

Sept 22 – Day 14: Go home

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Detailed Itinerary

Sept 9 – Day 1: Delhi

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be picked up by the driver of The Imperial Hotel who will meet you upon exiting immigration and customs. He will then take you directly to The Manor.

The Imperial Hotel is an oasis of calm and comfort sums up the understated luxury of this Lutyen’s masterpiece, bestowed with the prestigious title of the ‘Best Heritage Hotel’ by the Jury- Outlook Traveller Awards 2018 and also by Travel + leisure India’s Best Awards 2017. It is the only hotel amongst 7 hotels in India to be listed in Conde Nast Gold List for 2018. An iconic and the most distinguished address situated in the heart of the capital, it is reminiscent of the halcyon days of the Raj.

 

Yoga Retreat To India with Yogi AaronSept 10 – Day 2: A day in New Delhi

Take a morning yoga class with Yogi Aaron in the The Manor’s world class Spa. Follow by one of the most delicious and healthy breakfast before a day of touring and relaxation.

To do in Delhi:
Gandhi Memorial Museum
India Gate and the great monuments of the British Raj.
Qutub Minar Mosque
Haus Khas Shopping area
Old Delhi walking tour
Spa Treatments at the Imperial Hotel

Important arrival information: If you need to adjust your schedule and are not able to arrive on Day 1, you may join the group on Day 2. Unless you plan otherwise, your flight will arrive late in the day and you will miss the main Welcome Dinner. Please kindly remember if you are delayed and do not arrive on Day 2, you will miss the group departure the following morning and will need to make your own way to Rishikesh.

In the evening, you will be taken on an amazing food tasting experience with one of the most renowned restaurants in all of South East Asia at the Indian Accent Restaurant. You will be taken a journey in their signature Chef Tasting Menu.

“Awarded the best restaurant all India by time out, Indian accent showcases Indian food for the 21st century with a path-breaking contemporary menu with a unique marriage of global ingredients and techniques with the flavors and traditions of India that is sure to excite the adventurous, yet satisfy traditional palates.”
 

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Sept 11 – Day 3: Delhi to Rishikesh

After Breakfast we will depart for the local airport and fly to Rishikesh where we will be on retreat for the next 6 days.

Rishikesh is said to be the gateway to the Himalayas. Scenically located where the Holy Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh is also a gateway to the World Heritage Site Valley of Flowers National Park – The 8th Wonder of the World and Kedarnath.

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All of Rishikesh is considered to be sacred as it is believed that meditation in this place leads to attainment of Salvation. There are many temples–some ancient, some new–along the River Ganges. The river bank is dotted by the ashrams of Sadhus and Sages.

Everyday you will be lead in morning ritual and yoga practice with Yogi Aaron. After breakfast, the rest of the day will be left for you to explore the sights and culture of Rishikesh.

Some activities in Rishikesh will be prearranged for you to join if you wish. These activities will be announced once we arrive in Rishikesh.

Please remember that by law, Rishikesh is a vegetarian as well as an alcohol-free city. Rishikesh has also banned use of plastics bags by shopkeepers and vendors.

Once we have finished our time in Rishikesh, we will journey to Kedarnath.

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Sept 17 – Day 9: Journey to Kedarnath

We will have a very early start in the morning as we begin our drive into the Himalayas and spend the night in Kalimath, at the base of Kedarnath. We will be in the car traversing through the Himalayas for approximately 7-8 hours. (We will drive for a few hours, and then stop for breakfast along the way.

Kalimath lies at an altitude of 6,000 feet (1,800 m) on the Saraswati river in the Himalayas, surrounded by the peaks of Kedarnath.

Kalimath is the only place where the goddess Kali is worshipped along with her sisters Laxmi and Saraswati.No idol is worshipped in the temple. Instead the Sri Yantra is the object of devotion. On one day each year the goddess is taken out and Puja is performed at midnight, with only the chief priest present.

Get ready to take some stunning photos along the way.

