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Pilgrimage Company Overview
|Lotus Petals Spiritual Journeys||Martha Rather||India|
|Maitrepa||K C Nishant||India|
|Master’s Darshan Tours||Craig Bell||India||
2017: Oct 18 - Nov 23
|Quiet Heart Pilgrimages||Brenda Roberts||India|
|Roam With Om||Tara Messier||India|
|Ronald Mann||Ronald Mann||India|
|Travel in Himalayas||Arjun||India|
|Walking in the Guru's Footsteps||Aram||India|
|Ramanathan||Ram||India||On demand, contact the operator|
|Assisi, Saint Francis, Saint Clare||Ingrid Henzler||Italy||On demand, contact the operator|
HP: Homland Pilgrimage, MD: Master's Darshan, RO: Roam with OM, RM: Ronald Mann
Oct 18 thru
|Walking in the Guru's Footsteps
Nov 1 thru
|2019||Walking in the Guru's Footsteps
Feb 7 thru
Nov. 1- Nov. 23, 2018
Jan. 31- Feb. 22, 2019
Follow this Pilgrimage Flyer Link for information about these two pilgrimages.
Every high quality "In Yogananda's Footsteps" tour organized by Network Tours Pvt. Ltd. (http://www.nettoursindia.com/) of New Delhi is specially designed and customized for SRF members and friends. With Network, a long-dreamed-of sojourn across the sacred ground of India is more affordable and easier than you may believe, especially with Network's friendly escorts and professional guides accompanying you every step of the way. I will be very happy, upon inquiry, to share itineraries, prices, options, perspective, and my own stories. (Thus far, I've traveled in India three times with Network, so there are lots of stories!)
The first "Footsteps" pilgrimage opportunity coming up is in November. It features several days' attendance at the Sharad Sangam (YSS Convocation) in Ranchi, a truly inspiring, spiritually powerful, and blessed experience. Hurry, though... A late fee of $200 will be imposed on registrations for this tour after August 15.
In addition to the basic pilgrimage tour, the "Footsteps" pilgrimage coming up in February includes an extraordinary stop at the 2019 Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela at Allahabad and a special visit to the holy cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar in the Himalayan hills.
I love working with Network Tours to help devotees' dreams come true (like mine did when I first took the plunge). Please contact me directly and/or check out Network's website (http://www.nettoursindia.com/) for more information and details.
In divine friendship and light,
As many of you already know, my first journey to India in 2013—the year of the Maha Maha Kumbh Mela—was transformatiotional. On that trip I realized how much I love the country, her charming and hospitable people, her remarkable art and architecture, and most of all, how very, very much I love the palpable thread of devotion woven through the fabric of her culture.
At first, those of us on that 2013 trip didn't realize how fortunate we were to be on a tour arranged by Network Tours, an experienced full-service travel agency in New Delhi. We certainly came to appreciate that fact, however, as our multi-national group of 20 devotees traveled across Northern India retracing Paramahansa Yogananda's footsteps—savoring our great gurus' homeland, visiting world-famous temples and monuments, and experiencing the extraordinary Indian spirit at every turn, all for the most reasonable group tour price available anywhere.
This is why it was such a great joy and privilege for me to return to India this past winter, serving as the group leader on a similar tour organized by Network Tours. Thanks to Network' seasoned expertise and experience, phenomenal attention to detail, and incomparable value—true hallmarks of their businesss—our pilgrimage last winter was every bit as thrilling as the trip in 2013.
For me, though, there was one big difference between the two tours. On my second trip I learned that I not only adore India herself, but also that I truly love helping facilitate others' journeys to Master's homeland.
In that light, I want to tell you about the extraordinary Indian spiritual tour opportunities offered by Network Tours this coming fall and next winter.
"In the Guru's Footsteps Tour" January 27 – February 19, 2017
Master truly brought the best of India to us, but if you want to know the rest of the story, this is the perfect first-time-to-India tour for you. Over a period of three weeks (about four weeks if an optional post-tour extension to the Himalayas is chosen), travelers will relish their experience as they tread on holy ground hallowed through the ages by our great guru and many other masters; visit essential Indian pilgrimage sites and temples revered by devotees throughout the world; and relax, meditate, eat, and sleep in comfortable budget hotels and, whenever possible, at YSS ashram/retreat centers. <Click Here> for all the details of this tour, including the full itinerary, dates, costs, and more information. Please contact me directly for more information and a registration form: email@example.com or (530) 588-3864.
