A Learning Adventure to India.
Engage this Myth and Story Drenched Trip.
See Inspired Sites.
Embody the Ancient and Exotic.
I love India. I feel as though it loves me.
My adventures within its beautiful cities, country-sides, temples, and waters have always poured forth powerful coincidences, insights, and blessings. About every year or so now, I feel her call me… home.
So, this winter, we go. We. Come with us.
I sent an email to a good friend, who manages the most honest and wonderful tour company and expressed my goal of returning with a beautiful group, hell bent on exploring temples and studying mythology. In this note I sent my dream trip, all of the paces I would want to visit with this group on this trip, fully knowing that based upon availability and the limitations of travel and time, my dream trip might only be partially possible, He made it possible, From New Delhi to the Ganges, to Varanasi, to the Pink City, to the Taj Majal, to the Sacred Shiva Nataraj Temple of Chidumbardum, we will see and experience it… all.
It will be a trip that we will not soon forget. It is guaranteed to be the journey of a lifetime.
If you are interested in seeing some of the sites that MUST be seen in India with me, read on…. View the pictures and videos on our site and ask questions, I can literally talk about India until I am blue in the face!
December 16 - 30, 2018
Dates and Itinerary.
Dec 16 Arrive Delhi - Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel.
Dec 17 Delhi - Full sight-seeing at Delhi. Bollywood Show.
Dec 18 Delhi - Agra - Depart to Agra in the morning on arrival visit Agra fort and Stay Agra.
Dec 19 Agra - Jaipur - Morning visit Taj and later drive to Jaipur En route visit Fatehpur Sikri. Stay Jaipur
Dec 20 Jaipur - Full day sight-seeing Jaipur Amerfort, city palace, janthar manthar and hawa mehal, Stay Jaipur
Dec 21 Jaipur to Varanasi Depart to Jaipur aiport fly to Varanasi and transfer to Hotel Check inn and evening witness Ganga Harti Pooja.
Dec 22 Varanasi Morning enjoy the viewing ghats from the boat and walk through the ghats to the hotel and after breakfast visit Sarnath Buddhist sight and Banaras University.
Dec 23 Varanasi – Chennai Morning drive to the Airport. Tour Chennai.
Dec 24 Chennai - Thiruvannamalai Morning free and afternoon Drive to Thiruvannamalai.
Dec 25 Thiruvannamalai Morning visit Ramana ashram and climb Annamalai hill to visit skandashram and evening visit Arunachleshwara temple.
Dec 26 Thiruvannamalai to Kumbakonam Morning drive to Kumbakonam on arrival check in hotel and evening free stay Kumbakonam
Dec 27 Kumbakonam Morning visit Thiruvalamsuli Ganesha temple and Swamimalai muruga temple and also we can witness the beauty of swamimalai fameus lost wax bronze murthis (statues) being made. Evening visit Adi Kumbeshwara temple.
Dec 28 Kumbakonam - Chidambaram Morning free for yoga and drive to Chidambaram via a beautiful Rural village to experience village life, village school and also village lunch in a local home and later drive to Chidambaram.
Dec 29 Chidambaram Full day visit the Sri Nataraja temple and local temples. Last hosted hotel evening.
Dec 30 Chidambaram Morning visit Kali temple. Drive to Chennai airport, for some. Site seeing for others.
Dec 31 Travel Day
· All Intra-Indian Flights.
· All Domestic Ground Transportation, Our Own Bus
· All Hotel Accommodations
· Breakfast and Lunch, Daily (Dinner on own, approx. $5 per day)
· All Yoga Practices
· Daily Temple or Sunrise Meditations
· Lectures and Discussions About Locations, Sites, and Myths
· A Keepsake Tour Guide / Contemplation Journal, Detailing the Locations, Temples and Sites - MADE SPECIFICALLY for Our Group.
· India Travel Taxes and Temple Tax/Entrance Fees
· Dedicated Tour Guide(s)
· A Fire Ceremony, Chidumbardum - AN INCREDIBLE SIGHT TO BEHOLD!!
Program Does Not Include:
· International Airfare, Flights are Currently Running $1250 - $1500.
· Indian Visa.
· Travel Insurance. Strongly Recommended.
· Spending Money.
· Chai (Which is about $.50!!)
· Alcoholic Beverages.
$3500.00, Early Bird, Paid In-Full.
$3997.00, Payment Plan.
· Attendance is limited. We expect this tour to sell out quickly.
