Where better to treat yourself to a glorious retreat than by the sacred Ganges? MT Sobek has customized the ultimate India wellness journey: take in the architectural highlights of Delhi and Agra (including the Taj Mahal!), pamper yourself at one of the world's top luxury spa resorts, and see Dharamshala through the Dalai Lama's eyes. Naturally the trip offers a perfect balance of cultural and wellness experiences, incorporating yoga, meditation, spas, and hiking into every enlightening day. Whether you're looking to de-stress, rejuvenate, or reinvigorate, this is your India.
Soothe body and soul with Iyengar yoga, spirituality, and wellness by the sacred Ganges River
Invigorate with hikes up to sacred Hindu temples and snowcapped Himalayan vistas
Experience the richness of Tibetan culture, customs, cuisine, and chanting monks in Dharamshala
Welcome to India! Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, clear customs and then look for the MT Sobek representative holding a sign with your name on it. If you don't see the rep quickly, stay by the Costa Café and wait for them to find you. Transfer to the Taj Mahal Hotel, in the heart of colonial New Delhi. Relax before joining the group for a welcome dinner.
Kick off your India adventure with a private yoga lesson at Lodi Gardens amidst 14th-century tombs. Freshen up, then spend the day sightseeing in Delhi. Pass the India Gate, a 138-foot-high war memorial, and Rashtrapati Bhavan, home of the former viceroy of India and now the president's residence. After a guided tour of the first Mughal edifice, Humayun's Tomb, learn about Indian cuisine in a chef-led cooking class. Follow a meditation session with a visit to the Nizamuddin Dargah, a Sufi shrine, for a private qawwali (Sufi devotional songs) session.
Day-trip to Agra, a former Mughal capital and home to spectacular monuments — including the ethereal Taj Mahal! After lunch in Agra, stop at the intricate Itmad-ud-daulah's tomb, aka the Baby Taj, and at Mehtab Bagh, the Mughal garden uncovered when rumors of a Black Taj led to frenetic searching for the mythical structure's foundation. From here, the Taj Mahal views are staggering and offer true perspective of its enormity and proportions. Savor this incredible monument, one of the most iconic structures known, as the sunset further illuminates the magic.
Depart New Delhi and, after a few hours' travel, arrive at your luxurious home for the next three nights, the Ananda in the Himalayas spa resort. Upon arrival, receive an orientation about the property, activities, meals, etc. Then indulge yourself with two spa activities! Options include yoga, meditation, massage, body wraps, scrubs, and more. This evening, relish a hatha yoga session and a divine meal at the resort.
Wake to early-morning yoga in this breathtaking setting, and then further awaken your spirituality with snowcapped Himalayan vistas and sacred surroundings as you take a morning hike to the Kunjapuri Devi Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site commemorating Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva idols. Return to Ananda for a meditation session, and some free time before afternoon yoga and a group Vedanta session.
Allow yourself to further renew and rejuvenate today. After an optional morning yoga session, take a trip down to Rishikesh to the Omkarananda Patanjala Yoga Kendra. In this renowned Iyengar yoga center, established in 1993 on the banks of the holy Ganges, attend a class with the resident instructor, and then participate in an evening aarti or fire ceremony at the ashram. A truly spectacular day.
Say farewell to Ananda as you travel back to Delhi for one night. Freshen up at the hotel, do yoga at the Iyengar Yoga Centre in Delhi, and then have lunch in a unique café offering diverse regional specialties - you can taste much of India in just one meal! After lunch, tour the colorful National Crafts Museum, the architecturally unique Lotus Temple, and the opulent Akshardham Temple. Akshardham is gloriously made of pink sandstone with intricate carvings depicting man's journey through the world. Tonight enjoy dinner on your own.
Rise early for your journey to Dharamshala, home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. After checking into the hotel, take a kora walk around the hill where the Dalai Lama Temple and Namgyal Monastery sit. Along the way, turn prayer wheels and pay your respects to the Tibetans who have given their lives for the cause of freedom. End at the temple and, with an excellent guide to lead you, explore the revered complex, visiting both the main temple and the Kalchakra temple.
Follow morning Iyengar yoga and meditation sessions with a visit to the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and the Temple of the Oracle. Drive to the famous Gyuto Monastery in time to catch the monks coming back from lunch — then sit outside and listen to the monks chanting! Next is the Norbulingka Institute, dedicated to preserving traditional Tibetan arts and customs, and a delicious momo (steamed dumpling) lunch. Observe traditional craftsmen at work before walking to the Zen-inspired Dolma Ling Nunnery. Enjoy a privileged-access tour, including the rooms where nuns spend three years of solitude.
Your final full day in India is filled with restorative yoga, centering meditation, and exhilarating hiking. Start with morning yoga and meditation, then embark on a hike up to scenic Triund (9,280'). The route leads through forests of oak, deodar cedar, and rhododendron, and the final, strenuous "22 curves" reward you with stellar views of the Dhauladhar range and Kangra Valley. Return to the hotel, freshen up, and enjoy your final group dinner of the trip.
After breakfast, drive to Kangra Airport and catch the flight back to Delhi. Relax in comfort at the JW Marriott until your onward flight back home.
We combine many aspects of wellness on this trip with meditation, Vedanta, fire ceremony and yoga.
Our team of wellness guides are accredited yoga instructors who assist with alignment and encourage mindfulness.
This trip has been carefully designed to feature Iyengar yoga teaching in India, where yoga was founded.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Rejuvenating Iyengar yoga, Vedanta, meditation, moderate hiking, and cultural experiences.
Elegant hotels in New Delhi and Dharamsala, plus a 3-night stay Ananda in the Himalayas: one of India's top luxury wellness retreats.
In April, September and October, low temperatures range from 40°F to the low 60°Fs; highs range from the high 50°Fs to the high 100°Fs.
Our MT Sobek representative will meet you on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport and transfer you to the hotel.
No, we will provide yoga mats and any necessary props on this trip.
Yes, all are welcome on this trip from yoga novices to experienced yogis.
Yes, our wellness trips emphasize the importance of good health, with meals that are organic, low-fat, and high in fiber, among other considerations. Please let your Adventure Coordinator know of any dietary restrictions.
Yes, you do, but you can go online to apply for an Indian e-visa, which is fast and convenient.
No, the beauty of this trip is that it combines cultural exploration of India with yoga sessions and hiking for a well-rounded and balanced trip.
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