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12 night Retreat and Travel - Spiritual India 2016

This 12 night travel and retreat trip to India will change your life! We'll be travelling through Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal) and Varanasi until we reach Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of the World for a 7 night retreat. Every day includes a yoga session from our supporting yoga teacher or local teachers.


Rishikesh, Hardwar, Varanasi, Vrindavan1178553
various cities, Rishikesh IN

Type of Event

  • Retreat

Yoga Styles



Oct 1 to
Oct 13
12:00 pmto12:00 pm

We start off at noon at our hotel in Delhi on the 1st of October and end the trip around lunch time on the 13th of October in Rishikesh, we will arrange the travel back to Delhi for whichever time you choose to fly back home.



12 nights accommodation* in authentic Indian hotels and guesthouses
1 night in Delhi, 1 night in Agra, 1 overnight train, 2 nights in
Varanasi, 7 nights in Rishikesh
2 meals daily
Every day yoga
More than 20 excursions
3 guides/yoga teachers supporting you all the way
Personalised service
Free time

Full Description

Destinations: New Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), Varanasi and Rishikesh: "Yoga Capital of the World"
Travel/Retreat style: travel, everyday yoga, sights, treks and food experience
Date: 1 October to 13 October 2016
Price: $1900 USD

Come and experience Spiritual India with us!

- 5 nights escorted touring Northern India
– Delhi, Agra, Varanasi,- 7 nights retreating on the foothills of the Himalayas the Yoga Capital of the World: Rishikesh!
- Daily well-being program with yoga and meditations with your Western yogi tour leaders and special local teachers and guides
- Explore the bustling streets of Old Delhi and the best sights in Delhi
- See the wonderful Taj Mahal at sunset time for amazing colours
- Discover Varanasi, India’s most holy city on the Ganges taking you to the highlights
- Travel across India for a traditional overnight train experience
- Adventure with water rafting on the Ganges through the fresh water and foothills of the Himalayas
- Experience sunrise at Kunjapuri Temple overlooking the snow peaked Himalayan mountains
- Trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas to the revered Neelkanth Temple in the Hindu Scriptures
- Give back visiting a local orphanage and enjoy an organic meal at their café to help support their livelihood
- Authentic experiences to make this a memorable journey with traditional music, temples, way of life, understanding India yoga philosophy and styles and many more local experiences
- Tasting India’s cuisine and delicacies, indulge your tastebuds with flavours of India with Lassi’s, Dhal, Chai, Masala Dosa’s, Samosa’s and so much more!
- Retreat with body treatments to experience the eastern way of wellbeing with an authentic Ayurveda consultation and massage
- Experienced retreat leaders and yoga teachers to support you on your journey

Incredible India! Join us for this epic adventure discovering India’s
prime local spots.
The 12 days are divided into two 6 day sections. The first 6 days we
will travel and explore Delhi. Agra and Varanasi. The second 6 days we
will be staying in Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of the World, located
in the foothills of the Himalayas where the holy river Ganges flows
through. Every day includes one yoga/meditation session with our
accompanying yoga teacher Katrina Thomson or with local teachers where
available. The adventure is a mix between yoga, relaxation,
sightseeing, cultural experiences and some physical activities out in
nature. All in all offering you the ultimate experience of India one
could imagine. The package is organised in cooperation between India
expert Roy van den Bor, Wholesome Life and our trusted local Indian tour

In the first two days we will see the best of Delhi, exploring the
hustle and bustle of Old Delhi, the main bazaar: Paraganj, the amazing
Red Fort and the stunning Humayuns Tomb featuring incredibly detailed
Persian artwork. You will be staying at a luxury hotel including our
own yoga hall where we will have two yoga sessions with Roy. From here
we will take the evening train to Agra, the train is the most fun way
to experience Indian culture! You will most likely meet Indian
families travelling to their home or relatives, perhaps offering you
some food as is their part of their many lovely customs.

