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Hello fellow devotees and friends of SRF,
We, Network Tours have been organizing many tours for SRF Devotees - “In Yogananda's Footsteps” India Tour that includes participation in the YSS Convocation Retreat (Sharad Sangam) in Ranchi. Based on feedback from many devotees and our 20+ years of experience in organizing customized tours, Network Tours, New Delhi, has arranged a fabulous 22 to 30 day group tour that combines the Sharad Sangam Ranchi spiritual experience with our popular “In Yogananda's Footsteps" India Tour—the tour especially designed to visit many of the special locations mentioned in "Autobiography of a Yogi."
Network Tours has organized several successful spiritual (In Yogananda's Footsteps) India tours since 2001 for SRF devotees and friends. Our recent big tours include the Footsteps tour in February 2013 that included the Maha Kumbh Mela, a group tour in January 2016 & 2017 lead by Tour Leader James Aram, and several smaller groups in 2017. Our strength is serving repeat travelers from the SRF families who feel India is their second home. We also are proud to be part of the making of the movie " Sacred Journeys of the World by Bruce Feiler" http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/sacredjourneys/content/kumbh-mela/.
This year we are organizing two group tours for SRF Devotees - First one to coincide with the Sharad Sangam at Ranchi in November, 2018 and the second tour to coincide with the Ardh Kumbh Mela January 2019 in Allahabad at Triveni Sangam near Varanasi. These tours are being coordinated by our dear fellow devotee James Aram who was a member of the group during the 2013 Kumbh Mela and tour leader in January 2016 & 2017. Name of the tours is as below:
1. "In Yogananda’s Footsteps - Sharad Sangam October/November'2018"
2. "In Yogananda’s Footsteps - Ardh Kummbh Mela January/February'2019"
We have divided the November’2018 Pilgrimage Tour into two parts as The “Main Footsteps Tour” & “Pre Tour” covering all the important spiritual sites as mentioned in the Autobiography of the Yogi. Brief details as mentioned below:
An Indian pilgrimage experience customized for SRF members & friends November 01 – November 23, 2018
(23 days in India; allow two travel days from USA; one travel day to return from Delhi) Featuring attendance at the 2018 Sharad Sangam (1st session)
Five days in Ranchi to attend the YSS Sharad Sangam (Indian Convocation) on the ashram grounds— a very special experience that will yield a lifetime of memories
PRINCIPAL DESTINATIONS- New Delhi, Kathgodam, Ranikhet, Dwarahat YSS Ashram & Babaji’s Cave, Brindavan, Mathura, Agra, YSS Noida Ashram, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Kolkata, YSS Dakshineswar Ashram, Belur, Serampore, Varanasi, Bodhgaya, YSS Ranchi Ashram & Sharad Sangam
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE "IN YOGANANDA’S FOOTSTEPS" INDIA TOUR ITINERARY:
01 Nov - 03 Nov: In Delhi- Visit India Gate, Presidents House, Parliament House, Red Fort, Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, cycle rickshaw ride in the old market, YSS Kendra. Stay at a nice budget hotel close to the bazaar to buy essential items required for your India journey.
03 Nov - 06 Nov: Dwarahat/Ranikhet -Stay at the YSS Dwarahat Ashram for 03 days, visit Babaji's Cave and enjoy the wonderful view of the high Himalayas at sunrise and sunset. Participate in ashram activities. Visit the Neem Karoli Baba’s Kainchi Ashram (Guru of Ramadass).
06 Nov - 07 Nov : In Delhi- Night stop en-route to Brindavan and Agra. Stay at a nice budget hotel.
07 Nov - 08 Nov: Brindavan/Agra– Absorb the divine vibrations of Lord Krishna's birth place in Mathura and visit Brindavan, Krishna’s boyhood home.Meditate at the Anandamoyi Maa’s Ashram and visit an ashram dedicated to Swami Keshabananda. Stay at a 3-star hotel. Visit the World Heritage Site and monument of love, the majestic Taj Mahal.
08 Nov - 10 Nov: YSS Noida Ashram– Relax, energize, meditate, and explore the grounds at the lovely YSS Noida Ashram. Also visit Akshardham Temple, one of the top 10 spiritual sites in India. Stay at YSS Ashram.
10 Nov - 12 Nov: Puri– Visit Sri Yukteshwarji's Karar Ashram and Lord Jagannath Temple museum. Stay at a beautiful 3-star hotel close to the beach.
12 Nov - 15 Nov: Kolkata- Stay at YSS Ashram at Dakshineswar for 03 nights. Visit Sri Yukteshwarji's ashram site at Serampore, Paramahansa Yogananda's boyhood and family home in Kolkata, Kali Temple at Dakshineshwar, Mother Teressa’s Kolkata home and convent, Swami Vivekananda’s house and Sharda Maa's Ashram. Participate in daily ashram activities including group energization and meditation.
