14 Jul 10:00 - 22 Jul 20:00 - Chennai
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Yoga Retreat at “The Valley of Flowers” (In the Heart of the Himalayas) 14th July (Saturday) to 22nd July (Sunday) for 9 days
It is with great pleasure that, we 136.1 Yoga Studio, Chennai, India announce another wonderful Yoga Retreat at ‘The Valley of Flowers in the Heart of the Himalayas’ Uttarakhand, led by Shantanu Saha. This retreat has been planned from 14th July (Saturday) to 22nd July (Sunday) for 9 days.
The Valley of Flowers located deep in the heart of the Himalayas is where you will see the spectacular loads of flowers.
Valley of Flowers is mostly known for its Alpine meadows. And who doesn’t like flowers? I don’t think anyone like that exists who doesn’t like flowers. This valley is covered with flowers all over and it looks like a flower bed. I’m sure you wouldn’t wanna miss this beautiful sight of this valley.
It is said that in earlier times Yogis used to come to this Valley for meditation. Yogis find this place so peaceful that they meditated here. Coming on the Valley of Flowers, trek with your family or friends will give you the pleasure of seeing the beautiful scenery of Himalayas.
Introduction of ‘The Valley of Flower’s':
The Valley of Flowers is a jewel that is nestled deep in Uttarakhand, away from the concrete cities. Located at an altitude of 3658 meters (12,410 feet), situated on the way to Hemkund Sahib through Govindghat (2 km from the village of Ghangharia) and Joshimath in Garhwal region of the Himalayas.
The Valley of Flowers, the National Park of India is a biosphere reserve that is home to numerous varieties of endemic flora as well as several species of endangered animals. The valley of flowers is spread across a vast area of 87.5 sq kilometres!
Travellers can find more than 350 species of flowers like white and yellow anemones, dianthus, calendula, daisies, Himalayan blue poppy and snake lily in the valley & rare species of butterflies.
People from all over the world come here to witness the beauty of this valley and the Himalayas.
Local legends say that, this is the place where Hanuman had collected the sacred ‘Sanjeevani’ for curing the ailing Lakshman. The sights that you will encounter here are truly mesmerizing.
Only in the year 1931 had this valley been accidentally discovered by three British mountaineers who had lost their way and they were the ones who named it ‘The Valley of Flowers’.
The beauty of Valley of Flower:
I need not tell you how beautiful is Himalayan Range as you must be knowing already. Who wouldn’t want to visit a place so pure and beautiful like the Himalayas? And one of the finest creations of God lies there in Himalayas, The Valley of Flowers also known as “Phulo Ki Ghati”.
This Valley is rich in flora and fauna; you can see them while trekking here. People get stunned by seeing the beauty of this Valley. It is believed that nobody can stay in this Valley for a longer period otherwise the person gets mad. Nobody knows the reason but it happens maybe because one gets so overwhelmed with the beauty and fragrance of the valley that he cannot control himself or his mind.
Key Details of Yoga Retreat:
1. Daily Yoga Sessions at the scenic locations around ‘The Valley of Flowers’.
2. Visit & Stay in Rishikesh:
Rishikesh is located in the northern part of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh has been the centre of spiritual activities since ancient times. This place situated right on bank of the holy river Ganga, is surrounded on all sides by beautiful hills. It is around Rishikesh where sages, seers or the rishis and munis in ancient times practiced severe penance, yoga and meditation.
Rishikesh is also an interesting place for those who adventure as passion; it is developing as a place of adventure tourism like water rafting.
The history of Rishikesh states several mythical stories associated with this place. It was here in Rishikesh a famous saint named Raibhya Rishi performed penance on the bank of the river Ganga. As a reward for his strong penance God Vishnu appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh and so the place became famous by the name of Rishikesh.
Lord Ram’s younger brother Bharat himself has performed deep penances here; that’s why even today there stands Bharat temple after his name. Adi Guru Shankaracharya visited this place in the 9th century AD.
Rishikesh is also referred as the hub of Yoga and it houses a numbers of ashrams offering Yoga and Meditation course.
3. Visit & Stay in Auli:
Auli is located at a height of 2750 meters (9,075 feet) in the northern part of Uttarakhand. The surroundings of the town are further enhanced by the fascinating peaks of Himalayas such as Kamet, Mana Parvat, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri etc. This town is located in Chamoli district of the state of Uttarakhand.
From this site on can enjoy heart-warming views of the Himalayans peaks wrapped in snow. According to the belief of the people the prominent philosopher Adi Shankaracharya walked down on the snow capped area, hence the city also became much popular.
4. Experience of Ropeway to Auli:
Joshimath to Auli ropeway is the longest & highest ropeway of India. At Auli one gets 180 degree views of different snow peaks. The highest peaks among them are Nanda Devi (25,800 feet), Panch Chuli (named after 5 Pandava brothers of Hindu mythogoly), Doonagiri (23,400 feet) and other peaks.
