Location

Rishikesh, India

Difficulty

4

Moderate

Length

7

Trip Cost

from $2290
twin share

Overview

Experience our Yoga and Hiking retreat in India on our 7-day journey. Comfortable accommodation away from the crowds, first-class facilities and a rustic ambience.

Highlights

  • Explore Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, and yoga capital of the world
  • Enjoy daily rejuvenating yoga and meditation sessions with experienced teachers
  • Experience meditation and yogic practices by the holy Ganges (or Ganga) river
  • Hike through subtropical forests, waterfalls, local villages and ancient paths at the base of the Himalayas on fully-guided scenic hikes
  • Stay in comfortable accommodation surrounded by nature and the Ganges
  • Spend the day in an ashram
  • Visit an Ayurvedic wellness centre and take part in an Ayurvedic wellness seminar and learn about Ayurveda, the oldest medical system in the world
  • Experience the powerful spiritual traditions of aarti and satsang
  • Visit The Beatles Ashram, the former transcendental meditation training centre for students of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

After The Beatles’ visit to the Maharishi Mahesh ashram in the late 1960s, Rishikesh became a magnet for yoga practitioners and spiritual seekers alike. With an abundance of yoga, ashrams, and healing centres set against the banks of the Ganges river, today it is rightly renowned as the yoga capital of the world.

Exquisitely set at the base of the Himalayas on the banks of the Ganges, Rishikesh’s streets are pulsing with the vibrant energy of temple bells, holy men undertaking their practices, and seekers on the search for enlightenment. Each evening the Ganga aarti takes place (a fire offering ceremony to the goddess river Ganga) as the sun sets against the pristine surrounds.

Your 6-night/7-day journey takes place at your comfortable accommodation, set away from the crowds. With first-class facilities, rustic ambience, and natural surroundings, we have chosen the perfect base for your adventure. Experienced guides will take you on hikes through lush subtropical rainforests, and rejuvenating daily yoga and meditation classes for all levels take place on the banks of the Ganges and other stunning locations.

This opportunity to spend time in an ashram, experience aarti and satsang, listen to a seminar on Ayurveda, hike trails at the base of the Himalayas, and experience ancient yogic practices will take you on a spiritually-infused journey of inner expansion and back to the essence of the sacred tradition of yoga.

 

This trip is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 6 people.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE DEHRADUN AIRPORT, WALK BYASI (4KM)

Arrive at Dehradun Airport by midday, where you will be collected and transferred to your accommodation on the banks of the Ganges. Dehradun is a short one hour flight from Delhi. The resort is set away from the busyness of the crowds, and immersed in nature. After settling in, you’ll have a trip briefing and lunch. You’ll then embark on a beautiful walk through lush subtropical flora and be rewarded with majestic views of the Ganga Valley and the village of Byasi. Your first day ends with a rejuvenating yoga and meditation session on the banks of the Ganges, and dinner.

Meals: L D

DAY 2: MALAKHUNTI TO KOTAGAON (9KM)

Your day begins with an energising yoga session before you begin the hike from Malakhunti to Kotagaon and back to the Sirasi bridge. This beautiful hike takes place on an ancient trail which runs above and along the majestic Ganges, offering spectacular expansive views. You take a stop at one of the pristine river beaches located on the path, before a short uphill climb to the village of Sirasu. The gradual climb then takes you to Kotagaon village, nestled on a high mountain bowl, before descending to the Sirasu bridge where your vehicle awaits on the other side for the drive back to the resort. 

Ease into the afternoon listening to an informative session about Ayurveda, the oldest medical system in the world which originated in India over 5000 years ago. You will learn about Ayurvedic lifestyle, body types (doshas), diet and yoga, and simple ways to implement Ayurveda into your everyday life. Following this is a relaxing meditation and mantra by the Ganges. Mantra is a syllable or phrase which is recited repetitively during meditation and is used to focus the heart and mind and to connect to pure consciousness. The evening concludes with dinner.

