Dharamkot Weekend Yoga Retreat

3 April - 27 October 2020
Dharamkot Yoga Centre, Dharamshala
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About Weekend Yoga Retreat

This 3-Day Yoga Retreat is your chance to go back to yourself, take rest from city life and rejuvenate yourself with Yoga & Nature.

The Dharamsala area is famous for many hiking paths amongst the mountainous forests of very old cedar, rhododendron and oak trees. You can visit several Himalayan waterfalls with crystal clear glacier water. The always cool mornings and evenings offer refreshing relief from the heat of the Indian plains. Just enjoy and relax....

Arrival date for the Yoga Weekend Retreat at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre in Dharamkot is on Thursday evening to be able to join the Yoga program starting on Friday morning & finishing on Sunday afternoon. If you like the practice you can extend your stay at place. Our Dharamkot Yoga Centre season is from the beginning of April until the end of October.

Weekend Yoga Retreat Schedule

The day starts with a Mantra chanting session followed by a short Meditation. Then you will join the Yoga Asana class which is a part of the weekly 5-Day Yoga Course. In the afternoon there is optional Meditation & Relaxation with Breath Awareness sessions. You will be served freshly homemade Vegetarian lunch & dinner after the classes.

In May you can also attend the Special Yoga Course for Vipassana Meditators, as well as participate in the Anniversary Celebrations program of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Hall with cultural activities, chanting and prayers followed by the Indian classical music concert, lunch followed by yoga and spiritual teachings documentaries home cinema. Please refer to the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre calendar for the special events.
Dharamkot Weekend Yoga Retreat, Dharamshala, India
Dharamkot Weekend Yoga Retreat, Dharamshala, India

Weekend Yoga Retreat Booking & Deposit

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This Weekend Yoga Retreat includes:
  • Pick-up Service (from Gaggal Airport)
  • Accommodation (room as per your choice)
  • Mantra Chanting, Yoga Classes, Meditations and Relaxation with Breath Awareness Sessions
  • Freshly Homemade Food
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*For more details about the Yoga Courses please click on the links below.
5-Day Yoga Courses
Special Yoga Course for Vipassana Meditators
Dharamkot Weekend Yoga Retreat, Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, India
Dharamkot Weekend Yoga Retreat, Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, India

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Dharamshala Attractions

Dal Lake

Dal Lake, most attracted tourist spot in Dharamshala, is renowned for its scenic beauty and the cool ambience. The Dal Lake is surrounded by deep green Deodar forests. It is the best base camp for trekkers in Dharamshala and Mcleod Ganj.

The annual fair held every year in September on the banks of the Lake is a great attraction to the tourists. Taking a holy dip in this lake is considered to remove all miseries. It is a common belief that the dip in this holy lake will bring blessings of Lord Shiva. Even though the lake is small, the surroundings make it charming and dynamic.

St. John Church

The St. John's Church leaves traces of British rule in the country. It came into existence in the year 1852. The church is situated amidst the Mcleodganj and the Forsythganj, and is enclosed with the dense Deodhar forest. It has a very peaceful and calm look to it. St. John's Church has decorated glass windows. These glass windows add to the beauty of the church. The glasses are covered with a fine mosaic of patterns, which are a delight to the eye. These glass windows are Belgian in origin and have been specially gifted by none other than Lady Elgin. You will also find a necropolis in the vicinity of the church which is typically of the Christian style.

Mcleodganj Tibetan Market

McLeod was established in the mid-1850s as a British garrison and it briefly served as an administration centre for the colonial government until the devastating earthquake of 1905. It remained a back water until 1960, when the Dalai Lama and his entourage claimed asylum here following the Chinese invasion of Tibet.

Since this time, McLeod has become a major centre for the study of Buddhism and Tibetan culture. There are all sorts of holistic activities and courses on offer, and lots of travellers come here to volunteer on community projects that focus on the refugee community.

