The Source – A Spiritual Yoga Retreat to The Source of The Ganges
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.
22 April 2019 - 5th May 2019
16 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019
Price: $ 1200 USDEnroll Now
Highlights● One week of Yoga retreat at our ashram
● Yogic detoxification and Kriya
● Asana, Pranayama, Meditation practice
● Healthy Yogic meal and one ayurvedic massage.
● Spiritual tour with expedition to Himalaya
● Trekking to the source of Holy Ganges at Gomukh
● Cultural interaction and opportunity to meet locals
● Yoga lesson and meditation in the nature
● Our own private transport during expedition
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, Ganga is our Mother. Hindus believe that bathing in the river Ganges will wash away our sins. Hiking to Gomukh (also spelt Gaumukh), the Source of the Ganges, is a truly powerful, transformative journey. 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!
The First Week of Retreat – Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh at Mahatma Yoga Ashram
During the first week of Spiritual Yoga Retreat you’ll stay at Mahatma Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, the home of Yoga! yoga retreat 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, taught by our expert teachers, including Yogi Ji. Our classes are small, encouraging and detailed.
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 a 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.
Inclusions of the first week
- 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
Note: Arrival on Sunday and settle down in our ashram, accommodation and meals will be complimentary
The Second Week of Retreat: Journey to the Source of Ganges from Mahatma Yoga Ashram
Past Hardiwar, starting in Rishikesh, you will begin your epic Gomukh trek on the beachfront of our Rishikesh Yoga Ashram. Mother Ganges is rushing past your feet but in 6 days; you will be standing before her true Source.
Day 1: Rishikesh - Gangnani Hot Springs - Dharali: 249 KM(Drive)
On our first day, we will depart Mahatma Yoga Ashram and begin venturing up to Gangnani Hot Springs in our own private transport. Make sure you have your warm clothes packed! It's going to be quite a drive. We'll be covering 216 kilometers and working our way up to 2620 meters / 7860 fee at Gangnani. Come prepared with some wide-open eyes to admire our colorful way of life out of your window. We'll pass through many delightful villages and towns, with Mother Ganges below us. We will take regular breaks for some soothing, hot cups of delicious chai and visit the holy sites like little temples along the way to prepare our mind and soul for the Ultimate Spiritual experience ahead.
We will soon reach our magical destination for the day in the afternoon: Gangnani Hot Springs to energize your soul. Dip your toes, or your whole self into these steaming hot purifying waters to relax your feet before your yogic hike later this week! With separate facilities for men and women, let yourself slowly sink in, and relax. After Gangani holy dip at hot spring water we will be ascending even higher into the Himalayas but with a much shorter drive to Dharali just 33 kilometers. At 2680 meters / 8792 feet, you will find yourself in the quaint, relaxing, picturesque tiny hamlet of Dharali. Night stay at Dharali.
Day 2: Dharali- Treck to Seven lake:: Visit to Tibetan village::Cultural exchange
Our second day stay will be at Dharali which is a beautiful, tiny village, at an altitude of 2680 metres in the Gangotri..This beautiful Himalayas region is enriched with the blessings of innumerable rishi and sages who spent countless hours in meditation, prayer and penance before attainment of Samadhi and It is believed that sage Bhagirath meditated here to bring Mother Ganges down from heaven. After morning yoga asana session and breakfast we will trek to mythological Saat Taals or Seven Lakes on top of mountains .here 7 glistening stunning lakes await you. It is here that we will do our yoga practice, enjoying the beauty around us.
After this blissful experience of yoga and meditation we will come back for lunch break. A short break of relaxation and then visit to local neighboring Tibetan village at the bank of Bhagirathi river , you will feel like you are moving back in time as we venture into the local neighboring. Peace and tranquility greet you amongst traditional wooden homes, through gentle swirls of smoke as teapots boil and wood fires glow. The villagers are incredibly kind and welcoming; happy to share their culture with you. Night stay at Dharai
Day 3: Dharali to Gangotri: Trekking 19 KM
From the blissful village of Dharali after morning yoga asana and breakfast we will make our way 19km further to Gangotri; the fascinating pilgrimage village which marks the start of our yogic trek to the Gomukh. With Mother Ganges running directly through the center of this Himalayan hub, Gangotri consists of one long street. It's lined with delicious filling treats, and plenty of religious trinkets and keepsakes. You'll find Lord Shiva statues, framed photos of Mother Ganga and bundles of bottles, which you can fill up to keep your own part of Mother Ganga with you.
We will have time to explore this magical town, visit the ashrams, meditate along the river, followed by lunch and then trek to Pandav Gupha about 6 to 7 Km both way . Evening we will attend Ganga Aarti Ceremony at Gangotri temple. Ganga Aarti is your chance to receive purification and a blessing from Mother Ganges. We will sing songs in praise of Mother Ganga, acquiring her power through the fires and lamps we light. It is a beautiful moment full of transformative energy. This special ceremony you will also experience during your stay at Mahatma Yoga Ashram.
Day 4: Gangotri to Bhojwassa: Trekking 14 KM
(From 3048 meters to 3775 meters sea level)
This is it! Wake up ready and willing. We are going to start our pilgrimage today, hiking 14 kilometers across 6 hours from 3048 meters /10000 foot towards the Gangotri glacier Gomukh! Starting from, we will be ascending to a height of 3775 meters / 12385 foot.
