January 10 – 25, 2019
Journey to the Sacred cities of Varanasi, Khajarou, Jaipur and Rishikesh with Kimberly Vest, Gabrielle Kidd and your friends at Uttara Yoga Studio. Visit Temples, immerse in the culture of India and travel to amazing places! This is Uttara’s third trip to India, and you will be fully supported throughout the journey with daily yoga, meditation and our amazing guide, Uschi Gibson and her team.
The trip cost is early registration $2700/$3100 late registration; this includes the primary registration payment of $600. We ask you to pay the primary deposit now for us to hold your space. 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 Studio.
Early registration deposit deadline September 9, 2018. Deposit of $600 received by Uttara before September 9 full journey cost $2700. Deposit received by Uttara after September 9 full journey cost $3100.
Your remaining trip payments will be made to Uschi, the LuckyLalita company. The first big trip expense will 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 private room at all of our specially selected lodgings
-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
-Spa visit expenses (massages, etc.)
-Tips along the way to porters, drivers, etc. (Rakesh will help manage this to simplify)
Our pilgrimage provides an intimate experience of India as we come together to share in spiritual and cultural discourses, experience yoga in its birthplace, soak up the amazing energy of some of the most sacred places on Earth.
This adventure is organized by Uschi Gibson of luckylalita.com. Uschi will guide you through the entire process, from booking the flight to obtaining your India Visa, as well as information regarding immunizations, packing and preparing your heart for this journey of a lifetime. She has led many pilgrimages and travel adventures for groups to India, and is the perfect guide to this deeply spiritual (and often challenging) country.
Uttara Yoga India Adventure- Jan 2019 (itinerary subject to change)
Thurs Jan 10th Depart for India!
Fri Jan 11th- In Transition, Arrival in Delhi
Arrive Delhi in Delhi before or after midnight. Overnight bookings depend on flight arrival times.
Sat Jan 12th-Day 1-Transition from Delhi to Varanasi
Depart Delhi for Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi, taxis pick you up at Varanasi airport and transition to hotel. Greeting Ganga, Joy!
Sun Jan 13th-Day 2-Village Love
Morning Yoga. Breakfast. Engaging with the women Uschi works with in Sarai Mohana village and experiencing some of the local culture at a deep level. Boat ride back along the Ganga. Lunch on arrival at Shree Cafe. REST. Evening shopping and dinner at Saffron Restaurant.
Mon Jan 14th-Day 3-Varanasi Old City, Boat time-MAKAR SAKRANTI
Morning Yoga. Breakfast at Shree Cafe. Boat ride along the ghats to see the beauty and rituals of the festival Makar Sakranti, when Jupiter moves into Aquarius in the Vedic calender. The most auspicious bathing day of the year when all karmas are cleansed & we move forward under the bright light of the sun. Slow drift back, harmonium playing and chanting, landing at the burning ghat, then old city walking tour. Incredible Lassi at Blue. Walk back to Rakesh’s shop for some divine shopping. Snacks. Dinner, maybe Ganga Arati, goodnight! Tues Jan 15th-Day 4-More Varanasi Temples, Shopping LU, Train to Khajuraho
Chai in hotel. Come to our house for a brief discourse on the significance of the temples & to leave purses behind. Walk to the 2 temples, darshan/blessings. Walk back to our house for breakfast. Hanging out here, shopping LuckyUschi goodies at wholesale prices. Return to the hotel, check out of rooms. We meet everyone for a walk and purchasing some snacks for the train. Late lunch/early dinner before trip to the train station. Transfer to station via Tuk Tuk, 2nd AC 2 tier berths to Mahoba overnight.
Wed Jan 16th-Day 5-Arrive Khajuraho-Temples
Arrive Mahoba in the morning. Cars pick us up and we drive to Khajuraho, about 2 1⁄2 hrs from the station, beautiful scenery through colourful villages and clean, spacious countryside. Check into our lovely hotel, breakfast buffet. Guided tour of the temple ground in the main temple by a local teacher who will share the history of the temples related to Tantra Yoga in the Chandela dynasty (He is so great, and a feminist!). Some fair trade shopping at a little place in the temple complex where they have hand made textiles & sculptures. Lunch at hotel. Optional tour of the smaller temples or resting/yoga in the afternoon. Dinner on the roof of the hotel, Goodnight.
