India – from mundane to sublime.
Asato ma sadgamaya. Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya. Mrtyorma amrtam gamaya
From the unreal lead me to the real, from darkness lead me to light, from death lead me to immortality.
We would like to invite residents of any country to take part in this amazing tour. You may be in search of true knowledge or just interested in heritage and culture of another country, but you should be ready to touch the unknown. The trip will take place during the Spring Navaratri- festival dedicated to the worship of the Divine Mother. "Nava-ratri" literally means "nine nights." Navaratri or Navadurga Parva happens to be the most auspicious and unique period of devotional sadhanas and worship of Shakti. It is believed that it is the divine power that provides energy for the earth to move around the sun, causing the changes in the outer nature and that this divine power must be thanked for maintaining the correct balance of the universe. Due to the changes in the nature, the bodies and minds of people undergo a considerable change; therefore it is the best time for purification of consciousness and comprehension of one’s true self.
PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY PLACES (Delhi, Lucknow, Naimisharanya, Varanasi, Somnath, Prayag, Chitrakoot, Ayodhya, Mathura, Vrindavan.) Sacred rivers: Yamuna, Ganges, Godavari and Gomti.
March 13 - 29, 2015. Pilgrims from other countries can join the group in Delhi. Please register by February 10, 2015.
LUCKNOW - located in Northern India and sits on the north-western shore of the sacred Gomti river. According to one legend, the city is named after Lakshmana, a hero of the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana who was a brother of Rama. Lucknow is home to many historical monuments and ornamental gardens and parks, among which the architectural complex of Bara Imambara is the most prominent.
NAIMISHARANYA - a place that has witnessed many significant events, therefore since ancient times is a place of pilgrimage .It's a place free from the influence of Kali Yuga.
Once, in a holy place in the forest of Naimiṣāraṇya, great sages headed by the sage Śaunaka assembled to perform a great thousand-year sacrifice for the satisfaction of the Lord and His devotees. S.B.1.1.4.
VARANASI - Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world and is said to be founded by Shiva Himself. Knowledge, philosophy, culture, devotion to Gods, Indian arts and crafts have all flourished here for centuries. To be in Varanasi is an experience in itself an experience in self–discovery of an eternal oneness of the body and soul. The name Varanasi originates from the names of the two rivers: Varuna, still flowing in Varanasi, and Asi, a small stream near Assi Ghat. Untold numbers of pilgrims from around the world are coming here to the shores of the Great Ganga to perform the ritual ablutions.
Maharshi Patanjali, the preceptor of Ayurveda and Yoga, was also affiliated with Varanasi.
SARNATH - after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha went to Sarnath. At this place, the Buddha encountered the five men who had been his companions of earlier austerities and to them he preached his first discourse in the deer park to set in motion the 'Wheel of the Dharma'. Probably the most noticeable structure at Sarnath is the Dhamek stupa. It is, in fact, one of the most prominent Buddhist structures in India; it was built by the King Ashoka in 249 BCE.
CHITRAKOOT - a town of significant religious, cultural, historical and archaeological importance. Chitrakoot means the “Hill of many wonders”. Chitrakuta’s spiritual legacy stretches back to legendary ages: It was in these deep forests that Rama, Sita and his brother Lakshmana spent eleven and half years of their fourteen years of exile. Therefore most of the Chitrakoot’ s holy places are related to Ramayna.
AYODHYA is regarded as one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus, is the birthplace of Lord Ram – hero of epic poem Ramayana and incarnation of Vishnu. According to the Ramayana, the city is 9,000 years old and was founded by Manu. Its first ruling king was Ikshvaku, of the solar clan Suryavansa. Ayodhya is a city of worship. Several religions have prospered simultaneously as well as at different periods. Elements of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam can be found in the city.
VRINDAVAN, also called „ Town of 5000 temples” is located on the banks of sacred Yamuna river. It is one of the most sacred (and loved by pilgrims) towns in India. According to the ancient legend, in ancient times there was a forest where Lord Krishna during his earthly incarnation performed his lilas (pastimes).
Banke Bihari, Govindaji, Madana Mohan, Rangaji, Radharama temples, Krishna Balaram Mandir, Keshi ghat.
Tour program also includes (optional):
Morning and evening yoga and meditation classes (if no transfers);
Introduction to the ancient epic Ramayana;
Lectures on dinacharya (Vedic daily routine);
Course on how to restore one’s vision;
Conversation on t the basics of Vedic nutrition;
Auspicious practices for Navaratri days;
Auspicious practices for solar eclipse;
You may optionally choose an extra day in Delhi before the beginning of the tour (March 13, 2015). Price: 105 EUR.
PRICE OF THE TOUR: 1150 EUR
Price includes: travel expenses in India, transfers to / from airport to hotel, accommodation, two vegetarian meals a day (breakfast 8.00-9.00, lunch 15.00-16.00), organizational costs and translation services, Russian speaking guide, escort of the organizers from the beginning to the end of the tour.
Not included: flight to Delhi and back, visa, insurance, personal donations, personal expenses, porterage, tips, entrance fees, water, rituals, and personal astrological forecast.
Travelling in third class AC train compartments (3A). If you would like to travel in 2A or 1A compartments, kindly inform us in advance.
Accommodation in ashrams or middle class hotels with average 2 to 3 beds in one room. (If you would like to stay in hotels of higher level, kindly inform us in advance)
Surcharge will be discussed individually depending on the requirements. Surcharge for staying in a single room: 350 EUR.