TOUR PROGRAM - Travel in INDIA - 2019 - October 7 to 20
Day 1. ( 07th October 2019) :
Delhi - Haridwar : Early morning travel by Tempo Traveller (mini bus) heading north, for two of the most revered pilgrimage centres in India, Haridwar and Rishikesh. This is where the holy Ganga leaves the mountains to begin its journey through the northern plains. There is time to explore these hill towns with their ashrams, offering lessons in yoga and meditation, and to join the pilgrims and holy men as they conduct their rituals in the river Ganges.
After arriving, settling into your hotel. Rest a while due to jetlag.
Introduction with Sanjeev Mehta before lunch along with a little briefing about the tour. Post lunch, we take a leisure walk along the Ganga river. Walking along the ghats having a spectacular view of the Haridwar cities Heritage houses along the river. Overnight in hotel. (L.D)
Day 2. ( 08th October 2019) :
Haridwar : After breakfast we visit Mansa Devi – a hill top temple via cable car, for darshan of the Goddess of Wishes & for a bird's eye view of the city and its beautiful surrounding Landscape. Also, visit the ancient Swaymbhunath Shiva temple (Only two of its kind in the World, in Kathmandu in Nepal & in Haridwar). Later, return back to hotel for rest. Post lunch, visit the old part of Haridwar... visiting the Daksha Temple (Shiva’s father in Laws temple), Maa Ananda Mayee temple (Samadhi temple). Also we visit, Hari Har Ashram (Mercury Shivalingam temple). In the evening visit Harki Pauri for the famous Ganga Aarti where oil lamps are set on the water to drift downstream as priests perform elaborate rituals – an unforgettable sight. Next, we’ll visit Moti Bazaar, a traditional colourful market selling spiritual items, beads, malas of precious, semi precious gem stones & rudraksh apart from brassware utensels (very interesting). Post dinner, we return to hotel via cycle rickshaw. (B.L.D)
Day 3. ( 09th October 2019) :
Haridwar : After breakfast visit Shanti kunj (a self sufficient ashram), Jain Temple (Jaisalmer, carved sand stone), Pawan Dham (glass temple). Post lunch, visit the area where hundreds of Sadhus eat together & meditate along side the holy Ganges river & sing Bhajans. Overnight at Hotel. (B.L.D)
Day 4. ( 10th October 2019) :
Rajaji National Park : This day we travel to Rajaji National Park travelling by our transport to the outlying areas of the forest, riding parallel to the Ganga canal which overlooks the Ganga river below and the mighty Himalayan peaks. We’ll visit the Gauri Temple, to meditate along the Ganga or under the 500 years old Banyan tree. Return to Haridwar for Lunch. Evening time visit Bilkeshwar temple for Shivlingam aarti. A powerful experience. Overnight at Hotel. (B.L.D)
Day 5. ( 11th October 2019) :
Rajaji National Park : We have a leisure morning start this day. And proceed to a Gujjar Tribal village. The Gujjar people live a simple life tending to buffalos in the forest. They are one of the few tribes that have resisted changes enforced by the twentieth Century. It is a great opportunity to experience Gujjar tribal lifestyle, who still live in simple clay huts. We enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the Tribal women. Guests can also participate in the cooking or learn how they prepare their food or Chai (tea) followed by a luch at the village. Later, we proceed to the Sree Ram orphanage to spend sometime with the children there. A beautiful heart touching experience. After, return back to hotel for over night stay. (B.L.D)
Day 6. ( 12th October 2019) :
Rajaji National Park : We travel in an open jeep to Rajaji National Park where we drive through the outlying areas of the National Park, riding parallel to the Ganga canal which overlooks the forest, the Ganga river below and the mighty Himalayas. We take a mountain drive in an open jeep via thick saal forest and viewing many of the centuries old Banyan trees. During this breath taking mountain drive we have the birds eye view of the Rajaji National Park. On reaching the remote mountain Ramjiwala village located on the foothills of the Himalayas. We take a hike through the traditional hill village & their organic terraced fields. Interacting with local families and even having a picnic lunch prepared by a local family there. We relax at the proposed land for the Spiritual Retreat & Healing centre. On a clear day we can see many of the snow covered Himalayan peaks from here.