Meals: B L D

DAY 3: SIVANADA ASHRAM

Start the day with a therapeutic yoga session and breakfast followed by a day visit to the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh centre. This centre was founded by Swami Sivananda and is one of India’s top yoga centres. Teachings here are based around postures, breathing, relaxation, meditation and diet. You will have the opportunity to take part in the classes on offer. In the evening you have time to walk across the Ram Jhula suspension bridge to explore Rishikesh town. Soak up the energy in the centre of town before attending an aarti and satsang at Parmath Niketan Ashram. Aarti is performed in the holy cities of India every evening as dusk descends. It is a powerful spiritual ritual which uses fire as an offering to the goddess Ganga, the holiest river in India. Satsang is a ‘gathering together for the truth’ where you have the opportunity to listen to the words of a yogi master. Our day finishes with dinner at our accommodation. 

Meals: B L D

DAY 4: WALK NEERGUDU TO TAPOVAN (10KM)

We ease into our day with an invigorating yoga class followed by breakfast before setting off on today’s walk. This walk takes us to a waterfall, through beautiful local villages, forests and viewpoints to the famous temple Kunja Puri. You will need to walk up almost 80 steps to reach the temple, but the views when you reach the top are stunning. From here you descend back through the forests to the end of the trail. The day concludes with an evening meditation and pranayama class set by the river. Pranayama is the use of breathing techniques that have been devised to enhance the life force and prana within the body, as well as calm the mind. We conclude the evening with dinner.

Meals: B L D

DAY 5: WALK MELAKHUNTI TO FULLCHATI (10KM)

Your day begins with morning yoga to awaken the body and mind, followed by breakfast and a short drive to commence the day’s hike. Be prepared for another day of great scenery walking through forests, villages and along ancient local trails. After lunch we drive down to the Laxshman Jhula suspension bridge. We’ll walk on the left bank of the river which is the quieter part of Rishikesh. Here we visit and explore the famous Beatles Ashram. During the 1960s and 1970s this ashram was the training centre for students of Maharashi Manesh Yogi who devised the transcendental meditation technique. We end this special day with dinner and satsang in Rishikesh town, before returning to our accommodation for the night.

Meals: B L D

DAY 6: WALK SINGTALLI TO MALAKHUNTI (16KM)

An energising morning yoga session and breakfast set us up for the day before we head off for a hike from Singtalli to Malakhunti. You traverse part of the ancient pilgrims’ trail to the holy Himalayan shrine of Badrinath. The trek is a more demanding route which initially climbs up from the Ganges and crosses sub-tropical forests and age old villages before a descent back to the river. Today’s trail offers sterling views and bird-watching opportunities. Our vehicle takes us back to our accommodation for lunch. Spend a relaxing afternoon here, and perhaps take up the opportunity for a massage at the accommodation’s spa centre. We have evening snacks and a meditation on the Ganges, along with our own private aarti by the beach before enjoying our final dinner at our accommodation.

DAY 7: DEPART DEHRADUN AIRPORT

Today is a departure day and you will be transferred back to Dehradun Airport after breakfast.

Meals: B

Dates

From May 8th to October 1st 2020 our special offer of $1 deposit applies to new bookings made in this period for website trips*. $1 is all you will pay in 2020 for trips departing in 2021.

From January 1st 2021 we will invoice you the remainder of the standard deposit ($499*) and the remaining balance payment at the standard 2 months before departure. All your arrangements will be fully confirmed then, as per usual. The $1 deposit offer does not apply to private groups or significant tailormade trip requests, please speak to one of our consultants if you have any questions.

If Government restrictions don’t allow for any travel in your chosen destination at that time (when the balance is due at 60 days prior to departure) then we will either postpone your trip or allow you to transfer to another destination and trip that has availability instead.

*Note - the standard deposit for Peru Lodge trips is $1000.

Start date
22 Nov 2020
End date
28 Nov 2020
Price
$2290
Availability
Suspended
Start date
21 Nov 2021
End date
27 Nov 2021
Price
$2475
Availability
Available

Inclusions

  • 6 nights in comfortable accommodation 
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions in stunning locations
  • Qualified and experienced yoga teachers
  • Guided walks at the base of the Himalayas
  • All transport whilst on the tour
  • Transfers to and from Dehradun Airport
  • All meals except for breakfast on day 1 and lunch and dinner on day 7
  • All drinks other than alcoholic beverages
  • Yoga mat bag 
  • All activities as listed on the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Single supplement $800.00
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional massage 
  • Expenses and items of a personal nature

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Reviews

Read our customer experiences from our other Yoga and Hiking trips.

