Upon arrival in New Delhi, we will be assigned to our buses and the journey begins to Haridwar. Also known as the “Gateway to the Himalayas”, it is one of the most sacred cities in India.
Haridwar is also home to the Kumbh Mela, a grand spiritual congregation that happens only once every 12 years. It attracts millions of spiritual seekers across India, including the elusive sages and saints who make a special journey down the Himalayas to bathe in the holy waters of River Ganga.
An early morning start gets us on the road as we begin our journey into the Himalayas. Enjoy the beautiful vistas that unfold while driving to Uttarkashi, also known as the “Kashi of the North”.
We will visit and meditate at the powerful, two thousand year-old Kashi Vishwanath temple, which is one of the most ancient shrines in this region.
Gangotri / Uttarkashi
In the early morning, savor the serene and picturesque landscape as we travel to Gangotri, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas. According to legends, it was here that Lord Shiva released the sacred Ganga from his locks of hair, earning the river her alternate name of Bhagirathi.
Enjoy a refreshing dip in the sacred river and meditate on her rocky banks. Travel back to Uttarkashi for an overnight stay and, if time permits, we stop at Kashi Vishwanath temple once again for the evening Arati.
Guptkashi, also known as ”Secret Kashi” is located on a ridge of the valley surrounding the Mandakini river. The town is famous for the ancient Vishwanath temple, which is said to have been consecrated by the legendary sage Agastya himself and dedicated to Lord Shiva as Vishwanath – “Lord of the Universe”.
In the same courtyard is the famous shrine dedicated to Ardhanarishwara – the deity which is depicted as half-male and half-female – symbolizing the unity of the masculine and feminine within us.
Trek to the ancient and powerful Kedarnath temple, which houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and is known as one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in India.
Sadhguru says, “Kedarnath is a very heady mixture of energies. This is a place that has witnessed thousands of yogis and mystics of every kind.”
After the immensity of Kedarnath, return to Guptkashi and the ancient Vishwanath temple for a satsang and meditation process at the Manikarnika Kund located in front of the temple. This is also the place where Sadhguru Sri Brahma spent a few months in meditation along with his disciples.
While traveling to Badrinath, have a glimpse of some of the Panch Prayags – the famous five confluences of two or more rivers.
Karnaprayag marks the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Pindar. It is here that Karna is said to have propitiated Surya, the Sun God, to acquire an impregnable shield for battle.
Vishnuprayag is the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga, where Lord Vishnu appeared before sage Narada.
At Nandaprayag, Lord Krishna’s father Nanda is supposed to have conducted a great sacrifice, where rivers Alaknanda and Nandakini come together.
Badrinath is known for its ancient Vishnu temple and its natural hot springs. Visit the Badrinath temple, Vyasa cave, Bheempul and Mana – “The Last Indian Village” near the Indo-Chinese border. A satsang and meditation will follow in the evening.
Rudraprayag is a confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. It is of immense significance as according to legend, this is where Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Rudra to the sage Narada, who was in an intense state of meditation.
Haridwar / Rishikesh
During the return journey, we stop at Devprayag – meaning “Holy Confluence” – which marks the place where river Alaknanda merges with Bhagirathi, giving birth to the river Ganga.
We will participate in a spectacular evening Arati on the banks of the Ganga in Rishikesh during sunset.
The journey comes to an end as we travel back with heartfelt experiences and memories to last a lifetime.
We will reach New Delhi around 6:00 PM.
This is a tentative itinerary and may vary slightly depending upon several factors.