This tour is centred in the most beautiful and magical parts of southern India and goes for 17 days. Kieran and Nandini will be facilitating this uplifting and transformative experience.
Are you ready to develop your yoga, expand your awareness and awaken to life’s rich possibilities?
17 Days from the 7th till the 23rd of December 2019.
Open your horizons by exploring this unforgettable country in the company of others. The tour program is designed to boost your inner journey while giving you the experience of the wonders of India.
A powerful transformative program
This is much more than a standard tour to India. It is also a powerful supportive program for self-discovery and transformation. This tour will give you rich learning experiences to awaken the best in you and help you become a more open and effective person and global citizen. This InSync Yoga and Spiritual tour to magical India will expand your awareness and give you profound insights into the history, traditions and philosophies of this colourful, diverse and exciting land. It will help you better understand yourself and humanity.
Experience all this and more guided by tour leaders who have extensive experience travelling in India. Kieran has over 18 years’ experience in providing tours to India and a vast knowledge of Indian culture, spirituality and history.
He has also facilitated hundreds of transformational retreats and courses over more than 40 years. His wife Nandini has been teaching yoga for almost 20 years and for over 10 years has conducted highly successful programs to empower women.
A supportive tour team
This group journey is perfect for a first-time visitor or for those who want to experience more of what this incredible country has to offer. You won’t just be part of a tour group but a member of a supportive team. We will create a powerful team energy to help everyone have lots of fun and be their most natural and empowered selves.
Enjoy rich diverse experiences
You will have an opportunity to meet and connect with a diverse range of people and enjoy the rich cuisine, cultural diversity, spirituality and varying landscapes of this incredible country. We will stay in 3-5 star hotels apart from ashram experiences.
You’ll also get to experience:
- An oasis of natural beauty and peace
- The rich range of tastes, colours and sensory delights of modern India
- Sacred rituals of praise and healing at ancient sacred sites
- Nature, forests and wildlife, elephants temples, ashrams, churches, synagogues, mosques,
- Astrologers, wonderful bazaars, a shopping adventure, heaps of fun, and so much more.
Why choose us?
InSync has been running successful tours to India for many years, providing quality of service and individualized attention, as participants on previous tours have attested.
Steps to book for the tour and the deposit
- Arrange to have a chat to Kieran about the tour. You can text him on +61414450116 or contact him at InSync.
- Complete the InSync India Tour application form.
- Choose your payment option.
- As places on the tour are limited you can also pay a $500 deposit to book and secure your place.
If for any reason you need to withdraw from the tour and you notify us in writing by 31 July 2019 then you will receive a full refund of your deposit minus a $50 administrative fee. If you withdraw after this date there will be a $195 administrative fee.
Tour Package Inclusions
The tour price includes: accommodation, breakfast and travel between scheduled destinations.
It doesn’t include lunch, dinners, tips, taxis for private outings or travel to and from India.
These days it is so much easier to identify and book the most suitable flights to Chennai and back home from Kochi or Trivandrum. However if you would like any help or guidance we can provide that. Also if you would like to travel with others from the tour group let us know and we can help you coordinate your flight bookings.
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Here’s the opportunity of a lifetime to truly transform your life and awaken more passion, clarity, strength and peace.
InSync Yoga and Spiritual India Tour 2019 Itinerary
7 -23 December 2019
The tour starts in Chennai with a get together meal and celebration on the evening of Saturday 7 December from 6.15 pm. If for any reason someone arrives later that night at the hotel, they can join us the next morning for a shared practice and breakfast.
We can arrange to have someone meet you at Chennai Airport and bring you to the hotel. On Sunday we will head off around 10.15 am on the first leg of our adventure together travelling to Kanchipuram and then Vellore.
Anyone who wishes to explore Chennai more will need to arrive earlier and do it independently.
Chennai is located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest cultural, economic and educational centre of south India.
