Pamela Aaralyn India Tour

In the Footsteps of India’s Avatars

 Main Tour: February 24 – March 10, 2018;

Optional Tour: March 10 – 17, 2018

 

Join Pamela Aaralyn on this life transforming journey to India.  We will explore some of the most potent and spiritual places in India where the Avatars lived in ancient times and where their vibrations are still palpable. Through meditation, channeling with Pamela at sacred places, yoga and sharing stories, we will connect and open to the mystery and energies that is also part of you.  Together we will find and celebrate the gifts that come when your heart breaks open.  Many once-in-a-lifetime experiences await us!  Chanelling Krishna, Puja of  the five elements at the banks of the ganges, meeting and playing Holi, the Festival of Colour  with the widows in Vrindaban, listening to sacred chants that fill the air morning and evening at the Golden Temple, a silent fast as we circumbulate the sacred mountain near Ramana Maharshi’s ashram and participating in India’s only Spiritual Expo where Pamela will channel for the Indian population. 

An Optional week-long tour of places that resonate with Pamela will takes us from Mumbai to Meher Baba’s ashram to be in Shirdi Sai Baba’s abode on the auspicious occasion of Shivratri, the Great Night of Shiva in remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world. Then meditation and chanting in the ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora dating back to 1stcentury BC.   

Main Tour, Feb 24 – Mar 10:  DELHI – RISHIKESH –  VRINDABAN – MATHURA – AGRA –  AMRITSAR – RAMANA ASHRAM – DELHI 

Optional tour, Feb 10 – 16:  MUMBAI – MEHERABAD – SHIRDI – AURANGABAD – DELHI

Main Tour:   February 24 – March 10, 2018

Feb 23) Day 0 : Depart USA

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India Gate, Delhi

Feb 24) Day 1: Delhi Arrival

Arrival at Delhi International Airport. Most flights arrive late evening. Meet & greet on arrival by our company representative. Escorted transfer to hotel. Overnite Delhi.

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Rishikesh

Feb 25) Day 2: Delhi – Rishikesh by air (B,L,D)

Morning Orientation. Today begins with a traditional Indian welcome, where you will receive garlands of fresh marigold and jasmine flowers and after lunch fly to Haridwar/Rishikesh. (1 hrs) Arrive in the afternoon and after settling in our hotel, participate in the evening aarti by the Holy Ganges river. (B,L,D)

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Aarti on Ganges

Feb 26) Day 3: Rishikesh (B,D)

Our days in Rishikesh will offer optional morning stretching and meditation by the river, and meditation and chanting at all of our destinations. On a quiet stretch of the river above Rishikesh, we’ll sit in the spiritually powerful cave said to have been home to Sage Vashishta. At the river’s edge we’ll have a purification ceremony, then relax by the water.  We will visit Ma Kali temple in Haridwar.  It is one of the oldest temples. Overnite Rishikesh.

Feb 27) Day 4: Rishikesh  (B,D)

Activities will be planned for half a day.

Feb 28) Day 5: Rishikesh – Delhi – Mathura  (B,D)

Our day will be spent at Anandamayi’s Ashram in Haridwar.  In the late afternoon  we catch a flight from Rishikesh to Delhi and a bus ride will take us to Mathura which is closely linked with the Lord Krishna’s childhood.  Overnite Mathura.

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Anandamayi Ma

Mar 1) Day 6 : Mathura / Vrindaban (B,L,D)

In the morning we will go to Sri Krishna Janma Bhumi Temple where Lord Krishna was born.  We will also visit the Tulsi tree forest where Lord Krishna is said to have entertained the Gopis and still visits after sunset.   Overnite Mathura.

 

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Mathura

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 2) Day 7: Vrindaban – Agra (B,L,D)

 HOLI, the Festival of Colour.  Morning we will play Holi. Wear clothes that you wouldn’t mind getting colour on. The festival of Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March every year. Originally a festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land, Holi is now a symbolic commemoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology.  Holi, the Festival of Colors, heralds the advent of Spring.

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Holi

Vrindaban is also known as the Shelter City for Widows, where over 20,000 widows live in this city. Hopefully we will be able to visit an ashram where some of them live and talk to them about their lives.  Hopefully we will be celebrating Holi with them.  To be determined.  In the afternoon, we will drive another hour to Agra and settle in our Hotel.  Overnite Agra.

