15 Days Yoga Retreat
Rishikesh is located on the holy Ganges in the Himalayan foothills. Surrounded by forest and mountains, the town consists of a colourful collection of temples, ashrams and yoga schools. Pilgrims from all over India and abroad assemble here to take a holy bath in the Ganges and perform religious ceremonies.
You can find Sadhus (holy men) in deep meditation on small rocks on the river banks. The daily evening puja ceremony is a must attend with shining candles floating on the river, and Hindu prayers chants and mantras ringing everywhere.
The lived spirituality is contagious and one becomes a part of it and develops an intensive yoga practice in a structured everyday life.
In this wonderful place is the equally beautiful Anand Prakash Ashram.
Here all aspects of yoga are brought together into one unit and the two yoga classes a day are a wonderful combination of asanas, pranayama and meditation, in which the focus is brought to the inside of the self.
The ashram provides a good setting for a healthy yogic lifestyle with a regular daily routine, delicious and vegetarian food, yoga lessons and ashram events, such as the morning fire puja (prayer) and kirtan chants.
At the end of the trip we will visit the holy Hindu city of Varanasi for two days.
This retreat is suitable for those who want to delve deeper into their own yoga practice, experience Indian yoga and experience the conscious life of a yogi in an ashram for two weeks.
Day 1 (Sat)Independent arrival from your country, transfer to Hotel
Day 2 (Sun) Onward journey to Rishikesh and entry to the Ashram.
You will be received by us at the airport and taken to the hotel. After some rest and relaxation, our trip to Rishikesh continues with the private mini-bus (6 hours). In the evening we arrive for dinner at the Ashram. (F/M/A)
Day 3 (Mon) to 13 (Do) Yoga Retreat at Ashram
We enjoy the next 11 days in the ashram with daily morning meditation, two yoga classes, the fire ceremony, three healthy yogic meals and evening ashram program. (Kirtan, Satsang, Singing Bowl Concerto)
For the morning and afternoon there is a varied, daily changing schedule consisting of Ayurvedic massages, yoga workshops or excursions. (F/M/A)
5:20-5:50 – guided and individual meditation
6:00-7:45 – Yoga class: Asana, Pranayama, Mantra and Meditation
8:00 – Fire Ceremony
8:30-9:00 – Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00 – Leisure/Excursions/Workshops/Massages
12:30 – Lunch
1:00 -4:00 – Leisure/Excursions/Workshops/Massages
4:00-5:45 – Yoga Hour
6:00 – Dinner
7:00-8:00 – Kirtan / Satsang/ Singing Bowls Concert, Meditation
Sunday will be off and we will take you for some fun outings on the Ganga.
Day 14 (Fri)Flight to Varanasi
In the morning we take the flight from Delhi to Varanasi, the holiest city in India for Hindus. Here we will take a guided walk to the baths and burn ghats at the Ganges with a guide and watch the fire ceremony from the boat in the evening.
Day 15 (Sat)Varanasi and flight to Delhi/onward flight back home
Early in the morning we get back on the boat. This time it’s a little further up river to watch another fire ceremony.
Afterwards we can participate in a public yoga class.
Until the evening, the day remains free for further sightseeing and shopping. In the evening, the flight goes to Delhi. Independent departure home.
The trip begins and ends in Delhi at the international airport.
- (Early arrival or late departure) 1 x hotel room with breakfast in Delhi (double room)
- tour escort and Yoga teacher
- 1 night in Varanasi with sightseeing without meals
- Total transport with 2 domestic flights
- Ashram in Rishikesh:
- 12 x overnight stays in a double or three-man room with attached bathroom
- 3 x daily healthy, vegetarian meals
- 2 x daily yoga classes
- Participation in ashram activities (Kirtan, Chanting, Fire Ceremony, Meditation)
- daily changing activities of workshops, Ayurvedic massages (4 x total) and excursions in Rishikesh
- filtered water
- International flight
- not mentioned meals
Fixed group departure
1450 € per person in a double room (4-16 Participants) There are few single rooms for a surcharge available, Please inquire.
Add Yoga Trekking before or after or make it only a one week retreat
All year round also possible as a private retreat without Varanasi, please make request by email.
Yoga Teacher and Tour Leader: Sudha Mukti
The ashram was founded by Yogirishi Vishvketu in 2007 and offers a protected space for an intense spiritual yoga practice. It is located in Rishikesh, within walking distance of the sacred Ganges River.
In total there are 21 simple rooms with attached bathroom and balcony, if desired also air-conditioned. The large yoga hall is flooded with light and covered with wood and bamboo, providing a very bright and clean, sheltered space for practice. There is also another yoga hall and a roof terrace for workshops and meditation.
The ashram has a prayer area where the sacred fire ritual takes place every morning. There is also a library, a reception, as well as a dining room.
Wi-Fi and filtered water are available.
Please note the dress code: Knee and shoulder-covered clothing are required, preferably in white.
From 9:00 pm until after breakfast, the rest period must be observed.
The Yoga Lessons
Vishvketu has developed its own yoga style, which is complete and balanced in itself. In addition to the asanas, pranayama and meditation, it also includes contents of the yogi-life style and yoga philosophy. He combines various yoga styles from Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Traditional Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga. Vishvketu encourages you to practice yoga with an inner joy.
When he is not in the ashram himself, his highly qualified long-time students teach from all over the world.
What to bring
- loose and light clothes (knee and shoulder covered, preferable white or light colours)
- one schal
- thick socks
- sun glasses
- toiletries (sun lotion) and small medical kit ( in Rishikesh you can get anything)
- passport (copy), credit or ATM card, some cash in your currency (ca 50-100 €),
- mobile phone, camera, charger (no adapter), maybe laptop
- notebook, writing material
- lots of curiosity and excitement