We will start our journey at the Kamakhya Temple…
Guwahati, Assam. March 9, 2019
We will meet you at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport in Guwahati, Assam today and escort you to the temple town and our home for the next 5 days. Today is about adjusting into the time zone and transitioning into our new reality. You can wander through this ancient town and explore and we will share a meal together and connect in an opening ceremony. ***Please be prepared to carry your luggage up winding stairs into the temple town as there is no vehicle access.
Kamakhya Temple. March 10-13, 2019
The next 4 days will be spent cementing our kula. We will wake up to Kalari practice with Lakshman and Nikhil and then head out to continue our exploration of this ancient temple complex. Kamakhya Priests will be our guides through the hidden temples tucked throughout the hillside. Evenings will be spent celebrating and practicing Tantric Pujas as we learn to weave east and west into a cohesive practice.
Kamakhya - Kolkata. March 13-14, 2019
Today we will fly to Kolkata - home of the fierce Goddess Kali. Here we will experience the temple of Kalighat. We will drop off our gear at the hotel, grab a quick lunch, then off to see the temple. Kolkata is a chance for us to have some modern luxuries before we head to the ancient city of Varanasi.
Kolkata - Varanasi. March 15, 2019
We depart today for the City of Light. Varanasi. Benares. Kashi. A city of many names. We will travel across the countryside by train - truly one of the best ways to experience the real India. We arrive in Varanasi in the evening and will travel by rickshaw to our hotel along the Ganges River. ** Please be prepared to carry your luggage through the maze of ancient streets as there is no access by vehicle to hotels on the Ganges River.
Varanasi. March 16-19, 2019
We will spend our mornings practicing Kalari, yoga and pranayam. Our afternoons exploring Varanasi. Evenings of celebrations and Sri Vidya rituals.
Holi Festival. Varanasi. March 20-21, 2019
Festival of Colors. The evening of March 20th will be spent connecting over bonfires throughout the city. March 21st we will roam the streets celebrating with the city by throwing boldly colored powder at anyone and everyone. This celebration is a triumph over evil!
Departure. March 22, 2019
Today we will end our travels together and head our separate ways. Now is a great opportunity to explore more of India on your own, or depart for your International flight home.
and just to make it a little easier...
March 9 * Kamakhya, Guwahati
March 10-13 * Kamakhya Temples, Guwahati
March 14 * Guwahati - Kolkata
March 15 * Kolkata - Varanasi
March 16-19 * Varanasi
March 20-21 * Holi Festival, Varanasi
March 22 * Depart from group