The home of India’s most revered sight, the Taj Mahal, Agra cannot be
missed on your Indian itinerary! We will explore Agra’s Fort and
Itamad’s Tomb during the day time, in the afternoon we will head out
to see the mighty Taj Mahal. We will stick around the “Taj" for a
while until sunset, the deep red colours will add a contast to the
white ancient structure that is truly majestic to the eye. In the
evening we will take the AC Sleeper train to Varanasi. This journey is
the ultimate way to experience how Indian locals travel and we will
make sure it is a safe journey! The train takes about 12 hours, you
will have your own bed with bedding supplied by the Indian Railways.
Alternatively we can book a private taxi if you are not comfortable
traveling by train, this will take around 8 hours overnight.

The spiritual centre of India, Varanasi is located at the Ganges
river. The holy city of Varanasi, or Benares as it was called in
Ancient India, preserves much of India’s older culture. The winding
small streets with old buildings will take your heart and soul years
back in time. We will stay for 2 days and 2 nights in Varanasi. On the
first day we will explore the streets and have a look at the burning
ghats, the place where cremations take place. Although perhaps not the
most pleasant sight, the burning ghats offer an interesting insight
into the Hindu culture. Being cremated in Varanasi means that the
person will achieve immediate Enlightenment, Samadhi or Moksha. On the
second day we will explore the Hindu Monkey Temple and during the time
of sunset we will take a boat cruise on the holy river ganges, giving
you the best perspective of the river side front of the much revered
city of Varanasi, an experience not to be forgotten during this

Included in the fee is the flight from Varanasi to Rishikesh, saving
us a lot of time traveling and making our journey more comfortable. In
the afternoon we arrive at our final destination, Rishikesh, the Yoga
Capital of the World, in the foothills of the Himalayas. After all
this traveling we will stay for 7 nights in the spiritual centre of
Rishikesh, close to the river Ganges and surrounded by ashrams and
bearded holy men. In the part of Rishikesh where we will be staying
cars are not allowed in and allow us to get away from the often busy
Indian street sounds. The full 6 days that we will be staying are
filled with yoga sessions from the best teachers in India that Roy has
gotten to know in the full 8 months that he lived in Rishikesh. Every
day we will also be undertaking some activities.

The activities in Rishikesh include but are not limited to:

Travel to Kunjapuri Temple to see the sun rising above the snow peaked
Himalayan mountain peaks and then trekking down through India’s
Wild water rafting on the river Ganges with some amazing sights of the
Himalayan foothills on the way.
Explore the Maharishi Mahesh Ashram where the Beatles stayed and wrote
some of their albums.
Trek to the Neelkanth Temple, where Hindu Deity Shiva drank the
poison, and learn about Hindu mythology.
Attend a privately organised lecture with one of Rishikesh most
revered spiritual teachers to gain more knowledge about the spiritual
side of yoga and to take a deep look into our being.
Experience special evening Aarti, a devotional performance at Parmath
Niketan Ashram, along the banks of the Ganges experiencing India’s
real spiritual side.
Another night we will be involving ourselves in Kirtan, devotional
chanting, the yoga of the heart.
Be fully amazed by a privately organised Indian Classical Music
concert featuring the Sitar and Tabla.
Meditate in the Vashista cave, a cave where a yogi meditated for years
and experienced enlightenment, you will be able to meditate inside the
cave and experience the calmness of his energy that still lingers.

12 nights accommodation* in authentic Indian hotels and guesthouses
1 night in Delhi, 1 night in Agra, 1 overnight train, 2 nights in
Varanasi, 7 nights in Rishikesh
2 meals daily includes breakfast and either lunch or dinner depends on
daily program
Every day yoga
More than 20 excursions, Temples, sights, nature adventures, spiritual
adventures etc.
Katrina, Roy and local guide Sahdev to be with you most of the time
and at all excursions (Katrina is coming along if we reach the minimum of 5
attendees to the trip, which in all likelyhood we will!)
Personalised service and additional travel support information
Free time

*Accommodation is based on twin / double share. Private upgrade
supplement available.

Optional add on’s:

Private upgrade supplement: (subject to availability) AUD $400 pp. If
you are travelling alone we can match you with another solo traveller
to share a room with if you like.
Taxi service: can be arranged should you choose not to take the
trains, additional fee will apply depending on distance and guests.

