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Mahavatar Babaji's Cave

"150 Years of Kriya Yoga”

7-10 November 2014


Slideshow of Past Babaji's Cave Pilgrimages


The highlight of this trip is the beautiful hillside where Lahiri Mahasaya is said to have first met Mahavatar Babaji in the autumn of 1861, and which contains the cave where Lahiri spent a previous incarnation. Babaji gave Lahiri Kriya Yoga initiation on this spot, thus launching its spread around the world. We'll spend most of a day together on this hillside, taking turns meditating in the cave itself.  

This quiet area of Kumaon has a strong spiritual vibration and also offers saints, ashrams, and stunning Himalayan views. We’ll visit the Kainchi Ashram, with tangible vibrations of Neem Karoli Baba. We'll chant and share spiritual stories on our bus trips. For those with busy schedules, this trip offers a deep pilgrimage experience in just 3 days and nights from Delhi. We’ll spend 2 nights in Ranikhet, and 1 night on the train.

Schedule

Friday 7 Nov

 6:15 am

 11:50 am

 


 4:00-4:30 pm

 

 

Train departs Anand Vihar station in East Delhi

Train arrives Kathgodam

Proceed to Ranikhet, stop at Kainchi for meditation at Neem Karoli Baba ashram

Check into hotel

Satsang and dinner at hotel


Saturday 8 Nov

 

8:30 am

10:30 am

12:00-3:30 pm

 5:00 pm

 

Breakfast

Bus to Babaji's cave.

Start walking to cave

Babaji's Cave, meditation, and free time

Drive back to Ranikhet
Dinner at hotel

Sunday 9 Nov

 

 


 

 8:40 pm


Chanting and meditation at hotel

Breakfast

Drive down hill.

Gathering & Dinner at restaurant in Kathgodam

Ranikhet Express leaves Kathgodam

Monday 10 Nov
 3:55 am

 


Train arrives Old Delhi Station


Physical Fitness for This Trip

The central activity will be visiting Babaji's cave, at an elevation of about 2000 metres. This requires a walk which takes 45-60 minutes each way for a healthy person. Those who need it can take a jeep for the first part of this walk. However, everyone must climb the last part which might be 30 minutes uphill for a very fit person. This is an established rough path of dirt and rock. It can be quite steep in places, at an angle up to 45 degrees. In places there are rough steps formed by large rocks. The steps are at uneven heights, some perhaps a foot high. It is definitely a hike or climb, not a casual stroll. If someone is a slow walker or gets winded easily it is no problem. You can take this path as slowly as you wish. The climb would not be possible for someone who cannot climb stairs, or cannot walk on uneven ground.


Accommodations, Meals, and Transportation

Train transportation from Delhi will be by chair-car Shatabdi, returning on the overnight 2-tier a/c Ranikhet Express. All other transportation will be by two 27-passenger buses. We'll stay in the 3-star Woodsvilla Resort in Ranikhet, with high Himalaya views. Breakfast and dinner are included. Those from other cities can arrive in Delhi on Thursday, 6 Nov and leave on Monday 10 Nov.


Programme Fees

Double occupancy including train: Rs. 19,000 per person.
Single occupancy (private room) including train: Rs. 23,000 per person.

 

Please note: If you do not have a roommate, we will try to connect you with another single pilgrim of the same sex. If a roommate cannot be found, you will need to pay for single occupancy. If you snore, we ask you to room with someone you know well, or pay for single occupancy.

The programme fee includes train Delhi-Kathgodam-Delhi; all group transportation; lodging; 2 meals a day; mineral water; and hotel tips.

Not included in the fee are most lunches, snacks, and beverages; medical insurance or medical care should you need it; donations at ashrams; and personal hotel expenses.

Payments

Completed application form and 1st payment of Rs. Rs. 5,000 due as soon as possible in order to purchase train tickets. Payments by cheque or bank draft payable to "Ananda Sangha", by online transfer or in person in Delhi by cash. Your participation is confirmed only when we approve your application and receive deposit. Balance of the fee is due by 15 September. In case of cancellation, Rs. 1,000 of fee is non-refundable. Cancellation close to date of departure may incur additional costs.


Preparation for Pilgrimage

Weather? What to pack? What to wear?

We'll help you through all these questions and more by e-mail, with letters on preparation and answers to any individual questions.

"Truly life-changing, like no other trip I've ever taken. This pilgrimage surpassed my expectations in terms of blessed fellowship, destinations, accommodations, activities, food—everything." —P. H., North Carolina, USA

"Since the pilgrimage I've felt a new lightness of being—a new lease on life, spiritually. Meditation is easier and more enjoyable. Time flies when I meditate. When I hear a chant, I find myself immersed completely in it—I feel I could sing all day!" —J. T., New Delhi


"Meditating in ancient caves is fantastic and really helps deepen the meditation practice. Now, I'm looking forward to the next pilgrimage!" —S. G., Gurgaon

Tour Leaders

This pilgrimage will be led by Keshava and Daya Taylor of Ananda Sangha India. They will be assisted full-time by a guide from Discover Tours, the Indian tour operator that has guided Ananda pilgrimages for 28 years.

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