INDIA Pilgrim retreat


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We take you from chaos to bliss, from Delhi to the clear and fresh sky through the mystical land of India while it is still pristine and untouched. First heading to the glittering Rishikesh and sacred place of pilgrimage, the Ganga sacred waters, a unique yogic experience. Then off to the mountains, a few days in the “Valley of Gods”, we will experience an Indian pilgrim, little known secret beautiful open space, we will climb the Himalayas together. Rejuvenate your body and mind with morning and evening yoga sessions. This undeveloped mountains paradise is nature’s best preservation just waiting for you to discover.  

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  • Daily Prana Vinyasa Yoga throughout the retreat (14 days)
  • Meditation in sacred waterfall, Ganga and rivers
  • Guided tour of sights in Delhi, Rishikesh and Manali.
  • Climb the Himalayas, breathe!
  • All land and tour transfers as per itinerary 
  • Pilgrim walks, open fields, rivers and pure wild nature
  • Daily healthy breakfast and veggie diner at hotel or family house
  • Indian Guru and pooja ceremony on top of the world!  
  • Temples and other impressive sacred structures 
  • Life changing experience

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April. 09 Arrival to Delhi

April. 10  Travel from Delhi to Rishikesh

April. 11 Rishikesh “Mother Ganga”

April. 12 Rishikesh 

April. 13 Travel to Manali from Rishikesh

April. 14 Manali “Valley of gods”

April. 15 Trekking From Manali to Himalaya Mountains

April. 16 Mountains

April. 17 Mountains

April. 18 Camp site “on top of the world”

April. 19 Mountains

April. 20 Travel from Manali to Delhi


April. 23 Delhi to airport, blessing in your heart.

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1 day Delhi Airport pick up (free day to ground), option of massages, or visit Delhi sights, Yoga at sunset by the pool, dinner. 11pm Drive to Rishikesh. Night in private bus (6h)

2 day Rishikesh, Breakfast hotel, free day visit or lay by the pool,  

3 day (April 11th) Yoga, breakfast, check out, to Rishikesh “Motherland” by private deluxe bus – 5 to 6 Hrs. Arrive and free time to set, Slow flow yoga at night, special location. Dinner and explore on your own.

4 day (April 12th) Yoga in Rishikesh, breakfast, sacred Ganga offerings, meditation at water side, dinner on your own, Explore!

5 day (April 13th) Yoga, breakfast, free time explore on your own, free time.

6 day (April 14th) Early morning meditation and yoga, pack and to Manali 12 to 13 hours by car (Valley) and mountains. Dinner and get some rest.

7 day (April 15nd) Manali, morning Yoga with Juan Gabriel and Guruji, breakfast, visit to sacred (Yogini) waterfall, pilgrim day. Dinner

8 day (April 16rd) Yoga, breakfast, free time – visit hot springs- visit to old Manali village. Dinner

9 day (April 17th) Yoga, breakfast, visit to temple or village at noon (free day), kirtan at night, Dinner.

10 day (April 18th) Early morning Yoga, pilgrim day we start the trekking to our camp. Free day, bonfire meditation.

11 day (April 19th) Early morning Yoga, let the sun rise! breakfast, walk and explore, meditation by the fire.

12 day (April 20th) Early morning Yoga, let’s go up and up! all day trekking. Bonfire and relax!

13 day (April 21st) Pooja, free day, enjoy nature, river, solo time or in group.. you are free till 4pm, we descend to Manali. Dinner and get some rest.

14 day (April 22nd) Yoga, breakfast and free time, farewell lunch and closing circle, celebrations and say good bye to the mountains! We leave at 5pm to Delhi by night comfortable bus.

15 day (April 23rd) Arrive in Delhi at 7 am, relax by the pool, get a massage, we have the rooms until midday!

*a trip to the Taj Mahal is not included but will be set up if people are interested.*

*option of flying from Manali (Kullu) to Delhi on day 14th (April 22nd)

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Final more detailed schedule will be send once you register with us, but keep in mind that we can’t tell you all what is planned otherwise it wont be a life changing experience. 


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*Notice: (regular rate) 1890€ – (deposit) 500€ = 1390€ (final amount must be paid by march 1st)

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  • Hotel in Delhi and Rishikesh included Breakfast
  • Hotel in Manali Included Breakfast and Dinner
  • Private transport in Delhi for Sightseen
  • Private transport from Delhi to Rishkesh and from Rishikesh to Manali
  • Full board while trekking
  • Twin sharing room and shared tent while trekking
  • Sleeping bag for trekking
  • Kirtan and Tabla master (Live music, party!!!)
  • Yoga Trance Dance
  • Massage class (self massage)
  • Guru jee from Manali to Manali included Special Puja, (Ceremony)
  • Guide for all visit and trekking
  • Daily Prana Vinyasa Yoga practice
  • Yoga Shala (Sacred hall) throughout the retreat
  • Daily mineral water, Tulsi or regular tea at all times
  • Ayurvedic massage (for early birds rate)
  • All Vegetarian meals
  • Pick up/drop off from/to airport -In group- not per person
  • Cooking lesson and participation in the kitchen
  • Natural essentials oils
  • Tips for Staff at Hotel , driver  and Trekking staff

  • Surprises 🙂

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  • Visa fees
  • International flights
  • Other meals and beverages
  • Other activities outside of itinerary
  • Tips for guide/driver
  • Travel Insurance and Medical evacuation
  • Tibetan Ayurveda medicine and personal consultation
  • Spa/massages
  • Other personal expenses

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Registration is only confirmed if deposit (500 euros, not refund) is received. The balance must be fully paid by March 1st.

