Divine Light: Varanasi Temples, Rituals and Celebrations

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Maria Garre
Maria Garre
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Nov 2 - 7, 2017
Group size: 10-20
Divine Light: Varanasi Temples, Rituals and Celebrations
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Maria Garre
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$1450
Deposit: $500
Nov 2 - 7, 2017
Group size: 10-20

About this trip

A divine retreat to bathe you in the magic, splendor and grace of Varanasi! 

Our retreat is perfectly timed to occur during a truly divine festival: Dev Diwali, celebrated primarily in Varanasi. During the festival you will witness the ghats of the Ganga lit by thousands of ghee lamps, special ceremonies performed by Brahmin priests along the Ganga all via private boat access. 

Enjoy the luxury of our hotel oasis as a way to counter the activity filled days with delightful spa treatments, poolside relaxation, peacock gazing and more. Daily we will explore and learn about various myths, temple sites and participate in a private puja a the Durga Kund temple. 

Varanasi, is one of the most colorful, mythical, spiritual places on the planet. Historically known as Kashi, it is considered to be one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world. 

This is a place where the mystery of life and death all come together. Situated along the banks of the Ganga, Varanasi is a more then it’s a destination it is a place of moksha, liberation.  

What’s included

• 6 days, 5 nights accommodations at the luxurious Gateway by Taj Hotel 
• Gourmet daily buffet breakfast and dinner 
• Transportation and entrance fees to all excursions and events 
• Daily Yoga and Meditation classes with Maria Garre in beautiful outdoor setting 
• Local English speaking guide to support excursion and learning 
• Daily excursions to temples and holy ceremonies 
• Professional lectures with Philosophy scholars and professors regarding Hinduism and spirituality
• Roundtrip Airport to hotel transfers  

Not included

• Transportation to Varanasi
• Travel or any other kind of insurance 
• Costs and expenses for medical treatment arising due to any calamity 
• Any accommodation, travel or transport (or upgrade) outside of our above itinerary for any reason
• Extra sightseeing outside our planned schedule 
• Extra meals, drinks, snacks etc. 
• Tips, donations for guide, driver, etc.

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until Oct 06
$1450
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
Available until Oct 06
$1950
Deposit: $500
$1450
$1450
Deposit: $500

Double Occupancy

Itinerary

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Arrival to Varanasi
- Arrival at Varanasi Airport and transfer to hotel - Opening Ceremony and Yoga with Maria - Welcome Dinner (outside) Indian BBQ + Indian Dance Performance Overnight at Hotel  

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Maria Garre
Maria Garre
Maria is dedicated to a life-long study, practice and teaching of both Yoga and Ayurveda. Celebrating over 20 years of study in Medical and Biological Sciences, Philosophy, Ayurveda and Yoga, Maria’s teachings offer a grounded yet transformative approach to living, being, and embodying Yoga. Blending the knowledge she has gathered from her studies with her yearly trips to India, she leads dynamic, liberating classes and trainings that embody the alchemy of all these disciplines and teachings. Maria has been studying with Shiva Rea since 2000 which led her to coordinate Shiva’s International Yoga Teacher Training Program and served as the Prana Flow Affiliate Certification Coordinator for five years. She has been involved in Health, Yoga and Pilates instruction for over 15 years. In addition to offering teacher training, workshops and retreats world-wide, Maria has completed programs at both the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and the world-renowned Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad. She has written several articles for local and international publications, including Yoga Journal, Simple Living and Ayurveda Today and has been a featured presenter at Vancouver and Toronto Yoga Conferences. More information can be found at www.mariagarre.com