Sri Sri Paramhansa Yogananda Kriya Yoga Tour
The Author of Autobiography of a Yogi, Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda recounts about the Great Masters of India, and the legacy of Kriya Yoga in his book. This tour is an inspiration from the places mentioned in the Autobiography.
Though this tour is 25 days, but if you have less time we can tailor the programme and reduce the number of destinations to suit your needs. Accommodation can be at the Ashrams of YSS or in the hotels as desired by you.
The tour includes visits to :
YSIS Sadhnalaya, Noida
Dwarahat (YSS Ashram, Babaji Cave)
Haridwar (Swami Keshabnanda Ashram)
Rishikesh (Vashishta Cave)
Brindavan (Swami Keshabnanda Ashram)
Agra (Taj Mahal)
Kolkatta, (Gharpar Road residence of Master, Dakshineshwar, Serampore hermitage)
Bodh Gaya (Nalanada University, Rajgir)
Varanasi,( Dashashmegh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Sarnath)
: Arrive New Delhi, met at the Airport and transfer to YSIS Retreat in NOIDA, overnight.
: Full day city tour of New and Old Delhi, including visit to Red fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, India Gate, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Akashrdham Temple return to YSIS for evening meditation, overnight
: After morning meditation and breakfast drive to Corbett National Park, 275kms, 6-7 hours drive, arrive at Tarangi Resort by the Kosi River. Lunch, afternoon
game drive in the park, go out looking for the various species of exotic birds, jackals, sambar and spotted deers wild elephants, sloth bears, leopards, and the King of the Jungle the elusive Tiger. Surely, Tiger spotting is not guaranteed and is a matter of chance, but this park is known to have the highest density of Tigers and therefore good chances of Tiger sightings. Return to the resort for evening meditation, followed by dinner, and overnight Corbett.
: Morning drive to Dwarahat, 6-7 hours drive. Arrive for Lunch at Dwarahat Ashram, located in Ranikhet district. Relax in the peaceful environs of the Ashram, interact with the resident monks. In the evening get together in front of the meditation room for group energisation e
xercises, followed by group meditation, and chanting. Dinner served at 8pm. Mostly the Head Monk Swami Nirvananandji takes a discourse on Master’s Gita for one hour after dinner. Overnight Ashram.
: Morning we drive to Kukuchina point, from where approx 1 hour trek starts to Babaji’s cave. This is the famous Dronagiri mountain where Lahiri Mahasaya used to roam around during his posting in Ranikhet and met Babaji. Now a hall has been made at the place where the Palace was materialized by Babaji for Lahiri Mahsaya to fulfill his desire. Meditate in the hall for a brief while. Then climb the final steps to reach the Holy cave of Babaji, which Lahiri Mahasaya also used to meditate in his previous incarnation. This cave is the birth place of Kriya. This was where Kriya initiation was given to Lahiriji in 1861 by Babaji, and thus was reborn the lost Kriya Yoga in dark ages. Meditate in the cave, feel the bliss of the great ones around you.
Come out, have Lunch outside the main hall below, relax and interiorize the feeling of being present at this historical and world changing place. Trek back to the point where the car is waiting for you to take you back to the Ashram. Arrive in time for the evening group energisation exercises and meditation. Evening discourse by Swami Nirvananandji, overnight Ashram.
: Full day at Dwarahat Ashram, evening enjoy the discourse by Swami Nirvananandji
: After breakfast drive to Rudraprayag, en route visit………………overnight Monal Resort Rudraprayag
: Morning drive to Rishikesh, visit Vashistha and Christ’s cave. Meditate in the cave, come out and roam the busy lanes of Rishikesh, the foothill town of mighty Himalayas. After Varanasi this is the one town which has been visited by almost all enlightened masters of India. Take a boat ride on the Ganges. Lunch in one of the restaurants in the busy lanes of Rishikesh. Come to Parmarth Niketan by evening to perform Yagna ( we sit around a fire, and as we place the Aahuti (offerings) into the flames, we symbolically offer all our "impurities" - our anger, our greed, our jealousy, our grudges, our pains, our obstacles - and we pray to God to make us as pure as the ghee we are pouring into the flames. Followed by a beautiful and soul stirring ceremony called “Ganga Aarti on the Holy River Ganges alongwith about 50 young kids dressed like monks. These kids have been adopted by this Ashram and are learning Vedic studies.
: Morning drive to Haridwar, visit Keshavnanda Ashram, where he established a hermitage in Haridwar in a
beautiful place, at the foot of Chandi Hill, next to sacred Ganges river, with the object of practicing yoga. Here, he constructed the samadhi mandir of Sri Swami Shyamacharan Lahiriji, morning meditate in the small room where Lahiri Mahasayaji ashes are preserved. After lunch we will explore this ancient city before our afternoon visit to Shree Anandamoy Ma's Ashram and Samadhi Shrine. Enjoy evening Aarati on the banks of the Ganga. Transfer to train station to take overnight train to Delhi.
: Arrive New Delhi, and drive to drive to Brindavan, 175kms, 3-4 hours drive. Brindavan is childhood hometown of Lord Krishna. Visit various temples in the vicinity alongwith the famous ISKON temple. Post Lunch visit Swami Keshavnanda’a hermitage in Radha Bagh, he was a leading disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya, who moved in Himalayas in recluse before starting this hermitage in 1923. Yoganandji met him on his visit to India in 1936 in this very hermitage. Overnight Brindavan.
