Ashtanga Yoga Yatra 2018: Itinerary

The itinerary below is a broad outline of the events of the day. Keep checking back to this page as details may well change.

Saturday October 13
Arrive in New Delhi – Check into a hotel near IGI Airport and rest.
Sunday October 14
Take the Shatabdi Express train from New Delhi Central to Haridwar. Board a bus for the short ride to the beautiful Parmath Niketan Ashram alongside the Ganga in Rishikesh. Check in. Attend Ganga arati.
Monday October 15 – Saturday October 20
Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois will lead early morning Ashtanga Yoga classes. These will be held at the covered open air platform right next to the sacred Ganga. After class and a vegetarian brunch you will have some free time to explore Rishikesh and environs. Different activities will be planned during the day. Each evening there is a spirited and uplifting Ganga arati and kirtan.
Sunday October 21
People on the Workshop will be taken by bus to Haridwar to board the train back to New Delhi and the airport. Those on the Yatra will head north in small busses. First stop is Devprayag, confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers where we will take our first snaan or holy dip. Proceeding through the beautiful Himalayan foothills alongside swiftly flowing rivers we will reach Rudraprayag for our next dip at the confluence of Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers. Finally we will halt for the night in Guptakashi.
Monday October 22
Now begins the adventure up to Kedarnath. You will have the choice of a short helicopter ride, walk uphill for 18 Kms, or ride a sturdy mountain pony. We will spend the night at Kedarnath and attend evening arati. This is one very powerful place indeed!
Tuesday October 23
Early morning darshan, where one is permitted to bathe the large Lingam in the shape of the hump of Siva’s bull Nandi.  We will spend some time immersed in the vibrant energy of Kedarnath and then head back down either by walking, pony or helicopter to rest at our lodging in Guptakashi.
Wednesday October 24
Darshan at Guptakshi Temple, where Siva hid from the Pandavas who were trying to find him to seek forgiveness for their sins committed during the Mahabharata war. Then a drive to start the winding trek through rhododendron forests and above treeline to Tungath, highest temple in India and one of the Panch Kedars of Lord Siva. Back to Guptakashi for the night.
Thursday October 25
Visit Kalimath, Sakthi Peeth of Mother Kali, where She is worshipped as a large Sri Yantra. Then on to Triyuga Narayan where Siva and Parvati were married and Lord Vishnu was the best man. A homa fire has been burning here since the Treta Yuga. Time permitting we will be able to take a walk along a mountain ridge to visit Kartikswami where one can have a 360 degree of the Himalayas. Then drive to Rudraprayag or Srinagar for the night halt.
Friday October 26
Down from the mountains via Vashishta Guha to Rishikesh for the night.
Saturday October 27
Rest, relax, explore and shop a full day in Rishikesh. In the evening enjoy kirtan and Ganga Arati at the kutir where H.H. Swami Sivananda lived.
Sunday October 28
By bus to Haridwar and Shatabdi train to New Delhi Station. From there we will travel by bus to IGI Airport. It will safest to book your homeward flight late night or early October 29 morning.

Please note that the above itinerary is subject to change before or during the yatra. Travelling in the Himalayas always has some surprises!  Om Shantih! Shantih! Shantih!

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