The Ultimate Healing Journey North India – Sept 2017

Immerse yourself into the spiritual landscape of Rishikesh and allow yourself to experience a healing of a lifetime with Yogis & Spiritual teachers,  Narelle White, Andrea Jones & Jacinta McBurney

India – a country of contrasts, vibrant colour & deep spirituality. It is a place where you will have a sense of something grander than yourself. Everything is sacred. You will leave in awe, changed forever.

Rishikesh sits alongside the Ganges river – powerful & peaceful. It is known as one of the world centres for ancient Yogic teachings & was first put on the map when the Beatles travelled there in the 1960s. Many have followed over the years on a pilgrimage to this beautiful place – to learn the ancient teachings, to seek healing & peace from the busyness of daily life.

Each day begins with Jacinta – bring yourself into the present to experience the gift of yoga. Learn the ancient art of face reading with Narelle – know your true gifts while tuning in to the elements of nature, nourishing body, mind & spirit. Experience the profound healing of Andrea – release what does not serve you, allowing love to flow freely into your life

Retreat Includes

  • All transport in local vehicles /mini buses. Group pickup & transfer at Delhi International airport to hotel – Group transfer from Rishikesh to Delhi International airport for departure.
  • 2 nights in New Delhi at 4* hotel in market area of Karol Bagh, also including tour of temples.
  • 9 nights in Rishikesh luxury 4* star Dewa Retreat property located amidst the foothills of the great Himalayas. Accom- modation based on twin share or single room basis.
  • Meals – Vegetarian breakfast and dinner included. All bottled mineral water provided at meals times and whilst travelling.
  • Local Indian Tour Director – Sunit – for full 12 day retreat to work with yoga retreat manager. Foreign currency exchange done by Tour Director on arrival in Delhi.
  • All sightseeing with Tour Director and / or local guides: evening Ganga Arti ceremony, tour of local ashrams & tem- ples, village tour walks, local classical musical & spiritual dance recitals at local village.
  • Post Retreat Travel – Tiwari Travel have arranged a 7 day sightseeing trip of Rajasthan – “The Golden Triangle”.
  • 2 x Energetics of Food Classes and 1 x face reading class with Narelle. Also included – a personal face reading with Narelle. Acupuncture Treatments available.
  • Continuous Healing with Andrea 1 week prior to retreat & during the retreat, at your leisure until the end.
  • Daily Yoga classes morning and evening with Jacinta. Jacinta will also be available for one on one with Yoga Teachers

Retreat Dates – 22nd Sept – Tue 3rd Oct 2017

Retreat Price – $3485 AUD per person twin share

Optional Extended Tour – We have arranged an extended 6 night tour of “The Golden Triangle” post retreat to experience the Taj Mahal and some other highlights in Rajasthan including Jaipur the Pink City.

For bookings contact meredith@tiwaritravel.com

Numbers are limited to 20 pax so be quick!

Ayurveda Retreats India & Sri Lanka

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Meaning of Ayurveda….Ayurveda can be defined as a system, which uses the inherent principles of nature, to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual’s body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature.

Ayurveda is Sanskrit term, is made up of the words “ayus” and “veda.” “Ayus” means life and “Veda” means knowledge or science. The term “ayurveda” thus means ‘the knowledge of life’ or ‘the science of life’.  According to the ancient Ayurvedic scholar Charaka, “ayu” comprises the mind, body, senses and the soul.

What is the Origin of Ayurveda?…..Widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world, Ayurveda is an intricate medical system that originated in India thousands of years ago. The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas — the ancient Indian books of wisdom. The Rig Veda, which was written over 6,000 years ago, contains a series of prescriptions that can help humans overcome various ailments.

What are the Basic Principles of Ayurveda?…Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether. These elements are represented in humans by three “doshas“, or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

A typical Ayurvedic Programme package would include;

  • Accommodation in quality comfortable rooms/resorts
  • Vegetarian meals designed to suit your body or dosha type
  • All Ayurvedic Treatments (2 – 3 hours every day) including cleansing and detoxification processes
  • All the Ayurvedic Medicine in line with your individual need
  • Daily health consultations with qualified and Ayurvedic Physicians 
  • Yoga & meditation classes

Fully inclusive packages from $2,595 AUD pp for 14 days

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Why driving in India is safer than Sydney

Indian TransportWhy driving in India is safer than Sydney…

Considering a road trip in India? Concerned about India’s notorious driving reputation?  Fear no more, let me ease your mind, with some of the reasons why its not as dangerous as people have become to believe or fear.

