There is not one India; there are many. In this unique sight-and-sounds tour we will experience the cultural, spiritual and scenic diversity of North India on a journey that opens our senses — and our hearts — to all North India has to offer. Together we will explore the ancient and contemporary, the grand and the humble. We'll travel from the fashionable, cosmopolitan city of New Delhi to India’s oldest holy city of Varanasi to behold the iconic Taj Mahal — one of the seven wonders of the world — and venture down the quaint, temple-lined alleys of Vrindavan, the birthplace of Krishna. And everything in between.
We'll take private jeeps to the majestic Amber Fort of Jaipur and take rickshaws through the medieval labyrinth of Old Delhi, board one of India’s famous trains for Agra and cruise the Ganges at sunrise, serenaded by classical Indian musicians. We'll hear the music of India’s many spiritual traditions, including sublime bhajans (hymns) in Sikh temples, devotional Sufi qaawali music in mosques, orthodox Vedic chants in the spectacular evening artis and the stunning silence of Sarnath, where the Buddha found enlightenment.
We'll breathe in cardamom and rose in India’s oldest spice shop and the aroma of incense in Hindu temples. We'll share a cup tea from the corner chaiwallah and indulge in a lavish, multi-course meal in a Mughal palace. We'll hunt down treasures by traditional craftspersons in centuries-old bazaars and delight in innovations of India’s most cutting-edge designers found in modern boutiques. We'll meet the people of India and make new friends. We'll do yoga with Ann to keep us grounded and open for the yoga of travel. Return home transformed after the highlights of the North or join Ann for part 2 of this retreat, Yoga & Ayurveda in South India!
2 Double beds or 1 King
A non-refundable deposit of $1000 is required to hold your space. Final Balance Policy: Final payment must be received ... by Nov 1, 2018, in order to be eligible for the early bird pricing, and all payments are non-refundable.Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation, your entire payment will be refunded less the $1000 deposit if the cancellation is made before Nov 1, 2018. Payments are non-refundable after this date. Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. There are many travel insurance companies to choose from, but Travelex and World Nomads are two reputable organizations for worldwide travel coverage.expand
18 + years
Vinyasa, Iyengar, chanting, and meditation
You, yoga, art, and life
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Varanasi
For the The Highlights of North India only, fly into and out of Delhi (airport code: DEL) arriving Feb 13h and departing Feb 23rd after 9pm to allow for any flight delays from Varanasi into Delhi.
No, there are no group airfares, as we will have people joining us from all over the US, with some arriving early, some arriving late, some using miles, etc. We are happy to provide guidance and review any itineraries you find. Please contact us before purchasing flights, and as always, travel insurance is strongly recommended.
Domestic airfare is NOT included in the price, but we will take care of the booking for you so that we all travel together once we arrive in India.
Yes, private airport transfers are included in the price of your trip. Whenever you arrive, day or night, you will be met by a private driver and transported to the group hotel. Note: if you arrive early and decide to stay at an alternate location other than our group hotel, you will be responsible for coordinating and paying for your own transportation directly with the hotel where you will be staying.
Yes! The India visa process can often be a confusing and lengthy process, which is why we strongly suggest using a visa-processing service such as Travel Visa Pro, which can assist you in getting your visa in a fraction of the time for a nominal fee. If you prefer to do it on your own, you have a few options, listed in the travel planner which we will provide you when you register.
There are no required vaccinations for travel to India. However, there are some recommended (suggested) vaccinations given by the CDC. To see the complete list of what is recommended, please visit the CDC Website and consult with your primary care physician to make a decision on what is best for you.
We get hundreds of travelers each year who go on retreat alone. If you are traveling without a friend or partner, but prefer to share your room, we will do our best to match you with another traveler of the same gender. If for some reason, we are not able to match you with a roommate, a single supplement will apply.
If you prefer to have your own private room, a single supplement will apply.
We will be staying at gorgeous 5-star hotels chosen for their location and quality of service throughout Northern India. We've used them all for groups in the past. Please contact us at [email protected] for details on where you will be staying for your specific itinerary.
Yes, please bring your own mat in addition to blocks and a strap if you use props during your practice.
No, gratuities are not included in the total trip price. Tips are an essential part of the economy in India and are greatly appreciated. We suggest $10-$20/day total per person per day for housekeeping and restaurant staff as well as your local guides, drivers and principal guide who will be with you for the entire duration of the trip.
Attendance varies from trip to trip, but 12-25 attendees is a general average.
Yes, all levels are welcome. You will find that wherever you are in your practice you will get just what you need out of the yoga classes on this retreat. International Yoga works only with experienced and extremely qualified teachers, which ensures that everyone's yoga needs will be met.
November to March is the ideal time to visit India in terms of weather. In the north it can get quite cool (50-60s) with the weather starting to warm up in February and March (70-80s). In the south the temperature averages between 80-90 F with only occasional rain.