Indian Spirituality – India gave birth to four religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Discover the living traditions and beliefs, and how they influence the Indian way of life. Enjoy initiations to yoga and meditation, spiritual arts coming from ancient Indian heritage.
2-week Programme / Rajasthan
Days 1 & 2
Delhi, the capital of India, is an impressive concentration of diversity, between traditions and modernity. Mughal, Hindu and Sikh heritages are still alive, giving us the opportunity to introduce India and its multiple religions. We will visit the memorial for the Mahatma Gandhi, and the campus of one organization working for the Untouchables.
Agra is known all over the world for the jewel of India located there: the Taj Mahal. Symbol of love and pure beauty, this impressive construction attracts all the people visiting India. After this mesmerizing visit, you will take the way to Jaipur.
Days 4 & 5
The capital of Rajasthan, the Land of the Kings, is also known as the Pink City. Jaipur is one of the first planned cities, and one will admire its structuration. The traditions are still very present in Jaipur, both in the life style as well as in the crafts. The visit of the splendid forts and one heritage walk in the old city will show you the past glory of Rajasthan. Meeting craftsmen and a NGO working for disadvantaged communities will also open your eyes to the diversity of India. Finally, we offer you to get an initiation to yoga, the secular art of well-being.
Days 6 & 7
AJMER & PUSHKAR
According to the Hindu culture, a person should visit it once in his life to be eligible for paradise. You will find there a temple for Bhrama, one of the single temples for this special God. It is a perfect place to get to know about Hindu epic stories, and to listen to priests explaining the Hindu rituals in a holy place. If you agree to get up early in the morning, a temple located at the top of a hill will offer a great panoramic view to see the sunrise on Pushkar.
Days 8 & 9
The Venice of the East is well known for its two lakes and the beauty of the piers surrounding them. City of the performing arts, Udaipur will please the amateurs of traditional dance and music, as well as the admirers of the precision of miniature painting. The luxuriant gardens also offer peaceful breaks and create a natural atmosphere. You will go for an excursion nearby Udaipur to visit a superb historical place where a NGO is working to support the local communities.
Jodhpur has two nicknames, the Blue City, referring to the walls of the old houses, and the Sun City, due to its incredible exposure to sunlight. The main attraction is the Fort with its history and impressive water management system.
Days 11 to 13
Located in the Thar Desert, in the Western part of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer, the Golden City, is entirely made of yellow stone. The façades of ancient palaces were carved by hand, adding to the beautiful colour of the walls. After having strolled in the Fort, visited the splendid Jain temples, and admired the leather craft, you will go for a safari in the desert, discovering the life of communities in this arid area, and then spending a magic night under the stars.
Centuries ago, Bikaner was an important commercial place, and got a specific attention from the Maharajas for this reason. One decided to establish over there his kingdom, and started to develop this city in the middle of an arid region. Today, the former palaces are still standing and impressive. You will visit the famous Rat Temple, a temple for an Indian Goddess who was prayed by all the warriors and royal families.
Back to Delhi for the end of this tour!
Home-stay, Guest houses, Heritage Hotels
Visit of one NGO dealing with hygiene issues
Weaving, Block and screen printing, Blue pottery, Hand-made paper
Religious places for Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Sikhism