July 2006 Trip Itinerary (tentative, subject to change, for the better only)
Day 01, 10.17.2008 (Friday), Delhi – Haridwar (By Train 4 hrs.) Arrive New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport by flight early in the morning. Meet our escort at the airport and then transfer to hotel. Get some rest, re-charge your body and mind. Wake up at ease, and after breakfast meet our escort for a complete brief on the program. Transfer to Railway station by 02.00 PM to take the afternoon train to Haridwar. Arrive at Haridwar in the evening at 07.30 PM to check in Mohyal ashram. Dinner and Overnight stay in Ashram.
Day 02, 10.18.2009 (Saturday), Haridwar
Rise in the morning for our first yoga class with Yoga Teacher. After that take the breakfast cooked inside the Ashram with the special care taken to follow the menu given by our yoga and meditation experts.
Leave for the day excursion to have a look at the ancient religion of Hinduism in the holiest city of the religion. Visit one of the oldest temples in the town - Daksha Temple*, also visit Shiva Temple - the Mercury Shiva Lingam Temple, (famous for the solidified mercury shivlingam, said to be done by a saint through his meditation). Come back to ashram/resort for an evening yoga classes. After which, visit "har ki pauri" - a ritual that takes place every evening on the banks of the holy river Ganges. Come back to resort/ashram for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included )
Day 03, 10.19.2008 (Sunday), Haridwar - Rajaji National park
After a morning yoga session leave for a date with the jungle. First we visit Chandidevi Temple** situated on top of a hill. It provides magnificent views of the town along with a majestic view of high Himalayan Ranges. We will take a cable car ride atop the mountain. After visiting the temples - we go to Rajaji national park. On arrival, visit the settlement of “Gujjars” a local tribe. Just see the lifestyle of local people who live inside the jungle. They are one of the most friendly of all Indian tribes. Spend some time with them and then come out to have lunch. In the afternoon and evening leave for the Jeep safari in the Rajaji national park. If one is lucky then you can see a big cat like a tiger or leopard or wild Asian elephants, along with the antelopes, spotted deers, sambhars, wild boars, jungle fowls, porcupine, wolf, jackals, and a score of migratory birds. Come back to ashram / resort for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included )
Day 04, 10.20.2008 (Monday), Haridwar - Rishikesh (1 hr drive)
After a morning yoga session leave for Rishikesh and visit various ashrams. This town is world famous for its spiritual significance after “Beatles” stayed here for a month in seventies for meditation. In the evening check in our own rafting beach camp which is right on the river banks.
Sit with our astrologer in the afternoon. Just tell him your place of birth and time of birth along with your date of birth and let him tell you about your past, present and future. A nice and experience. Dinner with bon fire at camp. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included )
Day 05, 10.21.2008 (Tuesday), Rishikesh – Kunjapuri - Delhi
Early morning yoga session with the yoga teacher, just practice what you learnt in Haridwar . After breakfast leave for a date with the river wild. Take on the rapids up to grade III on a stretch of 18 kms and then finish the day at camp to take lunch. Afternoon free to have a sunbath at beach camp . Dinner with bon fire at camp. (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner Included )
Day 06, 10.22.2008 (Wednesday), Delhi
A very early morning riser to leave for Kunjapuri to have a date with high Mountains. On arrival Enjoy the magnificent view of High Himalayan peaks and perform Yoga in Kunjapuri Temple. After that we have packed breakfast and then we move back to Camp by trek ( 9 kms down hill, One can also come back by road ) On arrival Have lunch at camp and leave for Haridwar by Road and catch the evening train to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner Included )
Day 07, 10.23.2008 (Thursday), Delhi – Agra
Early morning Yoga session with your instructor. After early breakfast we leave for Agra to see the Monument of love The Taj Mahal and also see the places like Agra Fort, Sikandra etc. On arrival check in hotel Deedar – E – Taj. Afternoon half day city tour. Evening free for shopping souvenirs. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast Included )
Day 08, 10.24.2008, (Friday) Delhi
Morning session of yoga and after breakfast we go for a full day city tour of Delhi and visitplaces like Red Fort, India Gate, Lotus Temple, Kutub Minar and finally in the evening we go to Indian Handicraft Emporium for a Gala dinner evening and souvenir shopping. After Dinner Leave for transfer to International Airport for onward journey Dinner. (Breakfast & Dinner Included )
1.Accommodation as per program on twin sharing basis in Mohyal Ashram in Haridwar and Escapade beach camp/Somani Ashram in Rishikesh.
2.Accommodation as per program on twin sharing basis in Hotels in Delhi & Agra as per program.
3.All meals as per inclusions in the program (vegetarian only in Haridwar and non veg. Also in camp if required.)
4.All transport as per the program by AC Deluxe Coach.
5. Transport by train as per program by Jan Shatabdi on day 01 & Day 06 in AC chair car.
6. Services of tour escort throughout the tour.
7. Services of Local English speaking guide in Delhi, Agra, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Rajaji national park as per the program.
8. Jeep safari in Rajaji national park with all entry fees included.
9. Services of rafting guide along with all the safety equipment.
10. One rafting trip of 18 kms.
11. All taxes included.
Cost Does not Include:
Entry fee to the Historical monuments in Delhi & Agra.
Items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls bottled drinks etc.
Meals, which are not included in the plan.
Anything that is not included in the above cost.
*About Daksha Temple.
This temple is an ancient shrine located at Kankhal, and is one of the five sacred places around Haridwar. It is associated with Sati, the spouse of Lord Shiva who immolated herself to preserve his honour on being insulted by her father, King Daksha Prajapati. This incident provoked the disciples of Mahadev and killed King Daksha. But later Lord Mahadev brought him back to life. The temple is an attribute to this legend. Daksha Mahadev Temple is also known as Shri Daksheshwar temple. It has a gilded image of a serpent symbolising Shiva.
**About Chandi Devi Temple. This temple is on the top of a hill called the Neel Parvat, on the other side of the river Ganga. The story goes that Chanda-Munda the army chief of the demons Shumbh-Nishumbh were killed by Goddess Chandi hence the name Chandi Devi. It also said that Adi Shankaracharya established the original statute of Chandi in 8th century AD. The King of Kashmir, Suchat Singh, constructed the temple in 1929 AD. Chandi Devi is a three km trek from the Chandi Ghat. Chandi Devi Temple is now accessible by a ropeway also, by the name of Chandi Devi Udankhatola, which starts near Gauri Shanker Temple. The length of Ropeway is 740 mts and height 208 mts. There is a dense forest on the other side of the hill inhabited by elephants and other wild animals.