· A $1000 - non-refundable deposit secures your space and allows us to book your travel and accommodations. Deposits in any amount, exceeding the minimum $1000.00 are of course encouraged.
· Payment plans are available. Payments can be made via check, google money, credit card, or Paypal.
· $3997.00 – Less a $1000.00 deposit, balance of $2997.00, paid in 5 equal payments of $600.00 (must be paid in full by November 15, 2018).
Payments can be made via check, google money, credit card or Paypal.
We will help guide your hand as to booking your flights, securing your visa, cultural preparation, packing needs, dressing needs, and so on and so forth.
Our local Boulder / Denver posse plans on traveling in and out of New York City. As it is often fun to meet in the city a day or two prior to hang out together, take in a meal or two, and to enjoy a show, we hope that you join in the fun! Please, let me know if you are interested in this and we can coordinate hotels, meals, show tickets, etc.
· Plan to arrive in Delhi by December 16, 2018.
· Plan to depart Chennai by December 30 or 31 (red eye) 2018 - get a red eye out of Chennai on December 3, 2018. The last hosted hotel night is January 29, 2018. We can spend the day site seeing, eat dinner and travel to the airport after out meal. That is our ‘local’ plan.)
Direct flights are often not possible. My favorite connection is through Brussels, which is the inspired! The airport is the LARGEST chocolate shop in the world! Other interesting connections exist through Moscow, Paris, and London. Connections, of course, affect the price of airfare.
As you are already in Asia, many of our past attendees have extended their holiday and added side trips to Bali, Hong Kong, and Tibet.
Extend your flight information, as soon as you have them booked , in order for us to arrange your ground transportation.
A valid passport and visa are required to travel to India. Please, verify the validity of your passport and secure a visa as soon as you can. The sooner you have it in your possession, the more excited you will be!
“U.S. citizens seeking to enter India solely for tourist purposes, and who plan to stay no longer than 60 days, may apply for an electronic travel authorization at least four days prior to their arrival in lieu of applying for a tourist visa at an Indian embassy or consulate.”
Below is the official site. There are copycat sites out there... you do not need ANYONE to facilitate this process on your behalf. You will work directly with the Indian authorities noted on the below site.
Is India Safe?
Yes. This is a peaceful country.
That being said, we will be visiting some BIG cities and being a tourist in any city, a foreign tourist in addition, requires that you be smart with your person and belongings. We will have dedicated transportation (nothing public), our own security, and will stay in excellent, very comfortable accommodations. Money will be easily exchanged at accessible and easy banks, machines, and with a banker - money exchanger, who will COME TO US at our first hotel.
Various Travel Details for India.
Credit cards are easily accepted. There is often a fee to convert from dollars to local currency, as is common when traveling.
Further, I will be very clear on HOW to dress to avoid unwanted attention and to garner the respect of a scholar, as that is what we are there to be. One of our FIRST stops upon arrival will be to secure great clothes for the adventure. (Remember the scene from National Lampoons European Vacation??... When they all looked hilarious after the shopping trip to the high fashion store??? … yeah, not that!) You will be guided by beloved expert sales people at a favorite store towards whatever you like and whatever price range you would like. This store has Sari, Salawar sets, shoes, scarves, jewelry, shoes, the works!
Sari, are five yards of love that wrap a woman as the goddess. They have been the traditional form dress for Indian women for thousands of years. They have an extraordinary history. Click this link to order a book that will fascinate and inspire you! Sari come every possible color, shade, and pattern are available in cotton, silk, and fabric blends. Their price ranges from $2.00 to… haute couture prices! I am most comfortable in a cotton sari and have never spent more than $20 (it was a hand dye, hand loomed from a boutique manufacturer.) When you purchase a Sari, the onsite tailor will take your measurements, cut an extra yard of fabric off from the top to construct the perfect Dhoti, or mid-riff blouse, worn under your Sari. Saris are worn with a simple slip for underneath that holds the silk or cotton wrap in place with its drawstring waist. These saris cost less than $5.00 each and come in every dream-up-able color. It is not so smooth to have a slip peak out from the bottom of a sari that doesn’t match; chances are you will purchase a few to support your color choices. Along our journey, we will have women come wrap us and teach us how to wear them, slightly differently in the northern areas, versus the southern. It feels amazing to be folded into the culture in this manner…. And! They are surprisingly comfortable!
