This pilgrimage offers spiritual seekers from all paths an opportunity to tread the paths that have been laid down by yogis and sages throughout centuries and experience the sacred energies of these majestic mountains that uplift the soul and recharge spiritual endeavour. This trek will take you from Rishikesh to Tapovan, which is a vast meadow surrounded by mountain peaks and nestled at the base of Shivaling mountain, it is one of the most beautiful and breath-taking places imaginable. It is here that Ganga (known as Akash or Sky Ganga) begins her descent . This sacred place is where yogis, seers and rishis have performed spiritual practices since time immemorial. Join us for a unique opportunity to deepen you own spiritual practices, meditation and consciousness.
“A pilgrimage to sacred places can awaken us to the Beingness of who we truly are”
Day 1 – May 8th:
Rishikesh. Introduction to the pilgrimage with fire ceremony and celebratory meal
Day 2 – May 9th:
Yoga, kriya, meditation and satsang with Shailendra Negi, a Vedic yogi
Shivananda Kutir – experience the special vibrations of the sacred abode of one of India’s most famous saints
Rafting Ganga – experience the thrill of the sacred waters of India’s holiest river
Day 3 – May 10th:
Vashista Gufa – an ancient cave where sages have meditated for thousands of years
Ganga Aarathi & Yajna– ancient rituals & worship of Ganga at Parmath Niketan
Day 4 – May 11th:
Travel to Uttakashi – known as the Valley of the Gods, an ancient centre for yogis and rishis. Visit the Vishwanath temple and enjoy talks and satsang with Aadinath Swaroop, a learned teacher.
Day 5 – May 12th:
To Ganganani and Gangotri – Stop for a hot bath at a natural spring. At Gangotri we will visit the temple to Mother Ganga and experience the rich cultural heritage of this region.
Days 6 to 8 – May 13th, 14th and 15th: Gangotri
A unique opportunity to spend time with Swami Sundarananda considered to be one of the great yogi Himalayan Masters, who has mastered all the yoga postures and pranayamas and is a famous photographer and mountaineer. He has chronicled his devotion to the natural beauty of the Himalayas in his gallery. There will be an opportunity to share in meditation with Swamij and to visit Bhakti, a woman saint who lives in a cave. A devotee of Hanuman. She has spent 14 years of unbroken sadhana living in the Himalayas. Explore the Pandava Cave, which is famed as the abode of the 5 Pandava brothers described in the Indian classic – The Mahabharata.
Day 9 – May 16th:
3 & half hour trek (or pony) Gangotri to Chirbhasa – experience the beauty and majesty of the Ganga river valley. 2 & half hour trek (or pony) Chirbhasa to Bhojvasa – enchanting views of the Bhagirathi peaks. Kirtan with Nirmala Das who has been practising kundalini yoga and samadhi since 1987. Bhojvasa to Tapovan – .Trolly car takes us across Ganga and we climb up to a beautiful alpine meadow at the base of Shivaling mountain.
Days 10 to 13 – May 17th – May 20th:
Tapovan: Immerse yourself in the sacred silence of a place where centuries of spiritual seekers have
come to experience the oneness. Have satsang and meditation sessions with Nagadas, who has lived there in silence for over 10 years and Sri Anand, a swami who recently came out of silence to share his wisdom with spiritual seekers.
Day 14 – May 21st:
Trek back (or pony) to Gangotri
Day 15 – May 22nd:
Gangotri to Rishikesh
Day 16 – May 23rd:
Ananda Mayi Ma’s Mahasamadhi (tomb) – Ma was a famed woman saint known for her blissful states
Tat Wallah Baba Cave – explore the cave ashram of this revered yogi
Day 17 – May 24th:
Rishikesh early morning closing fire ceremony
To ensure a deep and fulfilling experience, this pilgrimage is limited to a small number of spiritual seekers.
8th to 24th May 2020
This pilgrimage will be demanding both in terms of spiritual practice and the nature of the trek at high altitude. The trek is
considered moderate to difficult so good health and a high level of fitness is required.
$2500 (early-bird)- excludes air fares (until March 15th 2020)
$500 Deposit to secure your place
(non-refundable but transferable at the discretion of Kawai Purapura)
- Accommodation: guest houses (Rishikesh and Uttakarshi), yoga ashram (Gangotri), supported camping in Gangotri National Park. N.B. Guest houses on twin share basis unless upgraded to single.
- All travel within India by road
- Celebratory dinner on first night
- All breakfasts
- All meals, morning and afternoon teas on pilgrimage route from Gangotri to Tapovan return
- Entrance fees to Gangotri Park
- Yoga, kirtan and meditation classes
- Air fares
- Indian visa
- Taxi fare to/from Jolly Grant airport to Vedic Yoga Guest House for commencement, completion of the journey
- Lunch and dinners at Rishikesh, Uttakarshi and Gangotri (there is choice of excellent Indian and western style vegetarian restaurants)
Pony, porter and/or helicopter service if needed during the trek.
… has been travelling to the Himalayas for the past 25 years living in ashrams in sacred regions and has been deeply inspired by the ancient pathway to Self-realisation. Over the past fifteen years she has undertaken an annual pilgrimage to Tapovan, living in a cave, amidst the silence, within the community of saints and yogis. These experiences transformed her own life and she wishes to play a role in sharing the transformative power of practice in places of spiritual power.