Soul Journey ~ India Pilgrimage 2023
Magical Mystery Yoga + Mantra Tour
Daily Yoga Practice ~ Kirtan ~ Meditation ~ Mantra ~ Ayurveda ~ Spiritual Adventures to Temples, Caves and Sacred Sites
Immersion Practices and instruction in asana, mantra, pranayama, philosophy, meditation + personal practice
March 17 – 31 / North + South India Experience
March 17 – 25 / Prana + Bhakti Yoga Immersion
Rishikesh, Ganga River ~ Vrindhavan , Yamuna River ~ Taj Mahal ~ Mathura (Place of Krishnas Birth)
March 25 – 31 / South India – Meditation + Mantra Immersion
Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), Puducherry (Pondicherry) ~ Chidambaram ~ Tiruvannamalai ~ Chennai
Ancient Temples, Sri Aurobindo Ashram + Teachings + Practice
Hello Friends, I am excited to be returning to India in March 2023 for a spiritual pilgrimage and adventure tour. For yoga practitioners especially, India is the ultimate destination, India is the motherland and source of Yoga, Kirtan and Ayurveda. It is a land of spiritual magic, saints and a deep spiritual tradition with roots back over 8,000 years. I have been leading journeys for many years to India and I never get tired to this amazing land, its people and its magic. India has profoundly influenced and changed my life. So for 2023, I have planned an amazing journey and I will be guiding a small group of people with me through both north and south india. This is no ordinary tour, it s is a true spiritual adventure, we will visit shrines and sacred spaces important within the yoga tradition, visit with yogis, Guru’s and devotees and practice yoga, meditation and kirtan along the way. Your practice and understanding of Yoga will be transformed from this journey and you will feel the support and inspiration from being a part of a living tradition that reaches back well over 5,000 years.
This intimate journey will be a magical mystery yoga + mantra tour, this will be a one of a kind life changing experience; a spiritual adventure, full of devoted practice and learning, beautiful cultural + spiritual experiences, exotic sights, sounds and a true spiritual adventure including its challenging moments, a full and rich experience of what Mother India has to offer. I have been to India many times over the last 30 plus years and have had the opportunity and blessing to cultivate some special relationships, I will guide you on a truly amazing spiritual tour of India.
We have limited space and I anticipate this trip will sell out, so if you would like to join this magical mystery yoga + mantra tour, please contact us asap. I want to have a connection with each person that comes and make sure if this is the right trip for them. So if you have done a program with me and wish to join, send me a message and lets connect. If you have not done a program with me before, please send us an email and introduce yourself, there may be a short phone call to make sure this is the right trip for you.
Gratitude + Blessings, saul david raye
* Daily Yoga, Meditation + Chanting with Saul and other teachers
* Visit to sacred temples, caves + holy sites ( see listing)
* Gayatri Fire Ceremony with embers from 800 year old fire
* Sacred Ceremony
* Visits with Spiritual Elders; Swamis & Swaminis, Teachers and Yogi’s
* Ganga White water rafting (optional)
* Amazing food + sights
* Special experiences off the beaten path
Some of the Sacred Sites we will visit:
* Ganga & Yamuna Rivers
* Meditation, Yoga + Ganga Dip at Ancient Yogi Vashishtas Cave
* Ancient temple dedicated to Bhumi / Mother Earth (oldest Bhumi Temple in India)
* Ancient Gayatri Fire Ceremony with embers from an 800 year old fire
* Krishna + Radha Temples in Vrindhavan
* Ancient Durga Temples in Himalayas + South India
* Shiva Temples ( Chidambaram, Tiruvannammalai + others)
* Sri Aurobindo Ashram + Samadhi and many more experiences
• March 17th or before – Arrive New Delhi, India / Travel by domestic flight to Dehra Dun, Taxi to Rishikesh) **
• March 17 – 22 – Full Program in Rishikesh, Ganga River, Haridwar and surrounding areas
• March 22 – Morning travel to New Delhi ( Group domestic flight approx $40) **
• March 22 – 25 – Full program in Mathura / Vrindhavan / Taj Mahal
• March 25th – Travel to South India, Flight from Delhi to Chennai ( approx $80)
• March 25 – 28 – Full program in MamallaPuducherry, Chidambaram, Mammalapuram …
• March 28 – 31 – Tiruvannammalai
• March 31st – Return to Chennai / Closing Dinner
Departure either evening 31st or April 1st morning
Fly out of Chennai International Airport
** Participants will need to purchase 3 domestic flights, these are very low cost about $150 in total. See the FAQ sheet for info – here
The Journey begins… Daily Itinerary
Travel to New Delhi, India and onwards to Dehra Dun, India (a 1 hour flight from Delhi, about $40). From there you will take taxi ride to Rishikesh, about 30 – 45 minutes.
