Authentic India: New Delhi - Varanasi - Lower Himalayas 

Awe-inspiring and magical. The bustling energy of Delhi & Agra only enhance the majesty of the cities' architecture and vibrancy. Varanasi, the spiritual capital of the country, gives new meaning to the word "transcendence," as you float down the river at dawn and then spend the night in a former palace. And the serene, beautiful and rarely visited Himalayan villages of India are a traveler’s dream.

It's time to immerse yourself in India's vibrant culture, indulge in exquisite local cuisines
and explore every sensation and emotion this complicated country evokes. 

It's time.

 

Dates: August 1-11, 2017
Cost: $4899 (all-inclusive)
Hosted by Elm City Wellness & Rural Odyssey


Set on the banks of the river Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is one of the 7 wonders of the World. India's symbol of love, millions of tourists and travelers come here every year to get a glimpse of the marble beauty.

Set on the banks of the river Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is one of the 7 wonders of the World. India's symbol of love, millions of tourists and travelers come here every year to get a glimpse of the marble beauty.

Be Advised...

India is full of secrets and surprises around every corner.

This country is full of energy, colors and generous people. With daily surprises, interesting anecdotes and amazing experiences, we have no doubt you could personally write a book about this journey when you return home.

Elm City Wellness is proud to be hosting this trip with Rural Odyssey, a social enterprise set created from the heart. Their purpose is to deliver authentic cultural immersion to fellow travelers while helping revitalize indigenous communities of India. By carefully selecting villages off the beaten tourist path, Rural Odyssey has successfully exposed travelers to new and remarkable cultures, music, crafts, art and much more. By linking more and more people to these unconventional destinations, Rural Odyssey has helped generate sustainable income for these communities, helping bridge the sharp rural-urban divide in these hinterlands. And as these communities embrace the outside world, Rural Odyssey hopes to help them rejuvenate the most beautiful aspects of their culture, strengthening the global community we are all a part of.


“Visiting India was a journey filled with authentic personalized agendas for our group. The food was amazing!”

— Rebecca W., Washington, DC



Staying in a Himalayan village is an ideal place to rejuvenate amongst nature. The sights of day break, sunset and crystal clear skies full of numerous stars will remain forever etched in your memory.


Staying in a Himalayan village is an ideal place to rejuvenate amongst nature. The sights of day break, sunset and crystal clear skies full of numerous stars will remain forever etched in your memory.


What's Included:

  • Roundtrip air from New York (JFK)
  • All meals
  • One flight (economy class) from Varanasi to Delhi
  • 3 overnight First Class train journeys
  • 4 day/night accommodation in 4-star hotels (double occupancy)
  • 2 night accommodation in a Colonial bungalow
  • 1 night in former palace in Varanasi
  • All guides and entrance fees
  • All activities listed in itinerary, including photography tutorials and guided meditations
  • All local transportation
  • An extensive compilation of photos taken by our Group Photographer throughout the trip
  • A Rural Odyssey facilitator with the group throughout the trip
EXPLORING Delhi in an open-air "taxi" is not for the faint hearted, but it is exhilarating!

EXPLORING Delhi in an open-air "taxi" is not for the faint hearted, but it is exhilarating!


MARISSA GANDELMAN, LMT & owner of Elm City Wellness, hosts you on this trip, incorporating meditations and workshops to give you the power to manage your stressful life.

CHANDNI AGGARWAL, founder of Rural Odyssey, welcomes you to her country and guides us through her magical homeland.

AMY LARKIN, archivist & photographer, records this trip for you, and shows you how to make the most of your camera and the photos you take in this beautiful land.

Click HERE to read more about your guides.


"India may not be the first destination inexperienced travelers go on their first international trip, but I did and wouldn't hesitate to go back! The breathtaking historic sites, welcoming people and uniquely delicious food were just some of the highlights this trip has to offer. Much thanks to Rural Odyssey for showing me what a truly magical place India is."

- Marla V., Wallingford, CT


Humayun's Tomb, built in 1570, was the first garden-tomb in India. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.

Humayun's Tomb, built in 1570, was the first garden-tomb in India. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.


PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND. Learn how to capture those special moments with our Group Photographer or leave the chronicling of this adventure to her and just enjoy the trip sans camera!

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND. Learn how to capture those special moments with our Group Photographer or leave the chronicling of this adventure to her and just enjoy the trip sans camera!

NOURISH your body with delicious meals, as you EXPERIENCE the different cuisines of each region we visit.

NOURISH your body with delicious meals, as you EXPERIENCE the different cuisines of each region we visit.

EXPAND & CONNECT your body, mind and spirit with guided meditations throughout the trip.

EXPAND & CONNECT your body, mind and spirit with guided meditations throughout the trip.