Bhakti Yoga Shala’s
Thanksgiving India Bhakti Retreat
with Govind Das

November 23 - December 4, 2023
Rishikesh and Vrindavan, India

Please come join us on this sacred adventure! Email us at with any questions.
Price: $3300 ( not including airfare )

Come join us on this spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime to Mother India!!!

It’s said that just stepping foot in Mother India will change your life forever… we couldn’t be happier to announce that Bhakti Yoga Shala is returning to India! Join us on a journey to touch and taste the beautiful land, rich in culture and tradition, that opens us to the mystical; A place that is unparalleled in devotion for the Bhakti Yogi. Govind Das will be leading this adventure and says, “It is true blessing in my life to be your humble guide through this sacred land and open the doorway to the ancient wisdom and deep love this culture has given to the world!”

To Register for this retreat please email BHAKTIYOGASHALA@GMAIL.COM

We will stay in 2 of the most sacred towns in India, Rishikesh and Vrindavan. Rishikesh: November 23-30, and Vrindavan: November 30 -December 4. Early Morning on Nov 30 we will drive from Rishikesh to Vrindavan, a 6 hour drive. Rishikesh, situated on the Ganges River is the gateway to the Himalayas, International capital of yoga, and spiritual center that has attracted yogis for millennia. And Vrindavan is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha. It is the Kirtan capital of the world, lush with overflowing Bhakti and where the Mahamantra is sung with heightened devotion through the city.

We will start our days early with the rising sun singing kirtan, meditating, visit holy temples, do puja, sit with sadhus and holymen, meditate and chant at the banks of the holy river Ganga, enjoy most delicious indian vegetarian cuisine, and dive deep together in Satsang, spiritual community.

Because of limited space available on this retreat, all accommodations will be double occupancy, meaning each room will have two beds and a bathroom. Come with a friend, or we will place you with a roommate. If you are interested in single occupancy, please email us for price.

In Rishikesh we will stay Antalya Resort

In Vrindavan we will stay in the at Ananda Castle Hotel

To Register for this retreat please email BHAKTIYOGASHALA@GMAIL.COM

Daily Schedule:
6:00am wakeup/tea
6:30am sunrise meditation
7am-8:30am sunrise kirtan
8:30 Breakfast/tea/fruit/journaling
9:30 -10:30am Bhakti Vinyasa flow yoga
11am Lunch and Free time, Ayurvedic Massages and Treatments, Visiting Temples, Workshops, Excursions, Markets,etc.
5pm Sunset Kirtan, temple darshan, arati
7pm dinner, evening chill time, kirtan

Message from Govind Das:
Hi Beloved Friends! Thank you for your interest in coming with us to India. I feel so blessed and truly honored to be able to lead this retreat again. This willl be the 16th spiritual retreat to India that I have led and 20th time I have been to india since 1999. For a Bhakti Yogi, India is truly a holy land, a land of the Gods and Goddesses, devotion and dharma. It is the Mother where all of these great yoga practices and wisdom have traditionally been born from. We are spiritually evolving greatly here in the west, and on many levels, we have India to thank. I truly can’t explain how it feels to practice yoga, meditate, and chant in India. Some words that come to mind are authentic and deep… And yes, even many parts of India have been swept away by the western fast paced ways of modern living, yet at its core India is a mystical land. And its timeless spiritual tradition is one of the Self. The Self is represented through the familiar symbols and images of Gods and Goddesses seen everywhere, like Ganesha, Shiva, Durga, Krishna and the all pervading sound of OM…

The importance of retreat is to step outside of our daily routine and responsibilities with the intention of deep rejuvenation, spiritual reconnection and upliftment. When we add in the Bhakti practices, a wholesome vegetarian diet, and the sense of community and friendship, it can be truly a life altering and vibrationally raising experience. This has been my experience in the greatest of ways.

During my numerous trips to india I have visited the great holy lands of Rishikesh and Vrindavan many times. You will see that the accommodations in the pictures and through the links are amazingly comfortable with all of the necessities. Clean and comfortable rooms, water filtration, Restaurant, Ayurvedic Spas, Doctor, etc. are a few of the amenities that are either on premises or very close by. We will follow a schedule each day to harness our energies. The culture of India is absolutely magical! Along with our daily sadhana and practices we will surely plan excursions to visit the local markets and Hindu Temples, and historical spiritual and cultural centers.

India is a far off land. But all I can say is it is well worth the travel! We will do whatever we can to make this excursion as safe and simple for you as possible. The price of $3300 does NOT include airfare. It does include lodging, food and yoga. As well the price does not include spa treatments, personal excursions, etc. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card, Venmo, PayPal or Zelle.

As in any travel there is potential risk. Please be aware of all possible risks by doing as much research as possible. Many people take shots and vaccines before going to a foreign land. If you feel inspired to do this, please trust yourself. We are going to a clean yogic environment, yet is entirely up to you whether it is something that you want to do. Again, do the research! We surely recommend travel insurance that you can purchase from the travel agent that you buy your tickets from.

We will meet at the Antalaya Resort in Rishikesh after noon on Nov 23rd. To get to Rishikesh, fly into Dehradun Airport from most Indian International Airports (New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, and Chennai) and then hire a taxi to retreat center (approximately a 30 minute ride).

On the early morning of Nov 30th will take taxi to Vrindavan.

The retreat will end after breakfast in Vrindavan on December 4th.

Through Google, you can find many online Travel Agents that specialize in flights to India. With a little research, you can find some great rates.

As well a tourist visa is needed to enter the country of India. A 30 day e-tourist visa is a very simple way to get a vis. Pls purchase this at:

Pls Come join us on this transformational, uplifting, and joyful retreat! Together in community we will bathe in the nectar of one of the planet’s oldest authentic living spiritual traditions and culture.

If you have any further question please don’t hesitate to ask. We truly hope you can join us on this mystical adventure into the Heart! With great love and respect! 310.804.9290

– Govind Das
owner/director Bhakti Yoga Shala

Please come join us on this sacred adventure! Email us at with any questions.
Price: $3300 ( not including airfare )