Flight Details: Delhi | September 17th-18th
Plan to arrive in New Delhi at Indira Gandhi International Airport either on the evening of Sept. 17th or early morning of the 18th. The retreat officially starts on September 18th, 2020. Urban Balance will arrange all flights within India. There is an additional fee for these intra-flights on top of the retreat price. This fee must be paid in prior to the retreat. If you arrive on the evening of September 17th, Urban Balance recommends booking a room at the Radisson Hotel near the airport. All retreat participants will meet up for a buffet breakfast at the Radisson on the 18th and then hop on the Urban Balance bus to begin our Mystical India retreat.
Day 1: Agra | September 18th-19th
Our first stop is Agra. This city sits on the banks of the Yamuna river that was ruled by the Mughal dynasty for centuries, along with other rulers and is full of historical monuments. Among those that we will visit are Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal. The Double Tree hotel by Hilton provides comfortable sleeping rooms and space for an early evening practice and buffet dinner.
A very early morning wakeup call provides an opportunity to see the majestic Taj Mahal at sunrise, led by a professional tour guide. Full of symmetry, white marble, and preciseness, the Taj was built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife and is known as one of the seven wonders of the world. It was created for her as a remembrance of their love. Afterwards, head back to the hotel for a morning practice and buffet breakfast. After checkout, enjoy a scenic drive to Vrindavan.
Day 2-3: Vrindavan | September 19th-21st
In Vrindavan, one of the holiest cities in India, experience a place that is abundant with spiritual energy. Known as the place where the Hindu deity Krishna spent his childhood, there are many temples dedicated to Krishna and his beloved, Radha. People come to this place on a pilgrimage to pay them respect and to participate in several festivals held here yearly.
Upon arrival, there is a buffet lunch. In the afternoon, a guided walking tour through the auspicious city. Enjoy taking time to immerse yourself in daily life of the local people. We’ll visit the famous “Prem Mandir” which has some of the most beautiful art illustrations of Krishna’s life and can help to gain a better understanding about Krishna’s and Radha’s life together.
Afterwards, head back to the hotel for dinner and a restful night of sleep. After morning practice on the outside terrace and a buffet breakfast, a professional guide gives us a very special tour of Vrindavan. First stop is visiting some widowers where we can do seva/offering for the ladies. Next, we take a short bus ride out into a village for a special meditation practice, under a 5000-year-old tree, where Krishna played his flute to his beloved cows. If we’re lucky, we may even hear him playing in the tree.
Ashu, our devoted guide shares some of the ancient and playful stories of Krishna and Radha to help explain why this place has such vibrant and special energy. In Vrindavan, you can experience different kinds of yoga that’s taught by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita such as bhakti yoga “loving devotion” and karma yoga “selfless action” as well as Jnana Yoga “path of knowledge”.
In the evening, a majestic sunset boat ride on the sacred Yamuna river and participation in the evening Yamuna Aarti on the ancient Ghats, and a must visit to the Banke Bihari temple before heading back at the hotel for dinner and a good night sleep! In the morning we’ll practice, eat breakfast, and enjoy a drive and lunch on our way to Jaipur.