India is everything you've heard and nothing you can imagine.
With its incredible diversity and array of amazing sacred sites, it is not possible to do justice to India in one visit. Magical Journey is offering two separate, spectacular programs that travel to the most fabulous destinations in North India.
MAGICAL JOURNEY TO NORTH INDIA: REGAL RAJASTHAN
Prepare to tap into the true spirit of India. Exploding with vibrancy, color, excitement and wonder, Rajasthan is bold, beautiful and full of romance. Journey back in time and marvel royal residences, ornately decorated havelis, the renowned mansions of rich merchants with beautifully carved facades and courtyards. Sail across glorious lakes reflecting the splendor of their surrounding palaces.
Most of India’s major religions are represented here. Marvel at engraved temples, the interiors of exquisitely decorated palaces and magnificent stone forts encompassing entire cities. Tune into Nature’s heartbeat in this ancient land in Northern India’s sacred temples, forests, desert terrain and rolling sand dunes. During our visits to extraordinarily intricate Jain temples, holy Muslim shrines and Hindu temples of white marble, our expert guide weaves spell-binding stories of the Hindu gods or the Jain vision of the universe.
Most tourists visiting Rajasthan go as far as Jaipur. This program takes you deeper into the heart of Rajasthan where you arrive in romantic desert cities, explore dusty alleys with stunning beautifully carved sandstone buildings and visit feudal villages where forts command spectacular views of camel trains and donkeys floating across the vast picturesque landscape of kingdoms and their surrounding valleys. Along the way, our fabulous Rajasthani guide, who speaks many local dialects, will captivate you with facts that bring these places alive. His in-depth knowledge, story-telling talent and great sense of humor invites you into his beloved world. Journey through diverse landscapes that embrace vast expanses of desert sand where camel trains and donkeys travel, and tribal men dressed in brilliant traditional turbans and cloth move silently to reach their distant homes. Throughout, you are invited to step off the bus and into the scene, to experience yet another magical bazaar, alley, a village food stand or slice of Rajasthan life. Participants will be offered many opportunities to walk through the countryside, around forts and in small towns each day. Interaction with the local people will bring closer understanding and appreciation of the unique way of life in the region.
Old palace hotels, lodges, and heritage hotels are chosen to enhance your experience, radiating unique atmosphere and cultural charm. Individuals can practice their own yoga, meditation, take advantage of Ayurvedic massages where available, or go for long walks in the late afternoons. Enjoy the contrast of lakes and forests filled with animals in their natural habitat. Gaze at the stars and enjoy the pleasant November evening weather while listening to the transcendental sounds of Indian music.
Mark and I have returned many times to North and South India, and yet once again, we cannot stay away and wish to take you to the very best sites we have seen in Rajasthan. This is indeed a meticulously-planned, journey-of-a-lifetime allowing ample time to fully explore incredible wonders unlike anything else you have seen. --Carol Cumes
MOKSHA ~ REBIRTH IN NORTH INDIA
According to the Vedas, Moksha is one of the four inherent aspects of our soul or essence. Of the four distinct desires—Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha— Moksha, the fourth and final desire, expresses the longing for liberation and true freedom. It paves the way for our soul to express itself on earth. Moksha has been the driving force behind the world’s spiritual traditions. It is the longing to know the Eternal, that which is beyond all limitations, beyond the province of the five senses and even death.
Mark and I invite you to join us for Moksha, our newest and most devotional program, an extraordinary spiritual journey to the birthplaces of three extraordinary faiths—Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. After acclimating to the time change and enjoying a full day of sightseeing in Delhi, we fly to the holy city of Varanasi, the birthplace of Buddha, and an amazing place of pilgrimage for Hindus. The journey continues to Amritsar and the magnificent Sikh Golden Temple. There is no way to describe the magnificence of this temple and devotion of the people other than to go there in person. A train takes us through Punjab to the spectacular mountains of Rishikesh, the source of the Ganges and birthplace of Hinduism. The program ends with sheer indulgence in an ayurvedic resort spa overlooking the Ganges.
Friends who have traveled with us in the past to Andrah Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala in South India, and fabulous Rajasthan in North India, have come to love the spirituality, diversity, fun and magic of our meticulously planned Magical Journeys to India.
After 15 years of traveling throughout India, Mark and I are excited to offer this new MOKSHA option, in addition to our South India and North India Royal Rajasthan journeys—all programs remain unmatched in quality, luxury and variety. Join us in November or December when the weather is at its best. --Carol Cumes
"THANK YOU!!! Thank You!!! thank you!!! For creating some fabulous memories of India, and introducing us to a land we would never have visited without your encouragement, planning and invitation. Carol, I can't tell you how much knowing you has enriched my life and created such fabulous, meaningful memories. You open the door to adventure and discovery. You have taken me to places I never would have dreamed of going. And you do it with such care, good intension, and respect, that traveling with others never quite measures up. You are truly a "gift" in my life. Thank you for all you do, and who you are, and that we have some "precious" times together." Judith and David H. from Sunnyvale, CA
"Hi Mark - We just returned recently from travels -- the first trip we've done recently outside a Magical Journey's program -- we had a good time but not a "great" time. We both agreed that you've ruined us for "normal" travel. Nothing matches the itinerary and care that you put into your Magical Journey tours. We always return from a Magical Journey adventure thinking "great." Just wanted you to know we were thinking of you." Phyllis D. Palm Desert, CA
Read exceptional published article in Huffington Post, by Carolina Rogoli, about her recent 2015 Magical Journey experience as a participant on our Moksha program to North India, posted January 2016.