15 Nov - 17 Nov: Varanasi- Boat rides in Varanasi at Sunset and Sunrise on the River Ganges. Meditate at Anandamoi Ma's Home and visit Lahiri Mahasaya's home and and participate in Ganga Arti and walking tour of the oldest holy city in the world.
17 Nov - 18 Nov: Bodhgaya- En-route to Ranchi from Varanasi. Meditate at the site of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree at the Mahabodhi Temple (where Yogananda once meditated), a World Heritage Site. Visit the Great Buddha Statue and other monasteries and spiritual sites. Stay at a nice 3-star hotel.
18 Nov - 23 Nov: Ranchi- Visit YSS Headquarters and retreat center. Participate in 2018 YSS Sharad Sangam (Indian Convocation, first session), November 18-23. Attend the Diksha Ceremony - Kriya initiation. Stay at a nice 3-star hotel for 04 nights. Participate in daily ashram activities including group energization and meditation.
23 Nov : Ranchi - Delhi - USA. Depart YSS Ranchi in the afternoon for Delhi and take the flight back home.
This 23-days “In Yogananda's Footsteps" India Tour from November 01 to November 23, 2018, includes attendance at Yogoda Satsang Society’s Sharad Sangam (Indian Convocation, first session) at the Ranchi Ashram. All the devotees will be participating in the Sharad Sangam from November 18 - 23 November’2018.
Base Tour Price per person - twin sharing (at least 10 person) : USD 2790
Base Tour Price per person - twin sharing (at least 04 person) : USD 3050
Extra for single room - in hotels only, not an option in Ashram : USD 750.
EXTRA TO STAY IN BUDGET HOTELS NEAR ASHRAMS (in lieu of staying in the ashrams) – per person, twin sharing: USD 350.
INITIAL DEPOSIT FOR MAIN TOUR – twin-sharing: USD 500
REGISTRATION RECEIVED AFTER August 15, 2018, SUBJECT TO USD 200 SURCHARGE (late registration fee)
INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
Tour price includes:
# Accommodation in clean, comfortable budget three-star hotels and YSS ashrams on twin sharing basis (single rooms available at additional cost; see above)
# All meals – breakfasts, simple lunches, & dinners, except during the Sharad Sangam in Ranchi where devotees will need to purchase very reasonably priced meal coupons for lunch and dinner (estimated USD 5-10 per day) served on the ashram grounds; coupons may be purchased at the time of registration for the Sharad Sangam upon arrival in Ranchi)
# 02 bottles of pure drinking water every day
# Transportation by A/C coach and car inclusive of all taxes, parking, & toll fees
# 03 domestic airline flights in India & 04 train rides in A/C cabins
# Entrances to all monuments
# Services of friendly tour escort who has accompanied many SRF devotee groups to all of Guruji’s principle sites over a 10-year period (tour group of 10 or more; less escort service for smaller groups)
# Services of professional English-speaking & spiritual guides that assist in visiting historical sites and take the group to locations mentioned in Autobiography of a Yogi and other points of spiritual interest
# 01 round-trip boat ride to Serampore from Dakshineswar (for a tour group of 10 or more).
# 02 boat rides on the River Ganges in Varanasi
# Cycle rickshaw rides in Delhi, Puri, and Varanasi
# Mobile phone carried by the escort to receive calls and connect with family in emergencies
# All applicable taxes
Tour Price does not include:
# Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls, internet usage, souvenirs, etc.
# Medical insurance (required) or travel insurance (recommended)
# Personal donations at temples, extra voluntary donations to YSS ashrams and monks (recommended USD 5-10 per night’s stay)
# International airfares & expenses
Please contact Mr. James Aram at email@example.com to obtain a Registration Form and detailed itinerary for this tour. A personalized itinerary with daily schedules will be provided to each traveler in advance of the start of the tour. Please submit registration form with an initial deposit of USD 500. Registrations received after August 15,2018 will attract a Late Fee of USD 200.
We will be offering a 06 days Pre Tour to Delhi/Haridwar/Rishikesh/Vashishta Cave/Ganga Camp/Devprayag/Rudraprayag for SRF devotees joining the November 2018 Tour from 29 October – 03 November 2018. The 06 Days Pre Tour to Delhi/Haridwar/Rishikesh is priced at USD 695 on twin sharing (group of 4-10 person). The tour price includes accommodation on twin sharing in carefully selected budget hotels/ashrams for 05 night, all meals, river rafting, Ganges Arti and 01 fight in India. Pay additional USD 295 for taking a single occupancy room.
Initial deposit USD 200. Register for the Pre Tour by 15th August. Late Registration Fee - USD 100.
