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Incredible India: Mystics | Mantras | Monuments: A Yoga Adventure


Incredible India: Mystics | Mantras | Monuments: A Yoga Adventure

Delhi | Jodphur | Narlai | Udaipur | Jaipur | Agra | Delhi
11 February - 22 February 2020
11 nights | 12 Days
from $5495 per person (twin share)*

Join Lisa Allwell and Sharon Spencer on an Indian adventure in 2020. Rajisthan is India's most flamboyant state: Expect temples, palaces, saffron robes, spice markets and mystical music - and, of course, plenty of yoga and meditation.

We’ll explore the pink city of Jaipur, the blue city of Jodphur and yes, there will be holy cows. You’ll shop in ancient bazaars, try local delicacies, practice laughter yoga with the local and ride rickshaws through medieval streets . You'll salute the sun by Udaipur lake, dine by candlelight at the Narlai Stepwell, watch a desert sunset and marvel at the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. There will be colour, spice and all things nice.

This trip will culminate in a truly unique cultural experience; the World Sacred Spirit Festival in Jodphur. Expect incredible international performers, whirling sufis, ancient music and healing sounds, which in the evenings is lit by a thousand candles, in the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur.

Threaded throughout these tours will be a yoga and meditation program and a lighthearted exploration of the history, philosophy and modern relevance of this ancient practice.

We have teamed with travel professional and India experts Essence of India Tours to create this bespoke, ethically-sourced tour. Designed for the discerning traveller, you will travel in comfort and stay in beautiful quality accommodation. All the small details are taken care of so that you can immerse yourself in this unique, unforgettable experience. 

This will be the fifth year that Lisa has led Indian tours and she has picked the best of what Mother India has to offer, for you to enjoy. 

* Price is per person twin share. Single Supplements and payment plans are available.

 
 

questions

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Highlights
  • Take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk bazaar of Old Delhi, visit India Gate and Huymayun’s Tomb

  • Immerse yourself for 2 days at the Sacred Spirit Festival in the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur

  • Experience the splendour of Mehrangarh Fort and the beautiful Jaswant Thada. Later Explore textile shawl and giftware shopping in the bazars of the old city.

  • Explore one of the most famous Jain temples in the world at Rankapur

  • Experience an exquisite dinner at the Narlai Stepwell with hundreds of lamps under a star-studded sky

  • Experience village life and the sacred Rock Temple of Narlai

  • Explore the markets and beautiful City Palace in the lake city of Udaipur

  • Enjoy a picturesque boat ride on Lake Pichola Udaipur

  • Overlook the lights and lakes of Udaipur at your terrace top dinner Fate Garh Heritage Hotel

  • Discover Jaipur, the Pink City, and experience an elephant and/or jeep ride to the majestic Amber Fort

  • Explore Agra, the Red Fort and sunrise at the breathtaking Taj Mahal

  • SPECIAL INCLUSION: 11 nights yoga and meditation facilitated by Lisa Allwell (priceless…obviously)

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival: Delhi International Airport. Upon arrival and once you have cleared customs, you will be personally met by our representative in the arrivals hall who will assist you to transfer from the airport and check into your hotel.

Day 2: Your journey begins with a city tour of Delhi. Visit Humayuns Tomb, Jama Masjid Mosque and take a rickshaw ride to explore the vibrant laneways of Chandni Chowk Bazzar. See the Red Fort and the classical India Gate and Parliament House. After lunch we will have time to experience the beauty and serenity of the Sikh Guruwara Bangla temple.

Day 3: Board your plane to Jodhpur as we travel to the Blue City and the site of an extraordinary sacred and historical musical journey, the World Sacred Spirit Festival. Held in Mehrangarh Fort, a magnificent spectacle that towers over the city, and your chance to experience one of the most sought after music festivals in India and we’ve got tickets! Afternoon yoga.

Day 4: Enjoy the early morning sunrise concert at the World Sacred Spirit Festival. Mid morning until early afternoon we will visit the city clocktower and textile bazzars. Afternoon yoga and then evening performances at the concert held in the majestic Mehrangarh Fort!

