Yogatra, Yoga and culture

Yogatra: yoga retreat with cultural exchange

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Namaste from Akvin Tourism, we are committed to offer original products and tours that allows you to discover India in a authentic way. Our tours are always focused on an experience that combines tourist attractions and merging in Indian culture. We created Yogatra to experience peace, explore nature, know about historical things in one trip.

Yogatra: Introduction

The word Yogatra is the contraction of Yoga and Athra which means culture. Our meeting with Manish was the starting point of this adventure.
Manish sees yoga as an art of healing. He is always looking for perfection and he wants to make a yoga session a special moment. His involvement in the search for authentic yoga has given us the desire to create something with him. We have gathered our skills to create this unique yoga retreat in Maharashtra.

A retreat for the body and the mind

We want you to discover Indian culture in depth, that’s why we go in this yoga retreat’s cultural part. It will be on several forms. We will show you historical sites, attend a traditional musical show and see the craft workshops of the region.

The different yoga practiced during the retreat

During this retreat, you will practice several types of yoga:
Hatha yoga:It is the practice of yoga posture (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama) to calm the mind and prepare the body for meditation.
Sivananda yoga: it is a classical form of Hatha Yoga, developed by Swami Vishnu-Devananda. A Sivananda Yoga session begins with Pranayama, heats up with Surya-Namaskar followed by a practice of twelve Asanas (yoga postures).
Restorative Yoga: it is a soft, relaxing and passive form of yoga, which promotes relaxation while holding the Asanas (yoga postures) for a long time, using accessories, including bolsters, blocks, straps and blankets.
Yoga therapy: In yoga therapy session, we focus on healing the body and mind. The teacher combines asana, pranayama, mudra, yoga nidra, chanting of mantra and meditation according to the practitioners’ requirement.

Yogatra discover the real india

The Aurangabad region: an important place for the history and spirituality of India

The state of Maharasthra is in the center of India. It has 3 holy cities and different sacred sites. The Aurangabad region has always been a spiritual center. From the 2nd century BC, Buddhist monks came to the region to build magnificent temples in the rock. The Ajanta site is known for paintings and carvings which has excavated out of the rock. The religious emulation around these caves helped to build 29 caves. These have been richly painted.

Interieur grotte Ajanta

From the 5th century, the site of Ellora was built. Also carved on the rock, this site is exceptional because it has temples of three major Indian religions, Buddhist, Hindu and Jain. This proves the great religious tolerance that prevailed in this part of India. It has the one and only monolithic temple in India.

Grotte nº10 ellora

Tolerance is found in Khultabad. This city, created in the 14th century, was the center of Sufism in India. It is still considered the second most important city in India for Sufism. Sufis shared their knowledge with Hindus and also learned from them. Some tombs of Sufi saints are still respected by both communities today.
There is finally the Lonar lake. This lake was created by the fall of a meteorite on Earth. It is the third largest crater in the world and has a salt lake in its center known for its medicinal properties. From the 6th century, men came to build temples around this lake which is still visible today. You will be experiencing much more than this once you travel with Akvin. Come and join us for Yogatra!

Planning of Yogatra

Heures Day 1 Day 2 Day 3  Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12
06h00-06h30 06h20: Reach Aurangabad, Welcome and transfer to hotel  Herbal tea Herbal tea Herbal tea Herbal tea Herbal tea Herbal tea Herbal tea Herbal tea
06h30-07h30 Yoga Yoga Trekking in montaine Yoga Yoga at Lonar  Lake Yoga Yoga Yoga
7h-8h Departure  Free time Free time Free time Free time Free time Free time Herbal tea Reach
8h-9h Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Yoga
9h-10h Installation on hotel and relax time Ajanta Aurangabad Paithan Khulbabad /Daultabad Ellora Visit NGO and silk factory Breakfast
10h-11h Departure ceremonie
11h-12h 11h30: departur to airport
12h-13h Lunch at hotel
13h-14h Flight to Aurangabad
14h-15h Free time
17h-18h Yoga , relaxation Free time Free time Free time Free time Free time Free time
18h-19h Presentation Yoga Yoga Yoga Yoga Yoga Yoga
19h-20h Diner Diner Diner Diner Diner Diner Diner
20h-20h45 Meditation Meditation Meditation Meditation Meditation Diner Meditation Meditation Meditation
20h45-21h45 Night Night Night Night Night Meditation Night Night Night
21h45-22h00 Night

The organisers of Yogatra:

Althéa Travel:

Althéa voyages is found with the collaboration of Séverine, 20 years of experience in tourism and creator of the Houseboat Althéa and Paola, 28 years in tourism, NLP Practitioner and Individual Coach; both passionate about the culture and the Travels!

They share their knowledge and skills, so the most beautiful trip can come in your way.

It is the travel agency that organizes the trip and will be in charge of reservations.

Akvin tourism:

We will be the receptive agency in India. We organise transportation, accommodation and visits.
Akvin tourism was found from the meeting between Akash and Vincent. The agency has developed around the idea of ​​sustainable tourism. This tourism is bringing an economic activity which preserves the cultures, the environment and the will of development of the premises.
If you want to know more click here.

