The Himalayan Pilgrimage

The Himalayan Pilgrimage (16 Days and 15 Nights)

Pilgrimage Information

Overview

Description

The Himalayas have always mesmerized divine seekers and nature lovers alike. The long and never ending range of mountains present exquisite beauty and is rich in flora and fauna. But that is not the end of it; what makes the Himalayas special is its association with the enlightened sages. It has always been the destination for the seekers of truth who are willing to let go all worldly attachments to realize the oneness with the divine. The Himalayas never failed them and provided them the shelter and seclusion which they desired for their pursuit.

We have designed this pilgrimage with the thought of taking the divine seekers to some of the most vibrant spiritual places in the Himalayan region. To select one place and let go of others from the itinerary is always a difficult task. This is where our expertise as a travel planner and experience as a seeker come into play. Spiritual vibrancy, natural beauty, accommodation facilities and ease of accessibility were some of the most important factors which we took into consideration while finalizing this itinerary. The target audience for this pilgrimage are those sincere divine seekers who would like to deepen their meditation practice in the peaceful and vibrant environment of the Himalayan region.

The duration of this pilgrimage is of 16 days and 15 nights. The pace of the pilgrimage remains unhurriedly engaging. Our focus remains on the quality of experience rather than the quantity of places you visit.

The Himalayan towns which are covered in the itinerary are: Binsar, Dunagiri, Joshimath, Badrinath, Rudraprayag, Vyasi, Rishikesh and Haridwar. Some of the important spiritual sites which will be covered during the pilgrimage are:

  • Mahavatar Babaji Cave
  • Kasar Devi Temple (Swami Vivekananda had meditated here)
  • Cave of Totkacharya (an enlightened disciple of Swami Shankaracharya)
  • Badrinarayan Temple of Lord Vishnu in Badrinath
  • Caves of Sage Vyasa, Lord Ganesha and Sage Vasistha
  • Ashram of Swami Sivananda, his living room and hut where he had done penance
  • Samadhi Shrine of Anandamayi Ma
  • Samadhi Shrine of Lahiri Mahasaya

Week One

Day 1

You will arrive in New Delhi. We will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel for check-in. Overnight stay will be in the hotel.

Day 2

 Kasar Devi Temple AlmoraKasar Devi Temple in Almora

Our first Himalayan destination will be the picturesque town of Binsar located at a height of 2412 meters. On the way to Binsar, we will stop by at Kasar Devi Temple. Swami Vivekananda had meditated in the temple premises during his stay in Almora. Located on a mountain top, Kasar Devi Temple offers panoramic view of the nearby mountains and valleys. We will then proceed to a resort in Binsar which offers breathtaking views of the snow-clad Himalayan ranges. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, this stay amidst nature will be a life-time experience.

Day 3

There will not be any excursions. You can use the time for meditation and contemplation. You can also plan other activities like nature walk, trek to the nearby temple of Lord Shiva, photography etc. If you are lucky, you will be able to see wild animals such as the jackal, Indian red fox, porcupine, etc. White monkeys are easily seen in the forest as they are human friendly.

 Day 4

We will head for the beautiful hamlet of Dunagiri which is also located at a height of 2400 meters from sea level. In Dunagiri, we will check-in at a mountain-top resort. Later in the day, we will trek to Dunagiri Temple which is located atop the nearby Dronagiri Mountain. Overnight stay will be in the resort.

Day 5

 Babaji caveMahavatar Babaji Cave

We will proceed to Kukuchina from where we will trek to Mahavatar Babaji Cave. The one-way trek usually takes less than an hour. Mahavatar Babaji had initiated his beloved disciple Shyama Charan Lahiri in Kriya Yoga inside this cave. With his initiation, he revived the age-old system of Kriya Yoga for the modern era. After meditation inside the cave, we will proceed back to our resort in Dunagiri.

Day 6

There will not be any excursion in the first-half of the day. In the second-half of the day, we will trek to nearby Dunagiri The temple whose principal deity is Goddess Vaishno Devi. Temple offers magnificent view of the nearby mountains.

Day 7

After breakfast, we will leave for Rudraprayag which is a small town located at the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. It is located at a distance of 155 km from Dunagiri. This will be a daylong (6-7 hours) travel which will provide the opportunity to see the beautiful Himalayan landscapes and the villages. In Rudraprayag, we will check-in at a hotel for overnight stay.

Week Two

Day 8

After breakfast, we will leave for Badrinath which is located at a distance of 157 km from Rudraprayag. After taking sufficient rest in the hotel, we will visit Badrinarayan Temple to receive the blessings of Lord Vishnu. Overnight stay will be in the hotel.The Himalayan Pilgrimage

 Day 9

Neelkanth Mountain Badrinath Neelkanth Mountain in Badrinath

We will trek to Charan Paduka which is located 3 km up the hill from Badrinarayan Temple. There, on a large boulder, one can see the engraving of the footprint which is believed to be of Lord Vishnu. We will have the option of trekking further up to the base of Neelkanth Mountain. We will be back in the hotel by afternoon.

