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!
  • Complimentary Massages throughout the day
  • 10AM Gentle Yoga, get out the travel kinks
  • 11AM Stroll at Ramakrishna Mutt
  • 1PM Lunch at Krishna Restaurant in our hotel
  • 6PM Hatha Yoga
  • OVERNIGHT IN CHENNAI
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
  • temple etiquette
  • OVERNIGHT IN CHENNAI
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
  • 6PM Hatha Yoga
  • OVERNIGHT IN CHENNAI
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
  • Dinner TBA
  • Evening: Yoga Nidra
  • OVERNIGHT IN PONDICHERRY
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/Pranayama workshop
  • OVERNIGHT IN PONDICHERRY
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
  • OVERNIGHT IN PONDICHERRY
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
  • OVERNIGHT IN THIRUVANNAMALAI
February 3rd, Monday SILENT DAYDay 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
  • OVERNIGHT IN THIRUVANNAMALAI
February 4th, TuesdayDay 9 - Overnight in Thiruvannamalai
  • 5:30 AM Meditation at Ramanashram
  • 6:30 AM Hatha Yoga
  • 9:30 AM Arunachala Village School-Karma Yoga
  • Noon Lunch at Athena Hotel
  • FREE AFTERNOON HAVE FUN!
  • 5PM program of chanting at Ramana Ashram
  • 8-9 PM Meditation at Ramanashram
  • OVERNIGHT IN THIRUVANNAMALAI
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)
  • 9AM 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
  • OVERNIGHT IN COIMBATORE
February 6th, ThursdayDay 11 - Overnight in Coimbatore
  • 6 AM Departure for Darshan and Meditation at Perur Temple
  • Satsang with Sri Swami Maurthachalam (schedule allowing)
  • Visit to the Isha Yoga Ashram and Dhyana Lingam
  • Lunch at Dvara Hotel, plus colam and garland display
  • 2PM Depart for Satchidananda Alayam, Birthplace of Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • Meditation at Indian Lotus Shrine
  • OVERNIGHT IN COIMBATORE
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
  • rest at hotel
  • 5 PM Buffet dinner with IYI devotees or Dr. Narayan
  • OVERNIGHT IN COIMBATORE
February 8th, Saturday TRAVEL DAYDay 13 - TRAVEL DAY
  • 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 LUNCH IN AIRPORT
  • 4:45PM Flight to Dehradun
  • travel by van to Rishikesh
  • 7PM check into Hotel
  • Dine and walk along Ganga Ghats
  • OVERNIGHT IN RISHIKESH
February 9th, Sunday OPTIONAL SILENT DAYDay 14 - Overnight in Rishikesh
  • 5:30AM Meditation on the Ghats
  • 6:30 AM Hatha Yoga
  • 9AM Depart for meditation in Vashishta Guha
  • Ritual bathing in the Holy Ganges-optional (IT'S COLD!)
  • Lunch at Ramanas' Garden
  • 4PM Satsang with Swami Muktanandaji, Schedule Permitting
  • 5:30 Kirtan in Ananda Kutir
  • 8-9PM Journaling, Deep Relaxation and Meditation at hotel
  • OVERNIGHT IN RISHIKESH
February 10th, MondayDay 15 - Overnight in Rishikesh
  • 5:30 AM Meditation on the Ghats
  • 6:30AM Hatha Yoga
  • 10AM OPTIONAL Depart for Tour of Beatles Ashram OR Meditation at Guru Nivas
  • 3 PM OPTIONAL Meditation at Tapasya Kutir or Guided Shopping Excursions
  • 6 PM Harathi at Parmath Nikethan
  • OVERNIGHT IN RISHIKESH
February 11th, TuesdayDay 16 - Overnight on Train Voyage
  • 4:30 AM Puja at VIshwanath Mandhir
  • Offerings at tomb of Master Sivananda
  • 7 AM Hatha Yoga at Hotel
  • Pack and turn in room keys
  • 10:30 AM board van
  • Excursion to Haridwar, to include:
  • Hanuman Mandhir (Neem Karoli Baba Ashram)
  • Jain Temple
  • Lunch at Invitation Restaurant
  • Tomb of Anandamayi Ma
  • Harathi at Mother Ganges
  • 6:30 PM Board overnight train to Mathura
  • OVERNIGHT ON TRAIN
February 12th, WednesdayDay 17 - Overnight in Agra
  • 2:30 AM Arrival to Mathura
  • 3 AM Freshen up at hotel
  • 5 AM Meditation and Harathi 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
  • 4 PM Visit Agra Fort with guide Mr. Amir
  • OVERNIGHT IN AGRA
February 13th, ThursdayDay 18 -BON VOYAGE! OM SHANTHI!
  • Individual instead of group Sadhana
  • 7 AM Divine Experience of the Taj Mahal
  • 11 AM Pack up and check out of Hotel
  • 1 PM Farewell Luncheon and Sharings
  • 2 PM Travel to Delhi
  • en route, tour of Akshardam (Swami Narayana Ashram)
  • Dinner in Delhi at Holiday Inn
  • BON VOYAGE! OM SHANTHI!
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 14th, TuesdayDay 1
  • 1 PM Lunch and introductions
  • 2:30 Driving tour of Thiruvannamalai
  • 4 –6:00 PM Hatha Yoga and Meditation
  • Free evening
January 15th, WednesdayDay 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 16th, ThursdayDay 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 17th, FridayDay 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 18th, SaturdayDay 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 19th, SundayDay 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 20TH, MondayDay 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 21st, TuesdayDay 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 22nd, WednesdayDay 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 23rd, ThursdayDay 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 24th, FridayDay 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