THE HEART OF YOGA - 16 DAYS THROUGH HOLY DHAMS (SITES) & KUMBH MELA

EJ
6 reviews
Feb 21 - Mar 8, 2019
Group size: 5 - 25
THE HEART OF YOGA - 16 DAYS THROUGH HOLY DHAMS (SITES) & KUMBH MELA
India

6 reviews

$4095
Deposit: $500
Feb 21 - Mar 8, 2019
Group size: 5 - 25

About this trip

Where to even start?


It is an experience beyond words.


India is for those who seek and for those who believe that life might hold just a bit more.
For thousands of years pilgrims have traveled to these mystical lands in search of something greater, deeper and transformative, and this year's journey back is ready to feed our tired and hungry souls.


A lifetime must, being in aligned company and under experienced and conscious  guidance on how to approach and experience fully these Holy Cities, make the absolute difference in your experience, understanding, and appreciation for these holy lands and offerings.
For 2019 we immerse together for  two of the most sacred pilgrimages at their holy sites with Ardh Kumbh Mela and Shivaratri in Allahabad. 


Created with love and purposeful intention by life long travel experts and led by international teacher Erica Jung, a dedicated guide and student of sacred Vedic spaces and philosophies of the Bhakti tradition, this retreat is the ultimate in India is you are not looking to be a tourist but to really dive into the heart of things. 


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SACRED PILGRIMAGE EVENT INFO:


Kumbh Mela is the largest religious & holiest gathering in the world.


Visiting India during Kumbh Mela can be your most significant opportunity to witness Indian Culture and Centuries-old traditions at its best.


Kumbh Mela, listed on UNESCO's  Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is considered as the world’s largest gathering of pilgrims and is a very vital event for Hinduism. 


According to the expert committee of UNESCO, Kumbh Mela is the most abundant, peaceful religious gathering on earth, where people of different classes participate without any discrimination.


The festival has its origins in Hindu mythology which says Lord Vishnu wrested a golden pot containing the nectar of immortality from demons. Four drops fell on the four locations across India, in the cities of Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik in a 12-day fight for possession. 


The Kumbh Mela is held at one of these spots every six years, with the festival at Allahabad the holiest of them all.


A site where one of 4 drops of Amrit ( Nector of Eternal Life) were dropped by Lord Vishnu, is the reason that a big number of Hindus from every corner of the world arrive at the fair to bathe in the holy rivers, or a ritual meant to clean them of sin and bring pureness to their lives. 


The Kumbh Mela Allahabad attracts devotes in millions from all over the world.


This yoga of Makar Sankranti is called “Kumbh bath-yoga” and this day considered a particular delight because they believed that on this day the doors of heaven from the earth open and by taking a bath here, the soul gets liberation with ease.


This powerful and deeply spiritual event happens only on the 6th year of every 12 years.



ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANCE OF ALLAHABAD:


Kumbh at Prayag (Allahabad) is more critical than other Kumbh because it leads to light. Prayag is a place where the symbol of intelligence is the rise of the sun.


Prayag considered as the origin of the universe and the center of the earth.


It is believed that before the creation of the world, Brahma Ji (also known as Svayambhu or self-born) did Ashwamegha Yagya here in Allahabad. 


Along with Brahmeshwara temple, Dashwamedh Ghat is now present here as a sign of the Yagya. ("sacrifice, devotion, worship, offering", and refers in Hinduism to any ritual done in front of a sacred fire, often with mantras.)



SIGNIFICANCE OF MAHA SHIVARATRI:


Auspicious festival of Mahashivaratri falls on the 4th night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun and is celebrated by the devotees of Lord Shiva, who is the God of meditation, austerity, and contemplation.. The Sanskrit term, Krishna Paksha means the period of waning moon or the dark fortnight.


Shivaratri Festival is celebrated on a moonless night.


Maha Shivaratri is considered the day when adiyogi or the first guru awakened his consciousness at the material level of existence.  


Different legends describe the significance of Maha Shivaratri. 


According to Hindu mythology, Shivaratri or ‘Shiva's Great Night’ symbolizes the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Many however, believe, Shivaratri is the night when Lord Shiva performed the Tandava Nritya - the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction. 


Devotees strongly believe that praying to Lord Shiva on this auspicious day washes away their sins and takes them closer to the path of salvation. On this day, devotees observe strict fasting and worship Lord Shiva with Milk, honey, sandalwood paste, Bel Leaves, flowers, fruits ets. It is followed by Meditation, chanting mantras and singing bhajans praising the Lord, throughout the night .


Celebrations of Shivaratri Festival mainly take place at night. Devotees of Lord Shiva throng Shiva temples across the country and spend ‘the Night of Lord Shiva’ by chanting verses and hymns in praise of the Lord. The festival holds special meaning for the ladies. They pray to Goddess Parvati also called ′Gaura′, the giver of ′suhag′ for good husbands, marital bliss and a long and prosperous married life. 


This year Maha Shivaratri has particular significance in Allahabad being a main and final bathing day of Ardh Kumbh Mela.