Chennai is among the most visited Indian cities by foreign tourists. It was ranked the 43rd most visited city in the world for the year 2015. The Quality of Living Survey rated Chennai as the safest city in India. Chennai attracts 45 percent of health tourists visiting India, and 30 to 40 percent of domestic health tourists. As such, it is termed “India’s health capital”
Lonely Planet named Chennai as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit in 2015.
National Geographic mentioned Chennai as the only South Asian city to feature in its 2015 “Top 10 food cities” list. Chennai was also named the ninth-best cosmopolitan city in the world by Lonely Planet. In October 2017, Chennai was added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) list for its rich musical tradition.
Sunday 8 December travel to Kanchipuram for 2-3 hours and then on to Vellore in the afternoon.
Historically Kanchipuram has been regarded as a great centre of learning, the spiritual centre of the south and the capital of the ancient and powerful Pallava kingdom. It is also renowned for its famous Kanjeevaram silk sarees.
We will have an opportunity to tune in the the history, culture, architecture and spirituality of this ancient sacred centre, “the city of a thousand temples”
In the afternoon we plan to travel to Vellore and visit and stay at the nearby spiritual centre of Sri Sakthi Narayani Amma, an esteemed spiritual leader in India.
The centre is highly regarded by many people including Australians and features the Golden Temple, the Star Park and many other facilities.
Monday 9 December
We plan to travel to Tiruvanamalai and arrive by the afternoon.
We plan to travel to Tiruvanamalai and arrive by the afternoon.
Tiruvannamalai is a beautiful pilgrimage town at the base of the sacred Arunachala Mountain, often called the mountain of living light.
Yogis and sadhus have come here to meditate for thousands of years. One of the most famous spiritual teachers of the 20th century, Ramana Maharshi lived and taught here from 1896 to 1950. His life and teachings have Influenced millions including many western yoga and meditation practitioners.
We will visit his ashram and caves on the mountain where he meditated. We will also have an opportunity to do a special walking meditation around the sacred mountain as well as climbing on it. On full moon nights one million people or more may come here from all over South India to do pradakshina or a special walking meditation around Arunachala.
We will also visit special places around Tiruvanamalai including the Arunachaleswara Temple at the base of the mountain. It is one of the biggest temples in all of India. It is dedicated to Shiva and people have meditated and worshiped here for approximately 2000 years.
Wednesday 11 December
We travel to Pondicherry in the morning for 3 nights
For a small city, Pondicherry is wonderfully cosmopolitan. There’s south Indian culture, of course, and the French colonial presence. We will also spend time at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the township of Auroville. Both have been drawing people from around the world for decades.
These influences have given the place a truly international feel. Pondicherry’s Old Town is unique to India; you come across whole colonial-era streetscapes that have been brilliantly preserved with tree-lined boulevards and French villas painted in pastel shades.
A popular Pondicherry experience is a walk along the seafront promenade in the evening, when the whole city comes out for a stroll.
Past tour participants have thoroughly enjoyed spending time in Auroville, “the city of dawn” which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Auroville is a remarkable experimental endeavour to create a community where people from all over the world live with strong connection and harmony. At its centre is one of the most silent places on the planet the Matrimandir. It is a meditation space at the heart of a futuristic, spherical temple covered in gold discs, surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Saturday 14 December
We travel to Madurai in the morning for one night.
Madurai is one of the oldest cities of India and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city has a rich heritage and has been in existence since about the 4th century B.C. It is mentioned in ancient texts of the Greeks, Romans and Arabs. Madurai had strong trade connections with Ancient Rome.
This city was the capital of the Pandyan kingdom and was ruled by Pandya kings over most of its history. Chennai may be the capital of Tamil Nadu, but Madurai claims its soul. Madurai is Tamil-born and Tamil-rooted and a city of temples.
A highlight of our visit will be to experience the celebrated Meenakshi Amman Temple, a dazzling mazelike structure ranking among India’s greatest temples. It is not only a masterpiece of architecture and art but a place where many people have deep spiritual experiences.
