Esoteric India – 27 November 2018 Visit Sai Baba's ashram, Hampi, Goa
become familiar with the spiritual richness of India by visiting Sai Baba's ashram
explore the capital of the lost Hampi Kingdom
swim and take a breath on Goa's wonderful beaches
Discover India (and your-Self) by Boyan is a programme intended to explore and become acquainted with the spiritual lifestyle in India. Spirituality, personal transformation, mysticism, miracles, various religions and their mutually exhibited respect and intertwined nature constitute a practical experience. The entire story of Part I of your trip unfolds in the birth place of Sathya Sai Baba and his ashram, Puttaparthi. Even though Sai Baba, who is well-known for plentiful miracles, has already left his worn out and illness-stricken body, his divine energy continues its miraculous presence. Undoubtedly, his greatest miracle lies in his love that circulates freely through the legion of visitors from all over the world, transforming them into better, more amicable and cheerful individuals.
During Part II, explore the history of the lost kingdom and visit its former capital Hampi that provides you with one of the most remarkable atmospheres in India and perfectly preserved remnants of the large 15th century empire. A true treat.
The visit is followed by resting and unwinding by one of Goa’s beaches. Stay in a beautiful resort located next to a sand beach. Pampered by delicious food, enticed by the warm water of the Arab Sea, lost in the sheer variety of colours, scents and sounds, observing the magical colours of the setting sun. Visit the flea market, old Goa and a spice plantation.
Before returning home, make a stop in one of the largest metropolises in the world, Bombay. Referred to also as Mumbai, it is the trade and financial centre of India. A mega city in the truest sense of the word.
Day 1: BANGALORE – PUTTAPARTHI Transfer from the Bangalore airport to Puttaparthi. Check into a hotel in the immediate vicinity of the ashram where you will be based (accommodation at the ashram itself upon request). As soon as everyone is gathered, take an orientation walk around the ashram to become acquainted with the daily activity routine, the location and working hours of self-service restaurants, shops, the bookshop … start off by a refreshing actual coconut.
Day 2 – – Day 7 PUTTAPARTHI You are now in Sai Baba’s ashram, which is one of the largest and best organised ashrams in the world that provides you with ideal conditions and circumstances to work on yourself and to experience inner transformation. Have you been seeking answers to important questions or experiencing any heart’s desires or issues that you cannot seem to solve or have you been on the lookout for inner peace like every other human being on the planet? Do not worry, you have come to the right place. Every morning and afternoon, attend the Samadhi Darshan, during which you experience an exceptionally powerful connection with Sai Baba’s energy at his final resting place. Explore the depths of your essence. Surrender to the sounds of bajans, group chanting, which ends with an arathi. Visit a museum dedicated to Sai Baba, documenting his entire work and life. Yes, including his miracles. Visit a specialist hospital which provides world claas free-of-charge health care services. Visit the Tree of Wishes, Baba’s birth house, the Meditation Tree, the International Sports Centre, Music Academy, elementary school, high school and university and take a ride on a riksha. If you want, you can also experience an Ayurvedic or Tibetan massage. Boyan holds his information 4 transformation programme which includes lectures on current subjects, meditations and more … as well as special guests who share their personal experience with Sai Baba. Ashram nutrition also constitutes a special chapter in the story. Ashram cuisine constitutes a true gastronomic and spiritual experience.
Day 8 – 10 PUTTAPARTHI – HOSPET – HAMPI In the late evening, travel to the railway station and take the train to Hospet. Spend the night on the train. Arrival to Hospet in the morning. Check into a beautiful hotel. After breakfast, undertake your first adventure at Hampi, 15 kilometres away. Visit the city and temple also visited by Sai Baba when he was 14 years old. After he returned, he announced his mission. Experience a typical Hindu ceremony when a priest breaks a coconut and performs a happiness ceremony. Hampi, where you get to spend two whole days, served as the Vijayanagar Empire capital in the 15th century with one million inhabitants. Nowadays, it is a small village with 2000 inhabitants. The entire landscape is dotted with hills filled with huge rocks that makes visitors feel they have arrived to another planet. Taking walks along the hills dotted with antique temples and palaces is a true sight for sore eyes and soul. Taking a ride along the river on a round boat is a true experience in itself. Awe-striking sunsets midst age-old temples on vast granite rocks. An ideal time for a meditation. Followed by a luscious dinner in a relaxing environment. Overnight stay. Have a good night sleep in your comfortable room.
Day 11 HOSPET – GOA In the early morning, take the train to new adventures that await. Be embraced by the relaxing atmosphere of the former Portuguese colony Goa with its sand beaches. Goa is known as a holiday paradise. Taking a walk on the beach while the sun is setting does you a world of good. Walk past several local restaurants that serve delicious sea and other food, including the quintessential Goa curry. Learn where the best exchange bureau, coffee, shops, massages, internet etc. can be found. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 12 – 16 GOA Spend a whole five days being pampered in a wonderful resort located by the beach where you can also avail of Ayurvedic massages. Goa is one of India’s pearls. Kilometre upon kilometre of exquisite beaches, warm Arab Sea, a relaxed atmosphere, good food etc. facilitate absolute relaxation and a holiday of your dreams. Boyan is in charge of spiritual exercises and will getting you acquainted with the rich historical and spiritual values of India. Let go of all worries and roles you play back at home, surrender to India’s rhythm and customs. Discoveries and answers are often found in a state of complete relaxation. Morning strolls on the beach are truly special. You may even come across an elephant or sacred cow. Enjoy the beach throughout the day and a dream-like sunset during the evening. A number of shops facilitate the purchase of various souvenirs. Evenings in Goa are truly special as the entire beach is enveloped into numerous lights of restaurants trying to entice you with their menus. On Wednesday, visit the largest flea market in India. For a small extra charge, you may also opt for a half-day trip to experience a breathtaking spice plantation (where you can also ride an elephant if you want) and visit the medieval fortress and St. Francis Xavies Basilica, which serves as a pilgrimage centre for Catholics from all over Asia, in the old part of Goa. You may also take a trip on a boat to observe dolphins. Subject to an extra charge, you may also engage in a water sport. Enjoy yourself immensely.
Day 17 GOA – BOMBAY Breakfast is followed by morning pleasures. Time permitting, you can have lunch, followed by a transfer to the airport from where you fly to Bombay where new adventures await. Take a panoramic journey around the city, time permitting you may also visit the “Slumdog Millionaire” filming location, the largest “outdoor laundry room” in India … Subject to an extra charge, you may also avail of a buffet dinner in a luxurious 5* hotel. Share your experiences. The programme is thus completed. Fulfilled, content and filled with energy, new challenges placed in front of you await.
Price per person in a double room: from EUR 1,470
The price includes (min. 15 pax): accommodation, Goa – Mumbai flight, all transportation and visits including entrance fees according to the programme, local English-speaking guide, tips, organisation and programme implementation costs (Hi Tours).
Accommodation (on bed & breakfast basis): 7 nights with breakfast hotel close to Sai Baba’s ashram, 3 nights 4* hotel, 5 nights 3*/4* hotel with breakfast.
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General Terms and Conditions are an intgral part of the programme. The programme is carried out under the formal auspices of the world-renowned and award-winning Slovenian travel agency Kompas through which all payments are carried out.
Hotels are listed according to local classification.
Programme drawn up on 1 December 2016.