Mind, Body & Soul of India

5th July, 2018 - 16th July, 2018
  • Kochi / Periyar / Kumarakom / Kollam / Trivandrum

  • 11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS

Creative’s Expert Resource for the Journey

Mini Thapar Shastri is the owner of Om Yoga Shala in Delhi and is trained in Hatha Yoga. Her class structure has traditional outlines of sequence methodology and are creatively structured and modified for all levels of practitioners. This is her 18th year of continuous teaching. The philosophy of her teachings and the offerings at her center have a well-rounded approach to healthy living. They include workshops on food/ nutrition and tips to further the purifying effects of Yoga.

She is the author of 'Yoga for Kids' and a columnist with Hindustan Times. You can study and practice with Mini at her Wellness retreats. The focus is on techniques of daily yoga, Pranayam, meditation, cleansing Kriyas and curated diets to heighten the health benefits of the vacation.

Mini Thapar Shastri

One of India’s Best-Known Celebrity Yoga Experts

From the ancient land of rituals and traditions come two practices which have become popular the world over – Yoga and Ayurveda. These holistic healing and wellbeing methods are still integrated into the daily life and activities of people in several parts of India. Our “Mind, Body & Soul of India” journey offers the opportunity to experience and indulge in these age-old rituals, set amongst the idyllic backdrop of “God’s own Country” Kerala.

Learn the art of Yoga and meditation with our tour expert, Mini Thapar Shastri. Soak in the natural healing of Ayurveda, a wellness practice which dates back over 5,000 years to India’s Vedic era. Cruise through the serene and silent backwaters – a network of stunning lakes, canals and lagoons along the picturesque Malabar Coast. All this while we fully immerse you into the local culture and way of life with a taste of the regional cuisine, dance, art, daily life and much more!

Crafted by Creative Advantages

  • Led by Mini Thapar, one of India’s best-known Celebrity yoga experts
  • Yoga & meditation sessions
  • Explore India’s authentic ayurvedic history through therapies
  • Cooking interaction and meals with the locals
  • Group photograph at yoga session
  • Backwater cruise on a houseboat
  • Surprise gift to group members

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1
    5th July 2018 (Thursday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 2
    6th July 2018 (Friday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    7th July 2018 (Saturday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    8th July 2018 (Sunday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    9th July 2018 (Monday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    10th July 2018 (Tuesday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    11th July 2018 (Wednesday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    12th July 2018 (Thursday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9-10
    13th-14th July, 2018 (Friday-Saturday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    15th July 2018 (Sunday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    16th July 2018 (Monday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 1
    5th July 2018 (Thursday)

    Arrive in Kochi

    Welcome to the first destination of your tour – Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Brunton Boatyard
  • Day 2
    6th July 2018 (Friday)

    Kochi

    Start your day with a cycling tour along the coastal road and enjoy local delicacies. Spend your afternoon taking a tour of the city. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance show and experience the backstage preparations.

    (Note: In case it rains, we would provide an alternate visit to Kumbalangi village by boat / tuk tuk (rikshaw) for half-day with lunch instead of the cycling tour.)

    • Brunton Boatyard
  • Day 3
    7th July 2018 (Saturday)

    Kochi

    Your day begins with a refreshing Yoga session followed by Ayurveda treatment at an authentic Ayurveda treatment center. You will also learn the guided Pranayama or breathing technique. Learn the art of traditional Indian cooking and relish cuisine from the area at a local's home.

    • Brunton Boatyard
  • Day 4
    8th July 2018 (Sunday)

    Kochi / Periyar

    Drive to Periyar, an approximately 4-hour drive and enjoy the spice plantation tour, designed exclusively for you. Later, unwind and relax with a refreshing foot massage and sunset restorative yoga.

    • Spice Village
  • Day 5
    9th July 2018 (Monday)

    Periyar

    Start your day by visiting Periyar sanctuary and spend your afternoon at leisure. In the evening, experience Kalaripayattu, a martial art performance that originated in Kerala.

    • Spice Village
  • Day 6
    10th July 2018 (Tuesday)

    Periyar / Alleppey / Kumarakom

    Drive to Alleppey (approx. 3 hours) and enjoy a Heritage Walk of the city conducted by the Preserve Alleppey Project. Drive to your next destination - Kumarokom (approx.1 hour)

    • Coconut Lagoon
  • Day 7
    11th July 2018 (Wednesday)

    Kumarokom

    Enjoy a day cruise with lunch from Alleppey to Alleppey in Kettuvallam, a house boat widely used in Kerala. In the evening, soothe your senses with therapy-based yoga.

    • Coconut Lagoon
  • Day 8
    12th July 2018 (Thursday)

    Kumarokom / Kollam

    Drive to Kollam, an approximately 3.5-hour drive. Check in to Fragrant Nature yogic retreat, a rural backwater setting, amidst authentic Keralan culture. Start with an interactive session and enjoy a therapy session with an Ayurveda expert.

    • Fragrant Nature
  • Day 9-10
    13th-14th July, 2018 (Friday-Saturday)

    Kollam

    Enjoy ayurvedic meals on both days along with one yoga and one Ayurveda therapy session every day. Relax in the resort while indulging in recreational activities. On one of the evenings, enjoy a boat ride in the lake.

    (Note : Normally yogic meals are vegetarian but other meals can also be served on request and consultation.)

    • Fragrant Nature
  • Day 11
    15th July 2018 (Sunday)

    Kollam / Trivandrum

    In the morning, drive to Trivandrum, an approximately 2-hour drive. Spend half the day sight-seeing in Trivandrum.