His Holines The 14th Dalai Lama's Temple & Residence

Tsuglag Khang, The Dalai Lama's temple complex, is the life-blood of the village. Located a short walk away from the bus station at the center of town, the complex houses the Namgyal Monastery (which trains monks for rituals associated with the temple), the main temple and a smaller shrine that houses a huge gilded statue of the Buddha, along with two smaller, but no less impressive statues of Chenresig and Guru Rinpoche. In addition, the Dalai Lama's residence and administrative offices are in the complex. The temple complex is always busy. Services are held daily and are attended by lamas, monks, nuns and lay people. Visitors are welcome to observe, but remember to remove your shoes and walk clockwise around the temple and past the chorten (prayer wheels) before sitting down. In the shrine, you might come across a group of monks building an intricate sand mandala, and outside on Thursdays, groups of monks are scattered around the grounds practicing their debating techniques an entertaining and thought-provoking ritual worth catching. Around the temple complex there is a long meditation trail with small shrines, stupas and a massive chorten. The shrines near the chorten are always covered in thousands of prayer flags placed by pilgrims to the Dalai Lama's home, which stands above and behind it.

Bhagsu Nath Temple and Waterfall

Bhagsunath is an attractive tourist spot, well known waterfall and a small shrine that lies at the end of an easy walk from Macleodganj bazaar. It has fresh-water springs, slate quarries, a small yet beautiful waterfall and an ancient temple. A popular picnic spot as well. The place got its name from the ancient temple known as Bhagsunath temple at the heart of the region. The temple attracts many devotees and the local people admire the idol adorning the temple having great healing powers. Bhagsunath waterfall is 0.5km from the temple. It is an enchanting location close to the nature.

Tibetan Parliament and Medical Centre

The Tibetan Parliament-in-exile is located in the hill town of Dharamshala, in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas in northern India. The Tibetan plateau is not far from there, but the towering Himalayas that lie between remind the community-in-exile of the formidable obstacles barring their return to their homeland. The very name, Dharamshala, which in Hindi means a resting place for travellers, is a poignant reminder that no matter how long they stay here, their home is elsewhere.

The Tibetan Medical College in Dharamshala was founded in the year 1961 under the guidance of His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama. Its management was regulated by the Religious Affairs Department. The aims and objectives of opening this center were to preserve the rich heritage of Tibetan medical science and to train more well-qualified doctors to continue the lineage.

Baijnath Shiv Temple

Baijnath Temple is a revered shrine of Himachal Pradesh. Located at a distance of 16 kms from Palampur in the Beas valley, Baijnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the inscriptions on the walls, Baijnath Mandir was built by the two native merchants by the name of Ahuka and Manyuka in 1204 A.D. In the porch of the temple, the two long inscriptions state that before the present temple, there was a shrine of Lord Shiva at the same spot.

Naddi Village

Naddi Village is a high point beyond the Dal Lake- Naddi Village affords a magnificent view of Dhauladhar mountain range to the north and the vast expanse of lush Kangra Valley to the south.

Kangra Art Museum

This treasure trove of the Kangra valleys arts, crafts and rich past, display artifacts that date back to the 5th Century. It includes a gallery of famous paintings and a representative collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items. Shamiyanas and local dresses used by local royalty, old carved doors, jail and pandals are also on display. Coins jewellery and manuscripts are included. A section houses the works of contemporary artists, sculptures and photographers.

Aghanjar Mahadev Temple (8.5 kms)

This temple is located at a distance of 8.5 kms from Dharamshala and just a few meters from the Khaniyara village, famous for its scenic beauties. Once when Arjun, of Mahabarat, was on his way to the Kailash Mountains. Lord Shiva appeared in front of Arjun and blessed him with the Boon of Victory over the Kauravas. At this place Baba Ganga Bharati has fired "Akhand Dhuni" (Sacred Fire).

