About Castle Bijaipur
Standing high on a plateau of the great Vindhychal ranges is the 16th century Castle Bijaipur. Having been occupied by kings and queens for centuries, the present Maharaja (a great lover of yoga) has opened the doors of his exquisite castle to the public. The hospitality is so wonderful you are made to feel like a Maharaj yourself from the moment you arrive. Surrounded by villages and breathtaking views of the valley, this really is a very special place.
The daily programme
You will spend eight nights at the Castle and two nights in luxurious tents. The Castle rooms are all clean, well maintained and have both the luxury of modern comforts and the elegance of the past. You will camp (in style) by the lotus lake, amidst the stillness and beauty of the Rajasthan countryside.
There will be two yoga classes each day on the shaded roof terrace of the Castle with stunning views. Each day will begin with a two hour morning yoga class. A strong and dynamic flowing asana practice gently opening the body and attuning the mind to the breath. The afternoon class will be more restorative and often include pranayama, meditation or yoga nidra. There will be one yoga free day and the classes will be suitable for all levels and yoga experience.
You may also spend a little time during the holiday, whilst staying by the lake, exploring the beauty of silence.
Things to do
Castle Bijaipur offers an action-packed holiday or a lazy pool-side holiday - the choice is yours.
There are jeep safaris to experience nearby wildlife and bird-life, treks to surrounding villages, temples and wonderful Marwari horses. You can explore the countryside on day trips to Chittorgarh Fort and the stunning city of Udaipur and there are opportunities for cooking lessons and bicycle rides.
There is no shortage of things to do in and around the Castle; even just a stroll into the surrounding village is a feast for the mind, body and soul...talking of which, massages and other treatments are also available at an extra cost.
The hotel itself has a wonderful swimming pool, beautiful gardens to sit in and delicious food.
The rooms are all clean, well maintained and have both modern comforts and the elegance of the past. You can share a room or have single accommodation.
A little note to express what an absolute amazing experience I have just had in Rajasthan and to thank YOAS for the opportunity to practice yoga in such a rich and vibrant location. The castle itself was fantastic, the accommodation, the food and the practice space all surpassed my expectations. However the highlight of the retreat was the yoga. Rebecca smashed it! She taught a mixed ability group with such clarity and grace, keeping it interesting with the right balance between effort and ease. My practice has moved on another level. Thanks again, next time YOAS will be my first port of call.Pauline
Rebecca is an excellent teacher, a great balance of power and encouragement to try harder with a spirit of play and no sense of competition. I would definitely return to one of her retreats. Castle Bijaipur is extraordinary; a living 'Best Marigold Hotel'. I’d go back in a heartbeat! The food was very good too and the in-house shop was a jumble of delights.Helen
We had a beautiful 10 days at Castle Bijaipur, with many exciting outings and memorable yoga. The participants are simply wonderful people, and our dear Rebecca a lovely leader. Many thanks to the staff at the Castle and everyone at YOAS.Lucia
It was the most wonderful retreat. Amazing yoga in a stunning environment. We were treated to early morning bird watching through the village, cooking demonstrations in the hotel kitchens, two nights clamping at the lake, surprise drinks and music on the castle roof and so much more! Definitely recommend you book for next year.Sarah
One of the best holidays I've ever had. The yoga was amazing, the setting both at the castle and by the lake were breathtakingly beautiful, we ate delicious food, saw some fascinating sights, made new friends. Thank you YOAS for another great trip.Jennifer
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Ten day yoga retreat in Rajasthan, India, 2 - 12 March 2021
Shared twin or double room - £735
Single occupancy room - £935
All prices are per person
Includes: accommodation at the Castle for eight nights and accommodation in luxury Rajasthan tents for two nights at a nearby lake. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and all yoga classes.
Please note that airport transfers to and from the Castle are not included. The Castle is a 2.5 hour car journey from Udaipur.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on booking and the balance is due 6 weeks before you travel.
You will meet on the first day of the holiday in Udaipur at a suggested meeting place between 2 & 4pm.
Alternatively for afternoon arrivals, arrangements can be made for a pick-up at the airport.
You can fly to Udaipur from Delhi or Mumbai. For those on a tighter budget there are also trains to Udaipur from Mumbai (about 15 hours) and Delhi (about 8 hours) - www.indianrail.gov.in
Udaipur is a wonderful city and it is worth staying an extra night before or after to see the city if you can.
Please be aware that a tourist visa is required for travel to India. This needs to be applied for well in advance of your travel date and we can provide an address for the venue for your application.