You may have heard many stories about India, but only if you visit it, you will see the true face of this mysterious country. Be prepared for a destination full of positivity, a variety of images, colors and perfumes … an atmosphere of enchanting beauty. What triggers this tour, is the International Yoga Festival, which has been held for years in Rishikesh! So, we “grabbed” the opportunity to experience a unique event between the world’s greatest yogies and to explore as much of India as possible. Of course, we could not miss the majestic Taj Mahal, cooking and tasting authentic Indian food, trekking in the Himalayas, rafting on the Ganges River, and also participate in the most vibrant and colorful festival … The Color Festival! Let’s get a great taste from India … Live the trip as an authentic World Party Traveler!
We meet at the airport of Athens and Thessaloniki respectively and take our flight to India! Equip yourself with books and everything that makes you enjoy your time, as our arrival in New Delhi will be the next day!
Once we arrive in Delhi, we take our flight to Rishikesh. After we get to the “capital” of yoga we will be settled in our lodging. But why so many people in this town? The reason is obvious: the annual World Yoga Festival, which attracts yogies—and not only–from all over the world! So we will follow the footsteps of so many travelers and watch the biggest yogies spreading their energy to all those who want to experience the power of meditation, the body exercise and the spiritual concentration. So, with Mukesh, we’ll get to know Rishikesh a little better! These who want, they will have the opportunity to get aware about their destiny from an Indian … palm reader! What is next? The best way to relax … We will enjoy a holy massage which roots hold from about 3,000 BC! Ayurveda is a traditional Indian healing science that aims at the smooth functioning of the entire body. Definitely the best way to relax and balance our day before getting back to our accommodation.
Today, these who want, they will have the chance to participate at the International Yoga Festival, where, along with many other yoga lovers, they will enjoy yoga lessons from the experts! Alternatively, as the Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is the perfect place to hike, an activity that will remain unforgettable! So, early at the morning and after taking a good breakfast, so as to fill ourselves with energy, we leave Rishikesh and head to Kunjapuri Temple. We start our trekking, lasting 3-4 hours–always under the guidance of an experienced driver–to reach the altitude of 1645 meters! We are following an easy route to Topovan, where we will admire the panoramic view of the Himalayas, as long as the weather is good. Taking the way back, we will cross some villages before we stop in a waterfall. There, these who dare, they will have the chance to rejuvenate by taking a dip in the icy waters. Then we go back to our accommodation to relax and in the afternoon we will taste local dishes. We are ready to take a delicious lesson … A course of Indian cuisine! Besides, it is widely known that Indian food is ideal for gourmets! We will learn all the necessary secrets of a successful Indian dish, particularly, how to cook it, and undoubtedly, how to eat everything we have cooked. We return to our accommodation to take a rest.
The day that we will enjoy one of the most famous festivals not only of India, but also of the whole world, the Holi festival or otherwise the Festival of Colors, has come. Although this festival is celebrated in many countries around the world, India is undoubtedly the perfect place to experience it, as it is the birthplace of this great celebration! It is said that this celebration dates back perhaps to the 3rd century BC! Essentially, in this way, we say goodbye to the winter and welcome the spring! So people of all ages walk by the streets and throw a colorful powder! Mukesh will do his best for us to live this fest to the fullest! We will be among the locals and enjoy this fest like them, where music, dancing and of course the colorful powder will be the protagonists! Then we’ll head to the Laxman Jhula Bridge, where, along with the rest of the people, we will live a celebration that you have never seen before!
Today, those who want, they can participate in the International Yoga Festival, meaning that those who want today, they will attend several yoga sessions, as well as many events. Alternatively, these who do not want to join it, they will have 45 minutes to experience rafting on the Ganges River, always under the guidance of experts. In the afternoon we will experience one of the greatest experiences on the banks of the river … We return to the hotel, wearing comfortable clothes as we will attend a “compulsory” yoga lesson with a guru of the kind, exactly where we did it at the World Party show! Even if you are not a gym person, believe us you do not want to miss this experience! In the evening, we will watch the Ganga Aarti, a ritual that takes place by the Ganges River. A unique experience, which we also experienced as World Party show. Do not worry if you do not know a word from Sanskrit … the colors, the mystical atmosphere and the Indian hymns will help you out! At the end of the ceremony, we leave the diyas (lanterns) to float in the water, taking, according to tradition, all the pain away. We spend our evening with a clean mind and a delightful dinner.
