Best Yoga Retreat in India - Open Lotus Yoga Retreat Manali

Blog - Open Lotus Yoga Center

A yoga and meditation retreat in the Himalayas

Yoga, Meditation and trekking adventure in the Himalaya -13 Days (Summer 2017)

Feel the nearness of the sky and breathe the pure air blowing around the rough mountains in the Valley of God. You'll stay in a family house or hotel in the Vashisht Village - Manali, practice yoga to join your body, mind and soul together and have walks to some beautiful and interesting places in the surroundings of the city. The trek to the holy mountain lake, Bhrigu, allows you to dive in the pure and impressive nature of the region. Staying in the camp and walking in its surroundings you can enjoy the great panoramic views of the majestic mountains.

Day 1: Arrival Delhi

Arrival in Delhi, reception at the airport and transfer to hotel – overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Visit Delhi and Night Volvo Bus to Manali

You have time after breakfast to relax or do some sightseeing around Delhi – there are many options such as visiting the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid Mosque, see Old Delhi by bicycle rickshaw, walk in Lodhi Gardens, shopping at Sarojini Market and much more!

In the early evening we will drop you to the over-night bus to Manali. We suggest an early dinner / late lunch since you will be transferred from the hotel to the Deluxe Volvo Bus around 5:00pm. The bus provides bottled water and blankets and they stop for a late dinner (around 9:30 - 10pm). There will also be additional rest stops on the way to Manali. The bus journey takes 12 - 14 hours.


Day 3: Arrival Manali

Arrival in Manali at around 8:00 am. From here you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel or family house 4km up the road in the town of Vashisht (Elevation 2000 meters). You can rest and relax or take your toiletries and towel and head to the local temple to bathe in the deliciously warm natural hot springs – wash away your travels and nourish yourself in these especially healing waters. Enjoy lunch at the Ram Family house. After lunch we will have a short orientation talk. In the evening you will meet the Indian yoga teacher at the yoga shala. Dinner and  night in family house or hotel.


Day 4: Yoga , Meditation and Short Trek

7 AM Yoga, Pranayama and asana practice for 2 hours. Breakfast—9.30.

After breakfast guided walk to Jogini Falls. These are beautiful waterfalls about an hour along the wall of the valley from Vashisht. These falls descend from high above and run into the Beas River below. Evening we will take meditation class. Dinner and night in family house or hotel.

Day 5:  Yoga , Meditation and Temple Visit

7 AM Yoga, Pranayama and asana practice for 2 hours. Breakfast—9.30.

After breakfast we will visit the village of Goshal , Old Manali and the beautiful Hadimba Temple. Hadimba temple is about one km from Manali - it is very old and surrounded by the tall cedar pine trees on the edge of Dhungri village. According to legends, Bhima one of the Pandava brothers fell in love with an aboriginal woman named Hadimba, the sister of the local chief by the name of Hadimba and married her. In your own time you can take a rickshaw back to Vashisht. Dinner and night in family house or hotel. In the evening we will provide a meditation class.

Day 6: Yoga, Meditation and explore Vashisht

Yoga will start at 7.30 am until 9.30 am. Today is a free day, where you can do your shopping and explore the local rooftops.   Around the temple there  is always something to experience. Ask the guide to take you one more time for a walk. Vashisht has many gardens and beautiful paths to admire. Evening yoga and meditation. Diner will be served at the family house.

Day 7: Yoga, Meditation and Visit villages

7 AM Yoga, Pranayama and asana practice for 2 hours. Breakfast—9.30.

After breakfast you will have the opportunity to visit several villages . We will walk up along the valley to three distinct villages that dot along the Beas River. We will visit the village of Burwa, Shanag and Goshal, stop for tea at a local family house.  After Dinner we will take meditation class. Night in family house or hotel.


Day 8: Trek to Jungle camp – 3.30 Hrs trek – 2700 Mtrs

After early breakfast we drive to Kulang Village -7 KMS from Vashisht. From Kulang, it takes 4 hours to reach the Jungle Camp. On your arrival at the camp you are welcomed with a hot lunch.  In the evening we will enjoy Pranayama, and meditation. Dinner in camp and we will sleep in tents.

Day 9: Trek to Bhrigu lake or Pandurupa -4200 Mts - 7/8 hours trek

After early breakfast we'll head to Bhrigu Lake and spend some time by this holy lake. Any person who don’t want to go for long trek can go to Pandurupa which is 3 Hrs from camp or can stay relax in the camp. Dinner around the campfire and night in tents.


Day 10: Trek to Vashisht – 3 Hours -2000 Mts

We will enjoy Yoga class in Jungle camp and after brunch we trek back to Vashisht. This takes about 3 to 4 hours. We'll take breaks along the way. On your arrival in Vashisht you can enjoy the Hot Springs. Dinner and night in family house or hotel.

Day 11: Yoga and Free Visit

7 AM Yoga, Pranayama and asana practice for 2 hours. Breakfast—9.30.

Free time - after breakfast you will have free time to relax, enjoy the hot springs, schedule a massage or do a little exploring on your own. In the evening you can enjoy Kirtan , music and dance with the local villagers.  Dinner and night in family house or hotel.

Day 12: Yoga and check out

7 AM Yoga, Pranayama and asana practice for 2 hours. Breakfast—9.30.

Farewell and Closing Circle. At  5:00pm you will be transferred to bus stand in Manali to take Volvo bus to Delhi . This trip takes about 12-14 hours.


Day 13: Arrival Delhi and night departure to airport

You will arrive in Delhi around 7am. Transfer to hotel, free time to do sightseeing or shopping in Delhi. At the appropriate time we will transfer you to the international airport. Rooms will be for day use only.

Tour Information

  • Cost per person : 1150 euro

  • Single room charges : 250 euro

 Fixed Departure dates

  • 6/5/2017 to 18/5/2017

  • 20/5/2017 to 1/6/2017

  • 15/6/2017 to 27/6/2017

  • 02/07/2017 to 14/7/2017 ( Itinerary for trekking will be Changed as per weather condition )

  • 09/09/2017 to 21/09/2017

Included services:

  • Airport Transfer to hotel in Delhi

  • Standard Hotel in Delhi – one night upon arrival, and rooms for shower and change on last day

  • Transfer from Manali to hotel

  • Family house or Simple hotel in Vashisht

  • Transport for sightseeing

  • Yoga-practices

  • Daily breakfast and dinner in family house prepared by Ritu and Padema

  • Boiled water while trekking

  • 2 Night accommodation in tent while trekking with full porter service and kitchen team

  • Local guide to visit and for trekking

  • Twin sharing room or tent

  • Sleeping bag while in tent

  • Packed or hot lunches while camping and trekking

  • Deluxe Volvo bus from Delhi to Manali and from Manali to Delhi.

Not included:

  • Other beverages

  • Bottled mineral water

  • Monument fees

  • Food in Delhi

  • Lunches while in Vashisht

  • Sightseeing in Delhi

Note :

  • Persons who don’t want to go trekking can stay in family house and visit around Manali

  • Any person who want to Take Delhi/ Kullu / Delhi flight instead of Volvo night bus , we can arrange on additional cost. Please inform us in advance.

  • Itinerary for trekking can be changed depending on the weather conditions.