Traveling to India with David and Soni is truly a blessing. From the minute we arrived in Delhi any worries or concerns I might have had all were put to rest. They will take care of everything for you, even knowing what to order for food if you are unfamiliar. Their deep connection to this country and the people of India was the greatest pleasure to be a part of.
The itinerary that was planned for us took into careful consideration all of our needs along the way. As we made our journey from Delhi onto Rishikesh they knew exactly when we would be ready for a break and when it was the right time to stop and have lunch. The drivers we had were amazing! I always felt like I was in the best of hands and never experienced and safety concerns what so ever. Their knowledge of India and the Hindu culture is un-surpassed.
Our time in Rishikesh and living at Parmarth Niketon Ashram was unlike any experience I have ever had. This spiritual playground will awaken you in ways that you have never experienced before. When I first arrived and walked through the gates I thought to myself "what I have I gotten myself into" and soon after I felt like I never wanted to leave. Living on the banks of the Gange River brought a sense of calmness and healing for me. We were immersed into the traditions and rituals and lifestyles - I truly was experiencing a spiritual awakening, I was forever changed.David and Soni's friends and families we met along the trip made my experience even extra special. You are in the best hands with these two very special souls in one of the most incredible countries.
Debbi L., March 2014
David and Soni Anderson are unbelievably amazing retreat leaders. I recently went on their trip to Rishikesh and cannot believe how wonderful it was. David and Soni are the last of the real world authentic yogis and their pilgrimage to the yoga capital of the world was just that; A pilgrimage they took with their guests. We shared an amazing journey of discovery, both of the self and of India and its people. They were able to answer every question and teach us so much about the people, the country and their traditions.
The took care of every detail. There was never a worry or care about the logistics. David scheduled a call with me prior to the trip to talk about all the details. He aided with obtaining the visa and making travel arrangements. Once we arrived in India we were picked up and escorted flawlessly to our hotels, to the Taj Mahal, to Rishikesh and to all our day journeys. It went off without even a small hitch. I especially appreciated their flexibility and focus on making our trip wonderful. I would never would have taken such a journey by myself, and I certainly chose the right guides/friends to travel with.
Our group became best of friends and now share a lifetime bond. Our guides and teachers, David and Soni will never know how much we appreciated them! Namaste’ and deep gratitude!
Testimonial – Rain O’Dwyer- RYT 500, Owner Shanti School of Yoga
It’s hard to call it a vacation.
Thanks to David (Yoga Travel Alliance), from Old Delhi to Rishikesh, our experience in this complicated land of a multitude of cultures, was a seamless adventure; an experience in immersion, both memorable and life changing.
Riding in a bicycle rickshaw , we penetrated the streets of Old Delhi – dusty, dirty, noisy, crowded, colorful, aromatic, bustling, and full of energy. We visited a Sikh temple and later, a Jain temple. We had tea with and bought spices from a world-renowned spice vendor. We watched, over lunch, as cooks formed naan from balls of dough and flattened them on the inside of a tandoori oven. And later, we passed brilliant displays of bridal clothing, and countless storefronts loaded with carpets, shawls, shoes, jewelry, and so much more.
Rishikesh presented another quieter and more peaceful side to life in India. It is regarded as both spiritual and holy, the home of yoga and well-known ashrams such as Parmarth Niketon. From the personal kindness and excellent service of the family that owns the hotel we stayed at to the haunting grandeur of the Ganga Aarti held every evening on the ghats of the Ganges, we felt welcome, safe, at home. Here Panchakarma was our focus and we weren’t disappointed, though we also managed to visit the foothills of the Himalayas and the headwaters of the Ganges, take a river-rafting trip, visit neighboring towns for shopping and even hike to the old Beatles ashram, today taken over by the jungle.
My husband and I have traveled with well-known travel agencies to Europe, South America, Australia, even Antarctica, but never before have we left for home after only 2 weeks feeling as though we were leaving friends behind.We’ll go again.
Susan and Jerome, March 2015
India is an amazing place.
It shows you both the good and the bad of an emerging country.
The bad hits you right away,with the poverty, dirt ,lack of hygiene, and crowds, not to mention the worst drivers in the world.
Then come the good. The people are incredible, they all seem to want to please you.
The Beauty is beyond beautiful in the mountains and countryside.
Speaking of the mountains, I went on the trekking part of the trip.
Had I actually known what it was really like to hike up mountain switchbacks and across streams and over boulders I may have thought twice.
But having done it I would have never wanted to miss it.
The trip and the people that were with me were fantastic.
It ranks as one of my all-time favorite adventures.
Jim Allegretti, Happy traveler