Journey into Mystic India with Satwinder
History, Gurudwaras and Palaces

23 February to 11 March 2019

Join Satwinder Kaur and transform yourself and Deepen your spiritual practice with daily Kundalini Yoga in this magical land. The very land is steeped in spirituality, where many ancient practices were developed and perfected over 5,000 years ago. Simply walking the land can leave a profound and lasting imprint on your soul. To transform your life requires such a journey which will change the way you view yourself and the world.

Take a spiritual journey to the sacred hills of the yogis. Visit great shrines, places of worship, the Ganges river, and practice the rituals in the vibration of the holy land; Rishikesh (the Yoga capital of the world). Old and New Delhi; Jaipur, full of breathtaking palaces and Amber Fort sitting on top of a hill; Taj Mahal in Agra; Amritsar the holiest city for the Sikhs; Dharamsala, current home of the Tibetan exiled leader, the Dalai Lama; Faridkot (where Satwinder will share a personal part of her life). You will learn so much on this trip and experience the essence of the most ancient spiritual culture in the world. The BBC had listed Agra and Amritsar as two of the top ten sites to visit in the world.

As our intimate group journeys go through the holy regions and temple sites of India, we will dedicate time for Kundalini Yoga and Meditation daily. We will also allow for moments of silence and reflection as we take perspective from being in the vibrations of such an ancient and spiritual culture. The trip will be lead by Satwinder Kaur who is a native of this culture, and is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher.

The fee includes comfortable lodging, sacred ceremonies, daily breakfasts and English-speaking guides throughout the trip. Besides visiting the great spiritual and cultural sites, and walking in the footsteps of the Masters, the tour also provides time to shop in the bazaars and partake in local customs and ceremonies.

Satwinder Kaur will be your Tour Leader.

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Itinerary

Map of proposed itinerary. . Zoom in and out to change detail. Route shows travel by road, longer distances will be by air or train.

Feb 23: Depart Canada
Depart Canada this afternoon. Overnight: On board your flight.

Feb 24: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Overnight: Rockland CR Park, Delhi.

Feb 25: Delhi
Spend the day sightseeing in Delhi, visiting Akshardham Temple. Overnight: Rockland CR Park, Delhi.

Feb 25: Delhi - Jaipur
Spend your morning at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. In afternoon drive to Jaipur (5 ½ hrs). Overnight: Four Points By Sheraton, Jaipur.

Feb 27: Jaipur
Day of sightseeing. Overnight: Four Points By Sheraton, Jaipur.

Compare the city of Old Delhi with the city of Jaipur, a city unique amongst its medieval contemporaries. The streets, palaces, temples, residences, shopping place are all in accordance to the ancient Hindu rules of Vastu Shastra. The pink wash was added in 1853 in honour of the visit of Prince Albert. Perched atop the hill looking down majestically is the Amber fort. We ride up into the palace astride elephants just like the Maharajas of yore. The plain and time worn exteriors belie the exquisite detail with which the interiors were crafted with a gentle breeze which cools the interiors. In the famed Sheesh Mahal look up and be prepared to feel a surge of color as the optical effect makes you a part of this royal past. In the city, drive past Hawa Mahal, where again notice the jails. The Maharaja's City Palace, much of which has been converted into a museum covers almost one-seventh area of the city in a fortified unit. Here the Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Become one with the planetary bodies at Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Jaipur is also an interesting place for those interested in jewellery, clothes, carpets and other handicrafts items. The city is a veritable paradise for those seeking souvenirs of the craftsmanship of Rajasthan.

Feb 28: Jaipur
Spend the day sightseeing. Overnight: Four Points By Sheraton, Jaipur.

Mar 1: Jaipur then Agra
Drive to Agra through Fatehpur Sikri. Overnight: Crystal Sarovar Premiere, Agra.

From the romance of the deserts we move towards the monument of a man’s love for his beloved, the city which treasures a lover’s dream, Agra (6 hrs). On our way we stop at Fathepur Sikri. In its imposing red sandstone structure lies the city envisioned by Emperor Akbar only to be abandoned a mere fourteen years later due to water scarcity.

Mar 2: Agra
Spend the day sightseeing. Overnight: Crystal Sarovar Premiere, Agra.

Before dawn, visit the spectacular Taj Mahal - the most extravagant monument ever built for love. On the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Moghul Emperor Shah Jehan built her this memorial over which 20,000 men laboured for 22 years to create a masterpiece in white marble inlaid with semi precious stones; the art is called pietra dura. Stroll down the ornamental gardens laid out along the classical Mughal charbagh lines. This garden is separated by a long watercourse, which reflects the monument in perfect symmetry. Return to your hotel for breakfast. A short drive away is the Agra Fort where Shah Jehan spent the last years of his life, imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. The most impressive part of the Fort are the Dewan-e-Am, Hall of Public Audience where the Emperor met officials and listened to petitioners, and the Dewan-e-Khas Hall of Private Audience where he received foreign dignitaries. The Peacock throne (now in Iran) was in this fort, before being moved to Delhi by Emperor Aurangzeb. Within your short stay in Agra, you will see a blend of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, and Jain designs and motifs. (The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays). Overnight: Crystal Sarovar Premiere, Agra.


