Varanasi Yoga Experience


November 12 – 18, 2022


The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “Yog”, which means “unity” “to unite”. This unity or union is described in spiritual terms as the union of Shakti (energy) with his consort Shiva (the supreme consciousness) and this is the central theme of yoga.


Traditionally yoga was born with Shiva and Varanasi is the sacred city, out of time and space, where He resides.
In Varanasi there is a great tradition of learning Yoga, and this continues to this day. The combination of sacred history, rituals and geography gives Varanasi fame and notoriety as a center of pilgrimage and yoga.


The VARANASI YOGA EXPERIENCE is a path to discover the history and traditions of this city combined with the practice of yoga with Chandrka a dedicated and loving Indian teacher.


Lying on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi is the “eternal city” of India, the most sacred and mystical. On its infinite ghats, the stairways that descend to the river, one discovers a world of pilgrims, contortionist yogis, sadhus (the itinerant ascetics who have renounced material possessions), Brahmins, masseurs, herb merchants, fakirs, astrologers, fortune tellers, musicians, charlatans, barbers, boatmen, tea sellers, beggars and the omnipresent sacred cows. For Hindus, Varanasi is the place to go to die: to disperse their ashes in the Ganges, in the hope of stopping the cycle of reincarnations and reaching nirvana. If a trip to India is comparable to a storm, the touching Varanasi is the storm that shakes even the strongest minds.


Chandrka’s teachings draws from many styles and has a strong pull towards the Krishnamacharya lineage of Vinny yoga, which specializes in holistic individualized classes integrating breathwork and movement with its base rooted in the ancient Philosophy if Patanjalis Yoga Sutras. She incorporates restorative techniques, pranayama, meditative techniques, and occasion chanting in her classes.


The meditative techniques that used below by Chandrka are inspired from Buddhist traditions, Kashmir Shaivism, and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.


Born near Florence and, after starting to visit India and choosing to deepen the local culture and spirituality, studying the ancient scriptures and the sacred principles of Hinduism, she felt that Varanasi was the place where she had to arrive and where she wanted to live. She lives in a small house for rent in the alleys just a few minutes from the Ghats.


She creates immersive tours in Italian for individuals, couples, or small groups through the 7 sacred cities and 12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva to discover the ancient Indian spirituality. With the “Go Inside” tours she proposes herself as a travel consultant, personalizing the trip in the planning / scheduling phases, and as a guide on site. You can follow her stories on Instagram @indiainviaggio


ALACE ON STEPS: a HERITAGE HOTEL Attached to the northern part of the Causatthi Ghat, the palace at the ghat was built in CA 1670 by the King of Udaipur, Rana Jagatsingh, thus it is called as Rana Mahal Ghat. During his pilgrimage to Kashi, the king has taken shelter in this palace. The palace is a distinct example of the Rajasthani style of architecture. There are three porches facing the Ganga river, and the windows with stone networking are the additional example of craftsmanship. It is now renovated to a premier heritage hotel with 26 well-appointed rooms. It is a twin building called Ajay Guest House and Hotel Elena. With all modern facilities like free dialling telephone, High-speed WiFi, workstations, attached baths with hot and cold water facilities, TV.

Please keep in mind that a 3-star hotel in India is different from the same category in Europe. We chose this hotel for its wonderful location a good compromise of quality and price on the banks of the Ganges, but in India you have to be open to adapt and to be patient.


Dwivedi Hotels***
950€ /GBP 830 per person in single accommodation
Yoga  250€ / GBP 215


For any question, please write to info@amorescapes.com, elefra71@yahoo.it


Please check with the proper authorities what documents you need to enter India, also regarding Covid vaccines. If your country doesn’t have an agreement with India, you will need a PCR covid test done 72 hrs before your arrival in India.

For your visa to travel please check this link: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/


6 nights in single with breakfast treatment Hotel Dwivedi *** or similar category

Transfers by private car to and from the airport

All boat tours as scheduled

All transfers by tuk tuk as per program

Entrance to the Vishwanath temple

Puja on the Ganges with pundits

Elena Frangini as your guide during your stay in Varanasi

Olga Gazzola as your coordinator, facilitator during the retreat


Flights (booking possible on request)

Travel Insurance


Lunches not mentioned in the “what’s included


Yoga classes will be payed in cash at your arrival 


Personal Expenses

Anything not expressly mentioned under “what’s included”

How to get to Varanasi?

Varanasi, also known as Kashi and Benaras, is one of the oldest cities in India. Being a prominent cultural and religious hub, the city draws a large number of foreign visitors every year and is well connected to other parts of the country with a good network of flights, trains and buses. The Varanasi Airport, popular as Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport is well connected with various prime Indian cities while Varanasi railway junction and Kashi Railway station are the two major railheads serving the city.


By air

Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport or Varanasi Airport is linked to some prime Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi. Domestic airlines like Air India and IndiGo operate regular flights from Delhi, Khajuraho, Bangalore, Mumbai and Goa. There are flights available for Kathmandu too.

By road

Varanasi enjoys excellent connectivity by road with cities like Allahabad, Lucknow, Patna, Gorakhpur and Ranchi. A number of state buses and private services including some very comfortable air-conditioned luxury buses ply frequently from Lucknow to Varanasi. Well-maintained national highways, NH 2 and NH 28 (via Harlalka Road), lead to Varanasi from Lucknow, the journey taking around 6 to 7 hours.

By train

The Varanasi railway junction and Kashi railway station are the two main railheads in Varanasi. Travellers can make their travel bookings till either of these two stations. Both these railway stations are well linked with prime Indian cities via extensive rail network. From Delhi, there are several trains available for Varanasi, BSB Garibrath originating from Anand Vihar is one of them. Auto rickshaws, autos and rickshaws are easily available from outside these railway stations.

We can help you book your International and domestic flights. Domestic flight from Delhi to Varanasi and return at a cost of 140 euros per person. Please let us know if we can assist you.


Elena: elefra71@yahoo.it
Olga: olga.gazzola@amorescapes.com


Olga is Italian and has travelled and lived in different countries around the world (Mexico, Spain, Holland & France). She had the privilege to attend a Hatha Yoga Certification in India and decided to create tailored Yoga Retreats in Italy and around the world. She organizes online Meditation and Vedic Teachings with her Indian Teachers and she is active in supporting Swami Dayananda’s Gurukulam in Haripad, Kerala. 


Olga will help you with the logistic and preparation of your trip and will support you once you arrive at your destination.  She will make everyone feel at home and will support you also on all yoga related doubts you may have.