Salawar Sets, or long-butt-covering-STUNNING tunics over baggy pants that taper at the ankle are worn with a coordinating scarf, are worn as a daily outfit for women. These are super easy to wear, festive, tremendously comfortable, and less time consuming than a Sari. I wear these most days in India. You will often purchase these without sleeves sewn on and the onsite tailor will take your measurements and quickly sew your sleeves onto your garment. These range in price from a couple bucks to very pricey, depending on the fabric, print, embroidery, and bedazzlement. You can also buy pieces separately to mix and match J
Shoes are easy. Your favorite walking sandals or slip-ons will be wonderful. In Jaipur, the shoe capital… I bought UNREAL flats for $2-5 per pair….
Men, you can pretty much wear anything EXCEPT shorts and tank tops. When you go into temples, you will wear a simple wrap, a sarong, and scarf and go in bare chested. This is a sign of devotion and respect.
In the day to day, if you wish to look more culturally matching, long cotton tunics over your pants and scarves around your neck are appreciated.
What NOT to wear. This is HUGE for us. To gain access into what we must gain access to as westerners, we must adopt and appreciate local culture. It is greatly appreciated most everywhere and expected in several places. Think about making the attempt to speak French in France, you will get smiles and assistance rather than forcing them to attempt to understand you in English.
Women: NO tank tops. NO SHORTS. No short skirts. NO JEANS. DEFINITELY leave your Hardtails at home. Under no circumstances should you show your shoulders. Even for our yoga practices, please bring t-shirts that cover your bum. See - packing is a breeze!
Men: NO shorts. No tank tops. Avoid T-shirts with negative or political messaging.
Safe and Delicious! All restaurants are preselected by our tour company.
I know the words ‘delhi belly’ are in the back of your mind. Let’s talk about it! Your safety is of first concern, as is your comfort. The food and water along the trip will be well orchestrated and guided. The restaurants that our guides will arrange will know we are coming and will be well versed in meeting our Western belly needs.
Drinking Chai from local places is fine, as the water is boiled to death! I discourage buying cut produce from street vendors; however, sweets, whole fruit, and so forth should be fine. My friends will be CLEAR to guide us.
Yes, cocktails are available at our hotels and several restaurants. These are generally beers, wines (limited selection), and spirits. Expect to pay stateside prices.
If you catch a bug, which can happen traveling ANYWHERE out of your rhythm, we will address it quickly and easily, as doctors and pharmacies are skilled and plentiful. I take a course of GOOD probiotics prior to leaving and have never had a single issue!
Inspiration and Study!
Our guiding inspiration will be Dawna Markova’s beautiful book, I Will Not Die and Unlived Life. It is an incredible inspiration and something that will be the guiding influence of your keepsake journal and will peek into our temple contemplations, ‘bus lectures’, evening gatherings, writing exercises, and morning meditations. Get your copy as soon as you can. It is a quick read. Prepare to love it!
Upon registration, I will offer a reading list for cultural preparation, historical preparation, and mythological preparation.
Anyone registered for the trip is welcome to attend my Mythic Motion Weekend Immersions, Triadic Heart Immersions, etc., prior to the trip to get you JUICED up on the mythical and mystical wonderment of what will be seen! View the schedule under ‘Teacher Training’ on my website.
A site you may wish to visit to get excited is incredibleindia.org
We will be creative everyday, finding beautiful spaces to practice all levels and restorative asana and mindful meditations.
Every place we will see will just about blow your mind. Each of these sites will be lectured upon and discussed in advance, for maximum enjoyment. You will be present at some of the most sacred ceremonies, sites and temples known to man. Many of the places we will visit do not commonly allow non-Hindus for ceremonies and blessing, or darshan.
Expect to meet some of the most gorgeous beings on the planet, from children to wise elders. You will certainly be spotted as western and have many requests for your photograph. For some reason, we seem as exotic to them as they to us. Prior to the trip, several cultural readings will be extended and webinar discussions opened up to our full gathering.
Across our group. Fully plan on making lifelong friends and some of the deepest bonds you can imagine.
Connections and Planning.
We will set up a Facebook group for pre-post travel connections.
We will have four conference calls, in advance, to answer questions and make introductions. Dates will be in August, September, October and November.
I am happy to extend our travel plans with you, as we book them. Just in case you want to be on the same flights, etc.,
This is truly a sacred place and a pattern of engaging such a gorgeous, rich country.
It will be a trip that you, that we WILL never forget!
It will be supportive and safe (I brought my mom last time!!!)
Please, let me know if you have any questions or needs. Showing you India feels like one of my highest callings and my greatest gifts to give.