Return to the Sacred: Devotional Tour in North India
February 7, 2023 - February 19, 2023
More info here soon, but here’s some basics:
13 days/12 nights exploring Delhi, Rajasthan, Vraja, and Benares. All inclusive, you won’t need to touch a rupee note until it’s time to fly home–unless you want to take advantage of the sublime shopping options at some of my favorite spots, cultivated during my decade of importing Indian treasures with Dharma Boutique. Some highlights:
Fly into Delhi, stay two nights to settle in, shake off some jet lag, and briefly explore both Old Delhi’s and New Delhi’s beautiful madness.
Visit Jaipur for several days, spending time at one of my favorite temples anywhere in India, exploring and enjoying some of the many wonders of the fabled Pink City, the capital of Rajasthan. If you like jewelry and gemstones, historic architecture, and incredible devotional temple bhava, you will love Jaipur!
Then we visit Vrindavan area for several days. Visits to Neem Karoli Baba’s ashram, hang out with one of Shyamdas’ best friends in Shyam’s old home in an historic haveli in Jatipura, enjoy epic Prasad made from his own hands–so good! Maybe a row boat cruise at sunset by Keshi Ghat on the Yamuna River, or have some gorgeous custom clothing made for you in the historic Loi Bazar, enjoy Kusum Sarovar, the Radha Raman temple, other temple darshans along the way, and much more. We could happily spend the entire trip here in Vraja! But we’ll experience what we can, in the time we have…
Then, we fly to Varanasi, spending our last several days together enjoying our river-view Haveli guest house and wandering along the Ganges River ghats, exploring one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on the planet. Explore the narrow twisted lanes in the Old Town, enjoy the magnificent evening riverside Aarti, sunset rowboats on the Ganges, incredible classical Dhrupad music, and more–all culminating with the annual celebration of Maha Shivaratri. Bom Shiva!
Finally, either fly back to Delhi to meet your connecting flight home, or continue your own explorations of India from there–as you like…
Limited space! For more info, ping me at email@example.com