Thurs Jan 17th-Day 6-KhajurahoVillage Magic
Morning Yoga in beautiful studio. Breakfast buffet, relaxing. Depart before lunchtime for a trip to the family farm, and a special farm to table meal. The best food EVER in India! Return to the hotel, optional ayurvedic massages at spa nearby. Dinner, goodnight.
Fri Jan 18th-Day 7-Transition to Agra
7:30 breakfast in hotel. Depart for the train station about 8:30am. Daytime 2nd AC train to Agra. Arrive Agra about 5:30pm. Cars from hotel pick us up and we transition to Hotel Atulyaa Taj. Check in, dinner on arrival and relaxing, goodnight!
Sat Jan 19th-Day 8-Transition to Jaipur
Breakfast buffet in hotel. Morning guided tour of the Taj Mahal seeing all of the fabulous photo spots and getting the history of the monument (wear your best outfit!!). Return to the hotel for lunch, hotel check out. Transition to Jaipur by Delux Jeep (3-31/2 hour drive). Check into our wonderful Hotel Arya Niwas. Thali dinner, goodnight!
Sun Jan 20th-Day 8-Amber Fort
Yoga/meditation in the garden. Breakfast buffet in Hotel. Depart by tuk tuk for Amber city to visit the magnificent Amber Fort. Some little shopping there and on the way back, photos with camels (and maybe elephants!) at the Lake Palace. Snacks/chai in the hotel, rest and quiet time in the lovely garden etc. Thali dinner at hotel, goodnight.
Mon Jan 21st-Day 9-Sightseeing, Overnight Train to Rishikesh
Yoga/meditation in the garden. Breakfast in Hotel. Fun tour of the Hawa Mahal in Pink City area. Shopping for fun souvenirs. Return to the hotel, some rest, check out. Fun Bollywood movie at the fabulous Raj Mahal Cinema Hall (the biggest in INDIA!). Return to the hotel, Dinner. Depart for the train station about 9pm. 10pm overnight train to Haridwar in 2nd AC cabins.
Tues Jan 22nd-Day 10-Arrive Rishikesh
Arrive Haridwar 10am following morning. Cars from the hotel pick us up at the train station, drive up the mountain to gorgeous Rishikesh! Meal on arrival in Rishikesh and some time to settle into rooms. Meet for the Rishikesh Ganga Arati at 5pm. Optional massage bookings at a nearby clinic (you’ll get picked up via scooter!). Dinner, goodnight.
Wed Jan 23rd-Day 11-Rishikesh
Morning Yoga. Breakfast buffet in hotel. Walk through the yogi forest to the Ganga beach where Sadhus meditate. Quiet time along the Ganga, bring your discreet bathing wear if you think you may make a full dip! Walk back to the hotel, some shopping along the way for beautiful leather bags, textiles, ayurvedic cosmetics, yoga books, and more. We can even get a cappucino on the way! Lunch in the hotel. Optional massage bookings at the Ayurvedic clinic nearby, free time. Dinner in the hotel, goodnight!
Thurs Jan 24th-Day 12-Rishikesh
Morning Yoga. Breakfast. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram walk. Lots of photos. Blessing malas. Walk to the Ram Jhoula or Laxman Jhoula and do shopping. Local chai at Prem’s chai stall Come back to our side for lunch. Optional massages nearby, maybe Ganga Arati? Dinner, goodnight.
Fri Jan 25th-Day 13 -Transition to Delhi, Heading Home
Breakfast in hotel. Cars leave about 9 am for transition back to Delhi. Depending on flight times Uschi can book some shared rooms at the Red Fox hotel so you can have a more restful transition to flights home (additional charges depending on how many people share etc. Uschi will just book and guests will pay for themselves). Taxis to airport, Chelo hOMe! xoxoxo
Contact Uschi Gibson at email@example.com.