Spiritual Sight Seeing Tour to Northern India
13 days and nights
with Belinda Baer and Nanette Bowen
Varanasi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Agra and the Taj Mahal
November 3—November 16, 2017
$3550 Per Person
Special: Bring a friend and get $600 off of the trip cost for yourself (or share the discount with your friend for $300 off each)
All scheduled group travel within India (including flights, train tickets), site entrance fees, food, room and board are included in the cost. Travel to and from India is not included.
Join Belinda Baer and Nanette Bowen, PA-C, along with your host Seema Johari, daughter of the renowned Harish Johari who first guided Ram Das, for a tour of some of the most spiritual places in India. This is a rare opportunity to be held and supported by this dynamic trio while being immersed in the beauty, splendor and chaos of India.
Seema receives and leads spiritual sight seeing tour groups from all over the world at the Johari House, and guides them all over India. She instills love and support into every moment of the trip. During our visit in Haridwar, we will have the unparalleled good fortune to stay at the Johari House, an oasis of peace and calm in the midst of the hustle and bustle that is India. Once through the gate of the Johari House, you’ll feel tension melt away in the nurturing and caring environment created by Seema and her loving family.
Belinda, yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Practioner, will provide stability, grounding and loving care as you delve into Mata India while simultaneously diving deep within yourself. Belinda has lived in India, travelled extensively throughout the country, led tours, and studied in India.
Nanette, yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Practioner with close ties to India, will guide you, care for you and support you with her enthusiasm, joy, wide-open heart and 35 years experience as a medical professional. Nanette has toured many temples in India, and has a deep connection with an Ayurvedic healing village in the south.
In addition to visiting spiritual sites, most days will include an opportunity to practice yoga in the country of its birth, and learn more about Ayurveda.
We’ll begin our journey with an overnight stay in Delhi before flying to Varanasi. While in Delhi, we may have a possible opportunity to shop at Fab India if flight times allow.
Dating to the 11th century BC, Varanasi is regarded as the spiritual capital of India. Everything in Varanasi is steeped in auspicious spiritual rhythms.
- Experience an intoxicating sunrise and/or sunset on a colorfully painted boat on the Ganga River.
- Our hostess, Seema Johari, will arrange an auspicious Shiva Puja called Rudrabhishekh for us in this city drenched in Shiva energy.
- Enjoy a live classical dance performance in this exhilarating and oldest living city in the world.
We’ll fly from Varanasi to Haridwar in the foothills of the Himalayas, and stay at the Johari House.
Seema and her daughter Anu run this lovely, peaceful guest house a block away from the Ganga River. Within walking distance of the Johari House is a sweet, local Aarti ceremony on the ghat (steps leading into the river) of the auspicious Ganga. It’s one of Belinda’s favorite places to stay in India. The food made in the kitchen at the Johari House is incredible! Click here to learn more about the famous Johari House.
- Visit temples such as Mansa Devi and Chandra Devi that rest high on the cliffs overlooking the Ganga River.
- Spend time in the shops around Haridwar, including a great mala and gem shop.
- Enjoy the beautiful evening Aarti ceremonies with flickering ghee lamps floating down the river at Harki Puri, a main ghat along the Ganaga River where Indian tourists flock to as part of their pilgrimage.
- If there is time and interest, Seema and Anu will teach us how to paint a Ganesh Yantra, a sacred meditation symbol.
- Have an opportunity to learn Ayurvedic cooking from Seema and Anu.
Next it’s on to Rishikesh, a short one-hour car ride from Haridwar. Known as the Yoga Capital of the world, the stunningly beautiful Rishikesh is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas through which the Ganga River cuts a swatch creating picturesque views.
- Meditate in Vashistha cave
- Tour local temples
- Walk along the ganga
Agra and the Taj Mahal
From Rishikesh, we’ll travel by train to our final destination, the Taj Mahal. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this white marble mausoleum sits on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra.
Due now: $1000 deposit to reserve your space
July 1st: Full Price Balance Due: for shared room balance of $2550 due (Total Amount $3550): (Discount of $130, total $3420 if paid by check, Venmo Belinda Baer @Belinda-Baer or PayPal Friends and Family paypal.me/belindabaer)
Trip includes all travel within the country (including flights and train tickets), all meals, and shared rooms. Travel to Delhi from the USA and return flight are not included in the price.
Book your arrival flight to Delhi, India in order to be there by the evening of November 3rd, 2017 and departure flight leaving Delhi, India the evening of November 16, 2017, based on India time. Most flights to and from India arrive and depart in the middle of the night. Car service to and from the airport will be provided only for these times, car or hotel fees for arrivals outside of these times would be additional charges. Please contact Belinda if you have questions about your flight times before booking.
