Yoga Training & Adventure Details
Dec 17 ~ Jan 07
Arriving at this page assumes you have already seen
Once you decide the Vishwa Yoga Journey / Training is right for you
the next step you will need to quickly take is:
and email them both to:
But before then you will probably want to become clear about the total cost...
Early Bird Specials
Depend Upon How Early You Join
Prices below do not cover flight to India; but do cover transportation within India!
First 3 to join:
If paid between now and July 31st:
Deadline Dec 1st
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Sail away from the safe harbor.
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Double Occupancy Lodging, Training Costs, Transportation within India
but excludes International flight ( i.e. USA, China, Australia, etc. To Goa, India)
If you want a room to your self we can arrange it for an additional $350; but you will have to let us know well in advance as our resort, Bhakti Kutir, is likely to fill up quickly this time of year as it is "high season."
Your Investment Does Not Include Meals;
but you can expect to eat quite well for even less than $5 per meal.
Nevertheless there are many options to pay considerably more or less.
However, if you pay as much as $10 for a meal you are probably going to be getting a pretty wonderful feast!
No Refunds Given After November 1st, Nor After The Journey
(This is because funds are often quickly invested into reservations and other administrative work.)
( Check or Cash Preferred / $35 Additional Charge if paying by Credit Card )
Arrive Goa / Depart Goa
Prices Above Exclude The Cost Of International Flights
As of April 2018 (U.S.) Multi-City Economy Flight Cost
from Ohio, USA
to Goa, India
Were Approximately Between
$1050 - $1350
(This search was on CheapOair.com from Ohio, USA)
(If you fly from Chicago or many other major US cities expect to pay around $300 less!)
Lock In The Current Price By completing the Application and submitting your $500 Non-refundable Deposit. Once we have these the price will no longer rise for you by $100 per month. In other words, you can apply now but pay it off closer to the registration deadline - Dec 1.
Passport and Visa Information
To travel to India you will need a Visa;
and to get a visa you need to have a Passport.
These can take 4 to 6 weeks for U.S Citizens,
sometimes much longer for people coming from other countries.
So if you don't have a passport you will want to get to work on that ASAP.
Trying to figure out the passport and/or visa process through federal services can be confusing and time consuming.
If your country provides some sort of paid support services that can walk you thru the process as well as expedite processing it may be well worth it.
In the United States
I suggest the following company:
India Has A New Visa On Arrival Option for those staying less than 30 days.
Apply online and get approval within 72 hours. Click Here for more details.
The Visa on Arrival should now be referred to as "Online Visa" and it is the type of visa most everyone goes for these days unless they will be staying longer than 30 days or intend to come back to India often.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q) What do you recommend we pack for the trip and how much?
A) If you are particular about your bug spray, then bring it. Also sunblock might save your life. Both can be found in India, but because only foreigners use them it is one of the few things that can actually cost more in India. Clothing should be light and dry easily, but perhaps one light jacket for some occasional cool evenings. I like those headlamp flashlight thingies, but you can probably manage Ok without a flashlight. Charcoal tablets are good for the 45% chance that you will get diarhea. The chances are 35% if you start taking a probiotic like Culturrelle (generic is ok too) or a similar good gut flora supplement about a week before traveling and continue to take it daily throughout the trip. Also, during the trip always eat the curd (yogurt) as an extra precaution. If you are a staunch vegan, but might be willing to have dairy just this one time; let this be that time. However, If you are not willing, you will still be ok; but just raise your percentage points for getting diarhea up to 51%.
Try to get everything into one backpack.
Most anything you need can be bought very cheap (with exception to some of the things mentioned above). I even bought an awesome backpack in India for about $15 (It would've probably cost around $100 in the States). You can even get a decent sandal for less than $3.
I may add more to this list later.
Q) What type of power outlets are in Indian and should i take a battery power pack?
As for power/plug adapters, we usually make a run into a nearby town in Goa on the first or second day to buy plug adapters; which are like $2. so you might want to wait til then because they cost a lot more in the States or other countries. But of course, if you already have one then bring it; but Just make sure it works with Indian outlets. Usually the countries that an adapter works with is listed on the packaging; you can also google it.
As for battery chargers, aka "power packs", some airlines do not allow them if they are big; like 100 watts or more; which is pretty big, so i doubt anyone will have to worry about that; but it did happen one time where one of our guest brought this massive power pack, like the size of a thick tablet, but in the end they let him through with it.
The other thing is it must be brought as a carry on.
At this link: http://blog.ravpower.com/2017/04/flying-planes-power-banks/ ...you can get way too much information about power bank rules on airplanes. However, i have already extracted the 2 key rules from that article here:
"First, power banks, which use lithium-ion batteries, need to be stored in carry-on baggage only. Second, power banks over a certain size cannot be brought onto flights at all. " (100+ watts)
Q) Should i take malaria pills?
