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

Contact us for further information

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Rajasthan Family Tour

Rajasthan Family Tour – 14 days 

Highlights

  • 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)

Includes:

  • 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

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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Yoga Retreats India – 10 Top tips for Travellers

Yoga Retreats India – 10 top Tips for Travellers

My first Yoga Retreat was in Bali in 1999. Since then I have attended, arranged over 50 retreats in Bali, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka.  Yoga Retreats are a great way to immerse in the local culture, whilst educating yourself and meeting like minded other yogis and travellers.  Yoga Retreats and Yoga Tours have become so popular in recent years, that there is now an oversupply of information online and its getting confusing.  So beware fellow travellers, make sure you get some help and advice before departing with your well earned dollars to countries such as India.

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 10 Tips for Yoga Retreats India

1. Ashrams Vs. Private Yoga Schools..Ashrams can be a great starting point to network and meet people in India before forking out  dollars on an expensive Yoga Retreat holidays.

2. Get help – do not try to run a retreat in India without help from travel industry experts

3. Booking Online – do not book  trips online for India, speak to the experts.

4. Airport Transfers – Always spend a bit more and arrange a private pickup transfer at airports in India, its worth the extra money when your tired and jet lagged

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

6. Local Venues/Yoga Teachers – check the credentials of any Indian yoga teacher, do you research

7. Seasons – check the weather, some areas such as the Himalayas in Monsoon (i.e. approx August & Sept) are not the ideal time

8. Yoga Equipment – Bring your own yoga matt if you can in a nice travel bag

9. Transport/Trains – Book in advance. Train tickets get booked out months in advance in peak season

10. Don’t travel around at night on your own – day time is fine, night is not good

Keen to know more? Contact Meredith@tiwaritravel.com

Mt Kailash Spiritual Journey Tibet June 2018

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!

Itinerary:

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

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 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

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 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