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Wellness India 11 Days

Wellness India 11 Days

From $2499 From $1999 / per person
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Description

Imagine yourself awakening from a 5,000-year-long slumber. Your soul will feel similarly revitalized after uncovering the history of all things wellness in India. This 11-day tour covers some of the country’s most hallowed spiritual ground while also ensuring you catch the iconic sites of Northern India. Upon your arrival in Delhi, you’ll be introduced to the incredible diversity within India’s culture. Continue your discovery with a three-night stay at an ashram in Rishikesh where you’ll learn the history of yoga and meditation, before reaching Dharamshala, home of the Dalai Lama. As your eyes open on the final morning of your journey, you’ll see the world — and yourself — with a newfound warmth.

  • Prices are subject to availability and dates. There may be fluctuations at some times, including further discounts. Feel free to contact us here at Twister Travel for the best possible deals!
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Start/ Finish: Delhi
  • Service Level: Upgraded. Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.
  • Travel Style: Wellness. It’s time to introduce your inner traveller to your inner self. Discover awe-inspiring destinations combined with rejuvenating activities like yoga and meditation, with healthy food experiences to recharge the body and nourish the mind.
  • Physical Rating: 3 – Average. Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Trip Type: Small group. Small group experience, max 15, average 12 passengers.
  • Age Requirement: 12 plus. All travellers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Features

  • Stay in an Ashram on the banks of the Holy Ganges River
  • Participate in a Hindu Aarti ceremony
  • Learn about Tibetan culture and the Dalai Lama
  • Taste traditional Indian cuisine
  • Zone out with optional meditation sessions

What’s Included

  • Arrival transfer with Women With Wheels Transfer, from Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Hatha Yoga in Lodi Gardens, Delhi
  • Ashram Experience, Rishīkesh
  • Yoga at an Ashram, Rishīkesh
  • Aarti ceremony, Rishīkesh
  • Meditation Rishikesh Ashram, Rishīkesh
  • Nālāgarh Fort Yoga, Nālāgarh
  • Dharamshala Yoga, Dharamshala
  • Rishikesh walking tour and visit to Bharat Mandir Temple
  • Nalagarh Fort and Village Walk
  • Visit Dalai Lama Temple
  • Norbulingka Institute and Bhagsunath Temple
  • Temple. Masrur Temples Excursion
  • Wagah Border Ceremony and visit to the Golden Temple
  • Visit Jallianwala Bagh
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations Supplied

Hotel (7 nights), ashram (3 nights)

Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

Available Extra Add-on:

My Own Room: From $1009.00

If you’re travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in India. These can vary in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Power cuts are a regular occurrence in many places, especially throughout North and Central India. Although a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. It is also recommended when you are in your room to lock the door, as staff will sometimes enter without reason.

Meals

10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Staff & Experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Further Information?

Contact us at Twister Travel for more information about available dates, making a deposit for a guaranteed place in a tour, or customising a tour for your own group.

Just ask us about booking extra tours and adventure add-on packs to secure your place in some of these experiences, before embarking on your G Adventure!

Tour Bookings and Enquiries

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11 Days
  • Departure
    Delhi

Tour Plan

1

Day 1 Delhi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women With Wheels project.This program provides safe and reliable transport for travellers, while providing a dignified livelihood for local women who once lacked financial opportunities.
Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Throughout this trip we will practice various types of yoga, keeping in mind that the beginnings of Yoga were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda and "Yoga" is a Sanskrit word derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj” which means to connect, join or balance.
Optional Activity:
  • Kitchen with a Cause, Delhi
    Hungry? Visit Delhi’s Kitchen with a Cause before or after your tour for a delicious meal that gives something back to the local community. It is more than a bustling restaurant – it’s a product of the G Values Fund* filled with mouth-watering action. Dishes are prepared by talented chefs who celebrate the deep, traditional flavours prevalent in Indian cuisine. The restaurant provides further career and training opportunities to young adults who are graduates from the G Adventures-supported City Walk project, an organization that aids local disadvantaged youth. Here, the cost of your meal gets you so much more than just a full stomach. Visit the Kitchen with a Cause at 15A/64, WEA, Kroi Bagh, Delhi, India.
  • Accommodation: The Exotica Grand (or similar)
2

Day 2 Delhi/Rishīkesh

This morning, enjoy a session of hatha yoga in the lush lodi gardens, amongst the backdrop of the ancient monuments. After depart for Rishikesh on the banks of the holy Ganges and check into our ashram, home for the next 3 nights.
In Lodi Gardens you may encounter a local laughter club – just laugh your lungs out as they say, “Laughter is the best medicine."
Rishikesh lies in the foothills of the lower Himalayas on the holy river Ganges. The views are breathtaking and the atmosphere serene and lush. The city is renowned as a centre for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams (centers for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian-only area.
3 nights are spent in an authentic Ashram (simple but comfortable rooms that will have ensuite) which has very strict rules of conduct and silence is expected between 10pm-6am. The following are strictly prohibited at the ashram: smoking, drinking intoxicants, using drugs, eating egg or other non-vegetarian foods, playing cards, watching television, playing music on speakers and yelling or loud noises.
  • Accommodation: Paramarth Niketan Ashram (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast
3

