Cultural India & International Yoga Festival
Explore the rich culture of India and discover the birthplace of yoga with two days at the International Yoga Festival!
• Delhi • The International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan Ashram • Wildlife safari in Corbett National Park • Agra • Jaipur
Start your journey in the bustling city of Delhi, visiting India's largest Mosque, walking the maze like streets of the Chandni Chowk bazaar and exploring the grand monuments and sights of both Old and New Delhi City. Next, travel to the foothills of the Himalayas in Rishikesh and awaken your inner yogi in the yoga capital of the world. Each year the International Yoga Festival grows and expands, embracing more and more people from more and more countries. Spend two days connecting with like-minded yogis and paradigm-shifters from every part of the planet, with the opportunity to embrace every major style of yoga and learn from enlightened spiritual leaders, master yoga teachers, evolutionary thought leaders, and wellness specialists. After an immersive festival experience, visit Corbett National Park for an adventurous wildlife safari, spotting tigers, leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats, wild boars, langurs and rhesus monkeys before heading to Agra for a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal. Conclude your trip in the picturesque city of Jaipur, exploring the astronomical observatory, historic palaces and lively markets.
Delhi Delhi offers a glimpse of both ancient and modern day India, rich in culture and always changing with time, but never hiding its splendid past. As the country's capital, it is one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. The various ancient ruins seen throughout the city are silent witnesses to its magnificent history. The city itself is a blend of two different yet perfectly balanced parts, the Old and the New Delhi. With its intricate streets, elegant mosques, forts, monuments, and bazaars that sell a variety of goods, Old Delhi speaks volumes about its Mughal past. With its multi-ethnic, multi-cultural population, New Delhi is a true cosmopolitan.
International Yoga Festival Yoga is an ancient science which leads to health in the body, peace in the mind, joy in the heart, and liberation of the soul. Awaken to the best version of yourself and ignite your inner light through this not-to-be-missed event at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, the largest ashram in Rishikesh and one of the largest interfaith yoga institutions in India. The programme offers an extensive schedule of possibility, starting with Kundalini sadhana at 4 a.m. for the intensely committed and ending at 9:30 pm with traditional cultural song and dance, kirtan and enlightened entertainment on the banks of Ganga. You can customize each day as per your personal needs. There is also a Sacred Sound Stage for you to come, unwind and awaken through the power of sound.
Agra Agra is famous for being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital of in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While its significance as a political centre ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
Jaipur Jaipur, the picturesque capital of Rajasthan, is awash in pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. Built in 1727 A.D. by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh JI, this city displays a remarkable harmony and architectural splendour, most notably for the renowned Palace of the Winds. The ancient heart of the Pink City still beats in its fairytale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues that dot the entire city. There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur's colourful bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms and trinkets. Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvelous heritage hotels (once the residence of Maharajas), are worth admiration. Not to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued costumes that will make your trip to the pink city a memorable one.
FEB/MARCH 2019 Check out the Festival programme at www.internationalyogafestival.org, and choose the two festival days you would most enjoy for Days 4 and 5 of this itinerary.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to your hotel for overnight.
Day 02: Delhi (B) Journey to India's renowned capital, influenced by 1850's British Raj and 1630's Mughal Empire. Today's tour includes heritage rich Old and New Delhi city including a visit to India's largest Mosque, Jama Masjid, built by Mughal Emperor and the maker of Taj Mahal 'Shah Jahan' in 1644 AD showcasing the finest Islamic style of architecture. Climb aboard a rickshaw to travel through the maze like streets of the Chandni Chowk bazaar and time permitting continue to Asia's largest spice trading market 'Khari Baoli'. Our ride will end outside the imperial residence of 1600's Mughal Dynasty the Red Fort of Delhi. Continue to New Delhi city and experience colonial-era Lutyens Delhi including the Mahatma Gandhi Museum 'Birla House' where he was shot dead by a Hindu zealot in 1948. Next, we explore the gold covered Sikh Shrine Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. See the holy community kitchen that feeds over 10,000 devotees, pilgrims and the homeless every day. Next, visit Raj Path to witness Sir Edwin Lutyens finest works from the 1920's British Raj including the Government buildings, India Gate, President and Parliament House from outside. Visit Connaught Place named for the 'Duke of Connaught'. This horse-shoe shaped market remains a showpiece of Lutyens Delhi. Enjoy some time at leisure to later return to your hotel.
