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YOGA TOUR OF INDIA

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Durations : 17 Days
Destinations : Delhi - Vrindavan - Agra - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Kolkata - Haridwar - Rishikesh
Day 1 : Arrival at Delhi

A Compass India Holiday representative will receive you at the airport and escort you to the hotel.

Delhi, India’s capital has seen great empires rise and fall around it for millennia, with each new batch of rulers building over the works of their predecessors. As a result, the city abounds in monuments and ruins of stunning diversity. The seat of the world’s largest democracy, it also boasts of magnificent symbols of government that pay architectural tribute to the ideals of self-rule and democracy. These co-exist side by side with wide multi-lane motorways, shopping malls, fast cars and ultramodern steel-glass office complexes that characterise any large 21st century metropolis.

Overnight at Delhi.



Day 2 : Sightseeing in Delhi

After breakfast at the hotel visit Lotus Temple also known as the Bahai Temple.

The lotus-shaped Bahai temple south of Delhi is also of interest. An ideal place for meditation, this Bahai House of worship is open to people of all faiths.

Later visit the ISKON Temple. The ISKCON temple in Delhi, a magnificent shrine devoted to Lord Krishna, is a calm and serene place of worship. Made by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in 1998, it is also known as the Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple. ISKCON temple is one of the 40 such temples in India and the 100 odd all over the world. The entire temple is decorated with Radha-Krishna paintings done by Russian devotees.

The main attraction is the central hall which has a beautiful statue of Radha-Krishna and walls decorated with religious quotes. The temple museum has dioramas depicting Vedic tradition, culture and everyday life of that era. A state-of-the-art audio-visual hall organizes multimedia shows to teach devotees understand epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. There are talks for developing a special section on Forbidden Archaeology based on human existence since the earth formed.

Continue sightseeing after lunch at the temple’s all-vegetarian restaurant

Raj Ghat is the famous memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The shrine bears testimony to the simplicity of the man who changed the world with the power of ideas.  A simple black stone structure with an eternal flame burning at one end.

The Lakshmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Temple enshrines Lord Vishnu – the preserver of the Hindu Trinity and is one of the major attractions of the capital city - Delhi. The divine tranquility of the temple is interrupted only by the melodious kirtans that echoes in the sanctum sanctorum. The temple enshrines almost all the deities of the Hindu Pantheon. Situated at the heart of the cit, this is one of the major tourist and pilgrim destinations of Delhi.

Overnight at Delhi.

Day : 03 Delhi to Vrindavan by road in a spacious and comfortable Compass approved vehicle.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Vrindavan. En-route stop at Midway Motel for lunch. Continue drive to Vrindavan and upon arrival check into Munger Raj Mandir.

This evening take a boat ride on river Yamuna followed by visit to Yamuna temple and offer prayers.

Overnight at Vrindavan.


Day 4 : Excursion to Agra, sightseeing in Vrindavan, visit the Taj Mahal
After breakfast at the Ashram, proceed for an excursion to Agra.

The Mughal capital of Agra on the banks of the Yamuna River is a bustling town teeming with narrow, winding alleyways that hark back to an era gone by. Dotted by magnificent monuments including UNESCO World Heritage Site Taj Mahal, the city is a dazzling contrast of red sandstone and white marble structures.

Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal and designed by Persian architect Ustad, the magnificent Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world. A massive white marble structure so delicate that it appears to float in the air, the Taj is otherworldly in its beauty and is best viewed in moonlight or at dawn and dusk. The close-up view reveals breathtakingly intricate inlay work carved into the marble, and bears eloquent testimony to the triumph of Mughal art, culture and architecture at its peak. No holiday in India is complete without the Taj.

Standing across the river from the Taj, the majestic red sandstone structure of Agra Fort was erected in 1565 by Mughal Emperor Akbar the great. Little did he know that the same fort would later serve as prison for his grandson Emperor Shah Jahan in the end of his days. From his prison perch of Musamman Burj, an exquisite octagonal marble tower atop the fort, Shah Jahan would spend his last days looking out longingly at the Taj.

Itmad-ud-Daulah is perhaps the Mughal Empire’s best kept secret. Empress Nur Jehan, wife of Jahangir, son of Akbar, commissioned the structure as a memorial to her father. Mistakenly called Baby Taj, Itmad-ud-Daulah in fact is decades older than the Taj, and may have served as its design blueprint.

Overnight at Vrindavan.



Day 5 : Sightseeing in Vrindavan, Vrindavan to Delhi by road in a spacious, comfortable Compass approved vehicle.
After breakfast at the Ashram, sit in Satsang with revered Sadhu Maharaj and Maharaj Govinda. Later visit Radha and Shyama Kunda.