Leaving Gangotri behind, we will be entering another world. Past grazing donkeys and ashrams in the wilderness, we will reach the checkpoint of Gangotri National Park. From here the views are instantly wondrous. With the sun's rays bursting through the peaks, we will wind along the dusty path, underneath the mighty Himalayan Mountains towering above. It's a panoramic paradise to practice walking meditation!
We will traverse rickety wooden bridges, past inquisitive fluffy 'blue' goats, walking in the imaginable footsteps of ancient times pilgrims. Just when your energy is starting to fade, there will likely be a Sadhu walking along beside you, in his humble sandals and orange robe, encouraging you to carry on!
On way we will stop by at Chirbasa (3600mt) for lunch and will continue to trek till we arrive in Bhojwassa, you really will be in the Himalayas! We're just 4 kilometers away from The Source! But first, we must rest, eat, rejuvenate and get a good night's sleep in this final humble resting spot before we reach our destination.
Day 5: Bhojwassa-Gomukh-Gangotri Trekking 24 Km Two way
(From 3775 meters to 3890 meters sea level)
Good morning! You'll be waking up to the finest views of the Bhagirathi peaks, with a cup of hot chai in your hand and some hearty Indian breakfast in your tummy. It is time for us to finally meet the Source of the Ganges. Are you excited? We really are! This is the last stretch of our journey.
With all your might, traverse this rocky terrain and scale the boulders before you. The hike is not easy but the reward awaiting you is everything you hoped for. At a height of 3890 meters / 12,760 feet, we have made it! Congratulations! This is an ultimate spiritual experience to witness the first appearance of the sacred Goddess Ma Ganga in daylight!
4 days of unbelievable, mesmerizing trekking in India and finally...here we are at Gomukh: sitting before the powerful, life-changing Source of Mother Ganga herself. She is the living, breathing Goddess of India; who loves you, cleanses you and reaches deep within your heart and soul to awaken you. Our legs ache. Our lungs have been gasping for air. Yet, we have just experienced one of the most spiritual treks in the Himalayas, through a deeply magnificent and sacred landscape. As we take in a deep breath, and absorb the beauty around us, a butterfly gently glides down and lands upon one of our fingertips. We are truly touched. Hiking to the Source of the Ganges is a life-changing experience.
~ A student’s reflection of the Journey to The Source of The Ganges After much happiness and reflection we take time to enjoy this special moment by performing a puja – a ceremony to worship Goddess Ganga and meditating right next to her magical Source.
After the meditation we will walk back to Gangotri which will be easier trek as it will be descending compare to first half to spend one more night. This is time to reflect on everything you have achieved in the last 5 days and to treasure the memories you have made today with Mother Ganga.
Day 6: Gangotri to Uttarkashi or Lamgaon (Drive)
Gangotri - Uttarkashi 100 Km:: Uttarkashi – Lambgaon 54 KM
We will drive back from Gangotri to either Uttarkashi which is 100 KM or will move forward another 54 KM to Lamgaon village in a private taxi. Uttarkashi which is also known as Kashi of the north which means abode of lord Shiva in northern India .Uttarkashi city is situated on the bank of Ganges(Bhagirathi), lies next to a hill Varunavat parwat and between the confluence of two holy rivers Varuna river and Asi river similar to city of Kashi i.e. Varanasi city , This city has a famous Manikarnika Ghat similar to Varanasi city and has a temple dedicated to Shiva (Kashi Vishwanath Temple) in the center of the city.
After a day relaxation we will visit to this ancient temple in evening followed by dinner and rest at hotel / guesthouse. Incase we opt for moving ahead to Lambgaon village , we will acknowledge the cultural exchange with the local villagers and a beautiful opportunity to see the real Indian village life and visit Sem Mukhem Temple nearby! Night stay at this beautiful village.
Day 7: Uttarkashi / Lambgaon to Rishikesh (Drive)
On our final day, we will drive back to Rishikesh in private transportation; on way will have lunch and snacks. After reaching to Mahatma Yoga ashram - Rishikesh .We will return to Rishikesh in the evening: accomplished, refreshed and renewed! One can opt to check out for their destination on same day or stay at our ashram accommodation and can have early morning check out next day.
Inclusion of the second week.
- Our own private transport
- We are staying in guesthouses, the accommodation is clean, simple, with basic facilities
- On the hike we’ll spend two nights in the Bhojwassa Ashram. This is a pilgrimage style accommodation. It is also possible to spend two nights in the tent.
- Meals & Tea Snacks
- Yoga lesson and meditation in the nature
- All permits and government taxes
Guiding to the Spiritual Yoga Retreat.
Yogi Ji will be guiding to this Spiritual Yoga Retreats by following in the footsteps of ancient yogis on a journey through the Himalayas’ sacred landscapes to find the Source of Life and towards the journey of source of Ganges at Gomukh – Himalaya. Born in the North state of Himalaya in a spiritual family environment and initiated to the path of yoga and meditation in early childhood, Yogi Ji had a greater impact of nature and natural vibrations. Educated and guided by yogis and scholars from his age of 12, he is diploma in Yogic Science and Naturopathy before doing doctorate in Naturopathy. He mastered Hatha, Astanga and Kriya yoga and teaches both philosophical and theoretical aspects of these fields of yogic science. Besides being yoga and meditation teacher, he is the Reiki master of Mahatma Yoga Ashram. Students know him as Yogi Ji and highly appreciate his inspiring humors.