Our special two week Spiritual Yoga Retreat in Himalayas takes you to the Gomukh glacier, the very Source of the holy river Ganges! We’ll start the pilgrimage from a little mountain town close to the Indo-Tibetan border, dedicated to the Goddess Ganga.
We chose The Source of the Ganges for our first Spiritual Yoga Retreat in India because in Hinduism the auspicious and healing Goddess Ganga is the symbol of Life. Among the many symbols of India endowed with spirituality, water is the most sacred, at once the purifier and the origin of the mystery. It is the real and imagined Source of Life Water in general and Ganga water in particular is used in birth and death rituals.According to mythology it was Lord Shiva who brought Mother Ganga down from the heaven with his long locks of hair and spread her powers into seven streams that flowed to the far corners of the Earth. Because of this she released the troubled souls of the Kings who were seeking her purity. Our Spiritual Yoga and Meditation Retreat will take us on a journey to the mountains that give birth to the holy river.
We practice walking meditation and perform puja, the ceremony of worship at the very Source of the Ganges. The magical mountains where the pristine nature meets ancient pilgrims and yogis meditative energies will give us a special opportunity for spiritual growth and self-realization.
➢ If you want to combine a Yoga Retreat in India with a spiritual experience, this is absolutely the one to choose. The Ganges is the holiest river in India, Our Mother. Hindus believe that bathing in the holy river will wash away our sins. Our Rishikesh Yoga Ashram is located right on the banks of Mother Ganges, your bright room has a direct view to the flowing river Goddess; guaranteed to infuse you with a calming, restorative energy every day. You will have your own private room and bathroom, you will be fed fresh Ayurvedic meals every day and you will gain inner peace.
➢ We provide a good, healthy and balanced schedule on our yoga retreats. You'll start the day chanting spiritual mantras with us and learning pranayama techniques. You'll have two 1.5-hour Yoga classes a day which is small, encouraging and detailed, taught by our expert teachers, including Yogi Ji.
➢ After lunch, you will have free time to spend as you wish. Many of our guests enjoy exploring Rishikesh, venturing into The Beatles Ashram, visiting other spiritual sites like temples and meditation caves around the town.
➢ In the evenings you will relax and quiet the mind with us during meditation. Twice a week you'll also have Yoga Philosophy lectures held by Yogi Ji, where we offer guidance on how yoga can help you lead a more meaningful and purposeful life.
➢ Your Rishikesh yoga retreat will allow you to unwind, relax, become more centered and live a true healthy yoga lifestyle. It is the best possible way to prepare you for the following spiritual experience in the Himalayas.
➢ Hiking to Gomukh (also spelled Gaumukh), a truly powerful, transformative journey and taking a dip here will give you the ultimate fresh start in life! We cordially invite you to join us on our next Spiritual Yoga Retreat to the Source of The Ganges!
➢ Two yoga sessions a day
➢ Chanting, meditation, Yoga philosophy lectures
➢ Three healthy vegetarian meals daily
➢ One Ayurvedic massage
➢ Accommodation in a private bedroom with attached bathroom
➢ Free wireless internet connectivity
➢ Information, guidance and escort services for local sightseeing.
Your Rishikesh yoga retreat will allow you to unwind, relax, become more centered and live a true healthy yoga lifestyle. It is the best possible way to prepare you for the following spiritual experience in the Himalayas. Hiking to Gomukh (also spelled Gaumukh), a truly powerful, transformative journey and taking a dip here will give you the ultimate fresh start in life! We cordially invite you to join us on our next Spiritual Yoga Retreat to the Source of The Ganges!
➢ Our own private transport throughout the Tour (starting from Rishikesh).Food & Accommodation:
➢ 3 delicious vegetarian meals daily
➢ Nice & clean accommodation at Mahatma Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh with a private room, attached bathroom, and free WIFI
➢ Village guesthouses or camping in official campsites with all the necessary camping equipment.Spiritual & Cultural experience:
➢ Visit of local Indian mountain villages
➢ Visit of historical spiritual sites (temples, mythological places).
➢ Morning Yoga lessons in nature
➢ Pranayama practice
➢ Evening Meditations
➢ Living discussions of Yoga PhilosophyMountain trekking experience:
➢ Expert trek leader/spiritual guide
➢ Quality trekking equipment
➢ All government taxes and permit fees
➢ Pick-up service from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Rishikesh – 70 USD extra
➢ Pick-up service from Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport (DED) to Rishikesh – 15 USD extra
➢ For the trek you should have good health, normal physical condition and some previous hiking/trekking experience
➢ Yoga for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels
➢ Trekkers must carry with them a photocopy of visa and passport throughout the tour
➢ Last ATM point in Ukhimath, 13 km before Sari village
➢ No WIFI after Rishikesh. No reliable mobile connection after Sari village.
➢ Backpack with rain cover
➢ Warm cap
➢ Comfortable trekking shoes
➢ Thermal long underwear
➢ Extra pair of socks
➢ Sleeping bag (possible to rent in Rishikesh)
➢ Personal medication
➢ Sunscreen SPF 30-50+
➢ Torch or headlamp
➢ Camera power bank/portable charger