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