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.
It really was the most stunning, tranquil and inspirational place for a yoga holiday...I left India feeling more inspired and energised about yoga than I have ever done. So thank you a million times over for organising the best holiday of my life.Anna
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 first thing that struck me was the great bunch of people I had the pleasure to share my stay with. 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 outstanding teacher, who manages the range of experience and daily challenges of body changes with respect, warmth, understanding and flair. She is always able to offer appropriate alternatives. She’s very comfortable participating in the social parts of the retreat, without having to distance herself to maintain teacher authority. Her authority comes from exemplary and experienced practice.Vicki
Thanks for a really amazing holiday. Stunning venue, fantastic teacher and a really good group of people. Longing to return...Charlie
I had an amazing time, it really was a magical ten days. The Castle is truly amazing with all the beautiful flowers and sweet smelling roses. Whilst in downward dog I was faced with bluest of skies and the rooftops of the Castle. The time spent at the lake was probably my favourite if I really have to choose one, practicing yoga at sunrise as the sun rose over the lake was a very special moment, as were the stars at night as we sat around the log fire. The staff at the Castle were great.
The jungle dinner was wow!! From the darkness we came to a candle lit space adorned with fresh rose petals, a fire burning and dinner served under the stars...amazing. I have recommended you to all my fellow yogis. Thank you for offering this wonderful yoga retreat.Tracey
The yoga retreat was absolutely amazing - the location, the staff, the yoga - I can't praise it enough! The staff were so helpful and friendly, they all have a very special place in my heart. The service was brilliant! Thank you to all them for making our trip so special...I felt very relaxed during and after the yoga sessions - particularly as we had the best view of Bijaipur from the roof top of the Castle! Absolutely stunning - couldn't have asked for a better location. Also, thank you to you and the team of Yoga on a Shoestring for organising such an amazing holiday. I truly enjoyed every minute of it!Sarika
I loved the trip; it is very different to any other yoga holiday in India where the focus is on relaxing and typically keeps the group largely detached from local people and daily life. On this trip there were a high number of included extras and cheaply priced add-ons involving village trips, visits to a local girls school, block-printing in a nearby village. What a pleasure to meet the children and adults and get some insight into how they live, they were so welcoming. For anyone who likes having an adventure whenever they step outside for a short stroll this is great. 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
Ten day yoga retreat in Rajasthan, India, 1 - 11 March 2019
£675 shared twin or double room per person
£895 single room 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.
You will meet on the first day of the holiday in Udaipur at a suggested meeting place between 2 & 4pm. Alternatively arrangements can be made for a pick-up at the airport. Transport to and from the airport is not included in the price.
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
We will give more detailed instructions on how to get to the meeting place in Udaipur when you book.
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.