Each participant is responsible for obtaining passport and visa.
Each participant also agrees to purchase trip insurance for their own protection.
Belinda Baer: 917-771-8104, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail checks, waiver and registration form to:
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Takoma Park, MD 20912
- Full payment due July 1st 2017
- Deposit and/or full payment are non-refundable after July 1st, 2017
- The deposit and/or full payment 100% refundable minus $500 through July 1st
Study Jyotish in a Group Setting with Mr. A. V. Sundaram
November 17-23, 2017
(Pricing and details coming soon)
Extend your stay in India by spending one week studying Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) with Mr A. V. Sundaram in Secunderabad. While the study of Jyotish is itself fascinating, the real treat is sharing the company of Mr. Sundaram, who imbues those around him with a sense of peace and tranquility. Through the study of Jyotish, he has helped Belinda change the way she views the world, and helped her accept life on its own terms. This is an opportunity not to be missed.
Varanasi Boat Ride
Johari House – Haridwar
From Seema’s Kitchen
Belinda Baer, founder of Wise Woman Ayurveda, is an Ayurvedic Practitioner (as acknowledged by NAMA Standards, 2011); 200 Hour Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher (2001); 300 Hour Kripalu Ayurveda Yoga Specialist (2015); and Ayurvedic Bodyworker. She completed Ayurvedic bodywork training at Kripalu Center and at Vaidyagrama Ayurveda Healing Village in India. She has lived in India for a total of 15 months, during which time she volunteered as an Ayurvedic therapist at Jiva, Vrindavan and at Vaidyagrama Healing Village, Tamil Nadu. As a life long learner, she has deepened her knowledge of Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Jyotish and Yoga both in the States and in India.
Nanette Bowen has toured India four times over the past several years, spent several months at Vaidyagrama Ayurvedic Healing Village in Tamil Nadu, and studied Jyotish with Mr. A. V. Sundaram. She feels a deep connection to the people and traditions of India, and wants to share with others the beauty and love she has found there.
Seema Agarwal Johari is the daughter of Harish Johari, a prolific writer who served as guide to Richard Alpert (Baba Ram Dass) on his initial excursion into mystic India. Seema continues her father’s tradition by inviting international groups into the Johari House in Haridwar, providing delicious healthy meals for them and guiding them on spiritual journeys throughout India. She is a stable and loving guide to mystical India who lives and breathes the spiritual traditions of her father. Seema teaches internationally and hosts visitors from all over the world at the Johari House.
Excerpted from Anushree’s Biography: Food of Love (Science of Life): The Culinary Artistry of Anushree Johari Agarwal. Anushree (‘Little Light’) Johari Agarwal is the grand-daughter of Harish Johari, one of India’s most respected multi-disciplinary gurus of the chakras, gemstones, numerology and Ayurveda. He was also an internationally-successful visual artist whose subject matter was Eastern Spirituality. Anushree’s canvas is most definitely the kitchen; the spice cabinet her palette. From before she could talk, Anushree would assist her elders in creating Ayurvedic feasts from scratch, using organic ingredients sourced from her family’s farms. Anushree has accumulated an impressive repertoire of recipes which have been passed down from countless generations. Cooking is in her genes. Anushree’s knowledge of the healing properties of various ingredients in Ayurveda – as well as specific cooking techniques and preparations – must be experienced to be believed. Her passion for cooking is simply infectious.
Doug and I would not have been able to navigate this trip on our own. We laugh about what it might have looked like if Doug had tried to drive the roads or followed directions there!
It was glorious to be taken care of by Belinda and Seema and Anu and the family. To feel comfortable and well cared for in their home where we could observe and spend time with the 3 generations and extended family. To not have to make any big decisions knowing the ladies had everything arranged for us.
I especially enjoyed getting to know Seema and her family on a personal level to begin to see the rhythm and tides of their lives.
I savored the beautiful spaces at their home where we could relax and do yoga and meditate and dance and paint and just visit with our fellow travelers.
I made my sixth trip to India with Belinda and our group in 2015. From that experience, I knew how challenging traveling to and within India can be. From the start, Belinda, Seema Johari and her daughter, Anu, did an amazing job at making us feel taken care of. Seema's home in Haridwar was a perfect place for our stay in North India - quiet and restful - and Seema's meals were uniformly delicious. Each of the hotels we stayed at while traveling elsewhere was comfortable and our bus/train travels were smoothly organized. The sites chosen for our day-trips - mostly temples and ashrams - were interesting and afforded a diverse set of spiritually oriented experiences. I would certainly recommend the upcoming trip in November, 2017 to anyone with a spiritual bent who wants to get beyond the constant hustle and bustle that is India, and experience the living spirit that is also India.