Awakening the Inner Rishi
 
Awakening the Inner Rishi
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Awakening the Inner Rishi Retreat


 
2nd January to 13th January 2018
with

Shakti Durga


          
Rishis are seers or sages, who after intense meditation, are able to access the Eternal Wisdom, awakening Divine knowledge which they compose into hymns, poetry and sacred writings. The town of Rishikesh is named after the many Rishis who live there. Hindu sages and saints have visited the Holy temple town of Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate in search of higher knowledge, and a pilgrimage to Rishikesh is a journey of a lifetime. It is full of ashrams, temples, yoga, spiritual pilgrims and all this taking place nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas.




Here Lord Shiva is venerated and so we enter into the ways of bliss, God as Infinite Consciousness, also as Father, Husband, Mystic, Ascetic, Brave Warrior, Keeper of Time and the Cosmic Dance.
You will visit a famous Shiva temple 90 minutes out of town, enjoying the lush vegetation and beauty of the mountains. The temple of Lord Shiva as Neelkanth, he who swallows the poison of the world so we can attain to our full spiritual inheritance of Divine oneness and self-realization. 
You will also journey with us to the Shakti hot spot, Maya Devi temple in Haridwar, where Shakti Durga and others have had life changing mystical experiences.

Our retreat will begin in Delhi with 2 nights stopover for shopping or sightseeing before boarding a flight to Dehradun. Here we will be met by a bus taking us to Hotel Nirvana on the banks of the Ganga in the Holy town of Rishikesh.

With each retreat or pilgrimage we've made to Rishikesh, we have experienced rich blessings, deep transformation and increasing bliss. This retreat promises to be a wonderful spiritual adventure and exploration, culminating in an uplift of consciousness for us all.

Rishikesh is considered by Hindus to be a holy city and is vegetarian by law. Meat and alcohol are not served in the city.

While in Rishikesh:
















 










  • We will have morning and afternoon spiritual program Shanti Mission style as well as supportive small group sessions
  • High level esoteric wisdom teachings
  • Fun, laughter, joy, friendship, love, music
  • Visit temples and ashrams
  • Travel to Haridwar to visit the Maya Devi Temple
  • Visit to Shiva Neelkanth temple, 90 minutes from Rishikesh
  • Walk to former 'Beatles' ashram where they studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, wrote music and learned Transcendental Meditation
  • Bathe in the Holy Ganga (optional)
  • Breathe in the sacred energy
  • Experience aarti to Goddess Ganga
  • Float aarti lamps in the river as you pray or chant
  • Enjoy the energy of the Ghats
                 









                                          
  • Cross Ganga on a suspension bridge enjoying the grandeur of the view of the Ganga and Himalayas
  • Experience a boat ride on the Ganga
  • Dodge cows in the street
  • Visit to nearby Haridwar, with its ancient temples and markets
  • Enjoy Indian style shopping, particularly crystals, gemstones and beautiful arts and crafts
  • Try a variety of restaurants
  • Visit nearby Lakshman Jula, similar to Rishkesh, home to many yogis and ahsrams of saints



Personal benefits from this retreat:

  • Transformation - change how you deal with and experience life
  • Gain a fresh perspective on life, who you are and why you are here
  • Learn how to apply the wisdom teachings in your day to day life
  • Discover deep friendships with a group of like-minded people
  • Expand your consciousness to allow for new ideas, inspiration and creativity
  • Experience 'living' spirituality

For Testimonial Video click here 



   Cost for this special and rare opportunity is from AU$3,452 plus your airfares (other than the internal flights included in itinerary)

Important Registration Information:
The internal flights Delhi to Rishikesh and return are included in the cost of the retreat.  However, the cost of these flights increase the closer it gets to the departure date and so there may be an extra cost the later the booking occurs - the price costed in the retreat depended on booking prior to 9th October which was advertised on this site. As that date has passed the costs of flights is going up. This extra cost is out of our control and will need to be passed on to the participant.  To secure your seat on internal flights to/from Rishikesh at the best possible price you should register as soon as possible.  


Special Offer: Book 2 retreats and save
Shakti Durga is also running a retreat to Peedam immediately following Rishikesh, 14th-23rd January 2018. If attending both Rishikesh and Peedam retreats there will be a $500 discount offered when booking the Peedam retreat. This offer only applies to those who have booked Rishikesh.


Payment of the $800 deposit will secure your place.


Cancellation Policy:

Any cancellation will attract an administration fee of AU$100, plus any costs already incurred on behalf of the participant, including payments made for the internal flights, hotel and Tour Guide's administration fee for making changes to bookings.  Any cancellation costs will be itemised and invoiced to cancelled participant.   (see booking conditions).



Balance is due on or before 19 November 2017 - bookings after this date will require full cost of retreat on registration.

