About Castle Bijaipur
Standing high on a plateau of the great Vindhychal range 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.
With turrets and terraces and surrounded by villages, wildlife and breathtaking views of the valley, this really is a very special place.
There will be two yoga classes each day on the shaded roof terrace of the Castle.
Each morning will begin with meditation and a flowing asana class to gently open the body and attune the mind to the breath. The afternoon class will be more restorative and often include pranayama, meditation or yoga nidra.
One day will be spent at Pangarh Lake, amidst the stillness and beauty of the Rajasthan countryside. Evening practice and dinner will be taken in a shaded spot beside the lotus lake.
There will be one yoga free day, no yoga on travel days and the classes will be suitable for all levels and experience.
Things to do
Castle Bijaipur offers an opportunity for adventure or complete relaxation - 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 the Chittorgarh Fort and the stunning city of Udaipur and there are opportunities for cookery 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.
For those who want to take things at a slower pace, days can be spent by the pool or in the beautiful gardens or taking a massage with a local therapist.
Accommodation & food
The Castle rooms are comfortable, clean and charming, offering both the luxury of modern comforts and the elegance of the past. All have en-suite bathrooms. Suites are also available if you would like more space and luxury.
Delicious traditional Indian meals will be served with many ingredients sourced from the Castle gardens and the local village. One evening the group will have dinner at Pangarh Lake.
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
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
What a beautifully memorable experience at the Rajasthan yoga retreat 2023! Led by the wonderfully experienced, patient and friendly yogi Rebecca; the location was stunning; accommodation/ food beyond expectations and other guests couldn't have been better. The right mix of yoga, day trips and own time. For two young professionals who were taking a break between jobs it, was just the recuperation and travel which was required. Thoroughly recommend and bring on the next trip! P.S. get to the village to do a chai crawl and remember your binoculars for a fantastic early morning bird watching amble.Rob
Enchanting yoga retreat in Rajasthan, India, 6 - 16 March 2024
Shared twin or double room - £895
Single occupancy room - £1045
Shared twin or double suite - £945
Single occupancy suite - £1195
All prices are per person
Accommodation at the Castle.
Twice daily yoga classes (with one yoga free day)
Please note that airport transfers to and from the Castle will be arranged but 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.
The group will meet at a suggested meeting place in Udaipur on 6 March between 2 & 4pm to take a group transfer to the Castle.
Arrangements can be made for a pick-up at the airport for those flying in on the afternoon of 6 March.
Most International flights to Udaipur come via Delhi or Mumbai.
Udaipur is a wonderful city and it is worth extending your stay before or after to see the city if you can.
Please be aware that a tourist visa is required for travel to India.