Sunday 15 December
In the afternoon we journey to the beautiful mountains of Kerala in the Munnar area for 2 nights with the purpose of a day visit to the Eravikulam National Park (Rajmalai National Park). There are options for walking, trekking and touring in the Park.
This park offers a chance to stroll among India’s highest mountains south of the Himalayas to enjoy nature’s beauty. Most visitors see the protected Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered mountain goat that lives only in the Himalayas and here. The scenery is magnificent.
Eravikulam National Park was established as Kerala’s first national park. Some rare animals and endangered species of butterflies can also be spotted here.
Golden jackal, jungle cat, wild dog, dhole, leopard and tiger are the main predators. Some little-known animals such as Nilgiri langur, stripe-necked mongoose, Indian porcupine, Nilgiri marten, small clawed otter, ruddy mongoose, and dusky palm squirrel are also found. Elephants also seasonally frequent the park.
The park is also famous for great view of tea plantation, rolling hills and neelakurunji. Neelakurunji is a blue colored kurunjiflower, which blooms once in 12 years.
Tuesday 17 December
We travel to Fort Kochi in the morning for 1 night
In the morning of 17th December, we will visit Fort Kochi and explore its rich history including churches, synagogue and Chinese fishing nets.
Kochi or Cochin has often been described as the Venice of the East.
St Thomas the apostle brought Christianity here to Kerala shortly after the death of Jesus Christ.
We will visit the church of St Francis where Vasco da Gama was buried. It reflects the history of European influence from the Portuguese, Dutch and English.
The beautiful night lantern decorations around Fort Kochi at this time of year express the spirit of this wonderful friendly community and add an unforgettable touch of beauty and charm.
Wednesday 18 December
We journey south to Varkala in the afternoon for 3 nights
Kashi or Varanasi in North India is generally considered to be the most sacred place in India. Varkala is known as the “Kashi of the South.” Varkala beach is also considered one of the best in India and is very popular with those who love the beach and swimming in warm tropical waters. It has a reputation for wonderful diverse cuisine in restaurants with breathtaking views from Varkala cliff. We will visit different sacred sites including a famed 2000 year old temple and have the chance to bathe in sacred medicinal spring waters. There is an abundance of massage and Ayurvedic treatment spas for you to also enjoy as well as many delights for shoppers. We will start the day with yoga and meditation on beautiful Varkala beach and feel the wonderful gifts of the day as we watch sunsets over the Arabian Sea.
Saturday 21 December
In the morning we travel to Amma’s Ashram to stay for 2 nights. However if you would like to stay longer that can be easily arranged.
This is the home base and ashram of world renowned humanitarian and spiritual teacher Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma)
We are visiting this international centre of spirituality and home base for many of Amma’s humanitarian projects. It is located amidst an expanse of coconut palms between the beautiful Kerala backwater and the Arabian Sea. We will have a taste of ashram life and an opportunity to have a personal blessing and hug from Amma. This is one of the most joyous and loving places on the planet for aspiring global citizens to prepare for Christmas and New Year in the presence of Amma.
The tour officially concludes here on the afternoon of 23 December. Most flights back to Australia depart in the evening or night. We will arrange transport to the Kochi Airport on the evening of 23 December. We can arrange taxis to Kochi or Trivandrun ( Thiruvananthapuram) Airport for other tour participants who wish to leave at other times.
*Please note InSync reserves the right to modify the scheduled itinerary at anytime.
Your Tour Leaders
Kieran is the founder and Director of the InSync Institute. He has conducted transformative programs for thousands of individuals and organizations for over 40 years. He is one of Australia’s most experienced yoga and meditation teachers, leadership coach and life coach.
Kieran has many years’ experience leading programs both locally in Australia and internationally, including leading many tours to India. He has a deep understanding of the Indian culture, people, and their history as well as of the philosophies, religions, and worldviews that have shaped Indian life.
