Itineraries

SACRED INDIA TOUR & MEDITATION RETREAT

A typical day begins with Meditation and Yoga Asanas from 6–8 AM, followed by a buffet breakfast at our hotel and then many adventures!

January 27th, MondayDay 1 - Jet lag Recovery Day, for those who arrive early
  • Sleep heals! Bed rest!
  • Massages
  • Lunch on your own: The hotel's three restaurants are all good
  • Hatha Yoga Session: 4 PM
  • 5:30 PM Dinner at Chamiers
January 28th, TuesdayDay 2 - Overnight in Chennai
  • 7 AM Meditation and Hatha Yoga
  • 11 AM Welcoming, introductions and orientation
  • Noon: lunch in Vrindavan restaurant at Hotel
  • Interfaith afternoon
  • Tomb of St. Thomas
  • Shridi Sai Baba Temple
  • Mosque
January 29th, WednesdayDay 3 - Overnight in Chennai
  • 6-8 AM Meditation and Hatha Yoga
  • 9 AM Ramakrishna Math
  • Satsang with Swami Mahamedhanandaji (schedule permitting)
  • Kapaleeswaran Temple
  • Lunch at Mahamudra Restaurant (Isha Yoga)
  • Rest at hotel
  • 4 PM Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram
January 30th, ThursdayDay 4 - Overnight in Pondicherry
  • 6-7 AM Meditation/Hatha Yoga
  • 8:30 AM Depart for Pondicherry (3 hours travel)
  • Noon Check into Hotel
  • Buffet lunch at hotel
  • 3 PM Heritage walking tour
  • 6 PM Hatha Yoga session
January 31st, FridayDay 5 - REST DAY AT BEACH RESORT Overnight in Pondicherry
  • 6 AM Meditation at Aurobindo Ashram
  • 7 AM Hatha Yoga at hotel
  • 10 AM Beach Resort for swimming, massage, and beach walks
  • 6-8 PM Second Hatha Session
  • Workshop on Meditation
February 1st, SaturdayDay 6 - Overnight in Pondicherry
  • 6-8 AM Meditation and Hatha Yoga
  • 9 AM Aurobindo Ashram and Meditation at Tombs of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother
  • 10 AM Museum and discussion with Dr. Seidlich
  • Lunch at Ashram Dining Hall
  • Shopping excursions
  • 8-9 PM Deep Relaxation and Meditation
February 2nd, SundayDay 7 - Overnight in Thiruvannamalai
  • 6 AM Meditation and Hatha Yoga
  • 9:30 AM depart for Auroville
  • Film and walk to Matru Mandhir
  • Noon Lunch at Auroville Restaurant
  • 1 PM depart for Tiruvannamalai
  • Tour of Rajagiri Fort en route
  • Check into hotel
  • 5 PM Vedaparayana - Ramana Ashram
  • 8-9 PM Deep Relaxation and Meditation in Yoga Hall at Hotel
February 3rd, MondayDay 8 - Overnight in Thiruvannamalai
  • 5:30 AM Meditation at Ramanashram
  • 6:30 AM Agni Hotra and Hatha Yoga in Yoga Hall with Sri Sethupathy
  • 9 AM Meditation in Virupaksha Guha
  • 11:15 AM Lunch at Ramanashram
  • 4 PM Ashram of Yogi Ram Surat Kumar
  • 6 PM Darshan at Arunachaleeswaran Temple
  • 8-9 PM Deep Relaxation and Meditation in Yoga Hall
February 4th, TuesdayDay 9 - Overnight in Thiruvannamalai
  • 5:30 AM Meditation at Ramanashram
  • 6:30 AM Agni Hotra and Hatha Yoga
  • 9:30 AM Arunachala Village School
  • Noon Lunch at Athena Hotel
  • FREE AFTERNOON HAVE FUN!
  • 7 PM Puja at Arunachaleeswaram Temple
  • 8-9 PM Meditation at Ramanashram
February 5th, WednesdayDay 10 - Overnight in Coimbatore
