The Sacred Retreat Tour will be traveling to northern India and into the Ladakh region of the Himalayas, where there are many sacred sites to experience. "One of the most bucket list-worthy destinations on the planet" (425 Magazine), Ladakh's energy is palpable, and worthy of the thousands of sages and yoga adepts that have walked these grounds. With its snow-capped peaks, clear blue skies, and barren mountains with meandering rivers, this "Land of the High Passes" is among the most stunning areas of the Himalayas and an impressive manifestation of the powerful mystical energies that permeate this picturesque region. Ancient Buddhist monasteries with colorful fluttering prayer flags and cool mountain breezes populate this entire area, and the majestic spiritual vibrations of these lands are palpable to all who enter. Treat yourself to spiritual grandeur and discover a few of the secrets in this incredible region...
This is the place where lay the relics of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. Panoramic views of Leh and a highly spiritual vibration bless the area. Inaugurated by the 14th Dalai Lama in the early 1980s, many Buddhist pilgrims find retreat in this holy sanctuary.
Elevated at over 11,000 ft and known for its expansive beauty, Leh is a deeply spiritual town made famous, in part, for the tradition of Oracles, or healers, channeling deities from the Buddhist pantheon.
A convergence of 3 valleys come together in this sacred channel dotted with monasteries and brightly colored Tibetan prayer flags. The sounds of morning chants ring through the air as ancient practices continue to sustain the mountain culture.
One of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh, visitors can experience beautiful, wide-ranging views and lunar-like geographical formations for which the area is known.
Sangam River Confluence
The Sangam Confluence is the convergence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers that flow from the high Himalayas and meet at the Sangam Valley. The river was a lifeline for the Indus Valley Civilization that birthed the practice of yoga and carries the energy of ancient wisdom.
Described by many as a heaven on Earth, this brackish lake is situated on the India/Tibet border and holds a spiritual significance for Tibetan Buddhists very similar to that of the Ganges River to Hindus. Pilgrimages to this lake, located at over 14,000 feet, are considered to be a journey from ignorance to Nirvana.
Rishikesh, Lakshman Jhula & Ram Jhula:
In Rishikesh ("Land of the Seers") saints and sages have wandered since ancient times to meditate in search of higher knowledge. The legendary suspended bridges of Rishikesh are located at Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula. From these bridges are an incredible and picturesque view of the Ganga and the surrounding foothills of the Himalayas.
In 1968 the Beatles travelled to this ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, an Indian guru who taught them techniques in Transcendental Meditation (TM). Previously, the only way to get into this ashram was to sneak in or bribe a gatekeeper, but it has recently been re-opened to the public. A large meditation hall with graffiti on the walls is a colorful attraction. The band wrote 50 songs at this ashram, and it serves as a legendary place of history and spiritual inspiration for those who visit.
Taj Mahal: One of the
7 Wonders of the World
A tribute to love and beauty! We'll visit the legendary Taj Mahal, one of the great wonders of the world. Located in the city of Agra, this architectural masterpiece was erected as a mausoleum by Shah Jehan, emperor of Mughal dynasty, in honor of his beloved wife. Created with pristine marble, construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1633, and took 20,000 workers 17 years to build.