These Kundas are considered the holiest places in Vrindavan area. The town here was known as Aristavan. In this village, the demon Aristasura was killed by Krishna. For years Radha Kunda and Shyama Kunda were lost and no one knew exactly where they were located. When Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came to Vrindavan in 1515, He rediscovered these two important Kundas.

Part of the Parikrama of Goverdhan Hill is going around Radha and Shyama Kunda. Radharani and Krishna have their midday pastimes at Radha Kunda.

In the center of Radha Kunda is a small walled-in area called Kanchan Kunda. This Kunda is said to mark the location of the original Kunda where Radharani and the gopis dug with their bangles. It is said that Vajranabha built a bathing tank at Shyama Kunda to commemorate the place where Krishna killed Aristasura. When there is water in Shyama Kunda this Kunda cannot be seen. When Shyama Kunda is empty, you can see a wall encircling a small deep Kunda in the center of Shyama Kunda. This Kunda is called Vajranatha Kunda. Shyama Kunda is also known as Arista Kunda or Krishna Kunda.   

Overnight at Delhi.



Day 6 : Delhi to Varanasi by air

  A Compass representative will meet you at the airport and help transfer you to the hotel.

After lunch visit Libra book store and browse through the collection of book on Hinduism, Spirituality and Yoga.

Later in the evening enjoy the evening Aarti at the Ghats. The guide will be giving a commentary to you on the proceedings and meanings of the chants during the aarti of the river.

Overnight at Varanasi.



Day 7 : Sightseeing in Varanasi, visit Sarnath

Go for an early morning boat ride along the middle of the river to watch the spiritual life of Hindu India unfold before you along the banks. Visit Dashashwamedh and Manikarnika, the holiest of the Varanasi ghats. A section of Manikarnika serves as a cremation ground and it is said the funeral pyre never dies here.

Explore the narrow, ancient alleyways or galis of Varanasi. Steeped in history, these alleyways have been witness to the comings and goings of millions over the centuries.

Later this afternoon visit Sarnath.

A short drive from Varanasi, lies Sarnath where, millennia ago, the Buddha delivered his first ever sermon. Today, thousands of travellers from all over the world pour in every year to pay homage to what is one of the holiest places in Asia. The 1600 year old Dhamekh stupa marks the spot where the Buddha sat as he delivered his first teachings. Interestingly, this ancient stupa is a stand in for an even earlier structure erected by Emperor Asoka in 249 BC to commemorate the teaching. 

The highly recommended Sarnath museum houses antiquities dating back to the 3rd century BC. Don’t miss the gigantic red sandstone standing Bodhisattvas and the magnificent Ashokan pillar that is India’s state symbol.

Kashi Vishwanath with its famous solid gold spire is one of the holiest of Hindu temples and devotees believe that praying here after a dip in the Ganges will grant them Moksha or liberation from the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth.


Overnight at Varanasi.



Day 8 : Varanasi to Bodh Gaya by road 
Bodhgaya is sacred for Buddhists as well as Hindus. Here, under the famed Bodhi Tree, Prince Siddhartha attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, the `Enlighted One'. This is the area where the Buddha lived most of his life and imparted his teachings. The name of the state, Bihar, is thus derived from the Sanskrit Vihara, meaning monastery. A few centuries after Buddha’s passing, the Maurya emperor Ashoka (234-198 BC) undertook the revival, consolidation and dissemination of Buddism. Ashoka’s monasteries and monuments dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha are intact to this day.

Overnight at Bodh Gaya.



Day 9:  Sightseeing in Bodh Gaya
Breakfast will be served at the hotel.

Animesh Lochan Chaitya is one of the places associated with enlightenment of Lord Buddha. During the second week of enlightenment within the cycle of meditation, Lord Buddha spent seven days at this place looking at the Bodhi tree. It is believed that during this time, he did not blink his eye even once. Animesh Lochan, meaning open eyes, is a major place of religious significance. It is also believed that Lord Buddha spent few days here walking between the Bodhi tree and the Animesh Lochan Chaitya. At present, this route is known as Ratnachankrama or the Jewel Walk.

The magnificent Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya dates back to the Gupta era and records exist of scholarly visits from students, monks, pilgrims and philosophers alike from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and China between the 7th and 10th century AD. The temple also finds mention in the works of Chinese explorer Hiuen Tsang who visited in the 7th Century.

Bodhi Tree, one of the chief revered locations, is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The tree is believed to be the sapling of original Bodhi tree, which was taken away by King Ashoka's daughter to Sri Lanka. There is a red sandstone slab under the tree, known as Vajrasana or the diamond throne. Located behind Mahabodhi Temple, the revered 115 years old tree stands 80 ft high. 

Great Buddha Statue, standing at an elevation of 80 ft, is one of the religious and spiritual monuments associated with Lord Buddha Bodh Gaya. One among the tallest Buddha statues in the country, the structure was instated in 1989 by the XIV Dalai Lama. This structure displays meditating (dhyana mudra) Lord Buddha, resting on a giant lotus in open air. Constructed using sandstone blocks and red granite, the figurine exhibits beautiful artwork. 

