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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- Explore the wonders of India’s capital in New & Old Delhi
- Witness the beautiful Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset
- Stalk some wildlife in Ranthambore National Park
- Awe at the beauty of The Pink City of Jaipur
- Hike up to the mighty Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur & ride the zip-line
- Embark on a dessert camel Safari in the Thar Desert of Jaisalmer
- Enjoy a local cricket match
- Taking a cooking class in Jaipur
Daily Itinerary – Choose your own dates
Day 1 & 2 – Delhi
- Arrive Delhi international airport, private taxi pickup and transfer to hotel. Supper provided
- Next day full days sightseeing with local guide in & around Old & New Delhi
- Sights: Jama Masjid Mosque, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, India gate & much more
- Evening visit to a Sikh Gurudwara Temple
Stay 2 nights Delhi
Day 3 – Agra – The Taj Mahal
- Drive early morning to Agra, check into hotel. Lunch. (3-4 hr drive)
- Afternoon visit Agra Fort & sunset into the Taj Mahal
- Evening Kalaktriti cultural show and/or visit Music and Art Emporium showroom
Stay 1 night in Agra
Days 4 & 5 – Ranthambore National Park
- Depart early from Jaipur to this wonderful National Park (approx. 3hr)
- Ranthambore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering entire area of 392 km²
- Arrive check into jungle resort. All meals on jungle plan
- Today enjoy a safari and sightseeing in and around the local area & tiger Park
Stay 2 nights – Ranthambore Heritage Haveli/or the Tigress (Jungle Plan package)
Day 6 -Jaipur – The Pink City
- Optional sunrise entry into Taj Mahal (2nd time)
- Drive to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan (approx. 4-5hrs/
- Stop for lunch and sightseeing at the amazing ghost town of Fatehphur Sikri
- Arrive driver top check into hotel relax.
- Dinner in hotel
Day 7 – Jaipur
- Local guide to meet you for days sightseeing around Jaipur
- Including visiting the City Palace complex and Amber Fort
- Evening Bollywood Film at the beautiful “Art Deco” Cinema Raj Mandir
Day 8 -Jaipur
- Further sightseeing and wandering around this great city
- Today visit a textile factory and visit to the Amber Fort
Stay 3 nights in Jaipur – Hotel Shahpura House/ Trident Jaipur
Day 9 – Jodhpur – The Blue City
- Depart by early to Jodhpur (approx. 4/5 hrs)
- Morning local guide to meet you in hotel for local sightseeing
- Including visiting Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most impressive and formidable structures in Rajasthan
- Kids and parents can partake in the zip line ride from the fort
- Dinner at local restaurant
Day 10 – Jodhpur
- Further sightseeing and shopping in and around old city
- Dinner at hotel or local restaurant
Stay 2 nights Jodhpur – Ranbanka Palace or Ajit Bhawan/Ratan Vilas
Day 11 – Jaisalmer – The Golden City in the Thar Desert
- Depart out the Golden sands of the Thar desert to witness this amazing desert town.
- Awe at the magnificent town fort and spend time exploring inside the fort with all its local markets and handicrafts
Day 12 – Jaisalmer Desert Safari
- Today head out to the desert for an overnight safari
- Spend the night in the desert camping with the camel traders
Day 13 – Jaisalmer
- After breakfast in the desert return back to town for another night
- More sightseeing with local guide in and around the fort
Stay 2 nights in Jaisalmer, 1 night desert safari, Hotel Sonaar Haveli
Day 14 – Jodhpur /Delhi
- Drive back to Jodhpur
- Check into domestic airport for flight back to Delhi
- Pick up and transfer to hotel
Total Package Tour Price – $1,585 AUD fully inclusive per person (accept international airfares) (minimum family of 4 pax)
- All airport, train station and hotel transfers in Private taxi with driver
- 14 days Private Vehicle, for whole tour as per itinerary, in Tempo Traveller (12 seater) with English speaking driver, inclusive of drivers expenses, road tolls, fuel, insurance, parking & air con
- Hotels – 14 nights – mix of 3* & 4* hotels & guest houses and inclusive of daily breakfast (5* Agra)
- (4 x double/ twin bed rooms, adjoining rooms where possible)
- Meals – 1 main vegetarian meal per day (either lunch or dinner) included in hotel packages (not including drinks)
- Domestic Flights – Jodphur to Delhi ow economy with 20kg baggage each
- Ranthambore National Park – All meals – Jungle Plan package (2nights)
- Jaisalmer – desert safari all meals – 1 night (camping)
- Local Guides – for history sightseeing tours
- Bottled Mineral Water & Wet wipes – for car journey
Tour Package excludes….
- Comprehensive Travel insurance (compulsory) Tiwari provides 25% off Covermore Retail Price
- Indian tourist visa – approx. $60 per person
- Medical vaccinations
- Any shopping or items of personal nature
- Any meals food or drinks outside included meals as per itinerary
- Entrance fees to sightseeing
- Tipping to local staff and drivers (tip kitty is advised and tour leader to assist)
- Any costs associated with changing of the itinerary, such as cancelling hotels and re-booking and or
- Changing adding additions to itinerary direction
** Booking form will have all terms & conditions listed**
Why 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.
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.
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)
Mt Kailash Spiritual Journey Tibet
Join us on a once in a lifetime spiritual journey visiting the holiest mountain in Asia.
Mt Kailash is a spiritual pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists he world over. Based in the remote corner of Western Tibet, this journey is a true adventure not for the faint hearted.
Holy Mt Kailash is renowned as the centre of creation and the universe. Famously known to be an abode of Lord Shiva, Mt. Kailash is considered the centre of Hindu philosophy and spirituality.
It is believed that those who take the holy dip at Mansarovar and carry out Parikrama around Kailash will be absolved of a lifetime of sins and karma!
We spend several days acclimatising and preparing in Kathmandu before embarking on a scenic road trip towards Kailash. The 50km 3 day trek takes you to some of the most stunning Himalaya scenery and landscape in the world!
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu at mid-day relaxDay 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 – overnight
Day 17: Kathmandu – FREE day to relax shop
Day 18: Depart to Kathmandu airport flight back to AustraliaTour Dates: Sat 16th June to 3rd July 2018 – 18 days
Price: $4,895 AUD per person twin share
- 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 staf
- 4 nights stay in Kathmandu in 4 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
- Tibet Visa and Permit Fee
- Porters will be provided to carry kitchen equipments and food materials during Parikrama
- All ground transport & transfers
- English-speaking guide In Tibet for sightseeing
- 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 flight
- 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 shopping
- 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