New Year’s Pilgrimage to India Travel Details

WHEN WILL THE RETREAT BEGIN AND END?

The retreat will begin with dinner on December 28, 2019 and ends with breakfast on January 7, 2020.

WHAT IS THE DEPOSIT & IS IT REFUNDABLE?

The deposit is $1308, and it is non-refundable and cannot be transferred to other trainings. Please read our cancellation policy.

WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY INTO?

Option 1: Fly into Chennai, arriving on December 28; fly out of Madurai, departing on January 7

Option 2: Fly roundtrip into and out of Chennai, and book a one way flight from Madurai to Chennai on January 7
*in this case, plan your Chennai departure late enough to allow for delays on you Madurai to Chennai flight.

HOW LONG IS THE FLIGHT AND WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE AND DEPART?

The length of the flight will depend on your departure city. From the US, it takes over a day of travel. All of India shares a time zone is 10.5 hours ahead of Eastern time and 13.5 hours ahead of Pacific time. Most likely, you will need to depart the US by December 26 to arrive on the 28th.

Plan to land the afternoon of December 28 and depart after 9 am on 7 January.

HOW DO I GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE ACCOMMODATIONS (and back)?

As the training gets closer, you’ll receive a welcome packet which will include a link to provide your travel plans. We’ll use that to work with our travel coordinator in India, in order to schedule ground transportation. Airport transfers are included if you arrive and depart on the days the training begins. If you arrive early or depart later, there may be a nominal fee.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE?

Most rooms will be double occupancy, with the potential to upgrade to singles if rooms remain available. A very limited number of single rooms will be available when enrollment opens.

In the cities, we’ll be staying in 4- and 5-star hotels. On other legs of the journey, we will be staying in the nicest available lodging, ranging from eco resorts to simple, charming villas. There will be one night when those in single occupancy may be placed in double rooms and those in double rooms may be in triples, due to how the rooms at one location are set up.

DO I NEED A VISA?

Yes. You will need to coordinate your visa in advance of travel. India no longer has a Visa on Arrival system. They have replaced it with an e-Visa system, which is available to travelers from many countries. Details can be found on the Indian e-Tourist Visa website. You can submit your e-visa request 120 days before you travel and it must be done at least 4 days before travel. In other words, if you were arriving India on December 28, the earliest you could get an e-visa is August 30 and the latest is December 24. We highly recommend starting the process on August 30 or in September.

HOW DO I EXCHANGE MY MONEY?

You can exchange currency at the airport. In addition, if you have an ATM card that does not charge a fee for currency exchange, you will additional options. Check with your bank to confirm this.

JUST TO BE SURE, WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE TRAINING FEES?

  • Lodging from December 28-January 7
  • All meals during the retreat, starting with dinner on December 28 and ending with breakfast on January 7
  • Airport transfer to and from the Trivandrum airport
  • Fruit and filtered water refills
  • Bus transport throughout the pilgrimage
  • Temple fees

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Airfare to and from your home to India, and within India
  • Early check-in on December 28. Many India flights arrive in the early morning, and you may want to check-in at 2am. We will help make these arrangements. Extra cost estimated at $60-100 (depending on room type).
  • Tips for the drivers and tour guides in India (around $20USD/day, to be shared with the many individuals who make their living supporting our trip; please bring CASH)
  • Purchase of traditional Indian sari or lungi
  • Incidentals
  • Small change for bathroom fees
  • Laundry fees

 

 

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