To India With LOVE Tour
January 28th-February 16th
Thank you so much for your interest in this amazing 20 day tour, to a land that is very dear to my heart. India is so many things and is a different and unique experience for everyone. If you are being called to India then she has something very profound to teach you.
Our first tour in 2019 was a huge success and I am excited to offer this tour once again in 2020. Although India is vast and diverse, this tour will give you a taste of what magic India has to offer. Travelling alone to India for the first time can prove to be challenging, so all the guesswork has been done for you and all you have to do is join me with an open mind and heart. I will introduce you to the places and people that I feel at home with, and along the way I will share many ancient yogic teachings and offerings as we get lost into another place and time.
I look forward to sharing this amazing place with you!
With Much LOVE
DELHI & AGRA - 3 Nights
*Arrival at Ajanta Hotel
* Day Trip to the Taj Mahal
*Explore Paragan Market
*Day Trip to The Lotus Temple
After your long flight to India the first thing you will want to do is catch up on some sleep. International arrivals in Delhi always land very late so I will be meeting you for pick up at Indira Gandhi International airport and we will make our way to Ajanta Hotel, a place where I usually stay when I pass through Delhi.
Delhi is India's capital and has a population of around 30 million people. The intensity of this city can be exciting but also an assault on the senses, so we won't be spending too much time there as there is so much more to see in India.You will certainly get a taste of this insane place.
After having a good night's rest at the Ajanta Hotel we will be having complimentary breakfast offered by the hotel, then we explore the Paragang Market for a few hours before heading to AGRA to see the famous Taj Mahal. Sunrise is the best time to go, but considering our late arrival I think it's best we go in the late afternoon for the Sunset, which is still breathtakingly beautiful.
The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful and significant masterpieces in the world and is one of the greatest symbols of LOVE. A mausoleum of white marble, the Taj Mahal was built around 400 years ago to the order of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife who died giving birth to their 14th child. This World Heritage site of Indian, Mughal and Persian design took 21 years to make with over 20,000 workers and 1000 elephants to build this wondrous place.
Starting our tour with this token of LOVE is the perfect way to begin our journey.
RISHIKESH - 4 Nights
*Arrival at Hotel (TBD)
*Puja at the Ganges
*Arti Sunset Ceremony
Rishikesh translates to the 'City of Saints' and is one of the holiest places for Hindus in India. It is also known as the Yoga Capital of the World. Sages and Saints who master in the art of yoga have been visiting and living in this city for thousands of years.
Located on the banks of the Holy Ganga River, it is believed that the spiritual energy of Rishkesh comes from the Mother Goddess Ganga. A river of spiritual significance, her healing properties are known to cleanse the hearts and soul of all who pray and offer puja to her. Nestled under the gaze of the Himalayas, some call Rishikesh the place of Heaven on Earth.
The Beatles put the spotlight on Rishikesh when they visited this small town back in 1968 where they met and studied with their guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This attracted millions of tourists, wanderers and spiritual seekers and made Rishikesh a popular Spiritual Hub among the western world.
After our arrival we will relax and explore the surrounding of Rishikesh and you will quickly understand the sacredness of this place. We will dive into the spiritual teachings of the Ganga and experience daily puja, yoga and ceremony.
KHUJARAHO- 3 Nights
*Arrival at Mint Bundel Resort (TBC)
*Afternoon lounging by the pool
*Day trip to the Kamasutra Temples
*Indian Food cookout
After a long journey we will be arriving in the early morning hours to check into our beautiful resort and we will have a free day to catch up on sleep, to have some solo time and to enjoy the day by the pool followed by a lovely dinner together at the hotel. After a day of relaxation we will explore the gorgeous Kamasutra Temples.
Khajuraho is a small town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is famously known for it’s ancient Jain, Vishnu and Shiva Temples. The temples are covered with thousands of unique erotic carvings and sculptures in different and various sexual positions that depicts a society that honoured Kama, the Sanskrit word for Desire or Longing.
The Kamasutra temples were built over 1000 years ago during the Chandela Dynasty and are unique to Khajuraho and some parts of Rajasthan. After the dynasty fell in the 13th century the temples were abandoned and hidden under dense growth of date palm trees and weren’t discovered until 1838.
The sculptures depict the finest temple art in the world not only showing erotic sensuality, but of ancient sky dancers known as the Apsaras, holding gestures and mudras, classical dance postures and depicting the celebration and empowerment of womanhood.