    • Vivanta by Taj
  • Day 12
    16th July 2018 (Monday)

    Leave Trivandrum

    After enjoying your breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to leave India.

  • INCLUDED ACCOMMODATION

    CITY

    NAME OF THE HOTELS

    • Kochi
    • Brunton Boatyard
    • Heritage Lifestyle Resort
    • Periyar
    • Spice Village
    • Lifestyle Resort
    • Kumarokom
    • Coconut Lagoon
    • Heritage Lifestyle Resort
    • Kollam
    • Fragrant Nature
    • Boutique Resort
    • Trivandrum
    • Vivanta by Taj
    • Boutique Hotel
  • JOURNEY COST

    Assured tour operation with minimum 2 guests:

    On twin sharing basis
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 3335 3780 4725 6165
    Over and above the twin sharing journey cost
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 750 850 1060 1380
    Airfare in economy class for the sector - Lucknow / Mumbai (air fare subject to change at the time of booking)
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • NA NA NA NA
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED

    Journey led by an expert resource, one of the foremost specialist in the world of Yoga and Meditation

    Accommodation based on twin / double sharing basis including breakfast for 11 nights & 12 days

    Lunch and dinner as per the program

    Drinks with the welcome dinner on first night

    All transfers, journeys & excursions by appropriate air-conditioned vehicles based on the number of guests

    All entrance fees at the places of interest based on the program

    Assistance on all arrival, departure & during the journey

    Ayurveda therapies

    Yoga sessions by experts

    Cycle journey of Kochi

    Local cultural immersion and performances

    Cooking demonstration and dinner with the locals

    Spice plantation walk

    Walking journey with local lunch

    Traditional backwater cruise in a houseboat

    Porterage at airport & hotels

    All currently applicable taxes

  • WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

    All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, telephone calls, shopping etc.

    Meals not included and mentioned in the program

    Personal fees for cameras at the places of visit, depends on size of camera and equipment

    Any International airfare or domestic airfare (which is quoted separately).

    All flight schedules and airfare are subject to change till the time of final booking

    Any Visa fee (all nationalities require an entry visa prior to arrival in Indi

  • SPECIAL NOTES

    Please send all bookings and information related emails to our Special Projects team at crafted@creative.travel

    Copies of passports for all guests will be required at the time of booking

    Check in times at the hotels are 1400 Hrs. / Check out times at the hotels are 1200 noon

    Free baggage allowance on domestic flights, as prevails currently (subject to change):Economy Class passengers: 20 kilos per person in check-in bag and 7 kilos in cabin bag.Excess baggage allowance can be purchased online in advance or at the airport while checking in

    Due to any unforeseen circumstances, if any airline opts to cancel / withdraw their flight operation(s) on particular sector(s) their liability is limited to the 100% refund of the airfare charged for the particular sector(s) and do not stand responsible for re-routing or re-booking seats on any other airline. In such events / situations, Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd. will try best to work out most suitable alternative option to make our guests travel and all applicable supplement(s), if any, to be borne by the guests / passengers

    The driving times mentioned in the proposal are approximate and as per normal traffic & road conditions

    The maximum group size will be 24 guests to ensure a delightful experience

    Journey prices are based on current taxes, in case of any change, the same will be levied additionally

  • BOOKING, CANCELLATION AND AMENDMENT FEE

    BOOKING 

    1.25 % of Journey cost to be paid at the time of booking

    2.Remaining payment to be paid 70 days prior to Journey

    3.If booking is made within 70 days of the journey, full payment is required to confirm the Journey

    4.Payment can be made by bank transfer or through Creative's online payment gateway

    CANCELLATION 

    1.Upto 70 days prior to Journey - 10% cancellation fee shall be applicable.

    2.Between 69 - 50 days prior to Journey - 25% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    3.Between 49 - 31 days prior to Journey - 50% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    4.Less than 30 days prior to Journey - 100% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    NAME CHANGE 

    1.Accommodation: Free of cost upto 72 hours before arrival

    2.Flights: A fee of US$ 55 per person, per sector shall be applicable along with any change in the ticket fare.

    3. Trains: A fee of US$ 5 per person, per sector shall be applicable.

  • CANCELLATIONS AND MATERIAL ALTERATION BY CREATIVE TRAVEL

    The journeys are planned well in advance. We reserve the right to modify itineraries, substitute accommodations, including flights and trains, at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond our control such as

    'force majeure' events - flood, fire, act of God, war or threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activities, strikes, airport closure, technical problems with transport, alteration or cancellation of scheduled travel services. Most of the changes will be minor and we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date but occasionally there could be a major change closer to the departure date.

    We also reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements. For example, if the minimum number of guests required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached, we may have to cancel it.

    In both conditions of change / cancellation, you will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements or cancelling your booked holiday and receiving a full refund deducting the taxes except where the major change/cancellation arises due to reasons of force majeure. In case of force majeure, we will refund you for all unutilised services after deducting taxes.

Getting ready for India

We look forward to welcoming you to India. Here is some pre-departure information to help you prepare for your trip. Incase you need any other information, please do reach out to us. Download 24 Hours Emergency Contact Number: (+91) 9911 266277

Your Journey

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Highlights

  • Led by Mini Thapar, one of India’s best-known Celebrity yoga experts
  • Yoga & meditation sessions
  • Explore India’s authentic ayurvedic history through therapies
  • Cooking interaction and meals with the locals
  • Group photograph at yoga session
  • Backwater cruise on a houseboat
  • Surprise gift to group members

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