Embark on an Adventure in the mythical, magical, mystical…Himalayas!

The Himalayas have always been a whole lot more than just another Mountain range. Breathtaking beauty aside; they have since the beginning of Time been the abode of the great Sages, Gods and Yogis. Indian mythology tells stories of epic Himalayan journeys of searching and of austerities performed here. And even today, there is a certain reverence for these mountains for any spiritual Seeker. In fact, it’s safe to say that it’s a dream come true for all of us modern Yogis to take our Yoga & Meditation practice to the land from where… Yoga originated!

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Practising Yoga in the Himalayas: On the Bucket List of every Yogi in Yoga studios over the world!

Yomaste! We invite you to join us to Sikkim & Darjeeling for a 7-Day Yoga, Travel and Cultural adventure! Mark your dates; from Nov 20-26th, Total Yoga & Byond Travel hosts a Retreat that will immerse You into Yoga & Pranayam, Meditation, Detox internal-cleansing Kriyas; and also Trekking through the Fambong La Wildlife Sactuary, visiting Changu Lake, watching the Sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga; visiting Happy Valley Tea Estate and riding on the UNESCO world heritage site Darjeeling Toy Train!!

Firstly, why should You embark on a Yomaste Retreat?!

(This video was shot at the our Retreat “Days of Zen” in Devbagh in Novemeber, 2014)

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Yomaste! Rishikesh rafting May 2015

So you’ve been learning Yoga for a while now, and you would like to take your practice to the next level – where you learn to Cleanse your body internally, and immerse yourself deeply into Asana, Pranayam & Meditation. These are practices that once learned will help you throughout life. Importantly though, you don’t need to be an expert at Yoga at all; even first-timers can join us!

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Yomaste! Yoga atop Mcleodganj, Nov 2015

Our Retreats are never restricted to just Yoga & Meditation. They embody the principle of Celebrating Life to the fullest  – and so we ensure that there are Dance sessions, Movie screenings, Trekking, Cultural trips, Yummy food and other activities. You’ll also enjoy community-time and bonding. And of course, there’s the need for all of us to getaway and find ourselves ! And what better place than in the Himalayas!

Yomaste! Pangong Lake, Ladakh May 2016

Yomaste! Pangong Lake, Ladakh May 2016

In May 2015, we led a Retreat in Rishikesh – “Unplug”, which included Trekking, White-water Rafting et al. Read about Unplug in the World Capital of Yoga >>

And in November 2015, we led a Yoga+Meditation retreat in Mcleodganj – “Himalayan Yoga Adventure”. Read about the ‘5 Things we Learnt about doing Yoga in the Himalayas!’

In May 2016, we led 43 Yogis to a Yoga & Trekking adventure at Ladakh, including a once-in-a-lifetime Yoga class at the Pangong Lake! Read about the 5 things we learnt about Yoga in Ladakh! 

 

Yomaste Sikkim + Darjeeling!

This is an event created by Byond Travel and Total Yoga. All the detailed planning and execution comes together thanks to Byond Travel’s expertise in the Travel Industry as an out-of-the-box, Community-driven travel company that is focused on creating very, very special Travel experiences! Below, the Yomaste itinerary is given.
>> The Journey however, begins Now! We’ll kick-start from July onwards with regular training events to get you ready for the Himalayas including Yoga, Pranayam, Meditation sessions; Run+Yoga training; Day Treks and much more! You’ll also meet the community of fellow travellers at these events in Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Dubai & Singapore. Please join the Yomaste event on Facebook for daily Training updates and much more.

Day 1: Nov 20, 2016 (Arrival in Gangtok; Intros, Yoga Stretching+Meditation & Movie after Dinner!)

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Gangtok is an quaint Himalayan town

> Arrival at Bagdogra Airport; (via Calcutta) where the group will be picked up by our local representatives and driven to Gangtok, the capital of the state of Sikkim (4 hours). Enjoy the view of the rugged Himalayan terrain dotted by monasteries and bridges lined with Buddhist prayer-flags along the way.
> Upon arrival, check-in to your 4-star hotel, the Royal Plaza. It’s within walking distance of many attractions, including the Royal Palace and Enchey Monastery. (Also, it houses a Casino for those who want to try their luck!!)
> Evening – Introductory Rituals: meet and greet your fellow Travellers!
YOGA: Partner-Stretching routine that will freshen you up after the drive and prepare you for the next week. MEDITATION
After Dinner, we’ll have a Movie screening* and then head to bed for a good night’s rest. (*the Movies screened at our Retreats are always relevant to the Journey of self-discovery)
[Meals included: Dinner]

Day 2: Nov 21 (Yoga, Trek to Tinjure Ridge, Meditation)

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Trek to Tinjure, highest point in Fambong La Widlife Sanctuary

YOGA & PRANAYAM session followed by Breakfast

Then, put on your Trekking shoes as we head out on a refreshing 3 hour Trek through forests and abundant greenery, till we reach the top of Tinjure, the highest point of the Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary at 7,500 ft. From the watchtower, you can see the Kanchenjunga range!

Back to the Hotel by evening for a special Yoga Nidra MEDITATION session.

[Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 3: Nov 22 (Yoga, then full-day Visit to Changu Lake, Meditation)

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The mythical Changu Lake

YOGA & PRANAYAM session

Post-breakfast, we’ll head out for a whole-day excursion to Changu Lake. Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddhist monks would study the colour of the lake’s waters to forecast the future! Today, it remains a sacred place. In winter it turns into a glacial lake surrounded by an untouched snows. After lots of time for exploring, taking in the sights and pictures, we return to the hotel.

At the hotel, we’ll learn and practice Trathak MEDITATION; followed by Dinner.

[Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch (packed) & Dinner]

Day 4: Nov 24 (Yoga, Detox Kriyas, ‘De-Mystifying Yoga’ Talk, local visits)

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Yoga followed by Detox Cleansing Kriyas

YOGA & PRANAYAM Session; followed by learning and practising the Yogic Detox Internal-Cleansing KRIYAS, these include practices for the eyes (Trathak), nostrils (Jala Neti), intestines (Agnisaar Kriya), stomach (Kunjal Kriya) and colon (Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana).

Then, we’ll delve right into Yoga Philosophy in the “De-Mystifying Yoga” Talk.

After that you can head out into town, seeing the sights!

[Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 5: Nov 23 (Yoga, Travel to Darjeeling, Evening at the Tea Estate)

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Darjeeling: the Champagne of Teas!

YOGA & PRANAYAM session

Post-Breakfast, drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling (4 hours) where we check into the Mayfair, a charming manor house that was once the summerhouse of the former Maharaja of Nazargunj. It combines luxury and comfort, overlooking the gardens and rolling hills and mountains in the distance. Staying at the Mayfair is an experience in itself!

After lunch, we visit the Happy Valley Tea Estate, one of Darjeeling’s oldest. Their handcrafted, hand-rolled tea is exclusively sold at Harrods in London and Mariage Frares in France. We’ll explore the Tea Plantation, with its endless stretches of manicured gardens, pathways lined with wildflowers, tea pickers at work and sweeping views of the hills!

Back at the Hotel, for MEDITATION.

[Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 6: Nov 25 (Tiger Hill to view Sunrise at Kanchenjunga, Toy Train ride, visiting the sights of Darjeeling)

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Sunrise at Tiger Hill, looking out to Kanchenjunga!

Early wake up to reach the summit of Tiger Hill, where we’ll do Surya Namaskaar as we witness the first rays of the sun hitting the twin peaks of Kanchenjunga. A sight for sore eyes indeed!

Then we take the Toy Train ride from Darjeeling Railway station to Ghoom (India’s highest train station at 7,407 feet!) with amazing views.

Later, we’ll visit the area’s iconic sights (subject to change) including the Japanese Peace Pagoda, Zoological park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Tibetan refugee centre. Also, the Tenzing Rock (named after Tenzing Norgay, who with Edmund Hillary were the first to scale Mt Everest).

Back in the Hotel for our final MEDITATION followed by ‘Sharing Experiences’ and the Farewell Dinner!

[Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 7: Nov 26 (Farewells, Drive to Bagdogra airport)

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World Heritage Site: Mountain railways of India

After Closing Rituals: Farewells and Breakfast, we drive out to Bagdogra Airport.

[Meals included: Breakfast]

Costings:

Yomaste Sikkim+Darjeeling is priced at Rs 49,000/- (The Payment link is bit.ly/YomasteSikkim)

Cost includes:

Activities & Experiences:

  • All the Yoga!
  • Ride on the Toy Train (Darjeeling-Ghoom and back)
  • Outing to the Happy Valley Tea Estate
  • Trek from Tashi View Point to Tinjure Ridge
  • Visit to the Japanese Peace Pagoda, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Tibetan Refugee Centre, Tenzing and Gombu Rock (subject to change, depending on weather)
  • Picnic excursion to Changu Lake
  • Sunrise and Surya Namaskaar at Tiger Hill!

Accommodation:

  • 3 Nights at the Royal Plaza in Gangtok. This 4-star hotel features comfortable rooms and is at a walking distance to all the tourist attractions.
  • 3 Nights at the Mayfair in Darjeeling, which was once the summerhouse of the former Maharaja of Nazargunj. The rooms are a blend of royal luxury and comfort, and overlook the gardens and mountains.

Meals:

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on almost all days.

Transfers:

  • Private Transfers from the Airport to the Hotel and vice-versa.

 Cost excludes:

  •  Airfare
  • Expenses of a Personal nature
  • Meals and activities not specified in the itinerary.

How do I join Yomaste Sikkim+Darjeeling?

  • Welcome aboard!
  • Mail us at director@total-yoga.org or call +91 9900097056 if you need to discuss Yoga specific queries.
  • Join the Yomaste Event on Facebook for daily Training updates and to get to know your fellow Travellers!

 

About Total Yoga!

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Our Teachers Jagdeep, Manish, Neetu, Chinmayee, Catherine & Purnima doing what we love best! :)

Here’s a little about the Total Yoga Experience with some of our dear Students!

 

About Byond Travel!

travel, travel india, yomaste, yoga retreats, yomaste sikkim, darjeelingByond Travel is an out-of-the-box, Community-driven travel company that is focused on creating very, very special Travel experiences! From Yoga retreats in the Himalayas, to Salsa voyages in Latin America, Driving trips to Thailand & Mongolia, and natural wonders in Kenya, Iceland, Antarctica and much more!! You’ll be smitten with Wanderlust just knowing these guys! :)