PUSHKAR - 4 Nights
*Arrival at DIA Hotel
*Free Day to Explore the Market and Town of Pushkar
*Sunset Arti Ceremony and Puja at the Holy Lake
*Brahma Temple and Shakti Peeth Tour
*Private Drumming Class
*Trek up the Gayatri Mountain for Sunset Views
* Free Day Relaxing at the Private Pool of Pushkar Resort
Pushkar is the place I call home in India, and I felt this way about this magical little place since my first visit over 20 years ago. Home to the only Brahma Temple in the world, Brahma is the Supreme Godhead in the Hindu Pantheon.
Pushkar is considered a sacred and holy town, that honours the Goddess in her many forms. Each Full Moon is packed with people celebrating and we will be there for the February Full Moon for this special puja and offering to the Goddess. The town resides around the Holy Lake which is surrounded by a few sacred mountains in the middle of the desert. Meat and Alcohol are prohibited all around town.
Pushkar is also the home to the Shakti School of Dance where I studied Odissi Temple Dance and is also the place where I produce all of my designs for Love Not Fear. I am so excited and honoured to share this special place with you. You will be meeting all the people who I hold dear to me here.
There will be free time to explore but we also have a full plate of celebration and things to do!
JODPHUR- 3 Nights
*Ariival at Welcome Jodphur 5 star Resort (TBC)
*The World Sufi Music Festival Festivities
*Mehrangarh Fort and Museum
*Chamunda Devi Temple (TBC)
The World Sacred Spirit Festival is India’s pre-eminent spiritual music event and we are so blessed to be in Jodphur at that time. Held in the majestic Mehrangarh Fort in the historic city of Jodhpur, the festival features leading artists from across the world. We will experience a unique blend of poetry, dance and music across genres including folk, sufi, international and classical music. To learn more about this sacred festival check out this amazing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=4rjFU7z05Ks
Jodhpur is known as the Blue City, situated within the state of Rajasthan, and is home to many palaces, forts and temples. It is set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert and it’s most notable attraction is the Mehrangarh Fort where the Music Festival will be.
This will be the last 2 nights of our trip together and we will be staying at the luxury Welcome Jodphur Resort. On our last evening together we will enjoy a beautiful evening with a wonderful dinner together..
TRAVEL ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
January27th/28th 2019- DEPARTURE
January 29th - ARRIVE IN DELHI
January 31st- DAY TRIP TO TAJ MAHAL
February 1st - DRIVE TO RISHIKESH
February 5th- DRIVE TO DELHI TAKE OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO KHAJURAHO
February 6th- ARRIVE KHAJURAHO
February 9th - OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO Pushkar
February 10th- Arrive PUSHKAR
February 14th- DRIVE TO JODPHUR
February 17th- Good bye India
COST and FLIGHT DETAILS
Before September 7th $3450 CDN plus HST
After September 7th $3650 CDN plus HST
Non Refundable Deposit of $500 CDN to hold your spot
Balance to be paid 2 months prior to our journey due on
December 15th 2019
Cost is Double Occupancy
(Your first two nights are Single Occupancy)
If you prefer Single Occupancy add $1000
If you wish to pay in full when booking your spot you will save $150
After your $500 deposit is received you have the option to make monthly payments which is due on the 15th of each month with your balance paid in full by December 15th 2018
Payment can be made with any major credit card or through etransfer to
Credit card payments please add a 3% admin fee
Payment Plan Due dates
$500 CDN Deposit to hold spot
2nd Payment September 15th 2019
3rd Payment October 15th 2019
4th Payment November 15th 2019
5th Payment December 15th 2019
This tour will be with a small group at a maximum 8 people including myself..
For those Traveling with me to Goa your flight and hotel will be added to your tour package with hotel in Goa
Return Flight Toronto/ Delhi Approx $1000- $1200 CDN
Return Flight or travel to Delhi from Jodphur or beyond as some of you may stay in India for more travel. If you request a flight back to Delhi then let me know and I can find an affordable flight for you at Approx $100-$200
Personal shopping- Budget between $500-$1000 CDN for your shopping as you will want to shop!
Food and meals if not specified above- Budget for $250 CDN for food
Breakfast is complimentary and included every day
Your Indian Tourist Visa and Travel Insurance will be your own responsibility
Please note that some activities are subject to change. I will do my best to book everything that is offered in this Itinerary- but this is India and we must be open to some changes.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm looking so forward to sharing this journey with you! It will be a trip that you will never forget!
Always Choose LOVE