A) I cannot answer that for you, but i can tell you that no vaccinations or pills are required for visitors in India, but services such as Passport Health do recommend malaria pills for India. On the other hand, everyone i have known (including myself) that has gotten the pills has stopped taking them after about the 3rd or 4th day. The queezy feeling the pills give just isn't worth it to most people. Nevertheless, if you do opt to not take them you should keep a good mosquito repellent around; esp for the early morning and evenings. You're going to want to do this anyway though!
Q) Do we need to be prepared to do laundry in a sink or wash bag?
A) This is needed now and then. I usually just wash in the sink of wherever we happen to be staying; but now and then i will also pay someone (usually about 20 rupees / .35 cents per item.)
Usually at the end of the trip i am giving away some of the clothes i brought from the US while taking home some cool new Indian threads; that probably only cost me about $2 to $5.
Do we need to get currency before leaving the US? If so, how much should we plan on bringing?
Its not required to get some dollars exchanged before you leave the US. You could do this at pretty much any airport here or there and most places in-between. However, I often wonder if i have been given a fair deal when i have it done at an Indian airport, even though they give me a receipt with a breakdown of the exchange. Nevertheless, i usually get about $75 to $100 changed at whatever airport i happen to have a lengthier layover in on the way to India, or within India.
Don't exchange all of the money you are projecting to spend all at one place. Again, i suggest just $75 to $100 to start. Usually we are able to find a place in Goa that gives a far better exchange rate than any of the airports anywhere. But even then, it would be better to wait till half the trip is over before exchanging more. By then you will have a better idea of how much you would like to have on hand to finish the trip.
Also, you will probably want to buy some keepsakes, such as Shiva nic-nacs, clothing, statues, etc., at some point. But let that major shopping point be at the end of the trip. Until then, buy only what you need. You wont want to be hauling any unnecessaries all over India; no matter how great the deal seems to be on that big plastic music playing Ganesh doll you found. Also, by the end of the trip you will have a better idea about the true cost of said plastic Ganesh treasure.
Q) What have you used in the past to communicate with people in the US? It looks like through Verizon it will be a few hundred dollars. Some people mention using local SIM cards online but I don’t want to over complicate the process when I get there. Thoughts?
A) I usually just find an internet connection and go through Whatsapp or Google Hangouts or Skype (face time); but you can make regular calls that are free thru an internet connection as well; and we will have internet connection on a daily basis and at all hotels. Mostly i just text whoever i need thru whatsapp, but i don't have children or anyone wanting to hear my voice back home.
Q: I wanted to confirm that bringing a suitcase is not recommended and it is, in fact, just a backpack that we should bring to fill with the items we need?
A: A backpack is the most recommended piece of luggage to bring, as we often will have to go from taxi to train to tuk-tuk to the lodge and then do all that in reverse when we leave for the next place. With a suitcase this can get heavy on your arm, and then your other arm... Also there are not many smoothly paved surfaces in India, and so, unless you have some big wagon-type wheels on your suitcase, there will often be times when you cannot roll it without it tipping over. But another small bag is fine too. Fanny packs are not completely out of style among travelers in India either.
Q: If it is just a backpack, do you mean a regular backpack (like a school bag) or a larger hiking/camping backpack?
A: A school backpack will probably be too small, but if you can get it all in there then that would be just awesome! But you probably won't, but then again a big camping style backpack is probably too big as you won't need any room for camping gear. The bag will mainly just hold your clothes, water bottle, snacks, maybe a laptop; and souvenirs. (FYI camera drones ar enot permitted in India). Popular souvenirs are little Shiva or Ganesh statues and "Tapestries" (technically it's just a very pretty bed sheet) of which I have attached pics. Also attached is the 50 liter back pack i use; but the main thing i want you to notice about the backpack are its hip straps. These are important as they put the weight of the bag on your hips instead of your shoulders. Usually there aren't any hip straps on small school type backpacks or the straps are just nylon with no padding; so be sure to get straps for both shoulders and hips that have some padding.
Q: I don't need much but thinking of clothing for three and a half weeks to accommodate yoga, sleeping and getting around in general, I'm trying to figure out how you all normally make that work. Lol. It could be as simple as only packing 2-3 outfits and wearing them over and over, I don't know.
