Experience the mysticism of Nepal, the land of Yoga, birthplace of Shiva and Buddha.
Itinerary: Day 1 (March 4th): Shanti Yoga Ashram, Kathmandu Valley Day 2: Pashupati Mandir – Most powerful Shiva temple in the world – Morning Yoga Program and Lunch Day 3: Bhaktapur Day 4: Travel to Pokhara (Luxury Tour Bus will be provided) Day 5: Pokhara Day 6: Pokhara Day 7: Travel to Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha (Luxury Tour Bus will be provided) Day 8: Lumbini Day 9: Travel to Devghat Day 10: Devghat Day 11: Travel back to Kathmandu
Included: Accommodations, transportation from hotel to site and in between cities, entrance fees, yoga programs, breakfast, lunch (diet will be yogic and pure vegetarian). All meals during the first day at the ashram. The rest of the days all meals will be given except for dinner. There will be restaurants in the area to choose from.
Accomodations: Shanti Yoga Ashram Hotels in Thamel, Kathmandu
Program will include: Yoga Class * Meditation * Kirtan * Mantra * Havana (Fire Ceremony) * Philosophy * Ayurveda * Nature * Lectures * Music * Dance * Visiting Sacred Places * Celebration * Spiritual Community * Puja (worship)
Yoga in all its depth and variety: Tantra Yoga * Hatha Yoga * Astanga Yoga * Mantra Yoga * Kundalini Yoga * Bhakti Yoga * Karma Yoga * Jnana Yoga* Shiva Shakti Yoga * OSHO Kundalini meditation * Ipsalu Tantra * Buddhist Tantra
From Lineages of the Great Yogic Masters: Swami Sivananda * Swami Satyanada * Yogi Bhajan * Patabhi Jois * OSHO * And many more…
Costs - 2 Options: 11 Days - Private room, $1,500. Shared room, $1,200. All inclusive package (international flight not included)
3 Days Yoga Festival in Kathmandu - $400 Shared room, $500 Private Room
About the Journey
This festival will encompass the most consecrated sites throughout the beautiful Kathmandu Valley and the teachings from yoga masters from a wealth of traditions and lineages; providing a divine opportunity to share, learn and practice from those most adept in the art of yoga. It promises to be a truly unique event drawing together cultures, traditions and teachings from across the world. It is an opportunity to evolve spiritually by going deep into the essence of yoga in the land in which yoga itself was born.
We will come together at Shanti Yoga Ashram for the first day of the festival. This spiritual journey will continue in Kathmandu, where we will spend two days in the enchanting capital city of Nepal. Our festival corresponds with Shiva Ratri – Shiva’s appearance day, in which we will come together to honor Lord Shiva, the first Guru of Yoga by celebrating yoga’s depth and diversity. We will continue in this spirit by visiting the Pashupatinath Temple, considered to be the most powerful and important Shiva temple in existence, lying on the banks of the Bagmati River. We will also visit the Boudhanath Stupa, a symbolic Buddhist site as well as being the largest stupa in Nepal, and the Swayambhunath Stupa, the oldest Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu.
Inside of Kathmandu Valley we will visit Bhaktapur, an ancient Tantric city known for its amazing architecture and spiritual energy. It is home to many temples of cultural significance. There is a large square for our yoga program.
Our pilgrimage will then bring us to Pokhara, which not only offers the holy sites of the Peace Pagoda and the Barahi Durga Temple, but breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and Lake Phewa. It is an ideal place for yoga and meditation surrounded by nature’s beauty.
Finally, our journey will bring us to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. This important pilgrimage location offers the Ashoka Pillar erected in the Lumbini Garden, marking the spot where Prince Siddharta Gautam was born, and the Mayadevi Temple, dedicted to Lord Buddha’s mother, Queen Maya Devi. On the way back to Kathmandu we will spend one night at Dev Ghat, the sacred convergence of two rivers, the place where Sita, Rama and Laskshman departed from this world, the birthplace of Veda Vyas, the compiler of the the Vedas. There are many ashrams there and it is the home of many spiritual practitioners to this day, so it is highly charged with spiritual energy.