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Art of Living
ART OF LIVING -SPIRITUAL TOUR
India - the land with a variety of religions, rivers and mountains, forests and glades, towns and cities, along with its diverse races of people is steeped in mythology and mystique. A person in need for solace and enlightenment could go anywhere in India - be it the ancient hills, Art of liveingthe mighty seas or the many ashrams, and she/he would discover that spiritualism in India is a way of life, with no parallel in any other country in the world. Anyone seeking answers to questions of life or other personal issues which trouble one's self, can do so in India. The quest for discovering one's own God ends, and the journey towards the realization of the self begins with a visit to timeless, spiritual India. This country will always remain the place where the confluence of spiritualism and knowledge actually takes place; where you stop questioning and start experiencing the inner truth.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of Art of Living Foundation and a great spiritualArt of living leader from India, was born in Tamil Nadu on May 13, 1956 in a very well known spiritually oriented family. With his slender figure, dressed in simple white robes, a long black rosary around his neck, millions of people world over are being touched by his childlike simplicity and joy.

Ravi Shankar started showing his spiritual inclination early in life. He used to meditate and chant slokas of the Bhagavad Gita (Holy Book of Hindus) even at a very young age. Recognizing his profoundly spiritual nature, Sri Sri's parents ensured that his education would encompass both spiritual and worldly knowledge. He completed his degree in science and Vedic literature (Hindu scriptures) by the age of 17. During his growing up years, he happened to meet many prominent spiritual teachers and leading scholars. One of them was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi the founder of the 'Transcendental Meditation movement' with whom he spent several years in Rishikesh. His influence and spiritual researches made Ravishankar decide to embark on an ascetic path.

In 1982, he started the Art of Living Foundation, a United Nations NGO and introduced to the world 'Sudarshan Kriya technique'-a unique breathing process, which removes stress and negative toxins from the body by rejuvenating each and every cell. The Foundation aims at fostering health at every conceivable human level-mental, physical, emotional as well as spiritual.

The Art of Living courses adapt ancient knowledge about the art of living to the needs of modern life. These courses enhance health on every level: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual and provide practical tools to reduce the effects of stress. Courses are offered to the general public, as well as in cooperation with groups, private entities, schools and governmental organizations. The course is conducted over a period of six days in metros (4 days of 2 hour sessions in the evenings and 2 full days on the weekend) Or a three day residential course at their ashram near Bangalore.

The Art of Living Basic Course offers the practical wisdom of how to live gracefully in a stressful world, and also the deep spiritual experience necessary to put that knowledge into action

Day 01 :ARRIVE BANGALORE
Assistance on arrival at the Bangalore airport by our representative and transfer to hotel.

Afternoon take a sightseeing tour of the Garden City of India, which is now know as the Silicon Valley of India due to its Information Technology Industry with many Software Companies internationally well know operating from here. The sightseeing tour Includes visit to the Lal Bagh which has a variety of old Trees, Fountains, Lotus Pools, Terraces and an assortment of tropical herbs and sub tropical herbs. Also see the Govt. buildings and the Maharajas Palace . Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 : BANGALORE-ASHRAM
Morning after early breakfast, you will be transferred to the Ashram. Upon arrival check in at the Accommodation provided at the Ashram. Later commence the Art of Living Basic Course full day programme. Overnight at the Ashram.

Day 03 : IN ASHRAM
Art of Living Basic Course full day programme. Overnight at the Ashram.

Day 04 : ASHRAM-MYSORE
Art of Living Basic Course till 1600 hours. Overnight at the Ashram. Later proceed by surface (4 hrs approx.) to Mysore en route visiting Srirangapatnam - once the capital of Hyder Ali and his sonTipu Sultan. The temple of Lord Srirangapatnam is, said to have been, built by the Chieftain Thirumalaiah in 894 AD. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 : MYSORE-HASAN
Morning after breakfast, sightseeing tour of Mysore city. Visit the Palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12. The Palace is of harmonious syntheses of the Hindu and saracenic style of architecture with archways, dome turrets, colonnades and sculptures, which are magnificent. Visit the Art Gallery , drive up to Chamundi Hill to see the Chamundeshwari Temple and a panoramic view of Mysore . On your way back, see the Nandi Bull.

Stay at the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel for the night.
Afternoon depart by surface to Hassan and upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 : HASSAN-BANGALORE-DEPART
Morning after breakfast, sightseeing tour of Belur 38 km from Hassan, a temple town famous for its exquisite temples. It is also known as Dakshina Varanasi. King Vishnuvardhana built the Channakeshwara temple in 1117 AD to commemorate his conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism. The star shaped homogenous architectural beauty raised on a platform carved in black stone with 650 charging elephants that are different from each other and in the temple dome inside four famous figures of Shantala Devi's voluptuous beauty, queen of King Vishnuvardhana are marvelous.

Later visit Halebid 30 km from Hassan. It is also known as Dwara Samudra, the wealthy capital of Hoysalas. The Hoysaleshwara temple stands on a platform like a casket in shining black stone carved with variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. There is a museum on the lawns with 12th century sculptures and gold coins in use at that time. One km from Halebid is Jain Basti hill built in the 8th century surrounded by gleaming carved black stone pillars.

Afternoon drive back to Bangalore en route visiting Sharavanabelgola 52 km from Hassan, a monolithic statue of Lord Gomatehwara, a jain saint standing atop of Indiragiri hill is 17 meters high and is to be one of the tallest monolithic statues in the world, it was createdin the year 983 AD by Chamundaraya during King Ramamatta's period. During 10th to 19th February 2006, a grand celebration of 86th "Mahamastakabhishikha" was held at Sharawanabelgola, this is celebrated once in 12 years, and it will have a gathering of 50 lakh devotees & tourist.

Upon arrival transfer to Bangalore airport to board your flight back home.

The Basic Course is a three days and two nights full day residential programme which starts on Friday mornings.

END OF THE TOUR
CHECK-IN/OUT AT THE HOTELS IS 12 NOON

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