India 2015!

Introducing Yogarasayana’s India 2015 Retreat!
Jutta and I spent last Fall scouting out this next Retreat as we wanted it to be completely new.

What we came up with:
The Hidden India Retreat:  Oct 9-23, 2015

Optional add on: The Royal India Retreat: Oct 23-30, 2015.

We have decided to keep this retreat small. Intimate & amazing.

We are inviting you to reserve your space in advance at Early Bird Prices!
Hidden India: $3000 in advance
Royal India: $1500 in advance
A deposit of $500 must be received by May 15 to reserve your space. Space is limited.

Payment of full amount will need to be made by July 15th to keep your Early Bird Special Price. (Scroll down for details)

To learn more or to sign up for the Retreat: Please write Arun Deva at

The Retreat Details:

Hidden India Retreat:

Oct 9:  Mumbai! 

We will check into our hotel early AM upon arrival, freshen up and head out on a tour of Arun’s favorite Metropolis. Stops will include The Prince Of Wales Museum, the infamous Leopold’s Cafe for afternoon tea, the magnificent Taj Mahal hotel overlooking the Gateway of India. The drive back will wind through the Queens Necklace/Marine Dr and the beaches of Juhu.

Oct 10-15: A quick flight into Mangalore, take a bus ride through the Karnataka Rain Forest to land in the quiet little village of Hariharapura. Our home for the next 5 days as we experience pure Ayurvedic living at the Arogya Niketana Ashram.

Hariharapura is famous for its Laxmi Narasimha Temple established by Adhi Shankaracharya probably back in the 8th Century CE! We will do ceremonies and puja’s in here with the Swamiji and be around for Maha Navratri!

We will also visit other off the beaten track Temples, stroll the village, dip our feet in the Tunga River, feed Gida’s, small cows indigenous to the area and having indisputably the sweetest milk in the world!

We will also visit an Vedic School across the river where the students will put on a yoga demonstration for us.

But most of all, we will rest, get daily treatments including milk baths, eat home prepared local foods, do yoga and learn basic tips for daily Ayurvedic living. With assessment of your health by our doctor, Ashwin Sastry.

Once we have been pampered enough, off we go!

Oct 16-17: Hampi!

Famous for its well preserved ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire (1300’s), there are indications the site was actually established back in the first Century and may even have been a part of the Ashoka Empire (3rd Century BCE) We will spend two days exploring this amazing find that seems to be still not discovered by the elite travelers, just the front line of backpackers and we will get to enjoy it while still pristine with small simple guest houses, no fancy Tourist Hotels yet. Our friend Rocky Guest House and associates will more than make up for it with amazing service and food! But most important, it is believed this is the home of Hanuman and the feeling is palpable!Oct 18-19: Moving further back in time, we come to the Cave Temples of Badami, dating as far back as the 5th Century.  These caves will take your breath away. We will also visit the ancient Temple Complex at Pattadakal.Oct 20: Dandeli is a wildlife refuge in the heart of the rain forest. An overnight stop here to take a couple of nature walks and a peaceful morning coracle ride on the river to listen to the sounds of the jungle waking up.

Then onwards:

Oct 21-23: Goa! Need we say more? We will stay off the beaten track where the beach is not overflowing with tourists and take a tour of the city and its surroundings with time for beach strolls and the famous Goanese food!

Oct 23: Hidden India Tour ends and those leaving will fly to Mumbai, check into the hotel and visit the Juhu/Santa Cruz Markets for that last minute shopping! Most folks will take an early morning flight back home (24th morning)

The Royal India Retreat:
Oct 23: Continuing group will fly onwards to Delhi, the Capital of India. Arriving in time for a little shopping and sightseeing before checking in for the night and a quiet dinner.

Oct 24: Drive to Agra: Taj Mahal!

If you have not seen it, there is no way you will be prepared for this. If you have, the second time is quite an eye opener indeed as you notice so much more!

Oct 25-26: Continue onwards into colorful Rajasthan to Jaipur, the Pink City. We will visit the Amber Palace, located at the top of the hill and most likely make the climb on elephant back! This is quite an amazing Palace to visit indeed!

Oct 26-28: Pushkar! Stay in luxury tents. Ride on camels. Visit the famous Brahma Temple and shop around the lake for all kinds of amazing gifts (maybe even some for others:)

Oct 28-30: Ranakpur. Some say the Jain Temples here are the most incredible of all. Arun fell in love with it when he was 19! After a late lunch continue to Udaipur. The Lake City. Our last most amazing Palace.

Oct 30: Fly back to Delhi, sightsee and shop, rest and late at night (early 31st morning), fly home full of memories and also with full bags to remind us of the magic of India.

To learn more or to sign up for the Retreat: Please write Arun Deva at

Early Bird Special:
$3000: Hidden India (PP)
Add on: $1500: Royal India  (PP)
(Deposit* must be received by May 15, 2015)
All payments must be completed by July 15, 2015

Register after June 15:
$3500: Hidden India (PP)

Add on: $1750: Royal India  (PP)
(Deposit* must be received by June 15, 2015)
All payments must be completed by August 15, 2015
After July15 Registration, prices will rise to meet additional costs of late room and transportation bookings.
*Deposits are refundable less processing and administrative fees as per your booking details.

With love & light,

Arun & Jutta


Fine Print:

The above prices include the following:

At Arogya Niketena Ashram:

  • Shared Double Ocupancy Room with private bathroom 
    (Upgrade to Single Occupancy only available if we do not fill occupancy: Request will be honored first come, first served. Price will be determined accordingly)
  • Abhyanga and Milk Bath daily (Milk Bath choice may be changed according to your needs as determined by you and Dr. Sastry)
  • Consults with Dr. Sastry
  • 3 of Amma’s delicious home cooked meals each day (Except on days we travel away for lunch)
  • Daily Vinyasa Krama Cikitsa classes with Arun
  • 3 Afternoon Ayurveda Lectures
  • Group Homa (Vedic Fire Ceremony) at Laxmi Narasimha Temple
  • One afternoon excursion to Sarada Peetham (One of the most important Temples in India)
  • Air transport Mumbai to Mangalore

On Hidden India & Royal India Tours:

  • All accommodations based on twin sharing basis. (Please note, that the surcharge for single occupancy in most cases is substantially more)
  • All air and road transportation as specifically detailed: Air: Mumbai to Mangalore. Goa to Mumbai for Hidden India Retreat. Goa to  Delhi if continuing on to Royal India Retreat. Udaipur to Delhi for end of Royal India Retreat. All road/rail transport during Retreat as specified in itinerary (Does not include airfare to and from your arrival/departure point to the Retreat start point, whether from overseas or domestic)
  • All group transfers, sightseeing and excursions.
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • Most excursions entrance fees as applicable are included. (You will be informed of any additional that we did not plan for if and as they arise)

What is NOT included:

  • Airfare not specifically included above, including to/from your own starting and ending destinations, whether in India or elsewhere.
  • Tipping.
  • Additional costs you may incur as a result of taking this trip including but not limited to passports, visas and other incidentals.
  • Additional incidentals you may incur such as laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages, any foods or drinks not specifically covered above, or any items of a personal nature that are not expressly mentioned above.
  • All meals not expressly mentioned above. (Excluded are  most lunches and dinners except as noted either now or if we are able to arrange further)
  • Any transportation not expressly included above.

To learn more or to sign up for the Retreat: Please write Arun Deva at


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