TOURS : SPIRITUAL INDIA

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FULL MOON RETREAT AT SRIPURAM & SPIRITUAL INDIA

A Spiritual lifestyle is the cornerstone of Indian culture and devotion to something more meaningful is apparent everywhere. At Sripuram Narayani Peedam, spirituality is so omnipresent in a myriad of colourful and joyful ways.

Sripuram is revered as a meeting place for Heaven and Earth, calling thousands to walk the Star Path to the celebrated Golder Temple, and many find it to be a life-changing experience.

Let your senses be tantalised and your spirit lifted as you embrace the vibrant mosaic of cultures, religions and ancient Vedic practices. Our specially planned programs take you off the standard tourist paths, revealing a rich and ancient culture that will open your heart and mind to the divine presence emanating from spiritual India.
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CHENNAI/VELLORE/PONDICHERRY/CHENNAI
9 nights / 10 days: Includes 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 6 Dinners.

DETAILED ITINERARY
ARRIVAL CHENNAI : By Flight
Departure on your Singapore Airlines flight will be from your closest Australian capital city (via Singapore) for arrival into Chennai around 10PM. Morning departure times ex each Australian capital city will vary.
Namaste and welcome to Chennai! On arrival at the airport today, you will be received and driven to your hotel to check in and enjoy a pleasant night’s rest.
Overnight: Radisson Blu GRT, Chennai Category: Deluxe Room
Meals: Breakfast & Welcome Dinner

CHENNAI
After breakfast, we begin our exploration of this city with a visit to its shopping areas, whereby clothes, basic amenities and items that may be required while visiting Peedam Ashram. On route, we will visit the famous 9th-century Kapaleeshwar Temple and its beautiful tank monuments and visit the local Mylapore markets.
The rest of the day is free for some pampering at the day spa or relaxing by the pool. And in the evening, we meet again to enjoy a sumptuous welcome dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Radisson Blu GRT, Chennai Category: Deluxe Room
Meals: Breakfast

CHENNAI/VELLORE/SRIPURAM : By Road
After a superb breakfast, we take a bus journey to Sripuram and check into our Ashram accommodation before meeting for lunch at our guest house.
At around 10.30am this morning, we continue our journey and proceed towards Vellore. Approximately 3 hours / 140kms away, Vellore feels rather cosmopolitan, thanks to a couple of tertiary institutions and the American-founded Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore is also host to one of India’s finest hospitals, which attracts both medical students and patients from across the country.

SRIPURAM
Overnight: Kamala Nivas (Guest House Ashram) Category: Shared Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (V) as per Ashram policy

We arrive at the Sripuram for our stay at Sri Narayani Peedam Ashram. Sripuram, meaning a “place of peace’, is a magnificent, 100- acre spiritual park, dedicated to the awakening of individual and global spiritual consciousness. International tourists and devotees from all religious backgrounds visit Sripuram to connect with Spiritual Leader, Sri Sahkti Amma and her universal message of unconditional love.

People from all over the world come to walk the Star Path to the celebrated Golden Temple, and many find it to be a life-changing experience. The Star Path, 1.5kms in length, is constructed around twelve ‘auspicious’ vertices ceremonies to lift your spirits and cultivate creating a divine energy form on the Earth, akin to the sacred Sri Yantra or Sri Chakra (a form of a mystical diagram (yantra). Each day we will explore the range of splendid temples, all constructed by hand, by local artisans featuring cultural song & dance performances, ancient Vedic ceremonies and powerful mantra to lift spirits and cultivate more peace. The beautiful landscape features a 40 feet cascade water fountain with a variety of flora and fauna, creating a serene ambience and a natural ecosystem, providing the perfect setting for meditation and reflection.

During our stay, we will immerse ourselves in the many cultural and spiritual activities based in and around the Ashram. Some of the highlights will include:

The Golden Temple – A spectacular vision in gold, created by hand by teams of artisans featuring more than 1500 tons of gold, every single detail in the temple art has significance from the ancient Vedas. Visit the temple include puja ceremonies performed to the goddess Lakshmi for blessings of wealth, health and abundance.

Full Moon Fire Puja is a highlight, an auspicious and powerful Vedic ceremony that deepens the connection to the divine, strengthens and charges our souls with positive energy and brings renewal and clarity.

Darshan. Come face to face with Spiritual Leader, Sri Sahkti Amma in the Mantapam (Hall of Peace) where visitors and devotees witness Pujas performed to Goddess Sri Narayani and receive the blessings and holy water from Amma every day after Puja.

The Goshala, featuring 400 cows of different breeds, nurtured and protected in Amma’s Ghoshala. This nutritious milk is distributed to the poor and needy in the villages, especially for mothers and young children.