 

Rosemary Squire, Mt Martha (VIC) – October 2019
This trip exceeded all my expectations – from accommodation, meals, tour guides, information, cultural immersion and weather to a wonderful experience in rural Japan with its amazing history, and hospitality. While the daily walks were challenging in duration and some hills they were complimented with incredible views, waterfalls and forests of immense sereneness and beauty. Added to this was the yoga component which again was exceptional value. Conducted by two expertly qualified, inspirational instructors, it was truly the icing on the cake and the perfect ingredient to prepare and reward our bodies for each days walk. A set accommodation of 3 nights was brilliant and allowed for any inclement weather adjustments, body recuperation, daily yoga and meditation sessions, hikes to experience silent forest immersion and local cultural experiences of cooking and onsen bathing. The size of the group was perfect at 8 and having the yoga component meant we were all like-minded participants. Of particular note was the value of this walk being a guided one with a local company guide who not only led, advised and informed us on history and customs but also facilitated our transport between towns when needed. Thank you to everyone involved in coordinating this quality trip. It was perfect on every level and a most rewarding challenge, physically and spiritually.

Jennifer Bryant, Cape Otway (VIC) – June 2019
We had such a great trip. The itinerary was perfect – with a mixture of forest walking, exploring villages and open farmland. The accommodation was excellent and the meals a real highlight. The planning by RAW Travel was excellent – thanks so much. An exceptional experience overall.

Helen Newbiggin, Alexandra Headland (QLD) – June 2019
Loved the traditional accommodation and exquisite Japanese food. Loved walking through the sensational scenery and meeting the Japanese people. A truly exceptional experience.

Kim Elise Brodie, Bulimba (QLD) – April 2019
Our walk was everything we could have hoped for. The local accommodation and food were exceptional. The immersion in local culture fabulous and the mixture of trails through small villages, forests and farmland kept us stimulated and intrigued. What a wonderful experience. Thank you RAW Travel.

Peter and Helena Coon, Turramurra (NSW) – March 2019
The walk organised by RAW Travel provided us with all the highlights of the Nakasendo Way that we were seeking. Three days of beautiful mountain, rural and urban walking was complemented with the unique experience and high levels of service in the ryokans. Overall, a wonderful journey that is highly recommended.

Sharyn Bailey, Preston (VIC), December 2018
What an amazing trip my son Patrick and I had on the Nakasendo trail. The journey took us through the mountains and villages of Japan, with beautiful inns, amazing hosts, and traditional food. The trek itself was breathtakingly stunning, but the real highlight was the places we stayed along the way.  All the accommodation was truly beautiful and the hospitality shown by the hosts was sublime.  The food they all provided for both breakfast and dinner was beyond our expectations.  This was a truly memorable trip. Thank you for providing such a well-organised, stress-free experience.

Beth Gales, Byawatha (VIC) – November 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on the Nakasendo Way. The organisation of the trip and the notes were very helpful. We met like-minded people from our country and walked the whole way with them. Loved the local cuisine at each destination and enjoyed walking through the local farming areas, trying to guess their processes. The weather was perfect and the local people very helpful and friendly. It was good to have everything organised and paid for before we left home.

Aimee Scurr, Scarborough (QLD) – July 2018
I loved the service that was provided – the RAW Travel team and the hosts went above and beyond expectations to make sure I was comfortable and well-equipped for the experience. I experienced a side of Japan I would have missed if I had only visited the major cities.

Heather Buxton, Lenah Valley (TAS) – October 2017
The organisation and information provided were top-notch. Japan is very safe with lots of natural beauty and is a wonderful cultural experience. Thank you.

Sally Goodchild, Sydney – September 2016
We loved the peace and the beauty of the walk and the Japanese culture. The accommodations you booked were delightful, and amazing food was provided each evening.

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Moderate