Yoga, Palaces & Buddhist Temples
A group tour to India led by Lindsey Porter of yoganuu.com
24 October to 3 November 2019

Yoga, Palaces & Buddhist Temples
A group tour to India led by Lindsey Porter of yoganuu.com
24 October to 3 November 2019

Introduction

This magical two-centre India tour will take in the tranquillity of the Himalaya – exploring Buddhist temples and enjoying yoga in our unique location. Based near Dharamsala in the scenic foothills of the Himalaya. Along with the beauty and magnificent architecture of the Pink City – Jaipur – in the deserts of Rajasthan. Where we will take in sights including the Amber Fort and enjoy yoga in the grounds of our own Palace hotel!

There is also an option to extend your trip to visit the Taj Mahal before flying home.

Your tour is led by Lindsey Porter, an Akhanda Hatha and Curvy Yoga qualified yoga teacher based in Scotland. Lindsey is passionate about sharing the benefits yoga can bring to all minds and bodies. She is also a Tutor for the Yoga Scotland Foundation course, co-founder of an international yoga podcast series listened to in over 70 countries, had articles published in the Huffington Post, Yoga and OM Yoga magazines and is an active supporter and fundraiser for SAMH a Scottish Mental Health charity. With a background of 20 years managing international projects in Financial Services, she has worked and travelled extensively and has previous experience of leading a yoga group in India – you will be in good hands to make this a deeply enjoyable journey.

Find about more about your host, Lindsey at yoganuu.com

Lindsey looks forward to leading you through this insightful trip. Firstly, enjoying the mountains of the great Himalaya, its superb views, the ambience influenced strongly by Buddhism with a visit to the nunnery founded by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo whose story was told in the book ‘Cave in the Snow’ , and exploring the Dalai Lama’s temple complex in Dharamsala and nearby village of McLeod Ganj. Taking all this in our stride with a regular balanced yoga practice and time to relax and unwind.

From here, we will take our exploration down to the wondrous Pink City of Jaipur, one of the jewels of Rajasthan. Here we will balance yoga practices with taking in the splendour and beauty of the sights and palaces. We will also get time to take in a few of the Delhi ‘must sees’ on our arrival into India. The level of yoga is suitable for beginners to Intermediate levels and modifications will always be available. The physical yoga practice will also include aspects of breathwork (pranayama), mantra, mindfulness and relaxation.

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Yoga, Palaces & Buddhist Temples
A group tour to India led by Lindsey Porter of yoganuu.com
24 October to 3 November 2019

Delhi – Andretta – Dharamsala – Jaipur – optional extension to Taj Mahal

Itinerary:
DAY 1: THURSDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2019. FLY TO DELHI

Fly from your home country to India. For those traveling from Scotland or London we can book the following flights for you:

Glasgow option: EK0028 Glasgow (13:00) to Dubai (00:30) (next day) 7H 30M. EK0510 Dubai (04:30) to Delhi (09:10) 3H 10M

London Heathrow option: EK0002 Heathrow (14:20) to Dubai (00:20) (next day) 7H 00M. EK0510 Dubai (04:30) to Delhi (09:10) 3H 10M

If you are not traveling from Scotland or London please speak to Soul of India about alternative flight options.

DAY 2: FRIDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2019. ARRIVE DELHI

Arrive at Delhi at 09:10. You will be met at arrivals and transferred to the Suryaa hotel. In the afternoon we will head out to the explore some nearby sites – the Lotus Temple, Humayun’s tomb and the Sufi shrine at Nizamuddin Dargah.

Overnight in the Suryaa, New Delhi

DAY 3: SATURDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2019. FLY TO DHARAMSALA, DRIVE TO ANDRETTA

After breakfast we will return to Delhi airport to board our flight to the foothills of the Himalayas: SpiceJet flight SG-2468 departing Delhi at 10:55 and arriving at Dharamsala Gaggal at 12:10 (flight time 1h 15m).

From Dharamsala airport we will drive out 50 km to our yoga retreat for the coming days, the Mirage Andretta.

Overnight in the Mirage, Andretta

DAY 4: SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2019. YOGA AT ANDRETTA

A Day to settle into our surroundings, enjoy yoga practices and to relax at the Mirage. Option in the afternoon to visit a nearby Tea Estate to sample its green and black tea.

Overnight in the Mirage, Andretta

DAY 5: MONDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2019. YOGA AT ANDRETTA & NUNNERY VISIT

After a morning yoga practice we will head out to visit the nearby Buddhist nunnery – Dongyu Gatsal Ling and their Dragon Café.

Lindsey with nunnery founder Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Overnight in the Mirage, Andretta

DAY 6: TUESDAY 29TH OCTOBER 2019. YOGA AT RETREAT

Today we will drive out (50km each way) to McLeod Ganj, to visit the Dalai Lama’s monastery and also stopping at Norbulingka, a centre for traditional Tibetan arts.

Overnight in the Mirage, Andretta

DAY 7: WEDNESDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2019. TO JAIPUR

It’s an early start today as we travel from the foothills of the Himalayas to the deserts of Rajasthan.