A: It will be 28 days. So I'd say at least 4 outfits (at least one per week) and lots of underwear...lol; funny but true. I usually wear the same pair of shorts about 3 to 4 days, but i usually go thru 2 to 3 T-shirts in a single day, so i bring like a dozen of those; as well as me briefs :). Bottom line (pun fully intended) you don't want sweaty clothes to stay on your skin too long or you run the risk of a rash. (But if you do get one, there is an ointment for that that you can buy there for about $1 and it clears it right up). Most of the places we go have two options: 1) wash your clothes in your bathroom or (2) pay to have someone wash them. This is usually about 20 rupees (.28 cents) per item. (Don't want to give them your underwear? That's fine, coz they don't want it either. They will tell you to keep it.)
Q: Second, temperature/type of clothing. How is the temperature in India/Bali when we will be there and what do students normally wear? Are long pants/long sleeved tops recommended for every day? Anything in particular that we should bring for yoga practice? Would you consider long clothing to be too hot or is a good idea in general with mosquitos/bugs/whatever around? Any particular type of clothing to avoid (anything that might offend the culture)?
A: India should be dry the whole time, but when we get to Bali the rainy season will have just ended and so it may be like Ohio in April; meaning that scattered showers could be a common thing, but this also keeps the temperature in Bali at that time of year at a very pleasant average of 79 degrees. If you burn easy wear very light long sleeves, but usually US clothing isn't light enough. So you might not bother to pack long sleeve shirts and just buy some super light materials in India. As for me, i am continually in a t-shirt and shorts, with a little sunscreen on the back of my neck and shoulders and forehead. FYI: Both Sunscreen and Mosquito repellent are cost about the same, or maybe even higher, in India than in the States. So this is something you might want to bring from home. If you can find a sunscreen that also doubles as a mosquito repellent please buy me some as well.
Buy a shawl once you get there. Yes you can bring one from home as well, but buying there makes for a good practical souvenir and also helps the local markets. A woman showing a little cleavage in the west means little, but for some Indian men this can give them the impression that western women don't mind their advances. But besides the shawl, wear modest clothing in general. You will find that many other westerners that cross our paths do not do this, but just because they do not respect the modest culture we do not need to join them and thus re-enforce those stereotypes.
For yoga classes our space will be private, so you can probably wear whatever you would wear to most any yoga class. However, skin has an interesting frequency. A lot of it can change the vibe of a class. So i ask that no more skin is showing than necessary for a comfy practice. (This mean you too, guys. In other words, keep your shirts on.)
If you are coming from the USA then you will probably need to pick your day of departure as Jan 21st in order to arrive on our training start date of Jan 23rd. (It is not that it takes two days to get there but you are flying into the future, so to speak, as India is almost 12 hours ahead in time.
For your return flight you can choose Feb 19th as your day of departure and may expect to arrive home in the evening on Feb 19th as well as you will be flying back in time, so to speak.
With most online bookings you will need to click on the option that says
After you click on MultiCity choose your arrival city in India as
Goa (Airport Code GOI).
As you hopefully know by now, this trip takes you from India to Bali. Thus you will be returning from Bali not Goa. This is why if you click on Round Trip (instead of Multi-City) there is a chance you will get confused as to how to book it so that you are returning from Bali instead of Goa. So be sure to click on Multi-City*
The international airport nearest to Bali, Indonesia is in a place called Denpasar; thus you need to choose
(Airport Code DPS)
for your return flight.
*Even after you click on Multi-City you may find that in the end it prints out as simply a "Round Trip".
(Apparently for some airlines Multi City means more than 2 cities and for others, it means more than 3.)
Upon Arrival In Goa
Once you arrive in Goa you will need to take a taxi from the airport to our resort,
"Bhakti Kutir" which is at Palolem Beach.
Address: 296, Colomb Palolem, Canacona, Goa 403702,
The driver will know where Palolem is and might also know exactly where Bhakti Kutir is. The cost will be about the equivalent of $20 US / 1280 INR (Indian Rupees)
If you let us know your arrival day and time we can often have a driver waiting for you and you might even be able to share the ride/fare with someone else coming to our journey.
In fact, this is usually the case,
but we cannot guarantee it
because there are so many factors
that can totally skew the most ideal situation
(after all, this is India).
For example, flights could arrive very late, even several hours late, and so the driver we have waiting for you might decide to go eat, or even go home if he lives nearby, etc. If such a thing were to happen you can just call us at the resort and we will arrange the next available taxi; or wait for the original driver to finish his meal or whatever.
Which might be better when you bear in mind that many flights to Goa arrive around 3:00am and so it could take us a while to find and send another of our specified drivers.
It's also a 2 hour drive to the resort.
The good news is, that if such a thing were to happen, Goa is probably the quietest, friendliest, calmest airport in all of India (knock on wood) and i can't remember any of the drivers i have ever had charging me an unfair price,
nor pushing me for a tip.
Currently there are no vaccinations required to enter India. However if you would like to research more about health recommendations for travelers simply search
"passport health services."