For those of you that have followed "In the Guru's Footsteps" already, there are two other exciting opportunities this coming fall. See below.
2016 YSS Sharad Sangam (Convocation) in Ranchi, November 23 – 28, 2016
If, like me, the magical, mysterious India continues to lure you back, perhaps this is the year to attend the YSS Sangam (i.e., Indian Convocation) in Ranchi. Network has arranged a short, budget-minded tour featuring six days at the YSS Sangam during the dates above, a delightful time of the year to visit Northern India. <Click Here> to read the tour invitation letter from tour leader Kristen Kloostra and find all the details about the trip.
"South India Temple Tour" November 30 – December 19, 2016
After attending the Sangam in Ranchi, most God-seeking souls will want to make the most of their time in India. Thus you should consider joining the "South India Temple Tour" in the beautiful and spiritually-rich southern state of Kerala. <Click Here> for tour leader Kristen Kloosta's invitation and all the details.
The coupling of these two special tours in the fall creates a precious opportunity to experience first-hand another part of India dear to Master's heart and to attend the YSS Sangam/Convocation. Of course, the two tours may be enjoyed independently of each other if you prefer. To learn more about both these two classic tours and read an invitation to experience their delight and wonder, please <Click Here>.
PDF From Kristen Kloosta
Background and Further Information
In February of 2013 I enjoyed the exceptionally good fortune to visit Master’s homeland on a customized devotee pilgrimage arranged by Network Tours of New Delhi (http://www.nettoursindia.com). Network created a very affordable tour for us, and the company provided truly outstanding coordination in all respects. The attention Network paid to every detail of the tour—including our superb English-speaking guides and tour escort—was unsurpassed. I offer only the highest praise for the quality and value of that trip.
There are two PDF documents:
The general overview of the journey and some pictures I took in 2013. Short of a true itinerary, this “teaser” describes for the casual reader a few of the principal locations and sacred sites we will visit.
We need at least 20 pilgrims to sign up to make this tour go. The entourage will be no larger than 30.
Please don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity, and let me know of your interest as soon as you can. I am more than happy to answer any questions or relate my experience to anyone that is contemplating the trip. From personal experience, this is the perfect first trip to Master’s India for any budgetminded pilgrim. Every moment of my 2013 pilgrimage was inspiring, uplifting, and gratifying—even the challenging moments, of which there certainly were a few. After all, it still is Master’s India. Even more exciting this time, we will visit several additional locations of deep spiritual interest and significance.
Please review the pdf documents to learn more—the “who, what, when, where, and how much” of the trip—and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or if you need more information.
Masters Darshan Tours Presents
A SACRED PILGRIMAGE TO INDIA
Fall 2018. Oct 18 thru Nov 23rd.
Spring 2019. Feb 7th thru March 10th.
Please feel free to contact me at (760) 815-4048 or email me at this address or at Indiatours108@gmail.com.
In Divine Love and Friendship,
Master's Darshan Tours
Each pilgrimage begins in New Delhi and upon arrival on the morning of the 1st of February, you will be met at the International Airport by our representative and transferred to our hotel in Gurgoan. Here you will spend the day rejuvenating and have the opportunity to visit important spiritual centers and historical sites, such as: Akshardham Temple, and the beautiful Sikh Temple. You will also have some time for last minute shopping before your journey.
On the morning of the 2nd, we will drive back to Delhi to take a flight to the city of Bhuvaneshwar. There, we will be met and driven by Tempo on a scenic drive through rice fields and palm trees, all the way to Puri. Upon arrival, you will check into a beautiful seaside resort, located on the sands of the Bay of Bengal. This luxury hotel has a large swimming pool and lawn area for relaxation and a wonderful spa facility for massage and pedicures. This is a great place to be pampered and relax. After breakfast, you will take a short drive to the seaside ashram of our Param Guru Swami Sri Yukteshwar. Here you will bathe in Sri Yukteshwar's holy vibrations. We will meditate in the samadhi mandir holding the body of Sri Yukteshwar. Gurnji and Sri Yukteshwar spent many days together at this ashram.
