28 March - 8 April 2020
Travel from Delhi to Sikkim in India to a secluded,organic 100 acre heritage farm for our signature annual Indian Spring Retreat.
A five night retreat that prepares you for the changing seasons, as you move from the cold dark winter months and transition to rebirth into Spring. This is an opportunity to truly connect to nature and the incredibly powerful Himalayan mountain energy where you will rejuvenate on a deep trans-formative level. Here is where you get to take a much needed break from your daily life to nourish yourself immersed in a daily yoga, meditation and ayurvedic routine in a lush tranquil environment for five nights.
The next part of the journey takes you to the towns of Pelling and Yuksom where you will get to experience first hand what makes this destination so special. Following the trail of Tulshuk Lingpa, a Tibetan lama who journeyed to Sikkim in order to 'open' Beyul Demoshong, a beyul fabled to exist on the slopes of Mount Kanchenjunga straddling the Nepal/Sikkim border. He took with him over 300 followers from across the Himalayas and Tibet. Their story is told in the recent book, "A Step Away from Paradise." The adventure concludes exploring the thriving capital of Sikkim,Gangtok for some shopping.
Explore the foothills of the Himalayas and rejuvenate in nature as we merge out of the dark winter to rise into the light of spring, in the vibrant and sacred hills of Sikkim, India.
Duration: 11 nights /12 days
Places visited: Delhi, Biksthang, Pelling, Yuksom, Gangtok, Sikkim.
Dates: 28th March - 8th April 2020
Immerse yourself in the beauty and nature of Sikkim, also known as Bayul Demajong (The holy hidden country with abundance of fruits, flowers, and medicinal plants) which lies nestled under Mt. Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world and guardian deity to the people of Sikkim.
WHAT TO EXPECT;
Nourish your body with fresh local organic food from the farm.
Enjoy plenty of discovery time in nature, for quiet reflection and contemplation, Hot Stone Baths, and relaxed evening Satsang’s by the fire, overlooking the foothills of the Himalayas.
Experience Meditation, Yoga, and the art of Ayurveda through slow yogic sequencing & conscious movement meditations with balancing mudras to balance and heal your mind, body and soul.
Deepen your meditation practice by learning Primordial Sound Meditation so you can remain profoundly connected to your true self even after you’ve returned to your daily life.
Gain a clear sense of direction and purpose for your life by tuning into the voice of your soul which will always lead you to fulfilment and joy.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Book by 25 December 2019
Day 1 Sat. March 28th – Delhi- Arrival in India, group meet and greet.
Our journey begins in Delhi. Please arrange your travel to arrive at Delhi International Airport on the 28th March 2020 ideally by 2 pm. We will arrange your transfer to your hotel giving you time to rest and recover after your journey to India. Later in the evening we’ll gather for a meet and greet reception followed by a delicious meal and early night.
Day 2 Sun. 29th March – Depart Delhi – fly to Bagdogra, N.E. India (5 nights)
After breakfast, return to the airport for our flight to Bagdogra Airport.
The journey from the airport to Sikkim, is by luxury transport vehicles so you can take in the scenery as we travel to our secluded location in West Sikkim at the foothills of the Himalayas. Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse is an incredibly special venue where we frequently return to every time we travel to Sikkim. The warm, genuine hospitality of the family who live and work here is truly unique. They welcome all of our guests to relax and truly unwind and retreat on the lush 100-acre organic farm with its serene and calming climate, perfect for nature lovers. We spend 5 glorious nights on retreat here.
Day 3, 4, 5, 6 – Biksthang Heritage Farm
We will begin our days with gentle yoga and morning meditation with a stunning view of the surrounding Himalayas before breakfast. . In the afternoon we will take a short hike, the trail will take you via village houses and rice fields. Later treat yourself and end the day with a Hot Stone Bath and a luxurious massage. Delicious local fare will be served here at dinner after our evening group meditation.
The farmhouse directly faces Ghangchhen-mZho-Nga (Khangchendzogna), the guardian deity of Sikkim, which is the repository of five treasures, symbolized by the five peaks of Mt Khangchendzogna, Mt. Gabur Gangtsen (Kabru), Mt. Pandim, Mt. Narsing and Mt. Simvo. There are Nine Suites nestled across the property, each has a spacious living room and a bedroom that opens to a private garden with it’s own unique features and views such as a generous cantilevered balcony and a private lawn. We find our guests can really take plenty of time here to retreat in nature and rejuvenate on a deep level surrounded by the mountains. It is an ideal location to deepen your meditation practice, explore the benefits of yoga, and contemplate your dharma or purpose in life with the support of our experienced Chopra certified teachers.
We like to keep the schedule flexible and find our groups settle easily into a simple daily routine beginning with sunrise meditation, gentle yoga and a delicious breakfast. We keep everyone’s options open and, in the afternoons, there are lots of opportunities to trek to Lheuntse Monastery and get a panoramic view of the mountain range. On a clear day you can enjoy a 360*view from the climb uphill. We also do alternative treks downhill from the farmhouse through the village of Tsochen / Chuchen to the intriguing and sacred Rahuney Cave where Guru Padmasambhava is known to have meditated in the 8th Century.
Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse have a unique goal to preserve the acres of lush green farmlands still untouched by human habitation and to nurture you in this tiny haven away from the rest of the world. Often our guests simply choose to stay around the farm – exploring or simply relaxing, surrendering to nature, the breath-taking view, the serenity, solitude and learning that sometimes the most productive thing to do is relax. On these days you can take it easy and guests are free to use the gym, pool and traditional spa facilities available. There is an age old Traditional ‘Menchu’ Spa which is a hot stone bath created with local medicinal herbs gathered at dawn using a secret ancient recipe that is both healing and rejuvenating. The local “fire keeper” lights a bonfire to heat the stones that heat the water, this is a truly unique opportunity to experience this ancient tradition that comes highly recommended by our previous guests.
Hosting our Wellness Retreats at Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse in the past has been a highlight for us. It is always a transformational experience for our guests who are immersed in yoga, meditation, wellness and other healing modalities. Fully supported by the remoteness and the pristine, natural environment – fresh air, water and wholesome food, coupled with the breath-taking view of Mt. Khangchendzogna and the Himalayan range as the picturesque backdrop – Biksthang is the ideal place for such a unique experience. On our last evening we have a special closing ceremony with a celebratory dinner of delicious local delicacies and a memorable fire ceremony around the pool under the moonlit sky.
Day 7 Friday 3rd April – Depart for Pelling
We travel on to the town of Pelling, where we stay for two nights. Pelling is a small town in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga. The late-17th-century Buddhist Sanga Choling Monastery has mountain views. Pemayangtse Monastery features wall paintings, sculptures and a gold-plated statue of Guru Padsambhava. Overlooking a valley, the 17th-century Rabdentse Palace, now in ruins is a lovely easy hike from the hotel.
Day 8 Saturday 4th April - Pelling
The enchanting hill station of Pelling has everything from natural beauty that soothes the soul to gushing waterfalls, mountain views, historical ruins and Khecheopalri Lake. With our established routine of daily yoga and meditation, you will experience sunrise and sunset practices with the Himalayan backdrop that will stay with you forever. Views here that simply take your breath away.
Day 9 Sunday 5th April - Depart Pelling to Yuksom, Sikkim.
Yuksom is a rather popular attraction of Sikkim and is located just 40 km from Pelling. It houses Dubdi Monastery, which was built in 1701 and is an important part of Buddhism pilgrimage. It was the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD by Phuntsog Namgyal who was the first Chogyal (temporal and religious king) of Sikkim. The coronation site of the first monarch of Sikkim is known as the "Throne of Norbugang". Yuksom is where there is the Norbugang Chorten near the Norbugang throne, the place Namgyal was crowned.
Here we will trek to the monastery where Tulshuk Lingpa spent time and you can make up your own mind about his expedition. We have local guides who will take us on a hike to explore the area for the many species of Orchids that thrive here. Book-ending our days with Yoga and Meditation, delicious meals and plenty of time to rest and integrate the mountain energy.
Day 10 Monday 6th April - Yuksom, Sikkim.
The local Bhutia tribal community of Sikkim, Yuksom has special religious and cultural significance. It has a number of famous Buddhist monasteries and historical monuments as well as ancient Gorkhas small Village. Being at the head of the Khangchendzonga National Park and as the base camp for trekking to Mt. Khangchendzonga, it has large influx of mountaineers from all parts of the world. The village people, as stake holders in biodiversity preservation of the Rathong Chu valley, where the village is situated, have played a significant role in trendsetting and promotion of eco-tourism in the area. The inhabitants of this village have most successfully adopted promotion of ecotourism not only in the region but also for other similar areas in Sikkim. Yuksom is thus considered a model village for eco-tourism.
Day 11 Tuesday 7th April – Depart Yuksom drive to Gangtok, Sikkim.
Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim. Established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s, the city became capital of an independent monarchy after British rule ended, but joined India in 1975. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist center and a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges. It is situated in the lower Himalayas at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,410 ft). The Rumtek Monastery on the outskirts of the town is one of Buddhism's most sacred monasteries. The monastery is the seat of the Kagyu order, one of the major Tibetan sects, and houses some of the world's most sacred and rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures and religious objects in its reliquary.
Day 12 Wed. 8th April - Depart Gangtok to Bagdogra, fly to Delhi.
Early departure for the return flight to Delhi after our final sunrise meditation, we check out and transfer to Bagdogra Airport for the onward connection in Delhi. We can arrange an extra night’s accommodation as required in Delhi depending on your flight times and onward journey. Estimated arrival time to Delhi TBC.
This is an outline of our proposed itinerary and is subject to change, however it gives you a brief overview of what to expect on this wonderful adventure to India.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Return Flights from Delhi to Bagdogra
Accommodation based on double occupancy
Hot Stone Bath in local medicinal purifying herbs
Instruction in Primordial Sound Meditation
Daily Meditation & Yoga
Personalized Ayurveda Mind-Body Consultation
One to One Sessions
Scheduled treks and tours to local Sacred Sites
Based on Twin Sharing
Single Supplement €395
Based on Twin Sharing
Until December 25th 2019
WHAT IS A SPRING RETREAT?
Our annual Spring Retreat is a holistic program combing the ancient arts of Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation. It is a unique opportunity to connect with your true self, an invitation to immerse in nature and rebirth and blossom into the spring season. Our Spring Retreat is a perfect time to consider the balance of your life – work, play and relationships.