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Celebrate Holi, the color festival at Vrindavan, Lord Krishna place on this yoga retreat to north India. Visit Taj under the full moon. Explore cities like New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Vrindavan, and much more.
Namaste! Welcome to India. Your Soulfit-Wellness begins with a welcome meeting at 17:30 on Day 1 and also a hotel based group dinner. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day earlier so you're able to attend the meeting, we will be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If youre going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide your tour leader with.
Rise early to do yoga and meditation. After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Jaipur (6 hours approximately). Jaipur, the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan is known as the Pink City of India. The city was planned according to Indian Vastu Shastra (Vedic planning for the comfort and prosperity of the citizens). The directions of each street and market are east to west and north to south. We will transfer to our hotel. In the evening visit the Raj Mandir cinema to see a Bollywood movie with the locals. Bollywood is one of the largest film producers in India and is one of the largest centers of film production in the world. Fourteen million Indians go to the movies on a daily basis to see any of the over 800 films churned out by Bollywood each year.
Rise early to do yoga and meditation with the sounds of meditative music. After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Amber Palace, approximately 11 km from Jaipur. The Rajput Maharajas and their families lived in the palace, which was built using red and white marble and was built with a mix of Hindu- Muslim style reminiscent of 17th century India. After lunch, please also consider choosing one or more of the optional activities, which your tour leader will be happy to assist you with the arrangements of. In the evening, we will enjoy an authentic dinner cooked in the local style, which is a special experience.
After doing our scheduled yoga and meditation in the morning, we drive to the city of Taj, Agra, whereupon we will transfer directly to our hotel. We visit Agra fort in late afternoon today. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant (at your expense) before we go to view the sublime beauty of the Taj Mahal at moon light. Please note that the entrance to Taj under full moon one or two days before and after, is limited to few entries. Entrance on specific night is entirely subjected to availability of limited tickets and VIP movement. Please note we will be given a time slot and would not be allowed more than 30 minutes into the Taj Complex. The entry is limited to the specific area.
Rise early to view the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Enjoy soothing beauty: watch the sunrays strike the beautiful Taj whilst listening to the stories of its origin. The Taj Mahal is the epitome of Mughal art and is one of the most famous buildings in the world. It is a mausoleum that represents the house of the Queen in paradise, and its setting was based on the palace gardens of the great nobles that lined both sides of the river Yamuna in Agra. Return to the hotel to enjoy breakfast before driving to Vrindavan to celebrate Holi.
Holi is one of the major festivals of India and is the most vibrant of all. The joy of Holi knows no bound. The festival is celebrated across the four corners of India or rather across the globe. The festival is filled with so much fun and frolic that the very mention of the word 'Holi' draws smile and enthusiasm amongst the people. Holi also celebrates the arrival of spring, a season of joy and hope.
Rise early to practice yoga and meditation with your yoga instructor in the garden. We visit temples of Vrindavan after enjoying breakfast at hotel. Vrindavan is another major place of pilgrimage. It is noted for its numerous temples - both old and modern. The name Vrindavan evokes the playfulness and lovable characteristics of Shri Krishna. This is the wood where he frolicked with the gopis (mythological girlfriends) and tenderly wooed Radha. It is the transcendental abode of Lord Krishna. It is not an ordinary material city, for it is eternally connected with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is said that Lord Krishna never leaves Vrindavan.
Rise early to do yoga and meditation. After breakfast we will begin the drive to Delhi, enjoy visiting India Gate and imperial buildings at New Delhi in the evening. Please consider enjoying our last dinner as a group, in order to have some drinks (not included), share memories and exchange contacts with other group members, should you wish to. We recommend that you stay longer in Delhi in order to explore the city and the people.
Rise early to do the final yoga and meditation. Enjoy breakfast with the group at the hotel before you continue on your forward journey. Have a safe flight to home! Please note the hotel rooms are available till 11:00 only. We would be happy to book a room for an extra night for you. Please inform your leader well in advance in order to make arrangements for you. If you need any assistance to book for airport transfer, ask your tour leader. Our services end at 11:00. We look forward to serving you again for future Soulfit-Wellness trips. Live a happy and soul-fit life, namaste!