The city is considered one the holiest cities in India, for it is the site of the famous Jaganath Temple. Many saints have lived in this ancient city, including our Lord Jesus Christ during his missing years. Sri Daya Mataji said that the predominant presence in the temple is of Jesus. Puri is a great place for relaxation and rejuvenation. Each day we will have group meditations and energization. There are open air markets on the beach each evening for those who would like to experience the local culture.
In the afternoon of Feb 4th, we will be met and transferred to the Bhuvaneshwar airport, to catch an afternoon flight to Kolkata. Upon arrival, we will be immediately transferred to the Y.S.S. Dakshineshwar Ashram. Early the next morning you will take a short walk to the famous Kali Temple mentioned in the Autobiography of a Yogi. Outside the inner temple of Kali, while sitting in the hot sun, Guruji had a vision of the Divine Mother. In addition the famous saint Ramakrishna lived here for many years. You will then have an opportunity to meditate in the great saint's bedroom.
Each and every day is filled with great joy as we visit all of Master's places mentioned in the A of Y. You will take a scenic boat ride on the Ganges to Serampore. Upon our arrival, you will walk to Rai Ghat Lane where Babaji appeared to Sri Yukteshwarji. A short walk up this lane leads us to Sri Yukteshwar's ashram and family home. Next, you will walk about two blocks to visit Ananda Lok. This is the where Guruji lived in his uncle's home while attending Serampore College. You will meet the family and meditate in Guruji's room. You will then return to the ashram by boat in time for the evening meditation and dinner.
Your next day is filled with unbelievable joy as you will visit Guruji's boyhood home at 4 Gurpar Rd. You will have the opportunity to meditate in Guruji's attic room, where he first found God. The group will listen to stories told by family members and have the opportunity to purchase pictures from the their photo album. After your visit, you will walk around the block to Guruji's first meditation hall. Here Master danced in ecstasy. Right next door, is the home of Tulsi, the boyhood friend of Guruji. This is a most amazing place. Like a museum, it holds many special memories and artifacts from Guruji and Sri Yukteshwar's life. Many famous saints have visited this home.
Next you will visit the Levitating Saints home and ashram mentioned in the A of Y. and then later you will visit Mother Tereasa's home and ashram. Here Mother's body is enshrined and we will have the joy of visiting a beautiful museum dedicated this great soul's life. If time permits, we will also visit 50 Amhearst Way where Master Mahashaya lived.
On the 9th we will take an early morning flight to Varanasi. Banares is the city of Shiva and is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on Earth. Your hotel, is located near Lahiri Mahashaya's home, just feet away from the holy Ganges. When asked?, many devotees say that this is one of the most memorable destinations of the pilgrimage. Each morning, the silence is broken by the sounds of priests chanting mantras, ringing bells and blowing their conch shells. The air is filled with the smell of incense wafting through the air as the many worshipers perform their morning prayers. You will take a morning boat ride upon holy river and after your optional bath in the Ganges, we will meditate and chant as the sun rises over the Ganga. We will then return to the hotel for breakfast and prepare for our visit to the many sacred places of this city.
The next day we will visit Sarnath. After enlightenment, the Lord Buddha came to this town to give his first sermon. It is an amazing historical site. We will visit Deer Park and a museum filled with relics from this sacred era. Later that afternoon, you will return to the hotel for free time and relaxation. Varanasi is famous for their silks and is great place to shop.
On the afternoon of the 10th, we will take a flight back to Delhi in time for dinner, shopping and sightseeing. Late that evening we will take a first class train to Corbett National Park. Arriving on the 11th.
After taking the overnight train to the Kathgodam Station, you will be met
and driven to Corbett National Park, a wild life sanctuary located about eight
hours east of Delhi. We will be spending two days and one night is this peaceful
jungle setting, just to relax and melt into India. The group will be staying
at a lovely resort located on the banks of the Kosi river. In the morning,
and or afternoon, you will be able to take elephants into the jungle to look
for the elusive Bengal Tiger. You will also have plenty of time to just relax
or take time to be pampered with a soothing professional massage.
