Sacred Music and Dance of Rajasthan – Join us this February

Sacred Rajasthan

Music & Dance Tour of India

SACRED RAJASTHAN

11 night – A unique small group tour with

Sajida Ben-Tzur – Renowned classical Rajasthani Dancer and

Linda Eifer – Certified Yoga teacher with 25 years experience

Dates:

Feb 6, 2018 – Feb 17, 2018

Cost:

USD $2625.00 – (Does not include airfare)

Includes Daily Optional Yoga/Meditation Practice with Linda Eifer

Accommodation at Luxury Heritage Hotels (please see below)

Additional single room supplement: USD $650.00 

Supplemental Pre/Post main trip activities: Details upon request

Join our select group of adventurous travelers for this journey of a lifetime!

Our schedule:

Each day will be a new adventure! We will begin with optional yoga and meditation. We will then explore and experience rare musical encounters, exquisite classical dance, sacred Sufi, Jain and Hindu shrines, stunning landscapes, royal palaces, fortresses, temples, desert tribal parties and the colorful celebrations of Rajasthan.

India’s impressive landscapes are a glorious backdrop for this special excursion. The tour offers an intimate, unique introduction to India through its tribal musical and dance culture and the stunning people of the Rajasthan desert.

We will be staying in India’s famous Heritage Hotels

 

 

Most palaces and mansions of the royal families are now operating as luxury Heritage boutique hotels. These palatial residences of the Indian Maharajas have been transformed into Heritage Hotels with comfortable modern facilities, elegant luxury and warm of Indian hospitality.

Our Heritage Accommodations include:

  • Udaipur- 2 nights    
  • Jodhpur- 1 night    
  • Ossian- 1 night (Desert campout, luxury tent, not a Heritage Hotel!)
  • Jaisalmer – 2 nights
  • Jodhpur – 1 night
  • Pushkar – 3 nights 
  • Jaipur – 1 night    

Other included Costs:

  • AC Mini Coach/ AC Large Coach as per number of participants
  • Local English-speaking guide in Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur, Jaisalmer
  • Entry fees to the monuments, Boat ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur 
  • All sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary
  • All currently applicable taxes

 

Lake Pichola

Cost NOT COVERED:

  • The tour does not cover any personal injuries, health related matters, personal travel insurance must be obtained independently by every participant.
  • Laundry, Visa fees if any, Domestic flights (please see optional, supplemental activities), Extras at the hotels, Tips and gratuities for guides/drivers

Supplemental Excursions with Linda Eifer

THESE PRE/POST DAYS WILL BE LESS STRUCTURED

Participants will arrange their own (recommended) accommodations.

Costs will be minimal – Transportation and lodging are not included

Linda will be happy to advise. Please contact her for details. 

 

 

RISHIKESH, YOGA CAPITAL OF INDIA

6 DAYS PRIOR TO THE SACRED RAJASTHAN TOUR

 

 

 

Linda invites you to join her for an optional six nights in Rishikesh prior to the main body of the trip. Rishikesh is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand and famous as the ‘Yoga Capital of India’. It is scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas.

Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram. There, the Beatles wrote 18 songs for the White Album and 2 songs for Revolver.

The following excursions will be optional and paid for in Rishikesh.

 

  • Triveni Ghat, where daily, each morning and evening, thousands bathe in the Ganges and enjoy the Maha Aarti ritual.
  • Gita Bhavan. Place of Guru Shri Ram Sukh Daasji, (the great thinker of his time) where, twice a year, people gather to read the Ramayana. 
  • Pranayama (breathing) and meditation at the beautiful Swarg Ashram, at the foot of the Himalayas on the left bank of the Ganges. This is the spiritual “ground zero” of Rishikesh, filled with ashrams and temples known for healthful and satvic living. It is this spot where, for centuries, famous Yogis and Rishis have been doing  Tapasya.
  • Parmarth Niketan for the Pooja Aarti, one of the few Ashrams left in India where children study the Vedas.
  • Rajaji National Park on a Jeep Safari, famous for sightings of Asian Elephants, King Cobra, Tigers, and Himalayan Black bear.  It is also an opportunity to see over 315 species of birds.
  • Veena Maharaja Music school, performance by professional Indian Classical musicians

 

 

 

AGRA/TAJ MAHAL

3 DAYS POST SACRED RAJASTHAN TOUR

 

After Sacred Rajasthan, we will drive to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, spend a few nights in Delhi, then fly home. You are welcome to join us in the most informal way. We will pay for tours on the pre and post trips as we choose and book them. I have a few hotels in mind and will share booking information as requested. You are free to choose your own hotels and meet up us with us if you’d prefer.

Check our Facebook Page – Sacred Rajasthan

 

Linda EIfer demonstrates Astavakrasana (Eight-Angle Pose)

Contact:

Please call or email Linda Eifer if you have any questions or to request  further information:

310 926-7404

simchayoga@gmail.com

Namaste

Linda Dubow Eifer

Certified Yoga Instructor

Raw Beet Salad

4 servings

Ingredients:
1 pound beets, peeled, grated
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
1 large clove garlic, minced (or one shallot)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Combine beets, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, parsley, garlic, mustard, sea salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Adjust seasonings and enjoy

Celery Salad with Dates, Almonds, and Parmesan

Servings: 6

Ingredients:
½ cup raw almonds
8 celery stalks, thinly sliced on a diagonal, leaves separated
6 dates, pitted, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces Parmesan, shaved
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Crushed red pepper flakes

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. Spread out almonds on a small rimmed baking sheet; toast, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Let cool; coarsely chop.

Toss almonds, celery, celery leaves, dates, and lemon juice in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Add Parmesan and oil and toss gently; season with red pepper flakes.

My notes – I always leave out the olive oil. I sometimes leave out the pepper flakes…