India: A Yoga Odyssey Itinerary

Date Activity Evening Location
June 28 Depart Home city for Delhi via Seattle Overnight flight
June 29 Arrive New Delhi, driver will meet you at Indira Gandhi International Airport and take you to the hotel.  Look for a placard with KNOW INDIA TRAVEL Karolbaugh/New Delhi

Florence Inn

June 30 Morning: Yoga; Orientation to India. Visit Jama Masjid, Red Fort, and lunch in famous Chandi Chowk..

Afternoon: Train to Amritsar.

Evening: Rest

Hotel Ritz Plaza


July 1 Morning: Yoga and breakfast.

Afternoon: Visit Jallianwala Bagh and Golden Temple the heart of Sikhism

Evening: Join in the very fun and famous Indian/Pakistan Wagah border flag lowering ceremony.

Hotel Ritz Plaza


July 2 Morning: Yoga, rest or explore

Afternoon: bus to Dharamsala / McLeod Ganj. McLeod Ganj serves as the residence of His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama – Tenzin Gyatso, and the Tibetan Government in exile.  At a height of 1700 m, McLeod Ganj is an important learning center for Tibetan Buddhism. The whole area displays Tibetan culture and crafts at their finest.

Evening: Drive up to Namgyal Monastery, residence of the Dalai Lama, explore Lingkor, visit shops around McLeod Ganj.

Asian Plaza Hotel


July 3 Morning: Yoga; Presentation / Discussion on Tibetan culture.

Afternoon: Tour Dharamsala temples and monasteries, including Suglag Khang, the Dalai Lama’s temple complex.

Evening: Free to rest or explore.


Asian Plaza Hotel

July 4 Morning: Yoga; Visit the Norbulingka Institute Tibetan Cultural Museum. Afternoon: Visit Tibetan Children’s Village (TVC), and place of the Tibetan Government in Exile.

Evening: Bus to Chakki Bank to connect with Hemkunt Express train to Rishikesh at 8:30 pm.

Overnight on train, AC 2nd class
July 5 Morning: Arrive in Rishikesh 8:00 a.m.  Transfer to hotel for breakfast and rest.

Afternoon: Walking tour of Rishikesh with discussion on Hindu temples and pilgrimage. Rishikesh has been nick-named “the world-capital of Yoga.”

Evening: Yoga before dinner. Free to rest or explore on your own.

Great Ganga Hotel,


July 6 Morning & Afternoon: Visit Swami Dayananda Ashram for yoga, meditation, and discussion on yogic tradition in India.

Evening: Free

Great Ganga Hotel,


July 7 Morning: Yoga.

Afternoon: Bus to Haridwar for temple tour.

Evening: Watch the spectacular aarti at Har ki Pauri on the Ganges River

Great Ganga Hotel,


July 8 Morning: Yoga and free time in Rishikesh

Afternoon: Presentation / discussion on Hinduism.  Visit the beautifully carved Jain temple.

Evening: Shatabdi Express train to New Delhi 6:13 pm. Arrive Delhi 10:45 pm transfer to hotel

Florence Inn,

New Delhi

July 9 Morning: Yoga. Fly to Varanasi

Afternoon: Lecture and discussion on Ganga and her worship by Dr. Arvind Singh,

Evening: Aarti ceremony on the Ganges at the Dashashwameth Ghat

Meraden Grand,


July 10 Morning: Yoga. Talk by Prof. Rana P.B. Singh on the importance of Varanasi.

Afternoon to early evening: Temple tour and Banaras Hindu University Museum

Evening: Indian classical music performance

Meraden Grand,


July 11 Morning: Ganga boat ride at sunrise; guided walk in the oldest bazaar of the city; Yoga; Presentation and discussion on Indian art by Prof. M.N.P. Tiwari.

Afternoon: Visit Sarnath, birthplace of Buddhism and see beautiful antiquities at the Sarnath museum

Evening: Free

Meraden Grand,


July 12 Morning: Yoga; Talk by senior professor from the Institute of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University on ayurvedic medicine.

Afternoon: Visit an Indian village;

Evening: Overnight train to Agra

Varanasi-Agra (overnight train)
July 13 Morning: Yoga; See Taj Mahal

Afternoon: Drive back to Delhi

Evening: Transfer to IGI airport for international departure

Day hotel Man Singh Palace Hotel.  Drive to Delhi to meet Overnight flight
July 14 Onward flight to home city Home!

One Response to “India: A Yoga Odyssey Itinerary”

  1. Christie Says:

    FRAN! This looks so amazing. Love it! Got such a kick out of seeing: July 13, Morning: Yoga, see Taj Majal. so non chalant!! hope you have a fantastic trip and i can’t wait to read all your posts.


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