Our group journey will begin in Rishikesh on March 17th. Try to arrive by morning to Rishikesh. You can arrive anytime on March 17th, but please try to arrive by mid day in Rishikesh. You can also arrive a day or 2 earlier, its nice to have a few days to acclimate. We will help you with arrangements.
March 17 – 22 / Rishikesh / Ganga River + Himalayas
We will be in Rishikesh during this time and in the midst of many adventures here.
A typical day of the Tour is like this …
~ Morning Yoga, Meditation + Mantra Practice
~ Morning Excursion Adventure ( i,e. Beatles ashram, Ganga river, temple, etc,.) ~ Lunch / rest, free time
~ Afternoon program / excursion ( visit with a teacher, shopping, sightseeing, Children’s Home or Seva opportunity)
~ Evening Program ( Kirtan, Discussion, Satsangh)
March 22 / Travel DAY
We will depart for New Delhi.
You will need to buy a one-way plane ticket from Dehra Dun back to New Delhi. I will coordinate this with the group so that we can all fly at the same time. Cost about $40.
– From Delhi airport we will take a group of us to mature reverend of an area to our our hotel.
March 22 – 25 – Mathura / Vrindhavan / Taj Mahal
3 action packed amazing days in Braj.
March 25th – Travel Day
Group Bus back to Delhi Airport.,
Travel to Chennai, South India.
Group Bus to Mamallapuram and relax by the sea in this ancient wonderful place.
March 25- 28
/ Mamallapuram, Puducherry, Chidambaram
We will begin our south Indian tour with afternoon arrival and stay in Mamallapuram ( Mahabalipuram), which is located next to the Bay of Bengal. A beautiful and historic town. South Indian food introduction and relaxation. There are some wonderful ancient temples in this area. Then we travel to Puducherry for adventures there and also Chidambaram Shiva Temple.
March 28th – 30th / Tiruvannammalai
Travel on group Bus to Tiruvannammalai! March 28 – 30
Tour Tiruvannammalai & Surrounding areas Temples, Ramana Maharishi Ashram, Sacred Hike up Arunchala, etc.
March 31st – Travel Day / Kanchipuram / Chennai
Travel to Kanchipuram Shiva temple
Lunch in Kanchipuram
Bus to Chennai
Arrive Hotel Closing Dinner Celebration!
There is nothing quite like India, it is an incredible meeting place of the spiritual and material worlds. The true spiritual history of India goes back well over 5000 years with some estimates at 10,000 years. It is the birthplace of Yoga, Ayurveda and Kirtan. The practice and culture of Yoga have expanded around the globe and are literally changing the world. Our journey is a cultural tour in many ways; to immerse ourselves in, to understand and experience this beautiful ancient culture. But even more so it is a spiritual pilgrimage, it is a journey towards the source of this spiritual wisdom. I love the adventure of going to India and guiding people through India. It has been a highlight for me over the last 20 years. India is vast and there are so many places to visit and so many places have great significance. Each tour I do is slightly different, there are some places that I return to again and again on each journey and I always add some new places and experiences.Our itinerary is full, but I cannot fit all of what we will do onto this page, for various reasons, but an important reason has to do with the magic of India – there are so many amazing invitations and possibilities that arise once you are there, that we always has to be some space for that. But in addition to the itinerary i am sharing with you, i wanted to also share a little with you about the significance of each place or area that we will visit.
