Yogis and Seekers…

Pilgrimage to India

May 15-24 2022
Rishikesh & Gangotri, India

A Retreat for All Levels

“To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

From the birthplace of Yoga, to the origin of the Ganges in the Himalayas - Your Yogic Pilgrimage in India

Gangotri
Gangotri Temple

What to Expect

This will be a truly unique experience. This is a place to fall madly in love with your practice, and connect deeply with yourself and fellow yogis.

Excursions & Adventures

Walking the streets of Rishikesh is like nothing you’ve ever experienced.

With a backdrop of the Himalayas, and the river Ganges (called Ganga in India) running right through the middle of it all, you’ll witness hundreds of yoga trainings occurring throughout the city.

Yoga of every variety will be all around. As you weave your way through the wondrous, exhilarating, chaos of it all, your ears will be filled with the sounds of mantra, chanting, bells, and devotion ringing from the temples and reverberating throughout the streets – Everywhere!

Rishikesh Leg

Rishikesh-Temples

Rishikesh Temples

Trayambakeshwar, Sivananda Ashram, and more!

Ganga-Aarti-Ceremony

Ganga Aarti Ceremony

Culture and Events

Neer-Garh-Waterfall

Bathe at Neer Garh Waterfall

Nature

Kunjapuri-Devi-Temple

Kunjapuri Devi Temple

360• Panoramic view of Himalayas

Tat-Wale-Baba-Cave

Tat Wale Baba Cave

Places of Sages

Beatles-Ashram

Beatles Ashram

Places of Interest

Also...

Mantra chanting and satsang everyday
Meditation at Vashista Cave
Havan (fire ceremony)
Local market – Explore Laxman Jhula Bridge to Ram Jhula Bridge by walk
Sivananda Ashram visit
Ayurveda session with masters (Nadi Check up)

Gangotri Leg

Swami-Ji

Swami Sundaranand

Satsang and meeting with Swamiji

Gangotri-Forest

Gangotri Forest

Forest Hikes

Gangotri-Temple

Gangotri Temple

Revered Mountain Temple

Harsil-Tibetan-Village

Harsil Tibetan Village

Himalayan Paradise

Also...

Take a bath in a natural hot water spring
Visit to famous north Kashi Vishwanath (Shiva lingam) Temple
Explore local market
Visit to mountain village by walk and connect with local people to know about Himalayan local herbs
Visit to Gangotri caves and a Yogi’s art gallery
Darshan of Surya Kund (Sun Pool)

Trayambakeshwar Temple & Lakshman Jhula Bridge, Rishikesh

Sivananda-Temple

Book Your Retreat

Shared Room

$2000
  • 10 Nights Accommodation
  • All Transfers
  • Group Excursions
  • 500 Deposit

Book Your Retreat

Private Room

$2350
  • 10 Nights Accommodation
  • All Transfers
  • Group Excursions
  • 500 Deposit

Your Hosts

Johnny Nasello

Johnny is a renowned yoga teacher with students all over the world. He has previously studied pranayama and meditation in India, and has explored some of the Himalayan foothills.

Johnny will lead the morning asana practices in Rishikesh, and will serve as the anchor of our group, and navigator of this journey.

He is beyond excited to return to India, and share this experience with a group of yoga seekers.

Johnny Nasello
Ali Choi

Ali is an extremely knowledgeable meditation teacher. She has previously studied yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda in India.

Ali will serve as a guide explaining and placing into context the various experiences we will encounter at the temples and ashrams that we visit. She is a nurturing presence among any group she is present in.

She has been eagerly awaiting a return to India since her last visit.

Ali Choi
Yogi Lavi

Lavi was born in the heart of the Himalayan Valley in Uttarkashi. He is a lifelong yogi, and accomplished yoga teacher and guide.

He studied yoga for many years under the guidance of Swami Rudradev, the famous yoga guru of Rishikesh. He always follows the world famous Swamiji Sundaranand who lives near his home town in the Himalayas.

Lavi will serve as our “point man” to ensure that our journey is safe and smooth. He will act as translator when necessary, and will gain us access and attendance with mountain sages and swamis.

Yogi-Lavi

Travel to India

India Yoga Retreat

Airport

Dehradun airport is the closest airport to Rishikesh. From within India, catch a flight to Dehradun.

Delhi may be the easiest airport to fly to from outside India or coming from your home country.

Arrange for 2-3 hours between flights, as you will need to go through a security check, possibly collect baggage, and find your way to a different terminal for the Dehradun flight.

We will arrange for airport transfer from Dehradun to Rishikesh if we are aware of your travel itinerary. It is also possible to easily get a taxi from the pre-paid taxi stand next to the baggage claim for 500-1000 INR (Indian Rupee).