SAPTA PURI MEANING:

The Sapta Puri are places of birth of religious and spiritual masters, places where Gods have descended as avatars(incarnations) such as Ayodhya where Rama was born, and places considered as Nitya tirthas, naturally endowed, with spiritual powers since ages such as Varanasi and Haridwar.

We will travel to 4 out of the 7 Sapta Puri along with other historical and important spiritual sites.

Be prepared to leave behind who you thought you were and step into the heart of who you are.

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Available Packages

Double Room
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SHARED ROOMS WILL ALL HAVE A PRIVATE BATH AND SEPERATE BEDS EXCEPT FOR HARDIWAR WHERE THE LOCATION ONLY HAS OVERSIZED KING BEDS CONSISTING OF TWO BED COMBINED. 

$4095
Deposit: $500
Single Room
Available until Feb 1st4 left

ALL ROOMS HAVE PRIVATE BATHS

$5195
Deposit: $500

Itinerary

Day 1 - New Delhi
Welcome to India!!

You will arrive today at Delhi International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage
collection, our tour guide will meet you after which you would be transferred to your hotel.

Unpack and unwind enjoying the night in Delhi or even sneak in a few sites in this world and ancient hub!

Your Organizer


EJ
Erica Jung
6 reviews
Fierce, compassionate, and beating to the beat of her own drum, Erica Jung is one yoga teacher you want to know. She’s a New Jersey native and splits her time living there and in Hamburg, Germany. Making good use of her dual citizenship, she speaks both English and Mandarin and teaches and hosts yoga retreats all over the world. - Erica first found yoga about 13 years ago while studying psychology and nursing. She stepped into her first yoga class with a desire to become more flexible, only to discover yoga was so much more than that. It was a way to blend her WHOLE-istic philosophy and Eastern and Western Sciences together into a potent combination that brought out the highest version of self. - She's now the creator of Transformational Travel and Science of Spirit which all help people expand their perspectives and connect more fully and genuinely to their true selves, for their best life yet. _ She hopes to connect with you and share this ever exciting journey called life.

Reviews

Erica made the difference on this yoga adventure in Peru. She delivered a powerful experience that was nourishment for the mind, body and soul which made my heart sing and my mind let go. I am so grateful for the opportunity to immerse myself in all the wonder I found in Peru because I didn’t need to worry about all the details. I felt so at ease trusting that that part of the trip would be taken care of for me. To my amazement it turned out to be one wow day after another. The way Erica can give everyone on and off the mat individualized attention like you’re the only person in the room with her in a room full of people, the way a baby alpaca runs into your arms or how awesome it was to have the Neil Diamond of Peru join you for a shamanic experience are just a few of my fondest memories from this experience. I will treasure my alpaca hat, cocoa tea, condor feather musical instrument, the spiritual climbs, the ceremonies and natural bonding of amazing people who were together on this journey. It’s possible the bar was set high for this trip but I will still say without hesitation, “Another Trepta Yoga Retreat could never be a bad idea.”
A genuine adventure both spiritually and materially. We saw ancient sacred cities, had enough time to absorb the mood yet move from place to place efficiently to get an incredible amount of visuals in during the 16 day tour. Erica was knowledgeable about India, fun to be with and as nurturing as a mother. All accommodations were wonderful, well placed and a great haven when we returned from our activities. Big time kudos to Erica. I would most definitely go on another tour with her and highly recommend erica to anyone else looking for adventure that is both fun and spiritually deep.
MR
I recently returned from a 16 day tour around India with Erica and Udo. I’m not really a tour person but have to say it never really felt like I was on a tour , more like traveling around with a bunch of fun, eclectic friends on an amazing adventure. The trip went seamlessly, which in a country like India is a feat in itself.... Udo is meticulous and chooses only the best hotels , local guides and restaurants and gently showed us around without us ever feeling herded. As for Erica , well I nicknamed her the wizard as she has this amazing ability to connect with people and bring out the best in them. They both shared their knowledge and insight of this amazing country which took us to places I never imagined I’d get to experience. India , like the ads say, IS incredible and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to experience it than with Erica and Udo. Thank you for the memories that will last a lifetime. I’m already thinking of signing up for another trip soon !
Traveling India with the love and guidance of Erica, Udo and our guides exceeded my expectations. No I mean like really, seriously out of this world exceeded my expectations. From the stunning scenery to the food (I’m a huge foodie) to the lessons I learned I can’t begin to accurately express how incredible this 16 day adventure truly was. We laughed hysterically, ate fully and our souls were filled to the brim throughout our journey. This was one of the best gifts I could have ever given myself. Thank you Erica and Udo for organizing such a life transforming trip. You guys rock!
PS
This was my second trip with Erica ( I went to Peru with her) so I was pretty sure it was going to be amazing but it surpassed all my expactations! It was like a wild 16 days ride on a magic carpet through some of the Holy places in India many of which out of the tourist route. Very well organized, incredible group, always felt safe, magical moments, Ioga sessions with chanting and stories about the Indian gods and so much more. An amazing experience I will never forget. So if you have an open heart and want to go out of the ordinary Tourist tours don´t exitate, Erica is your ticket! Thank you so much Erica and Udo
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