A 12-day pilgrimage of the inner and outer landscapes with Hareesh and Leila.
Back by popular demand, the Sacred India Tour is a journey unlike any you've experienced. We will visit incredible temples and sacred sites of Yoga and of Shaivism while engaging in deep practice and contemplation of spiritual teachings.
This time we travel to Tamil Nādu, the spiritual heartland of yoga. Sanskrit scholar Hareesh (Christopher Wallis), who first visited India more than 20 years ago, will be your guide to these sacred sites and their teachings, while vinyāsa flow yoga teacher Leila Sadeghee will enliven your body and senses with a daily practice informed by 20 years of experience.
You can relax into your experience knowing everything is all taken care of. The price is all-inclusive (except flight and tips), and every detail is attended to with loving care. We stay in luxurious hotels with a traditional flair, because why skimp on what might be the greatest pilgrimage of your life?!
Join us as we visit some of the most powerful sacred sites of South India and explore Tantrik philosophy right where it flourished over a thousand years ago.
Woven together with daily āsana practice and guided meditation, this journey will nourish your body, mind, and senses.
Who is our guide?
Hareesh (Christopher Wallis) will offer yoga philosophy discourse and accompany you on the entire pilgrimage. In addition to the experienced guidance of Hareesh we also have a local tour guide we’ve worked with for all our retreats who speaks fluent English and will be devoted to us for the entire trip.
All yoga and meditation with Briala
All hotel rooms stays at heritage hotels and eco-resorts
All meals at the hotels and enroute
Admissions to the monuments
Transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned tour bus
Local tour guide
Tips for hotel staff and waiters
Still camera/video camera use fees in the temples (a few dollars at most)
Tips outside of our hotel
Transport to and from the airport
You are held
India can be a wild ride. This retreat offers an opportunity to be held and guided in a way that allows you to put all of your energy into opening your heart to the teachings, sacred sites, and practices.
You will be in the best of hands: Hareesh, Briala, trip coordinator Melissa Pontius, and local experts Southern Trails Ltd. have all worked together before on prior India trips with great success.
When traveling to India do I need a visa?
You do need a visa; The process is becoming easier every year. If you want to apply now you can Find out all of the instructions here. There is an option for US citizens to obtain a visa on arrival but that still means you need to meet the 7 points of eligibility and submit the online forms 30 days in advance of your arrival in India. You can see all the details and fill in the online forms here if you want to go with that option rather than obtaining a visa in advance. https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
Are there required or recommended vaccines?
Vaccines are not required but if you want to find out about recommendations then you're welcome to visit your Doctor or a travel clinic. We won't be in a malaria affected area on this tour but you may want to bring malaria pills with you just in case.
How much money should I bring with me?
Since your basic costs are already covered consider what you want to bring for tipping, any extra excursions you plan to go on, airport transfers, and shopping.
Melissa, our tour manager, will be sending emails with all of the important information, including flight and visa information, to ensure you are completely taken care of and prepared. If you have questions please contact her here: firstname.lastname@example.org
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