Spirit of India by Arra Design

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India travel brochure

Capturing

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Our Spirit your Journey

Of all the countries on the face of the planet, India is perhaps the most vivid and colourful, the most

exciting and surprising. Its landmass encompasses thousands of years of rich history and tradition, framed

by the Himalayas, two mighty oceans, and an interior landscape of great wonder and beauty, whose vast

population enriches the nation in language and music, art and architecture, music and spirituality.

Little wonder that travellers are drawn to India in ever greater

numbers – but to truly appreciate this great and complex cultural

tapestry, there is nothing better than being in the expert hands of

experienced India specialists such as Spirit Journeys. We know this

country. We understand its history and geography, its culture – and

the often impenetrable ways that make India so fascinating – and

we are expert guides in revealing its secrets to those wishing to

discover them.

Based in the UK, registered with ATOL and the Travel Trust

Association, we have over 25 years’ experience in organising travel

worldwide. With particular expertise in India, we offer a wide range

of general and special interest holidays throughout India via group

and individual tailor-made tours; plus we offer clients the benefits

of competitive prices, service excellence and unique experiences

designed to reveal the true India – with the goal of making a

positive, enriching, spiritual improvement to the lives of

those who travel there with us.

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Contents

• The Golden Triangle - Delhi and the Taj Mahal 3

• The Colours of Rajasthan - explore India’s colourful state 5

• The Spicelands of Kerala - discover tropical southern India 7

• The Ultimate Travelling Camps - luxury camping 9

• Luxury Train Journeys - sumptuous accommodation 11

• Yoga Retreats - well-being through Yoga 13

• Wellness Retreats - combining traditional Ayurveda & Yoga 13

• Mountain Meditation - self discovery in the Himalayas 14

• Disabled Getaways - accessible travel for the less able 14

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The Golden Triangle

This outstanding introduction to India explores the celebrated ‘Golden Triangle’, starting in Delhi, then visiting the Mughal

capital of Agra, legendary Fatehpur Sikri and the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur.

A typical Itinerary includes:

• A guided tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in the

Red Fort, the Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques

in Asia) and a walk through the Chandni Chowk –

Delhi’s most amazing street market.

• A guided tour of Agra, including the Red Fort and the

Taj Mahal, built as a mausoleum in the 17th century by

Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal – and

justifiably regarded as the most beautiful building in

the world.

• A visit to Fatehpur Sikri – a now abandoned historic

capital of the Moghul emperor Akbar. Built in vivid red

sandstone, the deserted city is a testament to inspired architecture

and the craftsmanship of carved stone.

• A tour of the fabulous hilltop citadel of Amber Fort, Anokhi

Museum of Hand Printing - and a Jaipur city tour, including the

City Palace Museum and the historic Jantar Mantar Observatory.

Extend your tour

This tour can be extended with a trip to Ranthambore Tiger

National Park.

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The Colours of Rajasthan

Providing an opportunity to explore Rajasthan in detail, this trip takes in the principal centres of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – but

also adds a dazzling range of additional epic cities, forts and sights that will hugely enrich the visitor’s experience of this, one

of the most colourful and extraordinary states in India.

A typical Itinerary includes:

• A guided tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in the Red Fort, the

Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in Asia) and a walk through

the Chandni Chowk – Delhi’s most amazing street market.

• A tour of the fabulous hilltop citadel of Amber Fort and Anokhi

Museum of Hand Printing

• A guided tour of Bikaner, whose Jungarh Fort is classic example of

the rich Moghul tradition of art and architecture. Enjoy a walk around

the bustling old bazaar and experience the aromas of local street food.

• A visit to the ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer, situated deep in the Thar

desert, and crowned by a mighty hilltop fort with splendid views

across the city and the barren lands beyond.

• Exploration of Jodhpur, whose huge and towering Mehrangarh Fort

dominates a dazzling city famous for its handicrafts.

Extend your tour

This tour can be extended to include a trip to the beach, such as one

of the many Goan beaches, famed for their beauty and variety.

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The Spicelands of Kerala

Kerala, in tropical southern India, has a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere enhanced by rich

wildlife, endless beaches, and the hypnotic Backwaters – a series of navigable lakes and

rivers that run parallel to the Malabar coast. As a perfect introduction to Kerala, its Ayurvedic

treatments, spice plantations and rural culture, this is a truly memorable experience.

A typical Itinerary includes:

• Visit to the regional capital of Cochin and city tour, taking in

sites reflecting Arab, Jewish and European influences.

• See the remarkable cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, and

experience a traditional Kathakali dance performance.

• Visit to Periyar (Thekkady) for a spice plantation tour, and visit

to the Kumili spice market.

• Take a guided forest walk for views of rich local

wildlife – especially birds.

• Visit the celebrated Backwaters and explore

local coconut plantations, as well as seeing the

village lives of local fishermen, coir producers

and farmers.

• Enjoy a backwater cruise by boat, taking a

tranquil, restful journey through quiet canals and

dream-like lakes, past traditional villages and

coconut groves.

Extend your tour

This tour can be extended to include a beach holiday interlude on

the Indian Ocean. Kerala’s beaches are mostly empty and stretch

for hundreds of miles.

