Sacred Serenity: Breath & Movement in India with Joanna Fazzani

Your TourHero

Hero Joanna Fazzani

Joanna has been teaching yoga for over 14 years and running successful yoga retreats all around the world since 2018. For Joanna, the appeal of a retreat is spending in-depth time developing her students’ yoga practices and paying attention to the areas they particularly wish to develop. A retreat allows us to take this deeper dive, make wonderful friends and also go on exciting foreign adventures together.

Duration

9 days · 8 nights

Travel Date

March 17 - 25, 2025

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

12

Transportation

Van, train

Tour Price

GBP 1,735
/ person
Flexible payment plans available
3 spots left
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Age range

21+

Travel interest

Yoga, meditation, spirituality, culture & history, sightseeing

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India>Sacred Serenity: Breath & Movement in India with Joanna Fazzani

Embark on an enriching wellness retreat that takes you through the stunning landscapes and spiritual heartland of India. Our journey begins in the bustling capital of Delhi where we’ll acclimatize in the energy of the city before setting out to explore the breathtaking hill stations of Shimla and Chail.

Throughout the retreat, immerse yourself in morning and evening yoga/meditation sessions that foster well-being and spiritual connection. In between, engage in an array of activities, including treks through lush forests, visits to sacred temples such as Sankat Mochan and Kali ka Tibba, and cultural experiences like a dinner with a local family and exploring vibrant markets. The retreat also includes a scenic train ride on the UNESCO-listed Kalka-Shimla Himalayan Railways, along with leisure time to connect with nature at the Chail Bird Sanctuary.

As we conclude the journey back in Delhi, the retreat will leave you with a treasure trove of memories and a deeper connection to self and the world around you. Say yes to an exciting odyssey in India by booking today to secure your spot!

Cancellation policy

TourHero, the retreat host, and the tour operator reserve the right to cancel or reschedule this trip up until November 7, 2024. If the departure is canceled out of your control, you will be alerted by November 7, 2024 and will receive a full refund.

In this case, TourHero is not responsible for your preparation expenses, such as airline tickets, extra accommodations, loss of work, or any other cost associated with preparing for your trip. We recommend booking travel insurance, along with refundable flights/accommodations in case of cancellation.

Refunds for deposits
We will hold your spot as soon as you put down your deposit. However, if you decide to cancel your trip, we will be unable to refund your deposit.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
You may change or cancel your trip by November 7, 2024 for a refund, excluding the deposit. After this date, no refunds will be given. To change or cancel your trip, please email travelers@tourhero.com.

Trip cancellation due to COVID-19
A full credit will be issued if the tour is canceled when there is full border closure due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This credit can go towards booking a future TourHero tour (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

Your TourHero

Hero Joanna Fazzani

Joanna has been teaching yoga for over 14 years and running successful yoga retreats all around the world since 2018. For Joanna, the appeal of a retreat is spending in-depth time developing her students’ yoga practices and paying attention to the areas they particularly wish to develop. A retreat allows us to take this deeper dive, make wonderful friends and also go on exciting foreign adventures together.

Duration

9 days · 8 nights

Travel Date

March 17 - 25, 2025

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

12

Transportation

Van, train

India>Sacred Serenity: Breath & Movement in India with Joanna Fazzani

Embark on an enriching wellness retreat that takes you through the stunning landscapes and spiritual heartland of India. Our journey begins in the bustling capital of Delhi where we’ll acclimatize in the energy of the city before setting out to explore the breathtaking hill stations of Shimla and Chail.

Throughout the retreat, immerse yourself in morning and evening yoga/meditation sessions that foster well-being and spiritual connection. In between, engage in an array of activities, including treks through lush forests, visits to sacred temples such as Sankat Mochan and Kali ka Tibba, and cultural experiences like a dinner with a local family and exploring vibrant markets. The retreat also includes a scenic train ride on the UNESCO-listed Kalka-Shimla Himalayan Railways, along with leisure time to connect with nature at the Chail Bird Sanctuary.

As we conclude the journey back in Delhi, the retreat will leave you with a treasure trove of memories and a deeper connection to self and the world around you. Say yes to an exciting odyssey in India by booking today to secure your spot!

