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Introduction to basic Hatha Yoga with cultural tour

Duration: 14 Days
Season: April
Activity: Yoga
Region: Himachal-Punjab
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Yoga Teacher "“ Indraveera Shiva Uruswati

Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Yuj' which means 'join or Yoke', is best known as a type of exercise system that stretches and strengthens the body through various poses known as Asanas. But yoga goes far beyond just a mere exercise routine. One of the most compelling reasons to begin practicing is the holistic outlook it takes"“working mind, body and spirit. Yoga is practiced to join the body, mind and soul together, therefore forming a unified spiritual whole.

Meditation! Meditation is an intensely personal and spiritual experience. The desired purpose of each meditation technique is to channel our awareness into a more positive direction by totally transforming one's state of mind. To meditate is to turn inwards, to concentrate on the inner self.

His lessons are made up of a combination of pranayama, asanas and mediatation for all levels.

Overview

Day 1 / 10th April:- Arrival in Delhi
Day 2 / 11th April:-Visit Delhi
Day 3 / 12th April:-Arrival at Manali
Day 4 / 13th April:- Yoga
Day 5 / 14th April:- Yoga
Day 6 / 15th April:- Yoga
Day 7 / 16th April:- Yoga
Day 8 / 17th April:- Yoga
Day 9 / 18th April:- A visit to Mandi, Rewalsar, 137 km
Day 10 / 19th April: -Palampur, Kangra;Brijeshwari temple, Kangra fort and Musroor
Day 11 / 20th April:- A visit to Dharamshala
Day 12 / 21st April:- Dharamshala
Day 13 / 22nd April:- A visit to Amritsar
Day 14 / 23rd April:- Departure to Delhi

Full Itinerary

Day 1 / 10th April:- Arrival in Delhi
Pick up from the airport; transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 / 11th April:-Visit Delhi
Full day visit Delhi evening transfer to bus stand. Night bus to Manali.

Day 3 / 12th April:-Arrival at Manali
Morning reach Manali, transfer to the hotel; day free visit to Manali; in the evening, introduction to the yoga teacher; dinner in the hotel, overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 / 13th April:-
Yoga will start 7.30 AM to 9.30 AM . After breakfast walk to Jogini water fall . Lunch in Hotel. Evening yoga class for 1 Hrs . Dinner at hotel.

Jogini Fall - It is 2 Kms from Vashisht and it will take around 30 Minute to reach there by Pine forest. Jogini Falls are on the Northern edge of Vashisht Village & mark the village boundary. Land on the other side of the falls belongs to the village of Goshal. Sacred to the Vashisht Village protective goddess, who is said to reside inside the rushing waters of the beautiful falls.

Below the falls there is a small shrine, almost unnoticeable but important. Below that is a Main Shrine (small temple) said to be more recent.

Villagers go to Jogini Devi to make offerings & to ask for her intercession. As it is such a peaceful, even soporific, sacred place, villagers also go there occasionally to sleep. Special occasions are marked by the cooking of food & the performance of rituals.

Day 5 / 14th April:-
Yoga will start 7.30 AM to 9.30 AM. Today after breakfast you will see the Opening ceremony of Baisakhi Festival . This festival is celebrating birthday of Guru vashisht Rishi.

Day 6 / 15th April:-
Yoga will start 7.30 AM to 9.30 AM. All the day visit festival

Day 7 / 16th April:-
Yoga will start 7.30 AM to 9.30 AM. Visit around Manali . evening relaxation

Day 8 / 17th April:-
Yoga will start 7.30 AM to 9.30 AM. Driver to Nagar castle , Art gallery, Yoga will start 7.30 AM to 9.30 AM Visit Nagar castle Art gallery. Lunch in nagar. On the way visit Bhosh village and Jagatsukh Gaytri temple

Day 9/18th April:- A visit to Mandi, Rewalsar, 137 km
Mandi:-
is an important town of H.P. and the gateway of the Kullu valley. The earliest known ruler of Mandi and Sukat was, Dhirsen (765 AD) who had come from Bengal and after defeating the Ranas and Thakurs of the areas established a kingdom for himself.It is said that sage Mandavaya performed a long penance here and from whom the town takes its name. It is known for its aesthetically carved Shikhara style temples of Bhootnath, Triloknath, Panchvakra and Shyamakali at Tarna hill. The new Tarna Devi temple overlooking the valley is also located here. Mandi is strategically situated at the meeting point of the roads from Chandigarh and Pathankot.

Rewalsar:- (POOL OF ANCIENT WISDOM) is like a dark jewel on a wooded hillside. The sacred lake is identified as the "sahar of yore". Legend is that, this is a place from where Padma Sambhava left for Tibet to spread the word of the Buddha in the 8th century A.D. There are three monasteries around the lake, though rebuilt, the oldest one belongs to the Nyingmapa order and appropriately its central image is Padmasambhava adorned with prayer flags. The lake has tiny islands of floating reed in which the spirit of Padaymasambhava is said to be embodied.