 

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Mar 3) Day 8 : Agra – Delhi – Amritsar   (B,L,D)

In the early morning a visit the Taj Mahal as the sun reflects the fiery tints of the setting sun. The Taj in all its timeless beauty is still the inspiration of poets and painters, writers and photographers. Shah Jehan built the Taj in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child. No cost was spared to make it the most beautiful monument the world had ever seen. White marble and red sandstone, silver and gold, camelian and jasper, moonstone and jade, lapiz lazuli and coral were fashioned by 20,000 skilled workers to make the emperor’s dream a reality. It took 22 years to complete – a symbol of eternal love where Shah Jehan too lies buried, re-united at last with his beloved Mumtaz.  We will visit a shop that demonstrates the ancient inlay work in marble seen covering the walls of the Taj Mahal.  A late afternoon flight will take us to Amritsar. Overnite Amritsar. Overnite Amritsar

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Golden Temple, Amritsar

Mar 4) Day 9:  Amritsar (B,L,D)

In the morning, we will head directly to the Golden Temple and witness religious traditions of the Sikhs at this sacred site. This will include both a guided tour by one of the Sikh priests as well as time for individuals to explore independently and reflect/meditate. Everyone must cover his or her head to enter the Temple. Shoes and socks are checked with attendants, as everyone walks through water to cleanse their feet before entering the Temple. Originally a small lake in the midst of a quiet forest, the site has been a meditation retreat for wandering mendicants and sages since deep antiquity. Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the founder of the Sikh religion and a philosopher-saint, came to live and meditate by the peaceful lake. After the passing away of Guru Nanak, his disciples continued to frequent the site; over the centuries it became the primary sacred shrine of the Sikhs. The temple’s architecture draws on both Hindu and Moslem artistic styles, yet represents a unique co-evolution of the two. During the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), the Golden Temple was richly ornamented with marble sculptures, golden gilding, and large quantities of precious stones. Within the sanctuary, on a jewel-studded platform, lies the ‘Adi Grantha’, the sacred scripture of the Sikhs. This scripture is a collection of devotional poems, prayers, and hymns composed by the ten Sikh gurus and various Moslem and Hindu saints.

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Langar

We will have the privilege of eating “langar”, the Sikh communion, where people are fed food no matter what race or nationality one comes from.  Guests are expected to sit on the floor and eat vegetarian meals with their hands, and then wash their own dishes afterwards. You are also welcome in the kitchen to help with preparing the meals. This change of pace is a welcome opportunity for reflection and spiritual connection.  Optional early morning ceremony where we will witness the moving ceremony of the “Night Palki” when the Adi Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book known as the tenth and last Guru of the Sikhs, being taken from the inner sanctum and put to bed in another part of the Gurdwara.

Mar 5) Day 10:  Amritsar (B,D)    

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Guru Nanak

In the morning we will pay a visit to Jalianwala Bagh, the place where 2,000 Sikhs were invited to celebrate Baisakhi, a big Sikh festival, and then massacred by British soldiers. Many Sikhs in panic had jumped into a well and drowned.  Free afternoon  to meditate or shop in the nearby market.  Overnite Amritsar.

 

Mar 6) Day 11:  Amritsar – Chennai  (B,L,D)

Today is mainly a travel day.  After a morning meditation, our bus will take us to back to Delhi airport to catch a late afternoon flight to Chennai.  Overnite Chennai.

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Ramana Maharshi

Mar 7) Day 12:  Ramana Maharshi Ashram  (B,D)

In the morning we drive to Tiruvannamalai where Sri Ramana Maharshi  lived and meditated for 54 years. In the afternoon we will visit the ashram where you will have the opportunity to see the Samadhi shrine of Ramana Maharshi, the spot where he attained Mahasamadhi (left his mortal coil), and the Samadhi shrine of his mother, which is known as the Matribhuteshwara Temple. The ashram is peaceful and relaxed, and an excellent place for meditation or pujas.  Ramana Maharshi always said that his most important teaching was done in silence. He meant that when people were in his physical presence, their minds were affected.  Therefore, during the three days we will be here, you are invited to keep a Silence Fast.
Ramana Maharshi is widely acknowledged as the outstanding Hindu guru of the modern age. He was born in Tamil Nadu in 1879 and made his way to Arunachala at the age of sixteen, not leaving the sacred mountain until his spirit united with the holy mountain in 1950; many people witnessed his light enter in Arunachala as the life in his body expired. Overnight in Tiruvannamalai.

Mar 8)   Day 13:  Ramana Maharshi Ashram  (B,D)

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Ramana Hill

Early morning we will take a walking tour of Mount Arunachala – the circumambulation of Arunachala, known as Pradakshana (“pra” signifies the removal of all sins, “da” the fulfillment of all desires, “shana” the freedom from the cycle of rebirth) is a popular pilgrimage destination and, along the way, we will see offerings at shrines as well as sacred rocks, caves, trees, and more.

In the afternoon we take a bus to Mahabalipuram to a seaside resort for rest and restoration. Afternoon tour of the temples.  Also known as Mamallapuram, the town is famous for its Shore Temple, and was  the second capital and a bustling seaport during the time of the Pallava Kings of Kanchipuram. Ravaged by wind and sea, the temple complex, built in AD 700-728 by the Pallava Dynasty, retains its alluring beauty, and is a must-see site. We will also visit the intricate rock carvings and monuments such as the Descent of the Ganges and the Arjuna’s Penance relief, depicting animals, deities, and other semi-divine creatures.

