“A pilgrimage is a journey of discovery—how to find the fulfillment your soul is seeking.”
—Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
Pilgrimage is the Capstone of Practice

Since 1972, the Himalayan Institute has been organizing pilgrimages for spiritual seekers from around the world.

Our spiritual excursions follow the traditional pilgrimage routes where adepts of the Himalayas lived and practiced. Join us and retrace the footsteps of the sages as you immerse yourself in the beauty and joy that radiates from the home of the Himalayan Tradition.

Why Embark on a Pilgrimage?

For thousands of years, pilgrimage has been an essential part of yoga sadhana, offering spiritual seekers the opportunity to experience the transformative power of living shrines of the Himalayan Tradition.

Wherever your journey takes you—sacred shrines in the Himalayas or in the interiors of India; major pilgrimage centers or lesser known spiritual gems—India offers profound opportunities for inner growth and transformation, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Walking in the Footsteps of the Sages

Swami Rama, founder of the Himalayan Institute, was raised in the sacred Himalayas by a great sage, Bengali Baba, and studied with a variety of other Himalayan saints and sages. He wrote about his extraordinary experiences in the best-selling book Living with the Himalayan Masters.

Inspired by the love and wisdom he received from these great masters, Swamiji founded Himalayan Institute Spiritual Excursions to help guide modern seekers to experience the vibrant energy that is still alive in these ancient sites. Since 1994, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, successor to Swami Rama as Spiritual Head of the Himalayan Institute, has led numerous pilgrimages throughout India, Tibet, and Nepal.

Upcoming Excursions


Past Excursions



In the last 45 years, notable pilgrimage destinations include the shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Valley of the Flowers, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kamakhya, Mysore, Mount. Kailash in Tibet, and more. The Maha Kumbha Mela in 2001 was a hallmark milestone, with over 600 pilgrims from around the world joining us at the Himalayan Institute campus in Allahabad. In 2013, 500 pilgrims returned to Allahabad for the Kumbha Mela and the consecration of the Sri Vidya Shrine at the Himalayan Institute campus in Khajuraho.

Spiritual Excursions & Pilgrimages

For 45 years, the Himalayan Institute has led numerous pilgrimages on traditional pilgrimage routes throughout India. This has enabled spiritual seekers to experience the beauty and power of some of the most spiritually charged shrines of the Himalayan Tradition.

Service Excursions

Our service excursions give participants the opportunity to see, in person, how the Himalayan Institute’s humanitarian projects are impacting real lives. As the reach of our humanitarian projects expands, so too does the number of seekers who are making the journey to Mexico and Cameroon to put yoga into action.

Photo Journey

Mexico (Eco-Service Excursion)
Cameroon (Eco-Service Excursion)

Contact Us

952 Bethany Tpke
Honesdale, PA 18431
(800) 822-4547
(570) 253-5551