India has long been known as a magnetic center for spiritual inspiration. If you’re seeking your own transformative experience, we’ll create your journey throughout this complex nation with Micato Safaris, which has been crafting private, bespoke travel to India for more than two decades. We’ll connect you to the country’s most precious sites, always accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, where meaningful encounters await — from exploring worshipped temples to healing retreats and poignant moments spent with locals.
PLACES OF PILGRIMAGE
Discover deeply moving experiences in India’s sacred places of worship where religion converges with art, literature and culture.
North of Udaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, the 1,000-year-old complex at Eklingji on Bagela Lake comprises over 108 individual temples. The main shrine dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva is perhaps most impressive as you pass through imposing silver doors to discover a 50-foot sculpture of the temple’s deity. Also on the lake lies the dual-structured Sas-Bahu Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the revered Hindu god of protection. Here, the legend of Vishnu’s seventh human incarnation is told through intricate depictions of the ancient Sanskrit epic Ramayan, carved into the temple’s walls and columns. Your dedicated guide smoothly transports you in an air-conditioned vehicle to another lakeside retreat, your royal accommodations at The Oberoi Udaivilās on the western shore of Pichola Lake. Plunge into your infinity pool adjacent to your luxury suite followed by a soothing cup of chai as you overlook the pink-hued City Palace and the Aravalli Range.
In New Delhi, India’s capital city, within the bustling colonial center of Connaught Place is the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. The site is one of India’s most prominent places for Sikh worship, dedicated to the world’s fifth-largest religion that originated in the Punjab region in the 15th century. Here, we can arrange for you to go behind the scenes of the temple’s vast kitchen where vats of lentil dal and rice are prepared to feed the tens of thousands of pilgrims who flock here from all over the world. Spend the afternoon as you desire, whether it’s following your guide’s lead bargaining for handicrafts and jewels at Dilli Haat or navigating the narrow lanes of Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk market overflowing with vendors displaying everything from fragrant spices to colorful bolts of cloth.
In the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh is Varanasi, one of Hinduism’s most sacred sites for its position on the banks of the Ganges River. Step aboard a private boat for the rare opportunity to sail these holy waters at dawn as you watch sunrise bathers pay homage to the religion practiced by 900 million followers around the world. Return at dusk for the evening aarti ceremony — be awed as you watch sadhus (holy men) set oil lamps ablaze to honor the goddess of the river, while the sound of canticles led by a Hindu priest rings across the banks.
The enduring connection between mind, body and spirit runs strong in India, creating unlimited opportunities for healing experiences throughout your journey.
The path to wellness awaits at The Oberoi, New Delhi. The hotel’s elegant spa offers a full menu of treatments drawing on ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old practice of natural healing with deep roots in India. Opt for a shirodhara, a therapy in which warm oil is continuously poured from a copper vessel onto your forehead’s third eye, or padabhyanga, a type of reflexology that focuses on the marma (pressure points) of the feet and lower legs. Cap off this perfect treatment with a memorable meal at the hotel’s renowned restaurant, Taipan, where you may be surprised by a celebratory bottle of champagne or a special dessert, courtesy of your hosts. Or follow your guide’s tip to dine in one of New Delhi’s trendiest venues — and, of course, befitting your luxe experience, Micato will pick up the tab.
A few hours south of Delhi, the city of Agra has become inseparable from its identity as the location of the Taj Mahal. The glowing monument appears from a privileged perspective when you partake in a specially arranged sunrise yoga lesson on a hill at The Oberoi Amarvilās.
Let us shape your journey as we work side-by-side with Micato Safaris to create unforgettable moments throughout India. Luxury, customized itineraries include all of your meals, hotels, cars and drivers for a seamless vacation in which your only focus is enjoying these special experiences and insider access every step of the way.
INSPIRATION IN UNEXPECTED PLACES
The Pinto family, founders of Micato Safaris, have deep roots in India and their extensive connections create even more opportunities for life-changing moments.
Soar in a hot air balloon over Jaipur’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Amber Fort and the rugged peaks of the Aravalli Range.
Dine in the private residence of Muzaffar and Meera Ali, the husband and-wife team behind the couture label House of Kotwara, and learn how they’ve transformed the lives of local women by training them in delicate craftsmanship.
Meet with a conservationist in Ranthambhore National Park to learn valuable insight into the famed Bengal tigers that roam this jungled land.
Your transformative journey to India awaits. Learn more here.