Mar 9)   Day 14:  Ramana Maharshi Ashram (B,D)

Early morning we will take a walking tour of Mount Arunachala – the circumambulation of Arunachala, known as Pradakshana (“pra” signifies the removal of all sins, “da” the fulfillment of all desires, “shana” the freedom from the cycle of rebirth) is a popular pilgrimage destination and, along the way, we will see offerings at shrines as well as sacred rocks, caves, trees, and more.  This evening we gather together for our Farewell Dinner.  Overnite Ashram.

Mar 10)   Day 15:  Ramana Ashram, Chennai – Delhi – Fly back to USA   Late Nite. (B,L)

Free morning.   Around 3pm fly back to Delhi and catch our international flights late in the evening.

 

Optional Meher Baba and Sai Baba  Pilgrimage

Mar 10.   Chennai – Mumbai (B,L,D)

Arrive in Mumbai  in the evening from Chennai

Mar 11.  Mumbai – Meherabad.  (B,L,D)

In the morning drive to Meherabad, the ashram of Meher Baba.  (5 hrs). Participate in the Dhuni  ceremony during the early evening.   Baba instructed the men mandali to start lighting the dhuni every month from the 12th of December, 1941. Baba explained, “It is for a certain definite purpose of my work.”

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Dhuni Ceremony

Meher Baba  (25 February 1894  – 31 January 1969) was an Indian spiritual master who said he was the Avatar, God in human form. At the age of 19, he began a seven-year spiritual transformation. During this time he contacted five spiritual masters including Sai Baba of Shirdi, before beginning his own mission and gathering his own disciples in early 1922, at the age of 27. From 10 July 1925 to the end of his life, Meher Baba maintained silence, communicating by means of an alphabet board or by unique hand gestures. With his mandali (circle of disciples), he spent long periods in seclusion, during which time he often fasted. He also traveled widely, held public gatherings and engaged in works of charity with lepers, the poor and the mentally ill.  Overnite Meherabad.

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Meher Baba

Mar 12.  Meherabad. (B,L,D)

A day of  quiet meditation in Meherabad. Overnite Meherabad.

Mar 13.  Meherabad – Shirdi  (B,L)

After breakfast, drive to Shirdi, the place where Shirdi Sai Baba lived (1 ½ hr).  In the late morning,  we will  have darshan of Sai Baba.  Afternoon free.  Overnite in Shirdi.

 

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Shirdi Sai Baba

Mar  14.  Shirdi – Aurangabad (B,L)

Morning drive to Ellora Caves in Aurangabad (3 hrs).    The gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora, Aurangabad is named after the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb. From ancient times Aurangabad has been a place of great importance due to it’s location on the famous “Silk Route” that traversed across the breadth of Asia to reach Europe. Textiles, embroidered finery and various kinds of beads made in nearby Paithan were exported to the markets of Greece, Rome and Egypt.

The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence. While we are at the caves there may be a group meditation or silent contemplation.   Overnite Aurangabad.

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Ajanta Ellora caves

Mar 15 .  Aurangabad – Delhi (B,L)

Half day tour of  Ajanta Caves. The Ajanta Caves constitute ancient monasteries and worship halls of different Buddhist traditions carved into a 250 feet wall of rock. The caves also present paintings depicting the past lives and rebirths of the Buddha, pictorial tales from Aryasura’s Jatakamala, as well as rock-cut sculptures of Buddhist deities in vogue between the 2nd century BCE and 5th century CE. Textual records suggest that these caves served as a monsoon retreat for monks, as well as a resting site for merchants and pilgrims in ancient India.  In the late afternoon catch a flight to Delhi.    Overnite Delhi.

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Zorba the Budha

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Mar 16.  Delhi – Life Positive Expo (B,L,D)

In the morning attending the opening ceremonies of Life Positive’s annual Expo at the Zorba the Buddha venue, on the outskirts of Delhi.  In the afternoon  we will pay our respects to Gandhi at the place where he was cremated followed by shopping for last minute souveniers.   Overnite Delhi.

Mar 17.  Delhi – Fly out in the late evening

Pamela will be doing a morning workshop for Life Positive attendees.  In the afternoon you may want to attend some of the workshops, meet other Indian attendees , go shopping or just spend some quiet time at the beautiful venue.   Late in the evening, you will be escorted to the International Airport to catch your flights back home.

  Main Tour Costs Include: 

Land Price:  $2888
Single Supplement: $750
Not included: International Flight to India from USA  approx. $1400

Optional Tour Costs: 

Land Price:  $950
Single Supplement: $525
Includes all that is covered in the Main Tour.

ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE BY DECEMBER 10th. as the internal airline tickets and train tickets require early bookings. A deposit of $1000 will be required to reserve your place.