In the past, while on safari, groups have enjoyed viewing some of the amazing wild life, found in this magical place. Previous groups have seen spotted deer, large Sambhar deer, peacocks, wild boar, pythons, monitor lizards, crocodiles, wild elephants, a King Cobra and an occasional tiger.
The next afternoon, you will take a scenic drive through the Himalayan Foothills to our Y.S.S. Dwarahat Ashram. Here you will spend the next few days feeling the deep peace and presence of God. Here you will enjoy ashram life as you have the opportunity to join group meditations, and classes given by our monastics. On the second full day, we will be taking a pilgrimage to Mahavatar Babaji's Cave. This is considered to be the place where Kriya Yoga was given to the world over a hundred and fifty years ago. While walking through the Drona Giri hills, Lahiri Mahashaya met his beloved Babaji. His eternal Guru. Many devotees can attest to the high spiritual vibration of this sacred area. On the late morning of Feb 15th, we will take an approximate 7 hour drive through the amazing foothills to our secluded Ganga Riviera camp, situated on the banks of the holy Ganges.
We will arrive at camp in the late afternoon and we will have a delicious dinner prepared for us. This camp will have some of the best food on the whole tour. You may use this time relaxing, river rafting, swimming, hiking or just sitting under the stars sipping a cup of chai. Each day here and throughout our entire pilgrimage, we will practice group energization, chanting and meditation. This camp has western toilets and hot and cold showers and large tents with cots and wicker chairs to relax by the holy Ganga.
The next morning we will drive approximately two hours to the sacred city of Rishikesh. We will check into our lovely guesthouse located on the banks of the holy Ganges.
Each day will be filled with so many wonderful places to see in Rishikesh. There are many temples and ashrams in this sacred city along the banks of the Ganges. At night we will attend an evening arati where 100 monks chant and worship the holyMother Ganga.
On the morning of the third day we will take an hours drive to the holy
city of Haridwar. We will visit the ashram of Swami Keshavananda, also mentioned
in the A of Y. Keshavanandaji was the direct disciple of Lahiri Mahashaya.
Lahiri’s ashes are enshrined in this peaceful ashram along the Ganges.
Next we will drive about 10 minutes to the lovely ashram of Sri Ananandamoy Ma. I am sure you recall her picture in the A of Y with embracing Guruji. She is possibly the most famous woman saint of India. Her vibration is very tangible since she lived in this ashram for many years. We will have the opportunity to meditate in her Samadhi Shrine. We will stop for lunch before returning to our guesthouse in Rishikesh.
The next day after breakfast, we will fly to Delhi and later that evening have dinner before heading for the airport for your flight to America.
TOUR COSTING: $3870 double occupancy -
Single occupancy add $625
Not included in tour costing:
Please feel free to contact me by September 1st for any questions you might have. After this date, you may email me at Indiatours108@gmail.com . I will be in India awaiting your arrival.
In Divine Friendship
Craig Bell (815-4048)
Owner and Tour leader of Master's Darshan Tours
For more details please contact Craig Bell of Masters Darshan Tours
at (760) 815-4048 and visit our Website at www.mastersdarshan.com
Maitrepa is a spiritual tour operator in India which caters to domestic and international spiritual travellers. Our long list of spiritual travel destinations and world-class service ensures customer delight. At Maitrepa, our understanding of the different needs of spiritual travellers helps us meet these needs without fail. If you want to explore spiritual destinations in India and want a hassle free, smooth journey, Maitrepa is the right choice.
Phone: +91-95007 68635, 98332 76185
Kriya Yoga India Tour
Kriya Yoga India Tour is a package tour of 28 days and 27 nights.
The itinerary has been carefully designed keeping in mind, the needs of practitioners of Kriya Yoga who would like to make a pilgrimage to the places associated with the four most important Kriya Gurus namely, Mahavatar Babaji, Sri Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar Giri and Paramahansa Yogananda.
