Ayurveda & Goa
Rishikesh is a city, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, in the foothills of the Himalayas beside the Ganges River. Rishikesh is a pilgrimage town and renowned as a centre for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams (centres for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian enclave upstream from Rishikesh town. Numerous ashrams offer yoga courses, and local companies arrange trekking tours into the mountains, kayaking and white-water rafting trips.
This Ayurveda & Goa tour is primarily for those interested to relax and rejuvenate in style in one of India’s best spa. Stay at Ananda in the Himalayas, a luxury spa resort is located Rishikesh, one of the most popular destinations for yoga in India. Housed in the palace of a former Maharajah, the spa specialises in Ayurvedic and yogic treatments to de-stress and revitalize. Finish the tour with a few days in a luxury resort in Goa.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY SPA HOLIDAY IN THE HIMALAYAS…
And, also find time to relax on the beaches of Goa.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. With your private guide, explore the historical sites of Old Delhi including Qutab Minar, world’s tallest minaret and a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture; Humayun’s tomb, Lodi Gardens, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. New Delhi in comparison has an imprint of the British architect Edwin Lutyens. Most notably are his shiny examples of the Parliament and the President’s House.
Continue to Ananda in the Himalayas for three days, consistently voted one of the top spas in the world. Housed in the palace of a former Maharajah, the spa blends the ancient Indian healing art of Ayurveda with Swedish and Thai elements in treatments designed to detoxify, de-stress and revitalize.
During your stay, enjoy a spa program that includes spa treatments, spa cuisine, and the wonderful facilities and activities available at Ananda. You will also consult with an expert practitioner, who will recommend Ayurvedic treatments specifically designed for your needs.
If desired, one day enjoy private touring of nearby Rishikesh, known for its many temples, beautiful setting, whitewater rafting, and numerous yoga and meditation centers.
Transfer to Delhi for the flight to Goa, India’s smallest state, best known for its beautiful beaches, laid-back atmosphere and Portuguese-inflected cuisine and colonial architecture. Spend three nights at one of India's best resorts, with free time to relax at the beach, enjoy yoga classes and indulge in treatments at the hotel's spa, one of the best in all of India.
The tour concludes in Mumbai (Bombay), India’s economic capital and the home of the Bollywood film industry. Tour the city’s cultural attractions, bazaars and most interesting neighborhoods, and take a private boat ride to the Elephanta Island Caves—inside are extensive Hindu stone sculptures linked to the cult of Shiva.
Ayurveda & Goa Rejuvenate in the best luxury resort specialising in Ayurvedic and yogic treatments.
Delhi, Himalayas, Goa, Mumbai
(12 Days - Departs daily on a private basis)
Day 1 – Arrive
Delhi Arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Delhi Full-day private city touring of Old & New Delhi.
Day 3 – Transfer
Himalayas Transfer to Ananda in the Himalayas for 4 nights.
Days 4-6 – Spa Resort
Himalayas Spa program and touring.
Day 7 – Transfer
Goa Transfer to Delhi for flight to Goa.
Arrival private transfer to hotel for 3 night stay.
Days 8 & 9 – Relax
Goa At leisure for spa treatments and yoga.
Day 10 – Transfer
Mumbai Transfer and flight to Mumbai (Bombay) for 2 nights.
Afternoon private touring and shopping.
Day 11 – Tour
Mumbai Private tour, including boat ride to Elephanta Island.
Day 12 – Depart
Mumbai Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There All major international airlines fly to India’s main airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Airports tend to be on the outskirts of cities. Pre-paid taxi services and auto-rickshaws are stationed outside the terminus to get you into the city.
When to go The best time to travel to India is between September and March. This is a high season and it is advisable to book your holiday well in advance. Summer starts in April and by June, it becomes very hot. By July there is the south-west monsoon, which brings heavy rains to the west coast. September is a generally a clear month though later, between October and December there may be a reverse pattern called the north-east monsoon that appears in the Bay of Bengal, bringing rains to the east coast. The best time for trekking in the Indian Himalaya is between April and November but it varies from region to region and the altitude you are planning to reach.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Indian territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Indian High Commission, embassy or consulate.
All visa applications in UK should be filled online at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk. Cost of six months tourist visa for UK nationals including handling charges is £92.20.