Day 5-7: Vrindavin | October 13th – 15th, 2019
In Vrindavan, one of the holiest cities in India, experience a place that is abundant with spiritual energy. Known as the place where the Hindu deity Krishna spent his childhood, there are many temples dedicated to Krishna and his beloved, Radha. People come to this place on a pilgrimage to pay their respect and to participate in several festivals held here.
After morning practice and breakfast, a professional guide gives a very special tour of Vrindavan. Visit some of the famous temples and learn about the spiritual side of India. A special meditation practice, under a 5000-year-old tree, commemorates the place where Krishna played his flute to his beloved cows. After lunch, visit the famous Banke Bihari temple. Throughout the day, hear some of the ancient stories of Krishna and Radha that help explain why this place has such vibrant energy.
In Vrindavan, experience a few different approaches to yoga such as bhakti yoga “loving devotion” and karma yoga “selfless action.” A sunset boat ride on the sacred Yamuna river, participation in the evening Yamuna Aarti on the ancient Ghats, and a visit to the Radha Vallabh Mandir completes the evening before heading back to the hotel for dinner and a good sleep! In the morning, practice, have breakfast and enjoy a shuttle drive to Jaipur.
Day 7-10: Jaipur | October 15th-18th, 2019
Experience a completely different kind of India visiting Jaipur in the colorful land of Rajasthan. Spend the first night outside of Jaipur in the rural countryside, at the Samode Baghe. Settle in and enjoy some quiet space to take in the new surroundings and nature, fountains and birds. Enjoy a lovely yoga practice held in the gardens. Based on the Royal tents during the Mughal era, stay in a tented cottage with all the amenities one requires. In the evening, partake in a special dinner at the Samode Palace.
Next day, after morning practice and breakfast, head to the famous Amber Fort and stop for lunch and a little shopping on the way to the hotel. Spend the next two nights at the Samode Haveli located in the heart of the walled pink city of Jaipur known for its rich history of palaces, historical sites, and bazaars with some of the finest shopping in jewels, shawls, rugs, block printing and handicrafts in the country.
An all-day guided tour of the main sites includes: Palace of Winds, City Palace and the Observatory completes the day. An early morning walk through the markets provides a chance to see how the bustling city wakes up and locals prepare for their day. After practice and breakfast, head to the airport for a flight to Varanasi.