Travel through India with Sankara – October 2018

Have you always wanted to visit India? Katey will be taking just a small, intimate group of only 5 people along with her to India and Nepal in October. Join her to meet some of the amazing artisans who make the fabulous pieces we carry in the shop.

Katey will be there for you every step of the way from applying for the visa to navigating the trip home. The group will also get together once before we go in order to talk about what to expect, answer questions, and meet each other before having to share a tuk-tuk! She will also meet with the group after we return in order to talk through the experience once you’ve settled for a debrief.

We will leave Seattle on Oct. 2 and return on Oct. 20. Starting in Delhi, we will travel through the handicraft villages in the jungles of Odisha, explore the desert city of Jaipur, adventure through the heart of India in Delhi, and experience the mysteries of Agra and the Taj Mahal.

Included in the tour are the flights to and from Seattle and Delhi; 17 nights at a selection of comfortable hotels and B&Bs; all meals in India (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner); all transportation within India, including 2 internal flights, 4 train rides, and chauffeured cars; entrance fees to all activities listed in the itinerary including the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, Bhubaneswar’s Jain Caves, Chilika Lake cruise, jungle walk, and so much more; personalized attention and tour arrangements throughout the adventure; local guides at select locations; a daily bottle of water; a pre-adventure meet & greet; personalized written guides, and a post-adventure reunion.

Not included in this tour are the visa to India (Katrina can help walk you through the application on request); alcohol; gratuities; souvenirs; optional entrance fees and excursions not listed on the itinerary if requested during the adventure. There will also be an option of professional photography sessions throughout the adventure (Christmas card photo at the Taj Mahal?).

This adventure of a lifetime is only $4900 per person (double occupancy – single supplement $600)!  – Nonrefundable deposit of $1000 required by June 1st. Payment plans can be arranged. 

Suggested Itinerary:

Oct 2 – Depart Seattle

Oct 3 – Arrive in Delhi

Oct 4 – Driving Tour of Delhi including:
  • India Gate
  • Connaught Circle
  • Presidential Palace
  • Lodhi Gardens
  • Safdarjung Tomb
  • Khan Market
Oct 5 – Humayun’s Tomb
        Hauz Khas Village
        Dilli Haat Market

Oct 6 – Qutab Minar
        Archeological Park

Oct 7 – Travel to Odisha
        Udayagiri & Khandagiri Cave Monastery
        Jagannath Temple
        Craft Villages

Oct 8 – Konark Sun Temple
        Craft Villages

Oct 9 – Lake Cruise on Chilika Lake
        Camping in Tent Resort

Oct 10 – Jungle Walk
         Ikat Weaving Village

Oct 11 – Handicraft Villages
         Visit regional temples

Oct 12 – Travel to Delhi

Oct 13 – Visit Taj Mahal
         Fatehpur Sikri

Oct 14 – Travel to Jaipur

Oct 15 – Royal Gatore
         Ganesh Temple
         Visit Ladli Facility

Oct 16 – Amber Fort
         Jal Mahal
         Rickshaw Tour of Jaipur

Oct 17 – City Palace
         Jantar Mantar
         Hawa Mahal

Oct 18 – Handicraft Demonstrations & Shopping

Oct 19 – Hanuman Temple
         Travel to Delhi

Oct 20 – Flight to Seattle
         Arrive in Seattle

 

If you have any questions or to book your spot on this adventure of a lifetime, please email sankara.imports@gmail.com

or stop in the shop on Main Street in Bothell!

When asked by my friends after I returned from India, how my trip was – the word I used was “wondrous”. What an interesting, beautiful country with so much to see and do! With Francesca as my guide, we were able to go at our own pace and explore the palaces, market places, or just stroll down the streets. If something caught my eye, we could explore it as we did not have a strict time schedule for the day. She knew the drivers we had in some cities, and how to navigate the rickshaws/taxis/trains when we didn’t have our own driver.

I wanted to see the Taj Mahal (of course) but I was also interested in any old/interesting architecture. We visited not only the attractions most tourists see, but some of my favorite memories were from places the tour groups don’t go – which makes those memories that much more special. Visiting with elephants was magical, and I was thrilled to go to a place where they were clearly loved and well cared for. We also had the opportunity to visit the block print facility, and we got to try our hand at it; so fun!

I always felt safe and reassured that Francesca knew just what to do and where to go. For instance, going into a train station, and even more so coming off a train with porters and drivers coming at you, it’s quite overwhelming. Francesca navigated all of this with ease, just like a local. Traveling with someone with this experience and knowledge made for a terrific trip, and I look forward to another trip soon!

Claudia

Katina is an amazing tour guide and wonderful travel companion. I’ve been to India with her twice and would gladly go again!

Visiting India with Katrina is a one of a kind experience. Getting to see the rich history, beautiful architecture and textiles, and truly appreciating the workmanship makes traveling with Katrina a real pleasure. My favorite part of our trips has always been to visit artisans in their homes/where they work, or meet the children of Ladli and Sunshine Project.

Katrina arranges everything ahead of time for the best experience possible. Hotels and tuk-tuk drivers, suggestions for dining, and help navigating the bustling markets, always accompanied by tidbits about the area you’re in or people you’re with. It is a great mix of structured tours, flexible down time, and a great appreciation for the vibrant culture around you.

I would highly recommend everyone visit India at least once, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to go with Katrina! 🙂

-Tammy D.

Tammy D.

We had a great time touring India and Nepal with Katrina! Her knowledge of the local customs and history really added an extra level to the experience that you wouldn’t get going on your own. The Taj Mahal was amazing, and going to the Bollywood movies was a ton of fun too. Thanks for an awesome trip Katrina!
– Randy
Randy W.

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