  • 4:30 AM "Girivellam" traditional walk around the Holy Mountain while chanting Gayatri Mantra (1, 2 or 3 hours in length-your choice)
  • 8:45 AM Departure for Coimbatore
  • (6-7 hrs travel time-sorry!)
  • Lunch in Salem en route
  • 5-6:30 PM Hatha Yoga at IYI Coimbatore
  • 7 PM Check into Hotel
February 6th, ThursdayDay 11 - Overnight in Coimbatore
  • 6 AM Meditation
  • Agni Hotra and Hatha at the Yoga Thapovanam
  • 9:30 AM Depart for Satchidananda Alayam, Birthplace of Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • Meditation at Indian LOTUS Shrine
  • Lunch at Anna Maya Restaurant
  • Darshan and Meditation at Perur Temple
February 7th, FridayDay 12 - Overnight in Coimbatore
  • 6 AM Meditation, Agni Hotra & Hatha Yoga at Yoga Thapovanam
  • 9:30 AM Satchidananda Jyothi Nikethan, the school founded by Swami Satchidananda
  • Lunch at school
  • 5 PM Buffet dinner with IYI devotees
  • Satsang with Sri Swami Maruthachalam (schedule permitting)
February 8th, SaturdayDay 13 - TRAVEL DAY Overnight in Vrindavan
  • 6 AM Meditation and Hatha at Yoga Thapovanam
  • 9 AM Depart for airport
  • 11:30-2:30 Spice Jet Flight to New Delhi
  • 3 PM Depart for Vrindavan (3 hours travel)
  • 6 PM Check into Hotel
  • 7 PM Harathi at Iskcon
  • 8 PM Dinner at Iskcon Restaurant
February 9th, SundayDay 14 - FREE EVENING Overnight in Agra
  • 4-6 AM Optional Meditation with devotees at Iskcon
  • 6 AM Hatha Yoga
  • 8 AM Breakfast at Iskcon Restaurant
  • 9 AM Darshan at Bihar Bhandar
  • 10 AM depart for Agra (2 hour trip)
  • Check into Hotel
  • Lunch and Rest
  • 3 PM Visit Agra Fort with guide Mr. Amir
February 10th, MondayDay 15 - TRAVEL DAY Overnight in Rishikesh
  • Sadhana, each on their own
  • 7 AM Breakfast
  • 8 AM Divine experience of the Taj Mahal with Mr. Amir
  • 11 AM Depart for Delhi
  • 1 PM Akshardam Temple en route
  • 2 PM Lunch in airport
  • 4:45-5:40 PM Indigo flight to Dehradun
  • Travel to Rishikesh
  • 7 PM Check into Hotel
  • Dine and walk along Ganga Ghats
February 11th, TuesdayDay 16 - Overnight in Rishikesh
  • 5:30 AM Meditation on the Ghats
  • 6:30 AM Hatha Yoga
  • 8:30 AM Excursion to Haridwar, to include:
  • Hanuman Mandhir (Neem Karoli Baba Ashram)
  • Jain Temple
  • Tomb of Anandamayi Ma
  • Lunch at Invitation restaurant
  • 5 PM Return to Rishikesh
  • 8:15 PM-9 PM Journaling, Deep Relaxation and Meditation in Yoga Hall
February 12th, WednesdayDay 17 - Overnight in Rishikesh
  • 5:30 AM Meditation on the ghats
  • 6:30 AM Hatha Yoga
  • 9 AM Depart for meditation in Vashishta Guha
  • Ritual bathing in the Holy Ganges (optional-it's cold!)
  • Lunch at Ramana Garden
  • 3 PM Meditation at Tapasya Kutir
  • 4 PM Satsang with Swami Muktanandaji
  • 5:30 PM, Kirtan at Ananda Kutir
February 13th, ThursdayDay 18 - Overnight in Rishikesh
  • 4:30 AM Puja at Vishwanath Mandhir
  • Offerings at tomb of Master Sivananda
  • 7 AM Hatha Yoga
  • 10 AM Tour of Beatles Ashram
  • 1 PM Farewell Luncheon and sharings
  • World Peace prayers at Ganges
  • 4:30 PM Depart for Airport in Dehradun
  • 6:10 PM Flight to Delhi
Good bye! Bon Voyage! OM Shanti!
Sacred India Tour

