All tour itineraries start from a homestay in New Delhi suburbs (a green area sandwiched between New Delhi and Gurgaon, about a 20 minute drive from New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, and not far from Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world). These tours take you to famous and lesser-known natural and historical sites in New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh (e.g. Agra), Rajasthan (e.g. Jaipur), Haryana, Punjab.

• Chyawanprash (THE most popular rejuvenating Ayurvedic tonic prepared with at least 46 different herbs, and a variety of spices): hike to an extinct volcano + soak in a herbal, healing pond (optional) + taste Chyawanprash + purchase the natural tonic (optional)

• Organic Farm: Enjoy Bullock-cart, camel and tractor rides + rural games and sports + pottery making + authentic organic village meal + dairy and agricultural activities.

• Terracotta Artefacts: Visit most ancient archaeological site from which terracotta artefacts unearthed + village walk + potter’s village + purchase of terracotta items (optional) + guided walk through open-air terracotta museum cum Artists’ Retreat with ancient Banyan tree.

• Miniatures: Museum + Nature Walk/Cycle tour through the Indian countryside to get a taste of the landscapes that inspired the famous art form + picnic + shopping in a colourful nature bazaar

• Murals: Folk art museum + ancient palace complex + nature walk and picnic in Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

• Indian Sauna: Bathe in natural hot, sulphur springs at Sohna + camel ride + ancient monument with a ‘hamaam’

• Yoga & Meditation: Walk through an ancient, sacred grove + picnic in the forest + introductory yoga and meditation session /Massage with Ayurvedic oils

• Phoolkari: Visit to a village famous for this Punjabi form of embroidery, see items being embroidered in Phulkari + purchase of Phulkari products (optional) + village meal + palace visit

• Pietra Dura: See Taj Mahal for the finest sample of this craft + crafts workshop to see artisans working on pietra dura + purchase of souvenirs in pietra dura (optional) + regional cuisine + Tonga ride.

• Indian Costumes: Jaipur City Palace & Museum + garment manufacturing/block-printing/tie-and-dye cottage unit + Shopping for ethnic wear etc + Rajasthani Thali lunch + elephant ride + lecture demo on how to tie a turban/saree.

. New Delhi Topsy Turvy & Quirky: Using a variety of modes of public transport, experience some of Delhi’s well-known, and lesser known, wonders and suburbs from overhead, underground, and surface: on rail or dirt tracks, along narrow alleys and broad avenues using a variety of transport modes (including your own two legs) with different speeds, rhythms, sights, smells, tastes, touches and sounds.
Guaranteed to enthrall, and make you want to explore more, beyond New Delhi Old Delhi and their suburbs: to Agra ( Taj Mahal ), Jaipur ( forts and palaces ), Vrindavan ( temples ), Ajmer ( mosque where wishes are granted ), Pushkar ( Brahma Temple ), Siliserh Lake, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Deeg (palace), Mandawa ( old, painted houses ), Amritsar ( Golden Temple ), Patiala ( palace and fort ) , Kapurthala (Moorish Mosque and palace) , Rishikesh (ashrams, yoga and river rafting), Corbett National Park (Tiger Tracking), Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary…

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Slow Travel

Typical Day

A Day of YOUR choosing, and at YOUR pace.
Wake up any time you want. Ask for herbal tea to be served to you in bed, or out in the small ozone-heavy garden where you are entertained by friendly creatures of the 'wild' variety. Wash up, have a leisurely breakfast with your hosts, then set out on one of the charming eco cultural tours designed and guided by your host. You'll get the chance of interacting enroute with local communities/artisans, could receive an ultra crash course in Indian culture or Hindi per courtesy your host cum tour leader, witness a temple ritual, find yourself in the thick of a local fair or festival, catch a folk performance, have the possibility of supporting the local environment and culture, as well as some of the communities, livelihoods and dying traditions associated with each theme-based itinerary. Return late evening, filled to the brim with happiness and well-being. Shower. Watch TV or chat with your hosts. Enjoy authentic regional cuisine, leisurely. Have a cup of herbal tea. Then get into bed eagerly looking forward to leaping out of it the next morning for another adventurous, memorable, responsible, healthy and experiential day!

T.V. cum Chat Room

Age range, type of group

Primarily for women of all age groups, and couples (middle-aged and seniors)who are place-friendly, people-friendly, culture-friendly, and hanker for something out of the ordinary to rejuvenate them. Small groups of travelers (any age group) can also be accommodated.

The Leap

Sleeping and meals

The tours and activities use, as their base, a delightfully clean, green and tastefully-furnished homestay run by friendly, well-traveled and knowledgeable Indian hosts. It is conveniently sandwiched between New Delhi and Gurgaon, in a leafy, green zone, only about a 20 minute drive from New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, about a half-hour drive from Qutab Minar (tallest brick minaret in the world).
Furnished in rustic, ethnic colours, the homestay serves organic, vegetarian Indian meals and a variety of herbal teas, has a small garden that is home to birds, squirrels, butterflies, plants and trees, a big terrace (where one can fall asleep under the stars and awaken to the natural sounds of nature), rooms to let and modern amenities.
You have the option of sleeping on the wide terrace (great for small groups of travelers), which has a room with bath cum toilet. You also have the option of comfortable, spacious rooms, tastefully furnished in earthy colours, and with attached bath and all modern amenities including a desert cooler. The homestay is impeccably clean.

The Oh Zone

Policies & Restrictions

No smoking, no littering, no noise, no pets, no wastage of electricity or water. Curfew between 10.30 p.m. and 6.30 a.m. (exceptions made for night flights).

The Patio

Other Information

The ‘Local’ responsible for conceptualizing and implementing the above activities and tours is a former Information Officer at Government of India Tourist Office Paris, and academic, published travel writer cum photographer, graduate in History (Honours), very widely-traveled etc. Fluent in English and French, she speaks Hindi and Punjabi, too. While practising responsible tourism and sound ecotour principles, she also supports the belief that there’s nothing like experiential tourism and local travel to give tourists life-changing experiences, help preserve local cultures and livelihoods, and promote harmony amongst people of different nations and classes.

The Neem
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USD $49.50 per night
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