Travel with me to the most sacred places and meet inspiring people in and around Rishikesh.
All the gifts that India has given me over the last 5 years ignited in me a desire to share the beauty of this fascinating land and it's people, the sacred river Ganga, the temples, caves and jungle villages with others who have a genuine intrest in India's culture and it's spiritual wisdom. That is why I offer to be your guide on a private pilgrim journey in and around the holy towns of Rishikesh and Haridwar.
I consider the inspiring pilgrim towns Rishikesh and Haridwar my home. By spending much time here in the foothills of the Himalaya's for a few years I have learned how to fully enjoy the abundant beauty of India without feeling overwhelmed.
This makes our 10 nights journey especially suitable for more sensitive people.
Perhaps it is because I carry the name of a river, but I like traveling to be fluid and spontaneous. Traveling this way, you will often find yourself at the right place at the right time, meeting the most interesting people. The magic of a true pilgrimage can not be found in a standard package deal! For this reason I travel with maximum 3 people. You can come with 2 friends, with your partner, with your child, or alone. You will stay in super comfortable rooms and eat the most nutritious food.
India is quite an intense country that will offer plenty of opportunities to grow spiritually and personally. We will take sufficient moments of rest to create time for integration.
If needed I can help you with booking your flights and arranging your visa.
After your flight I will be waiting with a little welcome gift for you at Dehradun airport, and from there we will drive in about half an hour to Rishikesh.
We will spend 5 night in Rishikesh, 3 nights in the nearby hills and 2 nights in Haridwar. You can extend your stay after our journey together for as long as you like, I can help with finding a nice room.
Rishikesh - 5 nights
Pilgrim town of yogi's
Since the beginning of time yogi's and yogini's have gathered here to spend time together by the Ganges, exchanging wisdom and experiences. Now it is a bustling little village with the best of east and west. There are lot of 'attractions' in Rishikesh, but it greatest gift is it's deep spiritual energy that makes people come again and again.
Here we will meet sadhu's, meditate in powerful caves nearby and take a bath in the holy Ganges on a quiet beach. We will attend a mesmerizing fire cermony and stroll over a traditional market. We will drive through the hills to a Shakti peeth temple (a temple full of divine feminine energy) and from there we will take a nice walk back to Rishikesh through the hills.
This is also the town where you can attend satsang, take yoga classes, have a good massage, learn how to make silver jewellery and see where the Beatles have been meditating. I will take you to the best restaurants and introduce you to my local friends. You will stay in a nice and clean room with hot shower in walking distance from my Indian 'home'.
Jungle Village - 3 nights
Silence, nature, springwater and the warmest welcome ever!
After 5 nights in Rishikesh we will drive to a beautiful nature resort in the jungle (The sooner you book, the more chance we have that my favorite place is still available, otherwise we will go to another beautiful resort.) We will spend 3 nights here. This is a perfect quiet place to rewind and digest all we have seen in and around Rishikesh. We will visit my friend Rajni. She lives in a secluded village and is always happy to welcome new friends and is looking forward to teach you how to prepare tasty traditional food on a woodfire stove.
There is a natural spring nearby with the most delicious water and if you are up for it we can take a beautiful one hour walk through jungle and farmland to a famous Shiva temple. But we can also just relax and enjoy the silence.
Haridwar - 2 nights
Shakti and Shiva temples and staying in Haridwars most luxurious hotel.
We will finish our Pilgrim holiday with 2 nights in Haridwar, another important pilgrim town where the sage Anandamayi Ma has spend a lot of time. Her beautiful loving presence can still be felt in the lovely enclave surrounding her ashram. We will visit some of my favorite temples (a Kali temple you will never forget!) and have a thali in a tiny traditional restaurant. In Haridwar you will stay in a very luxurious hotel right on the banks of the sacred river Ganga. It used to be a traditional family house and will make you feel at home immediately!
If you feel this pilgrim holiday might be for you, don't hesitate to contact me.
I will do my best to answer all your questions!
Prices include all transport in India, nice hotel rooms, 3 tasty and healthy meals a day, a jewelry workshop (make your own silver amulet, ring or earrings), visits to temples and caves, my daily guidance and a kirtan session.
Not included are your flight to India, visa, travel insurance, shopping, massages, extra snacks / drinks.
1 person, private room: 1975 euro per person
2 persons, sharing a room: 1425 euro per person
2 persons, private room: 1725 euro per person
3 persons, private rooms: 1625 euro per person
These prices are based on the more luxureous rooms and resorts and some more fancy restaurants.
If you don't mind simpler rooms and local restaurants I can make a custom package for you with reduced prices.
Please ask me for options!
I hope to be offering pilgrim Holidays again from October 2021 onwards.
Because of the current situation I can only take options and no definite bookings at the moment, but please do contact me if you are interested in making this journey together in the future. I have room for one more journey in 2021 and one for spring 2022.
I look forward to introducing you to the land that stole my heart!