My grandmother used to share stories with me about her life in India – one that was very different from my own in the US. I vividly remember her describing the way people spent their final days of life, in the city of Varanasi to ensure their ashes would be laid to rest in the sacred river Ganges. She talked about the Yogi’s meditating and practicing Yoga amid all the chaos and the Ayurvedic lifestyle that kept people healthy. She would always tell me that food should be my medicine and the kitchen my pharmacy. Her stories sparked a desire in me to someday visit India to see Varanasi and experience the lifestyle so focused on wellbeing. Although my dream was realized after my grandmother’s passing, I got to experience the inexplicable beauty of how life and death flow by the Ganges. I also had the privilege of participating in an Ayurvedic Wellness Retreat near Jaipur during the colorful Holi festival for one of the most transformative trips of a lifetime and I wished I could have shared my stories with my grandma – some things you just have to do for yourself!
My trip to India was by far one of the best trips of my life! I had time for self-reflection and returned from this trip feeling aligned to my values and to what matters most. Varanasi was the highlight of my trip, difficult to explain to those who have not lived the experience, but I gained so much from this emotional and peaceful experience. Thank you, Nina, for your meaningful recommendations and thoughtful planning!Mariana, India
Our family trip to Peru was wonderful! I’m so glad we experienced a shaman ceremony, which was so unique and interesting. Our guide at Machu Picchu was great: she was very knowledgeable, and balanced talking time with quiet moments to reflect on the sights before us. Our son and daughter were thrilled that you were able to get 2 tickets for them at the last minute to hike Huayna Picchu while we hiked to the Sun Gate before meeting up at the Citadel. We were thrilled with the vegetarian food options throughout our trip, our favorite being the amazing local restaurant after our fantastic horseback-riding excursion. I can’t recommend enough the water treatment pools at our lovely hotel. Thank you for making me look like the superhero of travel experiences, because I did take the credit for all your excellent planning.Tejal, Peru