Himalayan Adventure & Babaji's Cave Pilgrimage, September 2018

Saints, Sages, and Shrines of the Scenic Himalayas

September 14 – October 2, 2018,

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This extraordinary pilgrimage offers an incredible variety of spiritual experiences, and includes a fascinating itinerary of holy places in beautiful natural settings, from the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh to the Himalayan mountains, forests and jungles in the Almora and Kumaon hill areas.

Starting in Delhi, the pilgrims then go to the lower Himalayas, which include beautiful lakes and forests. Access to these areas is by bus, and in some cases by foot, with walks of between 1⁄2 hour and 1 1⁄2 hours. All walks that we do are at the pace and rhythm which is comfortable for each individual.

The itinerary includes visits to the ashrams and shrines of past and present saints, including the cave where the immortal guru, Babaji, gave Kriya Yoga initiation for the first time in the modern age to his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya.

Having physical and health condition which allows one to walk easily at altitudes of 2,000-3,400 meters is important to be able to participate on this pilgrimage, but also a keen sense of adventure and devotion.

Ananda is offering this inspiring, well-organized, and lovingly guided pilgrimage to India since many years and you are cordially invited!



Program:
 
Naukchiatal
Naukchiatal is a picturesque emerald lake at an altitude of 1,800 meters (about 4,500 feet), and is one of the nine famous lakes of the Kumaon region of India. It is a peaceful setting with a charming town. There are numerous saints and ashrams in this area, including:
* Saint Francis Baba, who for the past thirty years has lived in a small ashram on a mountain top near Bhimtal. He lives in perfect harmony with nature and the animals, and tigers come to visit him.
* 120-year-old Swami Paramananda, a dynamic sadhu, was formerly a doctor in Calcutta who  renounced his worldly duties to dedicate his life to the spiritual search. He met Lahiri Mahasaya when he was a child. We hope to have darshan with him, chanting and meditation, with the chance to ask him questions. Previous trips to this wonderful saint have left everyone uplifted. This Swami also recounts to us his personal contact with Babaji.
 
Almora
On the way from Naukchiatal to the Almora district we will stop to meditate at another Neem Karoli Baba ashram and at various temples.
                                  
Kausani and Babaji’s Cave
From Almora we proceed to Kausani, where we will stay in the ideally-located Suman Royal Resort, with a panoramic view of the Himalayas from all rooms and terraces. One day is dedicated to Babaji’s cave, an experience which includes a beautiful walk of about one hour. This is where Babaji gave the first Kriya initiation in modern times to Lahiri Mahasaya, who then went on to teach it to thousands in Benares.
The next day is dedicated to visiting Sadhana Giri, a young, dynamic sadhu who lives in an ancient meditation site visited by saints and sages for thousands of years, where he leads a solitary life of yoga and meditation practice. This valley ashram is located next to a beautiful waterfall, where Lahiri Mahasaya also meditated.
 
Badrinath (3,100 meters)
Badrinath is the holiest shrine and pilgrimage place in all of India. Located at 3100 meters on the banks of the Alaknanda River, it was established by Swami Shankaracharya in the seventh century. The shrine is dedicated to Badrinarayan, a form of Vishnu, whom many devotees consider to be Babaji. The statue in the temple was found in the river by Shankaracharya. We will hike to the spectacular falls of Vasudev, hike into the Neelkanth Valley, visit the sacred temple of Badrinath, meditate at the caves of Veda Vyasa and Ganesha, who brought the epic Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita to the world. We will also have time to visit the Tibetan colony of Mana and enjoy the holy city of Badrinath, including visits to the swamis and babas who live in this holy valley. We will be at an altitude of about 3000-3400 m (9500-11000 ft) and have spectacular views of the snow covered mountains and green valleys of the Himalayas. One can experience a profound silence in this beautiful valley.
 
Rishikesh
Located at the foot of the Himalayas on the banks of the Ganges river, Rishikesh is blessed with the holy atmosphere of many ashrams, saints and sadhus. We will meditate along the Ganges and in various ashrams and holy places. One of the highlights will be a visit to Vanamali Devi, a devotional woman sage, living in her picturesque ashram above the Ganges. There will be an opportunity to meditate in Swami Sivananda’s kutir and on the ghat where spent many hours each morning in meditation, and visit his tomb at the Divine Life Society. There will be free time for walking, shopping and meditating on your own. After this the group will return to Delhi for the return flight.
 
 
Guides and Transportation
Jayadev Jaerschky and e Shantidev Graf  will be your guides. They are  residents of Ananda Assisi, with a lot of experience in guiding Himalaya pilgrimages. They will be joined by our long-time Indian guides (for example Mahavir). In addition, local mountain experts will accompany the group in some areas. Languages spoken will be English and Italian.


  
 
Participation Fees
Double occupancy, without flight: approx. €1,950.00 per person
Single-room supplement (limited number available): approx. €650.00


These fees are a close approximation, based on the information we have on hand (€1 = Rs 70). Due to possible fluctuations in the exchange rate and the cost of oil, which affect costs of flights and other transportation as well as hotel accommodations, some of these fees might change slightly.
 
 
Included in the Program Fee:
    * food and lodging, two meals per day (breakfast and dinner), guided spiritual   
       practices
    * all ground transportation
    * medical insurance (limited) valid only during the pilgrimage
    * bottled water
    * tips for porters
    * Ananda and Indian guides
 
Not Included in the Program Fee:
    * Flight to Delhi (unless booked with us, see details above)
    * Indian visa costs
    * Extra meals and beverages
    * Donations to ashrams, sadhus, charitable organizations
    * Tips for special service from Indian guides, drivers, etc.
    * Personal trips with taxis, rickshaws, etc.
    * Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet, etc.
 
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