Sacred Ganges Yoga Retreat
Nourishing, simple, life-changing...
Imagine yourself in the birthplace of Yoga on the banks of the Sacred Ganges River in the foothills of the Indian Himalaya, infused with incense, chanting, ritual and the unfolding of your own transformation. Come home with a personal daily practice.
This retreat is an off-the-beaten track experience of an India unchanged since ancient times, with a strong spiritual focus. We immerse ourselves in very special rituals and practices at their source by living at Sri Ram Ashram, attending sacred Aarti worship on the River Ganga, meeting babas and sadhus, visiting holy places. All grounded in a beautiful daily practice of pranayama (breath work), meditation and asana (physical postures) led by Chetna (Tracy) Boyd. This is not a conventional retreat and you may never be the same.
Dates and Location
14 Days: March 4-18, 2023
North India: in the sacred mountain towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Daily Yoga classes in Haridwar/Rishikesh
Accommodation (mostly double occ.)
3 meals/day in Haridwar
Breakfast in Dehli/Rishikesh
Assistance with Flight/Indian visa
8 Unique and fabulous Excursions
Group Excursion gratuities
International flight to India
Lunch, Dinner in Delhi/Rishikesh
Indian Tourist Visa
Travel Health insurance
Free time activities
Yoga & Energy requirements:
This Retreat is for all levels and comprises meditation, pranayama, yogic philosophy and classical asana. Classes are
voluntary. There is daily Free Time to rest or explore. 2 days built-in at start of the journey to acclimatize.
We stay in clean,moderate-standard bed and breakfast (3 star) in Delhi and similar standard hotel in Rishikesh with western toilets, showers, ceiling fans and two single, two double beds or possible extra cot in Delhi guest house (triple). As well, we stay in a traditional Hindu Ashram/orphanage in Haridwar in rooms with more basic facilities and two single beds, think summer camp. Our accommodations are not "chocolate-on-your-pillow but clean and simple. Retreat members share a double room with another member for most of the time, however, space is limited in our Delhi guest house so there may be an extra cot in rooms (triple). Accommodations are included starting the night of Day Zero (March 3) to night of Day 14 (March 18). Arrival anticipated in the early hours of March 4, 2023. Departure taxi to leave around midnight on March 18, 2023
In Delhi and Rishikesh, vegetarian breakfast is included. Lunch, dinner not included. At Sri Ram Ashram 3 vegetarian meals/day are included. Those with special diet needs, allergies or those with diet restrictions can manage well with a little planning and communication. Haridwar and Rishikesh are alcohol-free vegetarian towns!
We have private bus/van for the journey between Haridwar and Rishikesh. We journey by train from Delhi to Haridwar and return trip is either train or private bus. Airport transfers are included. For those extending their stay in India, airport departure transfer is not included.
Travel health insurance for the duration of the trip is mandatory. Pre-trip immunization optional with the exception of the COVID-19 vaccine which at this time is mandatory at our accommodations. COVID-19 precautions are ongoing.
A Word About COVID-19:
The global pandemic has changed the face of international travel forever and for that reason, we are closely monitoring rules and regulations carefully for before, during and after our trip to ensure all travellers stay healthy. This may entail quarantine details, pre-travel tests, personal protective equipment and may alter our regular daily hygienic practices. Rest assured that the group's health and safety are paramount in our minds as we learn to enjoy our experiences fully within the challenges presented by the present environment. Group members will be updated regularly as restrictions unfold.
Getting there and home:
The cost of flight is not included. We suggest a direct flight chosen for its expediency, but members are free to make their own arrangements if desired. We offer extensive pre-trip education and support for preparation. For those continuing to explore India on their own, Kajal India Tours can design an exciting onward journey or share ideas for your adventure.
Cancellations and Refunds:
Greater than 60 days prior to departure-receive 100% of Retreat fee as a refund (Jan. 2, 2023)
Between 30-60 days prior to departure of the trip (Jan. 3-Feb. 1, 2023)-forfeit deposit (return of balance).
Less than 30 days prior to departure (Feb. 2-March 2, 2023)-forfeit entire cost of Retreat.
Kajal India Tours/Dancing Lotus Yoga reserve the right to cancel a Retreat at our discretion and monies received by us will be fully refunded.
Did We mention our Excursions?
With a strong spiritual focus, our excursions introduce you to the power and colour of Hindu rituals, temples, Gods and Goddesses, garlands of marigolds and fire ceremony. We learn about modern-day saints such as Mahatma Gandhi and Anandamayi Ma, feeling the peace and serenity of their respective sacred places. We sit at the edge of the Ganges River for worship rituals, meditation, glacial dunks and temple visits. We explore a mountain-top temple at dawn with a vigorous
hike to a waterfall. Further gems are a comparative religions tour "Any Way You Slice It (It's All God)" in Delhi with visits to the holy places of different religions, lunch at a fabulous eatery and the museum estate where Mahatma Gandhi spent his last months. We are also privileged to have an insider's view of a unique orphanage/Ashram spending the Festival of Holi playing with children in huge coloured-water fights and bonfires! The experiences are rich, rare and uniquely designed solely for our group. We guarantee you won't get this kind of deep-dive into Hindu culture in regular tours or retreats.
Did We mention the amazing Yoga?
Practice is balanced between breathwork that creates a clear mind for meditation and classic Hatha yoga poses which work with each student's current level. Deeper practices drawn from Yoga Therapy bring self-revelations and openings of the heart to each day. We are able to spend a few days with a local Indian teacher as well. We learn to bring our practice off the mat into daily life.