INDIA- Ayurvedic Retreat & Northern India Tour.
March 13-23, 2020: Recharge, Rejuvenate in one of the most special places on Earth. Panchakarma, Yoga, Meditation.
New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Ayurvedic Retreat in Rishikesh- sacred home of yoga & meditation in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Destinations Explored: Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Amber fort – Rishikesh for Yoga, Meditation, Panchakarma..
MARCH 13: ARRIVE DELHI.
Arrive Delhi - the capital city of India is a sprawling modern metropolis with a stunning backdrop of ancient architecture. You will be welcomed to India by my trusted friend’s welcome services at the airport, who will transfer you to our pre-booked Hotel for an overnight stay at Delhi.
MARCH 14: OLD & NEW DELHI SIGHTSEEING:
After a leisurely breakfast plunge yourself into the enriching experience of Delhi, the most diverse city in India.
Start the day with visit to Old Delhi, locally famed as “Purani Dilli” and with the name of Shahjahanabad was the capital of Mughal India. A ten-minute heritage walk along the Red Fort leads us to the adventure chaos of Chandni Chowk, was the Bazzar of Mughal’s.
Board the Rickshaw and slither into the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk to witness the famous wholesale markets of the beads, Silverware, Sari, Decorative items and the famous Spice market of Delhi.
Later step into newer part of the town famed as Lutyen’s Delhi and enjoy the drive through the Colonial era heritage buildings of India Gate, this memorial was built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan wars. A mile drive on the Royal Street reaches the President’s Palace – the official residence of the President of India. With 340 rooms, it is the largest residence of any Head of the State in the world.
Post lunch pay tribute to the man of Peace “Mahatma Gandhi”, with visit to Gandhi’s home, where he lived during his Delhi visit. This emotional site also stores the silent memory of his assassination.
Our last stop of the Delhi tour is Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple in Delhi. The massive kitchen of the shrine provides holy food to 40 thousand people daily.
Overnight stay at Delhi.
MARCH 15: Drive to Agra -THE CITY OF LOVE AND TAJ MAHAL Visit Agra Fort.
After breakfast, enjoy a memorable 127 mile country drive, passing through the Delhi suburbs, vast farms and villages to arrive at the city of Love and Taj Mahal – Agra.
Arrive at Agra and visit to the astonishing UNESCO World heritage Red Fort of Agra.
Enjoy a reverant visit to the Mughal’s Pearl Mosque, Halls of Public and Private audience, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Musamman Burj inside Agra fort.
Overnight stay at Agra.
MARCH 16: SUNRISE VISIT TO TAJ MAHAL AND AGRA CITY. Drive to JAIPUR, THE PINK CITY.
Today enjoy a beautiful sunrise visit to the most alluring monument – Taj Mahal.
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the memorial of Love in 1648 AD in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. It took no less than 22 years and a work force of 20,000 skilled laborers, artisans and jewelers for the construction of this grand memorial. The brilliant art work of Pietra Dura, intricate pierce work and carving on marble embraces Taj Mahal in the World’s lis of Wonders.
Return to hotel for breakfast. Post breakfast, head to Jaipur, famed as the Pink City- a few hours drive, approximately 150 miles. The Dazzling metropolis is the capital of the historic and royal state of Rajasthan. The city is known for its marvelous architecture, culture, cuisine and lively spirit of the locals.
Arrive in Jaipur and transfer to our hotel. Enjoy dinner with live folk dance and a special cultural program.
Overnight stay at Jaipur.
MARCH 17: Excursion to Amber Fort. Tour of Imperial Jaipur.
After breakfast head to Amber Fort - one of the most picturesque forts in India and one of the favorite sites for Bollywood film shooting.
Ascend the Amber Hill to reach the 16th century-built hill fort of Amber.
Soaked in the history of Rajput’s with a visit to halls of public and private audience, Sukh Niwas (Pleasurable Residence) and spectacular Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace).
Post lunch, enjoy a tour of Jaipur city, visiting the City Palace – museum and residence of the royal family, Jantar Mantar (The Observatory) - built between 1727-34 AD has a noteworthy collection of traditional astronomical instruments.
Later, catch a glimpse of Hawamahal - the Palace of Winds built in 1799 AD, which allowed the royal ladies to see the street procession from its 953 small niche windows. It is the selfie hotspot of Jaipur. Overnight stay at Jaipur.
MARCH 18: Fly to Dehradun. Transfer to RISHIKESH.