Firstly, I am more fearful of driving in Sydney than I am in India. Has anyone ever been on the F3 North of Sydney, that road is a formula one racetrack, and is not place for ambling Sunday driver…It’s an aggressive and scary road, even in the left lane.

Sydneysiders also are notorious “road ragers” (including my past self, before I sold my car for the comfort and stress-free life as a public transporter) with little patience for anything in their way.  The sense of entitlement on Sydney roads, is something to be scared off unlike our laid back folk in India.

I know this as I have spent many years on both Sydney and North Indian roads and never in India have I experienced being hunted down by a road rangers, until I smashed into a  in Sydney Harbour tunnel. And that was all for cutting a driver off in my blind spot.

I have driven for many years around India and what never ceases to amaze me, is the patience and calmness of all drivers in India not matter what is happening.

There is NO road rage in India and this country deals with a population of 1.1 billion people getting around.

Additionally India is mainly rural. Most roads are just narrow links between hundreds of small villages, that are home to myriad of life, including cows, goats, donkeys, kids, motorbikes, camel carts, cycle rickshaws, trucks, monkeys the list goes on.

It’s impossible to drive much faster than 40kms an hour. Yes there are many accidents, but many are non-fatal, as they are not driving fast enough. I have had 100’s of car accident in India, every year I am there in fact. When vehicles collide everyone gets out has a look and laugh and continues on..

Now to mention their road rules or apparent lack there off. There are road rules, we just don’t see it as visitors.

The golden road rule is, don’t worry what is behind or beside you, just concentrate what’s in front and it’s ok. It’s the job of the people behind or beside you to avoid what is front..Hence many don’t use side mirrors and hence avoiding the dreaded “black spot”

I love driving in India its much better than Sydney. Not to mention how much more interesting the world is outside the car window.

Want to know more about safe driving in India. Speak to us at Tiwari Travel.

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10 tips for yoga retreats in India

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My first yoga tour group to India 2006

10 tips for yoga retreats in India

My first yoga retreat in India was June 2006 and was the challenge of all travel challenges…

Before that in 2000 to 2002 I had been attending retreats in Bali with Michael Adamedes from Inner Peace Mastery one of the first people to run wellbeing yoga type retreats in Ubud. I enjoyed these immensely and Michael was a big source of inspiration for me.  I had also previously worked as a Tour Leader in India. So it came to be that I started my own travel company Tiwari Travel, promoting Yoga Tours throughout India. It was good timing, as no one else that I knew of in the travel industry was promoting yoga tours.

But with years of experience travelling throughout India and South East Asia, nothing can prepare you for the responsibility of group travel.  I thought I was ready, full of plans, confidence and customers, I took off with a group of trustworthy women , off the beaten track, high up into the Eastern Himalayas with a local Indian yogi in tow.  All was ok until a series of  unexpected events caused delays, dangers and annoyances!  One lady broke her leg falling down a Buddhist Stupa and the roads post monsoon, had been mushed into pot hols and rocks, just to name a few. I always remember my 70 year old passenger, a nurse and yoga teacher who sat in the back seat the whole 16 hour journey,  being the most resilient and least complaining. My heart still goes out still to Alma for her patience.

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Relaxing in the India Himalaya

I have learnt a lot since then and now 12 years later, I am still running all types of tours and travel to India as well as advising and consulting to others on how best to do so.

 10 Tips for Yoga Retreats India

1. Expect the unexpected..India is a country which requires 8 times more planning and organisation than Bali

2. Education – Understand responsible tourism and travel industry laws for your and your customers protection

3. Get help – do not try to run a retreat in India without considerable assistance by local experts

4. Booking Online – do not book or pay hotels /tour operators online use a local tour operator to help

5. Customer Service – do not tell your customers to “get their own way to the retreat” this is open to people getting lost or being taken astray by all to convinced taxi drivers

6. Packages – with large groups packaging travel services, saves time, money and stress

7. FREE time – believe it or not generally travellers on package yoga retreats like daily direction.  Free time creates confusion. A extensive yoga schedule equals happy customers

8. Flights/Transfers – never expect your customer to book their own flights. Encourage group travel for saftey. If everyone is on a the same flight its 1 transfer for 10 instead of 10 transfer for 10 people

9. Travel Insurance – don’t leave home with out it

10. Venues – choose a venue that is recommended by experts not one that ranks high on Trip Adviser

Keen to know more? Contact Meredith Travel Agent to the Australian Yoga Community

Yoga Travel Solutions.com.au (A division of Tiwari Travel Pty Ltd)

