India Retreat

indiaRETREAT: India
March 17 to April 1, 2017
India Sadhana Immersion Pilgrimage

These dates start when you arrive in India, and gain a day on the way back. You will arrive in the USA the day you leave India. We anticipate the departure to be the late evening of March 16th, if you live in the Roanoke, VA area. Whenever you are ready to book your flight, Uschi will guide you toward purchasing the right ticket which coordinates with the group. Please let us know if you hope to use miles. Uschi will find us the cheapest, best fare, according to her vast experience helping book groups, as well as having made the trip countless times herself. Please touch in with her with ANY questions.

The next step to complete your registration is to send Uschi an email with you personal info.  We need to know your full name as it appears on your passport, birth date, home address and phone number. Please specify which Pilgrimage you are registering for, since we host multiple groups a year!

rickshaw-photoThe trip cost is $2700.If you register before October 1st 2016, we are offering a discounted price. Both costs include the primary registration payment of $400. We ask you to pay the primary deposit now for us to hold your space. Registration for the journey requires this non-refundable deposit of $400. This is a retainer in case you need to cancel the journey, which will cover cancellation fees of your domestic Indian travel. There are no additional cancellation fees. Please pay this deposit directly to Uttara Yoga/Jill Loftis.

Your remaining trip payments will be made to Uschi, the LuckyLalita company. We ask the first big trip expense to be your flight, in order to insure you travel with the rest of the group, so trip payments can begin after that expense, however it works for you. Trip payments can be made via check, credit card, pay pal, or bank transfer. Just contact Uschi for the details.

Trip Cost Includes:
-Your own room at all of our specially selected lodgings
-Air Travel – 2 Flights: Delhi-Varanasi/Varanasi-Khajuraho
-Train Travel – 2 Daytime Trains: Khajuraho-Agra/Agra-Haridwar (Rishikesh)
-All Boat, Rickshaw, Auto Rickshaw rides, Car Trips
-All Meals & daily water (except food & beverages in airports & snacks you’ll purchase for yourself along the way)
-All trip preparation info and guidance
-Help booking your flight & advice on Indian Visa process
-Daily guidance & love in India
-Rishikesh-Delhi taxi to catch your flight home

Trip Costs Exclude:
-Flight USA – India
-Baggage fees at airport in lieu of excess weight
-Tips along the way to porters, drivers, etc. (Rakesh will help manage this to simplify)
-Alcoholic Beverages

ITINERARY

Fri Mar 17th:
Arrive in Delhi in the evening or after midnight (12th). Taxis from Ibis Hotel pick you up and shuttle to the hotel 5 min from the terminal. Sink in for some rest, goodnight.

Sat Mar 18th:
Wake up in India! Breakfast buffet downstairs in hotel. Meet in lobby 10:45 for hotel check out & transfer to domestic terminal. 1:10pm Indigo Airlines flight to Varanasi. We meet you at the airport and taxi back to your hotel, Ganesha Palace, tucked away off the main streets with a quiet courtyard for Yoga. Drop your luggage, settle in for a few, then off to Dinner. A walk down to the Ganges to greet her and back to the hotel to rest. Goodnight, sweet dreams!

Sunday Mar 19th:
Good Morning Varanasi! Walk down to the ghats, breakfast at Shree Cafe. Morning boat ride along the ghats, walk through the winding Galis of the old city. Some exciting and fantastical history & stories by Uschi. A divine Lassi at the Blue Lassi shop, with a view of the main walkway to the cremation ghats. Return to Rakesh’s shop for a to die for shopping experience. Dinner, Goodnight.

Mon Mar 2oth:
Special community gathering day to meet locals, activities TBD! (could include a cooking lesson, henna, sari wearing lesson, some super fun cultural experiences..)

Tues Mar 21st:
Yoga/Meditation at Hotel. Pick up for chai & breakfast. Cycle rickshaw to the Durga Temple, and Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple. Special darsan and blessings in both spots, tracing the ‘Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram’ in orange vermillion, soaking in the Hanuman chalisa. Walk back through Tulsi ghat to the Lolarka Kund, some beautiful winding Galis, and incredible views over the Ganga. Afternoon ghat walk, back along all of the ghats, taking photos. Dinner. A classical Indian Music concert in some of the winding streets at a music school. Goodnight.