: Morning boat ride in the Yamuna, and then drive to see Taj Mahal in Agra, 65kms drive, and then return to New Delhi, 225kms, 5 hours drive. Overnight YSIS Ashram
: Fly to Bhubneshwar (Puri), visit Sri Yukteshwar’s Hermitage “Kararashram” in the evening., overnight Puri
: Morning visit the famous Jagannath Temple, where Daya Maa had vision of Lord Krishna, and where it is said Lord Jesus spent some of his years before returning to Palestine. Evening YSS Kendra in Puri and do Group Meditation, overnight Puri
: Morning fly to Kolkatta. Drive to YSS Ashram at Dakhineshwar. Visit the Kali temple where the Mother Kali appeared to Guruji. Then visit Ramakrishna Paramhansa's room, a great place to meditate. In the afternoon return to the ashram for group meditation and dinner. Overnight YSS ashram.
: Visit Mother Teresa’s home and charity where her body lies. After a short visit, we will walk around the corner to the Shrine of the Levitating Saint, mentioned in the Autobiography of a Yogi. The highlight of the day is our visit to Guruji’s boyhood home (4 Gurpar Road) and meditate in the sacred attic, where he found God. Overnight ashram
Breakfast, take a scenic boat ride up the Ganges to Serampore. Here we will stroll down Rai Ghat Lane, the same walk taken by Master and Sri Yukteswar each morning to take their dip in the Ganges. At this ghat (bathing place), Mahavatar Babaji appeared under the banyan tree to Sri Yukteswar, after the completion of his Holy Science. We will chant and meditate at Sri Yukteswar's ashram and visit his family home. Then walk a short distance to Ananda Lok, where Guruji lived while attending Serampore College. Return by boat to Dakshineswar Ashram, dinner and overnight Ashram.
Fly to Ranchi. Drive to YSS Ashram, day free to enjoy the environs of the Ashram, evening attend group energisation exercises, meditation and chanting. Overnight Ashram.
: Full day at Ranchi Ashram. Overnight Ashram
: Morning at Ashram, and later afternoon transfer to the airport to board a flight to Patna at 1710 hrs to arrive Patna at 1800 hrs. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight in Patna
Day 20 :
Morning after breakfast drive to Bodhagaya enroute visit Rajgir and Nalanda
Rajagrihain Sanskrit and Rajagaha in Pali, was the capital of the powerful kingdom of Magadh. According to the Ramayana, it was founded by King Vasuand was called Vasumati after his name Rajagriha is sacred to the Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Muslims. Lord Mahavir spent 14 rainy seasons in Rajgir and Nalanda between 527-497 BC. He gave his first sermon on Vipula Hill. Each hill of Rajgiris associated with various Tirthankars. Therefore, there are Jain temples on all the hills of Rajagriha.
The university of Nalanda
was established in 450 AD under the patronage of the Gupta emperors, notably Kumara gupta. It was one of the world's first residential universities. Its dormitories accommodated over 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers.
The Nalanda univarsity had eight separate compounds and ten temples besides many meditation halls and classrooms. There were also lakes and parks. The subjects taught at the university covered every field of learning, and it attracted pupils and scholars from as far as Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia and Turkey, among other countries
On arrival check into hotel in Bodh Gaya. Bodh Gaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. It is a place which should be visited or seen by a person of devotion and which would cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence".
Overnight in Bodhgaya
Day 21 :
Morning visit Bodhgaya the historical place at which the Enlightenment took place became a place of pilgrimage. Though it is not mentioned in the scriptures, the Buddha must have visited Bodh Gaya again in the course of his teaching career. About 250 years after the Enlightenment, the Buddhist Emperor, Ashoka visited the site and is considered the founder of the Mahabodhi Temple. According to the tradition, Ashoka, as well as establishing a monastery, erected a diamond throne shrine at this spot with a canopy supported by four pillars over a stone representation of the Vajrasana, the Seat of Enlightenment.
The temple's architecture is superb but its history is shrouded in obscurity. It was constructed with the main intention of making it a monument and not a receptacle for the relics of the Buddha. Several shrines were constructed with enshrined images for use as places of worship.
Later drive to Varanasi enroute visit Sarnath.
- The place where the Buddha turned the “Wheel of Law” and delivered His First Sermon. See the Chowkandi and Dhamek Stupas, the ruins of 9th and 10th century monasteries and temples, the temple built by the Mahabodhi Society in 1931, and the Tibetan Temple. Visit the famous Sarnath Museum.
On arrival check into hotel in Varanasi. Evening boat ride on Ganges, see the evening Aarti of the Holy River while doing the boat ride. Overnight Varanasi
: Arrive Varanasi, check into Hotel. Late morning: Visit the Benaras Hindu University founded in 1916 and its famous Museum - Bharat Kala Bhavan which houses one of the finest collections of Mughal miniature paintings and brocade textiles. The Bharat Mata and Durga Temple . Overnight in Varanasi
: Sun rise at the holy river is a truly tranquil and breath taking sight with pilgrims standing waist-deep in water, praying to the rising Sun. Past these bathing ghats, see the "burning ghats" where the Hindus cremate their dead. This is done with great religious fervour which makes for a moving experience. On your return walk through the streets of the old city. See the famous Vishwanath temple with its spires covered with gold, dedicated to Shiva, the presiding deity of the city. Return to the hotel for Breakfast, Later visit the Dashashmedh ghat, where Babaji appeared to Lahiri Mahashaya and Mazumdar. We will try to visit Satyalok, the Ashram of Lahiri Mahashaya. Post Lunch visit Trailanga Swamy Ashram and Ananda Moyi Maa’s Ashram and the famous Kashi Vishweshwar temple of Lord Shiva. Overnight Varanasi
: Board flight to New Delhi. Overnight at YSIS Ashram
: Fly back home
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