An immersion in Yoga and the wondrous natural beauty of India
30 September – 8 October 2018
Amritsar & Kangra Valley, Himalayan Foothills, North India
Explore a unique part of incredible India with me. A magnificent week of adventure, natural beauty featuring mountains and national park, sacred sights, delicious home cooked meals, like minded company, reflection, rest and immersive Yoga and Meditation teachings.
We begin our journey with two nights stay in the magical city of Amritsar which is the home of the beautiful “Golden Temple”. Here we will visit this sacred structure, immersing in the beauty, music and devotion that resonates deeply and leaves a lasting impression. We will also have the opportunity to explore the local markets alerting your senses with colour, sights, smells, tastes and sounds.
Our accommodation is a 250 year old Colonial Haveli. The Haveli features 18th century construction, furnished with antiques and complete with an in house wellness and spa service and a cafe. The Haveli within walking distance to markets and close to the walled city, The Golden Temple and Hall Bazaar.
For those who would like to observe the infamous Wagah border closing sunset ceremony, this can easily be arranged.
Following our two night stay in Amritsar we make our way via road to Basunti – our home for six nights, situated in a private lakeside sanctuary within a pristine wildlife reserve.
“Basunti is a jewel, the kind of magical place that you might spend months looking for if you were traveling independently through India, and still never find” – Sunday Telegraph
Basunti is an idyllic private lakeside retreat in the foot hills of The Himalayas, in the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India and surrounded by the waters of the Maharana Pratap Sagar. It sits at the heart of a wildlife reserve and has been developed sympathetically with the local environment.
Set in beautiful tropical gardens with orange, mango and papaya trees, Basunti’s spacious residences provide comfort combined with spectacular views. The location on the lake is an invitation for trekking, canoeing, swimming and bird watching.
While staying at Basunti, morning and evening classes will encourage you to immerse deeper in the teachings of Yoga, creating an opportunity for growth and expansion within your personal awareness and practice. Morning classes will focus on movement to energise and recalibrate your physical form. The afternoon classes will focus on enquiry into exploring philosophy, storytelling, meditation techniques and reflection. Yoga mats, blocks, straps, blankets and bolsters are all available for our use at Basunti. Our Yoga classes will take place in an open-air thatched roof shala and on the marbled roof of the main house, with 360 degrees views over the lake, the wooded ridge, and on a clear day, the Himalayas beyond.
This trip of a lifetime will provide you with plenty of Yogic tools for self study and inquiry. Simply being in India and specifically within the Himalayan range, the birthplace of this wonderful linage and lifestyle of Yoga, sparks inspiration for insight and reflection. Culturally India can be quite eye opening and it is comforting to visit a country so intriguing with other like minded travellers to safely share the experience. You will be challenged but growth is something stimulated from leaving our comfort zones and exploring possibility.
Retreat inclusive of
Eight nights / nine days accommodation
Transfers from Amritsar to Basunti and return to Amritsar
All meals during our stay at Basunti. Breakfast and dinner for two nights in Amritsar (you may like to explore cuisine options during the day while we are out exploring)
Two half day guided treks from Basunti
All Yoga and Meditation immersion and practices led by Lara
Tipping for guides and accommodation
Additional special surprises..
Retreat not inclusive of
Transfers from airport to Hotel in Amritsar (this is to allow for flexibility of arrival time as we all may vary with our arrival schedules. I can help you with arranging a transfer directly to our hotel from airport or rail station if needed)
Early Bird Pricing $2,300 valid until March 31, 2018
A non refundable deposit of $500 is required on registration.
To benefit from the early bird pricing, the payment plan is outlined below. Payment details are provided on registration.
A following payment of $1000 is due by March 31, 2018.
The final payment of $800 is due by July 31, 2018.
About your host, Lara Dwyer
I first explored India in 2004 and was instantly hooked. I love the immersion of the incredible culture, hospitality, sensory assault and wild contrasts that being in India offers. This journey will be my 8th trip returning to India. I have lead two previous Yoga and Trekking expeditions to North East India in the vicinity of Darjeeling. I am continually drawn back to the Himalayan ranges, the feeling of being surrounded in their majesty projects a feeling of peace steadiness. The sages, mystics and rishi’s of ancient and now travel to the mountains to seek further wisdom and knowledge and there is something just so uniquely special about being amongst this sacred landscape. I am forever grateful for all that India as a country has taught me over my travels and am excited to lead this special group and share with you what I love!
Detailed information pack inclusive of activities, what to pack and additional necessary information will be provided during the months prior to departure.
Our Basunti accommodation comprises of twin share rooms, spread over two low rise lodges and the Main House. Each room is with its own en-suite bathroom facilities, veranda or balcony. They all come with extensive views over the gardens or the surrounding area. Basunti’s grounds are inviting for solo exploring or resting by the pool. There is a main room and library for reading and reflection. You will be paired with same gender and all of us will share very similar interests, that’s why we’re here together!
At our Haveli stay in Amritsar, large heritage sized rooms are comprised for triple share. Each room has it’s own ensuite bathroom and opens out to a private terrace.
The Basunti kitchen, produces a mouth-watering array of both European and local Indian vegetarian dishes, whole wheat breads and pastries baked fresh daily, and juices from Basunti’s own fruit trees. Meals are freshly prepared using organic home-grown fruits and vegetables whenever possible, supplemented by produce from the local markets.
The weather pattern for the region is expected to be warm and sunny with temperatures averaging in the high 20’s to low 30’s during the day (Celsius).
Our two half day treks are optional and will be lead by a local guide within the Kangra Valley. There are also many opportunities for shorter self guided treks. The terrain requires a medium fitness level and appropriate footwear.
Check in on the 30th of September is 2:00pm at The Haveli.
We will be leaving Basunti on the 8th of October in the morning to arrive at the domestic/international airport by 2:00pm for those of you who are planning onward travel. Please allow 2 hours prior to flight for domestic departure and 3 hours for international departure. Alternatively our transport can deliver you to your hotel of choice in Amritsar if you are planning to return to the city before onward travel plans.
The nearest international airport is Amritsar, which also receives internal flights from Delhi and Mumbai. I personally have found skyscanner.com good for international flight searches and cleartrip.com or makemytrip.com domestic for schedules and prices.
A visa is required for all foreign nationals when visiting India. Please allow sufficient time to organise this before you leave. Length of visa issued depends upon your nationality, but most are of 3 or 6 months validity (from issue date, not arrival date!). Find more info about this on your local Indian Embassy’s website in Visa section. General info http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/
Travel insurance with full medical cover is required when attending this journey.
Please email Lara at email@example.com to find our further information or register your interest.