SRIPURAM/PONDICHERRY : By Road
After breakfast, we will have an opportunity to visit the Star Path one last time before boarding our bus for our journey onto Pondicherry. This little hidden gem of a town was under French rule until 1954 and the area is often referred to the French Quarter of India. Some people here still speak French (and English with French accents). Hotels, restaurants and ‘lifestyle’ shops sell a vision of the French-subcontinental aesthetic, enhanced by Gallic creative types and Indian artists and designers.

On arrival, we will check into the hotel and after some rest and relaxation, take some time to explore the village and its wide variety of quirky, French-inspired cafes, restaurants and array of interesting shops and market stalls. The latter part of the evening is at leisure to peruse the beautiful beaches of Pondicherry and sample some amazing food on offer.
Overnight: Promenade Hotel, Pondicherry Category: Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast

PONDICHERRY/CHENNAI
After breakfast, join our guides for a leisurely walking tour as we explore some of the hidden gems of Pondicherry. We will then join a local family for a Cooking demonstration showcasing the culinary delights of Southern Indian food with plenty of time to enjoy our locally prepared meal and enjoy stories and share recipe secrets with our hosts.
Overnight: Promenade Hotel, Pondicherry Category: Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast

PONDICHERRY/CHENNAI
We enjoy a Farewell luncheon before heading to Chennai Airport for our homeward bound journey.
Depart Chennai on Singapore Airlines flight SQ 529 at 11.15pm for travel via Singapore with your connecting flight to your preferred capital city.
Overnight: Promenade Hotel, Pondicherry Category: Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

OUR JOURNEY CONCLUDES
Pricing from Melbourne and other capital cities available upon request from Touchdown Tours.

Your travel specialists will guide you through our tour, going one step further to take care of every small need while we explore spiritual India together. We also offer you the option to customise your tour and create your own unique experience.

Wherever your heart lies, we work alongside you to enhance your passions and create immersive and authentic experiences worldwide.

FULL MOON RETREAT AT SRIPURAM & SPIRITUAL INDIA

A Spiritual lifestyle is the cornerstone of Indian culture and devotion to something more meaningful is apparent everywhere. At Sripuram Narayani Peedam, spirituality is so omnipresent in a myriad of colourful and joyful ways.

Sripuram is revered as a meeting place for Heaven and Earth, calling thousands to walk the Star Path to the celebrated Golder Temple, and many find it to be a life-changing experience.

Let your senses be tantalised and your spirit lifted as you embrace the vibrant mosaic of cultures, religions and ancient Vedic practices. Our specially planned programs take you off the standard tourist paths, revealing a rich and ancient culture that will open your heart and mind to the divine presence emanating from spiritual India.

CHENNAI/VELLORE/PONDICHERRY/CHENNAI
9 nights / 10 days: Includes 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 6 Dinners.

DETAILED ITINERARY
ARRIVAL CHENNAI : By Flight
Departure on your Singapore Airlines flight will be from your closest Australian capital city (via Singapore) for arrival into Chennai around 10PM. Morning departure times ex each Australian capital city will vary.
Namaste and welcome to Chennai! On arrival at the airport today, you will be received and driven to your hotel to check in and enjoy a pleasant night’s rest.
Overnight: Radisson Blu GRT, Chennai Category: Deluxe Room
Meals: Breakfast & Welcome Dinner

CHENNAI
After breakfast, we begin our exploration of this city with a visit to its shopping areas, whereby clothes, basic amenities and items that may be required while visiting Peedam Ashram. On route, we will visit the famous 9th-century Kapaleeshwar Temple and its beautiful tank monuments and visit the local Mylapore markets.
The rest of the day is free for some pampering at the day spa or relaxing by the pool. And in the evening, we meet again to enjoy a sumptuous welcome dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Radisson Blu GRT, Chennai Category: Deluxe Room
Meals: Breakfast

CHENNAI/VELLORE/SRIPURAM : By Road
After a superb breakfast, we take a bus journey to Sripuram and check into our Ashram accommodation before meeting for lunch at our guest house.
At around 10.30am this morning, we continue our journey and proceed towards Vellore. Approximately 3 hours / 140kms away, Vellore feels rather cosmopolitan, thanks to a couple of tertiary institutions and the American-founded Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore is also host to one of India’s finest hospitals, which attracts both medical students and patients from across the country.

SRIPURAM
Overnight: Kamala Nivas (Guest House Ashram) Category: Shared Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (V) as per Ashram policy

We arrive at the Sripuram for our stay at Sri Narayani Peedam Ashram. Sripuram, meaning a “place of peace’, is a magnificent, 100- acre spiritual park, dedicated to the awakening of individual and global spiritual consciousness. International tourists and devotees from all religious backgrounds visit Sripuram to connect with Spiritual Leader, Sri Sahkti Amma and her universal message of unconditional love.