January 28th – February 13th, 2020

Tour includes:
  • Road Travel
  • Double room lodging (+350 for single room)
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Entry tickets for excursions
  • Two meals a day
  • Two complimentary massages
Tour does not include:
  • Airfare
  • Charges for passport
  • Medications
  • Visas
  • Inoculations
  • Laundry
  • Personal phone calls
  • Tips for drivers or hotel staff
Tour fee:

Double room: USD $2,200 per person
Single room: USD $2,550 per person

The town of Thiruvannamalai has been a pilgrimage site for millenia, and in this town, there are mysterious blessings that surround us constantly. The mountain (“Arunachala”) is credited as being the source of these blessings.

This itinerary is tentative, and as we get to know about your interests and energy levels, we will make some adjustments to the program. We want you to feel very much “at home.” As of now, there are three days of silence in the schedule, but if the group requests additional silence, we can add that in. One day of fasting is also indicated – but it is optional. “Girivellum” refers to the circumambulation of Arunachala. It is a level 8-mile walk, but no one is obligated to complete it.

We will keep a driver and car available to pick up anyone who gets tired. On most days we will have breakfast at our hotel and eat lunch together but leave you on your own for dinner. There are many restaurants near our hotel.

Ramana Towers has two classrooms on the rooftop terrace, which we will be using for our Yoga practice and evening programs. We anticipate offering two levels of Hatha sessions in the mornings, at least in the beginning. Sri Nochur Venkataraman will conduct seven lectures at Ramanashram, and we will have the opportunity of attending most of them.

He is an Indian scholar, a disciple of Ramana Maharishi and a delightful, inspiring lecturer. Dr. Haresh Pandya is an Integral Yoga teacher and physics professor. He embodies all that Is best of the Indian culture, and his bhajans will lift you into heavenly realms! He will conduct our evening sadhana on most days.