Day 5: Morning Yoga, breakfast and today is at leisure. Your tickets include access to the Mehrangarh Fort to explore the fort, see further concert activities, shop or relax by the pool. Afternoon yoga and this evening is the finale of the concert

Day 6: Morning Yoga. Today we travel to the village of Narlai and a beautiful heritage hotel. This afternoon we will explore the village and witness a sacred Aarti from the Durga Temple. This evening is the highlight of Narlai a royal experience travelling this evening to an ancient stepwell lit with hundreds of lamps for your dinner under the star studded skies with local entertainment.

Day 7: Morning Yoga and we start our travels to the lake city of Udaipur, going via the famous Jain temples of Ranakpur and lunch at a heritage hotel. Arrive in Udaipur refresh and this evening we have a rooftop dinner.

Day 8: Early start as we explore the laneways and markets of the old city, a tour of the City Palace and Crystal gallery. Lunch is at own expense overlooking Lake Pichola followed by our afternoon boat ride. This evening we will climb the Aravalli hill ranges to the beautiful Fateh Garh Palace Hotel for our terrace top dinner overlooking the lights and lakes of Udaipur.

Day 9: Board your plane to Jaipur and transfer to your hotel, lunch and afternoon at leisure. Evening yoga and at leisure.

Day 10: The highlight of today is a visit to Amber Fort, a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort built on the rugged hilltops of Amer. Lunch is at a beautiful heritage Haveli and in the afternoon, we will traverse into the ‘Old City’ for a heritage walk through Jaipur’s Bazzars with rickshaw rides and shopping to complete the day.

Day 11: Today we travel to Agra, where we will visit the Red Fort and our first glimpses of the beautiful Taj Mahal. We complete the day visiting a local family and rug artisans for chai and experience beautiful handmade artisan crafting. This evening we have our farewell dinner and early night in preparation for the sunrise start next morning.

Day 12: It’s an early start and this is how our tour culminates with an early sunrise visit of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Return for breakfast, morning at leisure to rest, then lunch at own expense, check out and return to Delhi. We will have a light supper at a 5 star hotel before departing for your international flight.

Inclusions/exclusions

Inclusions

  • 11 nights’ accommodation

  • 11 daily buffet breakfast

  • 5 lunches

  • 5 dinners including a spectacular candlelight step well Dinner under the stars

  • 1 farewell afternoon tea

  • 2-day event ticket to the Sacred Spirit Festival

  • Domestic flight from Jodhpur to Delhi

  • Domestic flight from Udaipur to Jaipur

  • International and domestic airport transfers

  • English speaking tour escort and guide

  • All sightseeing as per program with private driver and air-conditioned coach

  • Yoga and meditation program with Lisa Allwell

Exclusions

  • International flights to and from India

  • Travel insurance (NOTE: Travel Insurance is MANDATORY for this trip and must be secured within 7 days of booking.)

  • Applicable visas

  • Meals not specified above


Many of our guests travel solo. If you're intending to come alone and would like to share a room, we may be able to arrange a room share with a like-minded soul of the same gender and similar age. If you would like your own room, a single-room supplement is available.

Conditions
  • A non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking

  • Further payment and cancellation conditions apply, refer to booking conditions provided at time of booking

  • Participants will be required to sign an indemnity form prior to commencement of this retreat

  • Payment plans are available for this retreat

  • Prices are subject to availability and change without notice

  • Booking terms and conditions apply

  • For international bookings made outside of Australia a US $12 bank service fee apply per transaction.

Reviews
Thank you Lisa Allwell. What an amazing tour! Everything was so well planned; beautiful hotels, restaurants, food, our extremely informative, friendly and fun tour guide. Meeting new and like-minded people that are now my friends. This was an important spiritual journey for me, with yoga and meditation the centre of it. My first adventure to India will stay in my heart forever.
— Lisa Sokalowski, 2017 and 2019
Thank you for a trip of a lifetime. Your leadership and fun-loving all-conquering nature made the trip more than just a holiday to India. From the get-go, the flights and ground arrangements were made simple and easy by Essence of India and Sanctuary Travel (I had previously worked in the travel industry, these guys were amazing to deal with!) Lisa, your knowledge of India, the culture, the navigating the everyday travel needs were insightful and you had unwavering patience and consideration of everyone’s individual needs. I loved all the little surprises. You have a gift of bringing people together, manifesting fun and heartfulness, and have an affinity with Mother India that is soul deep! I will hopefully be joining you again next year if the universe complies.
— Emma Close, 2017 and 2018