Arrive Delhi, India
Arrive in Delhi, a home to diverse cultural and spiritual traditions, where you are met and transferred to your elegant hotel.
Delhi | Sikh & Hindu Traditions
After breakfast, experience your first foray into India’s rich spiritual heritage with guided visits to both a Hindu and Sikh temple. While Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest and most varied faiths, Sikhism is among the youngest, stressing honesty, selflessness and service; it is in the massive kitchens of the historic Sikh temple you visit that thousands of free meals are prepared for the community daily. Later, drive past iconic sites, such as the Parliament House and India Gate. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.
Udaipur | Introduction to Meditation
Depart Delhi for Udaipur and transfer to your luxurious hotel on the tranquil banks of Lake Pichola. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Before dinner, contemplate your intentions with a guided meditation, led by an expert who offers tips for establishing a daily practice. Tonight’s dinner is accompanied by local music and traditional dancing.
Udaipur | Sunset Cruise & Indian Hospitality
Visit the opulent City Palace on Lake Pichola. Fusing Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, the site is actually a complex of several palaces and structures linked by expansive courtyards. Be inspired by a visit with the residents at A&K Philanthropy-supported Hansraj Children’s Home, which provides underprivileged girls with food, shelter and educational opportunities. Then enjoy a refreshing outing when you bike ride through the surrounding countryside, stopping for a picnic lunch. Come late afternoon, embark on a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola followed by dinner at a local family’s home.
Udaipur | Temples of Shiva & Vishnu
Choose to rise early for a yoga session before breakfast. Then, explore two lavishly carved and decorated temple complexes: Eklingji, dedicated to Shiva, and deserted Nagda, built to honor Lord Vishnu. Following lunch, choose to partake in a guided heritage walking tour or to relish a relaxing afternoon at leisure.
Jaipur & Ajabgarh | A Guide to Ayurveda
Fly to Jaipur and explore Amber Fort, an imposing edifice of red sandstone perched on a hilltop. After lunch, journey two hours to extraordinary Amanbagh, set in the beautiful Rajasthani countryside. Enjoy an introductory talk on the importance of ayurveda in India and how it impacts all aspects of health and wellness. You also have the opportunity to meet privately with an ayurvedic doctor, who provides personalized recommendations based on your dosha (body type).
Ajabgarh | Design Your Day
Today, Design Your Day by choosing one of three curated excursions. Explore the remnants of historic Bhangarh, an abandoned city rumored to be haunted; visit the workshops of local craftspeople, including sandal makers, carpet weavers and sculptors; or take part in a late afternoon cow dust tour, observing local farmers and villagers leaving the fields after a day’s work in an inspiring, photogenic light.
Ajabgarh | Ayurvedic Culinary Lesson
Relish a restorative day at leisure. Perhaps enjoy your hotel’s wellness amenities, such as yoga; schedule your included treatment at its soothing holistic spa; or return to Jaipur for more exploration. At tonight’s dinner, enjoy a hands-on opportunity to learn about the ayurvedic healing properties in key foods.
Agra | The Taj Mahal
The “Crown of Palaces,” the incomparable Taj Mahal was designed to represent eternal paradise. Today, drive four hours to Agra to visit this immortal gesture of love, viewing it just as the setting sun bathes it in deep hues of pink and orange.
Agra & Varanasi | Holy City
Rise early to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise, its glowing surface suffused in a gentle morning mist. Return to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon at leisure. This evening, fly to the spiritual heart of India: Varanasi. Settle into your superbly located heritage hotel right on the banks of the Ganges River.
Varanasi | The Sacred Ganges
Rise early for a private sunrise cruise on the Ganges River to observe life along the ghats (stone steps leading down to the river), as locals and pilgrims come to cleanse themselves, literally and spiritually, in the sacred waters. After breakfast, rest at the hotel or pay an optional visit to Sarnath, where the Buddha delivered his first sermon more than 3,000 years ago. Take an evening boat ride and experience the pitru tarpana, an ancestor ceremony in which you may light a candle to release in the river in memory of a loved one who has passed on; this is one of the most moving local customs you can experience. End the night witnessing the aarti ceremony, when chanted prayers and rhythmic drumming fill the air as lantern-bearing priests bid the gods and goddesses a restful slumber.
Delhi | An Afternoon to Reflect
Fly to Delhi and then gather with your fellow guests for a farewell brunch. Your afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.