Mar 3: Agra – Rishikesh
Depart after a leisurely breakfast to Delhi train station (4 1/2 hrs) in time for your afternoon train to Hardwar (1520/1950). Upon arrival drive to Rishikesh (45 mins). Overnight: Vasundhara, Rishikesh.

Mar 4: Rishikesh
Spend the day sightseeing, on your own with no services provided by SJI. Overnight: Vasundhara, Rishikesh.

Your day in Rishikesh with the great Himalayas, the Holy Ganga, meditation, yoga, and the most beautiful Aarti (holy chantings) on the banks of the Ganga - all in all, an unforgettable and magical experience.


Mar 5: Rishikesh
Spend the day sightseeing, on your own with no services provided by SJI. Overnight: Vasundhara, Rishikesh.


Mar 6: Rishikesh - Amritsar
Depart early and drive to Haridwar (45 mins). Spend the morning sightseeing in this holy and ancient city important to Hinduism. Depart by train for Amritsar (1445/2205). Overnight: Park Inn, Amritsar.

Mar 7: Amritsar
Spend the day sightseeing in Amritsar, first the city then the Golden Temple. Overnight: Park Inn, Amritsar.

Depart before dawn for the Golden Temple. Participate in bringing the Granth Sahib, not a mere Hoy book, but God to the Sikhs, from its overnight resting place to Harmindar Sahib. Have Langar for breakfast. After langar, return to your hotel and depart for a sightseeing tour of the city.

Jallianwalah Bagh - On 13 April 1919, a peaceful crowd of 2000 men, women and children had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, a walled garden near the Golden Temple, to protest British rule. A group of British soldiers led by Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer opened unprovoked fire at the innocent crowd, relentlessly massacring the protestors even as the crowd dispersed in panic, many of them jumping into a well to escape the gunfire. Today, the furthest end of the Bagh is marked by a Martyrs’ Memorial built in the shape of an eternal flame. A section of the wall, pock-marked by bullets, as also the well, has been preserved as a reminder of the tragic event. Wagah border between India and Pakistan, age-old enemies, and watch the pantomime of bringing the flags of the respective countries down for the night. Wagah is the only road border crossing between Pakistan and India and lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, Punjab, India, and Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The border is located 22 kilometres from Lahore and 32 kilometres from Amritsar. The Golden Temple is a prominent Sikh Gurudwara located in the city of Amritsar. It was built by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ramdaas Sahib Ji, in the 16th Century. In 1604, Guru Arjun completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, and installed it in the Gurudwara. Have Langar for dinner.

Mar 8: Amritsar – Fardikot - Amritsar
Drive to Faridkot and spend the day there, with no other services (such as a guide) provided by us. Return to Amritsar. Overnight: Park Inn, Amritsar.

Mar 9: Amritsar - Dharamsala
Depart before dawn for the Golden Temple. Participate in bringing the Granth Sahib from its overnight resting place to Harmindar Sahib. Have Langar for breakfast. After langar, return to your hotel to pack and then drive to Dharamsala (5-6 hrs). Overnight: Pride Surya Mountain Resort, Dharamsala.


Mar 10: Dharamsala
Spend the day in Dharamsala. Overnight: Pride Surya Mountain Resort, Dharamsala.

Relax, away from the heat and dust of India! Visit the tranquil Buddhist temples and monasteries. See how tea is picked and processed. And if we are lucky, get a glance of the Dalai Lama.

Mar 11: Dharamsala – Delhi - Departure
After an early breakfast, drive to Gagal airport (1 hr) in time for your flight to Delhi (1230/1410). Stay at Delhi airport for your onward flight. Overnight: On board your flight.

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Cost: (US Dollars)

Tour Description, per person, US$
SALE. $500 deposit now, rest by 9 Nov'18
REGULAR. 10 Nov'18 to 26 Jan'19
LATE. After 27 Jan'19
2 people per room
1,975.00
2,175.00
2,375.00
1 person, single room
2,610.00
2,810.00
3,010.00

* $500 deposit is NON REFUNDABLE

Excludes international air fare to and from Delhi.

 

COST INCLUDES:
• Hotel accommodation with breakfast as above on double-sharing / single room,
• English speaking local guide for sightseeing in all places as per program,
• All transfers and sightseeing/excursion by an air-conditioned vehicle,
• All applicable taxes including mandatory government service tax,
• Train fare in AC chair car, Delhi/Haridwar and Haridwar/Amritsar,
• Domestic air in economy class for sectors Dharamasala/Delhi,
• Entrances fee for entry into monuments as per the itinerary, and,
• The services of a SJI representative at all airport and hotel transfers.

 

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
• Beverages, mineral water, alcohol, laundry, telephone calls; or other items of personal nature
• Tips and gratuities to driver, guide, porters, bellboys and waiters at restaurants
• Still camera or video camera fees at the various monuments and museums
• Any meals except specifically mentioned
• Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
• Personal or travel insurance
• Departure Taxes or Visa Handling Fees
• International Air
• Increases in government fees and,
• Any services not listed

Note: VISAS ARE REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL TO INDIA

We hope that you will join us for the experience of a lifetime that is India

 

REGISTRATION:  Please use our registration form to register.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Send an e-mail, or mail: Deepak Singh, Spiritual Journeys, Inc., 262 Upland Road, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA. Ph: 508-358-4267.