January 11th, SaturdayDay 1
  • 1 PM Lunch and introductions
  • 2:30 Driving tour of Thiruvannamalai
  • 4 –6:00 PM Hatha Yoga and Meditation
  • Free evening
January 12th, SundayDay 2
  • 7:30 AM Meditation in Yoga Hall
  • 8:00 AM Hatha Yoga session
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • 11 AM Formal welcoming and orientation in Yoga Hall
  • SPARSA HOTEL FOR LUNCH AND SPA LUXURIES
  • 7 PM Dinner, Yoga Nidra and an early bedtime
January 13th, MondayDay 3
  • Sleep in for the travel-weary – or --
  • 5 AM Meditation for the energetic – at Ramanashram
  • 6 AM Agni Hotra in Yoga Hall
  • 6:30 AM Hatha Yoga and breakfast at hotel
  • 9:15 AM Lecture at Ramanashram with Shri Nochur Venkataraman
  • Lunch at Athena Hotel
  • Massage Appointments (complimentary) for those who wish
  • 5 PM Darshan at Temple and dinner nearby
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM Bhajans, Satsang and Yoga Nidra with Dr. Haresh Pandhya
January 14th, TuesdayDay 4 - Pongal, a harvest festival day
  • 5 AM Meditation at Ramanashram
  • 6 AM Agni Hotra in Yoga Hall
  • 6:30 AM Hatha Yoga in Yoga Hall
  • 6:30 AM Hatha Yoga and breakfast at hotel
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel
  • 9:15 AM Lecture at Ramanashram with Shri Nochur Venkataraman
  • 11:30 AM Lunch at Ramanashram
  • FREE AFTERNOON
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM Bhajans, Satsang and Yoga Nidra with Dr. Haresh Pandhya
January 15th, WednesdayDay 5
  • 4 AM to 7 AM: Girivellum with chanting of Mahamrythamjaya Mantra (3 hours)
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast at Ramakrishna Hotel
  • 9:15 AM Lecture at Ramanashram with Shri Nochur Venkataraman
  • Noon Lunch
  • FREE TIME AFTERNOON AND EVENING
January 16th, ThursdayDay 6 - FASTING DAY
  • 5 AM Meditation at Ramanashram
  • 6:30 AM Hatha Yoga in Yoga Hall
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel
  • 9:15 AM Lecture at Ramanashram with Shri Nochur Venkataraman
  • Noon Juice or broth
  • FREE TIME (massages recommended)
  • 4 PM Gentle Hatha Yoga
  • 5 PM Chanting and Meditation at Ramanashram
  • 6 PM Juice or broth
  • 7 PM Anna Dhanam (feeding the poor)
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM Bhajans, Satsang and Yoga Nidra with Dr. Haresh Pandhya
January 17th, FridayDay 7 - SILENT DAY
  • 5 AM Meditation at Ramanashram
  • 6:30 AM Hatha Yoga in Yoga Hall
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel
  • 9:15 AM Lecture at Ramanashram with Shri Nochur Venkataraman
  • 1 PM Lunch at German Restaurant
  • Darshan at Ashram of Yogi Ram Surat Kumar
  • 4 PM Hatha Yoga (one hour)
  • 5 PM Chanting and Meditation at Ramanashram
  • 6 PM Dinner at Aakash Inn
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM Bhajans, Satsang and Yoga Nidra with Dr. Haresh Pandhya
January 18th, SaturdayDay 8 - SILENT DAY
  • 5 AM Meditation at Ramanashram
  • 6:30 AM Hatha Yoga in Yoga Hall
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel
  • 9:15 AM Lecture at Ramanashram with Shri Nochur Venkataraman
  • Noon Lunch at Athena Hotel
  • 3:30 PM Trek to Virupaksha Guha
  • 6 PM Dinner
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM Bhajans, Satsang and Yoga Nidra with Dr. Haresh Pandhya
January 19th, SundayDay 9 - SILENT DAY
  • 5 AM Meditation at Ramanashram
  • 6:30 AM Hatha Yoga in Yoga Hall
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel
  • 9:15 AM Lecture at Ramanashram with Shri Nochur Venkataraman
  • 1 PM Lunch at the Dreaming Tree
  • FREE TIME or excursion to Rajagiri Fort
  • 4 PM Hatha Yoga (one hour)
  • 5 PM Chanting and Meditation at Ramanashram
  • 6 PM Dinner at Aakash Inn
  • 7 - 10 PM Girivellum with chanting of Gayatri Mantra (3 hours)
January 20th, MondayDay 10 - SILENT DAY
  • 5 AM Meditation at Ramanashram
  • 6:30 AM Hatha Yoga in Yoga Hall
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel
  • 9:15 AM Lecture at Ramanashram with Shri Nochur Venkataraman
  • 1 PM Lunch
  • 3:30 PM Trek to Virupaksha Guha
  • 5 PM Darshan at Big Temple and Picnic Dinner
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM Bhajans, Satsang and Yoga Nidra with Dr. Haresh Pandhya and Swami Divyananda
January 21st, TuesdayDay 11
  • OPTIONAL: 4 AM to 7 AM: Girivellum with chanting of Mahamrythamjaya Mantra (3 hours)
  • 5 AM Meditation at Ramanashram
  • 6:30 AM Hatha Yoga in Yoga Hall
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast at Hotel
  • 9:15 AM Lecture at Ramanashram with Shri Nochur Venkataraman
  • 11:30 AM Packing up
  • 12:30 Check out of hotel
  • 1 PM Luncheon at Dreaming Tree plus Sharings and Closing Circle
  • 3 PM Departures for airport or beach resorts
OM SHANTHI, SHANTHI, SHANTHI
Meditation Retreat

January 11th – 21st, 2020

Tour includes:
  • Double room lodging (+200 for single room)
  • Two meals a day
Tour does not include:
  • Airfare
  • Charges for passport
  • Medications
  • Visas
  • Inoculations
  • Laundry
  • Personal phone calls
  • Tips for drivers or hotel staff
  • Taxi ride from the Chennai airport to Thiruvannamalai (It’s usually $50)
Tour fee:

Double room: USD $750 per person
Single room: USD $950 per person

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you have
Contact Swami Divyananda Ma