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Himalayan Yoga Trek

14 Days • $4043 per person

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    Tapovan in Gangotri is the source of the holy Ganges River. The place can be traced for its sanctity for the Yogis who would travel here & meditate. Through this trek, we live the yogic philosophy of '€˜Jap'€™, meditativeness & 'Tap'€™, discipline. We walk the steps that many yogis have walked before in time, undertaking this journey outside, as we explore the stillness & oneness on our inside.

    Through the filters of the philosophy of yoga and every step with awareness, we will have the opportunity to reflect about the places we visit, where we stand in time, what our larger purpose is and where do we aim to reach after all. By understanding the story of the Ganga and its relations to the Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva we take a holy dip in the deep-rooted philosophy of Yoga. We bring in our practice of asanas (physical exercises) and pranayama (breathing regulation) in both its forms of physiological benefits as well as its spiritual meaning. Each one of us in our lives has the desire to feel complete, a sort of wholeness. Come, explore with us!

    Itineraries

    On arrival at IGI airport in Delhi, you will be met by an Ibex representative and driver who will transfer you to your hotel. As you will arrive late at night there is nothing planned for this evening. Accommodation in Haveli Hauz Khas hotel. Temperature: Maximum - 34 Celsius, Minimum - 22 Celsius

    We begin the day with Breakfast and Introduction of all the participants. A full day sightseeing exploration of Delhi. Drive by Lutyen’s spacious city and get a glimpse of the Parliament and President’s house. Stop by India Gate, an ''Arc-de-Triomphe'' like archway in the middle of a crossroad. Similar to its French counterpart, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during World War I. Witness a UNESCO world heritage site, The Humayun’s Tomb and later have your first introductory class with your Yogi. Back at the sprawling lawns of the Claridges we get our first chance to practice Yoga in the evening before dinner. Breakfast at Claridges

    After breakfast, begin your road journey to Haridwar. After check in, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Amidst the scenic beauty of Rishikesh and alongside the Holy Ganga, Aloha Rishikesh Resort is the perfect venue to live those moments of your life that you always want to cherish. Here we experience the Ganges for the first time and we sit by the holy river to practice pranayama and meditation. Aloha by the Ganges | Breakfast at Claridges

    After breakfast check out of your hotel and begin your road journey to Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi, as the name denotes is the Northern City of Kashi. Kashi or Benares was founded by the Hindu God, Shiva. In his honor, there are numerous temples and ashrams. The Vishwanath Temple is a historical temple and is one of the most revered in Uttarkashi. Set amidst the serenity of lush flora, a stay at the commodious hotel in Char Dham feels like a ''home away from home'' Dotted with the sacred shrines, the Char Dham yatra gives an insight into the glorious Hindu mythology that carries the most amazing tales of miracles and marvel. Here we travel in the philosophy of holy naad (primal sound) and the importance of the creator (Brahma), preserver (Vishnu) and destroyer (Shiva) in the context of our own lives. We practice Yoga asanas and pranayama in the evening before dinner. Chardham Camp, Uttarkashi (Maneri) | All Meals

    After breakfast, proceed to Gangotri by road accompanied by the Ibex representative. The road to Gangotri runs west along the River Bhagirathi and is joined in Tehri by the Bhilangana flowing from the peak of Thalay Sagar. In our evening Yoga session, we practice asanas for relaxation and discuss the evolution of Hatha Yoga of Guru Gorakhnath and the relationship of martial and saint traditions, including what we can take from this philosophy for our daily lives. Char Dham camp, Gangotri (Harsil) | All Meals

    After breakfast, with the Ibex team of the representatives - cook, assistants and porters - proceed in your bus to Gangotri for an hour long journey to where your trek begins to Chirbasa. The trail will pass a few waterfalls. Animals in the area that are often sighted are bharal, musk deer, black bear and leopard. Overnight camp on full board basis

    Before breakfast we practice Yoga asanas and pranayama. After breakfast, continue trekking to Bhujbasa. This is home to the Lal Baba Ashram and the Government rest houses. However, we make our own private camp switching from the deluxe tented camp style to the rugged two-man tent camping style with sleeping mats and sleeping bags. Overnight camp on full board basis

    After breakfast, continue trekking to Tapovan accompanied by the Ibex team. We will stop and see the glacial snout at the Source of the River Ganges and the brave hearted may take a dip in the glacial water amongst ice flows. Continue trekking and cross the glacier/moraine to reach the beautiful grassy meadow of Tapovan. Gomukh, is the terminus or snout of the Gangotri Glacier, from where Bhagirathi River originates. The word 'Gomukh' (go + mukh) literally means ''Mouth of a Cow''. According to some sayings, earlier the snout exactly looked like ''Mouth of a Cow''. Continue trekking and cross the glacier/moraine to reach the beautiful grassy meadow of Tapovan. Here we explore more about Pranayama as we slowly trek into even higher altitude.Overnight camp on full board basis

    Free day to relax in the bowl of the mountains and take in the views of the surrounding area and peaks like Shivling, Meru and Bhagirathi II, III and I. The day is free for yoga and meditation and gentle walks. Overnight camp on full board basis

    Another day at this beautiful meadow either continuing with gentle walks or exploring the Meru glacier and possibly, the Gangotri and Kirti glaciers. We take time off for yoga and meditation, gentle walks and sharing experiences. Overnight camp on full board basis

    Yoga practice in the morning. After breakfast trek back to Bhujbasa. Overnight camp on full board basis - Breakfast at Tapovan, packed lunch and dinner at Bhujbasa.

    After breakfast, trek back to Gangotri and then you will be driven 20 kms to Dharali village. Explore the village of Dharali and interact with some of the village community. The Chardham Camp, Dharali | All Meals

    After an early breakfast, depart for the Aloha on the Ganges. Check-in to the charming retreat. Indulge in their spa facilities and massage those muscles for deep relaxation. Aloha by the Ganges | All Meals

    After breakfast, depart for Delhi. You will be transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the evening free to relax and unwind. Hotel Claridges - Breakfast

    Morning is at leisure. Check out of the hotel by 12 PM. Today you have a day free for shopping, picking up souvenirs and exploring the markets of Delhi. This evening / night Ibex car will transfer you from the hotel to the international airport for your flight homeward.Breakfast

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