5. Visit of Joshimath:
The best part about Joshimath is that it's not only a picturesque hill station but also a pilgrimage centre. One of the best things about Joshimath is that it is counted among the four maths set up back in the 8th century by Adi Guru Shri Shankaracharya.
6. Visit of Ghangaria:
Ghangaria is a beautiful small hamlet located on the way to the Gurudwara of Hemkund Sahib. This hamlet, also known as Govinddham, is perched at an elevation of 3200 meters (10,880 feet) above sea level in the Himalayan Ranges. The place serves as a base camp for trekking leading to Hemkund Lake and the Valley of Flowers.
7. Visit of Hemakund Lake:
Hemkund Lake (literally means 'lake of snow'). Hemkund Lake is considered to be a sacred lake, which remains frozen for 8 months of the year. Situated in the vicinity to Hemkund Gurudwara, this lake is bounded by snow covered mountains from all sides.
According to folklore Guru Gobind Singh, it is believed that the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh meditated on the shores of the Hemkund Lake. He took this penance in order to attain enlightenment. Later on the devotees of the Guru constructed the Sikh Gurudwara on the banks of this auspicious place.
Apart from him, it is also believed that many of the other masters along with Medhasa, have meditated in this pious place.
8. Visit of Gurudwara Hemakund Shahib:
Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib is the prominent pilgrimage site of the Sikhs and is situated on the banks of the Hemkund Lake. This is the famous Gurudwara at highest altitude (15,200 feet) in the world.
9. Visit of Lakshman Temple:
Lakshman Temple, also known as Lokpal Temple is situated on the banks of the Lake Hemkund. It is believed Lakshman was brought here after he fell unconscious in the war with Ravana. The mythical Sanjeevani Buti that cured Lakshman after Meghnad wounded him during a battle is also said to have been found in the vicinity.
According to legends, the temple is built on the same place, where Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama, meditated to resume his power after he killed Meghnad, the son of the demon Ravana, from the Hindu epic Ramayana.
10. Visit of Badrinath:
The picturesque town of Badrinath is where divinity meets with the serenity of nature. Located in the Chamoli district in Uttarakhand at the height of 3,133 meters (10,650 feet), the pre-eminent abode of Lord Vishnu is one of the holiest of the holy shrines of Char Dham pilgrimage in India. Other Char Dham sites include Dwarka, Puri and Rameswaram.
Situated between Nar and Narayan peaks, the pious land of Vishnu also belongs to the Chota Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand. Starting with Yamunotri, Gangotri and Kedarnath, Badrinath is the last and most celebrated stop in the pilgrimage tour of Garhwal Himalayas.
Badrinath is a land of myriad legends, each one only adding to the glory of this place. Along with these legends, the snowy mountain peaks, gracefully flowing Alaknanda River and incredible landscapes create the perfect background to facilitate a spiritual connection.
11. Visit of Mana Village (India’s Last Village):
Mana is a last Indian village from border of India and Tibet/China in the Himalayas. It is located in the district of Chamoli. It is just 3 kms from Badrinath town. The village is on the bank of the River Saraswati. It is situated at a height of around 3200 meters (10,560 feet). The village is surrounded by Himalayan hills.
The traces of Mahabharata are visible in Mana. It’s believed that Pandavas had passed through Mana during their Journey to heaven. There’s a famous stone bridge created by Bheem (One of the five brothers among Pandavas) which is known as “Bheem Pool’ near River Sarsawati. It’s a huge rock formed as a bridge across river Saraswati.
12. Visit of Devprayag:
The term Devprayag stands for 'Holy Confluence' in the Sanskrit language. This is the confluence of two holy rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. From where the point of these two rivers ends, Holly Ganges emerges from.
The name of the region was given after Dev Sharma who led his ascetic life. It is also conceived by the people that Dev Sharma saw a quick look of God at the site. It is also believed that Lord Rama and king Dushratha performed self-mortification here.
13. Shopping: You can indulge in shopping at different locations during the whole retreat.
14. Weather of the Valley of Flower: This is the best time for a visit to the Valley. The flowers are fully bloomed by now. The climate is also pleasant during these months
Temperature: Night 21°C - Day 27°C
15. Date of the Retreat: 14th July (Saturday) to 22nd July (Sunday) 2018 for 9 days
16. Travel Logistics:
Onward Journey: On 14th July (Saturday), early morning we fly from Chennai to Dehradun via Delhi.
Return Journey: On 22nd July (Sunday), late afternoon we fly from Dehradun to Chennai via Delhi. Arrival in Chennai late night.
17. Who Can Join: This retreat is open for all studio members as well as for outsiders.
18. Accommodations: We will be staying in very good Hotels with beautiful view of Himalayas. Accommodations will be twin sharing basis. For single occupancy extra charges will be applicable.
19. Who will lead the retreat: Shantanu Saha will be leading the entire retreat. For any query related to retreat can be addressed to him. Email i’d: shantanu.dasharath@gmail(dot)com
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