Singing into the Mystic

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Overview

SINGING INTO THE MYSTIC is a journey that looks to access, through singing, the India of the imagination, of its holy men, of its religious tradition and sacred places. As the mystic seeks to transcend ordinary human knowledge or seeks unity with a Diety or an absolute, we will seek to touch part of India that is dedicated to a world beyond the mundane.
In fleeting moments we hope to experience the mystical world of India.

 

The connective tissue will be singing and music. 

Whether it be as we sing to desert children in Jaisalmer ; or when we hang out with the Sadhus; or sing with a Hindu musician; or chant across the Ganges in Varanasi. It might be when we connect to Rajasthani gyspy musicians and their families, swathed in colour in the desert or chant with Tibetan monks in Dharmashala.
Our path takes us from Delhi to Jaisalmer to Varanasi to Amritsar to Dharmashala and back to Delhi. We travel under the guidance of a man dedicated to music and spirituality through his study and his observances -  Professor Santiago Lusardi Girelli.

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itinerary

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27 Feb 2021: Arrive Delhi

Arrive at AMBASSADOR HOTEL at 2pm.  

After check-in visit the beautiful and culturally important Lodhi Gardens for an initial sing talk from Santiago on Muslim culture in India.

Return to hotel and welcome address and briefing.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Delhi

Meals: Dinner

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28 Feb: Delhi – Jaisalmer (Flight 1030 / 1220 Hrs)

After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to the Delhi airport to board your onward flight to Jaisalmer. 

Check-in to the GOLDEN HAVELI HOTEL.

Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon singing rehearsal at GOLDEN HAVELI HOTEL overlooking Jaisalmer Fort.

Dinner at Jaisal Treats. 

Overnight: Jaisalmer

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

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03 Mar: Jaisalmer

Easy walk to the beautiful Gadisar Lake for singing/meditation/yoga

Free time after breakfast. 

Late afternoon depart for Sam Sand Dunes, Thar Desert. Dinner at camp with gypsy village. 

Shared songs with Gypsies.

Performance by local singers and dancers. 

Overnight: Jaisalmer

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

04 Mar: Jaisalmer - Flight to Varanasi

(Flight 1250 / 1425 Hrs and 1625 / 1810 Hrs)

Morning yoga/singing session

Transfer to the Jaisalmer Airport to board onward connecting flight to Varanasi via Delhi. Arrive at Delhi and change of terminal and for onward flight to Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to the beautiful heritage hotel - GULARIA KOTHI HOTEL - situated right on the River Ganges. 

Dinner at the hotel. 

Presentation by Santiago on the topic of a ‘City as a Mystical Force’ and the ‘Role of Ritual in Death in Varansi’.

Overnight: Varanasi

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

05 Mar: Varanasi

Yoga/singing Session at the hotel. 

After breakfast, walk with guides through Ghats on the Ganges. 

Singing session by the Ganges. 

Interaction with Sadhu. 

Lunch at Rashmi Guest House Restaurant.

Free time 

Dinner at the hotel. 

Evening chant by the Ganges.

Overnight: Varanasi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

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06 Mar: Varanasi

Early walk through old town to temples.

Breakfast at the hotel. 

Singing session in hotel courtyard then free time. 

Lunch at the rooftop of Suryauday Haveli.

Workshop on Drupad singing joined by local musicians and Subhash Pavar.

In evening attend Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat.

Dinner at the hotel 

Sing on the Ganges as evening meditation.

Overnight: Varanasi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

07 Mar: Varanasi

Morning Yoga/singing Session at the hotel. 

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Sarnath Temple for an introduction on Buddhism by Santiago.

Lunch at hotel. 

Afternoon free. 

Late Afternoon recital at Hotel in courtyard.

Dinner at the hotel. 

Evening chant by the Ganges.

Overnight: Varanasi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

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08 Mar: Varanasi - Amritsar via Delhi

(Flight 1050 / 1225 Hrs and 1520 / 1620 Hrs) 

Transfer to Varanasi Airport to board your onward connecting flight to Amritsar via Delhi. 

Check in to the RANJIT SVASA HOTEL.

Evening visit to Golden Temple.

Santiago - Talk on Sikh religion, Holy Temple and Sufism.

Dinner at the hotel. 

Overnight: Amritsar

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

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09 Mar: Amritsar -Dharmamshala 

Morning Yoga/singing Session. 

Breakfast at the hotel. 

Walk to the Old City. 

Drive to Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala. 

Check in at CHONOR HOUSE with Dinner at the hotel. 

Overnight: Dharamshala

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

10 Mar: Dharamshala

Yoga/singing Session at the hotel. 

Free time to relax and walk into Mcleod Ganj via introduction to Dalai Lama’s residence.. 

After lunch workshop on sounds and instruments with a local Buddhist monk. 

Talk on women’s experience in Tibetan Culture by prominent woman activist. 

Dinner with her family at the hotel. 

Overnight: Dharamshala

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

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11 Mar: Dharamshala

Yoga/singing session at the hotel. 

After breakfast at the hotel drive to the Tibetan Norbulinka institute. 

Lunch at Café.

Workshop on Tibetan chant with instruments.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Dharamshala

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

12 Mar: Dharamshala

Yoga/singing session at the hotel.

After breakfast wander town at leisure. 

After lunch transfer to TIPA – Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.

Rehearsal

Recital to Tibetans.  Venue TBA. 

Dinner at the hotel. 

Overnight: Dharamshala

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

13 Mar: Dharamshala - Delhi (Flight 1120/1255hrs)

Yoga/singing Session at the hotel. 

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to the AMBASSADOR HOTEL.

Free at leisure. 

Celebratory dinner at the hotel. 

Evening sing in the courtyard.

Overnight: Delhi

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

14 Mar: Depart Delhi

Yoga/singing session at the hotel. 

Check out from the hotel by 1200hrs. 

Meals: Breakfast 

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02 Mar: Jaisalmer

Easy walk to the beautiful Gadisar Lake for singing/meditation/yoga

After breakfast visit the Hindu Cremation temple - Bada Bagh. Workshop on Hindu religion and music.  

Visit Jaisalmer Bazaar and NGO operated Haveli with women desert weavers.

Free range time in Jaisalmer Bazaar.

Dinner at Jaisal Treats. 

Overnight: Jaisalmer

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner 

01 Mar: Jaisalmer

Easy walk to the beautiful Gadisar Lake for singing/meditation/yoga

After breakfast guided walk through Jaislamer Fort and visit to the Jain Temple. Talk from Santiago on Jain Religion

Afternoon singing session at Sunset Café overlooking Jaisalmer. 

Session joined by Rajasthani singers and musicians.

Dinner at Sunset café. 

Overnight: Jaisalmer

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

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