The tour begins and terminates in New Delhi. The tour leaders for this package
tour are long-term YSS/SRF devotees. They, along with our experienced travel
guides, ensure that you have the best travel experience.
For more information, please follow the link below
Pilgrimages to India
Sacred YSS & SRF Journeys
Atithi Devo Bhav- The guest is God.
Love to you
Om Shanti Om
Only 4 Quiet Hearts will be accepted to participate in each
of the Semi-Private Pilgrimages to India, exclusively for devoted women disciples
of Gurudev, Paramahansa Yoganandaji. For more information: www.shantilok.com
or email Brenda at QuietHeart.India@gmail.com
Semi-Private! Quiet Heart Pilgrimages for Mature Devotee Women Only!
The Quiet Heart Pilgrimages to Guruji’s India are held twice a year Oct/Nov and Feb/March for 3 to 5 mature devotee women only. On this semi-private pilgrimage, selected pilgrims can choose 2, 3, or 4 weeks in India, absorbing the tremendous blessings of reverential visits to the major places associated with our line of Gurus.
Email for brochure, dates, itineraries, and prices: QuietHeart.India@gmail.com
Pilgrimage Video: http://youtu.be/4t4YJFFZydY
The "Quiet Heart Pilgrimages" provide a special service for mature
women who want to have a deeply reverent spiritual experience in a small group
of like-minded souls.
You would find a Quiet Heart Pilgrimage of great value:
So much is gained by being on pilgrimage with like-minded devotee women; being with those who have the same devotional focus of wanting a closer walk with Guruji, yet honoring each other's space to absorb the blessings and insights at their own pace, in peace and harmony.
To be in the company of those who want to feel Guruji in India, who want to walk with Him and talk with Him, and to feel His loving presence in every person, place, and situation…this helps to provide a deeper inner and outer environment, and a never to be forgotten experience of Guruji, His India, …and the Quiet Heart!
About Your Coordinator and Escort:
Brenda Roberts will be your Pilgrimage Coordinator and Escort. Brenda has conducted over 35 pilgrimages to India; going twice a year she has developed a vast array of Indian friends in the YSS monastic and devotee communities, and in the pilgrimage support services; shopkeepers, drivers, venders, etc. This extensive network of friends and years of experience provides a smoother, richer deeper pilgrimage experience.
Brenda is committed to giving you and making sure you get:
Brenda has been a practicing SRF Kriyaban since 1972 and over the years has served at the temples at Lake Shrine, San Diego, and Encinitas. She now attends the SRF Escondido Meditation Center and resides in Valley Center, California where she manages a nonprofit retreat farm.
You can reach Brenda at The Center For Living In Harmony 1-760-749-9634.
Email for brochure, dates, itineraries, and prices: QuietHeart.India@gmail.com
You may wish to visit the website for general pilgrimage info, photos, & testimonials: www.shantilok.com
Enjoy this 4-minute Quiet Heart Pilgrimage Video: http://youtu.be/4t4YJFFZydY
And remember, the joy of pilgrimage begins with the decision to do it!
Reservation Inquiries Are Open Now: To inquire please send a little self-introduction to Brenda at
Jai Guruji! Jai Ma!
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A 4-minute pilgrimage for you...microEpic.com produced this video about the
Quiet Heart Pilgrimages to Guruji's India for mature devotee women; we hope
you will enjoy it and pass it on!
Your questions are always welcome….
Jai Guru! Jai Ma!
In Their service and yours,
Feel The Presence of God in Guruji's India!
The joy of pilgrimage begins with the decision to do it!
Get ready for joy! Email for dates, itineraries, prices, and a free article on
"15 Things to Consider Before Going On Pilgrimage"
Dr. Ron Mann Tour Guide
Tour Price per person on twin sharing basis : USD $3555
Tour Price on Single Occupancy basis : USD $4790
Reduce USD 550 in case stay at YSS Ashram in Kolkata ( Dakshineshwar ) and Ranchi.
Space Limited: $500 deposit to secure your place required by August 1, 2012.
