For many, India is the ultimate wellness destination. The region is grounded in spirituality, and its tangible energy seems to rub off on every visitor, remaining long after their return home. Our holistic journey through northern India allows you to fully absorb this vitality, the immensity of India’s captivating history, stunning landscape and, of course, her spiritual roots. Your trip begins in Delhi, where your days will be spent exploring the old and new sections of the city; Gurudwara, one of Delhi’s most popular pilgrimage sites; and meeting with a Past Life Regression Specialist, should you wish. From Delhi, fly to Varanasi, where you will meet with a renowned professor to learn more about Hinduism and the ancient city of Varanasi followed by a private Aarti experience on the Ganges River. This evening you will also have the opportunity to meet with a famous astrologer. The next day enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, which allows an intimate look at how vital this river is to pilgrims and locals alike. Spend the remainder of the day on a tour through Varanasi and Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first teachings where you will learn about Buddhism and meditation from local monks. Continue to Agra and Sikandra, where you will enjoy afternoon flexible touring. The next morning begin your day with a yoga and meditation session followed by a detoxifying spa treatment overlooking the humbling Taj Mahal. This evening explore the exquisite Taj Mahal, with time to see it at sunset by decorated horse carriage. Continue on to the Amanbagh visiting the abandoned temples of Fatehpur Sikri en route. Once you’re settled in, enjoy a sunset “cow dust” tour. The next day enjoy yoga at the abandoned ruins of Bhangarh followed by an afternoon at your leisure. The next day, transfer by road to Jaipur. Enjoy the balance of your day with a tour of this wonderful city. From there, fly to Udaipur for a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola and touring of what is widely considered India’s most romantic city, where the Lake Palace rises like a lotus out of the lake. The highlight of your journey will be three nights at the Ananda, nestled in the Himalayas. This all-inclusive retreat is an absolute haven for wellness enthusiasts; for many, Ananda is the spiritual pathway to the union of body, mind and soul. In addition to the activities at the resort, your stay will also include a visit to Rishikesh, known as the yoga capital of the world, to witness the Ganga Aarti Ceremony located on the banks of the Ganges River. Return to Delhi for your onward departure flight.
This itinerary juxtaposes the vibrant energy of India’s booming cities with the rural charm of its smaller villages and the rustic wildlife attractions of Bandhavgarh National Park. Begin with two nights in Delhi to become acquainted with the city and then make your way to Bandhavgarh National Park where you will spend two full days tiger-tracking at Mahua Kothi, India’s first luxury safari lodge. Continue to Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities on earth and the most important pilgrimage site in India. Here you will visit Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first teachings, enjoy a sunrise boat ride along the Ganges River, explore the Old City and participate in an evening Deepmala ceremony. Stop for an overnight in Delhi before making your way to Agra to see the magnificent Taj Mahal. In addition to the Taj, you will be introduced to some of Agra’s lesser known attractions. Transfer by road to Alwar for a taste of the quieter life of India’s villages and then head to Jaipur, the famed “Pink City” of India, where you will visit Amber Fort and tour the city’s many museums and palaces. Drive through the stunning Rajasthani landscape to Udaipur where you will visit the City Palace and the Jagdish Temple. Spend three nights here, which includes an evening boat ride on Lake Pichola, the Jain temples of Ranakhpur and wandering the colorful bazaars. Conclude in Mumbai with a day of city touring and a catamaran tour to see the intriguing cave temples at Elephanta Island.
This unique honeymoon begins in Delhi, where a traditional Indian marriage ceremony will be performed at a local temple and a Hindu priest will offer blessings for a happy marriage. Continue to Agra for two nights, where highlights include a horse-drawn carriage to see the beloved Taj Mahal – the ultimate monument to romantic devotion. Proceed to Jaipur, the famed “Pink City” of Rajasthan, stopping at the abandoned Fatehpur Sikri en route. Tour Jaipur and Amber Fort before flying to Udaipur for a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola and touring of what is widely considered India’s most romantic city, where the Lake Palace rises like a lotus out of the lake. Spend three nights fully enjoying the area and then fly to Cochin in the south where you will tour the city and witness a traditional Kathakali dance performance. Drive south into the Kerala backwaters where you will board a deluxe houseboat for an overnight ride on the waterways that make the region famous; during the trip, a private chef will be on board to prepare meals to your exact specifications. The trip concludes with three nights in the neighboring Maldives, where turquoise blue water, soft white sand, and an eternal sunny sky create a scenario as close to paradise as one could hope to find.