Dates to Know

  • The retreat begins on Sunday May 15. Check in after 1pm.
  • No events are planned for this day. Arrive, and check in.
  • It’s not a bad idea to arrive at least a day early, and acclimate a little to the time zone.
  • The retreat ends on Tuesday May 24. We will have breakfast in Gangotri, and arrange transfer back to Rishikesh or to Dehradun airport. Afternoon or later flights should be planned. You’re more than welcome to make other arrangements and continue onward to other Indian destinations.

Travel Planning Assistance

  • We will be in touch with you about your travel plans to help you coordinate your travel.

  • We encourage you to stay longer in India – we can help with suggestions for your post-retreat travel. 

  • For professional assistance organizing any of your travel to, within, or from India, we can connect you to a travel coordinator. We have someone who specializes in India travel, and is a personal friend who we highly recommend.

Travel Insurance

  • Please purchase travel insurance to protect your health and wellbeing as well as your retreat investment, from unforeseen circumstances before or during your retreat.

  • We highly recommend purchasing trip/travel insurance at the time you book your retreat.

  • Please read this further information on travel insurance and why we highly recommend it.

Further travel details will be sent after registration.

  • We are happy to help you find the best route.

  • We will provide you a steady diet of additional pre-departure information, including both inspirational and practical things you’ll want to know.

  • We will prep, prime, and inspire you on all levels for a wonderful journey to India!

A Retreat for Lovers of Yoga

Frequently Asked Questions

Visas

It will be necessary to obtain a tourist visa prior to arriving in India.

You should check with your country’s Indian Embassy for the full scope of requirements and suggestions for entry. Let us know if you need assistance with finding the proper links.

The e-Tourist visa will grant a continuous stay of up to 90 days, with the exception of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan. Citizens of these four countries will be granted a continuous stay of up to 180 days.

https://www.evisasindia.org

Citizens of the following countries and territories can obtain the India eVisa:

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kenya
Mexico
Myanmar
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Singapore
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
UAE
United States

Health

There are a number of suggested vaccinations that are recommended by the US CDC: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india#vaccines-and-medicines

  • 10 nights of accommodation
  • Transfer to and from Dehradun airport
  • Transfer between Rishikesh and Gangotri
  • Rides to any destination that we attend as a group that require a ride
  • Daily breakfast and teas in Rishikesh
    • There is a restaurant at our hotel, but in the afternoons and evenings we will be exploring the city and eating out at different establishments. These meals you are responsible for.
  • 3 meals per day during the Gangotri leg of the trip
  • Daily asana practice in Rishikesh
  • Entry fees to attractions that we attend as a group

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and Dinners in Rishikesh (unless we attend as an entire group)

All levels of yoga practice are welcome. We won’t be practicing crazy advanced poses in our group classes. We will do some poses or a flow and have a physical practice – However, this trip is more about all the other aspects of yoga. 

We’ll practice pranayama, meditation, we’ll chant and sing, listen to stories, we’ll enjoy a community of yogis, each other’s company, and we’ll experience the practice in a way that might be entirely new to you if you’ve never been to India.

We will follow all of the rules of our host country that are in place at the time of the retreat. However, it’s hard to know what those might be at this time.

This past May (2021), covid conditions improved considerably. We really believe that this is a trend that will continue in 2022. We’re better at preventing it, better at treating it, and better at living with it as a thing that exists in our world.

Yes!

You absolutely should get travel insurance. This will protect your investment in the event that something happens that prevents you from going.

It doesn’t cost a lot, and it can save you a tremendous headache.

Please read this further information on travel insurance and why we highly recommend it. 

We’ll be entirely honest with you…

India can be chaotic. We have experienced travelers and an Indian guiding this experience, so it should go as smooth as one can hope. 

Yet, India is a place that cannot be micromanaged. Let us advise you – You must be accepting that there will be a few times where we must simply go with the flow of things unless we choose to become frustrated instead.

You will experience every human emotion while you are here: Joy, Amazement, Wonder, Sadness, Anger, Bewilderment, Happiness, Peace…

You will also witness astonishing poverty and incomprehensible differences in social class.

You will also be greeted with kindness, curiosity, gratitude, and tremendous hospitality.

When we tell you that you are about to experience a once in a lifetime tour, and have experiences that you will never forget, we are not saying these things for marketing purposes. We’re telling you these things because they’re true!

Dates

May 15-24, 2022
Maximum number of retreat participants: 10

Pricing

All prices are per person.

Double occupancy room – $2,000

Single occupancy room – $2,350

A $500 deposit is required to confirm your spot on the retreat, or you may pay in full.

The remaining balance is due on April 15, 2022. (Special payment plans can be arranged.)

A Yoga Retreat In India

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