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1. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

I have got a friend who is looking at going to India who is in to Yoga and the spiritual side of things. She will be arriving in to Delhi and will have a few months in India so should be able to see plenty. Can someone please give some ideas for places to go that would provide nice spiritual experiences, provide opportunity for Yoga or places to just get away from all outside things.

I've suggested Rishikesh as a place to go and also Haridwar and Varanasi for some spiritual experiences, but can someone please suggest some others?

By the time she gets to do more than transit through India, it will be about Early December. What would be the average daily temperature and likelyhood of rain be in the area around Delhi in December?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

2. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

Quoting aharrold45

I've suggested Rishikesh as a place to go and also Haridwar and Varanasi for some spiritual experiences, but can someone please suggest some others?

By the time she gets to do more than transit through India, it will be about Early December. What would be the average daily temperature and likelyhood of rain be in the area around Delhi in December?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

As far as exposure to Yoga training is concerned, there has been mushrooming growth of such centres in the last 5-6 years. It is becoming increasing difficult to differentiate between the real and the fake ones!!! The places that u mentioned are nice, othere places that can be tried are Manali, Dharamshala, Mc Leodganj( All in Himachal Pradesh). If she travels further north, Leh(Laddakh) is also a place for spiritual experience, with lots of monastaries in its vicinity u get an opportunity to get a feel of the Tibetan culture. Down south also, there is good spiritual centre in the state of Kerala. In fact it is located in the heart of the exquisite and naturally beautiful Back-waters of Kerala( I can give the name of the centre if she is interested in going south)

Delhi would be rain-free in December and the weather would be pleasant with day temperatures hovering around 20-25 degree centegrade. Neither hot nor cold:)

Hope this helps

Cheers
Arif

3. Posted by Kuku (Full Member 56 posts) 8y

The places in Rishikesh, Haridwar and Varanasi are too commercialized these days. If she wants real peace and cut off from the outer world, I would suggest Vipassna center at Igatpuri in Maharashtra. They conduct courses and there is a long queue for that... one must book it in advance.

Lots of foreigners come there for meditation. That is the true form of meditation I would say. The center is inside a huge scenic place surrounded by hills and greenery. It is so much cut off from the outer world that people are not even allowed usage of cell phones for those days.

If she is interested, feel free to contact me for further details.

Cheers !

4. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 8y

This is simply a personal opinion and a suggestion for consideration: Spiritual realization begins in the self and if one wants an enabling environment, best to go out into the nature, away from the so-called yoga centers. Your friend might find it more rewarding to explore the Himalayan regions and find out for herself what moves her. Away from the touristic yoga capitals, though it would be nice to go through these famous places to see them once and at least feel whether one prefers the mass yoga classes or quiet self-realization. One place I had wanted to visit and would have gone this year was the Spiti region and I had selected a volunteering opportunity at a monastery in this region under the Jamyang Foundation. It depends on your friend's interests and tastes but it might be a good idea to look out for similar opportunities around India, that are located in off-the-tourist track beautiful places and comes directly into contact with the philosophy that the people of that region believe in and not limited to the rituals.

5. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Spiritual India, sounds like a BRAND or a Campaign... the tourism department should get that idea.

Spiritual Asia for Backpackers... Just a few Dollars, which is a fortune for those who don't earn dollars. Spiritual, paradoxically, it can be very expensive for some people.

I just envy you guys coz I cant join the yoga classes...
real yoga classes shouldn't cost too much.

I've seen backpackers doing TAI CHI with a CIGARETTE in one hand. And they spend several hours a day practicing Tai Chi, like its their religion and then they SMOKE like hell. YOGA by day and Full Moon party by night.