Varanasi Ganges River Sunset Boat ceremony

Varanasi Ganges River Sunset Boat ceremony

Spiritual Pilgrimage Mt Kailash Nepal & Tibet June 2017

Spiritual Pilgrimage Mt Kailash Tibet & Nepal – with Swami Karunannada

Join us on a once in a lifetime spiritual pilgrimage to Mt Kailash.  This is a special yatra program in Tibet & Nepal with Swami Karunannda, a Hindu Sanyasi from Australia. The tour starts in Kathmandu and then flys to Lhasa, covering Lhasa city sightseeing, to visit Mansarovar lake and Holy Mt Kailash. The tour ends in Nepal. We then take are trip to Pokhara for 4 nights relaxation and reflection, before returning to Kathmandu to fly back to Australia.

Holy Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Lake, are renowned as the centre of creation and the universe. Thousands of sages, ordinary mortals, philosophers and Gods have become submerged in a blissful trance at the very sight of this divine grandeur. Famously known to be an abode of Lord Shiva, Mt. Kailash is considered the centre of Hindu philosophy and civilisation. It is believed that those who take the holy dip at Mansarovar and carry out Parikrama around Kailash will be absolved of their sins through generations.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu at mid-day relax

Day 02: Kathmandu – sightseeing/shopping

Day 03: Kathmandu – sightseeing
Day 04: Fly to Lhasa & transfer hotel
Day 05: Lhasa Sightseeing
Day 06: Lhasa sightseeing

Day 07: Drive to Shigatse

Day 08: Driver to Saga
Day 09: Drive to Mansarovar (Chiu-Gompa), Puja, Hawan etc
Day 10: Drive to Darchen
Day 11: Drive to Holy Trek Starting Point- Yamadwar and Holy Trek to Dirapuk
Day 12: Holy Trek to Zuthulpuk
Day 13: Holy Trek to near Darchen and drive to Saga
Day 14: Drive to Xhigatse
Day 15: Drive to Lhasa
Day 16: Transfer to Lhasa airport for flight back to Kathmandu

Day 17: Depart to Pokhara

Day 18: Pokhara

Day 19: Pokhara

Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandu – overnight

Day 21: Depart to Kathmandu airport flight back to Australia

Tour Dates: Sat 17th June to Tue 7th July 2017 – 21 days

Price: $5,685 per person twin share

Cost Includes

  • All group airport pickup/transfers in private group bus
  • Special welcome at the International airport in Kathmandu.
  • Special welcome at the International airport in Lhasa.
  • Sunit Tiwari Tour Manager for whole trip to liase with local staff
  • 5 nights stay in Kathmandu in 4 or 5 star hotel
  • 4 nights accommodation in Lhasa at 3 star hotel
  • Lhasa city sightseeing tours
  • 2 night stay at 3 star eqv hotel in Saga
  • 2 night stay at 3 star eqv hotel at Shigatse
  • 1 night stay at 3 star eqv hotel at Manasavour
  • All other accomm included on trek other parts of Tibet at best available guesthouse / hotel
  • freshly cooked meals at Mt Kailash trek
  • Yak men to carry luggage on trek
  • 3 nights accomm in 4 * guesthouse in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Oxygen cylinder and oxygen pillow as per the requirements
  • Tibet Visa and Permit Fee – arranged by tour operator
  • Porters will be provided to carry kitchen equipments and food materials during Parikrama
  • All ground transfers in Nepal & Tibet in coach or Toyota land cruisers
  • English-speaking guide In Tibet for sightseeing and assistance
  • Local Nepal guides for sightseeing Nepal (accept Pokhara)
  • All required trekking and kitchen equipments for Mt Kailash part
  • First Aid Kit
  • Free use Sleeping bags on trek
  • Backpack, and duffel bag & sleeping bags for free included
  • Kathmandu/ Lhasa/ Kathmandu flights
  • Yatra completion Certificate
  • All transfers from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Cost Excludes:

  • International flights from Australia to Kathamandu return
  • Fully comphrensive Travel insurance (compulsory) with Insurance against loss of baggage, damage of valuables, theft of personal items/ belongings, medical expenses in case of accident or expenses in emergency evacuation, repratriation
  • Horse and porter for personal use
  • Personal items, clothing and down jackets.
  • Entrance fees at sightseeing spots
  • Extra costs that may arise due to prolonged delays or postponement of flights due to technical reasons/ acts of nature/ riots/ curfew/ government regulations or any other conditions whatsoever, which are beyond the control of Tiwari Travel and tour operator Fishtail Tours & Travels and any of its additional associated agents.
  • Personal expenses, tips and donations