All participants are expected to abide by the basic lifestyle of Integral Yoga such as no smoking or alcohol, no non-veg foods, etc.
In addition, respect for local customs and traditions are required of all members. (Information on customs and traditions will be sent out after we receive your registration.)
In order to ensure a peaceful experience for the group, participants may be asked to leave the tour if they do not abide by the guidelines.
In some ways the tour is rigorous, both physically and mentally, so after receiving your forms we request a brief telephone interview to determine if this is the appropriate tour for you.
Each day is fully packed, but tour members are always welcome to take the option of resting rather than joining an activity.
The tour fees do not include airfare to and from India. We recommend that you book a flight arriving at Chennai (MAA) and departing from New Delhi.
If possible, please arrive early to rest and acclimate for a day or two before the tour begins. Hotel rooms can be reserved for those arriving early; the tour will pay the tariff starting at noon on January 27th. Our tour will end in New Delhi on the evening of February 13th.
If you plan to fly out of India from New Delhi that evening: Please do not book a flight before 11PM. Please do not purchase your flight ticket until we have verified that there are eight persons enrolled.
The tour will end in New Delhi so please make sure to book your departing flight from New Delhi.
Immunizations and Medications
It is an individual choice as to how to prepare for a trip to India, however, we recommend that, as a minimum measure, you get inoculated against hepatitis and typhoid and consider rabies vaccination also.
You can also check with your doctor or local health clinic or traveler’s clinic about what is recommended for travel to India. If any health problems arise after your arrival, the tour leaders will give you as much guidance and assistance as possible, but we won’t be able to make medical decisions on your behalf.
Passport and Visa
Please make sure your passport is current and will not expire before August 2020. An Indian Visa is required also. You can apply for a six month (or ten years if you prefer!) tourist visa through the internet with Cox and Kings Global Services. It will cost around $120 and may take about two weeks to process. The website is not very user-friendly.
You may want to consider this part of your cultural experience!
We will rent private AC buses for the road travel during the tour. There will be three different buses for the different cities, all with drivers who are skilled professionals.
Fees and timeline
The fee is US $2200 for the Sacred India tour, double-room accommodation. This fee includes lodging, domestic air tickets, gratuities, travel by private AC bus, entry tickets for excursions, two meals a day and two complimentary massages.
The tour is a “package deal” in as much as we won’t be in a position to reimburse you for any part of the program you miss.
The tour fees do not cover the costs for the international airfare, charges for your passport, visas, or inoculations. Also the cost of personal services such as laundry, phone calls, tips for drivers or hotel staff, etc., will be your responsibility.
The hotels we have chosen throughout the tour are clean, safe, and equipped with Western-style toilets and air conditioning. The tour fees are based on two persons occupying a twin-bedded room. If you would like a private room, we ask that you reserve it in advance and pay the single room supplement of $350.
Registration forms for the tour are due by October 1st, 2019, along with a deposit of $700. The sooner you get your deposit to us the better, as registrants will be waiting to hear if we have the minimum of eight persons in order to finalize their arrangements. Also, we cap the registration at fifteen persons so there is a space limitation.
The final payment is due by December 15th, 2019. We will be unable to provide refunds after that date.
There are three steps to the registration process. After we receive your registration forms and deposit, Swami Divyananda will phone you for an informal discussion about the tour.
As soon as eight registrations have been confirmed, we will inform you so you can proceed with your travel arrangements, and we’ll send you a second informational packet.
When we have received that form and your second payment, (due on December 15th) your registration process is complete.
Sacred India Tour
January 28th – February 13th, 2020
- Road Travel
- Double room lodging (+200 for single room)
- Domestic air tickets
- Entry tickets for excursions
- Two meals a day
- Two complimentary massages
- Charges for passport
- Personal phone calls
- Tips for drivers or hotel staff
Recommended packing list
Some of our past tour members have managed to pack their needs into a carry-on bag, but most bring a medium-sized suitcase along as well. Daytime temperatures in February are typically 70°F to 90°F in South India and 45°F to 60°F in North India.
Please avoid bringing items that require electricity as the “plug points” (outlets) in India are different from those in the West, and the voltage is 220 rather than 110.
- Hatha/meditation clothes
- Three or four sets of casual wear
- Sun hat
- Sweater or jacket for North India portion
- Swimsuit for beach wear–no bikinis, please
- Small fold-up plastic raincoat
- Shawl for meditations
For shoes, one pair of sandals and one pair of walking shoes is recommended. (On some days we will be constantly taking our shoes on and off.) Be sure to include shoes that are comfortable for long walks.
- Money belt
- Travel alarm clock
- A pint-sized water bottle
- Ear plugs
- Eye mask
- A small flashlight with extra batteries
- Several small & medium zip-lock plastic bags for many varies uses
- Face mark in case of air pollution
- Toothbrush and toothpaste (if your toothpaste tube is full-size, please pack it in your checked baggage)
- Soap box and soap
- Shampoo and cream rinse (again, into checked baggage if full size.)
- Whatever vitamins and supplements you are accustomed to using
- For ladies, feminine hygiene supplies
- Aids for digestive upsets
- Nail clipper and/or small scissor (place in your checked bag, not the carry-on)
- Mosquito repellent – very important! We prefer Buzz Away as it is not toxic
- Kleenex travel packets
- Hand sanitizer
- A towel or inflatable cushion to sit on in the temples – nothing fancy please, as it will get dirty.
- A yoga mat
Those who wear prescription glasses should bring one extra pair. For some travelers, contact lenses are uncomfortable because of dust in the air.
Also please include any other personal items that you use on a regular basis to maintain your health and comfort. Any medications that you depend on should be packed in your carry-on, not checked baggage.
For women, modesty in clothing is important, and sleeveless, form-fitting or transparent clothing is inappropriate. (The tour booklet on cultural guidelines will include some clothing suggestions for women.)
For flights within India, the allowance for check-in bags is 15 kg, with carry-on bags up to 7kg. Overweight charges vary with the airlines but are typically $5 per kilo. 1kg is 2.2lbs.