Boost Camp India, Diwali Edition: Mindfulness, Adventure & authentic India Travel (Kolkata, UNESCO Safari in Assam & Golden Triangle)

  • Kolkata, Kaziranga UNESCO National Park, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & Alsisar
  • Oct 26 - Nov 7, 2019 (13 days)

About This Event

Do you want to go on a retreat but at the same time, you would like to see Indian historical & cultural gems, taste new flavours, meet like-minded people and take part in something so unique as Diwali, the festival of lights?

What if there could a combination of retreat, adventure and deep cultural travel experience? Boost Camp is a 360-degree approach designed to boost your happiness and life and also make the best use of your holidays.

Get amazed with the iconic sites as Taj Mahal in Agra or Amber Palace in Jaipur and sleep like a maharaja in Alsisar Mahal palace. Take a crazy rickshaw ride on the Old Delhi's narrow streets, visit tea gardens in Assam and delve into nature at Kaziranga UNESCO National Park. Feel the colonial rhythm of (contact info blocked) take part in Diwali, a unique festival of Lights. 

Let the lights of Diwali, the biggest Hindu festival celebrated by 800 million people worldwide, ignite your curiosity. See how the victory of the good over evil, purity over impurity and light over darkness is celebrated on the streets of Kolkata that during 5-days don’t sleep, bursting with candles, lights and fireworks. 

While you’ll be getting deeper into Indian landscape and intimidating cultural heritage, you’ll have a chance to go deeper within yourself. Shubho, with 19-year meditation practice, will guide mindfulness & meditation sessions in the stunning ambience.

Get rid of the toxic thinking patterns, learn how to calm your mind and how to be more present in your life. Boost Camp India - a plan for a meaningful holiday.

DAY 1

Prepare yourself for million sensations while you set foot in a different, fascinating world at your arrival to Kolkata. We’ll meet you at the airport and arrange the transfer to your comfortable accommodation. Orientation and welcoming dinner.

Overnight stay: Kolkata

DAY 2

Immerse in the celebration of Kali Puja followed by Diwali festival of lights on the streets of Kolkata. Diwali comes from Sanskrit "dipavali", which means a line of lights. During 5 festive days, the streets of the capital of West Bengal are bursting with firecrackers and sparklers and don't fall asleep meanwhile the houses are adorned with diyas, candles and colourful rangolis on the floors. Each of the 5 days has a distinct meaning related to different myths, beliefs and rituals. The celebration of Diwali varies depending on the state and in Kolkata it coincides with Kali Puja. At night, a large number of devotees worships the goddess Kali in thousands of provisioned pandals, homes and temples. Participating in this festive atmosphere is a unique experience.

Overnight stay: Kolkata

DAY 3

Discover Kolkata as a cultural capital of India. Located in the muddy Delta of rivers Ganges and Brahmaputra, this city guards the biggest number of British colonial monuments. One of the greatest is a Queen Victoria Memorial and Howarth Bridge, one of the biggest achievement of the British architecture and engineering in India. Colonial reminiscences interlace with magnificent Bengali art expression present on every step of this megacity. Calcutta is also Mother Teresa and we will visit the house and tumb of this incredible founder of Missionaries of Charity who has received a Nobel Peace Prize for her service to the “poorest of the poor”.

Overnight stay: Kolkata

DAY 4

After a flight to Jorhat in Assam, transfer to Kaziranga National Park, World Heritage Site. This natural sanctuary hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses. Crossed by four rivers including the Brahmaputra, this vast area of tall elephant grass and tropical moist forests is also a home of countless species as Asian elephants, Wild Water Buffalo, Golden langur or Rose-ringed Parakeets. This is the kingdom of nature and being a guest there is a true privilege.

Overnight stay: Kaziranga National Park

DAY 5

At dawn, delve into the wild nature on the back of an elephant at Kaziranga National Park. In the afternoon, jeep safari to discover different parts of the Park.  

Overnight stay: Kaziranga National Park

DAY 6

After breakfast, we'll visit a local village and its humble and hardworking community. Later, find out where your morning tea comes from on your visit to one of 200.000 Assam's tea gardens. Take a a scenic road to the airport and fly to the capital of India, New Delhi. 

Overnight stay: Delhi

DAY 7

Delve into Old Delhi crowded bazaars and winding alleys. Take a crazy rickshaw ride through the narrow streets. Visit the imposing Red Fort and Jama Masjid and admire the excellence of Mughal architecture. Take a breath in Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, the Sikh place of worship and visit its enormous kitchen serving 10 000 meals a day.

