Vilasa Luxury Travel, which specializes in upscale, customizable tours to India, has announced a series for 2017 that takes guests into the “spiritual core” of Indian culture. The experiences will fully immerse guests in the history, religion and traditions of the country.
The experiences are available in a number of the companies fixed itineraries or they can be selected as part of any customized tour. Whether guests elect to do a fixed tour or create their own, they are guaranteed chauffeur driven transportation, an English-speaking guide and luxurious accommodations.
Vilasa’s Experiential Offerings:
One experience allows guests the opportunity to participate in a Langar ceremony at a Sikh Gurdwara – a Sikh temple or place of worship, which loosely translates to “doorway to the Guru". The term Langar refers to vegetarian meals that are funded and prepared by volunteer worshippers at the temple and served to all visitors. When visiting, it is an act of piety for devotees to help in the kitchen, to serve the meals and to partake of the food.
A second experience offered by Vilasa is the opportunity to meet with the head priest at Ranakpur Jain Temples. The temples were built in the 15th century and the complex of shrines is considered to be a testimony to India’s culture and architectural heritage. After guests tour the temples with their English-speaking guide, they will have a chance to meet and talk with the head priest.
A third, equally unique experience, is a candlelit dinner at one of the country’s most famous stepwells. These stepwells are wells or ponds in which the water is reached by going down a set of stairs or steps. Participants are driven by ox-cart through the town at night to a well to have dinner in an enchanting forest setting, lit by hundreds of oil lamps. Guests are treated to four courses of local specialties while being serenaded by soulful, devotional chants.