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Detailed Itinerary

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Kerala | South India

Sacred Sap Retreat

February 6-11, 2024

Varanasi, North India & Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Post Retreat Tour

February 11-17, 2024

Sacred Sap Retreat | Itinerary Brief

Day 1: Kerala | Arrival + Group Orientation

Welcome to India! | Upon arrival and check-in at AyurSoma in the early morning, we’ll hold an opening ceremony and orientation meeting to introduce everyone to the tour participants, tour guides, AyurSoma staff, and the Ayurveda Centre. Guests will meet with their Ayurvedic doctor for consultations and treatments.

Day 2: Kerala | Sunset Shiva Temple

Normal Daily Schedule | Day 2 is a light day with a focus on grounding, recovering from jet lag, and enjoying the morning yoga practice and Ayurvedic treatments. In the early evening we’ll take a leisurely walk on the beach to the nearby Aazhimala Siva Temple for a beautiful sunset Ganesha puja (ceremony). Crack coconuts and remove obstacles!

Day 3: Kerala | Jungle Boat Excursion

Modified Excursion Schedule | Day 3 is an adventure day. We’ll have an early yoga practice, then head out to tour the lush jungled Kerala Backwaters by jungle boat. Bring a bathing suit because we will stop at Golden Beach to take a swim in the Arabian Sea. We will return around noon in time for lunch and Ayurvedic treatments.

Day 4: Kerala | Rejuvenation Day

Normal Daily Schedule | Day 4 is another light day with a focus on enjoying the morning yoga practice, shopping at local merchant shops, and Ayurvedic treatments. AyurSoma tries each year to bring an elephant to our guests for a short elephant ride. If riding isn’t your jam, enjoy meeting the elephant and receiving a “Ganesha blessing”.

Day 5: Kerala | Kali Temple Excursion

Modified Excursion Schedule | Day 5 is an adventure day. We’ll have an early yoga practice, then head out to visit the Attukal Kali Temple in Trivandrum. We will visit the temple and make flower offerings to Kali at the inner sanctum. Bring a sincere loving heart, a handful of fragrant flowers, and be prepared to release whatever limits you in life.

Day 6: Travel Day | South to North India

Travel Day | Day 6 will be a long travel day, saying goodbye to AyurSoma and Kerala and northward we’ll go. We’ll take a flight from Trivandrum to Varanasi. We’ll check into the super modern and cozy Radisson Hotel Varanasi.

Post Retreat Tour | Itinerary Brief

Day 7: Varanasi | Sunrise Ganga Rowboat Tour

Sightseeing Day | On Day 7 we will rise early in the morning to tour the Ganges by rowboat as the sun rises. We will make offerings to the Goddess Ganga with the guidance of a Hindu priest. We will return in the evening to witness human cremations at the Manikarnika Temple and the famous aarti (fire ceremony) dedicated to the Goddess Ganga.

Day 8: Varanasi | Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Sightseeing Day | On Day 8 we will tour the most sacred temple in Varanasi, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. We will sit with a yogi holy person, or sadhu, for a dharma talk (darshan) on the topic of high yoga and the path of the yogi.

Day 9: Travel Day | Varanasi to Kathmandu

Travel Day | Day 9 will be a travel day, saying goodbye to India and onward we go to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. We’ll take a flight from Varanasi (VNS) to Kathmandu (KTM). We’ll check into the super modern and cozy Yak & Yeti Hotel.

Day 10: Kathmandu | Pashupatinath Temple

Sightseeing Day | On Day 10 we will explore famous historical cultural sights around the Kathmandu Valley such as Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and the Boudhanath Stupa.

Day 11: Kathmandu | Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur

Sightseeing Day | On Day 11 we will explore more cultural heritage sights around the Kathmandu Valley such as Bhaktapur and the Swayambhunath Stupa. In the afternoon, we will take a bus to Nagarkot.

Day 12: Nagarkot | Himalaya Sunrise + Departure

Departure Day | On Day 12 we will start the day with a stunning sunrise breakfast overlooking the Himalayan Mountains from our hotel in Nagarkot. Then we will say goodbye to Nepal. Guests will return home via international flights.

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