North India Retreat

Journey to the heart of yoga and immerse yourself in Mother India

20th February – 8th March 2019

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2019 Itinerary

20th February – 22nd February Dehli 

You will be met at the airport and driven to your comfortable hotel were we will stay for 2 nights. Know as India’s most cosmopolitan city we’ll enjoy guided tours around this vibrant captial.

Activities Include

  • Spice tour of old Dehli in a cycel rickshaw
  • Delicous North India cusine
  • Visit the Akshardham temple and ashram and watch the temple auditorium turn into an increditble water show.

22nd February – 24th February Jaipur

We depart for Jaipur in our private air conditioned bus. Jaipur is the capital of India’s largest state Rajasthan. This flamboyant city is a mishmash of old and new with a royal history and palaces that evoke a sense of calm and fairy tale magic.

Activities include

  • Visiting the famous Red Forte
  • Shopping for unique gifts, fabrics and homewares
  • Wondering the streets of the pink city palace complex, the gardens, courtyards and museums.
  • Enjoy getting your hands or feet henna’d by a local artist
  • Rajasthani traditional dance show and dinner

24th February  Agra 

We depart for Agra journeying to see the divine Taj Mahal. We enjoy a night of luxary and decadance seeing the Taj at dawn and dusk.

  • A walking tour of the Mughal architecture including the elevan steps, the Mehtab Bagh that lies north ot the Taj Maha

 

  • Other sites include -Humayun’s Mosque and walking through the Kachlpura village where you will be welcomed by the villagers and learn about their lives.

 

  • We’ll enjoy a life show on the love story of King Shahajan and Queen Mumtaz.

 

25th – 28th Varanasi

 We fly from Dehli to holy city of Varanasi the spiritual capital of India. Said to be one of the most colourful and fascinating cities on earth. The ghats of the river Ganges are place of worship for Hindus.

Activities include

  • Richshaw rides to the local temples
  • The infamous evening aarti which is a sacred ritual using ghee lamps and chanting on the river ganges
  • Tours of the ancient streets and spice markets

1st March – 8th March Rishikesh – International Yoga Festival 2019 

We fly from Varanasi to Dehradun and drive onto Rishikesh to enjoy the incredible festival.

Activities

  • Visit the Kunjapuri temple early in the morning it’s a sacred space to meditate in.
  • We engage in the full program of the festival
  • Yoga classes
  • Mantra
  • Rituals, Pujas, Kirtan on the river Ganga
Inclusions
  • Transport and transfers in India
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Airport hotel transfers 
(If arriving on 16/01 and departing31/01)
  • Private air conditioned bus for travel
  • 2 x internal flights
  • Tours and guides
  • Twin share accommodation
  • Group yoga classes
  • Entry and full program at the International Yoga Festival 2019 in Rishikesh
Exclusions
  • Travel to India – arrival and departure from Dehli airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist visa (approx. $105)
  • Tips (approx. $150)
  • Total recommended spending money $500 AUD
  • Taxi’s for extra shopping trips and outside of itinerary excursion
  • Extra puja’s and flower offerings 
(approx $50)
  • Extra travel and tours for India can be arranged via Sanjay – sanjay@indtoursholidays.com
  • Flights can be arranged by Kate Scott Riche Travel kate@richetravel.com.au
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT OUR INDIA RETREATS

Some of our past retreat participants share their experiences about journeying to India with Ray of Light

Sue Reid ~ Meditation teacher and personal trainer (2016 Retreat)

I know and trusted Rachel as well as the opportunity to do yoga everyday with her. I have travelled in organised groups previously but this group was small and we were going to specific places to do yoga, ayurvedic healing and Hinduism in which I was interested.

I really loved southern India and especially the ayurvedic treatments and sessions with Dr NC in Chennai. Seeing Dr NC and gaining a practice to heal myself was the most beneficial item of my trip.

You will fall in love with India and the lovely people who are so gracious, helpful and accommodating. Fantastic food journey and marvelous experiences that you will remember for a lifetime. Do it!

Anna Scott ~ Teacher (India retreat 2016)

India can be a confronting, overwhelming country with so much to experience. I thought it would be great to explore it with someone who had been before and what better way than to have the company of likeminded people to do so. Your compassionate, fun-loving and easy-going nature made you a perfect choice to go with, as well as your experience with the country. Also being able to maintain and deepen my yoga practice along the way was a great incentive!

I rediscovered myself – my ability to go with the flow, to be excited, and feel at ease in seemingly overwhelming or confronting situations. I discovered my own passions and what is important to me, as well as feeling grateful for my own life and the opportunities I have, so to make to the most of my own life and live compassionately. I also deepened my own spiritual connectedness to life and was inspired by the people we met along the way.

Do it! This is a life changing experience. Rachel is fun and caring, always ensuring you are safe and well looked after. You will get to experience things you wouldn’t otherwise if you travelled alone. An experience you will always cherish!

Sally Curtis ~ Psychologist (India trip 2016)

I decided to travel with Rachel because she has been several times before and have a passion for India so I figured you would know the best places to go and would also show us some unique experiences! Also being time poor I didn’t want to organise anything myself!!

I learnt I want to see more of India!! Probably the biggest thing I got from the trip was learning about yoga from a more spiritual perspective and coming home and applying that to improve my day to day way of life at home.

To definitely go!! Its a unique place, with such an interesting history and culture.

Its opened me up to learning more about India herself and her people but also more about a philosophy of life and living that is completely different to that which we practice in the west.

Julie Lineham ~ Director (India trip 2016)

The trip and experience in India was awesome, thanks for organizing this amazing journey.

Every day was different. It exceeded my expectations and was truly an amazing experience.

I would recommend anyone to try this.

I had never done yoga before joining the group but it didn’t matter.

Thanks again Rachel for sharing your India with me.

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