Post lunch, we enjoy a nice masala tea made at a road side tea shop. We continue drive down the hill into the beautiful valley. Here, we walk through the huge valley looking for birds, crossing many fresh water streams to reach a remote area, where all get an opportunity to see a water flour Mill. We hike up the small hill to visit the Vindyavasani Temple for Yoga / Meditation. Back to hotel for overnight stay. (B.L.D)
Day 7. ( 13th October 2019) :
Haridwar - Rishikesh : After breakfast we travel by car to Rishikesh. The town is nestled around the Ganga as it runs swiftly through the last hills of the Himalayas. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had his ashram here and captured the imagination and attention of the Beatles in the late sixties. Today Rishikesh is a peaceful centre for spiritual learning and there are several ashrams here that offer yoga and meditation courses. Enjoy a day walking in and around Rishikesh. There are two suspension bridges Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula and the area in between is very picturesque with great views. In the evening, enjoy the beautiful Ganga Aarti. Overnight at hotel in Rishikesh. (B.L.D)
Day 8. ( 14th October 2019) :
Rishikesh – Kunjapuri - Rishikesh : Leave very early before sunrise for a breathtaking hill drive into the foothills of the Himalayas to reach Narendra Nagar to reach once the abode of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, "Ananda" is now the chosen destination of the leisure, lifestyle and business traveler. It is the spiritual birthplace of Yoga, Meditation & Ayurveda. After a photograph outside the SPA we continue our hill drive visit to Kunjapuri Temple (1670 mtrs). A great place to meditate with very strong energy & to view (on a clear morning) a 200 kms. stretch of Himalayan range's snow covered peaks. Drive down to reach your hotel for late breakfast at hotel. Later, we visit Rishikesh township for a Holy dip in the Ganga, Yoga on the silver sand beach of Ganga river. Later in the evening we visit to some places of interest. Overnight at Rishikesh. (B.L.D)
Day 9. ( 15th October 2019) :
Rishikesh - Dehradun - Haridwar : Morning we drive to Dehradun, the capitop pf Uttarakhand State, through the beautiful forest roads for an excursion to Tchechen Choling Gompa Buddhist Monastery, to visit the Highest Buddhist Stupa in Asia. After visit the Sakya Buddhist Monastry we enjoy a Tibetian lunch in Dehradun. Post Lunch, proceed to the famous Tapkeshwar Shiva temple. Later, drive back to Rishikesh for overnight stay at our hotel. (B.L.D)
Day 10. ( 16th October 2019) :
Rishikesh - Caves meditation & waterfall visit - Rishikesh : After breakfast we drive along side the Ganga river, we visit Vashisht Cave and spend time along the Ganga river and proceed for another cave uphill into a remote area for a very powerful Cave, where Sanjeev spends days meditating during full moon for his Spiritual practices. After meditation & spending time there we drive back towards Rishikesh. Where we do a short trek to the waterfalls. Another beautiful spot to relax & take a dip in the freshwater springs. Later, return back to Rishikesh for overnight stay at hotel. (B.L.D)
Day 11. ( 17th October 2019) :
Rishikesh - Deoprayag : After breakfast leave for a breathtaking hill drive along side the Ganga river, we proceed our drive to Deoprayag (68 kms drive one side from Rishikesh), where two rivers Alakananda (female) & Bhagirathi (male) meet together to be called Ganga from here. Enjoy photographing above the meeting point to view the two different shades of the holy river. At Deoprayag we walk down to the ghats at the sangam (place of Confluence) for a small puja & meditation. Later, return back to our place of stay in Deoprayag overnight. (B.L.D)
Day 12. ( 18th October 2019) :
Deoprayag : This day we do yoga / meditation / read books / complete your daily diary or just relax and think about the last few days that we spend in India.
Day 13. ( 19th October 2019) : Deoprayag - Haridwar :
After a leisure breakfast, we have your cars waiting to drive you at leisure to Haridwar. We have time for last minute shopping or walking through the market at Rishikesh / Haridwar. Overnight stay in Haridwar hotel. (B)
Day 14. ( 20th October 2019) :
Haridwar – by mini coach / tempo traveler to Delhi : After early breakfast we board our vehicle to drive you to Delhi, Visit India Gate and proceed to the airport for your flight back home. (B)
Costing : 1800 euros per person. (+ plane ticket France - India round trip + Visa costs)
Cost inclusive :
Road transport as per requirement through the tour (Delhi airport to airport), All meals as mentioned (B,L,D,), Sight - seeing, guide service, Lodging on twin sharing as per mentioned in the itinerary (lodging in Hotel / Ashram ), Forest entry fee, cable car charges. Parking & toll tax.