Our day begins with breakfast and a transfer to Jaipur airport to board your flight to Dehradun. Arrive in Dehradun and transfer to Rishikesh. Flight Details: SG 3467: Jaipur Dep – 0650 Hrs // Dehradun Arv – 0820 Hrs
I CANNOT WAIT TO SHARE MAGICAL RISHIKESH WITH YOU!— Renowned as the yoga and meditation capital of the world and the last post for the holy river Ganges (Ganga) in the Himalayas, this will be our home for the remainder of the stay. Daily panchakarma and healthy meals are provided and yoga and group meditation will be available as well as many essential experiences our day-trips will provide to some of the land’s most sacred places.
We will be staying at my dear friend’s Ayurvedic Retreat Center and will be VERY well cared for in a beautiful environment. Consultations with an Ayurvedic doctor and DAILY 2-HOUR spa-like treatments are INCLUDED!!
Overnight stay at Rishikesh.
MARCH 19: Walking tour of Rishikesh. Evening Ganga Aarti.
Later enjoy walking tour of Rishikesh with stunning views of the Himalaya and Ganges. This walk will give you an opportunity to experience the real charm of Rishikesh and learn more about the culture and religion with A visit to Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula (two walking suspension bridges that cross the Ganga), Street Market, Views of River Ganga and surroundings, Gita Bhawan and Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
Along the way you will feel inner peace amid the busy-ness of he town with sounds of spiritual songs and soul-touching music. Here in this vegetarian, alcohol-free city, you will encounter cows, considered sacred, and highly conscious monkeys and dogs along the streets and bridges.
In the evening we will participate in the grand Ganga Aarti ceremony on sacred Ghats of Ganges at Parmarth Ashram. (riverfront). This is a beautiful experience you will not want to miss.
Overnight stay at Rishikesh.
MARCH 20: Sunrise Visit to Mother Divine Temple: KUNJAPURI DEVI TEMPLE
Enjoy sunrise visit to the Kunjapuri Devi Temple, located on a hillock around 12 miles from Rishikesh. This temple is dedicated to one of the thirteen most important goddesses of Shivalik range. The temple is well-known among the travelers as it gives a beautiful view of the sunrise and the sunset from the greater Himalayan peaks. Snow ranges and peaks of Garhwali Himalayas like Swarga Rohini, Gangotri, Banderpunch and Chaukhamba can also be seen from this temple.
Overnight stay at Rishikesh.
MARCH 21: Excursion to Vasistha Gufa.
Post breakfast drive along the Ganges about 12 miles up the mountain to visit the Vasistha Gufa cave, where the great philosopher and one of the authors of Rigveda meditated. Meditating here is a special experience you will never forget.
Overnight stay at Rishikesh.
MARCH 22: Day free in Rishikesh for Retreat activities
Our group will gather together for Yoga and meditation along with our very own Satsang- “a gathering of true people”, in conversation and sharing of experiences.
Please consider joining me for a visit to Ramana’s Garden, Children’s Home and Organic Café. I first met Prabhavati “ in 2009 and was absolutely in awe of what she has done and continues to do to care for, educate and love the children she has rescued from the streets. Their story is awe-inspiring, and I hope you will join me to support them.
Take time to yourself to inquire within, to read and journal, enjoy treatments at the Ayurveda Sadan, and just Be. This is a day to absorb and integrate your experiences before our journey ends.
MARCH 23: Fly to Delhi. Fly back home.
After relaxed breakfast transfer to Dehradun Airport to board your flight to Delhi.
Arrive Delhi and transfer to International Airport to board your flight back to home.
Flight Details: 6E 755: Dehradun Dep – 1420 Hrs // Delhi Arv – 1515 Hrs
It’s BEYOND AMAZING!
Transportation within India, from your arrival in Delhi to your departure, all car travel from a professional chauffeur in air-conditioned vehicles, as well as domestic flights within India!
All hotel stays (4-star accommodations) in Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur for tour, breakfast included!
5-night stay at Ayurveda Sadan in Rishikesh on Panchakarma Plan. Consultation with Ayurvedic doctor (vaidya) and all meals included. 2-hour DAILY TREATMENTS while in Rishikesh.
City Experts— local guides for your tour: English speaking City expert Government Licensed Guides as per tour program.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN DELHI:
Arrival Transfer from Delhi International Airport to Hotel- March 13 .
2-Night 4-star hotel accommodation at Delhi, breakfast and taxes included. March 13-14.
Guided Sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi - March 14.
Rickshaw Ride fare for old Delhi market - March 14
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN AGRA:
Drive to Agra -March 15.