Norbulingka Tibetan Handicraft Institute

This temple is located at a distance of 8.5 kms from Dharamshala and just a few meters from the Khaniyara village, famous for its scenic beauties. Once when Arjun, of Mahabarat, was on his way to the Kailash Mountains. Lord Shiva appeared in front of Arjun and blessed him with the Boon of Victory over the Kauravas. At this place Baba Ganga Bharati has fired "Akhand Dhuni" (Sacred Fire).

The institute is named after Norbulingka, the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lamas, in Lhasa, Tibet. The main building is a replica of the Norbulingka palace in Lhasa. Founded by the Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the institute contains the Centre for Arts, the Academy of Tibetan Culture, the Literary and Cultural Research Centre and the library and publications department. The Norbulingka Foundation was established in 1995 for the preservation of ancient art practices of Tibet, especially crafts.

Swami Chinmaya Ashram

Nestled in the spectacular Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas is the Chinmaya Tapovan Ashram. It is, one of the main retreats of the Chinmaya Mission. It is important as a center of the Sandeepany Vedanta course, meditation camps,vedic teachings and the Chinmaya Rural Primary Health and Training Center. This ashram is special as this is also Swami Chinmayananda's last resting-place, who attained 'Mahasamadhi' in August 1993 . Today this Himalayan Ashram in Dharamshala is famous for the Vedic Teachings of this great saint !

Chamunda Devi Temple (15 kms)

Chamunda Devi Temple is located at a distance of 15 kms from Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. Dedicated to Goddess Durga or Chamunda (Hindu deity), the surroundings of the temple provide an excellent venue for meditation, prayer and spititual attainment. The Chamunda Devi Temple is said to be more than 700 years old. It is a big temple complex with a large pond where devotees take a dip. The location of temple was used as a cremation ground by the people of 22 villages and supposed to be a place of solace, spiritual attainments. A large number of devotees travel to this place for worship and to attain spiritual peace for their ancestors. The main deity of the temple is kept under cover and is not accessible by the visitors, because of its sacred importance.

Bir Billing (Paragliding) - (14 kms)

This is one of the most beautiful jeep able routes in the Kangra valley situated at a height of about 9500 ft from the MSL. 35Kms from Palampur is Bir Town known for the Buddhist monasteries and 14 kms from here is the famous aero sport site of Billing. Upto Bir town you can travel by any vehicle. The 14 km distance from Bir to Billing is actually a rock road, whose rock cutting was done way back in 1962. This place is the originating point for hang and para gliders. You can fly upto Chamba from here. The ariel view of the Chamba and Kangra valleys are really breathtaking.

Rockcut Temple, Masrur (45 kms)

Masrur is 45 kms from Dharamshala and is famous for remarkable group of rock cut temples. They form a group of 15 monolithic rock cut temples in the Indo Aryan style and are richly carved. These richly ornamented cave temples are the only rock shrines in the northern part of India.The main shrine contains three stone images of Ram, Laxman and Sita but the presence of the figure of Shiva in the centre of the lintel affords a strong presumption that the temple was originally dedicated to Mahade

Palampur City and Sobha Singh Art Gallery

The Kangra valley of which Palampur (1249 m) is a major station, was the `Trigarta' of old. It was one of the leading hill states and was once a part of the kingdom of Jalandhara. In local parlance, the word for `lots of water' is `pulum'. This is what has given Palampur its name and it is water that has given the valley so much of its character. Countless streams and brooks criss - cross the landscape and in their intricate mesh, hold tea gardens and rice paddies. The town of Palampur came into being when Dr. Jameson, Superintendent Botanical Gardens, North-West Frontier Province. introduced the tea bush from Almora in 1849. The bush thrived and so did the town which became a focus of the European tea estate owners. Kangra tea, with its centre at Palampur, has been internationally acclaimed since then. To further bless the area with remarkable natural beauty, the Dhauladhar ranges rise dramatically from the earth, just beyond Palampur. The town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts - and scores of picturesque tam lets.

