Iconic India – 8 Day Rajasthan Boutique Tour & Yoga Escape

  • Akasha Wellness Retreat Akasha Wellness Retreat
  • Pestera, Brasov, Romania
  • Mar 16 - 23, 2019 (8 days)
  • €2,490.00 - Private Double Room for 1 Person - 7 nights Tour & Yoga Escape €3,490.00 - Private Double Room for 2 People - 7 nights Tour & Yoga Escape

About This Event

An Akasha curated experience in Rajasthan, India

Boutique Tour & Yoga Escape following the footsteps of the Maharajas.

7 Night Tour, Mar 16  – Mar 23,  2019

8 Days, 4 destinations – Udaipur > Narlai > Jodhpur > Nagaur

When you think of India, you immediately think of all the colours, spices & vibrant sounds of Indian culture. Yet very few people get to experience it in it’s purest form. We go to the heart of India, the crown jewel of this magical land we’ve fallen in love with. A tour that combines some of the most iconic Rajasthani destinations, yoga & wellbeing, fine dining & a deep insight into India’s culture, history & people.

The heart of Rajasthan

Expect Rajasthan’s fairy-tale like palaces, epic forts & colourful festivals. 

This 8-day retreat will introduce you to the iconic city of Udaipur, known for its romantic charm, shimmering lakes and beautiful architecture, as well as the Blue City of Jodhpur, the splendid architectural spectacle featuring Mehrangarh fort being only one of its highlights. Off the beaten track the journey will take you to the mountain village of Narlai, where time has stood still, on the way stopping at the renowned 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temple, one of India’s most exquisitely carved places of worship. The tour will finish suitably at Nagaur, a hidden Rajasthani gem where the former royals of Jodhpur used to have their pleasure palaces.

Capturing the essence of India’s royal heritage, this retreat will bring to life an old world of princes and princesses while enjoying the comfort and luxuries of now.

Early Bird Price for 7 nights all inclusive

 Twin Sharing Room- €1395 / €1744 from June 1st

Private Room for 1 person – €1824 /€2280 from June 1st

Private Room  for 2 people- €2324 / €2780 from June 1st

€400 deposit to book remaining balance by Nov 1st 2018. Single supplement applies. Group size 10-12 people.

Included on your tour:

Pick up from Udaipur airport on arrival day 16 Mar, Drop off in Jodhpur city on departure day 23 Mar

7 nights luxury boutique accommodation with breakfast & set menu experience dinners at some of the most iconic Rajasthani Palace hotels.

Twice daily guided Yoga classes at sunrise & sunset in breathtaking locations, breathing & meditations, creative journaling, intention setting & manifesting exercises.

Transport to, entrance fees & guided tour of Udaipur City Palace, Udaipur Old town, Ranakpur Temple, Guided Village walk in Narlai,  Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur Stepwell Square, Guided walking tour of Jodhpur, Nagaur guided tour of Ahhichatragarh Fort.

Comfortable transport between locations by private 4×4 A/C vehicles.

An abundant amount of photo opportunities, culture & history immersion & above all lots of fun!

Not Included:

Lunch is not provided for the duration of the trip however a range of options will be available.

City transport such as tuk tuk/ taxi’s.

Drinks with dinner although these are optional and available.

Flights to India or to Udaipur/ from Jodhpur.

Spa treatments although available at each location.

Optional:

Full Day Visit Agra – Taj Mahal before / after the tour from €155 / person

Experience the Rajput lifestyle in a luxury tented camp from €200 / person / night inclusive of dining & transport from Jodhpur / Nagaur.

Optional massages, treatments or experiences will also be given at each location we visit.

Royal Abode – Heritage Hotels of Rajasthan

For this fabulous retreat we selected a few very special places to stay, chosen with care to give you a true feel of the magic of Rajasthan.

Udaipur 2 nights  – Heritage Hotel Chunda Palace 

  

In Udaipur you will spend 2 nights at the Heritage Hotel Chunda Palace, a meticulously renovated traditional Rajasthani palace, suffused with authentic charm and history.