Day 03: Delhi > Haridwar > Rishikesh (B) This morning drive to Haridwar, located at the foothills of the Himalayas and the point where the Holy Ganga reaches the plains, a journey of approximately 6 hours. This evening visit Har-Ki-Pauri for the famous Ganga Arti & floating of diyas on the Ganges. Later drive to Rishikesh and check in to your hotel.
Day 04 & 05: Rishikesh (B) Spend the full day in activities for the Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
Day 06: Rishikesh > Corbett (B,L,D) This morning drive approximately 4 hours to Corbett National Park. The park covers an area of 521 km2 and is home to more than 500 species of animals, reptiles and birds. Wildlife includes: tigers, leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats, wild boars, langurs and rhesus monkeys.
Day 07: Corbett (B,L,D) Enjoy a morning safari in the park. Have your camera at the ready. This afternoon and evening are at leisure.
Day 08: Corbett > Agra (B) A long drive today as you depart Corbett for Agra, a journey of approximately 8 hours. Upon arrival check in to your hotel and the balance of the day is at leisure.
Day 09: Agra > Jaipur (B) Early this morning enjoy a beautiful sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal, known as the epitome of love, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. On the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. The Mughals perfected the art of embedding semi-precious stones into marble (a process known as Pietra Dura) and the Taj is the finest example of this. Return to the hotel for breakfast and check out. Continue to the Red Fort built in the 16th century and today a UNESCO world heritage site before driving to the pink city of Jaipur, a drive of approximately 5 hours.
Day 10: Jaipur (B) Travel out to Amber fort and enjoy a classic jeep ride up to the fortress itself. Built in the 16th century by Rajput commander Raja Man Singh I, the fortress offers magnificent hilltop views with an intricate mirror palace and fine blends of Hindu-Rajasthani architecture. Next, we take a photo-stop outside the water palace of Jal Mahal located in the centre of Man Sagar Lake. We arrive in the heart of the old city to visit Jantar Mantar, the astronomical observatory where your guide will teach you how its bizarre giant instruments work to measure celestial objects. Visit the city palace and museum built in 1700 AD and enjoy the novelty of street shopping as we take you for a walk through Jaipur's most colourful bazaars. Put your negotiating skills to the test here, as this market is a trading hub of everything from blue pottery and Indian saris to rare spices. See Jaipur's most distinctive landmark, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds built in a unique pink-coloured beehive design that is certainly hard to miss. Its 958 intricately designed windows were built for the royal women to watch street life without being seen.
Day 11: Jaipur > Delhi (B) This morning transfer to Delhi Airport for your onward flight.
• Meet & greets at airport & train station • Service of a Local English Speaking Guide during sightseeing tours • Accommodation and hotels as per itinerary or similar • Meals as specified within itinerary • All transfers, tours and excursions by an air-conditioned Vehicle • All entrance fees at monuments as per itinerary • One Jeep Safari in Corbett • Yoga Activities at Parmath Nikentan Ashram for 2 days • GST and applicable taxes
Pricing (per person) $AUD
Not included • International airfares
• Fuel surcharges unless specified
• Visas & Insurance
• Early check in/ late check out charges
• Meals other than specified
• Beverages unless specified
• Excess baggage
• Gratuities/tipping & Items of a personal nature
• International airfares • Fuel surcharges unless specified • Visas & Insurance • Early check in/ late check out charges • Meals other than specified • Beverages unless specified • Excess baggage • Gratuities/tipping & Items of a personal nature