Wed Mar 22nd:
Breakfast. Packing & Hotel check out 10am. 12:20pm flight to Khajuraho. Arrive Khajuraho about 2:30pm. Drive to our sweet hotel where each of you has your own balcony and view to the garden. check in and settle in, lovely evening on the roof top and chilling out. Goodnight!

Thurs Mar 23rd:
Morning Yoga/Meditation. Buffet Breakfast. Tour of all of the fabulous & juicy temples Khajuraho has to offer (there’s a lot!). Come back to the hotel, some chilling out time (you can read or journal in the garden or on the roof). Dinner, Goodnight. **Massage this evening? There’s a great little spa, nearby, so let us know!

Fri Mar 24th:
Morning Yoga/Meditation. Breakfast. Bicycle tour of some of the surrounding village areas (this was our last groups favourite part of the trip). Chai at our friend Sarender’s families amazing handmade home. Ride back to the hotel, snacks. Off to see the incredible Panna national park & volcanic canyon, gorgeous scenery & wildlife. Back to the hotel, dinner, Goodnight. **Massage this evening?

india-danceSat Mar 25th:
Breakfast. Hotel check out. Auto ride to the station for 9:10am train to Agra. Arrive Agra 5:35 pm, check into beautiful Hotel Taj Resorts. Dinner, goodnight!

Sun Mar 26th:
If you wake up early, go to the roof to see the sunrise on the Taj Mahal! Breakfast Buffet. Taj Mahal tour and all the gorgeousness. Lunch. Some way fabulous shopping. Back to the hotel, we’ll see how we roll for dinner.

Mon Mar 27th:
Breakfast Buffet. Depart for Fatepur Sikri, the magnificent palace & Sufi shrine built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar. Blessings and wish making in the Dargah of Sufi Saint Salim Chisti. Chai, snacks. Maybe some more fabulous shopping, or chilling out at the hotel. Dinner, goodnight.

Tues Mar 28th:
Breakfast 8:30am. Hotel check out. Auto to the train station to catch our 10:50am train to Haridwar/Rishikesh. **pick up some snacks in the train station for the trip. Arrive 9pm. Cars from the hotel pick us up and drive us up the mountain directly to our hotel. Dinner on arrival, goodnight!

Jill-on-the-GangaWed Mar 29th:
Wake up in gorgeous Rishikesh!

Breakfast at the hotel. Mellow walk along the Ganges to check out the beauty & tranquility. Bring your discreet bathing wear so you can take a ritual dip in the Ganga beach, and soak a bit in the sun and sand. Meditation time, soaking in the current of Ganga Ma at your own pace. Walk back through the Yogi forest. Ayurvedic treatments for some, others Rishikesh Ganga Arati. Dinner, Goodnight.

Thurs Mar 30th:
Morning Yoga/Meditation. Breakfast. Neelkanth Mahadev tour up the mountain, gorgeous views of the terraced hillsides. Drive back down the mountain. Snacks at hotel. Ayurvedic treatments for some peeps, others optional henna at the hotel. Dinner goodnight.

Fri Mar 31st:
Morning Yoga Meditation. Breakfast. Walk to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram where the beatles wrote the WHITE Album. Check that all out. Walk back to the hotel, snacks & chai. Massages, Henna, maybe last Arati for some peeps. Dinner, Goodnight. *Be ready to shoot off early in the morning, you need to check out by 830am!

Sat April 1st:
Hotel check out. Quick breakfast. Drive to Dehradun for your 11:30am flight to Delhi, or depart later by car?  Transfer to the international terminal, and hanging out till you check in for your departures, or arrive straight at the airport. Off you go flying into the sunset!

Uschi will share all the information you need to prepare for the journey, and will answer any and all of your questions as you prepare. We love to get to know you through the process of preparing to make the leap, so respond to us and keep in touch! Please be sure to take advantage of all of the information we share, it will be your best resource for preparing for the trip.

Please friend Uschi Gibson on Facebook, where you can see photos from recent journeys she has led, her work in India, and get a sense of what you’ll experience traveling together. You can also view Uschi’s website for her work in India. You can also watch clips of Uschi discussing India pilgrimage preparation. Use her code USCHI for a 30-day free trial, and access other great yoga teachers as well!

Payment can be made by credit card or check to the following address:
LuckyLalita/Uschi Gibson
226 West Ojai Ave.
Suite 101 #189
Ojai CA 93023