Jahnava Meditation

A Sacred Pilgramage to India
October 15 - 27, 2013

Day 1:

You will arrive at Mumbai airport on the 15th. Our tour members will be waiting for you outside of baggage claim with a big sign that says "Sacred Pilgrimage." We will transport you to the hotel, which is 12 miles away where you can relax and get a good night's rest. In the morning (Day 1) a beautiful buffet breakfast awaits you. The welcome ceremony begins at 11:00 am.

Hotel Information:

Hotel Krishna Palace Residency
96/98, Sleater Road,
Nana Chowk, Mumbai- 400007,
Maharashtra, India
Tel:+91 22 6629 3333

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Day 2:

Morning Yoga Practice. Visit the awe inspiring Radha Gopinath Temple, known for its incredible bhakti hospitality and rich spiritual culture. Dine in their world class Pure Vegetarian Restaurant. Participate in a Sacred Fire Sacrifice performed by priests to invoke blessings for our pilgrimage.

Day 3:

Transcendental sight seeing in Mumbai. Gateway to India and Ferry to Elephant Island where we’ll explore 3 ancient and massive monolithic cave temples of Brahma, Shiva & Vishnu, first discovered by the Portuguese. Evening sat sang and kirtan with Mahatma Das. Entering deep into the mood of yogis on a pilgrimage of the heart.

Day 4 - 6:

Morning Yoga Practice, then head out of the city to the enchanting Govardhana Eco-village farm, where all the food wiil be Ayurvedic, fresh and organic. We’ll stay in beautiful earth homes, practice yoga on a traditional hardened clay floor, explore, hear and chant, and savor the delicious local cuisine. Ayurvedic treatments and various classes on bhakti will be offered.

Hotel Information:

Govardhan Ashram
Govardhan Eco Village
Galtare, Hamrapur (P.O), Wada (Taluka)
Thane (District) – 421303
Maharashtra, India.

Day 7 - 9:

Fly to Jagannath Puri, one of India’s best kept secrets – a sacred beach town in Orissa dedicated to the ancient deity of Jagannatha, God of all people. Set in idyllic surroundings, our accommodation at The Coco Palms is a haven of peace. Formerly the retreat of Orissan royalty, set away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas, it lies on a stretch of pristine coastline and is the perfect natural setting for going deep into spiritual reflection. We will enjoy daily Ayurvedic treatments, yoga sessions and swimming in the ocean. Above all, we will feel the deep roots of devotion in the soil of Orissa that grew on its own through the worship of its devotees.

Hotel Information:

The Coco Palms
Swargdwar, Puri, Orissa 752 001
Tel +91 06752 230 038/951/952

Day 7:

Visit local temples, Ayurvedic treatments, swim, special dinner of Jagannatha prasada, Evening stories and sanga

Day 8:

The Ledgendary Kedar Gauri Temple in Bhubaneswar, home to 8 feet deities of Hanuman and Goddess Durga will host us for a lunch of traditional Oriyan cuisine on the banks of the sacred Bindu Sarovara Lake. In the evening, amidst the setting sun and moonlit sky, students from the acclaimed Rudraks Odissi Dance Academy will perform.

Day 9:

Morning Yoga , Ayurvedic treatments, swim, exploring the town of Puri, treasure hunting in local artisan villages and markets. Sunset meditation and kirtan on the beach.

Day 10:

Fly to Kolkata and drive to Mayapur. We will fly to Kolkata and head to the sacred villages of Mayapur and Navadwipa. Mayapur is the home to an impressive Hare Krishna temple community and charming historic Vaishnava temples. Mayapur is the birthplace of Chaitanya Deva, the 16th century saint who started the kirtan revolution, which we are all part of today. 500 years ago Chaitanya Deva traveled through forests and jungles and on the bank of the Ganges to share kirtan and we will be in some of those very same places.

We arrive at our stately accommodations and enjoy lunch overlooking the sacred Ganges River. In the evening we will take a mystical boat ride on Mother Ganga. We will sing sweet kirtan, take sacred bath, and offer floating lamps and flowers to Mother Ganges.

Kirtan is a powerful access point for entrance into the bhakti experience and this is the essence of Mayapur. Here, kirtan happens ever so gently and naturally. As we settle into the transcendental and tropical surroundings of Mayapur, absorbing the kirtan that surrounds us we will begin to feel that awakening of Bhakti in our own hearts. Love takes on a new, vaster, greater meaning.

Hotel Information:

Vaishnava Academy • Iskcon Mayapur 
741313 Mayapur, West Bengal • India
Tel. / Fax. +91 3472 245 467

Day 11:

Morning Yoga session. We will be exploring a local Bengali artisan weavers village and see how simply and peacefully these people live. Watch them weave beautiful sarees on looms and savor an authentic Bengali meal in the home of a gracious villager. If time permits, we will cross the sacred Jalangi River and visit Paramatala – the 1,000 year old temple of Lord Shiva inside of a huge banyan tree. Evening kirtan and sanga with special guest.

Day 12:

VIP tour of the ISKCON Vedic Planetarium and Temple. Visit to the Bhaktivedanta Academy, a gurukula (school) modeled after the traditional Vedic system dating back thousands of years. Step back in time and witness alternative living at its utmost purity. We will get to meet Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami, the founder of the school, Vedic scholar, teacher, bhakta, and resident of Mayapur for over 30 years. His insights into education and spirituality are cutting edge and enlightening. Evening kirtan and closing ceremony.

Day 13:

Depart from Kolkata Airport.

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Cancellation Policy:

Any cancellation received in writing before or on July 15th, 2013 will result in a total loss of $500 USD deposit. Any cancellation received in writing between July 15th, 2013 and August 15th, 2013 will result in a loss of 50% of the trip price. Any cancellation made between: August 15th and the trip departure will result in a total loss of funds. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum. Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended when making travel plans. You can use our suggested Travel Guard Insurance online and choose from several policy options.

Lorin Nelson, Travel Agent, 817.732.7382 or email: lorin_nelson@sbcglobal.net

Payment in Full $3400

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For more information about Sacred Journey Retreats or Elaine Dodson please email ElaineDodson@SacredJourneyRetreats.com.
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Jahnava Meditation