This retreat is strictly limited to 37 participants. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Price includes

  • Tuition fee
  • Staff Costs
  • Administration costs
  • Porter tips
  • Flight/bus Delhi to Rishikesh
  • Flight/bus Rishikesh to Delhi
  • Airport transfer to Delhi hotel
  • 2 nights Delhi Hotel including breakfast
  • 1 night Delhi Airport hotel 13th January if this option selected
  • 9 nights Nirvana Palace Hotel Rishikesh including breakfast
  • All Govt. taxes

        Price does NOT include


  • Flights (other than those included in itinerary) ** (see below for important information)
  • India Visa
  • Travel insurance, (compulsory )
  •  Meals (other than those stated)
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfers outside the main tour group

** Flights are at your own expense other than those included in itinerary.

**Please note: we will be travelling by bus/plane back to Delhi on 13th January with approximate arrival time to Delhi 11.40am. We have arranged day use rooms in a hotel near the airport where we will collect our luggage and freshen up. We have access to the rooms until 6pm. If you wish to stay the night at this hotel it will cost an extra AU$50 per person twin share, and AU$100 single room. If you wish to stay overnight, please add this option from the options page when registering for the retreat.

** Please also note:
if you wish to fly out from Delhi on 13th January, Sanjay (our tour manager) has advised you will need to allow approximately 6 hours after our arrival to your next flight, as there are often flight delays at this time of year. Please allow for flight delays from Rishikesh when booking your return flights home. For anyone travelling on to Chennai, the retreat staff are flying Air India Flight AI42 which departs Delhi at 5.20pm and arrives Chennai 8.00pm.   Please note: if you intend arriving in Chennai on the 13th January and staying at the Radisson Blu then you will need to book your room with the hotel yourself for that night, as the retreat booking does not commence until 14th January.  If you intend travelling to Chennai on the 13th January and going straight to Peedam Ashram then let us know and we can arrange for a car to pick you up from the airport and the  extra night at the Ashram - these costs will be at your own expense.


                            


  Please download the following documents to prepare for the retreat

Things To Bring                India Visa Information         Pre Retreat Purification       
Download HERE                            Download HERE                 Download HERE         
  
      
    


  

 Accommodation - Rishikesh Hotel Nirvana Palace

Nestled amidst the panoramic wonders of the Himalayan Mountain Range, Hotel Nirvana Palace offers a serene refuge of comfort and hospitality where Indian tradition and modern services are blended.



Facilities include Nurture Spa (not included in retreat price)

At Nurture Spa we have created a selection of exclusive and luxurious treatments, ancestral holistic rituals, exotic aromatherapy techniques and facial care therapies to allow your body, spirit and mind to return to harmony and vivacity.


Retreat Package includes either Deluxe Twin or Superior Twin Rooms
Please be aware only twin rooms are available

      



Deluxe Twin Room
, includes breakfast - 10 rooms available
Offers twin beds, air conditioning, private bathroom, wifi, laundry service is available

Retreat with twin room Delhi 2nd/3rd Jan and Deluxe Twin Room Rishikesh AU$3,452 Click here to register


Retreat with single room Delhi 2nd/3rd Jan and Deluxe Twin Room Rishikesh  AU$3,552  Click here to register


 

           
 

Superior Twin Room, includes breakfast - 8 rooms available
Offers twin beds, air conditioning, private bathroom, tea/coffee maker, large wardrobe with safe, laundry service is available

Retreat with twin room Delhi 2nd/3rd Jan and Superior Twin Room Rishikesh AU$3,553 Click here to register

Retreat with single room Delhi 2nd/3rd Jan and Superior Twin Room Rishikesh AU$3,653  Click here to register


 

 



Retreat Registration

*Important Registration Information:
To secure your internal flights to/from Rishikesh you must register before 9th October 2017.  Due to the time of year we are making a group flight booking that will be finalised in October 2017.  We cannot guarantee your seat on these flights if you register after 9th October 2017.  If you register after this date, we may be able to secure a seat on another flight, however this may incur an extra expense as it would not be part of the group booking.  Alternatively we can arrange travel to Haridwar by train (approx 5-6 hours) and you will be picked up and driven to Rishikesh.

Special offer:  Book 2 retreats and save

Shakti Durga is also running a retreat to Peedam immediately following Rishikesh, 14th-23rd January 2018. If attending both Rishikesh and Peedam retreats there will be a $500 discount offered when booking the Peedam retreat. This offer only applies to those who have booked Rishikesh.

Cancellation Policy:

Any cancellation will attract an administration fee of AU$100, plus any costs already incurred on behalf of the participant, including payments made for the internal flights, hotel and Tour Guide's administration fee for making changes to bookings.    Any cancellation costs will be itemised and invoiced to cancelled participant.   (see booking conditions)


Balance is due on or before 19 November 2017.  Bookings after this date will require full cost of retreat on registration.

Please Note: you arrange your own flight to Delhi and return at your expense. Only the internal flights to and from Rishikesh per the itinerary are included in cost.

You will have airport transfer to the Delhi hotel if you supply your flight details on the registration form.  If you do not supply your flight details it will be up to you to arrange your transfer from Delhi airport to the hotel.