1- Night, 4-star hotel accommodation at Agra. Breakfast and taxes included. March 15.
Guided visit Agra fort- March 15.
Guided sunrise visit Taj Mahal-- March 16.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN JAIPUR:
Drive to Jaipur- March 16.
Guided Visit to Abhaneri Stepwell- March 16.
2-Nights, 4-Star hotel accommodation, Jaipur. Breakfast and taxes included. March 16-17.
Dinner with folk dance program. March 16.
Guided sightseeing tour of Amber Fort & Jaipur city. March 17.
Elephant ride/Jeep ride tickets to ascend Amber Fort at Jaipur . March 17.
Transfer from Hotel to Jaipur Airport. March 18.
Airfare from Jaipur to Dehradun with 20 Kilos (approx 44 lbs) checked baggage and 7 Kilos (approx. 15 lbs) carry-on baggage allowed on March 18. ** Standard baggage airline policy is 15 kilos check in baggage per person— they have made special arrangements for us, in case it is needed. Please pack light, and DO weigh your bags before arrival in Delhi. **
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN RISHIKESH:
Transfer from Dehradun Airport to Ayurveda Sadan. March 18.
5-Nights stay at Ayurveda Sadan on Panchakarma Plan. (March 18th,19th,20th,21st & 22nd).
Consultation with Ayurvedic doctor (Vaidya)!
All meals (Ayurveda Food) at Ayurveda Sadan!
2 Hours Ayurveda treatments daily by 2 technicians!
Unlimited herbal drinks and Chai!
Transfer from Ayurveda Sadan to Dehradun Airport on March 23...
Airfare from Dehradun to Delhi with 20 Kilos checked baggage and 7 Kilos carry-on baggage allowance on March 23. ** Standard baggage airline policy is 15 kilos check in baggage per person **
Transfer from Delhi Domestic Airport to Delhi International Airport -March 23 to catch your flight home.
WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED IN RISHIKESH— OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME? (OH, YES— THERE IS MORE…)
Toll taxes & parking charges are included.
Goods and Service Tax included.
Guided Excursions in Rishikesh as per the itinerary.
Walking tour of Rishikesh.
Aarti Ganga on Ganges River at Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
Sunrise visit to Mother divine temple.
Excursion to Vashistha Gufa (Cave).
Visit to Maharishi Ashram (Beatles Ashram).
one bottle of mineral water per person is provided.
What’s Not included?
International airfare to Delhi. You will need to make your own travel arrangements to arrive in Delhi on March 13, 2020 as well as departure arrangements. Transportation from Rishikesh to Delhi IS provided on March 23, 2020.
Indian Travel Visa (required) along with your passport
Personal expenses like telephone calls, laundry, etc
TOUR & RETREAT (as described above) WITH STANDARD SHARED ROOMS: $3385.00 ($US) per person.
TOUR & RETREAT (as described above) WITH SINGLE, PRIVATE ROOMS: ADD $375.00 ($US) per person.
ARE YOU READY?
WELCOME! I AM SO HAPPY YOU ARE JOINING US! Space is limited in this very special retreat. I believe this will be a journey like no other and I cannot wait to share it with you!
*Receipt of your non-refundable deposit completes your registration.
*Payment plans are available (contact us for details) and final payment MUST be made by the FIRM DEADLINE of February 13, 2020. See Terms and Conditions.
*All payments are NON-REFUNDABLE. Please consider purchasing trip cancelation insurance to avoid loss of any monies paid.
LET’S RUN AWAY TO INDIA… Meditation, yoga, PANCHAKARMA, healthy food and beautiful landscapes in some of the world’s most sacred places await us.
What is Panchakarma?
Panchakarma, five therapies in Sanskrit, is a comprehensive Ayurvedic remedy to revitalize our body and optimize its natural capability to eliminate toxic substances and enter into a state of continuous rejuvenation.
It is a blend of five intense Ayurvedic steps administered to heal, cleanse and detoxify your body, remove the doshas and correct imbalances.
Ama (as it called in ayurveda), the toxic substance gathered in our body due to lifestyle and dietary irregularities and poor exercise regime, results in diseases and loss of vigour.
Panchakarma, through rigorous application of herbal oils, massages and unique diet, purifies the body at a deep level and eliminates the body wastes through natural channels.
It also improves metabolism, boosts immunity, balances weight, opens up blocked channels, strengthens tissues and reduces stress.
Undergo a positive transition brimming with renewed strength, improved health and youthfulness.
Experience the joy and well-being of Panchakarma!