Tour Price does not include:
Lotus Petals Spiritual Journeys
Lotus Petals Spiritual Journeys
Now is the time to consider joining my next Pilgrimage to India. It will have been two years since my last trip to India. I am so excited to see the new changes and to see my old friends. I love going every other year because it keeps it exciting and fresh for me. The tour company (owned by a YSS member) that handles our arrangements has now won awards for customer satisfaction. So we will have no worries!
Fall 2016 Pilgrimage
I am planning an SRF/YSS Pilgrimage for this coming Oct. 25 - Nov. 18, 2016.
I would like to extend an invitation to others to join this special pilgrimage. Couples are welcome, but all must be devotees.
This Itinerary has been developed by me and some others who have traveled with me before. It includes a week traveling in Southern India to visit many wonderful sites that Yogananda would want to visit, like Vivekananda's memorial at the tip of India, Auroville, the shrine of Sri Aurobindo and many other historical sites. Then we will continue to Kolkata, staying at the YSS ashram in Dakshineswar and visiting all those places mentioned in Autobiography of a Yogi. During the last week, we will go to Ranchi for their Convocation, called Sharad Sangam, and participate in their Kriya Initiation ceremony.
There is a lot more to this trip than this brief paragraph. Here is an attachment with a bit more information. For more information, contact me at my email - firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost for this tour will be based on the actual expenses, divided by number of participants. For your comfort and safety we will use a government certified guide who is a devotee. I have been leading tours since 2004, but do not go every year. This will be my 9th tour.
Visiting India continues to be such a wonderful experience. I feel so at home there. I feel like I see Master's eyes in the eyes of the children everywhere. Now I am getting carried away with my emotions. I know Master will inspire compatible people to join with me and the others who will be traveling with me again.
In Divine Friendship,
PDF Document for the pilgrimage
Video Series of Mahavatar Babaji's Cave
You can find my 4 part video series (I really got into it) by searching for videos under the name - martyrather
1. Babaji's cave: Preparing
2. Babaji's cave: Hiking
3. Babaji's cave: Meditating
4. Babaji's cave: Leaving
I hope you enjoy these videos, and you can make comments there as well. Or you can watch them on Facebook by friending Martha Rather.
Highlights of the trip include:
YSS Center in Delhi
YSS Center in Ranchi
Special Services of the Mahasamadhi of Yogananda and also Sri Yukteswar in Ranchi
Visiting the birthplace of Sri Krishna
Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
Foothills of the Himalayas in Springtime
YSS ashram in Dwarahat
Hike to Babaji's cave
We will stay in modern hotels near the YSS ashrams.
Minimum of 7 to maximum of 10 participants for this tour.
Or Private tours can be arranged.
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"Your Comfort and safety is my primary concern -- so that your Spiritual Growth can be Your primary concern." -- Marty
Brentwood, TN 37027
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Our whole family are long time devotees of Yoganandaji and Babaji.
Dear Spiritual Brethren,
It has been my great pleasure having lead pilgrimages for a few of my fellow disciples in India over a decade. The latest one ended about 10 weeks ago.
I'm thinking of another pilgrimage by the end of 2017 before hard winter starts in the hilly regions like Dwarahat and Rishikesh.
You set the agenda. I'm familiar with the sacred sites of India, as well as many of the locations mentioned in the Autobiography of a Yogi. I speak five Indian languages and how how India works. I can take you there. I simply ask that you cover my travel expenses.
India can also be experienced in an expensive tour with buses and hotels. You can stay in very clean & inexpensive hotels in the city centers and experience India at a ground level. Possible to check in at hotels without reservation if you're able to walk as high as 1/2 mile with your backpacks. Much of the transportation can be by overnight trains saving hotel expenses.
It would be my pleasure to reply every query even though I may not be able to take all aspirants in a single tour. Also am pleased to share my past experiences with those who are serious pilgrims and want to avoid packaged tours. Kindly feel that sharing my past experiences with my brethren is only as an external expression of my love to Guruji and NOT for any monetary considerations.
Jai Guru - Om Guru!
I offer spiritual tours in and around Assisi helping you to dive deep into the life stories of Saint Francis and Saint Clare (donation basis).
For more information please visit my website and feel free to contact me via email.