Journey Into The Lost Arts


Hidden trails ~ Hidden routes


FEB 25TH – MARCH 7TH – 2024

“Still round the corner there may wait a new road or a secret gate. And though I often have passed them by, a day will come at last when I shall take the hidden paths that run west of the moon, east of the sun.“ ~J.R.R. Tolkien

Are you ready to walk in the footsteps of Kings and Queens? To be transported into the Royal dynasties, palaces and forts? Exploring and uncovering hidden gems at every turn?


Join Anita Sundaram and Joan Ngo for 12 royal days.

A Journey into the Lost Arts – Jaipur Edition, India.

Welcome to Jaipur, Rajasthan!

A city that is home to royal majestic forts, spectacular palaces, temples and bustling colorful markets. The opulence and the extravagant lifestyle of this princely state is like no other. Each day is curated and themed to give you a taste and flavor into an incredible rich tapestry of Rajasthani art, history & culture.

Our journey into this sacred, sublime time of the monarchs begins in Jaipur (The Pink City). Wandering the City Palace, where part of this magnificent palace still lives the king! Wait till your eyes feast on the Peacock Gates intricate details.

Meandering to the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) an architectural gem, showcases the grandeur of Rajput legacy. Wait till your eyes take in a breathtaking site, the majestic Amber Palace! It will take your breath away. An opulent, rich glimpse into lives of the Rajput rulers.

Jaipur to Bagru

From Jaipur we make our way to the village of Bagru, an intriguing community that has preserved their laborious craft for over 350 years. Jaipur’s rich heritage is home to the famous woodblock printing. A cherished art form passed down through generations of skilled artisans. You will experience first-hand the secrets of natural plant dyes, and printing techniques. This ancient tradition is being kept alive by a lineage of families in the villages of Bagru. We will spend a day with one of the families, learning the intricate art of carving, dyeing, washing, weaving and printing to create a single piece of hand block printed textile. We will have a traditional lunch, sip on chai and you will print your own product as a remembrance of this soul enriching day.

Bagru to Pushkar

From Bagru we venture to Pushkar. Known as the rose garden of Rajasthan. The essence of the Pushkar Rose is famous worldwide. We will have a sensorial walk through one of these botanical gardens. Pushkar is a pilgrimage town, peppered with ancient temples and is known for its sacred vortexes of energy including the Brahma temple, the only temple in India honoring the Lord of Creation. So the story goes, Pushkar was created when Brahma (the creator of the universe) triumphed over a demon using only a lotus flower. After the battle, the lotus flower fell to the ground, creating Pushkar Lake. To this day, Pushkar remains an important Hindu pilgrimage spot. No pilgrimage is complete without a blessed dip in the Holy Pushkar Lake. It is an ancient pilgrimage site for many people seeking to reignite, and recognize the very nature of one “Self”.

In Pushkar you will also experience a once in a lifetime private candle-lit Folk Rajasthani concert in an ancient Vishnu Temple featuring the Langa desert musicians, and a breathtaking Sunset Camel Safari.

Pushkar to Shekhawati

Giving gratitude to the holy city of Pushkar we will make our way to Shekhawati. A hidden architectural marvel tucked away in the vast desert landscapes of Rajasthan. Known as the world’s largest open air art gallery, built around the 18th century. Situated along the famous Silk Road where trade and commerce flourished wildly. Once home to the world’s wealthiest merchants and the “old world billionaires,” they call this secret place the “Hamptons of Rajasthan.” Massively affluent businessmen commissioned the region’s most gifted artisans to construct ornate palatial havelis (mansions) as lavish displays of their wealth. The walls, ceilings, wherever the eye can see is covered in extraordinarily intricate frescos (paintings) that tell the stories of grandeur among the old merchant class. We will have the luxury of staying overnight in one of these grand havelis. A day will be spent exploring the lost art of these havelis, bangle making and much more.

Do you feel Royal enough yet?!

Our journey will not be complete without an Ayurveda Immersion.

Returning to Jaipur we will visit an authentic Ayurvedic Clinic and Research Center to experience, Sundari – A Day of Beauty.

You will have the option of receiving a consultation, treatments and partake in a sacred beauty workshop.

Nahargarh Fort

Finally, an unforgettable sunset experience at the hunting residence of the kings, Nahargarh Fort (abode of the tigers- Don’t worry there are no tigers anymore). An incredible fort overlooking the city of Jaipur, constructed as a place of retreat from attack. The most beautiful and enthralling aspect are the suites for the Queens of Jaipur. Each room linked by secret corridors, still depicted with frescos (paintings).