The perfect way to see Ladakh for the first time, this two-week tour combines the remote Himalayan region with more familiar areas of India: Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Start with two nights in Delhi, where privately guided touring will introduce you to the sights and sounds of this thriving city. From Delhi, fly to Leh and begin exploring Ladakh. Take a day trip to the Hemis Monastery, the best-known and biggest gompa in Ladakh. Drive next to Lamayuru, where the spectacularly picturesque (and believed to be oldest) monastery will take your breath away. The next day, visit Ridzong Monastery and return to Uleytopko for the drive to Alchi Monastery. Return to Leh and spend a full day exploring the Stok Palace and Choglamsar, the largest settlement of Tibetan refugees in Ladakh. Leave Ladakh and fly to Agra via Delhi; in Agra, stay at the deluxe Amar Vilas and indulge in a spa treatment for your tired muscles. See the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort before heading to Jaipur, where you will stay at the Raj Vilas and visit Amber Fort, among other attractions. Return to Delhi for two nights and a day of flexible private touring, a lovely way to conclude this two-week tour.
A truly comprehensive overview of Ladakh, this trip features the classic Markha Valley trek and is perfect for those who would like an in-depth experience in this fascinating region. After two nights in Delhi with some city touring, fly to Leh and begin exploration of the Shankar, Hemis, and Thiksey monasteries. Drive overland to Lamayuru to visit the picturesque monastery and continue on to Uleytopko for an overnight in a fixed tented camp; the following day, visit Ridzong Monastery to take tea with the resident teachers and then see the Alchi temple complex. Return to Leh and transfer to Spituk, where you depart on the trekking portion of the trip—an overland journey that will take you to numerous small villages and monasteries, and allows you ample time to absorb the magnificent Himalayan landscape. Walking time each day is between four to eight hours at a comfortable pace, with frequent breaks for rest and refreshment. After ten days of trekking, conclude the trip back where you began, in Leh. Return to Delhi for two nights of flexible private touring before catching your international departure flight.
The sights, sounds, and scents of India are captivating to adults and children alike; this tour introduces families to the northern highlights for which the country is perhaps most famous. Start in Delhi, where touring of the old and new parts of this bustling metropolis include the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, Humayan’s Tomb, and the Birla Temple. A number of special experiences are also arranged to show a different side of India: dinner with an Indian family in their home, an evening outing to see a real Bollywood movie, and a visit to Akshardham Temple Complex, which includes exhibition halls, rides, and an IMAX theater, in addition to the temple. From Delhi, head to Agra, home of the magnificent Taj Mahal; in addition to touring the Taj, you will take a horsedrawn carriage ride and see the other sights of Agra that are sometimes overlooked in travelers’ enthusiasm for the Taj. From Agra, drive to Jaipur, called the “Pink City” for the rose-colored stone that was used in the construction of many of its buildings. In Jaipur, explore Amber Fort and other important sights; on your second day, take an elephant-back ride in Dera Amer, the foothills of the Aravali Range. Return to Delhi on your final day and enjoy some flexible touring on your last afternoon before catching your international departure flight.
This trip highlights South India’s distinct flavors and offers an entirely different feel from the landlocked cities and sun-baked deserts of the North. Explore this region at a leisurely pace and enjoy countless miles of breezy coastline, lush rolling hills and wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities. Begin with an overnight in Mumbai before flying to Trivandrum, the capital of the southern state of Kerala. Check into the Taj Green Cove Resort in nearby Kovalam for two nights and spend your time relaxing at this resort-spa-retreat, visiting local temples, art galleries and watching a traditional Kathakali dance performance. Make your way to Alleppey where you will spend the night on a deluxe houseboat with your own private chef cruising through the region’s famous waterways. Arrive in Kumarakom, the setting of Arundhati Roy’s award-winning novel The God of Small Things, where you can explore the peaceful surroundings, take a sunset boat cruise and enjoy a healing Ayurvedic body treatment. Spend two full days in Cochin, taking a cooking class with a famed cookbook author and touring the area. Continue your journey in Kabini, which straddles both Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks, and take part in the many wildlife viewing activities in this pristine wilderness outpost. Depart for the Neeleshwar Hermitage resort for three relaxing nights, where you can participate in yoga and meditation classes, leisurely treks through the spice hills or just sit back and take in the tranquil surroundings. Conclude your trip with two nights in Mumbai, touring the city, its colorful markets and nearby Elephanta Island.