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Extend your tour to experience the golden beaches of Kerala

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The Ultimate Travelling Camps

The Ultimate Travelling Camps is a concept that takes camping to a whole new level of luxury and opulence. Each camp

contains beautiful, spacious tented structures for guests, with large and comfortable beds, bathrooms and sitting areas.

A communal marquee and dining tent provide perfect locations for socialising with fellow guests.

There are five Ultimate Travelling

Camps locations to choose from:

Chamba Camp, Diskit - located in the

mountain kingdom of Ladakh, to the north of the

Indian massif, the camp is in the remote Nubra

valley, near the ancient tribal village of Diskit.

Activities include walking, cycling and exploring

local cultures.

Chamba Camp, Thiksey – also in Ladakh,

close to the ancient city of Leh. Visit a monastery

to witness early morning prayers; experience

traditional Ladakh archery - and watch the sunset

from the holy Shanti Stupa.

Jaagir Lodge, Dudhwa – located on the

flood plains of the Himalayas, provides the

opportunity to discover rich flora and fauna, from

vibrant bird life to tigers, leopards and rhinos. For

those looking for more human experiences, visit

the ancient Tharu tribe, with deep insights into

their ancient traditions and customs.

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Kohima Camp, Nagaland – lies between Assam and Myanmar (Burma), in an

area of rolling hills and rainforests. Meet the Naga people, who wear exotic costumes

and headdresses in memory of their fierce warrior ancestors; witness local ceremonies –

and visit Kohima World War 2 Cemetery.

Kishkinda Camp, Hampi – located in a stunning setting, surrounded by dramatic

scenery comprising hills scattered with huge boulders. The camp is being developed to

feature a swimming pool, with nine luxury tent suites and a Presidential Suite. A short

drive from the camp is a magnificent historic 15th century UNESCO World Heritage Site

- and the journey there is equally rewarding, through banana plantations and mango

groves, all in the shadow of huge boulders. A trip to Daroji Bear Sanctuary is well worth

the visit, in order to see beautiful sloth bears and other vibrant wildlife.

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Luxury Train Journeys

One of the great legacies of India’s history is its extraordinarily comprehensive rail network.

The excitement of visiting one of its many joyously teeming Victorian railway stations is

thrilling enough – but to travel aboard a luxury train promotes rail travel to an entirely different

level. With a choice of rail journeys throughout India to choose from, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels and

Deccan Odyssey are individual train companies, each offering wonderfully diverse journeys throughout the

Indian sub-continent.

India Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

India Royal Rajasthan on Wheels takes passengers

to principal cities and sights of Rajasthan aboard

a train that offers supremely luxurious private

accommodation, fine dining - and a friendly social

life that revolves round the welcoming and equally

well-stocked bar!

Deccan Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey offers a range of rail tours

embracing Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat and

the Deccan. Visit Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and

other great cities – and discover a wealth of history,

heritage and wildlife. On-board facilities include luxury cabins and

Presidential Suites, a bar, two restaurants, business facilities and a spa.

–––––– Indian Sojourn ––––––

Mumbai to Delhi

Indian Sojurn

Deccan Odyssey’s ‘Indian Sojurn’ is a particular favourite, starting in

Mumbai, and visiting the Rajasthan cities of Udaipur, Jodhpur and

Jaipur, as well as taking in Agra and the Taj Mahal, Ranthambore

National Park and Delhi.

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Luxury Retreats

In addition to providing wide-ranging introductions to the country, Spirit Journeys also offer a choice of specialist holidays in

India, aimed at individual enlightenment and well-being, plus enhanced physical and spiritual self-awareness.

We carefully select peaceful and beautiful locations designed to enrich body and soul, and we employ the expert guidance

of renowned experts in the fields of Yoga, Ayurverdic medicine and other healing arts.

Yoga Retreats

Taking place in Kerala, in tropical

southern India, this retreat promotes

physical and spiritual well-being by

activating natural healing processes

so as to restore the balance of mind

and body. Through Yoga, physical

and mental techniques cleanse and

strengthen, with results that can be

transformative and life-changing.

Wellness Retreats

Combining traditional south Indian

Ayurvedic medicine as well as Yoga,

this retreat takes place in tranquil,

spiritually uplifting surroundings. The

retreat embraces wellness and lifestyle

consultations, Yoga counselling and

sessions, meditation, therapies and the

promise of pure, healthful food that

promotes wellness and health.

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Mountain Meditation

This Himalayan mountain

yoga retreat takes

participants on a journey

of self-discovery, with Yoga

teaching and meditation

sessions held in a number

of different, carefully chosen

and auspicious locations.

There are also opportunities

to explore the Himalayan

landscape, meets its people

and share its traditions.

Disabled Getaways

These holidays are offered in partnership with Enable Travel, India’s

first accessible holiday initiative dedicated to fulfilling the travel

aspirations of people with disabilities. Tours and carefully curated

leisure outings are offered for individuals with mobility disabilities, as

well as for those with hearing, speech and vision impairment.

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BUILDING YOUR OWN

Experiences

CREATING

Memories

NURTURING

Self-Growth

PROVIDING

Rejuvenation

SJ Travel Centre

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Inverness, Scotland IV2 6AA

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