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 There is nothing more invigorating and soul nourishing than being, literally, on top of the world. Soul Seed Journeys will take you on an unforgettable journey through Northern India’s Himalayas, bringing you to experience the jaw-dropping beauty and diversity of the landscapes as well as the fascinating synergetic blend of cultures that make our visits so warm and stimulating. We explore the region at a laid back pace, stopping at our favorite towns and villages where you will have sufficient time to relax, explore, and get connected in an authentic and meaningful way. This trip offers you the chance to experience a little bit of everything, including beginner yoga and meditation classes, hiking and rafting through the foothills, volunteering with Tibetan refugees, a gastronomic tour of local specialties, and a variety of cultural excursions to give you a well-rounded historical and contemporary perspective of each locale. Our thoughtfully hand chosen activities are balanced with plenty of “ you time” when you will have the freedom to explore your own interests or simply relax and take in the extraordinary majesty of your surroundings. From the delights of Delhi, to the Tibetan paradise of Dharamsala, to the Ganges-side yoga capital of Rishikesh, to the colours of Rajasthan, and the magnificence of the Taj Mahal, you will experience the best of this magical region alongside like-minded travelers in safety and comfort.

 
 

Trip Highlights

  • Practice yoga in the beauty of the Himalayan foothills.

  • Volunteer with a grassroots organization for Tibetan refugees.

  • Experience local culture and learn mindfulness in the home of the Dalai Lama, McLeod Ganj.

  • Give the trees a hug on a hike to the majestic Himalayan peak, Triund.

  • Learn to cook traditional cuisine from a local home enterprise.

  • Unwind on the banks of the Ganges in the yoga and spiritual hotspot, Rishikesh.

  • Raft the white waters of the Ganges or catch a bird's eye view while paragliding.

  • Take a journey across the nation's shifting landscape, and experience India the way the locals do it.

  • Soak-up India's treasures: The Delights of Delhi, the serenity of the Himalayas, the bustling bazaars of Rajasthan, and the unparalleled majesty of Agra's Taj Mahal.


Sample itinerary

+ Day 1 - 2: Delhi

Your journey begins in India's bustling capital Delhi, where we'll pick you up from the airport and bring you to our guesthouse to meet the rest of the group. We'll have a crash-course in Indian culture, navigate the bustling streets, practice our bartering skills in local markets, and visit the city's historical and spiritual landmarks. We'll also have a group welcome dinner to feast on the best of the best traditional Indian cuisine and get ready for the next three weeks!

+ Day 3-8: Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a charming and quaint town that sits idly along the banks of the Ganges. It is both a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus to bathe in its holy waters and considered the world's yoga capital. Cradled among the green foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh lines the banks of “Mother Ganga” where she leaves her Himalayan source and enters the plains of North India. “Shanti Shanti” is the motto here, meaning peace, rest, calmness, tranquility, or bliss. Contextual translation: “Chill out”. In Rishikesh you'll have a chance to relax and reflect on the past two weeks along the banks of the Ganges River with daily yoga and meditation. There are multitudes of classes to engage in from yoga, reiki, drumming, cooking, jewelry making-- nearly anything you can think of! For the adventurous spirit, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, rafting, and paragliding over the Himalayas. And for those who want to relax, you may want to enjoy one of Rishikesh’s most “shanti” ubiquitous pastimes by chilling out in an open air café on the banks of the Ganges, sipping honey ginger lemon tea with a book or a like mind.

+ Day 9-14: Dharamsala

Nestled at 2100m in the foothills of the Himalayas, McLeod Ganj is home to the Dalai Lama and his exiled followers. With a backdrop of snowcapped peaks overlooking the Kangra valley, we'll discover the fascinating intersection of Tibetan and North Indian culture that make this town like nowhere else on earth. You'll begin each day with a yoga practice and have plenty of time to explore everything this town has to offer- a lot! Hiking through the forests to nearby villages, chatting over chai with monks, and attending classes from Buddhist philosophy to woodcarving, time seems to simultaneously crawl and fly in this mountaintop town. We’ll have the opportunity to volunteer with a local grassroots organization for Tibetan Refugees where you’ll discover a truly authentic exchange of culture. Learning about their culture, hearing their fascinating stories of exile, and teaching them about your culture and language is an appreciated, heartwarming, and meaningful way to engage with the local culture. We'll discover local issues from speakers and films, learn to cook local cuisine, and hike through the pine and rhododendron forests to the majestic snow-capped peak of Mount Triund. You'll have plenty of time to relax, reflect, explore the streets, and peruse the plethora of spiritual, adventurous, and cultural activities this diverse town has to offer.

