Hand-Crafted Experiences

To travel in an amazing land, celebrating an amazing time, and being in the company of amazing travelers, there must be amazing experiences. Our team works to find unique and meaningful adventures along the way.

We curate, craft, and deliver interesting  and decidedly Beatle-y oriented escapades…at least that’s our goal. This is a fun time – not just a history lesson – and our sincere desire is to make you happy.

“We had a big party for George’s birthday. It was crowded with people and we all got dressed up and had red and yellow paint on our foreheads.”

 – Ringo Starr

from “The Beatles Anthology”

Some of our hand-crafted experiences inspired by the Beatles’ “White Album”  include:

 

Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da Life Goes on…to Rishikesh

Recreating the Beatles journey to Rishikesh, we will set off on our five hour drive the morning after our international arrival to Delhi. This is the pace the Beatles kept – hopping into old taxis and heading north the next morning after their flights from London. We will travel more comfortably, but we we make the same journey by individual cars as well with expected arrival to Rishikesh by late afternoon. On this drive you will see the sights, feel the chaotic clamor, and share an experience that has not changed in all these years. Your perspective about their journey here will certainly be enhanced.

They say it’s Your Birthday…Party for George

Arriving by sunset to Agra on the eve of George Harrison’s 75th birthday – observed on February 25th – we will begin our 24-hour Party For George. A gala dinner kicks things off,  followed by pre-dawn wake-up to visit the Taj Mahal. There, we will watch the sunrise for a very “Here Comes The Sun” moment. By day’s end, we will travel to majestic Tijara Fort, a heritage palace high atop a hill. At sunset we will enjoy a reception on the terrace overlooking the grand Rajasthan plains. Following dinner, we will gather for a recital by local musicians.

Mother Nature’s Son…set off into the foothills

We will walk in the foothills of the Himalayas just above the powerful Ganges rushing below us. High above the clouds, we will share in the pristine nature of one of the most beautiful places in India. Birdsong and tranquility will fill your senses. You may even spot a monkey or two along the way. If you want, an optional rafting trip can be arranged to traverse the robust white crests over the turquoise waters of the Ganges.

Sexy Sadie…It’s all in the clothes you know

Although John Lennon immortalized the Maharishi as ‘Sexy Sadie’, we are more concerned here about looking our absolute FAB best. You will choose a garment from our Rishikesh Collection – clothes inspired by what the Beatles or their partners wore while at the ashram. A custom version will be tailored for you to your specifications. On offer will be “The Paul”, “The John”, “The Jane” or “The Pattie”…or perhaps you’d prefer “The Donovan”.

Maya My Dear…you’ve always been my inspiration…don’t forget me…

Meet Maya…she’s a beautiful rescued elephant and she will never forget you. Spend time at one of India’s best rescue centers for Elephants and Bears. We will get up close and personal. You will hear the stories of how the animal came to be rescued. And rescuers will share what is being done to protect these magnificent creatures . Your expert guide will accompany us on an elephant walk and we will feed these lovable giants. You will come away with a deeper appreciation for the workers who make this possible and for the animals in their care. Be inspired by the amazing pachyderms. Fall in love without riding one – elephant love, not elephant ride. You will never forget Maya, my dear.*

*A donation benefitting Agra Elephant Sanctuary will be made for every journey booked with us.

 

Wild Honey Pie…learn to cook Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

Memories of your time in India can remain as you prepare your own secret Indian recipes upon return home. Our experts will share with you the ingredients and preparation to make a delectable dish of your own. You will learn about spices, sauces and serving styles. Plus you will come to understand the differences in regional fare as we journey to various destinations.

 

Savoy Truffle…High Tea at the Imperial

“Cream tangerine and montelimar. Ginger sling with a pineapple heart. A coffee dessert, yes, you know it’s good news…” …because you’ll be at the posh Imperial Hotel Delhi.  Here, you’ll indulge in an array of tantalizing treats and a lovely cup or two of Masala or Darjeeling chai as you enjoy an incomparable High Tea at this historic hotel.

 

You’ve Got a …Long, Long, Long…saree

Learn to wrap a long, long, long saree and wear it well. We will entertain you with a fashion show of colorful Indian garments with explanations about the fabrics and embroidery techniques, the names of the styles, and their purpose. Get into the spirit of high fashion – Indian style. Understand the difference between a Lehenga, a kurta, a Bandhgala or a pagri.  No doubt, you will leave India wearing an Indian garment you will  love for a long, long, long time.

 

Dear Yogi…Won’t you teach us to pray?

Spend time with our resident gurus as you learn about Indian religions and culture. You will have the chance to find out more about meditation and other wellness practices in a casual atmosphere where you can turn off your mind, relax, and float down stream.

 

Goodnight…time for a wonderful night’s sleep

Rest your weary head on the pillows of the finest palace, fort, and colonial hotels in India. You will be staying at premiere properties that are among the best in the world. Luxury beyond words with service to match, these accommodations epitomize the warm and personalized experiences  that are hallmarks of Indian hospitality. Goodnight. Sleep tight. Dream sweet dreams for you.

 

 

Extended Itinerary

 Happiness is a warm spa…

Indulge in a luxurious spa treatment at the Leela Palace in Udaipur. You will be pampered and spoiled like a prince or princess as you enjoy royal class service in the spa. Ayurvedic treatments  and more available. One ayurvedic couples massage is included during your stay here at their renown spa – voted among the Top 25 Hotels in the World 2017. Total bliss.

Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill…deep in the jungle where the mighty tiger lies

An exotic jungle safari to Ranthambore National Park takes us deep in the forested region of the Aravalli Range to track the majestic bengal tigers…but you can rest assured Bungalow Bill will not be coming along. Absolutely no hunting allowed – these wild cats are now protected. India is home to 70 percent of tigers in the world. And thanks to conservation efforts, populations have increased. Look for the pug marks (tiger tracks) because a tiger may just be close by.**

 

** For those continuing through the Extended Itinerary 2, a tiger will be adopted for one year of care in an Indian sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

 

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