Please see downloadable documents above, you are required to read this to assist you to prepare for the retreat.
 
New Registration
 
           Itinerary

You will arrange your own flights to/from Delhi  We suggest you book late flights for your home journey as the expected arrival time back in Delhi from Rishikesh is approximately 11.40am and you need to be at the airport 3 hours before your flight. Booking later flights will allow for any possible delays on the return journey to Delhi. Should you wish to arrive or depart on dates outside the retreat dates given, please note it will be up to you to make your own booking for those extra nights.  Details of the hotel we are staying at in Delhi are provided for your convenience.
  • 2nd January (Tuesday)  Arrive Delhi. Transfer to Hotel Florence for 2 nights (includes breakfast).  We will arrange transfer to the Hotel if you supply your flight arrival details in your registration. Karol Bagh is known for its shopping streets, like the Ghaffar Market and Ajmal Khan Road.
          Hotel Florence Inn      
15 A/6,WEA, Ajmal  Khan Road
Near Karol Bagh Metro Station
Opp. Puja Park, Karol Bagh
New Delhi-110005
  
  • 3rd January (Wednesday) Morning Briefing - time to be advised.  Day in Delhi to relax, explore and shop.

               We have arranged a van to collect our large bags to be transported to Rishikesh as our internal flight to Rishikesh is restricted to 15kg, anything over that has an excess charge incurred. Therefore our main luggage will need to be ready in the foyer late afternoon of 3rd January, time to be advised.  We suggest you have a small bag as carry on luggage for those items you require night of 3rd January and morning of 4th January prior to our flight to Rishikesh.  This will also make it easier for check-in at the airport.  If your luggage does not go by road transport you are responsible for any excess luggage costs incurred.      

  • 4th January (Thursday)  After breakfast, board bus to Delhi airport for flight to Dehradun where we will board a bus for the final leg to Rishikesh.  Flight departs Dehli Airport 10.30am, arrive Dehradun (Jolly Grant airport) at 11.35am, then bus to Rishikesh (approximately 1 1/2hr drive).  Accommodation Hotel Nirvana Palace - 9 nights.  Afternoon program.

                   Hotel Nirvana Palace
                Swargashram, Rishikesh
                Uttarakhand, India
                Pin Code - 249304
                Phn: +91-135 - 2440300
                http://www.hotelnirvanapalace.com

  • Breakfast is included in tariff. You may want to bring your own breakfast cereal and snacks, especially if you have special dietary needs which cannot be catered for.  There is restaurant in the hotel and a myriad of different types of restaurants in the town to choose from for lunch and dinner (this is at your own expense).
  • 4th - 12 January    There will be daily program with Shakti Durga
  • 5th January (Friday)   Shakti Durga program morning and afternoon
  • 6th January (Saturday)  Shakti Durga program morning and afternoon
  • 7th January (Sunday)  There will be a public satsang held on Sunday 7th January (subject to change)
  • 8th January (Monday)   Bus trip to Haridwar
  • 9th January (Tuesday)  Shakti Durga program morning and afternoon
  • 10th January (Wednesday)  Bus trip to Neelkanth Maha Dev Temple. The temple is one of the most revered holy shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated at a height of 1330 meters and is located about 32kms from Rishikesh a very winding road, if you are prone to car sickness please bring something for travel sickness.
  • 11th January (Thursday)  Shakti Durga program morning and afternoon
  • 12th January (Friday) Shakti Durga program morning and afternoon.  Main luggage to be ready in foyer in the afternoon, time to be advised, for transport back to Delhi.
  • 13th January (Saturday) Retreat ends after breakfast. We will travel to Jolly Grant Airport (Dehradun) to board our flight for Delhi. Retreat ends.  You may wish to fly home same day or continue travel.  We have arranged day use rooms in a hotel near the airport where we will collect our luggage and freshen up. We have access to the rooms until 6pm.  If you wish to stay the night at this hotel it will cost an extra AU$50 per person twin share and AU$100 for single room.  If you wish to take advantage of this overnight stay, please choose this option when registering for the retreat.

            Please note: if you wish to fly out from Delhi the same day, Sanjay advised you will need to allow approximately 6 hours after our arrival for your next flight, as there are often flight delays at this time of year.  Please allow for flight delays from Rishikesh when booking your return flights home.


  • Sanjay, our tour guide, is offering 15% discount for anyone who would like to use his services. To plan before and after trips, flights, accommodation etc.  Sanjay is most reliable and caring and we have used his services to assist us on many occasions in the past.

            Sanjay's details:

            Unique Voyages Pvt Ltd

            B-015, Waterville, Opp. Sigma Tech Park

            Ramagondnahalli

            Varthur Main Road

            Bangalore - 560066 Karnataka

            India.

            Ph: +91 80 40901091

            Telefax: +91 80 41650534

            Cell:  +91 9980778930

            Email: sanjay@indtoursholidays.com and indtours@yahoo.com

            Web: www.indtoursholidays.com

            Member of India Association of Tour Operators