Kieran invests energy into these tours not only to help people develop and understand meditation and yoga but to experience deeper humanity and appreciate the quest for meaning and wholeness that has pervaded Indian life for thousands of years. He considers by opening to the spontaneity and richness of life in India we have an opportunity to awaken dimensions of ourselves that really expand our hearts, minds, and lives.
Nandini Medici is, in her own words, a ‘modern Yogini in progress’, she is a Sacred Feminine Awakener, a Women’s Empowerment coach, a Yoga and meditation teacher, an Ayurvedic therapist, a wife and entrepreneur. Nandini’s main gift and passion is to support women realigning with their Sacred Feminine Nature.
Testimonials about the India Tour
“My Indian visit in 2011 with Kieran provided a strong spiritual experience that enabled me to redirect my life towards a more meaningful direction. The visit was really a pilgrimage to some the holiest places on earth and provided for me some profound and life-changing experiences. By moving out of my comfortable surroundings and into a contrasting culture of color, poverty and beliefs gave me a space to let go of the control and expectations I had in my life.
The chance to practice yoga and meditation in some deeply spiritual places provided moments of deep stillness and realizations. I remember one deep moment of clarity when I saw an old and decaying statue of the Hindu God, Hanuman – the Monkey God and hero of Ramayana. Hanuman was displayed after he has ripped opened his chest to expose his heart. I clearly knew that image represented our purpose in life – to open our heart, to be vulnerable, to serve and to love.” ~Brendan Mulhall
“I really enjoyed the experience of the InSync Spiritual Journey to India. It was colorful, spiritual and there was the adventure. It opened my heart and mind to how other cultures live. I found the people full of tolerance and acceptance … and very welcoming with a beautiful way of looking at life.
I had a chance to connect with them for example even playing cricket. It was great to be part of their world and enjoy the simplicity of their life. I would heartily recommend anyone who is thinking about this InSync tour to India to go ahead.” ~Sue Mitchell
“I was part of the very merry band that enjoyed the InSync Tour to India in 2009/10. I loved being with a group of people who share an interest in the many facets of yoga, and exploring yoga while immersed in its cultural heartland. We had lots of laughs but were also moved to tears at times by the beauty and depth of our experience.
Our Indian guides shared fascinating information about each place we visited, as well as personal stories that helped to bring Indian culture even more alive for us. In addition, Kieran shared his deep understanding of India, all aspects of yoga, and Vedic Science. His voice often came through the bus PA systems as we traveled along, telling stories prompted by things that we came across or questions that arose.
The tour ran smoothly and I think that everyone felt that their needs were well supported. Apart from one case of bronchitis and one minor dose of ‘Delhi belly’ the group enjoyed good health throughout the tour.
If you have never visited India before, the InSync tour is a safe and easeful way to get to know her; and for her old friends, a way to reconnect and deepen the bond.” ~Barbara Curnow
“I remember hearing the calling from inside myself to go on the Magical India Tour 2017. I had other plans but decided to cancel because I knew this trip would transform my life, and it did. Among all the amazing places we visited, I began to further understand India’s beautiful culture and customs, tasted delicious food, visited sacred temples, met with a real life saint of the people, felt magic and saw miracles happen, made life long connections, but most of all opened my heart more through the whole journey and learnt more about myself and my unique dharma. Mother India is a magical place. If you allow yourself to open and let go of fear, she will transform you completely in ways you never imagined.” ~Chelsea Rolfe
“This is so much more than travel. Be prepared to lose your emotional baggage on this trip! Be prepared to be challenged. Be prepared to have moments of true clarity where the gears click into place and you come back knowing so much more about yourself then before. Kieran absolutely creates the space needed to feel like you can lose yourself safely in India, in the knowing that you’ll be found.” ~Andrew Anthony
Early Bird (Before 24 May 2019)
Upfront Payment before 26 July 2019
12 x payments of $479 for single room accommodation in hotels or 12 x payments of $395 for twin share hotel accommodation in hotels.
ALL PAYMENTS NEED COMPLETION BY 11 OCTOBER 2019.