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Join Wendy and Leona in this yoga and meditation journey of immersion and discovery to travel through Northern India. You will travel from the capital of Delhi to the foothills of the Himalayas and to the banks of the holy Ganges River. Purify your body and mind by bringing balance to all aspects of your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual being. Those who have never practiced in yoga or meditation before are welcome as well as experienced yogis.
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Located in the heart of the city, the iconic glass building of Le Meridien New Delhi has been recognized as one of the 100 icons of Delhi. The hotel is located close to the institutions of both power and pleasure.
The hotel towers over the historic landscape of Lutyen's Delhi is surrounded by the president's palace. With a vivid expressions of design and decor, each room showcases individuality that is inspiring and stimulating with warm tones of wood textures and well-appointed rooms with modern accessories that ensure you to enjoy a relaxed and comfortable stay.
Amidst the scenic beauty of Rishikesh and alongside the Holy Ganga, Aloha Rishikesh Resort is the perfect venue to live those moments of your life that you always want to cherish. With two private tastefully appointed bedrooms and a separate living room, the spacious three-bay premium apartment spells luxury and enchantment.
The apartment has luxuriously fitted bathrooms and its own private sitting and dining areas equipped for comfort and convenience. In addition to standard amenities offered in deluxe bed room apartments, these premium apartments have a flat screen television in each room, an in-room safe, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a mini fridge with soft beverages. Each apartment offers the serene views of the mighty Himalayas or the fast flowing Ganges River and are close to the Spa.
Treat yourself to five-star elegance at the Courtyard Marriott Agra. Completely new and ideally located near the Taj Mahal and other renowned India attractions, this hotel is ideal for a business trip or a relaxing getaway.
The spacious rooms and suites are among the largest in Agra and offer five-star amenities like high-speed Internet, luxury bedding, flat-screen televisions. The hotel also boast a fully-equipped gym, an outdoor pool and a spa and there is an entertainment zone for unlimited fun.
Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) on your last day, you will check in in a room at the Holiday Inn. A wash-and-change room will be provided for sharing for four guest per room and the rooms will be available for two hours.
You will arrive into Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) at 02:45 approximately. After customs, you will be met and greeted by a representative who will assist you with the transfer from the airport to the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, your room will be ready for immediate check in. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a 30-minute yoga Nidra class for deep relaxation and to balance the effects of jet lag.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will gather with the group for an opening circle with a welcome and introduction for group connection, intention setting, and a 60-minute grounding meditation practice. You will experience an afternoon tour of Delhi and then you will return to the hotel for an overnight stay and an evening 60-minute Restorative yoga and meditation session.
You will enjoy a 90-minute Hatha yoga and meditation session. You will be able to practice yoga in one of the lovely gardens of Delhi which could be either Lodhi Gardens, where the Delhi’s elites go to fill their lungs with fresh air or the historical garden with monuments at Humayun’s Tomb.
After breakfast, you will be taken to visit the medieval Jama Mosque followed by a walking and cycling rickshaw tour of traditional businesses of Old Delhi to explore centuries-old arts and crafts with businessmen belonging to the 6th or 7th generation of the men who first started them.
While walking through small alleys, you might come across an old-fashioned shop selling Indian perfume from cut-glass bottles. You will saunter through the main bridal street of Old Delhi with its dazzling display of embroidered silk wedding sarees, beautiful bangles, and colorful turbans for the bridegroom. If you pass through any spice shops in Old Delhi, the smell of the spices will remain with you even after you have left the market. If you do not want walk anymore, you can hop onto a cycle rickshaw.
Later in the afternoon, you will be taken to explore New Delhi including Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, and drive past Lutyens’ Delhi. Humayun's Tomb is another magnificent Mughal building built in 1565 and set in a square enclosed garden.
This finely proportioned structure in red sandstone and marble served later as a model for the Taj Mahal. Dominating the ruins of the earliest existing settlement of Delhi is the city's famous landmark, the Qutab Minar. This imposing victory tower of 73 meters has five stories each marked by intricately carved projections or balconies. Elaborately carved pillars embellish the courtyard of a nearby mosque.
At the center of the courtyard is the amazing Iron Pillar from the 4th to 5th century A.D. which has not rusted through the centuries. The interesting buildings of Lutyens’ Delhi are the India Gate, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (president's house), and the parliament house.
