2014 India Pilgrimage

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Yoga Retreat: 2014 India Pilgrimage
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Yoga Style: Beginning, Kriya, Kripalu, Flow, Yin Yog
Contact: Spirit of the Lake Yoga & Wellness Center
TO REGISTER: Contact Uschi Gibson at

Uschi is responsible for organizing and leading this pilgrimage. All registrations are made through her. If you have any questions, contact Uschi or Lisa Bergly at

Our pilgrimage together provides an intimate experience of India as we come together to share in spiritual and cultural discourses, experience yoga in its birthplace, and soak up the amazing energy of some of the most sacred places on Earth. We also have a rare opportunity to engage with rural communities in Varanasi where we will participate in a cultural and personal exchange about our lives in the West with our new friends from the East.

This adventure is organized by Uschi Gibson of She has led many pilgrimages and travel adventures for groups to India, and after many years of living and traveling in India, she is the perfect guide for your first foray into this deeply spiritual (and often challenging) country.

India Pilgrimage with Lisa Bergly & Uschi Gibson: February 14-24 or 27, 2014

Friday Feb 14th: Evening departure for India

Sun Feb 16th-Day 0-Delhi to Varanasi: Arrive Delhi after midnight/AM. Overnight in hotel, fly to Varanasi the next day. Arrive, settle into rooms. Chai in the silk shop. Ganga Arati celebration/initiation on the ghats. Dinner, goodnight.

Mon Feb 17th-Day 1-Varanasi-Uschi's Project: Breakfast. Auto ride to womens center, seeing Uschi’s work. Connecting with the women, sharing photos, dancing, singing, fun. Walk to river crossing and boatride back to main ghat, viewing all the Varanasi ghats along the way. Rest/chai in silk shop. Shopping, Dinner, Goodnight.

Tues Feb 18th-Day 2-Varanasi-Divine Temples: Sunrise boatride, to view Varanasi rituals on the ghats. Breakfast. Morning Darshan at Kashi Vishwanath temple. Auto to Durga Temple, Sankat Mochan (Hanuman) temple. See the Southern ghats Tulsi & Assi, Boatride back to main ghat. Cotton shopping some peeps, others astrology. Meet up for dinner, goodnight.

Wed Feb 19th-Day 3-Yoga and Bodhgaya: Yoga. Breakfast. Bling shopping with Uschi. Depart by 1pm for Bodhgaya by car. Arrive there and check into hotel. Dinner, goodnight. (we’ll have everyone pack an overnight bag. We’ll still have our rooms in Varanasi)

Thurs Feb 20th-Day 4-Bodhgaya to Varanasi: Early morning meditation/practice in Mahabodhi temple. Breakfast. Hotel check out. Souvenir shopping, then cycle rickshaw ride to see other temples. Snack before we leave, drive back. Dinner in Varanasi. Goodnight.

Fri Feb 21st-Day 5: Depart for Agra. Hotel check out, Chai. Drive to airport and 1 hour flight to Agra. Arrive Agra and check into hotel. Lunch. Auto rickshaw to Agra Fort and tour of grounds with view of the Taj Mahal. Maybe some silver shopping, Dinner, Goodnight.

Sat Feb 22nd-Day 6-The Taj Mahal: Breakfast. Walk to the Taj and Taj Tour. Then marble and jewel shopping. Dinner, Goodnight.

Sun Feb 23rd-Day 7-Moghuls and Fatepur Sikri: Breakfast. Drive to Fatepur Sikri, view that amazing place. Drive back, more shopping, relaxing. Dinner, packing, goodnight.

Mon Feb 24th--Day 8-Delhi Transition: Easy morning. Breakfast. Hotel check out. Depart Agra about 12-1pm by car bound for Delhi. Stop in between for rest/food. Drop departing guests at airport. Others, we will take the train about 12 midnight bound for Haridwar.

Tues Feb 25th-Day 9-Regal Rishikesh: Arrive Haridwar early morning. Car from hotel picks us up and we drive into the mountains. Check into hotel, meet up at 10am for breakfast. Walk to the Ram jhula and cross the bridge, take an auto up that side to drop off point in Laxman Jhula where we can walk around, do some fun shopping and see temples there. Walk back through the Yogi forest to our hotel. Ayurvedic treatments for some people, Yoga with Ashish from 530-730, others Rishikesh Ganga Arati with Uschi. Dinner, goodnight.

Wed Feb 26th-Day 10-Rishikesh/Haridwar: Tour of Neelkanth temple with add on of visiting Sage Vasistha’s cave, which is a temple on the way up the mountain. Aurvedic treatments and Yoga in the afternoon. Dinner, goodnight.

Thurs Feb 27th-Day 11-The journey Home: Walk up to the temple above our hotel, last vista. Breakfast. Hotel check out and departure for Delhi. Flights back to USA.

Our flight times will become clearer once we know the size of our group. All ticket arrangements will be made by Uschi, who will be in touch throughout the booking process in the year to come. She likes to book the air travel early in order to get reasonable fares, so following registration, this will be your first trip expenditure.

The first step to complete your registration for this pilgrimage is to send Uschi Gibson an email with your personal information. She needs to know your full name as it appears on your passport, birth date, home address and phone number.

The trip cost if departing on Feb 24th is $2400 for early registration, which includes your registration of $100. The trip cost if continuing on to Rishikesh is $2700 for early registration, which includes your registration of $100. Payment of the balance due for the journey can begin at your convenience however it will best suit your budget. You can arrange a payment plan according to what works best for you. Typically, payments are set to begin six months before the trip start date, just let Uschi know what works best for you.

Payment can be made by credit card or check to the following address:

LuckyLalita/Uschi Gibson 226 West Ojai Ave. Suite 101 #189 Ojai CA 93023

Trip cost: $2400 or $2700 exclusive of RT airfare

Trip cost includes:

Airport pickup/drop-off All car, train, bus, auto, boat and rickshaw travel Lodgings during stay All meals except food in airport, extra daily water. All tours/guidance/yoga Trip cost excludes:

Air travel from USA to India (RT) Baggage handling fees in airport due to additional weight. Baggage handling on trains (These costs will be worked out by us easily as we travel.) Once you have registered for the trip, Uschi will be in touch sharing information over the coming months about obtaining an Indian Visa, health and wellness during the trip, what to pack, spiritual and cultural information on the places we'll visit, and just plain fun things to get you more excited about coming!

We invite you to friend Uschi on Facebook (, where you can see photos from recent journeys, her work in India, and get a sense of what you'll experience during the India pilgrimage.

$2400 early reg.

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