Himalaya – August – September 2019
A great cultural trip to Himachal Pradesh with Ashtanga Yoga practice in mountain conditions, with Sanskrit lessons and lectures about the culture of India.
- Full program: from the 10th of August to the 10th of September.
- Two-week program: from the 10th to the 24th of August.
- Three-week program: (24 days) from the 18th of August to the 10th of September.
- Full program (32 days): Arrival to Delhi – Shimla – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Keylong – Kunzum Pass – one-day trekking to the Moon Lake, Chandra Tal (alternative version: travel by a car to the lake area) – Kaza – Ki Gompa – Kibber –Hikkim – Komic Gompa – Giu – Dhankar Gompa – Nako – Sangla – Chitkul – Flowers Holiday or Phulaićh in the village of Sangla (common Kayang dance together with the inhabitants of Sangla village) – tree-day trekking to the Rupin Pass or stay in Chitkul – Sangla – Tapri – Jeori (hot springs) – Rampur – Shimla – Kalka – Delhi – back home.
- Two-week program (14 days, arrival on August 10): Arrival to Delhi – Shimla – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Keylong – Naggar – Kullu, flight to Delhi over the Himalayas – back home.
- Three-week program (24 days, arrival on August 18): Arrival to Delhi – flight from Delhi over the Himalayas to Kullu – Naggar – Rohtang Pass – Keylong – Kunzum Pass – one-day trekking to the Moon Lake, Chandra Tal (alternative version: travel by a car to the lake area) – Kaza – Ki Gompa – Kibber –Hikkim – Komic Gompa – Giu – Dhankar Gompa – Nako – Sangla – Chitkul – Flowers Holiday or Phulaićh in the village of Sangla (common Kayang dance together with the inhabitants of Sangla village) – tree-day trekking to the Rupin Pass or stay in Chitkul – Sangla – Tapri – Jeori (hot springs) – Rampur – Shimla – Kalka – Delhi – back home.
ABOUT THE EXPEDITION:
- The trip is intended for people practicing Yoga and for people who are interested in studying Sanskrit, Indian culture and philosophy of yoga .
- Quite a diverse expedition. Essential places will set the route for the spiritual tradition and culture of India.
- We will visit Delhi – the capital of India and Shimla – the capital of Himachal Pradesh
- Accommodation in Ashram, in hotels, guesthouses, private accomodations, Buddhist monastery and tents.
- In the beginning of the expedition there will be a possibility to have ayurvedic consultations (medicinal) and treatments.
- We will take many longer and shorter hikes.
- Well organized plan to gradually acclimatize to the high altitude – at the end we should feel very good even at an altitude of 4500 m.
- During the trekking, we will also sleep in tents at an altitude higher than 4000 m and camp on unpopulated areas.
- We will ride over the sunrise by a mountain-historic, narrow-gauge railway that has been in operation since 1903 and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- In addition to sightseeing, we will also learn the context of the visited places thanks to lectures and talks.
- We will visit the largest library in India at the Institute of Advanced Studies and the National Museum depicting the culture of Himachal Pradesh
- We will get to know the history of India’s independence.
- We will participate in celebrations of the 72nd anniversary of India’s independence in Shimla, the city in which this independence was signed.
- We will participate in a full-day outdoor performances and folk dances.
- We will take an all-day trek from the high-mountain pass through the Tibetan Plateau to the Moon Lake (Chandra Tal, 4,300 meters above sea level) and the sources of the Chandra River.
- We will visit the highest situated Buddhist monasteries (at 4520 m above sea level) and we will spend the night in a monastery at an altitude of 4166 m.
- We will learn about the monastic life of monks. We will learn from them the practices of Tibetan Buddhism and also take part in prayers.
- We will reach the highest human settlements in India and spend the night in the highest village in India (Hikkim, 4330-4400 meters above sea level).
- We will reach the border with China (Tibet) and visit there amummified lama in meditation while doing Japa.
- We will visit a village, until recently closed to tourist traffic, whose inhabitants speak their own language.
- We will go around Lake Nako.
- As the first foreigners and people from outside the Province of Kinnaur, we will learn a Kinnaurian folk dance called kayag.
- As the first foreigners and people in history from outside of Kinnauruwe will perform a dance in Kinnaurian costumes during the most important holiday – Flowers holiday – Phulaićh, together with all the inhabitants of the village of Sangla (Sangla in the local language means Valley (La) of the rising Sun (Sang).
- The local habits will be very precisely explained to us by a local friend of ours and also we will get to know their spiritual and social dimensions.
- For a short time, we will be able to feel like residents of Kinnauru.
- We will get to know the Kinnaur gods and enter their temples.
- We will visit Chitkul – the last village of India with the best potatoes in the world.
- We will take a 3-day trek to the Rupin Pass (Rupin Pass, 4650 m above sea level) to the Saraswati glacier.
- On the trekking to Rupin Pass we will be able to eat an abundant, delicious vegan and vegetarian food from local farmers (organic) cooked on Primus stove.
- We will get to know from our guide how the Kinnaurians used to eat on long and difficult trips to the highest mountains, where it is difficult to survive. We will also be able to taste their food.
- We will be able to bathe in hot springs under the sacred mountain of Manimahesh.
- We will come back to Poland with beautiful presents and memories from Himachal Pradesh.
- The expedition plan has some free space to use unforeseen, additional opportunities to explore the culture of India that can appear along the way.
- Ewa Makowska – Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga classes.
- Whenever possible during trekking days, and days of sightseeing.
- Everyday practice of Ashtanga (Pranayama, Sun Salutations, Trataka, Moon Salutations), and during trekking days and days of sightseeing – if possible.
- Occasionally, Mysore/Led Primary Series classes will be held during calmer days.
- Workshop part of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga during acclimatization to the high altitude which we will spend in one place (Keylong).
SANSKRIT LESSONS AND LECTURES ON INDIAN CULTURE
- Filip Ruciński – lectures, Sanskrit lessons.
- Mahendranath Tripathi – lectures, Sanskrit lessons. (link)
- Introduction to Sanskrit – the ancient language of India.
- Recitations and chants of sacred texts in Sanskrit.
- The history of India: the adventures of independence.
- Mahabharata threads and Ramayanain the history of Himachal Pradesh temples.
- Sanskrit dramas: “Medium” („Madhyama”) and “Deputy Ghatotkaca” („Dūta-ghaṭotkaća”). Lecture at the Hidimba temple in Manali in the place of the action of dramas.
- Culture and religion of Himachal Pradesh.
- Vajradhatu mandala: its spiritual meaning (lecture when visiting the monastery in Tabo)
- The importance of Kinnaurian folk songs.
- We invite you to read the article Sketches on the culture of Himachal Pradesh(PL)
- Vivaswan Foundation (www.vivaswan.pl)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND COSTS:
Deposit in advance for registration PLN 2000 (531 USD) until May 10th (non-refundable after May 10th).
- The participant pays the remaining costs in cash in India (accommodation, full vegetarian or vegan meals, special transport and drivers in the Himalayas, entry places, lectures and classes of Indian teachers) which are: full program (32 days): 1800 USD / person. The three-week program (24 days): 1500 USD / person. The two-week program (14 days): 1200 USD / person.
- Price does not include: air ticket, insurance, and visa costs. We provide assistance in arranging a visa, choosing and buying insurance and choosing (cheap) air ticket.
- There is a possibility of not participating in selected parts of the program so that one can spend some time alone with nature (we will organize and provide the right conditions).
- The number of places is limited.
- If you wish to know more detailed information, the exact plan of the trip or have any questions, please contact us.
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