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A Spiritual Pilgrimage
in India

Exploring the Holy Cities of North India
16th Nov - 1st Dec 2023

Kolkata Bodhgaya Varanasi Rishikesh

Explore the holy places of India with spiritual conversations, meditation and magic in the unfolding moment with 2 Yogis.

Spiritual Conversations, Meditation and Magic

Join a small group, maximum 11 people led by Soraya Saraswati  on 16 days of Spiritual Pilgrimage to India.

Magic always unfolds in this ancient land steeped in spiritual history of Yoga, Buddhism and Advaita.

Soraya will offer her wisdom as this very special pilgrimage unfolds. We will also have local guides to share the history of these ancient places.

Comfortable Hotel accommodation and Delicious Indian Cuisine: all accommodation & meals included.

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Pay a $500 deposit toward the Pilgrimage to secure your place at the Early Bird Price of $5,550 Shared Room / $6,900 Single Room. Save $500

Spirituality is the heartbeat of India.

While traveling to these  most sacred places of India you will be in deep connection with nature and experiencing the flow of Spiritual energy. You will start you journey from Kolkata, known as the city of joy. Here we will visit Mother Teresa’s House and Orphanage. 

You will then travel to Bodhgaya by day train. This place was made famous as it is where Gautama Buddha attained the enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Visitors flock to Bodhgaya  to feel the energy of this place and contemplate how the life of Buddha impacted the world.

The Spiritual Capital of India

After two days stay, we will travel by day train to Varanasi, one of the seven holiest cities in India. It’s also known as the spiritual capital of India. Devotees come to this holy place to take a dip in the holy mother River Ganges and to perform various light rituals along the riverbank. There is a strong belief among Hindu devotees that taking a dip into the River Ganges washes away your sins of the past.

Many Hindus travel to Varanasi to die and be cremated by the priests in the sacred burning fields by the ghats. Whether you’re a believer or not, if you travel to Varanasi you cannot escape the pull of spirituality and the sacred atmosphere of this very special place. Personally it will be my third visit to Varanasi and this place continues to live in my heart (Soraya).     


The capital of Yoga

We will then train to Delhi overnight, and have the next day exploring the ancient markets here. The following day we will drive by car or mini-bus to Rishikesh . Even though it’s known as “the capital of Yoga” after Beatles passing through in the 60’s, Rishikesh is a relatively calm and relaxed city. Situated along the two banks of the Ganges, it is filled with the ashrams and yoga centers. We will be visiting the Shivananda Ashram here and the Bharat Mandir, near the ghats.
To witness the ritual ceremonies of Arti In Sanskrit, the word ‘arti’ – transcribed as ‘aarati’ – is composed of the prefix ‘aa’, meaning complete, and ‘rati’, meaning love. It is a ceremony of light.
Our trip will end here. After several day you will return to Delhi where you can fly back to international destinations. If you wish to visit the Taj Mahal it can be easily organised as a day trip our from Delhi. 

Soraya Saraswati

Soraya Saraswati is a seasoned traveller in India and will accompany your entire journey. She will offer guidance, meditations, mantra and spiritual conversations along the way.  
Soraya Saraswati is a Yoga Swami and Yoga Philosophy Teacher and Therapist with 40 years experience. Soraya is based in Australia and have been taking groups to India for many years together. 
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The Pilgrim Package Includes

Raise your vibration to one of Loving Peaceful Presence

Join Soraya Saraswati in India on the Nov 16th  – Dec 1st 2023

All transfers and transports

Whilst in India

  • Airport pickup from Kolkata to hotel.
  • International Airport drop off in Delhi. 
  • Train Bookings to Bodhgaya and Varanasi.
  • Car and Bus transfer fares.

All Meals

Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

North Indian Food is rich in flavour with many types of bread, roti, puris, and samosa, curries, paneer and rice dishes. 99% of meals included. See itinerary.

All Accomodation

Twin Share

Comfortable hotel accomodation is included on a twin share basis. Single rooms can be requested see the additional cost.

Tours & Guide

Whilst in India

All scheduled tours and guides are included in your price. This includes day excursions, guided walking tours and temples. 

Chanting, Meditation & Satsangs

Timings based on the groups needs

Satsangs with Soraya. Chanting and Meditations and contemplations along the way.

Entry to Temples

And other Holy Places

Entry to all temples, Holy Places and other Spiritual locations are all included.

Pilgrimage Satsang Meditations

Daily Satsang Meditations

We travel as wandering yogis following a deep calling to freedom

 Daily Satsangs & meditations along the way as we steep ourselves in the philosophy behind the spiritual culture.

Morning Chanting

Led by Soraya Saraswati with ancient mantra & deep stillness

With spontaneity and taking advantage of the magic in our journey. This is yoga in action moment by moment in presence.

Yogic Wisdom

Offered with love

Soraya will offer his wisdom and knowledge on the history of Yoga in India and its holy place as we travel together. 

