* delhi * jaipur * Jodhpur * VILLAGE * Agra * Delhi
Inspired India 2019
CULTURAL AND CREATIVE TRAVEL THROUGH THE HEART OF RAJASTHAN
21-30 SEPTEMBER 2019
Join us for a 10 day journey and an opportunity to access a side of India beyond the usual tourist trail.
Come and experience the rich culture of Rajasthan, the stories that have shaped the landscape and the ancient artistic techniques which live to tell a tale of their own. Allow expert guides to lead you into a trip that’s like no other, weaving together arts, history, ancient practices, mythology, and modern culture in a way that is involved, vibrant and memorable.
As part of your unique guided adventure enjoy rare access to exclusive full-day artisan workshops, such as block printing with the textile experts of Bagru and a day painting Indian miniatures with the royal artists of Jaipur City Palace. Alongside practical creative workshops you’ll spend your days discovering temples and palaces, classical yoga, heritage sites, cultural insights and authentic experiences. Take the time to wander through old city streets while listening to all the stories of local life, ride the railways, learn to cook from inside the kitchens of family homes, and then adventure into the desert with the camels and the stars to experience a night in a Rajasthani village. Get to know India from the perspective of the Indians; become inspired by a different way of living and discover your own potential as you go. And don’t worry, we won’t forget to check out the Taj Mahal and incredible Rajasthani palaces and forts too, while allowing enough time to rest at luxury accommodation throughout the trip.
Tempted..? Let your curiosity lead the way.
Private Indian Miniature Painting workshop with India’s award-winning artist Sri Ramu Ramdev inside Jaipur City Palace
Special dinner inside Jaipur City Palace
Full-day traditional block-printing workshop with Bagru’s expert artisans
Take a guided walk to discover secrets of the bazaars in ‘The Pink City’ of Jaipur
Walking tour and shopping opportunities in old streets of ‘The Blue City’ of Jodhpur
Explore the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, one of India’s largest forts
Take a camel ride to explore rural India and stay for the night in a village
Learn to cook traditional Rajasthani food within a local family home
Practice classical yoga within a sacred temple space
Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise
Take a train ride and experience India’s rail system
Learn about culture, mythology, philosophy and history
Relax in luxury 4*, 5* and Heritage Hotel accommodation throughout
VICTORIA LEADER: RETREAT HOST, YOGA TEACHER AND ARTIST
Victoria has spent years of her life exploring and living in India, creating relationships with local people and digging beneath the surface to access authentic experience. She has spent significant time studying Indian Miniature Painting at Jaipur City Palace which has created a deep love and extensive knowledge of Rajasthan, with insights into local culture. As your retreat host, Victoria speaks English and some Hindi, is a 1000hr certified Hatha and Ashtanga yoga teacher, and teaches art and yoga classes in Canada, UK and India. She is committed to offering a rich and memorable experience within a supportive group environment.
VIVEK CHHANGANI: LOCAL GUIDE, CULTURAL INSIGHTS
Vivek lives in Jaipur and is a freelance tour guide licensed by the Government of Rajasthan. Vivek is of Rajput descent and is connected to some of India’s most influential teachers, thinkers and artists. As a family man and your local host he is experienced in offering cultural, heritage and artistic tours, all the while understanding the needs of western visitors and ensuring that the best service is provided. Vivek speaks Hindi and fluent English, is extremely knowledgeable and is full of local insights and tips. He also keeps us laughing all day long!
SEPTEMBER 21-30, 2019
* DELHI * JAIPUR * JODHPUR * VILLAGE * AGRA * DELHI *
Guided tour of Amber Fort and Palace
Exclusive full day workshop in Indian Miniature Painting at Jaipur City Palace taught by award winning royal artist Ramu Ramji
Full day workshop in natural dyes and block printing with expert artisans of Bagru, India’s home of textile production.
Special dinner inside Jaipur City Palace
Sunrise yoga session within sacred temple space
Walking tour of the bazaars and tiny streets of the Pink City of Jaipur
Evening train ride including Indian style travelling dinner
Tour of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort
Family style cooking lesson in the Blue City of Jodhpur
Walking tour and shopping time in the old streets of the Blue City
Rural experience in a Rajasthani desert village
Camel ride and other village activities
Sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal
Specialist art and history guides, in English and Hindi
Free-time to relax or continue exploring at major destinations
8 nights accommodation in 5*, 4* and luxurious heritage hotels. Price is for a shared room with one other guest.
1 night shared accommodation within village stay
All internal travel and connections (Delhi-Jaipur-Jodhpur-Village-Agra-Delhi)
All workshops, mentioned activities, entrance fees and guide fees
Yoga mat for temple yoga practice
Airfare and travel outside of itinerary
Tourist Visa (required for all foreign tourists)
Lunch and dinner (except for Jaipur Palace dinner and train ride)
Tip for the driver (customary in India)
Personal expenses and souvenirs
Any extra activity or service not described
To enjoy an optimum experience, spaces are limited on this tour (10 people max). Sign up early to avoid missing out! Use the form below to confirm your booking, or use the message field to ask any questions before committing.
A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price at the time of booking. The rest of the payment is due at least 60 days before travel.
The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
Final price will be adjusted to include 5% GST.
Prices are in Canadian Dollars. If paying in a different currency the international exchange rate on day of payment will be applied.
Please wait for registration confirmation before booking your flights.
If coming by airplane, please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (DEL) and take a government taxi to our Delhi hotel. We will meet as a group in Delhi on September 21st and will say goodbye on September 30th at the same hotel. You are welcome to extend your personal trip to spend more time in the country. Please ask if you need any assistance in organizing travel.
IN THE MEDIA
Recommended in 2018 by Yoga Journal as ‘An India Retreat That Will Change Your Life’
from guests of INSPIRED INDIA 2018
“This trip was an incredible experience for all the senses. Victoria and Vivek were wonderful hosts, and we were able to combine yoga, art and meditation with some exceptional sight seeing. All the stops were pulled out as we were treated to unique and special experiences, such as a day with a master painter inside a palace, and early morning yoga in a temple. I don’t think there are many other trips out there which integrate the teachings of yoga so well in the sometimes chaotic and always colourful India!”
“In terms of being inspired from this trip, I am massively. I’ve been feeling very creative and have written tonnes of new material.”
“The level of inclusion was amazing! Somehow, I felt like I always belonged to this group. I would recommend this trip to anyone -perfect for anyone who wants to quickly immerse oneself in India.”
“You astounded me by executing almost flawlessly on a very ambitious itinerary. I was especially impressed with how each of you were able to address all the various questions from each member of this diverse Inspired India group without referring to notes or texts.”
“I haven’t stopped smiling since I got home, my neighbour told me she didn’t have to ask me if I enjoyed my trip. Thank you so much for everything.”
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All photography by Victoria Leader and Precious LaPlante during previous trips