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An enriching cultural exploration filled with timeless traditions and incredible sites.
Southern India includes: Arrival in and exploring Chennai, the Mahabalipuram ruins; Puducherry, the French Riviera of the East; Thanjavur, with a rich historical heritage and is a prism of ancient as well as the modern south Indian civilizations; Madurai, one of the oldest continually inhabited city in the Indian peninsula, with a history dating all the way back to the Sangam period of the pre-Christian era; Kochi, once the seat of the Kingdom of Cochin; Coimbatore, Situated on the banks of the Noyyal River; Kumarakom, home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including expansive mangrove forests, paddy fields and coconut groves; Mysore, the city of palaces and cultural capital of Karnakata; Bangalore, one of India's major economic hubs.
Also included on the trip will be opportunities for:
Hatha Yoga sessions in the morning
Meditations at various times and places
Experiencing and learning about regional cuisines
Working with chakras
Ayurvedic practices Hinduism Sanskrit the Vedic age Indian culture other topics of interest
Your Hosts and Guides
Kawallee Chitra LatchmanSingh, who also goes by Kay, was born in Guyana and comes from a heritage of people who inhabited the state of Uttar Pradesh (Hindi: उत्तरप्रदेश, Urdu: اترپردیش,) in the northern province of India. She is a Yoga Shiromani (teacher of yoga) in the Sampoorna tradition, and is a student of Sanskrit. Kay is the co-owner of Global Journeys and having traveled and worked with people in many European countries, Russia, Egypt, South Africa, British West Indies, and Central America, she provides a wealth of experience in travel and cultural connections.
Kay's Hindu practice, knowledge of the Vedic Traditions, experience leading Kirtan , amazing ability to prepare Indian cuisine and Yoga knowledge will be invaluable assets on this journey.
Franco Marini is the co-owner and director of Global Journeys. He was born in Italy and since his arrival in the U.S., when he was 11, he has continued traveling as part of his life’s mission. He is a Yoga Shiromani (teacher of yoga), a ceremonialist, a wellness coach /healer, a massage therapist, a drum-maker, and director of Peak Empowerment – an organization dedicated to personal, team and organizational development. One of his commitments in life is to create programs, such as this India journey, that have a vision focused on personal growth, and global acceptance and understanding.
Kay and Franco are committed to providing impeccable service and are dedicated to creating powerful, satisfying and joyful opportunities for each participant on this trip. Franco, Kay, and local guides will accompany you on every step of your journey to assure your satisfaction.
The following are just some of the intriguing places you will visit and explore on this fascinating journey...
C H E N N A I
Chennai, formerly known asMadras , is the capital of the Indianstate of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai has an estimated population of 7.5 million (2007), making it the fourth largest metropolitan city in India.The city was established in the 17th century by the British, who developed it into a major urban centre and naval base. By the 20th century, it had become an important administrative centre, as the capital of the Madras Presidency.The region around Chennai has served as an important administrative, military, and economic centre since the 1st century.It has been ruled by various South Indian dynasties, notably the Pallava, the Chola, the Pandya, and Vijaynagar. The town of Mylapore, now part of Chennai, was once a major Pallavan port. The Portuguese arrived in 1522 and built a port called São Tomé after the Christian apostle, St Thomas, who is believed to have preached in the area between 52 and 70 CE. In 1612, the Dutch established themselves near Pulicat, just north of the city.
The monuments are mostly rock-cut and monolithic, and constitute the early stages of Dravidian architecture wherein Buddhist elements of design are prominently visible. They are constituted by cave temples, monolithic rathas (chariots), sculpted reliefs and structural temples. The pillars are of the Dravidian order. The sculptures are excellent examples of Pallava art.
It is believed by some that this area served as a school for young sculptors. The different sculptures, some half finished, may have been examples of different styles of architecture, probably demonstrated by instructors and practiced on by young students. This can be seen in the Pancha Rathas where each Ratha is sculpted in a different style.
Some important structures include:
Thirukadalmallai, the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was also built by Pallava King in order to safeguard the sculptures from the ocean. It is told that after building this temple, the remaining architecture was preserved and was not corroded by sea.
