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17 Days Tours and Yoga Retreat India

  • Delhi - Agra - Amritsar - Jaipur - Udaipur - Jodhpur

Overview

Engaging India Yoga Retreat

Your every need is considered as you journey with like minded souls. Discover the real India with Flourish Yoga and prepare to discover yourself, as you see more, engage more and explore more. After numerous visits and living there for some time, Jane has a deep connection with India and friendships spanning almost 30 years. You will be in safe hands as you experience the warmth and hospitality of her special friends in this up close and personal tour that will take you inside the real heart of India, the people, their lives, homes, history, culture and philosophy.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation in sacred places
  • Entrance fees and local guides
  • Inspirational talks on the timeless wisdom
  • 16 nights' accommodation
  • Transport and guides
  • Domestic flights
  • All daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 12.

  • 16 days with instruction
  • English
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You'll be staying in a twin room. Flourish Yoga chooses the hotels in India based on location, safety, cleanliness, price and the good relationships they have with owners and staff. India is a special, magical place with its own unique facets and quirks, staying in Indian hotels is another way to experience the country and its culture.

The hotels you'll use have air-conditioning and Western-style toilets. Location is crucial, Flourish Yoga wants you to feel comfortable exploring on your own during free time, so they find hotels that are close to the action, while still being as quiet and private as possible. A little patience might occasionally be needed for hot water and Wi-Fi.

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Namaste and welcome to India! Flourish Yoga will meet you at the airport and settle you in to your hotel.

Day 2: Delhi

After breakfast and a morning yoga class to stretch away the jet lag, you’ll explore India’s capital. Delhi is a colorful hive of energy and activity that will wake up your senses! The Indian capital is a city of contrasts; a modern metropolis merges with Old Delhi’s winding streets and bazaars.

Day 3: Agra

After breakfast, you'll head to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. You'll also visit the magnificent Agra Fort, one of the finest Mughal forts in India.

Day 4: Agra to Amritsar

You’ll enjoy sunrise over the Taj Mahal. Nothing can prepare you for the moment you see the Taj Mahal with your own eyes! You will be moved by the most awe-inspiring monument to love on planet earth. You'll return to Delhi by train and fly to Amritsar.

Day 5: Amritsar

The spiritual home of the Sikh religion. Your hotel is only a few steps away from the The Golden Temple, a place of great beauty and sublime peacefulness. Everyone finds their favorite way to spend time at the temple. You can help out in the kitchen or sit on the cool marble and meditate on the reflections in the holy pond. The temple kitchen is one of the largest in the world. No one goes hungry; around 100,000 people a day are served a free hot meal, regardless of caste, creed and religion.

Day 6: Amritsar

The Pakistan border is only an hour’s drive from Amritsar, here you will witness the flamboyant, high kicking, choreographed Pakistan / Indian Border closing ceremony. This unique, colorful and elaborate spectacle draws crowds on both sides of the border.

Day 7: Jaipur

Today, you fly to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, also known as 'The Pink City'. There is a royal touch to Jaipur's temples, ancient forts, palaces and beautiful havelis (mansions). Your accommodation in Jaipur is an Indian Royal Palace converted into a heritage hotel, the royal family still occupies a part of the property. Peacocks roam around the spacious grounds.

Rajasthan is famous for its rich and prolific art treasures, spectacular landscapes and stunning fortresses, this royal city will captivate you with its history, vibrant culture and tradition. ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ was filmed here!

Day 8: Holi Colour Festival - Jaipur

You are going to celebrate the 'Holi Colour Festival' in Jaipur. Holi is one of the major festivals of India and is the most vibrant of all. The joys of Holi know no bound. The festival is filled with so much fun and frolic that the very mention of the word 'Holi' draws smiles and enthusiasm amongst the people. Holi also celebrates the arrival of spring, a season of joy and hope.

Day 9: Holi Colour Festival - Jaipur

Palaces, forts and monuments are not the only attraction of the pink city, the handicrafts, exquisite jewelry and magnificent art and artifacts will also catch your eye. There is no other city in India which can offer textiles more exotic than the ones found in Jaipur. These vibrant and flamboyant textiles and carpets reflect the rich culture and tradition of Rajasthan.

Day 10: Overnight sleeper train to Udaipur

With your sleeper train departing at 23:00, you’ll have the whole day to explore more of Jaipur.

Day 11: Udaipur

You’ll arrive early morning into Udaipur, fondly called the ‘City of Lakes' and ‘Venice of the East'. With majestic palaces, beautiful temples and a lake cruise to enchant you, we are sure you’ll fall in love with this city.

Day 12: Udaipur

Udaipur is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful, serene and romantic cities in India. Famous the world over for its architectural wonders and rich cultural heritage, Udaipur is also renowned as a major center for performing arts, craft and its typical miniature painting.

Day 13: Udaipur

You’ll enjoy another day in Udaipur, the city of endless charm. Many of the exquisite Rajput palaces have been converted into luxury hotels. Famous among them is the Lake Palace, which appears to float magnificently on Pichola Lake, here we enjoy afternoon tea and a boat cruise.