Overnight stay: Delhi

DAY 8

Leave Delhi in the morning and after reaching Agra, wander inside the monumental walls of the Red Fort where marble pavilions with floral inlays create a stunning ambience. See how the marble is crafted by local craftsman following the traditional inlay art. Taste authentic flavours during the charming dinner.

Overnight stay: Agra

DAY 9

At dawn, get amazed with Taj Mahal which is surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. About 20 000 men laboured on it for over seventeen years. It was commissioned by Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his third wife who died in 1631. Begun in 1632 and completed in 1653, the Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered one of the eight wonders of the world. Later, set off for Jaipur and on the way marvel on the via Fatehpur Sikri, a 16th century deserted red sandstone city, built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. At Chand Baori try counting 3500 steps of the most spectacular stepwell in India. After reaching Jaipur see the colourful local folk dance while trying local delicacies.

Overnight stay: Jaipur

DAY 10

Jaipur called also a Pink City still keeps a magical old-world atmosphere and the aroma of the oriental romance is in the air. Explore the Amber Fort which houses the magnificent Marble Palace, Temple of Victory, and Hall of Mirrors. Later visit the City Palace, home of the present Maharajah and find our why Hawa Mahal is called a Palace of Wind.

Overnight stay: Jaipur

DAY 11

After breakfast drive to Alsisar. Check-in the magnificent and breathtaking palace Alsisar Mahal. The opulent royal rooms where you’ll indulge in a lavish stay are full of Rajasthani charm. The glorious history is reflected in the beautiful frescoes, grand courtyards and splendid dining area. In the afternoon visit a great merchant palace and Hindu temples and spectacular world of hand-painted havelis (mansions). Have a closer look at local communities everyday life in the nearby villages.

Overnight stay: Alsisar

DAY 12

In the morning relax at the swimming pool. Take part in the mindfulness session, surrounded by the historical atmosphere of Alsisar Mahal palace. Before noon drive back to Delhi. Going through the local roads will give you more insight into the countryside life. Another chance to taste the delicious food, this time at dhaba, a traditional, authentic eatery.  

Overnight stay: Delhi

DAY 13

Relaxing morning with a session of sharing your experiences. Time to say goodbye and drive to the airport.  But that’s not it! You are a Boost Camper now and your journey continues…Use your new boosting rituals, stay in touch with other Boost Campers and take part in post Boost Camp meetings!

Don't live the same year 75 times and call it a life.- Robin S. Sharma

Event Highlights

  • Take part in Kali Puja & Diwali, a unique festival of lights celebrated by 800 million people worldwide
  • Delve into the nature on elephant’s back at Kaziranga National Park, UNESCO wild nature sanctuary
  • Delve into different adventures to boost your excitement
  • Get a deep cultural and authentic travel experience
  • Have amazing dining experiences, tried-and-tested, with incredible settings and authentic Indian cuisine
  • Sleep in the Alsisar Mahal palace and experience the grandeur of Rajasthani splendid history
  • Start creating powerful habits that will empower you to take control of your life
  • Relax but also learn how to relax and calm your mind when you are back to the crazy, busy world
  • Join a small group of like-minded travellers and stay connected

Schedule

EACH DAY AT BOOST CAMP INDIA:

1. Morning boosting activities (healthy breakfast & detox drink/exercises/meditation)

2. Authentic travel experience delving into the Indian culture, nature and community

3. Wrap up the day with an amazing dinner

What's Included

  • 12 nights / 13 days Accommodation (3 and 4-star Hotels including Alsisar Mahal palace)
  • Breakfasts
  • Amazing & Unique 3 course Dinners
  • All transport in Private AC Mini-van/Bus
  • Professional English-speaking guides on all of the above tours
  • Guided mindfulness & meditation sessions
  • All entrance fees, local taxes as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Shubho Dutta expertise and assistance during the whole tour

What's Not Included

• Long haul flight to India
• Tips (approx. 45 USD)
• Internal flights (approx. 140 USD)
• Insurance
• Lunch (but Breakfasts & Dinners are very big)
• Personal shopping

Accommodations

After taking a break from your busy day-to-day you deserve to spoil yourself a little bit. That’s why Boost Camp India accommodation is outstanding: from luxurious hotels with charm in Kolkata, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur to authentic maharajah palace in Alsisar Mahal and comfortable accommodation in Kaziranga National Park.

Directions

We'll arrange your pick up from Kolkata airport and take you to the hotel where you will meet other Boost Campers.

Tags: diwali india jaipur kolkata meditation mindfulness rajasthan taj mahal travel unesco safari

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