Timeline

  • Day 1 · March 17, 2025 · Delhi
  • Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Group transfer from airport to accommodation
  • Check-in at Deventure Hotel Delhi
  • Settle in & rest
  • Welcome dinner
  • Day 2 · March 18, 2025 · Delhi & Shimla
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Board train at New Delhi Railway Station
  • Train ride to Chandigarh
  • Arrive in Chandigarh
  • Lunch (not included in the price)
  • Transfer to Shimla
  • ~ 4 hrs van
  • Visit the Sankat Mochan Temple
  • Explore The Mall via walking tour
  • Check-in at The Zion Hotel
  • Settle in & rest
  • Yin yoga session
  • Dinner
  • Day 3 · March 19, 2025 · Shimla
  • Morning Yoga & meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Short trek to Jakhu Hills/visit Jakhu Temple (optional activity, not included in the price)
  • Free time
  • Lunch (not included in the price)
  • Lakkar Bazaar
  • Dinner with local family
  • Return to accommodation
  • Yin yoga session
  • Day 4 · March 20, 2025 · Shimla
  • Morning Yoga & meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Free time
  • Visit Viceregal Lodge
  • Lunch (not included in the price)
  • Explore the old market of Shimla Lower Bazar
  • Return to accommodation
  • Yin yoga session
  • Dinner
  • Day 5 · March 21, 2025 · Shimla & Chail
  • Morning Yoga & meditation session
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Transfer to Chail
  • ~ 1 hr 30 mins van
  • Check-in at Country Inn Maple Resort, Chail
  • Lunch (not included in the price)
  • Free time
  • Yin yoga session
  • Dinner
  • Day 6 · March 22, 2025 · Chail
  • Morning Yoga & meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Chail Palace
  • Visit Stone Temple
  • Return to accommodation
  • Lunch (not included in the price)
  • Free time to rest
  • Yin yoga session
  • Dinner
  • Day 7 · March 23, 2025 · Chail
  • Morning Yoga & meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Kali ka Tibba
  • Return to accommodation
  • Lunch (not included in the price)
  • Evening is free to visit Chail Bird Sanctuary
  • Yin yoga session
  • Dinner
  • Day 8 · March 24, 2025 · Chail & Delhi
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Transfer to the train station
  • Train from Kandaghat to Solan
  • Arrive to Solan and transfer to Chandigarh
  • ~ 2 hrs van
  • Train from Chandigarh to Delhi
  • Check-in at Deventure Hotel Delhi
  • Lunch (not included in the price)
  • Free time
  • Yin yoga session
  • Dinner
  • Day 9 · March 25, 2025 · Departure
  • Morning Yoga & meditation session
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Group transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Journey ends

Details

Day 1 · March 17, 2025

Welcome to India – a spiritual wonderland and cultural epicenter

Warm welcome to India! Your serene wellness journey begins today as you arrive at the bustling Indira Gandhi International Airport. From here, we’ll facilitate a smooth and comfortable group transfer to your home-away-from-home, the illustrious Deventure Hotel in Delhi. Once we're all settled in, you'll have ample time to unpack, rejuvenate, and acclimate to your new surroundings. Use this time to unwind and catch up on some rest; after all, this trip is all about your wellbeing.

As the sun begins to set, painting the Delhi sky in hues of gold and crimson, we have a delightful welcome dinner planned at a local restaurant. This evening will not only offer a feast for your taste buds but also an introduction to the rich, diverse, and tantalizing world of Indian cuisine. Under the guiding hand of your knowledgeable leader, you'll have the chance to savor classic Indian dishes. Prepare your palate for the delectable layers of spices and flavors in the mutton rogan josh and the smoky goodness of paneer tikka. Take this opportunity to relax, relish your meal, and get to know your fellow wellness enthusiasts. This is just the beginning of your holistic journey in this enchanting country. Welcome to the land of vibrancy and tranquility, welcome to India!

Day 2 · March 18, 2025

Journey to Serenity: From Delhi to Shimla via the Soulful Sankat Mochan Temple

Awaken to the sounds of energetic Delhi, indulge in a nourishing breakfast, and soak in the last moments at the hotel before we prepare to embark on our next adventure. We'll board a train heading towards the city of Chandigarh, leaving the hustle and bustle of the capital behind. Upon arrival in Chandigarh, we'll drive towards Shimla, a journey enriched with scenic beauty. Along the way, we'll stop at the tranquil Sankat Mochan Temple, nestled amidst the lush greenery of Himachal Pradesh.

Our journey continues to Shimla, the charming capital of Himachal Pradesh. A summer retreat during the British era, Shimla's allure lies in its stunning hill vistas and colonial architectural marvels. The highlight of our visit will be a walking tour of The Mall, the city's vibrant heart that pulses with energy. You'll get to witness Shimla's old-world charm, appreciate the beautiful colonial architecture of notable landmarks like the Imperial Viceregal Lodge, Christ Church, Gaiety Theatre, and Gorton Castle, and of course, experience the legendary Mall Road and The Ridge.