+ Day 15: Delhi

A quick pitstop in Delhi to drop off our two week travellers before we head off to Rajasthan.

+ Day 16-17: Pushkar

Our next stop brings us to Rajasthan- the chaotic and beautiful “land of Kings” that likely holds the image of what you’ve always imagined India to be. Scarlet and saffron turbans, mirror shimmering fabrics, camels lounging in the hot sun, and bands of wandering gypsies, dancers, and fortune tellers give this state an eastern exoticism that is intoxicating. Pushkar is a lesser known gem slightly off the well-trodden tourist trail of Rajasthan. One of the oldest cities in India and an important pilgrimage site for Hindus, this charming and sleepy lakeside community has its claim to fame in the world’s only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator God. A small city built around a blue lake that legend says emerged from a flowering lotus, thousands of Hindu pilgrims flock to Pushkar to dip in the holy waters and pray to Brahma with the promise of salvation. Surrounding the lake are mazes of markets and bazaars touting the bright colours, sequins, and mirrors reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani textiles. The small city’s laid-back, bohemian vibe is the offspring of a magical merging of locals, travelling pilgrims and holy men, and an off-beat and understated tourist scene that allows this holy city to retain its spiritual significance and “true” Indian charm.

+ Day 18-19: Jaipur

Rajasthan’s capital and largest city, Jaipur is named India’s Pink City on account of the pink gates surrounding the palace quarter – the former home of the city’s King and founder, Jai Singh. A warrior, mathematician, and astronomer, Jai Singh built 5 observatories in India, the first being completed in Jaipur in 1724 and housing the world’s largest sundial. It predicts the time within 20 seconds! We will visit Amber Fort, an opulent palace complex of sandstone and marble perched atop the hills surrounding Jaipur and overlooking Maota Lake. It’s a remarkable fort with grandeur gates, symmetrical gardens, cobbled paths, outstanding views, and a fascinating history where time seems to disappear as you enter into the gates of the 17th century. We'll tackle the spice and tea markets, and feast on some of the best Indian food you'll find in India.

+ Day 20: Agra

Arriving in Agra, home of India’s greatest wonder and a buzzing North Indian city itself, you'll have the day to explore the magnificent Taj Mahal and Agra's surrounding historical sites and markets. Words can’t do justice to describe the majesty of this immaculate structure and space- it’s an awe-inspiring experience which will always remain imprinted in your memory of India. In the evening we'll have a rooftop dinner with a backdrop of the sun setting behind the silhouette of one of the world’s most grand structures.

+ Day 21: Delhi

We will wake up early and head back to Delhi to be dropped off at the guesthouse. Depending on where you’re headed from here, we can help you arrange further travel or transfer you to the airport for your flight home that evening or the following day.

What’s included?

  • Accommodations for your 3 week Journey

  • Daily Breakfast

  • All travel within India

  • Local Tours

  • Himalayan trek

  • Yoga and meditation classes

  • Volunteer Opportunities

  • Prep and Culture Kit

  • Fully escorted trip with a knowledgeable and fun yoga teachers and group leaders

  • Planning assistance for extended travel

 

What isn't included?

  • International flights into and out of Delhi

  • All meals not listed above

  • Activities not listed above

  • Entrance to monuments

 

Fees

Footsteps in the Himalayas

Three Week Journey: $4000 CAD

Two Week Journey: $3600 CAD

* Fees are based on double occupancy accommodation. Please ask about our single occupancy supplement.



Perks

Sweat Equity: Have Friends? Recruit a friend and receive $200 back in sweat equity!

Got Skills? Do you have some skills or talent that you think could help Soul Seed? Whether you’re into writing, photography, design, or marketing, we’re always looking for awesome people to contribute to our mission. Our sweat equity option allows you to receive money back after you get home, or you can put it towards a future trip.