Transfer to airport for Air India flight AI-9814 from Dharamsala (08:40) to Delhi (10:15). At Delhi board connecting Air India flight AI-491 from Delhi (12:00) to Jaipur (12:55).

At Jaipur we will check in to Diggi Palace, relax and settle in with a late afternoon yoga session

Overnight in Diggi Palace, Jaipur

DAY 8: THURSDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2019. JAIPUR

Morning yoga practice and meditation in the grounds of the hotel. After lunch we will visit the spectacular Amber Fort. Evening to relax and settle into our surroundings.

Overnight in Diggi Palace, Jaipur

DAY 9: FRIDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2019. JAIPUR

Morning yoga practice  and meditation in the grounds of the hotel. After lunch we will explore more of this magical city, including the City Palace Museum, Hawa Mahal, & Jantar Mantar. We’ll also have time to enjoy some local shopping for souvenirs and other things.

Overnight in Diggi Palace, Jaipur

DAY 10: SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2019. DELHI

Spend the morning relaxing at the hotel.

After lunch will drive about 6 hours to Delhi and check into our hotel near Delhi airport, convenient for the next day’s flight home.   

Overnight in Ibis New Delhi Aerocity

DAY 11: SUNDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2019. INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

Transfer to IGIA Delhi airport for international departure.

Edinburgh option: EK0513 Delhi (04:10) to Dubai (06:35) 3H 55M. EK0023 Dubai (10:00) to Edinburgh (14:15) 8H 15M

London Heathrow option: EK0511 Delhi (10:35) to Dubai (13:00) 3H 55M. EK0005 Dubai (15:45) to Heathrow (20:15) 7H 30M

Day 11/Day 12: OPTIONAL AGRA EXTENSION

If you would like to stay on to visit the incredible Taj Mahal, we have the option of visiting Agra as a day trip from Delhi, and flying back home on day 12 (Monday 4th November, 2019).

Main group tour cost per person, sharing a twin or double room:
£2,280
Single room supplement:
£260
The cost includes:
  • Return international flights from UK regional airports to Delhi with Emirates in economy class
  • 9 night’s accommodation in hotels and homestays as per itinerary, sharing twin or double room with en-suite facilities (Check-in is 1400 hrs and checkout 12 noon. Early check-in late checkouts are subject to availability)
  • 3 x internal flights as per itinerary – Delhi to Dharamsala, and Dharamsala to Delhi to Jaipur in economy class
  • Three meals daily while at Mirage Andretta. Breakfast and dinner at other hotels
  • All arrival/departure transfers, long drives and sightseeing by a chauffeur driven private air-conditioned coach
  • Services of a local English-speaking representative for all arrival and departure transfers to assist you at the airports.
  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all monuments during sightseeing as specified in your itinerary
  • Yoga with Lindsey Porter in the yoga hall at Mirage Andretta and in the grounds of Diggi Palace
  • Mineral water while travelling
  • Full ATOL bonding
The cost does not include:
  • Lunches, except at Mirage Andretta
  • India visa fee. You can now apply for visa on arrival in India- please click here for more information. https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
  • Tips (we will be tipping drivers, guides etc. as a group)
  • Any expenses of a personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, beverages, gratuities etc.
  • Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest.
  • Travel Insurance: It is essential to have adequate travel insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.
For your travel insurance, please ensure:
  • It includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover
  • It provides cover for your whole trip
  • It covers you for all activities
  • It covers all your pre-existing medical conditions
  • Keep your Policy Number and Insurer’s 24-hour Emergency Number handy with you

If you wish to book this tour, please compete the booking form, sign and e-mail it to us. A non-refundable deposit of £400.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure. You can make the deposit payment by debit or credit card or electronic transfers to our bank. Our Bank details are on the booking form.

Optional extension to visit the Taj Mahal, Agra
The cost per person sharing a twin or double room:
£180
Single room supplement:
£50
The cost includes:
  • One night’s additional accommodation in the Ibis New Delhi Aerocity hotel with breakfast and dinner
  • Return transport from Delhi to Agra as a day trip in private chauffeur-drive air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Entrance fees to Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
  • English speaking guide
  • Mineral water while traveling
The cost does not include:
  • Lunches
  • Anything not mentioned above
CONTACT US

To enquire or make a booking on this tour, please call: 020 8901 7630 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm

TESTIMONIALS:
“I cannot recommend this company enough. Safe to say India has got under our skin and into our hearts, and when we visit again we will definitely be booking with this company - if you are thinking of going I urge you to do the same.”- Gillian and Ashley Iredale
``The whole experience was great, the most relaxing day of the holiday was the cruise up the backwaters when the whole group experienced it together``- Margaret Fortune
``A whole variety of experiences- worship, culture, scenery, friendliness of the people & their hospitality``- Daphne Brindle
``Being in India and witnessing the faith that the people of India have, Hindus, Muslim or Christians, seeing with my own eyes the devotion the people have`` - Steve Breward