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Castle Bijaipur

12 Day Yoga, Wellbeing, Diwali Celebrations, Evening Safari, Culture & More. From Udaipur to Delhi via The Taj Mahal.

India is not a holiday destination but a life experience ! Travelling from Udaipur to Delhi via a 16th century castle, a peaceful lake resort & the Taj Mahal, this is the retreat you have been waiting for ! Treat yourself to this life changing trip. Come back inspired & stronger !

12 Day Yoga, Wellbeing, Diwali Celebrations, Evening Safari, Culture & More. From Udaipur to Delhi via The Taj Mahal.
12 Day Yoga, Wellbeing, Diwali Celebrations, Evening Safari, Culture & More. From Udaipur to Delhi via The Taj Mahal.

Time & Location

28 Oct 2024, 12:00 – 08 Nov 2024, 16:00

Castle Bijaipur, Bijaipur, Bassi, Bijaipur, Rajasthan 312001, India

About the Event

India is not a holiday destination but a life experience !

Come and experience India with us, off the beaten track.

Let's celebrate Diwali, The Festival Of Lights, in style.

We will travel across Rajasthan, from romantic Udaipur, the city of lakes, to bustling capital city Delhi, via an enchanting 16th century castle and UNESCO World Heritage Site The Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh.

This life changing retreat is all about you taking time out of your busy schedules to heal past traumas & adopt a fresh outlook on your life. You will have enough free time to press 'pause' and day dream.

The captivating 16th century architecture of castle Bijaipur in Rajasthan, will offer the perfect sanctuary as you are transported to a bygone era.

Enjoy daily sessions of yoga, breath work and meditation on the castle roof, to the delightful sounds of village life.

The surrounding bursts of colours will fill your heart with joy & optimism.

The days are mindfully organised around activities that will help you rejuvenate, heal and explore your surroundings.

This retreat is packed with goodness for the body & soul.

Limited places !

Pictures gallery HERE

Costs:

• Shared room with en-suite bathroom, £1249 per person/ £2498 per couple - King size bed or twin beds available.

• Single room with en-suite bathroom, £1499 per person - Double or king size bed.

Reserve your place with £400 deposit [non-refundable] - Balance due by end of September 2024.

Once your deposit has been paid, Florence will get in touch to confirm your place and offer help booking flights.

To take advantage of paying in stages, please WhatsApp, call or email to discuss.

florence@yogaretreatsandmore.com

Phone +447517702266

Rejuvenate • Yoga instructor Hélène Fauquet will hold morning and late afternoon sessions of  yoga, Pranayama and meditation - The yoga will be outdoors, on the castle roof and under a mango tree at Pangarh Lake Resort.

Gratitude journaling & fire ceremony Florence Achery will guide you through a gratitude journaling workshop & a fire ceremony.  The cloud free dark skies over Rajasthan are a celestial wonder & the perfect place for intention settings & star gazing.

Explore • India is so culturally rich & we will make the most of our surroundings.

We will start the trip in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

2 days to explore the different facets of this magical city, including lunch at Jagmandir floating palace, for a touch of well deserved Indian luxury.

We will travel to Castle Bijaipur for 3 nights, where we will celebrate Diwali with the locals !

We will indulge in bird watching,  an evening safari looking for leopards & other wildlife.

We will also have a cooking demonstration.

The village by the castle also makes for an interesting stroll.

Between yoga sessions on the roof, you have plenty of free time to be as active as you want or laze by the pool with a good book.

We will move on to remote and exclusive Pangarh Lake Resort for a couple of days of digital detox and yoga under an ancient Mango tree. We will indulge in a spot of bird watching at sunset during a boat ride on the lake.

Having the resort to ourselves, it is the perfect setting for a fire ceremony followed by star gazing.

Chittorgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a short drive away and an opportunity for a great day out.

We will travel to Agra by train. We will visit Agra city and the mesmerising Taj Mahal. 

To escape the hustle and bustle of the city, we will spend half a day at Wildlife SOS sanctuary to learn about rescued sloth bears and elephants.

Delhi will be the last stop on our travels. 2 days in Delhi will allow us to sample some of the capital's points of interest.

Things to do at the castle  • Bike hire to explore the village and beyond • Horse riding (all levels welcome) • Spa treatments • Laze by the pool and top up your tan !

Yoga style • Hatha & Yin with influences of Iyengar & Kundalini • To suit all levels • There are yoga mats available if you cannot bring your own.

Programme •

 Day 1 - Monday 28 October • Pick up from Udaipur Airport •  Transfer to UdaiGarh hotel • Short stretching session to erase the journey Lunch Guided visit of Udaipur/ Shopping/ Free time • Dinner overlooking Lake Pichola (not included)

Day 2 - Tuesday 29 October • Breakfast • Guided visit of Udaipur • Lunch at Jagmandir floating palace • Free time • Darohar Folk Dance Show • Dinner (not included)

Day 3 - Wednesday 30 October • Breakfast • Guided visit of the Diwali market  • Lunch (not included) • Afternoon drive to Castle Bijaipur • Yoga • Dinner

Day 4 - Thursday 31 October • Morning yoga • Breakfast • Free time/ Visit of the local village • Lunch • Free time • Yoga • Dinner/ Talking circle

Day 5 - Friday 1 November • Morning yoga • Breakfast • Free time • Cooking demonstration • Lunch • Free time • Yoga • Evening safari • Dinner • Diwali celebrations

