Greetings fellow hikers and yogis: Reservations and planning are being planned NOW. Also note: Galapagos is in the works for early 2014.
North India was visited in 2011 and now journey continues to South India. Here is a link to a brief flashback of 2011. (6 minutes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7irUFkmHt8
The official date of this activity begins on this day. Because India is across the globe, we depart from Cali two days early. There is an option to do a free one day tour of Singapore included but this means leaving much earlier. NOTE: It takes three days to get there because of the time difference. When returning, you will arrive the same day. For example, you leave at 08:00 am Friday, you will arrive at 10:30 am Friday. So you will gain that time back. Here are the details.
South India – Journey Continues: 15 Days (Dec 2-17, 2013)
Daily Yoga: All welcome but not required. The purpose is to ease the traveler with “kinks and knots” and remove inertia for better mobility. NO YOGA EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
Day 1 – Mumbai
Arriving early morning you will be received and transferred to hotel. Early check-in is subject to availability of rooms at the hotel. Afternoon move out to take a half day tour. Later during the day visit notable attractions of the city which includes Dhobi Ghat, Crawford market, Marine drive and old mansions of Colaba area.
Day 2 – Mumbai to Aurangabad
Bollywood Tour then transfer to Railway Station for Aurangabad.
Day 3 – Aurangabad
Full day tour and hike to Ajanta Caves. Hiking, hiking, hiking, the most beautiful temples.
Day 4 – Mysore
Morning fly to Mumbai and then to Bangalore via connecting flight and on arrival at Bangalore airport. NOTE: No direct flight.
Day 5 – Mysore
Sightseeing: Flower market, Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, Vrindavan Gardens during the day. Lunch at Anu’s Bamboo Café – for fresh, sattvic, vegetarian cuisine. Anu’s is home of the foreign yogis studying in Mysore.
Day 6,7 – Bangalore
Excursion to Nrityagram, center for learning of Indian classical dances set up by noted Odissi dancer Late Protima Bedi. Cruise MG Road on your own for shopping. Next day, visit Tipu Summer palace, Krishna temple is a blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony, Vidhana Soudha - massive building that houses the state legislature, Cubbon Park - spreads over 300 acres in the heart of the city, Bull temple - The gigantic image of the celestial Nandi Bull, 4.57 meters in height, an example of Dravidian architecture, Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, founded in 1537 by a local Chieftain Kempe Gowda.
Day 8 – Cochin
Fly to Cochin. Alleppey – the hub of backwaters for an exclusive houseboat experience to witness the local lifestyle and a visit to local villages. Hydrate yourself with coconut water the South Indian way.
Day 9 – Varkala Beach
A quiet hamlet, moving south to Varkala provides a calm and quiet diversion for personal pampering with Ayurvedic massages and treatments. Scale the spiritual ladders at the timeless temples.
Day 10 – Kanyakumari
A confluence of three major water bodies videlicet the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean houses a temple dedicated to goddess Kanyakumari - the youthful form of the primeval energy Shakti (Mother Goddess). Swami Vivekananda, the great visionary and spiritual leader, spent days in deep meditation on a rock off the coastline. Visit the memorial in honor of Swami Vivekananda, 133 feet high adjacent to the statue of Tiruvalluvar, the author of the philosophical work Tirukkural. Visit the Padmanabhapuram Palace, Suchithram Temple, Devi Kanyakumari Temple, and Triveni Sangamam.
Day 11,12 – Madurai
Visit the Dravidian masterpiece Meenakshi Sundereshwar temple which makes the city of Madurai so famous and pulsate with festivities. Witness a Puja ceremony or be part of the group. Built in the 16th century by the Pandyan rulers, this in an exquisite 11 majestic towered temple with thousand pillars. Visit to the Thirumal Nayaka Palace and other attractions during the day.
Day 13,14 – Pondicherry
Visit to Aurobindo Ashram and this edifice built from (real) gold Matri Mandir (Temple of the Mother) for spiritual journey. Experience Integral Yoga at the center of Auroville.
Day 15 – Travel to Chennai and fly back home or extend to Sri Lanka. This is optional and private discussions. TOUR SERVICES END.
Accommodation in a single /double occupancy as specified
Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
All ground transfers through a private exclusive air-conditioned 15 Seater Mini Coach or one of similar standards vehicle.
Domestic Airfares in economy class for all above mentioned sectors.
Trainfares Mumbai – Aurangabad in 2 Tier Air-conditioned class (Sleeper)
Exclusive houseboat journey on Kerala backwaters
Services of English speaking guides during sightseeing schedules.
Entrances fees to all the monuments.
All luxury and state tax.
Driver’s allowances and parking charges.
Assistances at arrival and departure points.
All other specified expenses and activities.
2.6 % Government service tax.
All applicable luxury and transport taxes.
ROUND TRIP AIRFARE FROM SFO ARRIVING TO MUMBAI AND FLY OUT OF CHENNAI VIA SINGAPORE AIRLINES. AN OPTION TO TAKE A ONE DAY TOUR OF SINGAPORE IS INCLUDED BUT OPTIONAL. YOU MUST NOTIFY IN ADVANCE.
Indian Visa (required)
Any kind of personal expenses such as tips, laundry, telephone bills & beverages.
Travel Insurance (request for quote available)
Bollywood Tour admission charges
Camera fee (still or movie).
Contact Del Marie.