India

India Yoga Trip

India is a great country and has many sights to offer. Nice people, lively streets, lively cities and traditional villages. There are few countries on our planet with such diversity and such contrasts. An almost magical place, perfect for a spiritual retreat.

The origin of yoga philosophy lies in India. The highest goal of the teaching is to represent the complete freedom of the soul. It is a way of self-discovery, and I would like to show all interested people beautiful spiritual places on the Asian subcontinent. Many have heard about the river Ganges, it is a holy river for the inhabitants of India.

The city of Rishikesh in northern India is considered the cradle of yoga teaching. Many European and American adventurers meet with locals. Together they begin an exciting, spiritual journey to their inner center. There are countless yoga teachers who are willing to share their knowledge and skills in a local ashram. For all newcomers, an ashram is a meditation centre (translated: place of effort), which is led by a spiritual guide, the guru. Many yoga exercises are taught and it is easier to dive into one’s own soul. Life in an Ashram retreat is strictly regulated. Retreat means “to retreat”. It is a spiritual break from the usual, often very stressful environment.

Rishikesh is suitable for anyone seeking intensive yoga classes, but one should not hide the fact that everyday life is governed by clear rules. The food is also on a simple culinary level. The nice thing about India is the rich offer, everyone who is interested in yoga, whether beginner or professional, everyone can find the right thing. Those who like to combine their holidays with beach and sea should travel to Kerala. There are very nice beach resorts, good food, palm trees and the famous Indian massages (Ayurveda massages), which have never been surpassed before.

Yoga woman

Where to stay

Holidaymakers with ambitions to stay in a hotel should go to Karol Bagh or Connaught Place. For backpackers and adventurers I would like to recommend Paharganj. Paharganj can be recommended for everyone, without fear of hectic and authentic impressions. There are also numerous yoga schools in Delhi. The best months for a trip to Delhi are February, March and October. Warm days, cooler nights. If u are looking for more Tipps we can recommend: https://www.meinyogaretreat.de/indien-yoga-reise-finde-dein-retreat/

Sights in Delhi

The Red Fort: Famous monument.
Lodi Gardens: A beautiful park landscape, ideal for yoga travellers.

Haridwar

The holy city of Haridwar is known to many. It is an important place of pilgrimage for the Hindu religion and lies directly on the Ganges. Many people from all over the world are enthusiastic about a Yoga Ashram and look forward to a meditative everyday life full of meditation. Every 12 years a religious ceremony, the Kumbh Mela, takes place in Haridwar on the banks of the holy river Ganges. The temple Manasa Devi stands on the Siwalik hill. The temple Chandi Devi is on the opposite side. However, the absolute capital of yoga is and remains Rishikesh, about 20 km away from Haridwar.

Rishikesh

Rishikesh is located in the state of Uttarakhand, on the last foothills of the Himalayas. Pleasant, fresh mountain air is available. The Ganges leaves the Himalayas here and flows into the Bay of Bengal. There are numerous ashrams and temples, in which countless yoga centres are housed. The followers of the Hindu religion believe that a bath in the Ganges leads to salvation (Moksha).

Popular sights in Rishikesh

Triveni Gat: An ancient ceremony in honour of the Ganges.
Waterfall Neer Garh: A very beautiful natural waterfall.
The Ashram of the Beatles: Can, but does not have to be visited.
Sivananda Ashram: It’s a very special place, with a strict daily routine, life here should be spiritualised so that the energy carries the whole area.
Kunjapuri Devi Temple: You can watch the sunrise wonderfully, an ideal place to balance body and mind.

Varanasi

One of the oldest and longest inhabited cities in the world. Varanasi is also called Kashi.

Kilometre-long step-like embankments were built, the so-called ghats. These are supposed to make it easier for believers to access the holy river. Today Varanasi is one of the biggest tourist attractions for yoga vacationers. Those who are burned in Varanasi can break out of the constant rebirths.

Popular sights in Varanasi

The Ganges: Even for someone who has visited India many times before, we hear again and again that the fascination does not lose its power, if only because of the spirituality. Already in the early hours of the morning, pilgrims and devout locals scratch themselves to ritually purify themselves. Especially in the evening it is advisable to take a look at the Manikarnika Ghat.

Banaras Ghats

Banaras is the city of the god Shiva and also the holiest city of India. For the followers of the god Shiva Varanasi, the former Banaras is the most important pilgrimage place. The Dasaswamedh Ghat and the Assi Ghat are also worth seeing.

Goa

Goa is located on the Arabian Sea. For a long time it was a Portuguese colony, from this time well-preserved churches originate. But not only culturally Goa has a lot to offer. It is also a spiritual place. It is the perfect place to relax. On the beaches of Goa you will find countless yoga schools. There is something for everyone, from beginners to advanced. If you are looking for a hotel, I can recommend the Little Cove Yoga Holiday Retreat. A nice little hotel. Of course, Goa also has cultural sights to offer.

Popular sights in Goa

Beach of Agonda: If you are looking for recreation, you have come to the right place! Clean and spacious beach, for walking, swimming or other activities like boat trips, just relax.

More and more people are interested in a yoga teacher training, Goa is exactly the right place for that. The training is physically and mentally very strenuous, but also incredibly enriching and relaxing. The program in the schools is tightly organized and consists of yoga classes, philosophy and anatomy. Most schools also offer a delicious Indian meal 3 times a day. Of course you can also do a yoga teacher training in Europe, but Goa and India, as the country of origin of yoga teaching, are particularly suitable for this.

Kerala

Another place that yoga lovers should get to know is Kerala. Kerala is a state on the Malabar Coast with the capital Thiruvananthapuram.

In terms of economic development, the state has made some progress and the whole region is now one of the most developed in India. Translated the name Kerala means: land of coconut trees! Kerala also has countless schools and places where you can pursue your passion for yoga. If you want to visit one of the countless temples, please do not forget to wash your hands. You should also take off your shoes. Apart from these two rules, there are no restrictions for foreigners.

Conclusion

Hopefully I was able to give a good overview to all interested people, and maybe I will see you soon on the next yoga trip!

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