Discover India’s astonishing cultural and spiritual richness on this wonderful 15-day journey through North India. Travelling in India can be a magical and transformational life event. Combine that magic with a series of thought-provoking, heart-opening writing exercises, and you have the ingredients for a mind-blowing experience.
The days will be filled with exploring India through her temples and ancient monuments, lively markets and mountain landscapes as well as walking through her crazy, chaotic streets. In the late afternoons or evenings, Liliane, your facilitator, will guide you through writing exercises designed to unleash your creativity and help you tap into your power and originality as a writer.
Whether you want to capture your experiences for a travel journal (blog, articles…) or whether you are inspired to write something entirely different, the exercises she presents, the stimulating surroundings, and this nourishing time for you, will provide the perfect combination for creative expression.
Classes will be interspersed throughout the journey.
On arrival in Delhi, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the early evening, we have a group meeting to commence our wonderful journey. Overnight Delhi
This morning we have a short flight to Rishikesh, the yoga capital of India. Enjoy some time to settle into our lovely hotel room overlooking the Ganges. In the early evening, we will witness the sunset prayer ceremony performed on the banks of the River Ganges. Overnight Rishikesh
After breakfast, we embark on a guided walking tour. There is some free time in the afternoon with another aarti ceremony at a different location on the Ganges. Overnight Rishikesh
This morning we head north to Vashishta’s sacred Cave and an ashram for meditation and an optional dip in the Ganges. Enjoy some downtime in the afternoon. Overnight Rishikesh
There is free time today for you to stroll around, relax, shop or enjoy a massage.Overnight Rishikesh
Today we fly to our next destination – Amritsar. A visit to the astonishingly beautiful Golden Temple to witness the prayer book ceremony is scheduled for the evening. Overnight Amritsar
After breakfast, we go for a guided tour of the Golden Temple, where priests keep up a continuous chant from the Sikh holy book and welcome all people into this deeply spiritual place. You will be amazed by the Golden Temple kitchen where more than 10,000 people are fed every day no matter the culture or creed.
Visit other sites and after lunch, drive to Mcleod Ganj – home of the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetan people living in exile. Overnight McLeod Ganj
Go on a guided tour of Mcleod Ganj and surrounding areas. This is a fabulous opportunity to experience the vibrant and friendly Tibetan Culture. Experience the peaceful ambience of Norbulingka Institute, established to teach and preserve Tibetan art and culture. While here, enjoy a delicious Tibetan lunch.
Visit the Dalai Lama’s temple and museum as well as the beautiful Tibetan Children’s Village. Overnight McLeod Ganj
This morning we enjoy a walking meditation of the outer kora path around the Dalai Lama’s temple. There is free time with many different activity options.
You may like to join a Tibetan cooking classes, walk, trek, join in for prayer time at the Dalai Lama’s temple, have a Tibetan massage, shop at the many Tibetan stores or just enjoy some relax or wander time. You will also have the opportunity to join an English conversation group with Tibetan monks and refugees. Overnight McLeod Ganj
Today we have a short flight back to Delhi. Enjoy some free time to stroll the local markets near our hotel. Overnight Delhi
Today we have a guided tour of the world-famous Taj Mahal, described as the most extravagant monument ever built in the name of love. We also visit the colourfully decorated ‘Baby Taj’ and Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent ghost city built in 1571 by the Moguls, before a short drive to Bharatpur for overnight. Overnight Bharatpur
Experience an early cycle rickshaw ride in the peaceful Keoladeo Ghana National Park, host to approximately 380 bird species from across the globe. We then drive back to Delhi via Vrindavan, a place closely associated with the legends of Krishna. Overnight Delhi
A guided tour of some of Delhi’s highlights is on the agenda for today. In the late afternoon, we will have our last group catch up before a final group dinner. Overnight Delhi
Today is the conclusion of our magical journey. Depart any time today or speak to us about options to extend your stay in incredible India!
This wonderful 15-day experience includes air-conditioned travel, all accommodation, all excursions and entrance fees, internal flights, some meals, guides, guide tips, creative writing classes.
** Price $3920 (Single supplement $890) ** Dates – 16th to 30th October 2020
Award-winning author, Liliane Grace, will be your creative writing facilitator during the Unleash Your Creativity tour. Liliane has been teaching creative writing since 1987 because she loves to encourage and inspire others to trust themselves and develop their skills as writers. Also an editor and writing coach, she has assisted several people in writing their own books.
Liliane is the author of three personal development novels for youth, one novel for adults, and two children’s picture books. Her most recently published book, Quest For Riches, is partly set in India, though she has not yet been there! Share her delight as together we visit the places she researched and wrote about from afar.
Discover (or deepen) the nourishing power of writing your own stories on this special adventure. And if you haven’t before spent time on the literary arts, discover how effortless and satisfying it can be to express yourself in writing!
You can read more about Liliane at https://lilianegrace.com
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on altered circumstances
“What a wonderful way to experience India for the first time! Mela set up an excellent tour that provided us with insight to the various religions and cultures of northern India and allowed us to experience them with local people. The yoga kept our traveled bodies in shape and kept us centered in environments that were full of sensory input! The creative process sessions added dimensions and perspectives to the experiences. You don’t need prior experience in any of the yoga or creative processes to participate and gain from them, and you certainly don’t have to be in super shape or be an artist.
I knew I was in good hands throughout the trip; I was able to experience a lifelong dream in a safe, enriching way that provided opportunities for self-reflection and growth and gave me memories that will last the rest of my life!”
Lynette, North Idaho
“The opportunity for day tours with locals from the areas we visited added a deeply personal tone to the trip. We could ask extensive questions of our guides and learned history, attitudes and beliefs of the people whom we visited.
Visiting the kitchen and dining areas at the Golden Temple was amazing as were the prayer flags at the caves in Rewalsar and having the opportunity to share during an English conversation class the insights and feelings of Tibetan refugees. The many walks and spiritual moments are still present with me. Thank you!”
Marcie, New Mexico