Cost does not include :
Phone calls, laundry, items of personal nature & things not mentioned in the inclusions.
Contacts & Info:
Mohan’s Adventure Tours,
Haridwar – 249401
mob: +91 9837100215 / 9412022966
skype : sanjeev.mehta007
Instagram : sanjeevmehta1
Lilou/Sylvie Bastide association Yogananda Events
2 rue Molière, 34340 Marseillan
About the travel in India, some questions/aswers between Lilou and Sanjeev :
Lilou - Why do you advise us to visit your Uttarakhand area ?
Sanjeev - Often referred as the ‘Dev Bhoomi’, Uttarakhand is a land of various ancient Shrines and Holy destinations. There is more to Uttarakhand than meets the eye. Besides providing pilgrimage opportunities through Chardham circuit, Haridwar and Rishikesh, this North Indian State greets the travelers with various splendid hill stations. Be it the lofty mountains cuddled in snow, terrain embellished with green carpets or rivers embracing crystal clear waters, these destinations are bestowed with every natural marvel; thus, providing a soothing sight to sore eyes.
Uttarakhand is an abode of glistening rivers which flows from the imposing glaciers situated below the Himalayan peaks. These beautiful water bodies makes the state appear more beautiful. Commonly called the land of the two holy rivers, Ganga and Yamuna, Uttarakhand is considered as the sacred land. But apart from these holy rivers, the state is also a confluence point of many other rivers. Along with having various cities settled across its banks, these rivers are also a major source of irrigation and power generation in Uttarakhand. So, if you’re planning a vacation to this majestic state make sure to take a trip around these rivers and enjoy its silent serenity.
Thanks to the rising trends of Spiritual travel and tourist attractions in Uttarakhand state of India, peace and spirituality are not necessarily related to religion any more. For years the question why do people travel to India / Uttarakhand for peace and spiritual strength has raised many eyebrows. Rising above all this, India has changed the face of spiritual travel and offers many retreats that enables travelers to embark on a journey of inner peace.
Lilou : - What are the advantages of traveling with you ?
Sanjeev - : My passion is learning about Life through traveling and exploring new things. It excites me when I visit new places, learn about different Cultures, and see other people live a Life that is different from mine. I simply love to travel because it makes me realize the World is incredibly beautiful and there is so much to admire and treasure. Furthermore, I love the feeling I get when I explore new ideas, histories, beliefs, and sceneries. It not only increases my knowledge, but also helps me overcome problems I may be dealing with. I get to experience Life’s problems and pleasures, and explore beyond my personal bubble to become a better person through exploring new Cultures. Traveling is my passion because it is an activity, I am not afraid of pursuing. I learn more about myself and expand my horizons every time I take a trip.
There’s so much out there of the World to experience – different cultures, breathtaking landscapes, wildlife and people from all walks of Life. Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it. A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.
Then in traveling there is the other path, of Adventure. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the World. The World the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the Earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the Limitless, Kindness and Bottomless cruelty of Humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you.
Lilou : What advice you will give to people who come for the first time ?
Sanjeev : For those travelers who are visiting India for the first time, tourist destinations in India offer every reason that makes them wish they stayed a little longer in our Incredible India. Blessed naturally, India attracts millions of travelers from all over the world round the year. Be it mountains or plains, beaches or backwaters, wildlife tours or adventure activities, secluded islands or bustling metropolitans, culinary delights or local drinks, spiritual holidays or romantic vacations.
Traveling is about the feeling of freedom from Worldly pleasures, your professional shackles, the cobwebs of responsibilities which keep you occupied like as if that’s the only Life you were meant to live, but my friend, that’s not true. Give yourself a break and explore what’s around. Spending your money on travel is like investing on something with infinite returns. There are more reasons to go out and explore the World — it’s worth it ! That is why the best trips, like the best Love affairs, never really end. The people who spend their money on experiences rather than things are exponentially Happier.
Lilou : - A few words to define our friendship :
Sanjeev : -Some moments you experience while traveling end up completely blowing you away, in ways you’d never have expected. They stay with you through the Life. Thats what was felt when Lilou came to India with a special group, giving me an oppertunity to not only guide them through the temples, ashrams & nature, But also through mystical Spiritual World. Through her, I learnt that we are all in the process of "becoming who we are" and those who assist us in this mutually beneficial journey are in a deep spiritual connection with us, like a Soulmate.