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India Yoga Sojourn

$ 2,995.00 $ 2,745.00

February 23, 2018 – March 6, 2018
12 Days • Delhi • Varanasi • Agra • Ranthambore • Jaipur

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Travelling to India, the land of yoga’s origins is to enter a country that is in constant transformation, yet somehow timeless. For India, the science of Yoga is a way of life!

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India is not just a piece of land. It is something more: it is a metaphor, poetry, something invisible but very tangible. It is vibrating with certain energy fields which no other country can claim. For almost thousands of years, thousands of people have reached to the ultimate explosion of consciousness. Their vibration is still alive, their impact is in the air; you just need certain perceptivity, a certain capacity to receive the invisible that surrounds this strange land.

This is quite strange that a civilization which goes back to the thousands of years has not produced luminaries in the fields of philosophy, science, arts. No Beethoven, Mozart, Einstein.

The whole country, in miraculous way, was not interested in any objective research. To know the other has not been a goal here, but to know oneself. It has renounced everything for the single search, the search for the truth.

Yoga, the magical word for fitness today was perhaps born centuries back in India. Derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, Yoga means union of the Soul with Spirit. Yoga is an amalgamation of religion, philosophy and practices. It is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline which takes one to the path of moksha (liberation). The science of Yoga is a way of life for India.

Meditation, is when a person trains the mind to be more self-aware, to look inward, or to reach an altered state of consciousness. It’s an ancient practice with a rich history in India, where both Buddhist and Hindu traditions use it.

Our Yoga and Meditation journey is a path of discovery, evolution, self-realization and attaining enlightenment. It is designed to recharge and rejuvenate your body and mind to make you feel refreshed, peaceful and inspire the Trip Connoisseurs in you!

This journey is to create a context where you are introduced to the intangible that has attracted many to India which cannot be captured in the camera but can be perceived with slight sensitivity. And in the process we are transformed as well. The true sense of wellness (in the dimension of body and mind) descends on us. At the end of the trip we ourselves will vouch for our ability to attain meditative space without any effort. Evoke your senses with a Yoga Retreat and vacation in India.


ITINERARY

Feb 23, 2018 Arrival in Delhi Welcome to India!
You will be met by our representative for transfer to your hotel.

Zorba The Buddha or similar

Feb 24, 2018           In Delhi (B/L/D)
Start your day with a yoga lesson in the gardens of the resort
After breakfast, take a metro ride with your guide to the heart of Old Delhi. Discover the fascinating and living legacy of the Indo-Islamic culture and lifestyle of locals. Wander through the narrow and busy streets of the mile-long market Chandni Chowk, popularly known as Silver Street and filled with shops and bazaars. Visit Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes; the largest mosque in Old Delhi. Also have the opportunity to experience a rickshaw ride here.

Afternoon, visit Akshardham Temple, its main monument depicting the ancient Indian “Vastu Shastra” and architecture is a marvel in pink sandstone and white marble.This evening, an introductory lecture on the essential of healthy and healing foods over dinner including Ayurveda cooking workshop.

Feb 25, 2018           In Delhi (B/L/D)
Morning, a  yoga session with an expert practitioner before breakfast. An interactive workshop of ‘Thought Yoga’, learning to take control of this tool of our life so that we create results we want. This wisdom is quite original to India and will be imparted to us during the day so that wellness in real sense is experienced by us then and there. Later in the afternoon, drive past the President Palace, India Gate and end the day’s tour at Qutab Minar – a Tower of Victory built in the 12th century. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The pillar has long puzzled scientists and historians as its iron has not rusted in all these centuries.

Feb 26, 2018           Delhi – Varanasi by flight (B/L/D)
After breakfast, transfer to airport to connect your flight to Varanasi.

Delhi – Varanasi            Air India, AI 406                1015-1135 Hrs

On arrival in Varanasi, transfer to your hotel.

Suryauday Haveli or similar

As India’s sacred city, Varanasi offers a fascinating insight into Hinduism and the Indian way of life. The narrow streets of the old city buzz with life as stray animals, pilgrims and Brahmin priests all make their way to the river. This afternoon, we travel out of Varanasi to visit Sarnath where Lord Buddha is believed to have preached his first sermon after enlightenment. The Museum at Sarnath is a delight.

Feb 27, 2018         Varanasi  (B/L/D)
This morning,  you will be visiting the ghats or banks of the River Ganges. This is a fascinating experience to witness the cultural and spiritual ethos that guides the life of the faithful. The visit can be a spiritual awakening.Every evening a special aarti or ‘prayer to Mother Ganga’ is performed by specially-chosen priests. This is a passionate and divine journey as the music and the oil lamps create a trance-like experience and we float our own lighted lamps down the river.

Later over dinner, interact with an expert who explains the balance in Meal, Sleep and Exercise for attaining physical wellness.

Feb 28, 2018 Varanasi – Agra by flight (B/L/D)
Early this morning, you will enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges at sunrise and witness pilgrims taking a dip in the holy Ganges and performing Hindu rituals; some of them practice yoga and meditation. Take a fascinating walk through the ghats where we will organize a yoga session for you, followed by a stroll in the back streets past old havelis and temples, a labyrinth of streets with thousands of pilgrims.

After breakfast take a guided walking tour of the weaver’s colony before  transferring in time to connect with our flight to Agra.

