Sankara Adventures

Traveling through India with Sankara

Have you always wanted to visit India? All of Sankara’s tours are small, intimate groups of only up to 4 people. Join us on an ethical travel adventure to meet some of the amazing artisans who make the fabulous pieces we carry in the shop, as well as see the sights that make India truly incredible!

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

CURRENT TOUR OPTIONS – 

DESERT DREAMS TOUR: We will arrive in Delhi on Oct 31, 2019 and depart on Nov 13, 2019. Starting in Delhi, we will make our way through the pink city of Jaipur, wonder at the mysteries of the Taj Mahal in Agra, experience the Pushkar Camel Fair, traverse the back lanes of the blue city of Jodhpur, and more! Find out more here and above.

BEAUTY OF KERALA TOUR: We will arrive in Delhi on Feb 20, 2020 and Depart on Mar 10, 2020. Starting in Delhi, we will adventure through the hills and backwaters of Kerala, explore the desert city of Jaipur, and experience the mysteries of Agra and the Taj Mahal. Find out more here and above.

Included in the tours are the flights to and from Delhi (from either Seattle or London); all nights accommodation at a selection of comfortable hotels and B&Bs; all meals in India (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner); all transportation within India, including internal flights, trains, and chauffeured cars; entrance fees to all activities listed in the itinerary including the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, elephant excursion, Qutab Minar, 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. On select tours there will also be an option of professional photography sessions throughout the adventure (Christmas card photo at the Taj Mahal?).

Not included in this tour are the visa to India (Katrina can help walk you through the application on request); alcohol; gratuities; souvenirs; travel insurance; optional entrance fees and excursions not listed on the itinerary if requested during the adventure.

Traveling through Turkey with Sankara

Have you always been fascinated with Turkey? Join Katey as she leads a small, intimate group of only up to 6 people throughout the wonders of Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Ephesus! The tours are an ethical travel adventure where you meet some of the amazing artisans who make the fabulous pieces we carry in the shop, as well as see the sights that make Turkey truly incredible!

Katey will be there for you every step of the way from stepping onto the plane 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 taxi! She will also meet with the group after we return in order to talk through the experience once you’ve settled in back home for a look back at our adventure.

CURRENT TOURS – 

TURKISH DELIGHT TOUR: We will arrive in Istanbul on May 3, 2020 and return on May 16, 2020. Starting in Istanbul, we will immerse ourselves in the grandeur and history of Istanbul, explore the otherworldly valleys of Cappadocia, and experience the mysteries of Ephesus. Find more details here and above.

Included in the tours are the flights to and from Istanbul and Seattle or London; all nights accommodation at a selection of comfortable hotels and B&Bs; all meals in Turkey (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner); all transportation within Turkey, including but not limited to internal flights, ferries, and chauffeured cars; entrance fees to all activities listed in the itinerary including Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofia, Chora Church, Blue Mosque, the Ruins of Ephesus, and so much more; Turkish Visa, 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 alcohol; gratuities; souvenirs; travel insurance; optional entrance fees and excursions not listed on the itinerary if requested during the adventure.

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Our Current Tours

Desert Dreams –

Oct 31 to Nov 13, 2019

 

Tour Package:

Flights to and from Delhi (departing Seattle on Oct 29 or London on Oct 30)

13 nights accommodation (including heritage hotels and luxury desert resort camps)

All transportation within India (including trains, car w/experienced driver, camels, and more)

All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner plus a bottle of water each day – all allergies accommodated)

Personalized Tour Arrangements (we will ensure as smooth a journey as possible!)

Entrance Fees to all Activities included on the itinerary (including Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, elephant village, Pushkar Camel Fair, Qutab Minar, Old Delhi, and more)

Local Guides (learn the history of selected places from a local, certified guide)

Pre & Post Adventure Information (exclusive written guides, information packet, and pre-tour meet & greet info gathering)

Exclusive Extras (including shopping discounts, local experiences off the beaten path, flexibility in schedule, and more)

 

Included Activities:

 

Agra: Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri

Delhi: India Gate, Connaught Circle, Presidential Palace, Lodhi Gardens, Safdarjang Tomb, Qutab Minar, Hauz Khas, Chandi Chowk, Red Fort, Spice Market

Jaipur: City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Elephant Village, Jal Mahal, Panna Meena Ka Kund, Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple

Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort, Ghanta Ghar, Bishnoi Village excursion

Pushkar: experience annual festivities of the Camel Fair, visit hilltop temples, option for desert excursion

Rawla Narlai: overnight stop at luxury spa resort including a mystical dinner at the stepwell

Plus: Handicraft demonstrations, shopping, visits to charitable partners, and more!

