This tour combines the classic Golden Triangle tour – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – with a stay in an ashram near Mathura, the birthplace of the Hindu god Krishna. It’s the perfect combination of a cultural tour and yoga holiday to India, and perfect if you want something different from the usual tourist experience. Classes in yoga and meditation are available, but the ashram itself is non-religious and there are no strict rules for guests. Guests of all backgrounds are welcome. You will also see some of the best sites that north India has to offer – historic Delhi, the iconic Taj Mahal and the magical city of Jaipur – whilst spending your holiday gaining deeper insights into Indian yoga, meditation and the spiritual life in an ashram.Less
Meet our representative on arrival at Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast set off for a half-day sightseeing of Delhi with our knowledgeable local guide. You can choose from the following options: Option 1: Explore the Jama Masjid (India’s largest mosque), Humayun’s Tomb (the sandstone forerunner of the Taj Mahal), the Qutub Minar (a stunning ancient brick minaret tower) and Mahatma Gandhi’s moving cremation site at Raj Ghat. Today also includes a rickshaw ride, the best way to experience the old city. Option 2: A fascinating spiritual tour of India as we visit the Lotus Temple (the magnificent white marble house of worship of the Baha’i faith) and the atmospheric shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya in one of the oldest and most magical parts of Delhi. Option 3: A guided walking tour of the bustling streets of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi: one of the best religious studies tours in India as you encounter Jain temples, Hindu temples, Sikh gurudwaras,mosques and the interfaith community at Shri Gobind Sadan.
Today embark on a true Indian pilgrimage as we board the train to Mathura, birthplace of Lord Krishna. (journey time 1hr 45 Min). We will meet you at Mathura Station and drive a short distance to the Shree Bindu Sewa Sansthan Ashram at Vrindavan. Although an important pilgrimage centre for Hindus, Vrindavan is away from the mainstream tourist trail and staying here adds a unique religious and spiritual dimension to your holiday which many visitors don’t get to experience. Yoga and meditation classes are available at the ashram, your home for the next 3 nights. Overnight at Shree Bindu Sewa Sansthan Ashram, Vrindavan.
Day trip to Agra (1 hour’s drive) to see the amazing Taj Mahal, the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the finest sights in the world. Our knowledgeable local guide will give you all the juicy history and stories about this remarkable building – a marble mausoleum which has practically become a pilgrimage site for visitors to India. Also visit the Agra Fort and the tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, the “Baby Taj”. Return to Vrindavan in the evening. Overnight in the ashram.
Today spend your holiday in yoga, meditation and relaxation at the ashram, or visit the ashrams’ free school for children. Overnight at the ashram.
Spend the morning learning yoga and meditation from a local master, and in the afternoon relax or explore Jaipur at your own pace. Overnight in hotel, Jaipur.
With the help of local artisan women, try your hand at block printing, one of the oldest printing techniques in India, and chat with the women about their lives.
In the afternoon there will be time to visit amazing palaces and forts in Jaipur city, such as Amber Fort on the outskirts of town, and the spectacular City Palace. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Morning transfer to International airport to board the flight to your home country.