As the day draws to a close, we'll check-in at The Zion Hotel, your tranquil abode nestled amidst the mountains. This evening, we’ll gather for a relaxing Yin yoga session that will align your body, mind, and soul. Finally, we'll come together for a communal dinner, enjoying wholesome, locally sourced cuisine and sharing stories of the day's experiences.

Day 3 · March 19, 2025

Harmony in the Hills: Yoga, Cultural Immersion, and Local Exploration in Shimla

Awaken with the rising sun to the sweet melodies of nature, as we begin our day with a rejuvenating yoga and meditation session. The lush surroundings of hotel provide the perfect setting to connect your breath with the rhythm of the earth, paving the way for an energized and mindful start to the day. After nourishing our bodies with a wholesome breakfast, you’ll have some free time or the chance to gear up for an optional short trek to the Jakhu Hills, an opportunity to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas. At the summit, you'll visit the sacred Jakhu Temple, renowned for its spiritual significance and panoramic views of the mountains. (Please note: not included in price)

In the afternoon, we'll venture to the famous Lakkar Bazaar, a bustling marketplace known for its wood crafts, woolens, and local artifacts. It's a splendid chance to pick up souvenirs and enjoy the vibrancy of local life in Shimla. From here, we’ll enjoy a unique and heartwarming experience – dinner with a local family. Immerse yourself in the warmth of their hospitality and enjoy an authentic meal, prepared with love and infused with local flavors. This intimate experience promises to leave you with cherished memories and a deeper understanding of the local culture.

After a day filled with exploration and culture, we’ll return to the comfort of The The Zion Hotel. To round off the night, unwind and reconnect with your inner peace during a calming Yin yoga session. Through slow, mindful movements, you'll release any remaining tension and prepare for a restful sleep.

Day 4 · March 20, 2025

Echoes of History and Local Charm: A Day of Exploration in Shimla

Rise and shine to another glorious day in the tranquil hills of Shimla. We’ll greet the morning sun with a yoga and meditation session, followed by a delicious breakfast. From here, enjoy some free time to rest and relax.

Our exploration for the day begins with a visit to the historic Viceregal Lodge, an architectural marvel from the British era. As you walk through the opulent rooms and beautifully manicured gardens, you'll be transported back to a time of colonial grandeur. The Lodge, with its rich history and stunning vistas of Shimla, promises to be a memorable experience.

Post-lunch, prepare to immerse yourself in the local charm of Shimla as we explore the old market of Shimla Lower Bazar. This bustling marketplace, with its colorful shops and busy vendors, offers a wonderful insight into the daily life and unique culture of this hill station.

After a day steeped in history and local experiences, we'll return to the tranquility of The Zion Hotel for a soothing Yin yoga session, a time to release the day's fatigue and rejuvenate your spirit. As night falls, we'll reconvene for a nourishing dinner, reminiscing about our day's adventures over a delectable spread of local flavors.

Day 5 · March 21, 2025

Into the Enchanting Woods: A Wellness Retreat in Chail

As the sun casts its gentle morning rays on Shimla, gather for an energizing yoga and meditation session, then savor a hearty breakfast to prepare for the day’s adventure. Our journey continues to Chail, a picturesque hill station situated 63 km from Shimla. Known for its pristine forests, verdant meadows, and stunning mountain views, Chail's untouched beauty is truly a sight to behold. Upon our arrival in Chail, we’ll check into our tranquil retreat and then eat a wholesome lunch, energizing ourselves for the rest of the day.

The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure. You might choose to rest, explore the retreat property, or even venture out to take in the captivating natural beauty of Chail. Whether you choose to follow a trekking trail, visit the famous Kali ka Tibba shrine, or simply relax amidst the lush scenery, your experience in Chail will be a testament to the tranquility of this hill station.

As the day winds down, we'll reunite for a Yin yoga session. This meditative practice will encourage you to slow down, breathe deeply, and surrender to the restorative power of yoga. Feel the day's exertions melt away as you find balance and inner peace in the heart of nature. We'll then gather for dinner, enjoying a warm meal while sharing our experiences of the day.

