Bhakti Fest Presents: Bhakti Yatra
Surrendering in the South
The most transcendent spiritual pilgrimage: ecstatic kirtan, world-class Yoga, timeless temples, Divine Saints, and endless Kerela Beaches
After the success of two very transformative pilgrimages in 2013, Bhakti Yatra will be leading a group through serene Southern India with kirtan artist Dave Stringer and yoga teacher Dearbhla Kelly.
Southern India imbibes the essence of Bhakti—it is a place where people dedicate their lives to the Divine in its many forms. India is a playground that does not just please the senses, but satisfies the soul.
Enjoy life at a state of the art, sustainable Eco Village outside of Mumbai that is a pioneer ecological and conscious community as well as architectural design. Meditate in Ganeshpuri at the Samadhi of Bhagawan Nityananda and Baba Muktananda. Visit Amma, the hugging Saint, at her ashram in Kerela for intimate darshan. Celebrate life at the Flower Festival in Mumbai where over 5 tons of flowers rain down on attendees and are thrown joyously amidst celebratory kirtan. Take part in service work with Food for Life Vrindavan. Visit Radhanath Swami's innovative Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai for additional seva programs. Chant through Southern India amongst ageless monuments and temples with one of the most innovative artists of the new Kirtan movement: Dave Stringer. Deepen your asana practice and philosophy with yoga classes and discourse by Dearbhla Kelly. Sway through the streets of Vrindavan to the harmonic kirtan echoing throughout the streets. Heal yourself at one of the top Ayurvedic retreats in India. Float down the backwaters of the Arabian Sea on private houseboats. These are just a few of the very rare and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities you will have in deepening your Sadhana on this Bhakti Yatra.
The experiences you have will make the trip last far beyond the excursion, but will leave lifelong imprints. It may even just change the course of your destiny. On this Bhakti pilgrimage, you’ll be led by trusted guides who have dedicated their lives to, worked, traveled, and lived in India including Sridhar, founder of Center for Spiritual Studies and Executive Producer of Bhakti Fest, David Haberman, Radhanath Swami and many more. Options for a twelve-day Bhakti Express or the extended nineteen-day Bhakti Excursion are available along this trek.
Travel beyond familiarity's borders, take a look at life from the other side of the planet, and surrender—you'll get an eyeful and heartful on this escape to India with Bhakti Yatra.
An option of a 12 or 19-day guided, interpersonal tour of India:
January 20-February 1
• All accommodations and transportation, except internal flight and temple entrance
• Two meals a day
• One to two yoga classes per day and daily meditation led by visiting teachers
• Evening satsangs and kirtan with surprise guests along the way
• Pilgrimage along Southern India’s most Holy cities: Mumbai, Ganeshpuri, Kerela
• Hot mineral baths in Ganeshpuri
• Private darshan with Radhanath Swami and visiting teachers in Mumbai
• Private darshan with visiting Bhakti teachers in the Holy Krishna town of Vrindavan where we will visit Holy sites and temples throughout the town
• Seva Opportunities at Food For Life Vrindavan, Radhanath Swami's Eco Village, Amma's Charity, India clean up efforts, and more
January 20-February 8
• All of the above; attendees have an option of traveling onward to:
• Goverdhan Hill where we will spend 2 days exploring ancient temples, Shyamdas' home, and take part in a special parikrama around Goverdhan Hill
• Fly down to Kerela where we will receive treatments at one of the top Ayurvedic Clinics in India
• Visit Amma's Ashram where we will partake in Seva opportunities
• Float down the backwaters of Kerela on private houseboats
• Relax on the beaches of Kerela and bathe in the warm Arabian Sea
• Entrance to sacred temples, pilgrimage sites, and ashrams not easily accessible to Westerners
$500 Deposit Due to reserve your space
$2400 Early Bird for Bhakti Express Package (12 Days). First 10 people.
$2650 Bhakti Express Package (12 Days)
$2900 Early Bird for Bhakti Excursion Package (19 Days). First 10 people.
$3200 Bhakti Excursion Package (19 Days)
*Single room supplements are available, email Bhakti Fest for inquiries.