Narlai, 1 night – Rawla Narlai Heritage Resort

The original royal hunting lodge of Rawla Narlai, still owned by members of the Jodhpur royal family today, is your Narlai accommodation, offering wonderful views of a mammoth granite rock, forested hills and rocky outcrops.

Jodhpur, 3 nights – Ajit Bhawan Palace

Located in the heart of Jodhpur’s Blue City, the Ajit Bhawan is your home for 3 days. A testament of princely history, this 5 star-hotel effortlessly combines heritage with avant-garde amenities.

Nagaur, 1 night – Ranvas Heritage Hotel

 

Finally, your will experience royal living like it was done in ancient times during your last night in Ranvas, also called the ‘abode of queens’. Wandering its frescoed halls and pleasure gardens, indeed imagining yourself to be a queen, there is hardly a better place to spend your last night.

At every hotel you have the choice between a twin sharing room or a private room. Those all have en-suite bathrooms and the amenities one can expect from a high-end boutique hotel. Pools and spa facilities will be available as well.

Dining Experiences

No true sense of wellness without gastronomic treats to please your inner being. While abundant breakfast buffets will get you tastefully going in the mornings, in the evenings you will sit down for some delightful culinary experiences. Dinners at the signature restaurants of Jodhpur, a 4-course feast surrounded by thousands of oil lamps and accompanied by folk songs as well as a private candle lit dinners are sure to make up for the satisfaction of all senses. Some of our dining highlights:

Private candle-lit 4 course dinner in a 1100 year old stepwell with live music.

Dinner in Jodhpur with traditional langa singers and kaalbelia dancers.

Al fresco dining at Pal Haveli city centre in Jodhpur.

Fine dining at Pillars, Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace set in a lovely colonnaded veranda of the unapologetically opulent 5 star hotel and the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family.

Yoga & Wellbeing

The tour is designed to maintain balance between sightseeing, culture, activities & experiences with the only constant amongst all these variables being our daily yoga practice. Classes are suitable for beginners or intermediates.

FIRST SESSION – 16 MAR PM

Introduction class, gentle slow flow & guided meditation – Opening Circle & Group Introduction

DAILY SESSIONS ON ALL FULL DAYS – 17 – 22 MAR

Morning Practice 90min – a mix of meditation & breathing to begin with, followed by vinyasa sequences working through the whole body and ending with a gentle guided savasana.

Evening Practice 60min – slow movement, restorative or Yin style practice ending with a gentle guided savasana or meditation.

LAST SESSION – 22 MAR PM

Partner assisted breathing & stretching, followed by a gentle slow vinyasa & guided savasana. Ending with our Closing circle.

Please bring your own practice mat as these will be unavailable to purchase in Rajasthan.

Spa & Treatments

In every location we will have an opportunity to enjoy relaxation by the pool, sunbathing & a range of treatments from Ayurvedic massages, scrubs, wraps and facials.

Important details

Visa

Yes, you do. However this is not an overly complicated process, a 60 day eVisa can be obtained easily online for most nationalities, the approval is instant. If you need a longer visa you will need to go to an Indian embassy and simply apply in person.

Getting there & away

BEFORE ( TOUR STARTS ON 16 MAR)

Frequent Flights to Delhi or Mumbai from most European destinations. Optional Visit to the Taj Mahal at Agra the night before ( 40min by express train).

TOUR START  – ARRIVAL ON 16 MAR AT UDAIPUR

Frequent daily flights with multiple operators from Delhi & Mumbai to Udaipur Airport. Transfer from airport to hotel included.

TOUR END – DEPARTURE 23 MAR FROM JODHPUR

We drop off everyone in central Jodhpur at mid day. If you are flying onwards please arrange flights in the afternoon / evening. Frequent daily flights from Jodhpur to Delhi or Mumbai.

AFTER (23 MAR ONWARDS)

Stay extra nights in Jodhpur or adventure further with a visit to Jaisalmer, Jaipur or Pushkar. Visit the Taj Mahal at Agra when you’re in Delhi or adventure further into India, short trips to Goa or Kerala are recommended.