We will send you the terms and conditions and answer your questions!

Accepted payment methods 

Bank wire transfer at PuroYoga account: ING BE06310-1506637-22. (BIC: BBRUBEBB)


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Know before you go:

*Whiners and Complainers need not apply*

“As the river flows, we flow as the river”- This schedule is subject to change

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Yoga Classes

They are suitable for all levels, all ages, all passports. No need to have experience, I will take care of you.

The guru (Gurujee) in Manali will mostly lead the meditations and talks at the beginning or end of the practice. 

Group size

Minimum 5 persons required for the trip to be confirmed. Max 25 yogis.


All accommodations are shared at three star hotels so they are nice by Indian standards and comfortable but simple by ours. The most important is the Yoga space, so we can rock ourselves! – I stayed in all hotels and they passed the test 🙂

In Manali we will stay at the homestay of our host Chhape (incredible view), If your group is bigger than 12, we will stay in the same hotel than before (incredible view too).

Tents are big enough for two people, personal stuffs and more, they support really low temperatures, you will be fine!

Travel information

Most of us we will depart from Brussels national. You can already check flights on or, For the travel insurance, You can buy them in Joker Leuven or Connections.

You can always leave earlier or stay longer, just make sure you will be at the hotel (name will be given for those who truly are interested – yes it has a pool) on April 8th at sunset time.

Facebook and Whatsapp group

As soon as your deposit is received, you will get access to our groups, get in touch with everyone for flights, questions, etc. 

Passport / visa

India requires tourist visa for most countries, please check with your local embassy.

Check your expirer passport date on time, min 6 months required for visa.


Yes, everyone is welcome! and you don’t need to be in marathon shape 🙂

We will have a team with us, Rangers and cookers, mules will take our bags.

How far we will (slow) climb, it depends of the weather, but around 3500 – 4000 m Our campsite is at 2800 m

Additional information

Other documents will be send to you once we receive the deposit.

-Terms and Conditions, What to bring (small list), Private information of our host.

For more information, ask your questions directly to Juan Gabriel (, who will be happy to assist you.

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Chhape Ram -Open Lotus

I grew up right here in the village of Vashisht, nestled at 2000 meters in the Himalaya Mountains in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. I am a simple honest man who loves to meet people and to help give visitors to my country the best experience possible.

I started working as a guide for travellers about 18 years ago. Working as a guide was a great opportunity for me to share the beauty of this land with others and to gain knowledge of this vast country I grew up in. After many years of travelling and trekking with clients I stepped into a more managerial role and for 12 years I ran a travel company. Through this job I gained much experience in the travel business helping clients with everything from planning their trip itineraries, arranging all kinds of transport, booking hotels and guest houses, guides and porters and much more!

I am excited to start my own company and I believe with the combined skills that Simone
and I have we can offer our clients high quality customised service at competitive rates.

On 2016, Chhape decided to launch his new company “Open Lotus”, hotel and new vision to the world and all adventurous out there. He recently open the doors of his Shala (Yoga Room) in his hotel. He practice Yoga daily and he has a strong pranayama practice that changed his life forever.

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 Juan Gabriel – PuroYoga – 

Born in Antofagasta, Chile. At the age of 18 Juan Gabriel moved to Belgium to study french. Once he was capable of expressing himself  in another language, Juan Gabriel went on to college where he studied Communications.

Yoga came to Juan Gabriel at an important crossroad in his life and changed the original path he had in mind.

Juan Gabriel let Yoga enter his life and that was the beginning of a wonderful journey. He enrolled for a retreat/training lead by his first teacher Elsie Matthijssens

in North India. It was there that he developed a profound passion for Yoga and Philosophy.

Back in Belgium he engaged deeply in to his daily practice and soon after, he started his first teacher training with Gösta and Patrick from Svaha Yoga.

After a full year of discovering the path he started the adventure of building his own practice in Leuven  – Puro Yoga.

Juan Gabriel  teaches  daily Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prana Vinyasa Flow® Meditation and Pranayama to a slowly growing yet enthusiastic community.

After attending Shiva Rea’s retreat in France where he was introduce to Prana Vinyasa Flow®, he was moved and inspired by this amazing teacher – He found his method – Currently assisting his mentor Shiva, all around the world in Retreats and teacher trainings. Considering himself as a student for life, fire keeper and a mover.

He leaded his first retreat at the age of 28 in Himalayas India, with help of Chhape, they offered a transformational holiday experience.

His teacher’s intention was for him to hold the space at Rythmia and represent her and the Prana Vinyasa Method. After realising and sharing the same vision than Gerald Powell, He decided to answered that vision and flow with faith. He now lives in Costa Rica half of the year and the other half you can find him in Leuven – Belgium or the world. 

Juan Gabriel is a global citizen, actively engaged in playing his part for a better planet.