 

Double Occupancy – $4,500 (£3,000) per person
Single Occupancy – $5,000 (£3,400) per person

 

Beauty of Kerala –

Feb 20 to Mar 10, 2020

 

Tour Package:

Flights to and from Delhi (departing Seattle on February 18 or London on February 19)

19 nights accommodation (including bed & breakfasts, homestays, and houseboats!)

All transportation within India (including trains, car w/experienced driver, rickshaws, internal flights, and more)

All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner plus a bottle of water each day – all allergies accommodated)

Personalized Tour Arrangements (we will ensure as smooth a journey as possible!)

Entrance Fees to all Activities included on the itinerary (including Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, elephant village, boat tours in Kerala, Qutab Minar, Old Delhi, and more)

Local Guides (learn the history of select places from a local, certified guide)

Pre & Post Adventure Information (exclusive written guides, information packet, and pre-tour meet & greet info gathering)

Exclusive Extras (including shopping discounts, local experiences off the beaten path, flexibility in schedule, and more)

 
Included Activities:

 

Agra: Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri

Delhi: India Gate, Connaught Circle, Presidential Palace, Lodhi Gardens, Safdarjang Tomb, Qutab Minar, Hauz Khas, Chandi Chowk, Red Fort, Spice Market

Jaipur: City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Elephant Village, Jal Mahal, Panna Meena Ka Kund, Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple

Kerala: Boat tour of Periyar Lake, Tiger safari in Periyar National Park, Relaxing Cruise of the Backwaters in Alappuzha, Cultural Performance in Kochi, Kochi Chinese Fishing Nets, Kochi Vintage Market Tour

Plus: Handicraft demonstrations, shopping, visits to charitable partners, and more!

 

Double Occupancy – $4,900 (£3,500) per person
Single Occupancy – $5,500 (£3,900) per person

 

Early Bird Discount: $200 (£175) off per person if non-refundable deposit paid by October 31, 2019!

Turkish Delights –

May 2 to May 13, 2020

 

Tour Package:

Flights to and from Istanbul (departing Seattle on May 2 or London on May 3)

13 nights accommodation (including bed & breakfasts, homestays, and hotels)

All transportation within Turkey (including taxis, car w/experienced driver, internal flights, and more)

All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner plus a bottle of water each day – all allergies accommodated)

Personalized Tour Arrangements (we will ensure as smooth a journey as possible!)

Entrance Fees to all Activities included on the itinerary (including Aya Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Galata Tower, Ephesus, Chora Church, Basilica Cistern, Goreme Open Air Museum, and much more!)

Local Guides (learn the history of select places from a local, certified guide)

Pre & Post Adventure Information (exclusive written guides, information packet, and pre-tour meet & greet info gathering)

Exclusive Extras (including shopping discounts, local experiences off the beaten path, flexibility in schedule, and more)

 

Included Activities:

 

Istanbul: Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofia, Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, Chora Church, Islamic Art Museum, Rustem Pasha Mosque

Cappadocia: Goreme Open Air Museum, Valley hikes (Rose, Red, Pigeon, and/or Love), optional wine tasting or horseback tours

Izmir: Ephesus Museum, Ephesus Ruins, House of the Virgin Mary, Selcuk, Sirince, Aegean Sea

Plus: Custom guided food tour, ethical shopping, and more!

 

Double Occupancy – $4,500 (£3,000) per person
Single Occupancy – $5,000 (£3,400) per person

 

Early Bird Discount: $150 (£125) off per person if non-refundable deposit paid by December 31, 2019!

Prices in USD reflects departure from Seattle. Prices in GBP reflects departure from London. Please message for pricing departing from other locations.

 

Contact Katey at sankara.imports@gmail.com for more information or to book your spot. You can also pop into the shop on Main Street!

 

Katrina 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.

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

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