PLEASE NOTE ALL PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE FLIGHT TO INDIA, INTERNAL FLIGHT(S), BEVERAGES, TIPS, or TEMPLE ENTRANCES. All-inclusive packages include two meals per day.*
For questions, further details, and to apply, please fill out the following Bhakti Yatra Application and email to Bhakti Fest.
*Please note that this is an invitation for a select few of devoted Bhakti practitioners. Know that this is an intense spiritual journey. If you're ready to advance deeply in your spiritual path, join us. If not, wait for another time, as we lead pilgrimages through India twice a year. If this is not your time, know that Mother India will open her gates when you are ready. We do hope, however, that the time is now.
Payment Options are Now Available
To place your non-refundable deposit: January 2014 Deposit
To confirm your Early Bird, Bhakti Express (12 day) Spot, Early Bird: Bhakti Express
To confirm your Early Bird, Bhakti Excursion (19 day) Spot, Early Bird: Bhakti Excursion
Testimonies From 2013 Yatras
"I was overwhelmingly amazed at the experience. The sites chosen for the trip were absolutely perfect and amazing, and even more so was the obvious depth and power of Sri's connectedness to the places and people visited. I doubt if any tour could have been organized any better. I thought the level of hotels, food, traveling buses, etc., was very good for the amount of money charged...I never felt threatened, unsafe, or truly unhappy with the accommodations at any point. I have told anyone and everyone who will listen how amazing my experience was and how well the tour was done by the "Bhakti Fest" peeps. I definitely felt like a spiritual pilgrim and not a tourist and that is a sacred gift!" ~Deidre P.
"I loved that the trip was spiritually focused and that we had daily Sadhana to ground and nurture us. It was amazing to cover so many holy sites in such a short period of time and I appreciated that we were able to access India in a way that brought us into the true local culture and spirit, rather than coming in from a western tourist point of view. Due to the nature of the trip and the Bhakti Fest community, all the participants were lovely and the group flowed amazingly well together. I felt the price was reasonable and it was a relief to have food, transport and lodging organized for us." ~Rebecca C.
"Mother India sure cradled me on my journey. I truly had a great healing... was able to shed layers of suffering I was holding on to... I feel so light and free. Can't say for sure whether it was all the pujas, darsharns, dips in the Ganga, or all the prayers I said all across India but all that worry and heaviness of heart has evaporated!" ~Nora J.
Shridar knows how to get through India with strength and grace. It was fun and spiritual and healing and we had access to some of the most incredible beings. We hit so many power places, people, experiences that may have taken many lifetimes but we did it is a few weeks. The best part was the constant chanting. It allows you to see the power of mantra in action. Like when the cow is crossing the freeway and your taxi almost gets into an accident and you are staying peaceful chanting to Ram. These are things you have to experience to know. So it showed me with clarity the power of this practice." ~Maylen D.
"I came on this trip expecting to meet saints, siddhas, and teachers who would tell me something about my journey, however what I learned was NOTHING IS OUTSIDE OF YOU! We can learn many things from others, but in the final outcome we are our greatest teachers… What I learned was I came on this journey looking for someone and what I found was all the fellow travelers on the yatra are who I was meant to meet. The love flows from my heart every time I think of all and always will. I guess the journey is always about finding your way to the heart which is hopefully where we all want to be." ~Gary B.
"It takes a special personality to be a yoga leader on this trip. Why? Sridhar, in all his ways, has a solid connection to India and to many folks. The Yatra is unique and special. Also seems to have ‘blessed’ timing and 'in the moment’ grace. I like that way of ‘rolling’… We were together and independent, tribal, rulers and followers, like surfing, always like the water, like surfing, in the moment, rising and turning, falling and paddling. And we could dive-in to our bus, our spaceship, take a breather from all that is outside, all that is pounding in India, we could snuggle together, recoup, be safe, travel together to the next open door. I learned a lot, I learned nothing, I experienced tremendous, I still dream like wildfire…..like underwater….and I feel it was a trip with EXTRA-ORDINARY GRACE…" ~Kristin O.