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Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Autobiography of a Yogi  

This pilgrimage ‘In the Footsteps of the Autobiography of a Yogi’ is more than a simple voyage through India, but a real pilgrimage — a journey which brings us together towards the light. Pilgrimages offer the opportunity to release old and outdated viewpoints, to discover new perspectives, like a fresh and inspiring wind which fills the wings of our life. They can transform us at a very deep level and have an important impact on how we live our lives.

This pilgrimage will be especially profound as we follow the main places of the Autobiography and visit many sacred places and enjoy satsang with living saints. Together, we’ll absorb the luminous vibrations and support our journey with chanting, praying, meditating and listening to the fascinating stories.

We will open our hearts, enjoying our friendship and recharging our spiritual batteries in one of the most blessed places on earth!

This extraordinary pilgrimage offers an incredible variety of spiritual experiences and includes a fascinating itinerary of holy places in beautiful natural settings, from the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh to the Himalayan mountains, forests and jungles in the Almora and Kumaon hill areas

Our pigrimage begins in Delhi, and then takes us onward to the lower Himalayas



In Delhi, we will stay five days at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram near the Ananda Center in Delhi and take part in both the activities of the Ananda Center and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

From Delhi we will drive to Dwarahat to Mahavatar Babaji Cave.


Babaji’s Cave

We will stay at the Dronagiri Retreat, close to Babaji’s cave. We will visit the powerful temple of Dronagiri, known for millennia as one of the Shakti Pita, dedicated to the divine mother. A whole day will be dedicated to the cave of Babaji, an experience that will include a beautiful walk of approximately an hour to reach the cave where Babaji gave the first Kriya initiation in modern times to Lahiri Mahasaya, who then went on to teach it to thousands in Benares. From the Dronagiri retreat we can enjoy the splendid panoramic view of the Himalayan range.



At the feet of the Himalayas on the banks of the Ganges river, Rishikesh is blessed with the holy atmosphere of many ashrams, saints and sadhus. We will meditate along the Ganges and in various ashrams and caves, including the powerful Vashistha Guha, whose intense inner stillness has attracted saints and sages for more than 5,000 years. We will meditate in Swami Sivananda’s kutir and on the ghat where he meditated for hours each morning and visit his tomb at the Divine Life Society. There will be free time for walking, shopping and meditating on your own.



The ‘Gateway to the Gods’, this holy city is the gateway for pilgrims to the higher Himalayas, and stands on the right bank of the Ganges at the foot of the Shivalik mountains. It was known as Mayapuri in ancient days and has been a sacred place of pilgrimage from time immemorial. It is one of the four pilgrim centres in India where the Kumbha Mela is held every twelve years. We will visit the tomb of Anandamoyi Ma and have lunch along the banks of the Ganges.



Varanasi is blessed by the holy river Ganges, along whose banks 80 bathing ghats can be found, where residents and pilgrims come for their daily devotions. All of India’s great saints, including Sankaracharya, Buddha and Babaji have lived here. This is where Yoganandaji saw his guru, Sri Yukteswar, for the first time, and where Lahiri Mahasaya lived and taught Kriya Yoga to thousands of devotees. Our hotel is right on the Ganges, which permits us to easily meditate and walk along the ghats. We will visit the ashrams of Lahiri Mahasaya, Ananda Moyi Ma, Trailanga Swami, Dasashvamedh Ghat where Babaji appeared, as well as Sarnath, the birthplace of Buddhism. Varanasi is also known for its elegant silk fabrics, and we will have time to visit and enjoy the colourful markets.



This is the highlight of our pilgrimage, where we will visit Yogananda’s family home on numerous occassions; the home where he spent his early years of spiritual seeking. In his small attic meditation room Yogananda had visions of the Divine Mother and Lord Krishna. We will be permitted to meditate on this very spot. Yogananda’s father and Sri Yukteswar were brother disciples, and Sri Yukteswar regularly came to this house to meditate with the family. Before Yogananda’s departure for the United States, Babaji came to bless him at the doorway to his room, which is now reserved as a shrine for silent meditation. We will visit Serampore, 40 km. outside of Calcutta, where Yogananda went almost every day for ten years to be with his guru, Sri Yukteswar. We will chant and meditate under the banyan tree where Babaji appeared to bless Sri Yukteswar upon the completion of his book, The Holy Science; meditate in the very room where these two great souls met and where Yogananda often slept; we will visit Sri Yukteswar’s first ashram, founded in Serampore in 1900 by his disciple Sri Motilala Thakur, and visit the Serampore branch of Yogananda’s family — the descendants of his brother, Ananta Lal Ghosh. Calcutta is also the home of Mother Teresa’s charitable work and we will visit her tomb and orphanage. We will go to the famous Kali temple in Dakshineshwar, where Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, the great Bengali saint of the 19th century, lived and worshipped the Goddess who came alive for Yogananda and enabled him to convert his skeptical brother-in-law. There will be ample time to shop for Indian clothes and gifts.



Puri is one the four principal pilgrimage sites of Hinduism, home to the Jaganath Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is also the place where Sri Yukteswar established his seaside ashram facing the Indian Ocean where Yogananda spent his school holidays. The humorous ‘cauliflower robbery’ incident in Autobiography of a Yogi took place in this ashram. In later years, when Yogananda returned to India in 1935 he visited Sri Yukteswar here, where the ‘tiger of Bengal’ left his body in 1936. Yogananda buried his beloved guru on the ashram grounds and constructed his mahasamadhi mandir on that spot where we will meditate each day. There will be optional excursions to see the art and architecture of Orissa, along with some charitable works supported by Ananda. This part of our pilgrimage will serve as quiet time to relax on the beach, recharge and absorb our experiences.


Flight for Delhi and departure