Day 3 Rishīkesh

Rise early for a yoga session at the Ashram.
Enjoy a walking tour of Rishikesh, where the roads of the city are lined with bustling markets selling ethnic arts and handicrafts, fresh produce, as well as holy shrines and orange-robed sadhus. Included is a stop at Lakshman Jhula an iron suspension bridge over holy river Ganga offering views of Rishikesh city, the river and temples.
Visit Bharat Mandir, an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Hrishikesh Narayan, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Kaliyuga. The temple houses a stunning idol of Lord Vishnu, carved from a single black stone, known as Saligram. Legend claims that the idol of the temple was reinstalled in 789 AD and since then, Saligram is taken out for a bath in Mayakund, and for grand processions through the streets.
Be sure to visit the sacred tree which is actually a combination of three different trees whose roots are entwined. It is believed that, these trees represent Brahama the creator, Vishnu, the preserver and Mahesh the destroyer
Aarti ceremony.Witness this fascinating Hindu religious ritual in which lamps with wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor are offered to one or more deities.
  • Accommodation: Paramarth Niketan Ashram (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
4

Day 4 Rishīkesh

Start the morning with an invigorating yoga session. The day is then free to relax and reflect or to partake in optional activities. In the evening join a calming meditation session.
Practiced for thousands of years in various spiritual beliefs, meditation is the practice of focusing the breath and mind to achieve calm, relaxation and mental clarity. Meditation is helpful in reducing stress and anxiety, and improves disposition and overall general health and wellbeing.
Optional Activities:
  • Ayurvedic Treatments in Rishikesh
Ayurveda, is the 5,000 year old science of healing, which finds its routes in Southern India. Treatments vary and focus on prevention and life style through the use of natural herbs, oils, diet and massage.
  • Beatles Ashram
Visit Chaurasi Kutia (known as The Beatles Ashram) inside Rajaji National Park. In 1968 the band learned Transcendental Meditation here under the spiritual guidance of Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. So inspired by the experience, they wrote up to 40 songs here and the site is also noted for its fantastic Graffiti artwork.
  • Accommodation: Paramarth Niketan Ashram (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
5

Day 5 Rishīkesh/Nālāgarh

After morning yoga, settle in for the drive to Nalagarh in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Here we take a walk through the Village and stay the night in a heritage hotel at the Nalagarh Fort which was built in 1421, during the reign of Raja Bikram Chand. Enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the Shivalik hills and the Sirsa river.
  • Accommodation: Fort Nalagarh (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
6

Day 6 Nālāgarh/Dharamshala

Rise early for yoga before the scenic drive to Dharamshala, home to the Dalai Lama. Take a walking tour around this vibrant city in the foothills of the Himalayas.
"Dharamshala" translates to "a spiritual dwelling" or loosely, shelter or resting place for pilgrims and travellers. It is a beautiful former British hill station situated in the snow-capped mountains of Himachal Pradesh, in the foothills of the Dhauladar ranges. The city is divided into lower and upper Dharamshala according to the altitude. A popular pilgrimage site, the town is filled with temples, markets, galleries and gathering places.
  • Accommodation: Spring Valley Resort (or similar)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
7

Day 7 Dharamshala

Take a morning yoga class then spend the day visiting key sites including The Dalai Lama Temple complex, Norbulingka Institute and hike to Bhagsunath Temple. A perfect way to explore the varied spiritual beliefs in northern India.
The Dalai Lama Temple Complex (also known as Tsuglakhang Temple) is a beautiful and peaceful place located in Upper Dharamshala. Decorated with the colourful prayer flags, prayer wheels and art works, it's perfect for long serene walks, reflection or meditation with chanting monks.
Explore a treasure trove of Tibetan culture in exile at the Norbulingka Institute. Many books, precious statues, and monasteries in Tibet were destroyed following the Chinese invasion in 1950, making the Norbulingka Institute one of the best places to learn about Tibetan culture and art anywhere in the world.
Hike to Bhagsunag temple, a sacred place for Hindus and the Gorkha community where worshippers pray to Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. There are two pools in the temple complex that are believed to have healing properties. This ancient Shiva Temple is connected to a mythological legend and is believed to have been built by King Bhagsu.
  • Accommodation: Spring Valley Resort (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast
8