Retreat package
India RETREAT PACKAGE: 12 Night / 12 day Explore India and Yoga
retreat tour package (twin / double share)

Limited places for a quality experience.
BOOK EARLY with the group ensures you get the best of the
accommodation on offer (we have hand picked these spots for a reason,
you will see!) and stay together as a group. For later bookings, there
may be a possibility of not all staying in the same hotel at every
destination however, will make sure we are all within short reach. If
you are interested, please express your interest so we can make sure
you we have availability.
Flights to and from India not included, flight from Varanasi to
Rishikesh is included.

See below, HOW TO GET THERE plus useful links to start planning your India trip!

How to get there
Flying into Delhi is the easiest option.

A useful link to use is to work out your flight route and
economical flights view here.
If you have any further queries we are happy to help and recommend a
friendly travel agent should you want any further booking advice.

Exchange rates
The local currency in India is the Indian Rupee, INR for short. A
great reference for exchange rates conversion calculator is

This package has been priced in Australian dollars to make this easier
for our locally based Australian clients travelling with us. If you
are an international guest you are more than welcome to join us,
please inquire with us directly.

Terms and conditions
Roy and Wholesome Life are working with an authorised local operator
to assist with this tour package to ensure quality and professional
industry standards. The following terms and conditions are based on
the tour operator and our policies. Please read the following before

All travelling guests are required to take out personal travel
insurance for this trip. We highly recommend this is purchased in
advance before travel should any unforeseeable circumstances restrict
you from travelling to cover your expenses. While on this private
group experience please note that in your free time, taxi transfers
and on excursions, you are not covered by the tour operators policy.

Payment plans are available. The balance of the price of your travel
arrangements must to be paid 8 weeks before your departure date. If
the deposit, instalments and/or balance are not paid in time, we have
the right to cancel your travel arrangements. If the balance is not
paid in time we shall retain your deposit and monies paid based on the
below cancelation policy.

If the rare cases of cancelations please note the following terms. We
encourage you to make sure your personal travel insurance covers you
for cancelations for your booking costs, this is your responsibility
to check your policy. If we are unable fill your place or this can be
transferred to another with name change then the below cost structure
is based on the amount of notice given and investment to book your
place with our suppliers. A cancelation admin fee of $150 will apply.
Where possible we will make this fair and reasonable.

The cancellation policy for this trip as followed is based on our
commitment to our travel agents terms and conditions as well as Roy
and Wholesome Life’s liabilities.

Deposit: is required to secure your booking. If you choose to cancel
your holiday then the following non-refundable monies will apply:
(a) More than 90 days 40% of holiday cost
(b) More than 60 days: 50% of holiday cost
(c) More than 30 days: 60% of holiday cost
(d) 14 Days or Less than 14 days 100% of holiday cost

Roy and Wholesome Life have the right to change the program as need
along the way if required however, similar alternatives will be put
in place.

Any questions? We're happy to answer to talk more about this experience …
contact us here or send an email to

Your travel guides:

Spending more than a years worth of time traveling and working in
India, Roy truly knows its way around Incredible India. Roy has spent
a big chunk of his time in India in ashrams, temples and yoga schools,
looking for true spiritual teachers. He has found many phoney yoga
teachers and some, some great ones that he would like to introduce to
you! His enthusiasm for India is endless and he wants to share with
you the best places for food, classical music, yoga, culture, temples
and nature. Roy will be with the group for the whole journey,
arranging for all your needs, answering all your questions, explaining
about the culture, history, customs, Hinduism, sights and places.
Besides what is on the schedule, Roy will be with you most of the day
showing you the best places to eat, local delicacies and introducing
you to friendly locals he has met on his travels.

(Bio coming! See for more info)

Indian, Hindu practitioner and local tour guide, Sahdev truly knows
his way around India. He has dealt with Western people all his life
and is excellent in communicating his passion for his country to
travellers. Sahdev will be guiding us the whole trip, showing us the
best sights and making sure we are all safe and sound. Sahdev is a
long and trusted friend of Roy and together they will make sure that
this is the trip of your lifetime!