Yoga holidays in Mcleodganj and Dharmsala
With great views and extreme peace, Dharmasala, and mcleodganj are great destinations to spend some quiet time in Mother Nature’s lap, being one with yourself. A great place to meditate, learn Yoga or Tibetan Buddhism. Tourists from over the world are seen here. The Yoga techniques have options to choose from, simpler ones like the sehaj Yoga or complex ones like the Hatha Yoga. It depends also on what kind of instructors are available at that time. Minimum sightseeing is done, but it can be increased if you wish to do so. Chose your own yoga type and meditation and that is how the duration of each tour can be adjusted. Look at the suggested schedule, and if you want some modifications, that can be arranged.
- TRANSPORT: In bus, private or shared car with driver.
- ACCOMMODATION: Hotels, guest houses, home stays.
- ENDURANCE LEVEL: Anyone to Expert. Depends upon destinations and activities chosen.
- ACTIVITIES: Meditation, Yoga, Volunteer activities, Bird watching, Cultural activities, Hiking
- DURATION: 4 days or more
- MEALS: By choice
- COST: From USD 700 onwards
DAY 1: Welcome to Mcleodganj
From Delhi, Chadigarh or Amritsar, welcome to Mcleodganj. Today is the day we spend resting, and exploring Mcleodganj.
DAY 2: Yoga Introduction
We begin the day with a lovely yoga session early in the morning as we hear the birds chirping. This session explains the basics of Yoga, its requirements and multiple benefits. The guests are taught some basic simple Yoga postures, known as Yogasanas., by a trained instructor. Post some rest, and some light lunch, we spend the rest of the day discovering the beauties of Mcleodganj and Dharmsala, and visiting popular tourist sightseeing spots. One of them is Tsuglagkhang monastery. It contains three major idols of Sakyamuni Buddha, Avalokitesvara and Padmasambhava which are made of gilded bronze. Spiritually famous, it is a place not only important for Tibetan Buddhists but people the world over, as they come here to meditate or pray. Monks will be found debating and meditating here. We go to Norbulingka from there. This is also known as Jewel Garden and is famous for Tibetan culture and arts. A good place to do some small shopping of books and art. Then, we go to Dip Thekchen Choeling Monastery with it’s museum. It has a golden roof.
DAY 3: Beginning Yoga Asanas
On day 3, early in the morning, we start the yoga session in the park or in the ashram. These classes today will take up a more advanced form and Yoga postures will be slightly difficult and complex. These Assanas help to give a stretching to the entire body and in healing deep seated injuries and pain. A long session today, upto lunch, after which we take a walk to Bhagsu Naag temple and the Bhagsu waterfall. You may want to swim here in the pool besides the temple. If we have enough time, and there is still daylight, we can also go to St. John’s Church in the Wilderness.
DAY 4: Yoga for the soul
Soul Yoga or Meditation will be taught to you today as you will learn to control your sense, mind and body with various meditation exercises. Today’s class will help you relax and unwind and remove your focus from the stress of everyday life. Lunch will be served and after that a massage will be given to you. Hot shower may or may not follow. Sightseeing can be done or a pleasing walk to Dharmkot maybe undertaken.
DAY 5: Living like a Yogi
Today is the day you put all of the things so far learnt about meditation and Yoga to use and as you practice them and test the efficacy of the asanas, exercises in meditation, tips will be given to you to you to progress further. This session is important for utilizing all the information gathered to complete usage. Lunch and some rest and come for some sightseeing. We may go to Dal Lake, which is very picturesque and have a look at the grandeur of the sunset and Dhauladhar mountains.
DAY 6: Be a Yogi for life
Spend the morning meditating on all that you have gained in the 4 days of the meditation trip, giving more detail to the asanas. Learn a few more relatively difficult postures if you want. The instructor will be guiding you at each and every step. Interact with the instructor, fellow mates and spend the rest of the day sightseeing or exploring.
DAY 7: Return Home
Today we go homeward bound after your breakfast in a bus ride or car ride, as preferable, back to Chandigarh, or Delhi.