At the end, you may go for shopping as it's always on top of the itinerary chart for any tourist visiting Delhi. There is a lot of items of tourist choice such as jewelry, carpets, handicrafts, precious stones, silks, and silverware.
Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Sarojini Market, and Chandni Chowk are the principle shopping areas. Baba Kharak Singh Marg, near Parliament Street, is dotted with multiple emporiums offering the famous handicraft artifacts of different states of India under one roof at government-controlled prices. After these tours, you will return to the hotel for an overnight stay and an evening 60-minute pranayama and meditation session.
After a packed breakfast, you will check put the hotel and travel to the railway station to catch the Shatabdi express at 06:45. Alternatively, you can opt for a very basic breakfast on the train. Aboard an air-conditioned seated carriage, you will travel through the semi-arid landscapes of Uttar Pradesh state to the lush foothills of the Himalayas pulling into Haridwar station in Uttarakhand state at 11:20 where you will be met by a travel representative and driven to Rishikesh.
After the check in at the hotel, you will enjoy a 90-minute Hatha or Restorative yoga and meditation class. In the afternoon, you will have a guided tour where you will visit RamJhula, Geeta Ashrama, Parmarth Ashram, and attend the evening Aarti ceremony at Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
After the tours, you will return to the hotel for an overnight stay and a 60 to 90-minute sacred celebration circle for sharing with some yoga Nidra, a deep relaxation practice that will help you to achieve a restful sleep.
You will rise early in the morning and prepare to start the day with a 90-minute Hatha yoga and pranayama class. After breakfast, you will be driven to Vashishta Guha Cave which is about 25 kilometers away from Rishikesh. This is a place huddled in the middle of hills with the Ganga River flowing to the right of the cave. There is complete silence interspersed by the small sound of leaves dropping to the ground and the sound of birds.
Mythology says that the great sage Vashishta did penance there 3,000 years ago. The compound has a temple and accommodation for the ashram occupants. Later, you will visit the Triveni Ghat, the nerve center of the holy town.
Devotees bathe there with the belief that the water has the power to purify them. It is an interesting place to be at dawn when people make offerings of milk to the river and feed the fish. You will watch the "aarti" ceremony at this ghat in the evening and then you will be taken back to the hotel for an overnight stay and a 60 to 90-minute sacred celebration circle for sharing meditation.
You will enjoy a breakfast after a 90-minute Hatha yoga and pranayama session and after breakfast, you will be taken to visit Haridwar. Haridwar is a city of temples and hence any tour of the city is basically a temple tour. The Chandi Devi temple, atop the Neel Parvat, was constructed in 1929. However, the main statue there is believed to be established by the Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century A.D.
The Maya Devi temple is said to be the place where the heart and navel of goddess Sati have fallen. The Mansa Devi temple is situated at the top of Bilwa Parvat and can be reached by a rope way or on foot. It affords a beautiful vision of the city of Haridwar. The Daksha Mahadev Temple is also an important temple there. You will also have the opportunity to experience an optional “aarti" ceremony at Har ki Pauri.
A very important place of a visit is also the Har-Ki-Pairi, the sacred bathing ghat. The reflection of the golden hues of floral "diyas" in the Ganges is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga Arti ceremony. After the tours, you will return to the hotel for an overnight stay and a 60 to 90-minute sacred celebration circle for sharing with some yoga Nidra.
You will enjoy an early morning breakfast at the hotel and after breakfast, you will be driven to the Haridwar railway station to board your train to Delhi. You will arrive to New Delhi Jan Shatabdi approximately at 11:15. Upon arrival at Delhi, you will be met by a representative that will take you to Agra to check in to your new hotel.
Later in the evening, you will visit the Mehtab Bagh from where you can see the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River and is a great place to take pictures of the Taj Mahal. There, you will enjoy a special 90-minute Hatha yoga and pranayama session to finish your day.
You will awake early in the morning to meet the group about 05:30 to experience an amazing sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. You will first head to the banks of the Yamuna River before sunrise for the spellbinding experience of witnessing the Taj Mahal bathed in the hazy light of the morning.
