March 15th  March 27th, 2018

Pilgrimage to India


Pilgrimage is a traditional practice in many cultures and spiritual paths. Travel with a sacred intention has a deep, catalyzing effect on our personal growth and on smoothing the way towards fulfilling our life’s purpose. Traditionally, Sufis and others visit sacred sites such as the tombs and retreat caves of saints. These places have a potent alchemical magnetism that has to be experienced to be believed. The “partition between the worlds” is much thinner; deep meditation is easy, and the atmosphere of blessing in them can have a permanently transformative and healing effect on one’s consciousness, opening the subtle centers and freeing us of accumulated mental and emotional dross.

In Winter, 2018, a group of us will journey to and through India, making pilgrimage to some key Sufi sites and living Sufi masters, drinking deeply of the powerful vibrations there.

This is not a “tour,” it is a floating spiritual retreat. We will begin and end each day with meditation and other spiritual practices to help deepen and integrate our experiences, including Samā in the company of living Sufi masters.


We’ll begin in New Delhi, paying our respects and meditating at the shrines of Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya and Amir Khusrau, Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, and other Sufi masters.

Agra & Fatehpur Sikri

From New Delhi, we’ll take the train to Agra and the wondrous Taj Mahal, and Fatehpur Sikri, the palace of Emperor Akbar, both built on principles of a sacred architecture that elevates our consciousness centuries later. Also at Fatehpur Sikri is the shrine of Salim Chishti, where the vibration transmitted is pure boundless joy, and the enormously powerful tomb of dervish Baba Maqsud ‘Ali Shah (plus some fabulous shopping).

Ajmer & Pushkar

From Agra we will travel to Ajmer, the seat of the Chishti Order. Here is the shrine and retreat cave of Khwaja Mu‘inuddin Chishti, who brought the Sufi path to India, the retreat cave of Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, and the shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harwani, the murshid of Mu‘inuddin Chishti. These retreat cells carry a most potent vibration from the intense practices done there centuries ago. We will meet living Chishti lineage-holders and participate in their discourses and Samā.

Near Ajmer is the Hindu town of Pushkar, with some amazing temples (including one of the few temples anywhere dedicated to Brahma) and wonderful shopping.

We sincerely hope you can join us for this transformative experience.

Cost: $1,600 base, plus airfare.

A Deposit of $500 was due by November 15th, 2017 but we will still include you if you commit by registering and sending even a partial deposit. Full payment of $1600 is due February 1st, 2018.

Payments may be made in installments of $267 per month starting in September. (This works out to $60/week, or $8.50/day.)

Checks made out to “David Less Tours” can be mailed to 2372 Arden Drive, Sarasota FL 34232.

Payment by Credit or Debit card over the phone can be made (with a 3% upcharge) by calling 941.993.9994.

Flight bookings by David Less Tours can be done for $75 or $33.33/hr. The whole group can choose to book their flights with video/phone support from David Less Tours and split the hourly fee for the time spent on bookings, as desired.

Contact Hafizullah via Email

Register Here.

Do not delay, even if you don’t have the deposit just yet, as we need to book your rooms & transportation. When you register, you will receive a complete itinerary and everything you need to know for this trip, including how to apply for an India visa. Hafizullah will be contacting you with practices to begin the inner preparation.


We recognize that this is a significant amount of money, and we are keeping costs as low as possible.

It may seem out-of-reach just now. But sacred intention counts for a very great deal, and the pilgrimage actually begins when we make the commitment and are ready to have new things “called-forth” from us by the unseen forces that are always available to support our spiritual unfoldment. In this connection, Hafizullah will be giving the teachings and practices that will open the way for the version of “you” that is the pilgrim on this adventure.

Your Guide

Hafizullah Chishti is a senior teacher and Retreat Guide in, and develops curriculim for, the Inayati Order. He has been to India a few times (so this isn’t his first rodeo). He is active as an Inayati Order Representative in Seattle WA, and his full bio is here. His passion is sharing in spiritual practice and sacred space with those who are Awakening.