The Shore Temple - a structural temple along the Bay of Bengal with the entrance from the western side away from the sea. Recent excavations have revealed new structures here. The temple was reconstructed stone by stone from the sea after being washed away in a cyclone.
Puducherry, which means "New village" It is also known as The French Riviera of the East (La Côte d'Azur de l'Est). It consists of four unconnected districts: Pondicherry, Karaikal, and Yanam on the Bay of Bengal and Mahé on the Arabian Sea. Puducherry (Pondicherry) and Karaikal are by far the larger ones, and are both enclaves of Tamil Nadu. Yanam and Mahé are enclaves of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, respectively. There are evidences on the Romans visit to Pondicherry and trade activities done as in early 800 BC. The Pondicherry Museum has Roman cups, jars and the coins traded in Pondicherry at that time. There is also evidence of the visit of St. Xavier to Pondicherry.
A remarkable degree of French influence in Pondicherry exists to this date. The design of the city of Pondicherry was based on the French (originally Dutch, the plans of Pondicherry dating from the end of the seventeenth century (1693-1694) are preserved in the National Archives at The Hague) grid pattern and features neat sectors and perpendicular streets.
Located about 10 km south of the Kaveri River, Thanjavur is the headquarters of Thanjavur district. It is one of the older cities in Tamil Nadu and has a lot of significance in Dravidian history.
It was a Chola capital from the 9th to the 11th century. It was also an important site of power during the Vijayanagara empire. The Thanjavur District itself covers about 8300 km2 of land and is one of the most fertile plains of the Cauvery delta. It is one of the most important for rice-growing in India. The delta is traversed by irrigation canals some of which go back up to 10 centuries. Thanjavur District is known as the "Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu".[
Madurai was built by the Pandyan king Kulasekhara and was the capital city of the great Pandya kings of South India. Madurai's cultural heritage goes back 2500 years, and the city has been an important commercial center and has conducted trade as far as Rome and Greece since as early as 550 C.E..
C O C H I N
Cochin, is a city in the Indianstate of Kerala. The city is one of the principal seaports of the country and is located in the district of Ernakulam, about 220 kilometres (137 mi) north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. It has an estimated population of 600,000, with an extended metropolitan population of about 1.5 million, making it the largest urban agglomeration and the second largest city in Kerala after the capital.Since 1102 CE, Kochi was the seat of the Kingdom of Cochin, a princely state which traces its lineage to the Kulasekhara empire. Heralded as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the Arabian Sea coast from the 14th century onwards. Ancient travellers and tradesmen referred to Kochi in their writings, variously alluding to it as Cocym, Cochym, Cochin, and Cochi. Occupied by the Portuguese in 1503, Kochi was the site of the first European colonial settlement in India.
K U M A R A K O M
Kumarakomis a tourist village in Kottayam district, Kerala, India. It is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with 'Karimeen' (Pearl Spotted Fish), shrimp (chemmeen in the local language) and prawns. The bird sanctuary extends over 14 acres (57,000 m²), and came into existence following preservation efforts from the government. The place has expanses of mangrove forests, paddy fields and coconut groves. This rich agricultural environment is mainly irrigated using interspersed waterways and canals of the Meenachil river. Kumarakom's perfectly balanced tropical climate is conducive to cultivation.
All internal transportation,including internal flights to Varanasi, Khajuraho
All accommodations at comfortable, clean upscale hotels (double occupancy)
All breakfasts and lunches (vegetarian)
All entrance fees
All activities such as…yoga, meditation, Kirtan, etc.
All guide and escort fees…you will be personally escorted by Kay and Franco plus at times, local guides
Not Included: Air fare to and from India, dinners (if you wish to have non-vegetarian meals this will be your opportunity to do so)
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Cancellations and Refunds:
If you cancel before 90 days prior to departure, you will receive
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If you cancel before 45 days prior to departure, you will receive a $737.50 refund provided you had made all required payments No refunds will be made 44 days or less from departure time
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