Day 14: Jodhpur

Today, you will travel 260 kilometers to Jodhpur by road. After a half way stop for lunch and a swim, there’s a visit the exquisite Ranakpur Jain Temple, this temple is an amazing work of art and architecture. The beautiful and delicately carved sculptures in this shrine defy comparison.

Day 15: Jodhpur

One of the largest and most magnificent forts in the whole of Rajasthan, The Mehrangarh Fort (the jewel of Jodhpur) soars above the city. The fort dominates the surrounding plains, appearing majestic and impregnable. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it ‘the work of giants’. Jodhpur is also known as 'The Blue City’ due to the vivid blue painted houses around the fort.

Day 16: Overnight sleeper train to Delhi

You have the whole day to explore more of Jodhpur as the sleeper train departs at 20:00.

Day 17: Delhi

Arrival into Delhi is early morning and you’ll have breakfast in our hotel. You have the whole day to rest in the hotel or do some last minute shopping and sightseeing. Early evening, you’ll head to the airport and say farewell to India. You'll board your evening flight home to your corner of the world, heart full, feeling richer with a new perspective on life.

  • Jane Kagan

    Jane founded Flourish Yoga with the intention to create a community of like-minded souls. The joy and happiness she receives from sharing yoga is the driving force behind her actions. It has been the motivation to ensure Flourish Yoga’s success. Jane is a level 2 yoga teacher with over 20 years involvement in personal improvement and self-discovery. She creates a special blend of yoga, self-inquiry, relaxation, and meditation to help you create a rich experience of yourself.

During this yoga retreat, you are going to visit wonderful places in Delhi, Agra, Amritsar, Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jodhpur.

Flourish Yoga will always explain local foods and delicacies, not all Indian food is spicy. Most restaurants in India serve Western food - everything from pizza to fries and pasta.

Flourish Yoga will help and advise you if you have food allergies and / or intolerance. Gluten is avoidable in India. Vegetarians will have a huge choice. You may want to consider 'going vegetarian' for the duration of the tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • 16 nights' accommodation
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Internal flights
  • Tips and donations
  • Transport and guides
  • Yoga and meditation sessions
  • International flight to and from India
For information about the booking conditions, please send Flourish Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Julian
    9 out of 10

    "What a fun filled, nourishing and amazing trip with Flourish Yoga. India is full of surprises and Jane takes in the passion and history of India while providing an oasis of calm and daily yoga in a variety of amazing locations - hotel rooftops, temples, and ashrams. The yoga philosophy workshops are well thought out and expertly run. Sensitive to individual and group needs, Jane is flexible enough to make changes in itineraries and destinations as required. What ever your travel experience I would certainly recommend a Flourish Yoga trip."

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  • Review by Claudia
    9 out of 10

    "If you have a desire to go to India - go with Jane! She made this the most wonderful trip. India is the place to open your senses and shift the boundaries of your comfort zone and get a fresh perspective on life. India is a never-ending experience of vibrant colours, exotic food, magical palaces, forts, temples, mosques, and ancient monuments. I had many life changing and heart opening moments. I loved every minute!"

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  • Review by Dene
    9 out of 10

    "This trip was an incredible experience. Being my first trip to India, I was a little anxious, however the level of organization and professionalism of Jane and her guides made me feel relaxed. The locations and daily activities were exciting and inspiring. I don't practice yoga regularly, yet I enjoyed learning about the philosophy of yoga, I found myself enjoying this spiritual aspect more than I realized and it only served to heighten the experience with everyone else in the group. I recommend this trip because it's a trip that you'll remember for the rest of your life, I know I certainly will. The people, the places, and the professionalism were beyond reproach. I'd do it again in a heart beat."

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  • Review by Kim
    9 out of 10

    "A big thank you to Jane for a wonderful, fabulous, relaxing, and somewhat challenging (for me at times) weekend in the Blue Mountains. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting new friends and exploring my inner self. I loved the weekend and I certainly didn't want it to end. You are blessed and thank you for all you give. My soul is filled."

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  • Review by Margaret
    9 out of 10

    "It is with much gratitude that I sit here this morning and thank you for a weekend filled with joy on every level. It felt so natural and liberating to be with all those lovely people. What a wonderful weekend you organized for all to enjoy. It really was fabulous; great company, yoga, setting, and food. Jane creates such a warm, positive, and nurturing ambiance you can’t help but fall into its embrace. I had wonderful weekend and returned feeling refreshed, calm, and grounded."

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  • Review by Katie
    9 out of 10

    "Thank you for inspiring my new journey into yoga, it's teachings, and way of life. It seems as though every class I attended with you has something just for me in it; a message that I needed to hear each time. You are such an inspiring person and a wonderful teacher. I truly enjoy your classes. "

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Arrival: Monday March 6, 2017
Departure: Wednesday March 22, 2017

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