INDIA YATRA: FAIRYTALE JOURNEY TO THE HEART

 January 20- February 1, 2021

 RISHIKESH & RAJASTHAN

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Mama India. 

This pilgrimage is a fairytale journey to the heart. I still remember the first time arrived in Rishikesh. In an instant moment I had to let go of any ideas and concepts about life and how it should look like that I was holding on to.  Rajasthan- with 1001 nights fairytale feeling – will add to the magic with the most beautiful colors, variety of food, Ashram, fort and temples. Mama India will show you ways of living that you haven’t seen before, teach you things you couldn’t imagine before and help you find a depth within yourself that you haven’t been able to nurture before. Mama India will love you, shake you and transform you. She welcomes you with open arms if you are open to a whole new view of life. 

This is a journey to the roots of Yogic wisdom.  You will sit by the holy river Ganga and say your prayers, be part of sacred ceremonies, get blessed by vedic priests. You will see magnificent temples, hike in the Himalayas and eat outstanding Indian food. You will visit old Forts, sleep in a desert Ashram and practice Yoga with Guruji.  You will deepen your understanding of Yoga as an holistic Art of Living that guides the way to an embodied life. Mama India will teach you how to live your life as a prayer. 

Get ready for a journey that will change your life. This is not a Yoga retreat but a pilgrimage to wisdom. It demands openness to dive deep &  look beyond. It involves overcoming challenges, and cultivating patience and compassion. A little closer to our natural way of being, one breath at a time.

With so much love and excitement,

xxx Alexia

ABOUT THE PLACES WE VISIT: 

Rishikesh: 

Rishikesh is known to be the capital of Yoga. Home of the Rishis (Saints). In no other place in the world you will find so many Ashrams (sacred centers of knowledge, wisdom, devotion & service) and opportunities to deepen your holistic Yoga practice. You will connect with the roots of Yoga by feeling the place, taking steps on the sacred soil and bathing in the holy river Ganga. This is an initation into the Yogic path as it is and always has been: A holistic science of life that is gracefully blessed by the art of the divine.

Jodhpur: 

Jodhpur is set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert. It is called the “Blue City” because most of the houses are painted in Indigo blue color. It is incredibly rich in heritage and culture with fairy-tale palaces, historical forts, colorful festivals and royalty. Jodhpur will open the doors to magic for you. We will visit the majestic Fort, go on camel rides and visit a beautiful ancient Ashram in the middle of the Thar desert. Enjoy an overnight stay in the middle of nowhere, but equipped with everything: the best homemade Indian food, inspiring Yoga classes with Guruji, a crystal clear sky filled with infinite stars and an experience you will never forget.

Pushkar:

Pushkar is known as “the rose garden of Rajasthan” as the essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported all over the world. Along with an interesting mythological history, a legacy of timeless architectural heritage makes Pushkar a fascinating city. According to legends, Lord Brahma, believed to be the creator of the universe, dropped a lotus to the ground leading to the immediate creation of a lake. He then decided to name the place after the flower, and thus the area got the name Pushkar. The city is home to the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the whole world. Hindus consider a journey to Pushkar to be the ultimate pilgrimage that must be undertaken to attain salvation. Pushkar is one of my favorite pilgrimage places in the world. Inspired by local art and crafts, daily prayer rounds around the lake and temple visits that will leave you touched deeply. A feeling that will remain within your heart.

Jaipur: 

Jaipur is known as the Pink City because, in 1876, the city was painted a terracotta pink color—traditionally a color of hospitality—to welcome Edward, Prince of Wales. The city is known for its intricate handicrafts, Forts and stunning monuments. The Jal Mahal (Water Palace), located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, is not only worth a visit, but worth to start dreaming only in fairytales. In Jaipur we will have the opportunity to shop fabrics and clothes, enjoy the buzzing markets and yummy variety of food.