Muchalinda Lake, one of the chief sightseeing locations in Bodh Gaya, is also associated with mythological tales. The water body is positioned on the right of the main temple and features a sculpture of hood protecting Lord Buddha, who is meditating on a snake coil. As per Hindu Mythology, Lord Buddha was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In the sixth week of his meditation nearby this lake, a strong storm broke out. During that time, Lord Buddha was protected by Shesh Naga or the Snake King Muchalinda from the disrupting waves. The beautiful lake is dotted by trees and lush green surroundings. 

Overnight at Bodh Gaya.



Day 10:  Bodh Gaya to Varanasi by road, Varanasi to Kolkata by rail
Breakfast will be served at the hotel

Overnight on train.

 

 

 

Day 11 :  Sightseeing in Kolkata
 A Compass India representative will meet you at the airport and help transfer you to the hotel.

Begin with a visit to  Mother Teresa House, Tulsi Bose house, Nagendernath Bhaduri’s house.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Afternoon visit Yogananda Yoga Ashram and practice Yoga with Mukta Mala.

Overnight at Kolkata.

 

Day 12 :  Sightseeing in Kolkata
After an early breakfast at the hotel leave for Belur Math.

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are twin organizations which form the core of a worldwide spiritual movement (known as Ramakrishna Movement or Vedanta Movement), which aims at the harmony of religions, harmony of the East and the West, harmony of the ancient and the modern, spiritual fulfillment, all-round development of human faculties, social equality, and peace for all humanity, without any distinctions of creed, caste, race or nationality.

A visit to Belur Math on the city’s outskirts is highly recommended for the spiritually inclined traveller. Belur Math is the seat of the Ramkrishna Movement inspired by the teachings of 19th Century Bengali mystic Ramakrishna.  The guiding principles are tolerance, harmony of all faiths and religions, and peace and welfare for all of humanity irrespective of race, colour, caste or creed. Fittingly, the Ramakrishna Temple incorporates Hindu, Islamic Christian and Buddhist architectural elements and has been expressedly designed to celebrate the diversity of faiths that characterize the world. The Temple and the monastic order of Ramkrishna Mission were founded by the illustrious Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna’s firebrand disciple whose mesmerizing address at the Chicago Parliament of Religions earned him a devoted global following as well as the sobriquet “the cyclonic monk from India” from the American press. The Math has a museum where books and personal belongings of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda are on display.

Nearby, on the eastern bank of the Hooghli river lies the historic Dakshineswar Kali Templewhere Ramakrishna spent his days as head priest. Built in the traditional nine-spired Bengali style, the temple is as  serene as it is beautiful.

After performing pooja, drive to Serampore, where you meet the grand son and great grand son of Swami Yogananda Paramahansa. They will take you to visit their house, Serampore University and Rai Ghat.

Overnight at Kolkata

 

Day 13 :  Kolkata to Delhi by air
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to a local restaurant for lunch.

Delhi, India’s capital has seen great empires rise and fall around it for millennia, with each new batch of rulers building over the works of their predecessors. As a result, the city abounds in monuments and ruins of stunning diversity. The seat of the world’s largest democracy, it also boasts of magnificent symbols of government that pay architectural tribute to the ideals of self-rule and democracy. These co-exist side by side with wide multi-lane motorways, shopping malls, fast cars and ultramodern steel-glass office complexes that characterise any large 21st century metropolis.

Rest of the day is at leisure at the hotel of stay.

Overnight at Delhi.

 

Day14 :  Delhi to Haridwar by rail 
Early morning transfer to railway station to board train for Haridwar. Breakfast is on board train.

Upon arrival you are met by Compass representative and escorted to Swami Rama Sadhaka Ashram, Rishikesh.

Along with your private guide visit this afternoon the various surrounding ashrams and interact with the yogis on the banks of river Ganges.

Overnight is at the Ashram. (Breakfast on train. Lunch & dinner at Ashram)

 

Day 15 :   Rishikesh
After breakfast at the ashram explore the surroundings with your private guide. Later this evening, visit Shree Surinder Singh Yoga at one of the venues to partake in yoga exercise.

Overnight is at the Ashram. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner at Ashram)

 

Day 16 :   Rishikesh
After breakfast at the ashram, go for an excursion to Dehradun with your private guide. Upon arrival, visit the Ashram of the yoga guru. After lunch at the ashram, meditate and practice Yoga at the ashram.

Overnight at Rishikesh.

 

Day 17 :   Rishikesh to Haridwar by road, Haridwar to Delhi by rail
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. Dinner will be served on the train.

Overnight at Delhi.

 

Day 18 :   Tour ends








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