This program offers the visitor an opportunity to taste the tremendous cultural and historical diversity of this vast nation. Begin in Delhi, where a full day tour will introduce you to both the old and new sections of the city. From Delhi, fly to Jaipur for touring of the famed Pink City and visit the famous Birla Temple for an evening aarti ceremony. The next day, tour Amber Fort and spend the afternoon poking through the bustling bazaars, where spices, fabric, and everything else imaginable are on offer. Visit the abandoned temples of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Agra, exploring the exquisite Taj Mahal, with time to see it at sunset by decorated horse carriage. From the Taj, hop onto the Shatabadi Express train to Jhansi and then drive to Orcha and then Khajuraho. Tour the Chandela Dynasty temples and then fly to Varanasi, the most sacred city in India for Hindus. Enjoy a day trip to Sarnath, a deer park where the Buddha gave his first sermon before participating in a Deepmala ceremony on the Ganges River. Enjoy a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, which allows for an intimate look at how vital this river is to pilgrims and locals alike. Spend the remainder of the day touring the city’s temples and Benares University. From there, spend a single night in Delhi on the way to the northern hill stations of Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Once known for its tea plantations, these higher-altitude regions have traditionally offered a respite from the heat and intensity in the rest of India, with a cool climate and a relaxed pace. Spend three days in Darjeeling and Kalimpong before heading back to Delhi for a final night.
This program takes you to the birthplace of Ayurveda and combines the colorful, historical, and relaxed atmosphere of coastal Kerala with an emphasis on healing through the ancient science of Ayurveda. Your journey begins in Mumbai with a full day of exploring the Gateway of India, the Prince of Wales Museum, and the city’s colorful bustling markets. A short flight takes you to the charming port city of Kerala for two full days of city exploration and a special Ayurvedic cooking lesson. Continue to Kumarakom, the setting of Arundhati Roy’s award-winning novel “The God of Small Things”, where you can explore the peaceful surroundings, take a full day backwaters cruise, and enjoy healing Ayurvedic body treatments. Your journey ends with seven purifying nights at the world-renowned Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort where you will enjoy daily rejuvenating body treatments, three vegetarian meals daily, visits to local villages, and beach activities. On your final day, you will take a short drive to Trivandrum for your flight to Mumbai where you will connect to your onward departure flight.
Begin your journey in Delhi. Delhi’s markets and boutiques are often overshadowed by Mumbai’s, but over the last several years Delhi has matured into a bona-fide shopping mecca, you just have to know where to look. This journey will steer you clear of the tourist markets and take you to our favorite silver shops buried in Old Delhi’s twist of lanes, and the forward-thinking boutiques where New Delhi’s most fashionable residents go to outfit themselves and their homes. You’ll pick up custom-made wallpapers inspired by Mughal designs and plush velvet throw pillows embossed with whimsical motifs. From Delhi, head to Varanasi where you will see the revival of a 500-year-old silk weaving tradition. Watch as spindles zip through huge looms creating yards of fabric in intricate patterns, and be amazed by the delicate patterns hand embroidered along hems. You’ll see the inspiration for all of the colors as you observe the daily rituals take place along the Ganges. No India trip is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal has inspired creativity for centuries. Many overlook Agra for artisan crafts, but since the Mughal era, Agra has produced marble inlay work, stonework, and rich Zardozi embroidery. We’ll take you to the source so you can see how delicate slivers of jade and coral are inlaid in marble—a practice perfected by the artisans who built the Taj. From here, you’re on to India’s best-loved city for arts, crafts, and all things beautiful: Jaipur. More than any other Indian city, Jaipur has inspired creative imaginations with its overflow of hand polished gems and whole markets devoted just to fabric, bangles, and trimmings. Jaipur is also a magnet for expatriate designers and some of the country’s best homegrown talent. You’ll visit the famous studio of block printer Bridgette Singh, and see hand block printing in action. Venture to the outskirts of Jaipur to see paper being handmade from scraps of cloth, enormous dying ghats and sails of fabric drying by the river, and carpet weaving. Your next stop is the blue city of Jodhpur where you’ll hunt for palace antiques and cashmere and be fitted for your own pair of Jodhpurs—one of the world’s last clothing articles that must be individually fitted. From Jodhpur you may choose to travel deeper into Rajasthan, searching for diaphanous dohars—traditional Rajasthani summer quilts—in the romantic city of Udaipur then to see mirror work embroidery and track down tribal jewelry amongst the dunes in the sand-swept outpost of Jaisalmer. For a shorter journey, head straight to your departure point: Mumbai. There is no better place for a final spree then Mumbai. You’ll meet designers and score cutting-edge designs that merge traditional techniques with modern aesthetics. From the chicest apothecaries stocking delightfully packaged Ayurveda elixirs to the hippest clothing and homeware boutiques in the country, Mumbai will not disappoint. Along the way you’ll gain inspiration from stays at refurbished palaces, tented oases, and even the world’s best hotel.
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