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Sept 18 – Day 10: Kalimath to Kedarnath

After breakfast and a very short drive through breath-taking mountain passes, we will arrive at Gaurikund, the base of the mountain.

From Gaurikund, you will have a few options on who you decide to get to Kedarnath.

1. Hike

The hike is approximately 5 hours or 15 km up. The path is very user friendly path. You will need to be in decent shape to participate in this climb, exercising prior to the trip, and have a strong mind.

2. Take a donkey or horse up the mountain. Please be warned that pilgrims have been known to fall of them.

3. Ascend the mountain by helicopter. If it is still available at this time of year which is weather dependent, we will set this up the day before our climb.

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Sept 19 – Day 11: Spend the day in Kedarnath

Spend the day exploring, praying, meditating, or hiking. There are numerous hikes from this point.

Kedarnath: Located 14 km above an uphill trek from Gaurikund, Kedarnath is one of the Chota Char Dhams in Northern India of Hinduism. The temple, which houses a Jyotirlinga was constructed by the Pandavas and was rebuilt by Adi Shankaracharya.

According to legends, the Pandavas were supposed to have pleased Shiva with their penance here. Here are some interesting facts related to the temple-

As per Hindu mythology, the Pandavas killed their relatives during the Mahabharata war. To absolve themselves from the sin, they went on a pilgrimage. But Shiva was away to Kailasa in the Himalayas.

When the Pandavas came to know about this, they left Kashi and reached the Himalayas through Haridwar. They saw Shiva from a distance but he hid. But the Pandavas were determined to meet him so that their sins were washed away.

The place where Shiva hid is now a famous shrine called Guptakashi(Rudraprayag).

From Guptakashi, the Pandavas went to Gaurikund in the Himalayas to look for Shiva. There, Nakul and Sahadev came across a buffalo with a unique look. Bhima followed the buffalo with his mace. But he could not catch the buffalo though he was able to hit it with his mace. The buffalo hid its face in a crevice.

Bhima started pulling it by its tail. During the tug of war, the buffalo’s face went to Nepal while its hind part remained in Kedar. The place where the face fell is now called Doleshwar Mahadev in Sipadol, Bhaktapur, Nepal. From the hind part, a Jyotirlinga appeared. Shiva appeared from the light and by seeing him, the Pandavas were absolved from all their sins.

According to another legend, Nara and Narayana, two incarnations of Vishnu performed severe penance in Badrikashraya of Bharat Khand in front of a Shivalingam made from earth. Satisfied with their devotion, Shiva appeared before them and told them to ask for a boon. Both Nar and Narayan requested Shiva to make Kedarnath a permanent abode to ensure that people worshipping him gain freedom from all their miseries.

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rudra prayag india himalayasSept 20 – Day 12: Hike down from Kedarnath and Drive to Rudra Prayag

We will have an early start to our day and begin hiking down to Gaurikund. (Breakfast will not be included this morning. Please have some snacks ready.)

Once we have regrouped, we will have a short drive to Rudra Prayag where will have the afternoon to enjoy a special surprise and delicious dinner. We will be staying at the fabulous Monal Resort. There is a beautiful pilgrims walk we will do once we have arrived at the hotel.

 
Sept 21 – Day 13: Rudra Prayag to New Delhi

We will depart in the early morning from Rudra Prayag, drive to Rishikesh to catch our flights, and then back to the Imperial Hotel. Once we arrive at the hotel in Delhi, we will have a final farewell dinner.

For those people who are on a tighter schedule and prefer to leave this day, you will be able to catch a flight out of Delhi if it is 11 PM or later. Any earlier and you may run the risk of missing your flight in the event we are delayed getting to Delhi. We are expecting to arrive in Delhi by 6:00 PM.

 

Sept 22 – Day 14: Go home

You may leave when you would like. A list of suggested activities will be made available for you. The fees for these activities are NOT apart of your package.

If your flight leaves later this day, then you will be able to take advantage of all that Delhi has to offer. We might suggest using this day to visit the Taj Mahal. If you need help making plans, let us know. The Imperial Hotel will also be able to help plan any activities.