Take a heart-felt journey through the North of India on this very special 14 day retreat filled with spiritual vitality and adventure. The experience begins in Delhi before heading to Agra to witness the Taj Mahal under a full moon. Three nights in Jaipur complete ‘the Golden Circle’, followed by 5 nights exploring Rishikesh (the world capital for Yoga) with our final leg visiting Dharamshala – home of the Dalai Lama. Spend 3 nights here before flying into Delhi for the final night of the journey. Each day blends vibrant experiences for the senses with practices of yoga and meditation in extraordinary surrounds – for an unforgettable journey that will fill your cup.
This retreat is lead by one of our much loved, highly experienced teachers and trusted affiliate retreat leaders. Sue Byrne of Yoga Byrne Studio in Western Australia, brings a wealth of knowledge in both teaching and life! She’ll be guiding you into both inner and outer worlds on this magical journey.
India is a fascinating country with it’s rich ancient history and vibrant, interesting culture. Blessed with diverse environments, climatic conditions, and cultural beliefs, North India covers an area of about 1,420,540 sq km. Its most prominant geographical features include the Himalayas to its north, the Thar Desert to its west and the Indo-Gangetic plains that span the states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The region shares its borders with China, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan. North India also has some of the largest glaciers, sub-tropical forests, wildlife reserves and archaeological treasures. Prepare to be wowed.
This journey is a moving feast and the venue for accommodation, yoga and adventures (!) will change daily. Please check the itinerary to give you a clearer idea of where you will be staying.
One session of yoga and meditation will be shared on most days. There may be a couple of occasions where our travel itinerary does not allow for it. Practices will be guided by the very experienced Sue Byrne from Yoga Byrne with practices tailored to meet the groups needs. (Please BYO a non-slip yoga mat).
Explore everything from street food to locally prepared cuisine. Prepare to have your taste buds tingle! Please note that Rishikesh is an alcohol free and vegetarian town.
Arrive into Delhi in time to all catch up over a Welcome Dinner
An early departure after breakfast to arrive into Agra around midday. After lunch we head to the Taj Mahal to explore this historic wonder, and if permission is granted, be guided by Sue through a meditation practice within this majestic complex. Return to Agra late afternoon to check into the hotel and head off for a rooftop dinner together under the afterglow of the full moon.
On Tuesday we depart Agra early morning after breakfast to explore the Red Forte. Mid morning we depart for Jaipur, aiming to arrive by mid afternoon (3pm) for hotel check in and an evening of free time to wander. Wednesday we explore Panna Meena and Amber Fort, a group lunch fit for a Maharaja, and the evening free to discover treasure in the nearby Bazaars. Thursday we rise to early morning meditation, breakfast and the chance to visit Jantar Mantar (Observatory), City Palace and the eclectic Deori Bazaar. On Friday, we take our domestic flight to Rishikesh, departing early morning so as to arrive and enjoy the rest of the day as free time and to wander as you wish.
Our days in Rishikesh include daily yoga and meditation with Sue, and the opportunity to take in some of the local (and iconic) sites – Vashista Cave, the Beatles Ashram, Ganga Arti (fire ceremony on the shores of the Ganga), a special Indian cooking class and the World Peace Yoga Ashram. There’s so much to be absorbed in delightful Rishikesh! But with time to rest and relax as well.
On Friday morning we depart at 5am to take our flight to Delhi and transfer to reach the small mountain village of Daramshala – the home of the Dalai Lama. We arrive mid afternoon and enjoy free time for the rest of the day and evening – perfectly times with Day One of Dawali, the Festival of Lights. On Saturday, we pay a visit to the Dalai Lama’s Monastery, and should be be in residence at the time, be treated to a most memorable sitting with him. (This is TBC). Put on your walking shoes and enjoy exploring this beautiful location with mountain views and prayer flags fluttering in the winds, sending blessings out across the land. On Saturday, our final full day together, we take a flight back to Delhi and enjoy a shared group dinner together with our new and beautiful friends made on this very special journey together.
Farewell India – we continue on your own journeys here or take a flights back to our homelands – with open hearts and cups overflowing.
Arrange return flights from your home country into Delhi. We recommend arriving at least the day before to allow for any unforeseen delays and to ensure you arrive in time to meet the rest of the group.
A moderate level of fitness is recommended in order to get the most out of this experience, as there will be daily activities of trekking, exploring the sights and being significantly active – in addition to the restoration benefits of yoga
Please see your health care provider before travelling to ensure you have the vaccination protection you need.
This experience is lead by one of our trusted and much loved affiliated retreat facilitators and yoga teachers, Sue Byrne, of Yoga Byrne Studio in Cannington (Perth), Western Australia.
As such, when registering for this trip, please consider Yoga Byrne’s own Terms and Conditions. All retreat and travel logistics and communications will be managed by Sue and her retreat manager and assistant, Lynne Puzey.