New Delhi is the capital of India and a part of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. New Delhi is the seat of all three branches of the government of India, hosting the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, and the Supreme Court of India. Though there are definitely some great things to do and see in Delhi, it is mainly a place that you will fly in and out of. It is a massive city and which of the day it is hard to get around. There are very good hotels close to the airport so you don’t have to go into the density of New Delhi unless you wish too. One of my dear friends in India Khem Singh, runs a small tour company and I completely trust him. I would recommend him if you would like to spend a few days sightseeing in Delhi he can take you on a personal tour of the things that are worth seeing. This is where you will arrive on your international flight and you will either make a connecting flight to Darragh Dune right away or spend the night in a hotel. I will help each of you with that.
Rishikesh, Ganga River & Surrounding Area
Rishikesh is a town in the foothills of the Himalayas where the Ganga River comes down from the high Himalayas. It has become a lot busier over the years, but there is still a beautiful aura of peace in many parts of Rishikesh and even the busy parts are interesting and fun. The literal meaning of Rishikesh is the city or place of the Rishi’s. The rishis are considered the original yogic seers and wisdom keepers, some people say that rishikesh is the birthplace of yoga, it is certainly one of the places that yoga began and has flourished over the years. There are so many ashrams, teachers and beautiful experiences here, but hands-down the most magnificent part of Rishikesh is the Ganga river, here you will meet her and have the opportunity for a sacred dip or two in the Ganga river. This sacred river captured the minds and hearts of the ancient people as the source of life, in Indian mythology, Ganga is also synonymous with the flow of divine wisdom and Shakthi. In Lord Shiva’s matted dreadlocks is a serpent and that serpent is Ganga, the flow of divine wisdom coming to earth or ‘kundalini’. There are so many things to do in Rishikesh that I will have a hard time deciding everything, but we will visit with some very dear friends and have some magical experiences in this place of yogic wisdom. We will visit a divine mother temple high in the Himalayas, have meditation and sacred ceremony by the Ganga and a visit to a few ashrams, including the Beatles Ashram, where the Beatles spent time with Maharishi Mahesh yogi and wrote so many songs!
Matura & Vrindhavan
For many this is the most sacred land in all of India. It is the land of Krishna’s birth and life and is sacred to vaishnavas and devotees of Krishna around the world. Much of the modern, western kirtan movement has its roots here, it is the land of bhakti, of Krishna & Radha. Mathura is the birthplace of Krishna and we will visit that exact place where he was born, where there is now a temple, I had one of the most powerful meditations that I have ever had in this place. It is also one of the most ancient temples to Bhumi, mother earth and we will get to experience this amazing place firsthand. We will also get to participate in an ancient Gayatri fire ceremony, with embers from the fire going back over 800 years.
Vrindhavan is a special place, it is called the land of the bhakti yogi’s. This is such a busy area there are said to be over 5000 temples, it is a place where people come from all over India and all over the world to get a taste of the energy here. This is one of my favorite places, it is a little wild and crazy but full of devotion and beautiful spirit. We will have a busy few days here visiting temples, singing curtain and experiencing the hustle and bustle of bhakti Central.
One of the wonders of the world and truly a magical thing to behold. This will also be a place of pilgrimage for our group to visit this incredible beautiful ‘monument to love’ and learn it’s interesting and sad history. It will blow your mind.
Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), 31 miles (50km) south of Chennai, was the major seaport of the ancient Pallava kingdom based at Kanchipuram. A wander around the town’s magnificent, World Heritage-listed temples and carvings inflames the imagination, especially at sunset. Ancient archaeological wonders, salty air and beauty make this a special place :)
Puducherry / Pondicherry is City in south India next to the Indian ocean. It is a former French colony and boasts the best French bread and all of India! It also has a very powerful spiritual heritage, Sri Aurobindo one of the great saints of India and founding fathers of the Indian independence movement lived here and we will visit his ashram. A place where i had a very powerful spiritual experience over 10 years ago, i wept tears of joy. There is also the town of Auroville which is an international community based on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the mother. There are some wonderful temple sites and sounds in the city and it is also a jumping off point to visit the sacred Shiva temple of Chidambaram. This is one of the most important temples in all of India it is dedicated to the ether element and is a major pilgrimage point for all devotees of Lord Shiva. I went here 13 years ago and had a very powerful experience. We will visit some other wonderful places in and around this area.
Tiruvannammalai is the town around the small mountain known as Arunachala. Arunachala is considered to be the most sacred Mountain in India by some and certainly viewed by all as one of the great sacred pilgrimage places in all of India. It is said that this mountain is an incarnation of Lord Shiva and saints and seers and yogis have been traveling here for thousands of years. Arunachala is actually the name of a local greeting and blessing that people share here. We will visit some of the powerful temples in this area as well as walk on pilgrimage around the mountain and take a hike up to the mountain. This is also the home of the famous Indian sage Ramana Maharshi who influenced so many people in the West. We will visit his samadhi, final resting place and ashram, one of the most peaceful shrines i have ever been too. I also have some dear friends who live in this area who run a children’s orphanage, which we will get to visit. This is a bustling and magical spiritual place to visit in India.
On our way back to Chennai we will make a stop in Kanchipuram to have lunch and visit a famous Shiva temple here. This town has many beautiful old temples and historical places here and it is a wonderful stop for lunch on our way to Chennai.
Chennai / Madras
Chennai, formerly Madras, city, capital of Tamil Nadu state, southern India, located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Known as the “Gateway to South India,” Chennai is a major administrative and cultural centre. Pop. (2011) city, 4,646,732; urban agglom., 8,696,010. Chennai is located on the Coromandel Coast along the Bay of Bengal. How many temples here and many beautiful parts of the city, we will not be spending much time here but our last evening, celebration dinner. For those of you that will have some time to sightsee we will have a little time to visit some of the sites in the city. The food here is amazing and there’s even a curry named after Madras!
Trip / Cost
Option 1 – Entire Journey
15 Days / 15 Nights Spiritual Adventure in North + South India
Double Room ( 2 beds / Shared with 1 other Person)
• Early Bird Price – $3200 (paid in full by 2/1/23)
• Regular Price – $3500 ( after 2/1/23)
Private Room ( Single)
• Early Bird Price – $3500 (paid in full by 2/1/23)
• Regular Price – $3800 ( after 2/1/23)
• Partial scholarships. I have reserved a few spaces at a discounted rate for those who would like to join but need a discount. Please only sincere inquiries and need.
• Price includes – accommodation for 15 nights, full spiritual guided tour of India, all breakfasts + dinners & most lunches, Group Bus Transportation in India, daily program of daily yoga, meditation, chanting, instruction and magical experiences.
• Price does not include: International Airfare, domestic airfare tickets (3 tickets, inexpensive approx $150), shopping, some lunches, entrance fees to attractions and parks (i,e. Taj Mahal, Beatles Ashram, some rickshaw rides (inexpensive), tips, personal massage or healing sessions.
Note – If you would like to come but are unable to join us for the whole journey and would like to join us for part of the trip, please email for details.
Please email for payment arrangements – [email protected]
• Deposit $800 to hold your space. Balance due by Feb. 15th
• Deposit is non-refundable, as we have to make reservations and place deposits. Deposit is transferable to another program, if for some reason you are not able to make the trip.