People from all over the world come to walk the Star Path to the celebrated Golden Temple, and many find it to be a life-changing experience. The Star Path, 1.5kms in length, is constructed around twelve ‘auspicious’ vertices ceremonies to lift your spirits and cultivate creating a divine energy form on the Earth, akin to the sacred Sri Yantra or Sri Chakra (a form of a mystical diagram (yantra). Each day we will explore the range of splendid temples, all constructed by hand, by local artisans featuring cultural song & dance performances, ancient Vedic ceremonies and powerful mantra to lift spirits and cultivate more peace. The beautiful landscape features a 40 feet cascade water fountain with a variety of flora and fauna, creating a serene ambience and a natural ecosystem, providing the perfect setting for meditation and reflection.

During our stay, we will immerse ourselves in the many cultural and spiritual activities based in and around the Ashram. Some of the highlights will include:

The Golden Temple – A spectacular vision in gold, created by hand by teams of artisans featuring more than 1500 tons of gold, every single detail in the temple art has significance from the ancient Vedas. Visit the temple include puja ceremonies performed to the goddess Lakshmi for blessings of wealth, health and abundance.

Full Moon Fire Puja is a highlight, an auspicious and powerful Vedic ceremony that deepens the connection to the divine, strengthens and charges our souls with positive energy and brings renewal and clarity.

Darshan. Come face to face with Spiritual Leader, Sri Sahkti Amma in the Mantapam (Hall of Peace) where visitors and devotees witness Pujas performed to Goddess Sri Narayani and receive the blessings and holy water from Amma every day after Puja.

The Goshala, featuring 400 cows of different breeds, nurtured and protected in Amma’s Ghoshala. This nutritious milk is distributed to the poor and needy in the villages, especially for mothers and young children.

SRIPURAM/PONDICHERRY : By Road
After breakfast, we will have an opportunity to visit the Star Path one last time before boarding our bus for our journey onto Pondicherry. This little hidden gem of a town was under French rule until 1954 and the area is often referred to the French Quarter of India. Some people here still speak French (and English with French accents). Hotels, restaurants and ‘lifestyle’ shops sell a vision of the French-subcontinental aesthetic, enhanced by Gallic creative types and Indian artists and designers.

On arrival, we will check into the hotel and after some rest and relaxation, take some time to explore the village and its wide variety of quirky, French-inspired cafes, restaurants and array of interesting shops and market stalls. The latter part of the evening is at leisure to peruse the beautiful beaches of Pondicherry and sample some amazing food on offer.
Overnight: Promenade Hotel, Pondicherry Category: Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast

PONDICHERRY/CHENNAI
After breakfast, join our guides for a leisurely walking tour as we explore some of the hidden gems of Pondicherry. We will then join a local family for a Cooking demonstration showcasing the culinary delights of Southern Indian food with plenty of time to enjoy our locally prepared meal and enjoy stories and share recipe secrets with our hosts.
Overnight: Promenade Hotel, Pondicherry Category: Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast

PONDICHERRY/CHENNAI
We enjoy a Farewell luncheon before heading to Chennai Airport for our homeward bound journey.
Depart Chennai on Singapore Airlines flight SQ 529 at 11.15pm for travel via Singapore with your connecting flight to your preferred capital city.
Overnight: Promenade Hotel, Pondicherry Category: Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

OUR JOURNEY CONCLUDES
Pricing from Melbourne and other capital cities available upon request from Touchdown Tours.

Your travel specialists will guide you through our tour, going one step further to take care of every small need while we explore spiritual India together. We also offer you the option to customise your tour and create your own unique experience.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS A FULL MOON FIRE PUJA?

Fire pujas are an ancient spiritual practise to bring peaceful vibrations and healing into our life and lives of others. This sacred process also deepens our connection to the divine, strengthens our protection circles, charges our souls with positive energy, and brings renewal. The destruction of stuck energy and old karma frees you to create something beautiful and new in its place. We will have front row seats to this ancient vedic ceremony, led by Amma, and featuring a cacophony of colour, mantra chanting and music.

CAN I DRINK THE WATER AT SRIPURAM?

Safe reverse osmosis filtered drinking water is available at the Dining Hall. Tap water is not safe to drink. Bottled water is available for purchase.

CAN I TAKE PHOTOS, FILM OR RECORD EVENTS?

No. There are restrictions regarding filming, recording and photography. Smart phones, tablets & cameras are not to be taken into temple areas. Official photographs and film footage will be available daily at the official Sripuram Facebook site & YouTube channel.

IS INTERNET AVAILABLE?

Wi-Fi is available from the front desk at Kamala Nivas, for a nominal fee.

WHAT ABOUT ATMs AND MONEY EXCHANGE?

You may exchange your foreign currency to Indian Rupees in the Guesthouse. This can be arranged upon arrival. You will get a better rate there than you will in the airport. There are also two ATMs nearby the Guesthouse.

CAN I SHARE MY ROOM WITH MY PARTNER IF WE ARE NOT MARRIED?

Only married couples can share rooms. For those who are not married, rooms can only be shared with someone of the same sex.

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