Join Billy and Ashley for an unforgettable week into the Himalayan foothills to explore Hardiwar and Rishikesh, the self-proclaimed “Yoga Capital of the World,” a magnet to spiritual seekers for decades.
We’ll begin with an exploration of the the capital of Delhi, then take a first-class train to Hardiwar, a center of Hindu religion and mysticism for centuries, to experience a sacred ceremony on the banks of the powerful Ganges. We’ll continue on to nearby Rishikesh, also on the banks of the Ganges, made famous by a visit from the Beatles in the '60s. We'll start most days with an early morning pranayama and meditation that moves us into a stronger asana practice. When applicable, a second yoga/meditation practice will be offered, to dive deeper into the flow of goodness. Visits to sacred temples are also on the schedule, plus a likely lecture or two, with some free time to honor your own interests.
Billy and Ashley’s inspiring vision for the trip: “For those of us on the path of yoga, the true journey and the ultimate destination is Self. As yogis, we seek that which will bring us closer to our true Self: Spirit. India is the birthplace of yoga, and in many ways, the land itself is the mother of yoga. We will begin our journey in the holy city of Rishikesh. It is believed that those who meditate within the city, or enter the sacred Ganges River, are brought closer to the highest spiritual attainment of freedom (moksha) from the endless cycles of existence. Join us on this incredible journey, not only to India, but to Self.“
2 Double Beds or 1 King
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold your space. Final Balance Policy: Final payment must be rec ... eived by Nov 1, 2016, in order to be eligible for the early bird pricing, and all payments are non-refundable.Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation, your entire payment will be refunded less the $500 deposit if the cancellation is made before Nov 1, 2016. Payments are non-refundable after this date. Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. There are many travel insurance companies to choose from, but Travelex and World Nomads are two reputable organizations for worldwide travel coverage.expand
Vinyasa, therapeutic, meditation, and philosophy
You will be using Delhi International Airport (airport code: DEL) for both your arrival and departure.
There are no group airfares, as we will have people joining us from all over the US, with some arriving early, some arriving late, some using miles, etc. We are happy to provide guidance and review any itineraries you find. Please contact us before purchasing flights, and as always, travel insurance is strongly recommended.
Upon registration, a travel planner will be provided and have everything you should need to know to be fully prepared for your trip. In addition, we will be available to you in the months leading up to the retreat to answer questions and to provide any assistance you may need.
It is important to apply for your visa early.
Yes, private airport transfers are included in the price of your trip whenever you arrive, day or night. Note: if you arrive early and decide to stay at an alternate location other than our group hotel, you will be responsible for coordinating and paying for your own transportation directly with the hotel where you will be staying.
Yes, all levels are welcome. You will find that wherever you are in your practice you will get just what you need out of the yoga classes on this retreat. International Yoga works only with experienced and extremely qualified teachers, which ensures that everyone’s yoga needs will be met.
If you are traveling alone, but prefer to share your room, we will do our best to match you with another traveler of the same gender. If for some reason we are not able to find a roommate for you, a single supplement will apply.
If you prefer to have your own private room, a single supplement will apply.
Attendance varies from trip to trip, but 12 to 25 attendees is a general average.
We will be staying at well-known 4- and 5-star hotels chosen for their location and quality of service. We’ve used them all for groups in the past. Contact us for details on where you will be staying for your specific itinerary.
For a week in India we suggest $400 to $600 in spending money per week to cover miscellaneous items and things which are not covered in the retreat cost (lunch and dinner, tipping, shopping, etc). It's also good to have a little extra cash on hand for emergencies. For shopping, you will find an extraordinary number of inexpensive, locally made items as well as beautiful high-end rugs and lovely gold jewelry, so if you plan to do a good amount of shopping, you may need to budget for a bit more.
No, gratuities are not included in the total trip price. Tips are an essential part of the economy in India and are greatly appreciated. We suggest $10 to $20/day total per-person per-day for housekeeping and restaurant staff as well as your local guides, drivers, and the principal guide, who will be with you for the entire duration of the trip.
Yes, please bring your own mat in addition to blocks and a strap if you like to use props during your practice.
November to March is the ideal time to visit India in terms of weather. In the south, the temperature averages between 80 to 90 F with only occasional rain. In the north, it can get quite cool (50s to 60s) with the weather starting to warm up in February and March (70s to 80s).
NO! DO NOT DRINK THE TAP WATER at any point during your stay in India. One bottle of water per day will be provided for each guest. Additional bottles may be purchased at local kiosks for less than $1. Use bottled water to even to brush your teeth!