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Akasha 🙂paradise within the mountains, that would be the best way of described it. It is situated in lovely peaceful area surrounding Bran where the air is so pure and the scenery is breath taking. This experience is only paralleled by the hospitality and the friendliness of the Akasha team. They immediately welcomed everyone into the retreat and made everyone feel relaxed and gave us a sense belonging. Akasha helps you to connect with your inner self, the earth and nature .The yoga classes channel your thoughts and energy into positivity and appreciation of the natural world. Thank you Anna for being so inspiring and so helpful.The food was delicious and appetizing ,lovely fruits and vegetables .The flavor combinations that the chef creates is astonishing and inspires you to consider plant based meals.Unfortunately my time there had to end but I have experienced a direct connect to nature. So if you are looking for a yoga retreat and a place you can really connect with yourself and nature and meet lovely people I really recommend Akasha! I want to thank Akasha for the experience and look forward to my return. Ps : Daniela you and your team are doing great job!🙂🌱😘

Venue Highlights

The AKASHA experience

SPA, WELLNESS & NUTRITION
Organic Produce sourced from local farms
Delicious Home cooked vegan & vegetarian meals
Nutrition & Dietary support & advice from Integrative Medicine Doctors
Juice Bar with Superfood Detox Juices & supplements such as Omega 3, Kale, Multivitamins
Outdoor Jacuzzi Hot Tub
Infrared Sauna
Salt Bath Therapy
Aromatherapy
Massage Therapy including Shiatsu, Thai & Relaxation massage.

YOGA & MEDITATION

Beautiful Yoga & Meditation Shala
Fire & Cacao Ceremonies
Guest Teachers & Musicians
2 x Resident Teachers

ACTIVITIES

Library, large collections of international books
Cinema, screenings of movies & Dharma talks
Arts & Crafts area where you can explore & express your creative side
Walks in nature & virgin pristine forests
Hiking, Horse riding or observing local village life

Accommodations

For when you need a night of truly restful sleep. All rooms include:

En-Suite Bathroom & Toiletries, Cotton Bath Robe & SLippers
Quality Linen & Towels
Orthopedic Mattress
Seating Area, Retreat Handbook
Hairdryer, In-Room Safe
Some Rooms have balconies
MOUNTAIN VIEWS> THE PIATRA CRAIULUI NATIONAL PARK & BUCEGI NATIONAL PARK

Amenities

  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Traditionally in Romanian culture, food is king. Although plant-based food is a new term in Romania, vegetable fermentation, organic farming & meat/dairy free are widely practiced traditions. You'll also receive all our recipes at the end of the retreat so you can keep on eating the same Akasha delicious food at home.

Directions

187 str Principala, Sat Pestera, Com. Moieciu
Jud. Brasov, 507136
Romania

The nearest airports are Sibiu or Bucharest International (most frequent flights). The nearest town to Akasha is Brasov.
We organize a free shuttle service from Brasov on Day 1 of the retreat at 3 PM for all guests. And on return at 11 AM to Brasov. If you are arriving/departing outside of these times private taxi service to Brasov is €45/one way.

Directions

From Bucharest International Airport.
BY PRIVATE TRANSFER
Pre-booked taxi through Akasha €120 for a small car ( up to 3 people ) or €200 for a large car ( up to 8 people) one way. The journey takes about 2.5hrs and you can pay when you arrive at Akasha.

BY BUS TO BRASOV
Direct Aeroport has a regular shuttle service from the airport to Brasov (Aro Palace station), approx. €17.50 one way. The service leaves every hour.

BY TRAIN TO BRASOV
Main train station, Bucuresti Nord to Brasov. Trains run every hour, the journey is approx. 2hrs 45 min.

BY CAR
Drive towards Bran, pass Bran Castle and continue north towards Moieciu for another 15 min you will see a signpost towards Pestera on the right. Continue driving up the hill until you reach the village, pass Casa Tabacaru on the right and continue another 200m we are on the left and the car park is on the right.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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