Day 6 · March 22, 2025

Timeless Majesty and Divine Solitude: A Day of Exploration in Chail

Begin your day with a peaceful morning yoga and meditation session under the open skies of Chail. Connect your breath with the rhythm of nature and let your spirit awaken to the profound tranquility of this hill station. After nourishing our bodies with a hearty breakfast, we’ll set off to explore the royal heritage of Chail Palace. Built in 1891, this stunning palace sprawls over approximately 75 acres, boasting tennis and badminton courts, a lush orchard, and elegant lawns. Now converted into a Heritage Hotel, the palace offers an opportunity to encounter the magnificence of Maharaja's era. It's here, amidst the regal ambiance and open-air café, that you'll feel a connection to the past.

Next on our itinerary is the Stone Temple, an extraordinary testament to faith and dedication. This unique shrine was single-handedly built by one individual over 38 years, following a divine vision of Lord Shiva in his dreams. Constructed with simple materials like cement, ropes, and tin sheets, the temple stands as a mesmerizing symbol of unwavering devotion.

In the early afternoon, we’ll return to Country Inn Maple Resort, Chail for a sumptuous lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to rest, recharge, or explore at your own pace. As evening descends, we’ll reconvene for a Yin yoga session, followed by a delicious dinner, sharing our experiences and impressions of the day's explorations.

Day 7 · March 23, 2025

Sacred Peaks and Feathered Friends: A Day of Natural Wonders in Chail

Let's greet the sunrise together with a calming yoga and meditation session, embracing the serenity of the early morning and setting the tone for an enriching day ahead in the lap of nature. Our first destination post-breakfast is the renowned Kali ka Tibba Devi Temple. Situated on the summit of a hill, the temple holds Kali as its primary deity and is a frequented spot for both tourists and devotees. Its lofty location provides an awe-inspiring view of the sunset, making it a favorite spot for photographers. We'll have the option to trek up to the temple, making the journey as enriching as the destination itself.

Following the spiritual journey, we’ll gather for a tasty lunch, reminiscing over the morning's adventures and preparing for the afternoon's explorations. Post-lunch, the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure. We highly recommend taking the opportunity to visit the nearby Chail Bird Sanctuary. Immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of Chail at this sanctuary, home to an array of fascinating species including sambar, goral, cheer pheasants, barking deer, and kalijin. Particularly active during dusk and dawn, these creatures paint a lively picture against the backdrop of the expansive sanctuary's vast forest cover.

As the day begins to wane, we'll convene back at the resort for a Yin yoga session. Unwind with this slow-paced style of yoga, stretching and relaxing into the tranquility of the evening. We'll then gather for dinner, sharing stories and laughter over a delicious meal.

Day 8 · March 24, 2025

A Scenic Journey Back in Time: Transiting Through the Heart of the Himalayas

Start your day with a wholesome breakfast at the resort before we bid farewell to the serene town of Chail and embark on our exciting journey back to Delhi. Packed and prepared, we’ll head to the Kandaghat train station, stepping into an adventure that's as mesmerizing as the destination itself.

Today's highlight is a scenic train ride from Kandaghat to Solan on the renowned Kalka-Shimla Himalayan Railways – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the train chugs along the winding tracks through lush landscapes and stunning mountain views, you'll have the opportunity to reflect on the incredible journey we've embarked on together, all while absorbing the sublime natural beauty around us.

Once we reach Solan, we'll transfer to Chandigarh and from there, board our train to Delhi. Once we arrive and check into the hotel, the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore, rest, or indulge in the hotel's premium amenities. As the evening nears, we'll regroup for a peaceful Yin yoga session to stretch and unwind after our journey, then start saying our goodbyes at a delightful farewell dinner. Reflect on everything you’ve seen and shared, storing all those memories in your heart for when you return home.

Day 9 · March 25, 2025

A Serene Farewell: Wrapping up our Wellness Sojourn in India

Following our morning session, we'll gather one last time for breakfast before we prepare for departure and check out of the hotel. A group transfer will be arranged to Indira Gandhi International Airport, providing a moment for us to say our final goodbyes and reflect on the transformative journey we've taken together.

Our wellness journey in India may be ending, but the memories, learnings, and experiences we've gained will forever be a part of us. As we part ways and you prepare for your onward journey, we hope you carry with you a piece of India's serene beauty, vibrant culture, and transformative wellness practices, serving as a source of tranquility and inspiration for days to come. Safe travels and be well!

Accommodation

  • Deventure Hotel Delhi

    Situated in the heart of India's capital, the Deventure Hotel in Delhi melds the city's historic charm with modern aesthetics. The rooms serve as your personal oasis, boasting top-tier amenities to ensure a comfortable and serene stay. Each room is elegantly furnished with plush bedding, sitting area, AC, and high-end baths. Enjoy a delicious breakfast each day to fuel you for exploration, as this hotel is located near an array of enticing sightseeing options. Room type: Double occupancy. Room configuration: Twin beds.