This 17th century mausoleum took 22 years to build with 20,000 craftsmen brought from as far afield as Europe while the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and then transported to the site by a herd of 1,000 elephants. The heartbroken Emperor Shah Jahan built it following the death during childbirth of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and as such is has been christened as a love poem written in marble.
After the tour, you will return to the hotel to enjoy a delicious breakfast. Later, you will visit the Agra Fort. Many of the events which led to the construction of the Taj Mahal took place in the famous Agra Fort. Begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565, additions continued to be made until the time of his grandson Shah Jehan.
The magnificent palaces, towers, bastions, ramparts, and gateways symbolize the power of the mighty Mughals. Made mostly of red sandstone it is strikingly similar to the Red Fort in Delhi.
The afternoon will be free for you to relax or explore on you own and you will finish the day with a 90-minute session of Hatha yoga, pranayama, and meditation overlooking the Taj Mahal in the distance watching the sunset, followed by a high tea at Taj Khema.
After an early morning 90-minute Hatha yoga and Pranayama session, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you will be driven to Delhi using the Yamuna Express Highway.
You will check in to an airport hotel for a wash and change and you will then enjoy the closing celebration circle with a 30-minute sharing and meditation session. After the closing circle, you will enjoy a lunch at the hotel before being transferred to the airport to board your flight.
For nine years, Wendy studied under Swami Nischalananda at the Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales imbibing teachings in the Satyananda tradition. She is a qualified yoga and meditation teacher, an Ayurvedic therapist, a spiritual counselor, and a holistic life coach. She has worked in this field for 18 years and ran a successful healing practice. Wendy’s calling is to apply India’s wisdom and traditions to bring balance and joy to modern living.
This holiday will be held at three different places in India. You will visit Delhi, Rishikesh, and Agra.
As the capital of the world's largest democracy, Delhi has a truly fascinating history but with a population of 14 million sprawling over some 1,500 square kilometers and plagued by the subcontinent's highest levels of pollution, growth, and poverty, its delights are not immediately apparent. Delhi, in many ways, is the essence of modern India with its startling paradox of old and new and foreign and familiar.
It remains the best starting point for exploring North India not only because of its excellent transport connections and sophisticated infrastructure but because the history of Delhi, one of the oldest cities in the world, is essentially the history of India.
With its old and new parts, each with its specific charm and glory, makes a very interesting city for its sustenance to medieval and modern cultures at the same time and space. While Old Delhi, built by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in the 17th century, still retains its medieval character to a great extent and almost indubitably reminds one of the crowded old towns of the Middle East, New Delhi is like any other modern city with tall buildings and massive shopping complex.
One of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is not only known for its religious connection but also for its beautiful landscape. Surrounded by hills like the Lesser Himalayas on three sides and the holy Ganga River flowing through it, Rishikesh is an ethereal experience. Rishikesh is also the gateway to the famous Chardham which are Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.
Know to be a favorite for those going to meditate and seek salvation, is believed that meditation on the land of this holy place may lead to salvation. Rishikesh is also famous for its ashrams. At many such ashrams, yoga is practiced and taught regularly as it is ranked higher than other holy cities like Haridwar and Varanasi.
The water there is perceived to be cooler and cleaner as the flow of the river is stronger and the city is less populated than others. It is calmer and peaceful there with the water gushing from the Himalayas, the banks dotted with ashrams, and temples and hilly landscapes in the background.
Built in the early 16th century and the capital of mighty Mughals for a long time, Agra is famous for its beautiful monuments of the medieval times. The city was pampered by the Mughals for more than two centuries as an evidence of which is spread all over the city in form of various structures constructed during those days.
However, with the fall of the mighty Mughals, Agra became a victim of the rebels’ assertion of power and the city suffered a series of plunder by the unruly rebellious forces. Agra is a beautifully city situated on the banks of the Yamuna River.
It was known as the capital of the Mughal Empire from the year 1526 to the 1628 and remains a major tourist destination because of the many splendid Mugha-era monuments including the magnificent Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri. Agra is also home to three UNESCO world heritage sites.
During this holiday, you will be served one daily buffet breakfast and one lunch on departure day.
During your free time, you will have the opportunity to explore by yourself or simply relax and enjoy the amenities of the hotels.
During this holiday, you will have access to spa services in all the hotels for an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Select Incentive Group Travel will pick you up from the airport.
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