We are also organizing the “ "In Yogananda's India Footsteps Tour" in January/February 2019 to coincide with the Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 which will be held at Allahabad Triveni Sangam near Varanasi. This tour is from 31st January to 22nd February 2019 (23 days in India). Beside all the principal destinations, highlights and inclusions which are covered in the November 2018 tour, all the devotees will also be enjoying a Holy Dip and the spiritual vibrancy at Triveni Sangam during Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 at Allahabad. We have also included the spiritual destinations like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Ganga Arti, Ganga Camp, Vashishta Cave, Keshavananda Ashram and Anandamoyi Maa Ashram in this tour.
The January/February “In Yogananda’s Footsteps - Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019” Tour is priced at USD 2790 per person on twin sharing basis (minimum 10 person). Additional cost for a single room: USD 650 extra. There is also an additional option for travelers that may prefer to stay in hotels near the ashrams in lieu of staying in the ashrams (on a single room basis): USD 495 extra.
Register for the January/February’ 2019 “ In Yogananda’s Footsteps - Ardh Kumbh Mela January/February 2019 Tour” by October 15, 2018. Please contact Mr. James Aram at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a Registration Form and detailed itinerary for this tour. A personalized itinerary with daily schedules will be provided to each traveler in advance of the start of the tour. Please submit registration form with an initial deposit of USD 500. Registrations received after October 15,2018 will attract a Late Fee of USD 200.
NOTE: We plan to start a group mailing list of the tour participants. The purpose will be share information and options on a regular basis relating to the tour, such as:
We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We also offer incentives to any potential tour leaders that bring in 10 or more devotees to their group. We want to reward the initiative and effort it takes to put together a good group.
If you wish to join our tour, please email us your confirmation and submit a US $500 deposit. On receipt of deposit we will send you a detailed day-wise tour itinerary.
We look forward to taking care of all your “In Yogananda's Footsteps” tour needs!!!!!!
James P Aram – USA Representative. call +1 (530) 588-3864
Sandhya Pande – India Representative. call +91-9811111266
The Tour deserves the highest rating for the pilgrimage travel. Our group of 18 were treated like family. Got the best care. Prasad our main guide is now part of our greater family as well as Debashis and others who shared their love and hearts. My heart is now in India. I hope and dream it is possible to return again and I must say this group of travelers also became one loving family. Thank you Sandhya, Ajay, Balbir for the perfect plan for the travel. Namaste – Jai Guru” - Deborah Sioux Thorup (Chico CA 95973, USA) – January 2016.
“ I really enjoyed the tour. All my needs were met. There was a lot of variety at first. I enjoyed going to and learning what I could about the different religions. At the end though too many temples all else was great. Thank you so much for getting this together. It was a great trip and people I will always remember with heartfelt love” – Susan Woods (Newada City, USA) –January 2016.
" Dear Sandhya,
Thank you and your great team (Prasad and Ajay did a great job indeed) so very much for offering me and our SRF devotees group an wonderful journey in India! It was one of the most meaningful and uplifting journey of my life to visit your fascinating country that I miss already.
The group members were very pleased, as you can see from their messages of appreciation that you received already. I was very pleased to meet you in person also.
I hope that we can work together in the future again.
With gratitude and best wishes,
Dan Pricop – Tour Leader of SRF Group Kumbh Mela 2013"
I was a member of Dan Pricop's recent tour group. I'm dropping a note simply because I failed to adequately express my deep appreciation for your services during our brief meeting the other night.
Most of all, words can't describe my immense pleasure with the entire trip. I don't recall ever experiencing such a sustained period of joy, awe, and deep appreciation for the culture and history around me. To make that so, your staff did a superb job of arranging and orchestrating all the events, connections, and presentations by the guides. I don't know how you did it all for the price we paid, but I know everyone in the group was equally impressed and greatly appreciative.
It will take some time for my heart and mind to integrate the experience of the past three weeks. I tried to come to India without expectations other than to expect the unexpected. I did have, however, a great many positive imaginings about this trip. I truly can say all were happily and vastly exceeded!
Thank you for making my dream trip to India a reality, and please know that I will eagerly and heartily recommend Network Tours to everyone I can.
J. Aram" with Rinnie and our team members.
" I absolutely loved every minute of my stay in India. I was treated with great love and respect. I feel very at home here in India.
" Ryan Redondo , USA"
An outstanding eagerness to be helpful. I would recommend to my friends.
Scott Gurskey , USA.
"Overall excellently tailored itinerary by Sandhya. To meet all my requirements and wish list with complete understanding of my goals and interests. Ajay kumar was thorough in his organization and ensured all the way that I am safe , comfortable and everything going on smoothly according to plan and to my satisfaction. I would have not managed without their help. I returned as a content Man"
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Judy Szamos, California , USA
I have arrived home safely home and wanted to thank you for your wonderful planning and hospitality. You really put a lot of love and sweet energy into your work and it clearly shows to all your customers"
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