In the morning we take our flight to Delhi. We will be settled in the hotel and without losing sight of it, we will walk the historical capital. Our first stop will be at the Khan Market where we will be enchanted by the variety of colors and fragrances! From there, we will visit the old residence of Emperor Mugal, the well-known Red Fort, located in the center of Delhi which currently hosts museums. It was built in 1648 and it was the center from where all the critical political decisions were made! But it’s time to go to the moonlight market, also known as Chandni Chowk. Over the years, it has grown into the largest wholesale market throughout India. It is the ideal place for all travelers who are interested in buying spices, clothes and food or just want to feel the charm of the old town. We will get more involved in the political history of this country by visiting Raj Ghat, the monument dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. “Mahatma” in Sanskrit means “Great Soul” and certainly this great leader deserved this title. Then we will walk to Connaught Place, one of the largest financial, commercial and business centers in New Delhi. Here, are hosted the offices of several companies, but also many department stores. Prior to the construction of Connaught Place, the area was covered by trees, while its inhabitants were jackals and wild boars! Before we get back to our hotel, we can watch the huge fires that are lit up at major crossroads in Delhi, as well as the demons of Holika demon, symbolizing the triumph of good against evil. In this way, you will get a taste of what awaits us the next day.
We will commence our day very early at the morning, since today we are taking the train to Agra, where the mausoleum Taj Mahal is located. It is no coincidence that it has been listed so many times in the list of the 7 wonders of the world and it has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Twenty thousand people needed to build this masterpiece, which dates back to 1648 AD. Believe us, this amazing building with wonderful history will leave you speechless! The technique used to decorate this masterpiece is very special, which you will learn, attending a workshop we have scheduled for you! So do not rush to buy souvenirs as soon as we get to Agra! In this workshop you will be able to do your shopping! There are also the stunning Gardens. We continue to the Agra Fort, also declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Before going back to Delhi, we will take our walk to Agra to get a taste of this beautiful city.
Today’s day begins with Qutub, a complex of sophisticated architectures, buildings and historical buildings, including Qutub Minar and the ruins of Jain Temple. And from there we go to feel the Indian atmosphere, Dilli Haat, a traditional market. We are moving into the magical world of Indian art and cultural heritage, which is definitely a pleasure for all of our senses! We continue to the Bahai Temple, a common symbol of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, which is built of pure white marble, thus reflecting simplicity and purity. A temple whose architecture is unique, since it is lotus-like. Last but not least, we go to the Humayun Mausoleum, the last residence of India’s great emperor Humayun, built in the middle of the 16th century, with beautiful elements of Persian architecture. This mausoleum was the inspiration for the design of Taj Mahal!
Today we will admire another breathtaking masterpiece! This is Akshardham, which sums up all the splendor, beauty and wisdom of 10,000 years of Indian civilization. It brilliantly presents the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The visit to Akshardham is an enlightening journey to India’s art, values and contribution to the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind. The Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in just five years, with Pramach Swami Maharaj blessings and the enormous effort of 11,000 craftsmen and thousands of volunteers. Indeed, it holds the Guinness World Record as the largest Hindu temple in the world. We move on to the Hauz Khaus, where the ruins of the historic city of Siri lie. Near there, it is located the Social, a cafe which seems not attractive at all from its exterior. However, its interior will change your mind immediately!
After visiting so many places and experiencing so many things that will be indelibly marked in our memory, it’s time to take the way back. An experience that has made us richer in feelings and friendships … an experience that we will tell for a long time to those who did not be with us.
On this journey, our local friend will be Mukesh, who was born and raised in Rishikesh. He was “obsessed” with nature, so in 2008 he founded the most reliable company for rafting and trekking in the area! He loves to explore rivers and mountains and he has experience with the Himalayas as well! He knows how to keep us away from tourist “traps”, something that will provide us with the most authentic travel experience! He knows all the locals in the area and he will do everything he can for us to get the most wonderful memories of this trip to India.
-Price per person from Athens: 1540 €
-Price per person from Thessaloniki: 1620 €
(The above rates are for double occupancy and include airport taxes)
Payment via deposit or credit / debit card
Deposit 500 € per person (in the case of a deposit)
– Indian cuisine course
-Yoga on the banks of the Ganges River
-International Yoga Festival (optional)
-Flights departing from Athens and Thessaloniki
-Transfers by bus
-Excursion to Taj Majal
-Yoga on the banks of the Ganges River
– Indian cooking class
-Advanced instructions before departure, group on facebook
– Photographer throughout the trip
-Local friend throughout the trip
-India Visa costing 52 €
-Visits to archaeological sites and museums
-Medication for stomach disorders
-Mountain shoes or sneakers
-Light lens (preferably headlight)
-International Yoga festival
-Holi Colours Festival
-Agra Day Trip, Taj Majal
-Yoga on the banks of the Ganges River
-Indian cooking lessons
Extra / Optional Activities
-Trekking at Himalayas 35€
-Ayurvedic Massage 25€
-International Yoga Festival 75€
(Yoga day pass, includes all meals and yoga sessions)
Departures / Returns
-The flights are to be announced soon
Our guided tours are often only in English.
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