at Lahiri Mahasaya’s Home in Varanasi
We plan to offer a similar trip 4-6 July, 2020, including Guru Purnima, 5 July.
We will update this page as plans develop.
Details below are from a past pilgrimage in July 2018
The oldest surviving city in the world radiates timeless wisdom. Great saints like Adi Shankaracharya, Gautama Buddha, and Mahavatar Babaji lived here. It was in Varanasi that Paramhansa Yoganandaji first met Swami Sri Yukteswar.
Here lived the now famous, but ever humble Yogavatar, Lahiri Mahasaya, who, with the blessing of Mahavatar Babaji, resurrected Kriya Yoga and began a quiet revolution that has spread around the world.
The home where Lahiri Mahasaya lived, meditated, and taught his disciples, is preserved as it was when he was there, more than 100 years ago. Only one day of the year, on Guru Purnima, is his home opened for devotees to have darshan. To be in his home, for even this brief darshan, is a special blessing.
In the same neighborhood is Satyalok, an ashram which has been passed down in Lahiri’s family. We’ll meditate there, close to a portion of Lahiri’s ashes.
We’ll also visit the temple of Trailanga Swami, Lahiri Mahasaya’s 300-year-old friend, with whom he’d sometimes meditate.
Less than 10 minutes-walk from our hotel are Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Manikarnika burning ghat, and Dashashwamedh Ghat, where at sunset we plan to attend the Ganga arati.
Thursday, 26 July
Arrival on your own to hotel, check in
7:30 pm Dinner, followed by opening gathering
Friday, 27 July – Guru Purnima
6:30 – 8:00 am Energisation, chanting and meditation at hotel
9:30 am Meet to walk to Lahiri Mahasaya’s home
Meditate at Satyalok, by Lahiri’s ashes
Return to Lahiri Mahasaya’s, and/or walk ghat area
Lunch at your own expense
Optional afternoon activity
Sunset Ganga Arati at Dashashwamedh Ghat
Dinner at hotel
Saturday, 28 July
6:00 – 7:30 am Energisation, chanting and meditation at hotel
9:00 am Meet to walk 30 minutes to Trailanga Swami temple for meditation
On way back visit Kashi Vishwanath temple, Manikarnika Ghat
Lunch at your own expense
This is a unique pilgrimage in that we are doing it during monsoon! We’re making our schedule tentative, knowing that rain could change our plans–or at least make them more interesting. We expect the river level to be quite high, even covering the ghats, not allowing for boat excursions. We plan to reach all our destinations on foot. Our hotel’s central location means we walk no more than 30 minutes at a time. The pavement can be uneven, with a number of steps.
Hotel Ganges Grand, Godowlia Crossing, Varanasi, +91-542-2392731-32, 6560006, 7235809888. Rooms have simple furnishings, a/c, and attached bath. Breakfast and dinner included.
Arrival and Departure
You would arrive on your own to the hotel. Taxis from airport may take 1½ hours, cost around Rs. 2000.
Hotel Ganges Grand is located in the main market, just 500 meters before Dashashwamedh Ghat. Access from airport is by private taxi only, not larger vehicles. Those arriving at hotel between 5 and 8 pm may need to get down from taxi 50 metres before the hotel, as road is closed to cars at that time, due to the Ganga arati.
The pilgrimage officially begins at the hotel before dinner on the 26th, and ends at the hotel before lunch on the 28th.
Some suggestions for arrival 26th, departure 28th:
Both Delhi and Mumbai have many direct flights.
From Other Cities:
Pune-Varanasi: Indigo 11:35-17:55, Varanasi-Pune: Indigo 18:15-23:15
Bangalore-Varanasi: Air India 11:05-15:45, Varanasi-Bangalore: Indigo 20:45-23:15
Chennai-Varanasi: Indigo 13:55-17:40, Air India 06:10-12:40
Varanasi-Chennai: Indigo 14:50-21:30, Air India 16:50-23:35, or Indigo 09:15-12:00 on 29th.
You can also choose to stay one more night in Varanasi on your own, departing on 29th.
Also many trains reach Varanasi.
Double occupancy : Rs. 15,500 per person.
Single occupancy (private room): Rs. 18,500 per person
If you don’t have a roommate, we’ll try to connect you with another single pilgrim of the same sex. If a roommate can’t be found, you’ll need to pay single occupancy. If you snore, we ask you to room with someone you know well, or pay for single occupancy.
The programme fee includes group activities, lodging, 2 meals a day, and group tips. Not included in the fee are most lunches, snacks, and beverages; travel to and from Varanasi; transfer from airport or train station to hotel; medical insurance or medical care should you need it; donations at ashrams; and personal hotel expenses.
Completed application form and payment both needed to confirm your space. We ask for full payment at time of application.