Bajreshwari Devi Temple Kangra

Famous for its wealthy status, Bajreshwari Devi Temple is one of the important temples situated in the Kangra valley. Known for its legendary wealth, this beautiful temple was invaded by many extremists several times. In the intervening years the temple was rebuilt and renovated several times but in the solid earthquake of 1905 the temple was badly damaged. The temple was again built in 1920 that stands behind the crowded colorful markets of Kangra.This temple follows a unique tradition of worshipping the goddess. It is a tradition that every year, during the festival of Lohri, the Pindi of the Goddess is decorated with a layer of butter. It is believed that in ancient times the goddess had used butter to heal the wound she got during her battle with the demon Mahishasur. The sight of the decorated pindi attracts a lot of devotees from places near and far.

Jawala Ji Temple Jwalamukhi

The flaming temple of Himachal Pradesh, Jwalaji temple is located at a distance of 34 km south of Kangra Valley. The Jawalaji temple is considered very powerful, and count as one of the 51 Shakti-Pitha temples in India. It is here that Sati's tongue fell which can now be seen in the form of the flame. Besides, there are Gorakh Dibbi, Chaturbhuj temple and many small shrines situated in the vicinity of Jwalaji temple.

Dedicated to Goddesses Jwalamukhi with flaming mouth, the temple is believed to have nine permanent flames named after the goddesses- Mahakali, Unpurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Bindhya Basni, Maha Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika and Anji Devi. It is said that centuries ago, a shepherd saw the flames for the first time and Raja Bhumi Chandra, the ruler of the area had the original temple built. The Mughal Emperor Akbar installed a gold parasol and Maharaja Ranjit Singh had the dome gilded. Across the courtyard is Devi's bed chamber and above the temple is the shrine of Baba Gorakhnath.

Chintpurni Temple

The temple dedicated to Mata Chintpurni Devi is located in a village of the same name in District Una, Himachal Pradesh.Devotees have been visiting this Shaktipeeth for centuries to pray at the lotus feet of Mata Shri Chhinnamastika Devi and Mata Shri Chintpurni Devi.They bring with them their worldly concerns and seek blessings from the Devi.It is believed that if you ask something from the Devi with a true heart, your wish will be granted.Pandit Mai Das, a Saraswat Brahman, is generally believed to have established this shrine of Mata Chintpurni Devi in Chhaproh village twenty-six generations ago. Over time this place became known as Chintpurni after the eponymous deity. His descendants still live in Chintpurni and perform prayers and puja at the Chintpurni temple.

Kangra Fort (20Kms)

The Kangra Fort situated at a 20kms distance from Dharamshala on the out start of the Kangra Town. The fort is entered through a small courtyard enclose between two gates which are known as Patak and only date from the Sikh period, as appears from an inscription over the entance. These gates possess no archaeological interest. From here a long and narrow passage leads up to the top of the Fort through the Ahani and Amiri Darwaza, both attributed to Nawab Alif Khan, the first governor of Kangra.

Tea Garden and Tea Factory

Tea in Kangra valley was introduced in 1854. When "Holta" tea estate was set i[ (4200 ft above the MSL). After the devastating earthquake of 1905 annihilating both man and plantation, the tea prodoction lost its paramount position, however, the scene has changed with the setting up of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Palampur Complex where scientists are striving to produce tea Production of the one popular Kangra Tea through the scientific methods, using tissue culture techniques, producing numerous"Somatic embryo's encapulated into a gelatine like substance,sodium alginate to form a bead like structure called an artifical or synthetic seed. And hence the production has shown a tremendous increase.

Pong Dam

A beautiful reservoir named Maharana Prathap Sagar in Distt. Kangra also known as the Pong Dam plays host to a wide variety of water sports like sailing, water skiing, rowing, etc.. This reservoir is situated at a height of about 450 mtrs, covering an area of about 45,000 Hectares approx. This palce is now a wildlife sanctuary with over 200 species of migratory birds having been spotted in and around the reservoir. You can visit this place from Masroor, Pathankot and Nurpur. This place therefore serves a dual purpose for the adventurous tourists.

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