Next departure:
The next Yogatra retreat will be from December 4 to 15, 2019. There are only 10 places available so it is best to book as soon as possible.

For the 11 days, the price is 1895 euros.

The price includes:

France-Aurangabad return flights
Accommodation in a hotel away from the city
Entrance fees of all visiting monuments
Full buffet with vegetarian and vegan option
Yoga/meditation classes
Guided tours

Price does not include:

Alcoholic drinks

If you want to know more about Yogatra you can contact:
Althea Travel: or

Akvin tourism: or at

Wine tasting and vineyard tour

Wine tasting and vineyard visiting tour

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Wine tour experience

Last week, one of our director went to try the wine tasting and vineyard visiting tour.

This is what he feel about this experience :

“Whatever I saw in there was super exciting. I went to vineyard for the very first time in my life and this experience turned out to be one of the best one. Vineyard people welcomed us warmly which made me feel so comfortable. Usually I used to think vineyard place must be full of manners, etiquettes and all but honestly, staff was so friendly that I blend in such way very easily.

We were enjoying the music with our normal glass of water and their guide proposed us this wine tour. I wasn’t sure as I have never tried it but then I blend in and said yes. We started the tour by going to vineyard to see types of grapes which one need for making different types of wine. Our guide was so knowledgeable; he was telling us each and every fact of grapes like black grape skin is the ingredient to get dark black or pink colour to the wine. If wine colour is so dark that means it has strong alcohol and aged for long time. Port wine is made out of green grapes and the colour they get to it is from the skin of grapes.

Wine tasting and vineyard visiting tour


Trying it for the first time made it so beautiful like when we entered to the wine bar, our guide taught us the manner of tasting the wine. There are some etiquettes before trying it out like you check the impurity of wine by holding glass in a bit tilt way, shacking it a bit to see if those alcohol drops are dropping it down quickly or slowly, sniffing all the ingredients to get the real aroma of wine and then don´t just drink. You have to spread it across in your mouth to get sweet, sour and bitter taste of wine, have to do this for the 5 times for 5 wines. I know it sounds complicated but trust me, it´s an amazing experience.

Wine tasting

Wine tasting

The wine bar atmosphere was so western with full of Hollywood songs which made me feel dance on the floor. Afternoon time, this place is so peaceful that you hear the bird sounds and even wind sounds. They also serve lot of different types of wine, they have bar where you can also buy bottle of wine for your dear ones for 10% discount. Now, the most interesting and lovely part of this vineyard is….. This vineyard is just next to water dam, so to get the real amazing experience of tasting wine is seeing that nature. So, this vineyard offers you that as well. Their wine bar is fully open to get that mesmerising view of dam. Tasting a wine around the water dam, in the middle of nature…What else you need? This was just overwhelming experience.”

View form bar

View from bar

Bar for tasting wine

Bar for tasting wine

Are you interested in this wine tasting and vineyard visiting tour?

Because we loved this experience, we decide to organize this tour. Just for you !

We will go to Nashik as per below mentioned dates:

Group 1: April 7th– 8th

Group 2: April 14th– 15th

“The wine culture is not just about the drinking wine or western culture until unless you think like it”

“We AKVIN will make it more unique and desi”

Delicious Nashik:                                                                                                                               

Travel plan:

Day 1          

We will start the journey at 6AM from Aurangabad bus station by AC mini bus, will hit the road towards Nashik. We will reach our beautiful resort stay by the morning. Take a walk around the resort, get fresh then we will start journey towards Vineyard.

We will start the wine tasting and production house tour by 12:30PM.

Let´s have some fun or dance on the floor by holding a glass of wine. Our guide will teach you the steps of drinking wine in a proper manner.

After finishing this tour, we will proceed back to the resort to have delicious lunch and then rest for some time.

In the evening, we all can have our own liquors or high tea at the resort which is just next to the water dam. Then some Desi games will be played there, which will make everyone feel like a kid 😉

Dinner will start by the 8PM and then back to our rooms.

Day 2 (8th April)

At 7:00AM, we will start going for Yoga/meditation class by the water dam to make ourselves feel fresh. Early morning Yoga exercise is good for health 😉

At 8:30AM, will have breakfast at the resort.

We will start our journey to our pavilion by 10:00AM.


(1 night/ 2 days)

  • Accommodation on double or triple sharing basis in luxurious resort by the water dam.
  • Wine tasting (5 wines) and production house tour
  • All meals (Lunch, high tea, dinner, 2 breakfast)
  • All transportation and toll fees
  • Our Desi games
  • An experienced English/Hindi/Marathi speaking tour guide
  • Lots of memories to take back home!


  • Shopping or any personal expenses
  • Your own liquor at the resort
  • Tips to drivers, guide etc.
  • Any extra meal
  • Anything not mentioned specifically in inclusions

Cost:Rs. 3150 rupees

Last date of booking:
Group 1: 2nd April
Group 2: 10th April

For more information or for booking, you can call 7875377569 or send a mail at