Have you taken a breath yet?

Your journey will also be woven with ancient temple visits, vibrant bazaar excursions, sipping the best chai, meeting with a henna lady, tuk tuk adventures, Rasa and beauty discourses, gem shopping and much more!


And of course being in India, we make space for magic to happen.

Journey Into
The Lost Arts

This 12-day journey into the Lost Arts will leave an imprint on your Soul. This very special gathering is a Ritual of community, a Journey of Rememberance. It is the language of the Heart.

Embark with us, get your passport ready and prepare to be captivated by Rajasthan’s splendor, artistic heritage, sacred beauty, and the richness of the land and its people.
Come and share a cup of chai with us!

We look forward to sharing this Royal Encounter with you!

Blessings and much love,

Anita & Joan

Your 12 Days Include:

  • Accommodations in heritage havelis in Jaipur, Pushkar and Shekhawati.
  • Luxury swimming pools in Jaipur & Shekhawati.
  • Daily breakfast & dinner (Two lunchs included on a designated day)
  • Private shuttle to various historical sites in Jaipur, Pushkar and Shekhawati except for excursions on your own via tuk tuk or taxi
  • English-speaking Guides in Jaipur, Pushkar and Shekhawati
  • Welcome Ayurvedic Dinacharya Kit ($40 value)
  • Exclusive Passport to Rajasthan Digital Guidebook ($85 value)
  • Private one day visit to a 12th generation block-printing family with tours of old block-carving, dye & printing workshops. Plus create your very own blockprint product!
  • Legendary museum visit showcasing a treasure trove of ancient
  • Rajasthani jewelry craftsmanship through the ages
  • Visit an old world perfume Attar distillery and Flower tour
  • Private candle-lit Folk Rajasthani concert in an ancient Vishnu Temple
  • Sunset Camel Safari
  • Private two day tour of the hidden frescoed havelis of Shekhawati, the world’s largest open air art gallery. Plus visits to various heritage craft makers in surrounding villages in the Thar Desert
  • Dharma discourses on Ayurvedic beauty, adornment, aesthetics and entrepreneurship


Elegant boutique heritage hotels that were once palaces and mansions to affluent families. Restored haveli style architecture, traditionally crafted furniture and a regal old world charm. Featuring spacious luxury pools at the havelis in Jaipur & Shekhawati.


Early Bird Investment:

$3100 per guest / double sharing room
Sign up between August 30th – September 30th 2023 for this early bird rate. A $1000 deposit will hold your space.

Standard Investment :

$3300 per guest / double sharing room

A deposit of $1000 will hold your space. Full payment due by December 15th, 2023.

*Single Occupany- is possible at an additional rate. Please ask Joan & Anita for rates and availability.

Non-refundable Deposit: $1000 due as soon as possible to reserve your space.

Full Payment Due: No later than December 15th, 2023.

Cost does NOT include:

    • Roundtrip Airfare to India
    • Passports, Visa & Travel Health Insurance (required)
    • Airport transport to hotel in Jaipur
    • Entry fees to museums, monuments, forts, temples & heritage havelis
    • All lunches (except for two days)
    • Ayurvedic workshops / Individual consultations / treatments & any take home medicines
    • Camera fees
    • Drinks & alcoholic beverages
    • Tips & Gratuities ( bell hops, taxidrivers, tuk tuk drivers, private shuttle driver, hotel services, housekeeping )
    • Laundry Services, Telephone calls
    • Extra excursions or activities
    • Any loss resulting from unforseen circumstances such as flight delays/cancellations
    • Overweight baggage charges
    • Extra hotel days or travel expenses before or after our retreat dates

Payment Options:

Venmo payment – @AnitaSundaram
Paypal available upon request, however additional fees will be added to your final remaining balance.

Reserve Your Space ~ We are taking a small intimate group.

Tour Itinerary will include time for rest, shopping, Ayurvedic consultations, treatments & personal exploration.

Please note: India takes 2 days to arrive.

Disclaimer: Just note that this itinerary is a flow. Places, timing, events are subject to change. As we know, India can bring unexpected, hidden blessings. The importance of this pilgrimage is to honor the art of surrender.

Terms and Conditions

Please read our terms and conditions page, which includes our cancellation policy.