  • The Zion Hotel

    A beautiful boutique hotel surrounded by the Himalayas, the Zion Hotel offers panoramic views and a cozy atmosphere. Thanks to its location in nature, the hotel is a welcome reprieve from the bustle of the city, allowing guests to truly unwind. Still, many key attractions in Shimla are easy to access such as Tara Devi Temple and Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex. Centralized air conditioning, a restaurant with diverse cuisine, a bar, free Wi-Fi, and other amenities help elevate the Zion and make it a truly special accommodation. Room type: Double occupancy. Room configuration: Twin beds.

  • Country Inn Maple Resort, Chail

    Discover the picturesque landscapes of Chail, India while staying at the Country Inn Maple Resort. Surrounded by towering pine forests and majestic mountains, this charming resort provides a welcoming escape from city life. With its rustic architecture and warm hospitality, guests are invited to indulge in a relaxing retreat. The resort boasts well-appointed rooms and suites that provide breathtaking views of the natural beauty that envelopes the region. Whether it's unwinding by the fireplace in the cozy interiors, enjoying a leisurely stroll through the verdant gardens, or partaking in outdoor activities like trekking and nature walks, the Country Inn Maple Resort promises an idyllic getaway for nature enthusiasts and seekers of solace alike. Room type: Single occupancy. Room configuration: Double bed.

Included

  • 2 nights at Deventure Hotel Delhi
  • 3 nights at The Zion Hotel
  • 3 nights at Country Inn Maple Resort, Chail
  • Double occupancy in Deventure Hotel Delhi and the Zion Hotel
  • Single occupancy in Country Inn Maple Resort, Chail
  • All breakfasts & dinners
  • Airport & activity transfers
  • 1 group arrival airport transfer
  • 1 group departure airport transfer
  • Train tickets
  • All activities & tours listed in itinerary
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • Daily wellness sessions with Joanna
  • English-speaking tour guide throughout

Not included

  • Flights
  • International airport departure tax
  • All meals & drinks not mentioned in inclusions
  • Drinks with included lunches & dinners
  • Personal expenses not stipulated
  • Optional add-ons/activities
  • Any visas required
  • Late check out at hotels
  • Tips for leaders, guide & drivers
  • Personal Insurance

FAQ

What happens if I need to cancel my trip?

Please check the cancellation policy section on this itinerary page for specific details.

Will TourHero or the operator take care of my visa (if applicable)?

Travelers are responsible for researching visa requirements and obtaining a visa if needed. Please check government websites to ensure you have the necessary documents, along with passport requirements, before your departure date. This includes necessary transit visas, permits, and vaccinations required prior to travel and any required reciprocity fees for the destination. TourHero will provide a booking confirmation document after purchase, which may be needed to obtain a visa.

If your visa is denied for any reason, TourHero will issue a refund based on the cancellation policy. However, we are unable to provide a refund after the cancellation due date has passed.

Do I need a passport for this trip?

A full and valid passport is required for all persons traveling to any destination outside of one’s home country. Most international tours require a passport that's valid for at least six (6) months beyond the scheduled end of your itinerary. TourHero will not issue refunds based on passport issues such as renewals or lost passports.

What's included in the price?

Please check the inclusion and exclusion sections above. You'll find information about included meals, transfers, flights, and activities. If you have any questions or need support, please contact hello@tourhero.com.

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Cancellation policy

TourHero, the retreat host, and the tour operator reserve the right to cancel or reschedule this trip up until November 7, 2024. If the departure is canceled out of your control, you will be alerted by November 7, 2024 and will receive a full refund.

In this case, TourHero is not responsible for your preparation expenses, such as airline tickets, extra accommodations, loss of work, or any other cost associated with preparing for your trip. We recommend booking travel insurance, along with refundable flights/accommodations in case of cancellation.

Refunds for deposits
We will hold your spot as soon as you put down your deposit. However, if you decide to cancel your trip, we will be unable to refund your deposit.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
You may change or cancel your trip by November 7, 2024 for a refund, excluding the deposit. After this date, no refunds will be given. To change or cancel your trip, please email travelers@tourhero.com.

Trip cancellation due to COVID-19
A full credit will be issued if the tour is canceled when there is full border closure due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This credit can go towards booking a future TourHero tour (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

GBP 1,735
Per person