Day 10

 Gansesha Cave BadrinathGanesha Cave in Badrinath

Today we will visit and meditate in the caves of Lord Ganesha and Sage Vyasa. Further ahead from Vyasa Cave, we will see the confluence of the rivers Saraswati and Alaknanda. We will then trek to Vasundhara Falls and enjoy the beauty of the falls. The trek to Vasundhara Falls is through awe-inspiring landscapes.

Day 11

After breakfast, we will proceed to Auli. On the way, we will visit the temple of Lord Vishnu in Pandukeshwar. We will check-in at a hotel in Auli for overnight stay. Auli is located at a height of 10,000 feet. It offers panoramic view of the snow-clad mountains including Nanda Devi, Trishul and others. 

Day 12

In the morning, we will visit Adi Shankaracharya Math and the Kalpavriksha (considered to be a sacred tree by Hindus) under which Adi Shankaracharya had meditated for a long time. We will then head towards Vyasi (it is located at a distance of 25 km before Rishikesh) where we will check-in at a riverside resort. The remaining part of the day will be off for rest. It is a treat to sit at the banks of the holy river Ganges which serenely flows towards the town of Rishikesh. The nearby surrounding mountains covered with lush green trees present a mesmerising atmosphere of tranquillity and beauty.

Day 13

To allow you time for meditation in the peaceful ambiance, there will not be any excursion in the first-half of the day. Later in the afternoon, we will trek to nearby Vasistha Cave. It is an ancient cave where Sage Vasistha and his wife Sri Arundhati had meditated for long. We will visit the nearby cave, where Sri Arundhati used to meditate. We will be back in the resort by evening.

Day 14

We will proceed to Rishikesh to visit the ashram of Swami Sivananda which is known as the Divine Life Society. The Ashram houses the Samadhi Shrine of Swamiji and a Lord Shiva Temple where it is believed that Swamiji had divine darshan of Lord Shiva. We will then visit Gurudev Kutir where Swami Sivanandaji used to stay. We will then go to the other side of the river using the hanging bridge, Ram Jhula. On the other side of the river, we will visit the hut where Swami Sivananda had stayed for ten years and had done his penance in the quest of self-realization. This hut is known as Tapasya Kutir. We will then proceed back to our riverside resort.

Week Three

Day 15

Our destination today will be the twin city Haridwar, located at a distance of 25 km from Rishikesh. We will visit the ashram of Sri Anandamayi Ma where her ashes are enshrined. We will then proceed to the ashram of Swami Keshabananda which is known as Keshab Ashram. This ashram enshrines a portion of the ashes of Lahiri Mahasaya and has a temple of Goddess Katyayani who is an aspect of Goddess Durga. We will then head towards Hari-Ki-Pauri where we will watch Ganga Aarti which is a ritualistic worship of the holy river Ganges. The tradition of performing Ganga Aarti on the banks of the holy river is nearly two thousand years old. We will then return to our resort in Rishikesh for overnight stay.

Day 16

We will head to Jolly Grant Airport near Rishikesh from where you will fly to New Delhi. From New Delhi, you can then fly to your international destination. pilgrimage

Cost

Description

For a group of 8 persons:
  • The travel cost per person on a twin sharing basis is Rs 101,500.
  • The travel cost per person on a single occupancy basis is Rs 148,000.
For a group of 4 persons:
  • The travel cost per person on a twin sharing basis is Rs 122,500.
  • The travel cost per person on a single occupancy basis is Rs 176,600.

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Cost includes:
  • Cost of transportation in air-conditioned vehicles used during the trip.
  • Cost of domestic flight tickets and train tickets for the travel specified in the trip itinerary.
  • Toll charges and interstate charges for the vehicles.
  • Cost of accommodation at standard hotels (3-5 star) in New Delhi, Binsar, Dunagiri, Rudraprayag, Badrinath, Auli and Vyasi (near Rishikesh), with complimentary breakfast. 
  • English speaking tour leader and guide charges.
  • Cable Car charges in Auli. 
  • Service Tax.
Cost excludes:
  • International airfares.
  • Cost of lunch, dinner and any other meal/ snacks/ drinks ordered at the hotels/restaurants apart from those mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Expenses of personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls etc.
  • Anything apart from those mentioned in the inclusions.

Prices can increase in future. Book early to avail the benefit of current low prices. There is an option of paying in two installments. For booking procedure or any other query, you can contact us on customersupport@maitrepa.com or call us on +91-95007 68635.

Schedule

Description

In 2018

  • 16th – 31st October

This is a group pilgrimage for a minimum of 4 persons.

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Essential Info

Description

  • Temperature at some of the places covered in the itinerary may range between 5 to 15 degree Celsius, so it is important to carry warm clothing.
  • It is important that you read about the places mentioned in the itinerary. This will allow your mind to be more receptive when you visit those places.
  • We request women travelers from the western countries to give thoughtful consideration to the fact that the dress culture is on the conservative side in this part of the world and thus dress accordingly to avoid unwanted attention.
  • We strongly recommend you to carry air pollution mask, sunglasses, umbrella and cap.
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