HIMALAYA RETREAT 2023 • IMPORTANT
Visas You are responsible for acquiring a required tourist visa.
NOTE: US Citizens who want only Tourist eVisas GO HERE: eVisas are easier, quicker and less expensive. Good option for one visit of 60 days or less. US Citizens who want 10-year multiple entry tourist visas GO HERE: You begin the process on CKGS Website and then are transferred to the Indian Government Website to fill in the forms and are then sent back to CKGS to submit your application. If you think you will go to India more often, get a 10-year multiple entry Tourist Visa. Citizens of other countries please check with your Indian Embassy or for more information see https://indianvisaonline.gov.in.
Health Concerns: You may be subject to jet lag, varied climatic conditions, taxing train and bus rides, dust and air pollution, very different food, crowds of people, unfamiliar sights and sounds. These all take their toll. On a subtler level, daily yoga practice and darshan in the temples are often powerfully moving experiences and hidden feelings and emotions can be brought to the surface. These can be overwhelming for the first-time visitor to India, but Her incredible hospitality, warm humanity, and abundant spirituality always come through and touch everyone in a deep and mysterious manner. Bring what comforts you in the way of any health needs or medications: anti-diarrhea tablets, mosquito repellent, sun block, basic first-aid items, etc. In case of emergencies, doctors and pharmacies can be found. If you have any medications that you need, you must bring them with you. Bottled water is always available for you to purchase, but please carry a water bottle that you can refill in order to minimize plastic use. Contact us if you have any special health concerns. Here is a good website for travelers with health concerns: www.shoreland.com/
Immunizations and Travel Waiver No immunizations are required but several are recommended by the Atlanta CDC. Please read, sign, and return the travel waiver.
What to Bring Pack lightly and include one small carry-on backpack for daytrips. We will send you a detailed packing list once you sign up. Passport and money must be kept secure in a neck pouch or money belt. Have a copy of the info and visa pages of your passport. Call your bank to tell them that you are traveling in India. There are ATMs everywhere. Carry about $200 US cash.
We will travel in 14-seater A/C mini-vans. Your bags will be marked with a tag. At each location you are responsible to make sure that your bag gets loaded on the van before we depart.