7 Nights / 8 Days
Haridwar | Badrinath | Kedarnath | Rishikesh
Next journey: Sunday, 30th September to Sunday, 7th October, 2018
Sages and Rishi’s have lived for thousands of years in the sacred Himalayas. They have mediated on the banks of the holy rivers and given the world Yoga, Mediation, and Ayurveda. Join Soul Rider and our group of spiritual teachers as they take you on a journey to experience the gateway to the Himalayas and get a taste of the spiritual centre of the world and the teachers who shared their wisdom with humanity.
We take the early morning Shatabdi Express from Delhi to Haridwar. (Flight option from Delhi to Dehradun and transfer to Haridwar) After we check in, eat lunch, and rest, there will be a talk to understand the significance of Haridwar and the Himalayas. We will then spend some time developing skills to enhance our awareness to appreciate the magic of this divine region.
After tea, we will head to Har Ki Pauri to attend the world famous evening Ganga Aarti. Post the aarti we will walk thru the hustle and bustle of Haridwar and return to our hotel for dinner.
Spend night at Haridwar
The day starts with an early morning session of asanas and pranayama followed by kriyas to cleanse yourself of negative thoughts and emotions.
After breakfast, we will depart for a unique meditation on the banks of the Ganges at Har Ki Pauri. The purpose of this mediation is to fully imbibe the experience of Ganga Ma and understand why millions of people come to this holy river to bathe and purify their consciousness. After the meditation, we will return to our hotel for lunch and some rest. We will then begin our evening with another kriya to help us deepen our understanding of our internal blockages and how we can change the quality of our results, by changing the quality of our thoughts.
We shall then visit a particular ashram on the banks of the Ganga to immerse ourselves in the wisdom of one of the most influential teachers of Hindu philosophy.
Spend night at Haridwar
This is a long day and we begin our journeys towards the Greater Himalayas. We will spend the night at Joshimath (altitude 6,150 feet or 1875 m), where the sage Adi Shankaracharya spent many years before he got the calling to establish the Char Dhams of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamnotri. Our drive will be approximately 9 hrs and we will pass thru 4 of the 5 Prayag’s (five sacred river confluences namely Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag). As we ascend into the Greater Himalayas, we will stop at locations of spiritual significance to experience the divine energy of the Himalayas.
We will spend the night in luxury tents at Joshimath and get a good nights rest after the long journey.
This is an exciting day with a lot to look forward to. We begin our day with some light asanas, pranayama and kriyas for inner peace and balance. After breakfast we head out to visit the Narsin temple and Kalpavriksha tree. It is said that Adi Shankaracharya spent many years meditating under this tree and it has the power to fulfil your wishes. Thereafter we commence to Badrinath, 2 hrs by road. Enroute we shall visit the Vishnuprayag (the 5th Prayag) and Hanuman Chatti. Legend has it that Lord Hanuman broke the ego of Bhima (the 2nd Pandava) at this site. Upon arrival at Badrinath we shall check in to our hotel and proceed for lunch. After lunch at 3 pm we shall visit the Badrinath shrine and spend the rest of the day enjoying and learning about the significance of this great shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayana). Those who wish can also conduct a special puja for their ancestors to help them achieve Moksha.
Night halt at Badrinath
We begin this day with a light hike and visit Mana Village (The Last Village of India). Legend has it that Ved Vyasa resided in a cave above the village over 5,000 years ago. Ved Vyasa compiled the Mahabharat, Gita, Upanishads, amongst other Indian epics at this site. Our hike will conclude at the source of the Saraswati river which disappears from its source and reemerges at the Sangam at Allahabad. After our hike we return to the hotel and depart for Guptkashi post breakfast, that is at the base of Kedarnath. The expected journey time is 7 hrs. We shall be passing thru the Kedarnath Musk Deer sanctuary, and the base of Tungnath (the highest Shiva Temple in the world), Chopta (considered to be the Switzerland of India) and ultimately arrive at our destination of Guptkashi in the early evening.
We will spend the night in luxury tents at Guptkashi and get a good nights rest after the long journey.
We rise early to take a helicopter ride to the Kedarnath Temple. An 8 minute ride straight over the Mandakini River takes us to this revered shrine. We will visit the shrine and offer our prayers to Kedar Baba (Lord Shiva) and spend some time basking in the divine energy of this significant temple. Our visit to Kedarnath is highly dependent on the weather and incase the weather does not permit us to take off, we shall visit the Triyuginarayan temple, where Lord Shiva and Parvati got married and the fire from their marriage burns till today.
Our day remains flexible but whatever may happen, safety is the most important priority.
Our last day in the Greater Himalayas is highly dependent on whether we have managed to visit the Kedarnath Temple. If we were unable to visit on Day 6, we will try again this morning. If we make it to the temple, we will depart for Rishikesh upon our return. Enroute we shall stop at Devprayag, where the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi meet to form the Ganga where we shall do a special prayer and give thanks for our journey. We expect to reach Rishikesh by the evening and shall have a special farewell dinner to celebrate our evolution and growth.
Night halt at Rishikesh
Our final day of the journey begins with a some light asanas, pranayama and the kriyas that we have learnt. After breakfast we will once again proceed to the banks of the Ganges to do a final offering of thanks and a meditation.
Thereafter we will return to the hotel, eat lunch, and depart for the airport to return to our homes.
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* Whats included in the price
The above-quoted price includes accommodation, all meals, all tea / coffee/snacks, water, airport pick up, airport drop off, transportation. Toyota Innova Crysta is our vehicle of choice for Gold. Minibus for our Silver and Bronze Category.
Price is based for a group of 12 people and is subject to change if the number of people in the group is less than 12.
**Not included is the price of Helicopter Charter from Phata to Kedarnath temple. Approximate cost is US$150 for a return trip. The ticket will be purchased at the helipad.
Gold Category includes an Energy Consultation to analyse your chakras, aura, and other emotional and mental blocks holding you back in achieving the life that you want.
Also included are digital downloads of core techniques which you can use on a daily basis to enhance your spiritual growth and ensure your progress in the spiritual path. To know more please visit our online store at www.soulrideruniversal.com/store
The price quoted above is subject to change depending on exchange rates, commodity prices, war and other natural calamities or acts of God.
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All photographs by Rishabh C. Sharma, Founder of Soul Rider. If you wish to purchase prints, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ganga Aarti @ Haridwar
On the banks of the Ganges @ Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh
The Holy Ganges
Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar
At Devprayag, where the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi meet to form the Holy Ganges
Tented accommodation at Joshimath, enroute to Badrinath.
The interiors of the Tent
The Badrinath Shrine, dedicated to Lord Badri (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu)
Mana village where Ved Vyasa chronicled the Vedas, Mahabharata, Bhagwad Gita, Puranas and other Indian epics
The cave where Ved Vyasa meditated and chronicled the great works at Mana
Mana village - A decrepit sign board describing its significance.
The valley of Badrinath
Passing thru Kedarnath Musk Deer sanctuary enroute from Bardinath to Kedarnath
Chardham Camp at Guptkashi, at the base of Kedarnath
Kedarnath Temple, (dedicated to Lord Shiva) with Kedar Dome (the peak) at the back.