Varanasi – Agra                 Air India AI 406                  12:10 – 13:20 hrs

Upon arrival, visit Agra Fort, strategically situated along a bend on the Yamuna River. Built in the 16th century AD by three generations of Mughal emperors, it is a superb synthesis of stern military fortifications with delicate interior details.Check into the hotel, which has quite a few rooms with a ‘Taj View’

Gateway Hotel or similar

Mar 01, 2018 In Agra  (B/L/D)
Start your day with your early morning visit to Taj Mahal. Experience the sublimity of the Taj Mahal – a varying kaleidoscope of solitude, color and mood. Widely regarded as the earthly replica of paradise, the Taj Mahal is likened to “a vision, a dream, a poem and a wonder”Session of Yoga and Meditation on the rooftop of the hotel overlooking the Taj Mahal.  The rest of the day at leisure  and Lunch at hotelThis afternoon, visit to Mother Terasa orphanage or walk in the local bazaar to try ‘petha’ – a sweet speciality of the city, made from pumpkin! In the evening, visit Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden) is a charbagh complex that lies north of the Taj Mahal complex and the Agra Fort and is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank.

Mar 02, 2018 Agra – Ranthambore (B/L/D)
Drive to Ranthambore National park and enroute, visit Fatehpur Sikri, an enigmatic deserted Mughal city. This spacious, red sandstone city was built in the 16th century and the architecture is a combination of Hindu and Muslim styles, expressing Akbar’s vision of synthesizing the two cultures. The city was mysteriously abandoned after 14 years occupancy and  has been painstakingly restored and is now a World Heritage

Continue on road to Ranthambore National Park, home to animals like the jackal, mongoose, sloth bear, leopard, and of course, the tiger. One of the most interesting features of the park is that it’s dotted with ancient ruins, including a fort where tigers and leopards are often spotted.In the afternoon, take a safari into Ranthambore National Park. Spotting the creature in the wild can test your patience but it’s a worth.Evening is at leisure. A short meditative session can be organized to relax your muscles and mind.

Khem Villas or similar

Mar 03, 2018         In Ranthambore (B/L/D)
Start your day with yoga and meditation session in the resort.Morning is at leisure. You may like to indulge in spa (on direct payment) or relax by the pool.

Optional: For those interested in culinary, we can arrange a cooking lesson at hotel Alternatively, we can also arrange a visit to Dhonk – blend of ethnic and modernistic, it is a responsible enterprise making handicrafts in and around Ranthambore. It aims to provide a sustainable livelihood to the local people.

In the afternoon enjoy another safari into the Park.

Mar 04, 2018         Ranthambore – Jaipur (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive for 4 hours to Jaipur. As the Mughal Empire was falling in the early 18th century, Jaipur was founded by a Hindu soldier-king obsessed with architecture and astronomy. The city is one of India’sfirst examples of urban planning, built along a grid system with the massive City Palace and an extraordinary 18th-century observatory at its heart. The opulent palaces, the pink sandstone structures, the imposing forts, the brilliant colours of the turbans, saris and the gems makes Jaipur a perfect destination.

Upon arrival check into the hotel.

We stay in lovely boutique hotel in the heart of the city. The host at Dera Mandawa is someone who is in original and knowledgeable position to bring alive this city for you.

In the afternoon, visit Amber, the ancient capital that preceded Jaipur. Originally built in the 11th century AD and expanded in size and scope by succeeding dynasties and their rulers, Amber is a fortress town of visual awesomeness. Ride up to its imposing hilltop location in jeeps and explore the maze of passages, corridors, pavilions, ornamental gardens and ramparts. On the way back you may like to stop at Anokhi Museum, where you will see a collection of old costumes with hand blocked prints that are typical to Rajasthan

Enjoy a yoga session followed a massage which can be either Ayurvedic or Thai

Dera Mandawa or similar

Mar 05,2018         In Jaipur (B/L/D)
This morning, enjoy sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting the City Palace and Observatory (Jantar Mantar). The City Palace is the home of the royal family even today, well known for its clutch of excellent private museums that display royal memorabilia, particularly armaments, art, books, costumes and textiles. Lying adjacent to the City Palace is the medieval Jantar Mantar Observatory – built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, an inveterate astronomer who’s curiously shaped and oversized implements are astonishingly accurate till today.

Later this afternoon, take a walk in the old town and enjoy shopping.

Mar 06, 2018 Jaipur – Delhi (B/D)
Morning at Yoga class and the rest of the day is free at your leisure (check out 12 noon).

Afternoon, drive to Delhi and enjoy a farewell dinner and then transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.


Based on 10 or more Guest
$2995
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Double Occupancy USD $2995 | CAD $ 3795
  • Single Supplement USD $1250 | CAD $ 1595
  • Intertour Airfare USD $250 | CAD $ 325
  • Delhi – Varanasi – Agra


Based on 6-9 Guest
$3095
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Double Occupancy USD $3095 | CAD $ 3925
  • Single Supplement USD $1250 | CAD $ 1595
  • Intertour Airfare USD $250 | CAD $ 325
  • Delhi – Varanasi – Agra

Call 1-888-887-1688 or email air@tripconnoisseurs.com
to arrange the international flights for this journey from your home city.


Additional Information

OVERVIEW

Travelling to India, the land of yoga’s origins is to enter a country that is in constant transformation, yet somehow timeless. For India, the science of Yoga is a way of life!

DEPARTURE

Feb 23, 2018; Guaranteed with minimum 6 guests.

HOTELS

Delhi: Zorba The Buddha or similar
Varanasi: Suryauday Haveli or similar
Agra: Gateway Hotel or similar
Ranthambore: Khem Villas or similar
Jaipur: Dera Mandawa or similar

INCLUSIONS

Transfer and tours on private basis (except indicated)
English speaking local guides
Entrance fees to sites
Mentioned meals
Tips for luggage porters at airports and hotels

EXCLUSIONS

International & Domestic Airfare, Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
Travel insurance. visa fees, gratuities, drinks, personal spending and optional activities.
Tips for guides & bus drivers
Expenses of personal nature

QUESTIONS

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