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Rishikesh. Arrival. Welcome Circle
Day 2: Rishikesh. Walking Tour. Beatles Ashram. Swarg Ashram. Arati Ceremony.
Day 3: Rishikesh. Kunja Puri Himalaya Mountain Hike. Nature. Waterfall. Puja.
Day 4: Rishikesh. Ganges Bathing. Vashisht Cave. Satsang with Maa Gyaan Suveera. Temple of Silence.
Day 5: Dehra Dun- Jodhpur. Domestic Flight
Day 6: Jodhpur. Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Local Markets
Day 7: Jodhpur – Khimsar. Sri Jasnath Asan Ashram. Satsang with Guruji. Camel ride. Overnight stay at Desert Ashram
Day 8:  Ashram, Khimsar – Pushkar
Day 9: Pushkar. City Tour, Visit Ghats
Day 10: Pushkar. Morning Mountain Hike and Japa Walk, free afternoon
Day 11: Pushkar – Jaipur. Amer Fort, City Palace & Observatory
Day 12: Jaipur- Delhi. City Tour, Red Fort, India Gate, Chandhi Chowk Market
Day 13: Delhi. Closing Circle.

Included:

Full program according to itinerary, accommodation in 4**** hotels and Desert Ashram, local travel guide, all entrances, domestic flight from Dehra Dun – Jodhpur, all transfers during the pilgrimage, all meals, Yoga and Meditation program with yogalexia, the time of your life

**Pilgrimage organized in cooperation with Spiritual India Tours & Agency.

Not included:

International flights, some temple donations, optional Ayurvedic treatments

from €2295  EARLY BIRD (until June 30, 2020)

from €2495 Regular

India is different. It’s a different world with uncountable faces. For me, as it was my first time in India, visiting this new world was also a journey to myself. I was going there without any expectations, without any fear of the unknown, because I had enough trust in Alexia and her way of organizing this goddess yoga retreat. But this journey was more than a casual yoga retreat, with Alexia as a yoga teacher you always have the choice of how deep you’re diving into new experiences. She guides you threw a unique path, full of amazing landscapes, original villages and an the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. At the same time she gives you enough space, to dive into this new world and soak in every single moment as much as you need it. The way Alexia is organizing yoga retreats can challenge you and can take you more deeper into your yoga practice, on and especially off the mat.
Bianca Lokway, Vienna

FAQ. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

Yes. it is safe. Firstly, we will be traveling in a group. Secondly, we will be visiting mostly holy places, pilgrimage towns and home of Swamis and Sadhus. You don’t need to worry about safety, however, it is still advisable to keep your passport and money always as close to your body as possible.
That’s totally up to you. We are going to be in a climate with almost 0% humidity, so no mosquitos or nasty bugs around.
While the food in the Ashram and pilgrimage places is usually quite clean, mild and sattvic, I advise you to prepare with the following:

  • Grapefruit Seed Extract: Take either tablets or drops. Start a week before departing to India and take it every day on the journey. (Anti-septic, keeps the bad bugs away)
  • Oregano Oil (i.e. essential oil from doTERRA- you can order via me). Put 1-2 drops into your water bottle on the journey. It is highly anti-inflammatory and immune boosting.
  • PROBIOTICS. Get your good bacteria in to prevent your digestive system to collapse. I recommend “OMNIOBIOTIC TRAVEL”- It comes in little Sachets and you can just mix it with a glass of water every morning after you get up.
Yes. you do. Please make sure you do it timely in advance.

For a short trip, under 2 months, you can apply for an India Visa online HERE. However, if you are flying in to Jodhpur directly with the recommended flight (above), please get your Visa done and ready to go in your passport before you leave for the trip. In Vienna/Austria you can apply for a Visa here: http://blsindiavisa-austria.com

It costs €103 and lasts for up to 1 year. You can apply for 3 months, 6 months or 1 year. It all costst the same.

We will be visiting traditional places where it is not seen to run around with shorts and tank tops. I would therefore suggest you to take lose pants, short or long sleeve shirts (to cover shoulders), long skirts (beyond the knees), loose dresses (also beyond the knees and shoulders covered) and scarves. We will be going shopping en route, so you should also be finding suitable and cheap things as we go.