11th – 24th of February:
India Bhakti Yatra 2018 a Pilgrimage with Petros Haffenrichter & Visvambhar Sheth
In this unique pilgrimage, hosted by renown Bhaktas and Yogis (Visvambhar & Petros) we will visit the Land of the Krishna Lila, Vrinadavan and beyond.
We will explore Temples, Ashrams and Saints following the footsteps of Lord Krishna. Visvambhar and Petros will guide with local friends, contributing with stories of the Lila, personal insights and of course ongoing Kirtan. This will be a special celebration and unique experience, coming to the roots of Bhakti Yoga and leading to the gates of the Himalayas – two of the most sacred places on earth: the Yamuna River with the Braj Area and Rishikesh on holy Mother Ganga.
Visvambhar says: I am thrilled to be co-facilitating a retreat/pilgrimage to India Feb 11-24. The special aspect of this retreat is that we will be spending 10 days exploring the Holy Land of Vraja, including Vrindavan and Govardhan, the playgrounds of Krishna and Radha.
I spent many years of my youth practicing Bhakti and learning from teachers in this sacred land. My father brought me on a one-month walking/ barefoot pilgrimage around Vraj (Vraja Mandala Parikrama) when I was 5 years old. Since then I have been blessed to undertake that same pilgrimage over 9 times.
I feel honored to be able to share the sacred stories and moods of these places with the retreat participants. We will dive deep into the essence of these mystical portals to the spiritual realm through discussion, singing and association with the saints that still walk amongst us in these holy lands. We also expect to have many bhakti teachers and musicians join us, as we ourselves also want the uplifting association.
We will spend the last few days relaxing on the banks of the Ganga in Rishikesh, at the foothills of the Himalayas. This will allow for a time of deep connection and contemplation.
11th – 15th of February: GOVARDHAN
Accommodation: Shri Radha Brij Vasundhara Resort & Spa * * * *
Brij Vasundhara spread at the feet of the sacred Govardhan Parvat (Hill) redefines luxury in this divine land. Idyllically located at the basis of the pious Govardhan Parikrama, this spectacular resort brings you closer to the God. Amongst the exhilarating view of the panoramic Govardhan hill and echoes of chants and hymns in the air, these luxury cottages provide a heavenly experience taking you away from the world once you step in. The quality of service and the aura of the hotel promise an unparalleled stay while the tastefully landscaped green areas will definitely soothe your senses.
Each cottage opens into its mini private tastefully landscaped green space, the glass facade of the fourth wall ensures a unique blend of nature and grandeur. The two spacious yet cozy bedrooms along with the living room bring out the best of nature -come and indulge yourself in the warmth of the morning sun, ponder all through the noon, and soothe your nerves as the evening breeze gently caresses you. The serenity will be a bliss to the nature enthusiasts while modern amenities will ensure a hassle-free stay for you.
15th – 20th of February: VRINDAVAN
Accommodation: Anand Krishna Van * * * the most preferred hospitality destination
Ananda Krishna Van features apartments with a kitchenette and free private parking. Located in Vrindavan, known for its many sacred temples, the property is 400 m from Prem Mandir (Temple of Love).
The air-conditioned apartments feature a satellite TV, seating area and wardrobe. It includes a refrigerator. Private bathroom comes with free toiletries and a shower.
In the Samrahasyopanishad, Lord Vishnu says, “Hey Laxmi! Listen, the greatness of Vrindavan is so that I am unable to describe it. Only those who make a special effort to visit Mathura and Vrindavan can feel the vastness of this ananda”.
The Lord’s intense love for Vrindavan has made it the centre for Krishna Bhakti. It is in this ambience of the faithful that Ananda Krishna Van fulfills the desire of Lord Krishna by offering the best of services to the Lords devotees in Vrindavan.
20th – 24th of February: RISHIKESH
Accommodation: Divinge Ganga Cottage
Tucked away on the foothills of the Himalayas,Divine Ganga cottage is located in the country’s most beautiful Northern region Rishikesh,Known for its peaceful environment & breathtaking breeze .This property overlooks the enchanting Ganga as it meanders through the majestic Himalayan mountains.It is walking distance from Famous bridge,Lakshman Jhula enroute to the shrine of Badrinath and Kedarnath.
Every room opens out onto a large airy balcony, where one can sip away a cup of hot lemon-ginger tea while enjoying the breeze of the Ganges.
Length of stay: 13 nights / 14 days
Shared occupancy*: 2.330 Euro per person / 2655 USD per person
Single occupancy: +400 Euro per person / +455 USD per person
Earlybird discounts: We need to receive your full payment by 1st October 2017, in order to get the Earlybird discount. (-100 Euro)
All ground transportation in India, within the itinerary (local transportations with air conditioned busses and trains)
Accommodations in each destination
Two meals per day for 11 days, usually breakfast and dinner and 1 meal on arrival and departure day.
All required tips and taxes
Professional local guides, and tour leaders
All hotels, Trips, Restaurants etc have been personally inspected by the Teachers.
Price does not include:
Flight to and from India; passport and visa fees; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; beverages; any transportation outside of group activities.
*Special note: if you book a shared accommodation but there is no one to share with you, you’ll need to pay the upgraded occupancy rate.