Local Guide

India Guide

A local Indian guide accompanies us as we travel to assist with any translation or local requirements. 

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A $500 non-refundable deposit  will hold your place.

Full payment is required by October 1st.  Numbers limited for this intimate retreat.

Daily Program of our Journey

Arrival at the Kolkata airport where you will be met. Transfer to the hotel. Some flights may arrive at night so rest is important. As per your arrival time we will connect for a meal and introductions. You are welcome to travel with Soraya from Australia.

Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel.
Meals include : Lunch and dinner

Full day sightseeing of Kolkata. We will visit Mother Teresa’s House and Orphanage. And Flower Markets.

Morning transfer to the railway station take train to Gaya. Upon arriving at Gaya Junction we will be transferred to the hotel in BodhGaya.
Train: Depart at 12.10 and arrive Gaya Junction at 18.40
Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel.
Meals include : Breakfast, lunch and dinner

During your stay we will spend quality time visiting Maha Bodhi temple complex, known to be one of the oldest brick temples of India. This is the place where Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Pilgrims and Buddhist monks come to worship, meditate, and do circumambulation around the main shrine.
A day excursion will be organised to visit Nalanda and Rajgir : Nalanda is the ancient university where thousands of monks used to study philosophy. This was the main seat of knowledge and learning established in the 5th century.
Rajghir was the largest city in Majjhimadesa during the Buddha’s time. Among the many notable places in the area are the tranquil Vulture’s Peak (Gijjhakuta), where the Buddha meditated, and the
Sattapanni Cave, where the First Council was organized after the Buddha’s passing.
Drive back to Bodhgaya
Please note : A daily walking tour will be organised around the main temple with our local guide.

Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel.
Meals include : Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Morning, transfer to Gaya Railway station to take the train to Varanasi. Travelling by train in India is itself a complete journey. People from different countryside travel with their colourful costumes. Each railway station is full of life with the vendors of chai, newspapers, other eatery items selling and bargaining on the platform while a train stops for a few minutes.
Afternoon arrival in Varanasi. Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel.
Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

During your stay in Varanasi your days will be punctuated with the yoga practice with your teachers in the morning, local sightseeing, walking tours of Varanasi in the day and Satsang in the evening.
Please note : A day excursion will be organised to visit Sarnath. For the rest of the stay a daily walking tour will be organised in the city with our local guide. Varanasi on the Banks of the Holy River Ganga is one of the most Auspicious and Intriguing cities in India.

Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel.
Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Transfer to the train station for travel North to Haridwar – near Rishikesh. This will be an overnight train. 
Meals include: Breakfast

Overnight stay in a hotel. Walk along the Ganges Ghats. Explore shopping.

Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

A walking along the Ganges here is a joy in itself. Rishikesh offers so much and we will have time to stop, rest by the River Ganga closer to her source. Arati at night. Free time. Optional visit Sivananda Ashram.
Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel 

Meals include: Breakfast We can enjoy cafe’s and restaurants along the River here.

Free day exploring – shopping. Evening Arati Ceremony of light and love and exploring the Ghats and markets. Options to eat out here food not covered.

Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel.
Meals include : Breakfast

Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel.

Meals include : Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Kind Words from previous India Retreat Attendees

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 Pay a $500  to secure your place at the

Early Bird Price of $5,550 Shared Room / $6,900 Single Room. 

Frequently Asked Questions

It runs for 16 days from 16th November arrival in Kolkata and ends in Delhi on December 30th with transport organised for international flights out on the 1st December.

All internal Accommodation in India, internal car and train travel, 98% meals, with an option to eat separately in Rishikesh. An Indian translator and guide throughout our journey.

International flights are not included.  Please make sure you have travel insurance booked as well.

We will be staying in clean local hotels carefully chosen for you of 3 or 4 star level.

  • International airfares to and from India.
  • Arriving in Kolkata and Leaving from Delhi.
  • Visas which can be purchased easily online – we will advise.
  • Any personal needs or spending on shopping,
  • Note: Prices may vary depending on room choice. Single or shared.
  • Personal toiletries.
  • Any personal medications.
  • Tips and donations.
  • Travel Insurance – Please take out travel insurance before arriving in India.

It is possible to leave us in Delhi. Please discuss with Soraya.

We retain a $500 booking fee if you cancel up to 4 weeks before the retreat. Cancelation after this time brings a $600 booking fee as numbers are limited and we may have to turn people away. If we fill your spot we will reduce the cancellation fee.

Yes, we can set up a payment plan after the $500 deposit is paid. The payment plan must be completed 4 weeks prior to travel.

Yes we can advise you on this. Booking earlier is better. The flights on Singapore airlines from Brisbane are very reasonable at around $1700. It is important to take out travel insurance. Or insurance may be included in your credit card. Ask your bank.

This is the coolest time in India and the most pleasant to travel. Kolkata will be warm but as we move further north it will be cooler and cold in Lakshman Jula and Rishikesh. So bring clothes for warm Autumn and winter. It is easy to have your clothes laundered along the way so travel as light as you can.