Come experience the India less travelled

For decades, India has always been a destination that many dream of visiting someday to experience a land of mystic, grandiose, color, culture and deep rooted history. Yes, in many places cows still roam the streets, along with the occasional elephant, camel and sheep. Festivals are celebrated with much pomp and splendor and street food is the best kind of food there it.

But India is so much more than all that we see online. Life really begins to unfold when you take a step back and wander the backroads, away from the bright city lights and big shopping malls.

People are always ready with a smile and welcome you into their hearts and homes with warm cups of chai (tea). Conversations are deep rooted and meaningful beyond the ‘Hello, how are you?’ Smiles are genuine and the interactions with nature, people and animals always leave you feeling innately satisfied and energized.

This is the India that we want to take you to see and experience for yourself!

The Retreat Experience

You will visit the locals, have hands-on cooking demonstrations, help with the local harvest, engage in conversations and folklore, as well as daily yoga and meditation in the mountains. Weather permitting, we will also have an overnight camp at a high alpine meadow with breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

Our team is comprised of visual storytellers, wanderers, a National Geographic trek guide, local chefs, yoga and reiki expert along with a handful of local support staff. Click here to get more info about our team! Click here to get more info about our team!

Come join us for a once-in-a-lifetime travel adventure!

The Retreat Guest Profile

This retreat is a unique, hands-on travel experience to India which is why we are limiting it to 6 guests only. We want to provide our guests an opportunity to really be present in each of the experiences we have custom tailored and find sustenance of every kind—physical, emotional, and creative.

This travel experience is in a comfortable Indian homestay. While much of India is well connected from a technology standpoint, the focus here is not on social media, blogging, or selfies with the locals. Instead, it is a way for you to immerse yourself in the cultural, creative, travel, and culinary experiences this region has to offer.

Our ideal guest is someone who really appreciates whole hearted living and wants to slow down, recharge and experience life exactly as it plays out while exploring like a local and enjoying an authentic cultural experience.

Please Note:

Uttarakhand is at an elevation of 6365ft above sea level. While none of the places we visit are considered high altitude areas, this retreat is best enjoyed by people who are physically fit and lead a relatively active lifestyle.

If you have any questions or concerns before signing up, please review our FAQs or feel free to reach out to karthika@karthikagupta.com OR rao.meeta@gmail.com.

This inaugural retreat is already discounted by 30%-40% so go ahead and say “yes” to this incredible adventure to explore India in a unique and meaningful way.

The Retreat Schedule

Our aim with this intimate retreat is to showcase an India that most don’t see or hear about in the guide books. We want to take you where few visitors go so that you can relax, nourish your creativity, have meaningful experiences with the people and the land to become inspired to have a life well-lived.

There will be a variety of activities for you to experience. To read through a detailed schedule of everything you'll be doing, click here.


The total cost of this retreat is $3800.

It includes all lodging, activities, meals (except alcohol) and transportation during the retreat. It does not include airfare to Dehradun, India. An initial payment of $1000 is needed for registration and a final payment will be due by January 5th. Due to the nature of this workshop, this workshop is nonrefundable. A minimum of 4 guests are required to run the retreat so please do not book your travel until we communicate with you.

We strongly encourage you to have travel insurance to cover the retreat in the event of strikes, natural disasters, health problems, and other unforeseen events. Accommodations are based on double occupancy and guests will be paired with roommates of the same sex.

Retreat Highlights

  • Local Cuisine
  • Storytelling and Folklore
  • Portraiture and Human Element
  • Indian village life

  • Forest Walks
  • Himalayan Trek
  • Cottage Industry Visits

Retreat Details

February 18th to 26th, 2018

Uttarakhand, India

led by Karthika Gupta and Meet Rao

Tickets: $3800



All Meals during stay (excludes alcohol)

Activities and excursions

Travel during the retreat

Nearest Airports:

Dehradhun, India via Delhi or Mumbai

Do you want to
slow down & experience life?

If you do, then this retreat might be perfect for you! To sign up click the button below.