India 2013

with Arun Deva and Jutta Hecht
Yoga, Ayurveda, Temples, Palaces, Forts, Regional Cuisines, Tiger Reserve and More…
Sept 22: Arrive Trivandrum early morning: transported on to Somatheeram/Manaltheeram

Sept 22-26: 5 days of rest, rejuvenation, massages, swimming, yoga, ayurveda and yummy foods: Soak it in!

Sept 27: Kanyakumari! Re-visit the southernmost tip of India with a palace and temple visit. Return to Resort for final massages.

Sept 28: Early morning flight to Delhi, capitol of India. Spend day sightseeing and shopping in some of Arun’s favorite haunts including Fab India and Anokhi at the famous Khan Market. Special evening dinner planned.

Sept 29: Delhi: A very special yoga class to start the day. Continue with sightseeing the amazing monuments of Delhi with late afternoon visit to Akshardham where we will stay on for the evening Light & Sound show.

Sept 30: Early morning leave for Agra. Visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Oct 1: Leave for Sawai Madhopur and the Tiger Sanctuary. Stay at the old palace.

Oct 2: Early morning and later afternoon Jungle safari’s!
Oct 3: Jaipur! The Pink City. Shopping the most colorful bazaar-s.

Oct 4: Jaipur: Amber Fort Elephant Ride, City Palace, Celestial Observatory and the Wind Chime Palace.

Oct 5: Pushkar. Stay in luxury tents. Visit the lake and the Sacred Temples including a rare one dedicated to Lord Brahma.

Oct 6: Morning camel ride. Then onwards to Jodhpur. The Blue City. More colorful bazaars.

Oct 7: Visit Merhangar Fort and Jaswant Thada. Market around the old clock tower.

Oct 8: Ranakpur! Perhaps the most amazing temple structure you will ever see. Arun believes this rivals the Taj Mahal for sheer magnificence! Continue to Udaipur Lake City.
Oct 9: Udaipur: Visit the City Palace and the Crystal Gallery. Take the evening to rest up. Optional boat ride on lake with high tea at Jagmandir Island Palace.
Oct 10: Early morning flight to Mumbai. Private Bus Tour of the City. Gateway of India. Elephanta Caves by boat. Rest  and freshen up in a hotel close to airport to catch early morning Oct 11 flight back…if leaving:)
This itinerary has been designed to give us the most adventure we can get without over exerting ourselves. At every city we have carefully picked hotels/residences that are extremely comfortable if not downright palatial (some of them are indeed old palaces converted into hotels:) At almost every stop we have set aside time for rest, private time and shopping for those who wish to indulge. At every place that we have extra morning time, a yoga class will be offered. All hotels/residence will include breakfasts.Although there is no guarantee that we will actually see a tiger, we will do our best to make it happen and this being a small reserve with a large population of tigers, the chances are better than good!
*Because of the nature of this Retreat, we are limiting the group to 20.
Early Bird Special: $3300 per person
(Deposit must be received by June 15*). All payments must be completed by July 1st.
Regular Price: After June 15: $3600
per person.

Valid till July 15 only.
After that, prices will rise up to meet additional costs of late room and transportation bookings. In addition, no guarantee of the Jungle Safaris can be made as bookings have to be done in advance.
To learn more or to sign up for the Retreat: Please write Arun Deva at
The above prices include the following:
At Somatheeram/Manaltheeram:

  • Garden Room Double Accommodation (Upgrades including to Single Occupancy available at appropriate extra charges)
  • 3 full meals each day except on day we travel to Kanyakumari (Lunch will not be included. Breakfast will be packed)
  • Daily Vinyasa Krama classes with Arun
  • 3 Afternoon Ayurveda Lectures with Arun/Jutta
  • One Cooking Lesson with Resort Chef
  • One afternoon excursion to Ayurvedic Medicine Plant
  • Airport Transfer to and from Trivandrum.
  • Evening entertainment (as offered by resort)
  • One excursion to Kanyakumari.

On Rajasthan Tour:

  • All accommodations based on twin sharing basis. (Please note, that the surcharge for single occupancy here is substantially more as they charge by the room)
  • All Breakfasts.
  • Both Trivandrum/Delhi &  Udaipur/Mumbai flights (Economy Class)
  • All group transfers, sightseeing and excursions using appropriate AC Deluxe Buses.
  • 2 Jungle safaris in Ranthambhore National Park by shared canters.(Large open vehicles)
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • Most excursions entrance fees as applicable are included. (You will be informed of any additional that we did not plan for if and as they arise)
  • Most group tipping on Rajasthan Tour is also included.

What is NOT included:

  • Airfare not specifically included above, including to/from your own starting and ending destinations, whether in India or elsewhere.
  • Group Tipping at Somatheeram 
    (Estimated at $50 per person to be collectively given to entire staff for the 6 days stay, and whatever you wish to tip your therapist-s
  • All meals not expressly mentioned above. (This includes most lunches and dinners on the Rajasthan Tour.)
  • Additional costs you may incur as a result of taking this trip including but not limited to passports, visas and other incidentals.
  • Additional incidentals you may incur such as laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages, any foods or drinks not specifically covered above, or any items of a personal nature that are not expressly mentioned above.
  • Any transportation not expressly included above.
To learn more or to sign up for the Retreat: Please write Arun Deva at


All payments must be received as per stated dates above to qualify for any special offers.Deposits: Minimum deposit is $500. It will hold your space only as expressed above. If the due date on full payment is not met, the deposit will be applied to the next price tier, whatever it may be. Deposits are refundable less $100 (nonrefundable) till June 15. After that they are refundable less $200 till July 15th. Deposits are non-refundable after July 15th except at the Tour Director’s discretion. For instance, if we are able to fill your space, we may still refund your deposit less $200. 

Payment Options:
You may choose to pay by check. Or by direct bank transfer. You may also choose to use Paypal (non-refundable 3% service fee added)

If, for any reason, cancellation is made by Tour Operator, you will be refunded your deposit or complete payment except for $50 processing fees.

Initial Waiver:

By making payment you are agreeing that you have read the Terms and Conditions herein stated and further elaborated upon in the Final Consent and Waiver Forms, and you are agreeing to abide by them.

To learn more or to sign up for the Retreat: Please write Arun Deva at
Please include your phone number in the Email!

Jai Hanuman,

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