Day 6 - Saturday 2 November • Morning yoga • Breakfast • Leave the castle • Drive to Pangarh Lake Resort for 2 nights of Glamping (School or temple visit on the way) • Lunch • Free time • Yoga • Dinner • Talking circle/ Gratitude journaling/ Fire ceremony/ Star gazing

Day 7 - Sunday 3 November • Morning yoga • Breakfast • Drive to Tarapur village (Optional) • Visit fabric block printing workshop/ shopping • Lunch • Free time • Lake boat trip/ Bird watching • Yoga • Dinner/ Talking circle

Day 8 - Monday 4 November • Morning yoga • Breakfast • Leave Pangarh • Travel to Bassi • Visit wood toy makers/ shopping • Travel to Chittorgarh • Lunch • Afternoon guided visit of Chittor Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Visit of the spice market/ shopping • Dinner • Down time/ Meditation • Drive to Chittorgarh station & board train to Agra 

Day 9 - Tuesday 5 November • Arrive Agra • Transfer to hotel • Brunch at Sheroes Hangout (not included) • Guided visit of Agra & the Taj Mahal • Dinner overlooking the Taj Mahal (not included)

Day 10 - Wednesday 6 November • Morning Yoga • Breakfast • Drive to Wildlife SOS sanctuary to see their work with rescued sloth bears and elephants • Lunch (not included) • Afternoon transfer to Agra train station • Train to Delhi • Transfer to hotel • Dinner (not included)

Day 11 - Thursday 7 November • Morning Yoga • Breakfast • Visit of Baha’i Lotus temple • Lunch (not included) • Visit of Lodhi art district • Free time/ shopping • Dinner (not included)

Day 12 - Friday 8 November • Morning Yoga • Breakfast • Visit of National crafts museum • Lunch (not included) • Market/ Free time/ Shopping • End of retreat - Transport to Delhi airport can be arranged for you.

Meet the team

* Florence Achery will be your host/ group leader and point of contact before and during the retreat.

She will guide you through the fire ceremony and gratitude journaling session.

* Hélène Fauquet will be your yoga instructor.

Hélène has over 20 years experience having qualified as a yoga instructor in 2003 at the Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Dhanwantari Asham in Neyyar Dam in Kerala, India. She has been teaching yoga ever since.

Hélène has a deep knowledge of pregnancy yoga, yoga for teenagers, perimenopause and menopause as well as Yin yoga.

Hélène is based in London where she teaches face to face or over Zoom.

Pranayama, breathing exercises, are an integral part of all the classes.

Partner Charity: Animal Aid Unlimited in Udaipur.

£25 from every booking will be donated to Animal Aid Unlimited, helping towards their spay/ neuter programme of Udaipur's street dogs.

Check out their amazing work here https://www.animalaidunlimited.org

What’s Included • Pick-up from Udaipur Airport • 11 nights luxury accommodation • 22 meals • Yoga / meditation/ breath work sessions with Hélène Fauquet • Guided visit of Udaipur • Lunch at Jagmandir Floating Palace •  Darohar Folk Dance Show • Gratitude journaling/ fire ceremony with Florence Achery • Cooking demonstration  • Evening Jeep safari • Diwali celebrations • Guided visit of Chittor Fort • Guided visit of Agra & the Taj Mahal • Visit of Baha’i Lotus temple • Visit of Lodhi art district • Our amazing guide, Karnpratap, will accompany us for the entire trip • All transportation included • Assistance & guidance with flights booking.

What’s not included • Flights to Udaipur airport (Assistance and advice will be given on booking flights if required) • Visa  • Travel insurance • Beverages* (Non alcoholic/ alcoholic) • 10 meals • Gratuities • Transport to Delhi airport.

Please note that the retreat starts from Udaipur and ends in Delhi.

Visa application on your behalf is available.

Please email to discuss.

Guest Review

"Magical, amazing, enchanting, relaxing, fun, life-changing – just a few words to describe my Indian yoga retreat with Florence. It was so much more than a yoga retreat. We stayed at unique places, visited places that were off the beaten track, ate gorgeous food, did yoga and meditation in the most stunning settings and were able to thoroughly explore the area. I’m not going to detail everything we did as I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprises for you. The whole trip was beyond my expectations and was truly life-changing in so many ways.  Of course, none of this would have been possible without the amazing Florence. This is my second retreat with Florence and she has a unique ability to create a jam-packed retreat that feels relaxing and unhurried. From the minute I contacted her about the retreat, she was so helpful and went over and above what she had to do to make the whole trip so wonderful.  The small group size was perfect and we formed long-lasting friendships which enhanced the whole experience. If you are looking for a yoga retreat in the UK or abroad, I would not hesitate to recommend Florence. You will not be disappointed. You’ll step off the treadmill of your life into another world and you’ll never see life the same way again.  Thank you Florence – look forward to my next retreat with you." Dr Maxine S.

Tickets

  • Deposit Single Room

    Single room with en-suite bathroom - King size bed Deposit only - Balance of £1099 due September 2024.

    • £400.00
      +£10.00 service fee
    • Deposit Double Room

      2 people booking together - En-suite bathroom - King size or twin beds Deposit only - Balance of £1698 due September 2024.

      • £800.00
        +£20.00 service fee

      Total

      £0.00

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