Day 8 Dharamshala

Enjoy morning yoga, then opt to relax or take meditation or healing therapies. Later, take an excursion to the ancient Masrur rock-cut Temples.
Still a mystery, as to their origins, the Masrur Temples are an early 8th-century complex of rock-cut Hindu temples in the Kangra Valley. The main shrines contain the stone idols of Rama-Laxman and Sita. and it is claimed that all 15 temples are carved out of a single rock. Initially, there were 19 structures, and now only 15, plus the reservoir. Enjoy a tour of this enigmatic and mysterious place.
Optional Activities:
  • Tushita Meditation Centre
There are various types of meditation in Tibetan Buddhism, and drop-in sessions are open to visitors. The emphasis is on stilling the body & mind and relieving stress..
  • Tibetan Healing Centre
Dharamshala
Enjoy therapies and sessions at a Tibetan healing centre. Options available can include; Tibetan medicine, singing bowl healing, reiki, chakra healing and massage.
  • Accommodation: Spring Valley Resort (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast
 
9

Day 9 Dharamshala/Amritsar

After a morning yoga session, travel to Amritsar. Amritsar which literally translates as "his pool of nectar", is a flourishing city and religious centre in the state of Punjab. Important from a religious point of view to the Sikh religion, with many pilgrims coming to have a divine bath in the pool of nectar at the Golden Temple. Also an important political city where in 1947 the separation of India and Pakistan created a long white line known as the Wagah Border between the two neighbours.
visit the India-Pakistan border to witness the pomp and pageantry of the border ceremony performed by both nation's border guards. There is also time for a visit the stunning Golden Temple, an important pilgrimage site for Sikhs.
Enjoy a visit to this gorgeous temple, the most sacred shrine in the Sikh religion. Sitting in the center of a sacred lake, and accessible by a marble causeway, it is absolutely stunning. Watch the nightly ritual of moving the Guru Granth Sahib (holy book) from the temple to the neighboring Akal Takht building in a gold palki (palanquin) preceded by the spectacular fanfare of religious leaders blowing long horns or beating drums. As the procession moves, people chanting wait for their chance to shoulder the sacred palki. The Golden Temple kitchen serves a free meal called a "langar" to more than 40,000 visitors daily, and no matter how old or young, whether rich or poor, everyone eats together while sitting on the floor.
  • Accommodation: Comfort Inn Alstonia (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
10

Day 10 Amritsar/Delhi

Visit the Jallianwala Bagh gardens and memorial.Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden in Amritsar and houses a memorial to the pilgrims and locals who lost their lives during the notorious 20th-century massacre.
Catch a flight to Delhi. Opt to join the CEO and group of new friends for a farewell dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Africa Avenue (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast
11

Day 11 Delhi

Depart at any time.
With extra time, you can choose to  book G Adventure's 'Agra Extension,' including accommodation, transport, and a guided visit to India's most famous sight, the Taj Mahal. Ask us for further details at Twister Travel.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Further Info

It is recommended using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space may be limited on transportation, and you must be prepared to carry your luggage sometimes. Just ask us for more specific details if required.
Some suggested items to take include: Essential Items
  • Towel/ swimwear/ sarong
  • Appropriate footwear - sandals or flipflops, hiking or sturdy walking shoes
  • Reef-safe sunscreens
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, toiletries - preferably biodegradable.
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof/ windproof jacket
  • Phone/ camera - and your charging devices
  • Outlet adapter
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • You can BYO snorkel gear, although this is available at locations.
  • Your spending money in cash and cards. It is usually a good idea to carry some cash when the availability of banks or EFTPOS facilities is unpredictable.
  • Perhaps something to read, or other entertainment.
Cold Weather:
  •  Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
  • Scarf
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Warm layers
Wellness:
  • Flip flops or comfortable shoes
  • Large towel
  • Yoga clothes or comfortable clothing
  • Face towel
  • Journal
  • Water Bottle
  • Yoga props
Winter Weather:
  • Warm winter coat
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Waterproof pants
  • Winter boots/shoes
Documents
You need to keep hold of:
  • Flight info
  • Insurance details
  • Passport. All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity)
  • Vaccination certificates - YELLOW FEVER: This trip visits Tayrona National Park. Some national parks in Colombia may deny entry to travellers who do not show proof of yellow fever vaccination. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
  • VISAS - Upon entering Colombia, officials will issue you a “platinum card” (tiquete platinum). You must keep this card and show it upon leaving Colombia.
Contact us at Twister Travel if any assistance is required with further information on visas or ETA applications.
Physical Activity

 Some Important info!

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. It is recommended to only participate in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). G Adventures make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is their policy not to allow  CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).
For Your Health
If you feel you need it, pack it:
  • Any regular medications, ashtma inhalers, etc.
Check your personal vaccination requirements, lists, and dates which renewals may be needed.
  •  For in-depth health and safety data, (including up to date vaccinations info) please visit Smart Traveller Australia, or your local equivalent.
Staying Safe
Please take care when wandering about the main cities on your own, as pick pockets and purse-snatchers are common. Be safe and leave your passport, credit cards, traveller’s cheques and cash you don’t need in the hotel’s safety deposit box. Most Colombianos are honest and genuinely helpful and friendly, but be safe and enjoy the city!
Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any G Adventures tour. Minimum coverage is US$200,000. Some tours may include activities where extra coverage is required. We can assist you in adding insurance or advising you on insurance group choices upon booking with Twister Travel.
Age Requirements
You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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