INDIA

Hi, welcome, and thank you for your interest in our upcoming India retreat. I am the Founder of The Meditation Hunter and will be your host as we take a journey through the fabulous land that is India.

I see and feel energy in places and things. I believe that every place and object carries with it the energy of that and those which have passed through. I believe in guarding and bringing back to life the ancient in all things, keeping eternal the wisdom and dimensions from those that have come before. Come and experience the soul of India, breathing in everything that she is, allowing her to infuse and transform. The beginning of a journey that has no end..

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ECHOES OF RAJASTHAN
A journey through India's heart

Join us on this soul-stirring journey to the heart of India’s Rajasthan during the exuberant Holi Festival, and step into a world where vibrant colours bloom and ancient echoes resonate. A unique retreat that promises not only a feast for the senses, but a plunge into deep cultural immersion. More than just a travel experience, this is an opportunity to live the soulful India of your dreams. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore India and all of her opportunities with an amazing group of fellow explorers.

OVERVIEW
Option of 7 or 13 nights. Stay for the full retreat or take your departure from Jodhpur. Meditate at ancient temples; Holy city visit with local Spiritual Teacher / Priest & aarti ceremony (sacred prayers) on the banks of Pushkar Lake; Stay at the residence of queens of Jodhpur Kingdom - 10 very private havelis within a palace complex inside fort walls; Spend Holi, the Festival of Colours in Jodhpur. One of the oldest festivals of India. Candlelit dinner at a 6th century stepwell; Visit local villages & wander narrow ancient lanes through old street markets where life has not changed for hundreds of years. Hosted by Sophie from The Meditation Hunter

Itinerary

Travel Day - 09/03/25

On arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel in Jaipur via private driver. You’ll then meet your host Sophie. Spend the remainder of the day unpacking, meeting other guests or exploring. Dinner is included.

01.

Jaipur - 10/03/25

For our first day, we will wake up early to see the morning aarti ceremony at the 300 year old temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. After breakfast back at the hotel, we will begin to explore some of the amazing sights of Jaipur, culminating in a walk through the old street markets, immersing ourselves in the colour, sight and sounds of a place with irresistable charm.

02.

Travel to Pushkar - 11/03/25

After breakfast we will drive to the holy city of Pushkar (185kms: 4-5 hrs). A holy town revered for its centuries old lake and legendary temples, it is said that the Brahma temple here is the only one in the world. Folklore also has it that the holy lake is as old as the planet itself. After checking into our hotel, we will explore the city with a local Priest / Spiritual Teacher, before attending a very special evening event. Dinner Included.

03.

Travel to Nagaur - 12/03/25

Before we continue on our journey towards Jodhpur, we will arise before dawn and visit a hill summit temple and watch as Pushkar awakes in the dawn mists before visiting the local market stalls and enjoying a late breakfast. After breakfast we will drive to Nagaur (142kms, 3-4 hrs) where we will spend the night in an incredible haveli complex. Winding through narrow alleys until we arrive at the entrance, this residence used to that of the queens of Jodhpur Kingdom. Comprising of 10 very private havelis surrounding a pool area within a palace complex inside fort walls. Dinner included.

04.

Travel to Jodhpur – 13/03/25

After breakfast we will drive to Jodhpur(155kms, 4-5 hrs), the Blue City, where we will spend the next three nights in a beautiful hotel.

On our arrival you can choose to relax at the hotel or venture into the city for a walk through the busy marketplace which will be full of colourfully dressed men and women from local rural areas preparing their shopping for Holi the following day. Dinner included.

05.

Jodhpur - 14/03/25

Today is Holi - festival of colours - one of India’s oldest festivals and the most vibrant of all. Celebrated across the entire country, it is filled with joy as it celebrates the arrival of Spring.

We will celebrate Holi at a special lunch. Evening is for you to explore the streets of Holi. Dinner is not included.

06.

Jodhpur - 15/03/25

Our final day in Jodhpur, we are free to explore the city and surrounding area. Late afternoon we will have the opportunity to visit the stunning Mandore Gardens - a collection of memorials and temples of the Marwar dynasty. Opportunity also to book yourself into a nearby cooking class.

If you have chosen to only spend 7 nights, then this will be your final day and night with the retreat before you leave us. Dinner included.

07.

Drive to Narlai - 16/03/25

After breakfast we will drive to Narlai (140kms, 3-4 hrs), a spectacular village through back country roads. Opposite our hotel is a huge rock dotted with caves and temples.

After checking into our hotel, the rest of the day is for relaxing or exploring as you wish.

Dinner included.

08.

Narlai - 17/03/25

A day to explore the village, visit some of the local houses and talk to the villagers, before we visit the Cave Temple - a temple inside a hill dedicated to Lord Shiva. Simple yet beautiful, the silence and beauty of this temple will captivate you.

After dark we have a very special candlelit dinner planned just outside of the village at an elaborate 6th century step well where we will be taken by ambling bullock carts.

09.

Drive to Udaipur - 18/03/25

Today we continue our journey to Udaipur, known as the Venice of India. As we drive (120 kms, 2-3 hrs) we will visit Ranakpur Temples, an important pilgrimage centre and temple for the Jain. For this temple note that leather belts, footwear, bare legs and black clothing are not allowed inside.

Upon arrival at our lakeside hotel, the rest of the day is for relaxing. Dinner is included.

10.

Udaipur - 19/03/25

With the option of early morning yoga near the Lake, after breakfast we will visit the City Palace - Rajasthan’s largest, before heading to the famous Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the universe. Later in the day we can walk through the local streets, narrow lanes of the 16th century medieval town, past the houses painted indigo to keep them cool in summer, and witness the daily life of the local people of this town.

We also have a little surprise planned for the afternoon. Dinner is included.

11.

Drive to Bundi - 20/03/25

After breakfast we will start our drive (240kms, 4-5 hrs) to Bundi - the smaller Blue City of Rajasthan - a hidden treasure which will astound you with it’s secret treats. Snuggled into a cleft in the hills, it is surrounded by fertile riverine plains and host to a plethora of step wells.

After checking into our 17th century haveli hotel we are free to explore the town, inlcuding the now overgrown Taragarh Fort.

Dinner is included.

12.

Drive to Jaipur - 21/03/25

Today we return finally to Jaipur for our final night (235kms, 4-5 hrs).

Upon checking into our hotel, the rest of the day is for relaxing and your own discoveries, before we meet for a final meal at a special location. Note - cost of dinner is not included.

Note - transfer back to Delhi airport on the 22nd is included. This will be at a specified time only. Note that you also have the option for a one night, two day trip extension for a sunrise visit to see the Taj Mahal.

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INCLUSIONS & PRICES

7 NIGHT OPTION
Cost w/ Shared Room: $4,500 AUD payment in full
Payment Plan: $550 AUD x 9 payments

Cost w/ Single Room: $5,400 AUD payment in full
Payment Plan: $650 AUD x 9 payments

13 NIGHT OPTION
Cost w/ Shared Room: $6,500 AUD payment in full
Payment Plan: $770 AUD x 9 payments

Cost w/ Single Room: $7,950 AUD payment in full
Payment Plan: $910 AUD x 9 payments

A portion of your trip cost will be donated to support a village in the Himalayas that The Meditation Hunter supports.
NB: Payment plans need to be paid in full by 9th Jan 2025. Non refundable deposit of 25%.

Contact sophie@themeditationhunter.com.au to reserve your place today.

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