Baijnath:- 16 km from Palampur. It is a famous for its temples which bear inscriptions dated 804 A.D. dedicated to Vaidhyanath. The temples are built in the Shikhera style and are remarkable for their proportion and architectural beauty; overnight at the hotel.

Day 10th / 19th April:- Palampur, Kangra; Brijeshwari temple, Kangra fort and Musroor

Palampur:- avenue by the Pine-Cedar forest is a beautiful hill resort situated on the foot hill of Dhauladhar, with mild climate and the tea gardens with irrigation cannels, and lovely bungalows gives it a characteristic of its own. Dhauladhar range provides a panoramic view of snowy ranges. The Nigal gorge 305 m wide yawing chasm through which roaring water of Bundla stream flows is a rare sight during the monsoon. Main street of Palampur which is always crowded with a variety of people including Gaddi (shepherds) and gaily attired Gaddies women.

Masroor:- owns 15 temples carved on the rock in Indo-Aryan style and are linked with famous Ellora temple in Maharashtra.

Thefort:- is situated on a precipitous cliff over hanging the Ban Ganga and Manjhi rivers. The ruins still dominate the Kangra valley. One can enter the fort by a narrow path; it was protected by a number of gates named after its conquerors like, Jehangir, Ranjit Singh and the British Rulers. At the top of the fort there was the palace of the Katoch kings. The Kangra fort was the seat of power of the Katoch Rajas from the time of its 234th Raja, Raja Susharma Chand Katoch, if not from the time of its first legendary Raja, Raja Bhoomi Chand Katoch onwards. It is said to be founded by Susharma Chand Katoch, an ally of Kaurvas in the Mahabharata war. It was the ancient capital of Katoch kingdom and symbol of power in the Punjab hill states.

Kangra is an old town where you will visit the following temples and forts in ruin.

Brijeshwari: Brijeshwari temple was a rich temple, but the invaders looted all the goods from the temple. In 1009, Mohamed Gazni took with him fabulous gold, silver and stone treasures. In 1337AD Muhammad Tuglaq looted the temple, in 1357 Feroze Shah conquered it. But after Jahangir's reign, it has been covered by silver pieces. In 1905 earth quake destroyed it completely. So it was rebuilt again; the fort in ruin in Kangra dominated till Banner and Manghi. This has been invaded again by, Jahangir, who plundered it again and in 1620 AD again it was destroyed by the earthquake.

Day 11 / 20th April:- A visit to Dharamshala
A former colonial retreat, Mcleodganj rose to prominence after the large scale exodus of Tibetan from their homeland in 1959 AD. It is a residence of (OCEAN OF TRANQUILITY), His Holiness-the Dalai Lama with the backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar mountains. The Tibetan government in exile has been based here for over three and half decades. With traditional architecture designs drawn from Tibet, the impressive Namgyal monastery is surrounded by the row of prayer wheels, it also houses large life images of the Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avalokteshwara; if time permits then the Tibetan handicraft centre can be visited.

Day 12 / 21st April:- Dharamshala
A visit to Mcloedganj; free to stroll in the market; overnight at the hotel

Day 13 / 22nd April:- A visit to Amritsar
Early morning departure to Amritsar; afternoon visit to Amritsar.

Amritsar:- City has beer founded in 1577 AD by Ram Dass, the fourth Guru of the Sikh. It is the center of the Sikh religion and the major city of Punjab state where the majority of Sikhs lives. The name Amritsar translates as, "the Pool of Nectar", the name of the sacred pool by which the Sikh Golden temple is built.

Golden Temple:- the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion is in the centre of old part of the town. The temple itself is surrounded by the lake which gave the town its name, causeway connects the temple in the middle of the pool and loudspeaker broadcasts a continuous reading of the Granth Sahib in Punjabi. The high priest of Sikh who reads the holy book sits towards the east side of the temple. The original copy of the Granth Sahib is kept in the Golden Temple and is occasionally taken out in processions.Pilgrims and visitors to the golden temple must remove their shoes and cover their head before entering the temple precincts

Laxmi-Narayan temple:- A large temple in the centre of the lake is dedicated to Lakshmi- Narayan. There are a number of mosques in the old city including the mosque of Muhammand Jan with three white domes and splendor minars; Govindgarh fort to the south-west of the city which was built in 1805.

Indo-Pak Border-(Bagha Border):- to watch the retreat ceremony, drive 30 km on the road to Lahore to the India-Pakistan Border. A visit to the border is an interesting experience especially at sunset, when the retreat ceremony takes place with the Border Security Force on the Indian Side and the Sutlej Rangers on the Pakistan's side putting up a well-coordinated and spectacular display. The sound from the Bugles blown together from both sides, paints past on the canvas when India and Pakistan were one, simultaneously the flags of the two nations are ceremoniously retrieved and lights are switched on marking the end of the day. Amidst thunderous applause today this point is the only land route open to approach Pakistan and Central Asia. Return to the hotel in the afternoon.

Day 14 / 23rd April:- Departure to Delhi
Early morning board the train to Delhi; Half day visit Delhi evening transfer to airport flight to onward . No hotel in Delhi