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Mantra India Retreat 2018

  • Tour Destination : Delhi & Rishikesh
  • Tour Dates : Confirmed
  • Arrival Date in India : Sat 16th Feb evening/17th Early morning (depending on your flight)
  • Tour Ends : Thur 1st March, Mid-day
  • Tour Facilitator : Karl Anthony (www.KarlAnthony.com) & Beejel Parmar (www.BeejelParmar.com)
  • Tour Organizer : Yoggi Parmar

MINIMUM NUMBER

A minimum of 15 participants is required at the current price. If numbers are lower than 15 the cost would need to increase slightly. If the trip is cancelled you will receive a full refund of your ground tour package.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pick up from Airport
  • Accommodations (based on double occupancy)
  • All ground transportation
  • Coordination for service presentations in schools and orphanage.
  • Most meals (a few lunches or dinners may be on your own)
  • Water (we provide bottled water)
  • Nightly arti ceremonies on the River Ganga.
  • Transportation to and tour of the Taj Mahal
  • All fees to monuments
  • All performances and concerts with Karl Anthony
  • Spectacular live Bollywood musical at Kingdom of Dreams

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Round trip airfare to Delhi is not included. You are asked to make your own airline reservations into the Delhi International Airport (DEL). If you are able to use frequent flyer miles to pay for your airfare be sure to reserve early.
  • Taxi from Hotel to airport
  • Massage or spa treatment
  • Personal items including gratuities
  • Because of our schedule on just a few days, lunch/dinner will be on your own
  • If you’re out and about, you might have to buy a few bottles if needed
  • India Visa fees
  • Any vaccinations
  • Any medical treatment required or medication you might have to purchase.

PRICING

Early Bird (before 30th Sept) Regular Price (after 1st Oct)
Single Person $4350 $4500
Couples $4150 $4300
Kids $3500 $3500
Private Room Additional $700 Additional $700

DONATIONS

On this trip you will be of Active Service and 10% of our trip cost will directly support the schools and orphanage we visit in India.

PAYMENT

  • Option 1: Direct Deposit into GIFT Trainings Well Fargo Bank account
  • Option 2: Paypal using friends and family option (this is to avoid fees)
  • Option 3: Online Credit Card - 3% additional charge (make merchant credit card payment available online)

FLIGHTS

  • Please DO NOT book your flights until we have a green light on the retreat which we will know by the end of November.
  • It is important to the suggested arrival day. You will need to look for flights to arrive on the suggested arrival day.
  • Many flights arrive late in the evening or early morning, be aware of this when booking flights.
  • Approximately 10 weeks prior to departure we will send you a list of suggested flights that arrive at suitable time for Day 1 of the retreat.

PASSPORT

  • You must have a valid Passport to travel to India.
  • It must be valid, meaning it should not expire from 6 months of the travel date.

VISA


TRAVEL INSURANCE: Highly Recommended AND Mandatory!

You are responsible to secure insurance for your trip and your flight cost. Here are some resources to assist you:


EXCURSIONS

Please be advised that you should bring VERY COMFORTABLE walking shoes. Many of the excursions will give us a chance to do plenty of walking together. Being physically prepared to walk semilong distances is important, for instance the slum schools we visit will not have sidewalks.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Rooms are comfortable and clean. In New Delhi we will be staying near the schools we will visit. In the town of Rishikesh we will be staying at an ashram on the banks of the River Ganga. The ashram rooms are simple and yes they DO have western toilets. The ashram grounds are beautiful and the food is served indian style and plentiful. There are many visitors from all over the world who stay in the ashram which will enrich our experience.

DRESS ATTIRE

Summer casual will be appropriate for the entire tour. Our Farewell Dinner and Bollywood Musical night out is a chance to get a little dressed up if you would like, many people who attend do just that. This evening will be fun so dress up as you like for a nice dinner and broadway style show!

Important Note: Although you can dress casually please keep in mind that you may need a shawl or something with sleeves to enter the holy places, monasteries and ashrams that we will visit. You will not be allowed to enter if you have a sleeveless tshirt or tank top of any kind. Shoulders and knees may need to be covered in some places like temples. For the majority of the trip we recommend comfortable functional clothing. One warm layer. Hiking shoes or trainers or sandals AND flip flops. Sunglasses, mosquito repellent, small first aid kit, sunscreen.

HEALTH & FITNESS

Eating cooked food and drinking purified bottled water keeps everyone healthy. We even use bottled water for brushing our teeth, you should be fine. Shots and vaccines are NOT required but ask your doctor or wellness practitioner for their recommendations. India does have good doctors and hospitals if needed (to date we have not needed to use the service of either.)

To fully enjoy the experience, you should be able to....

  • Walk 2-3KM without any challenges. climb 3 flights stairs.
  • *If you have asthma and/or bad allergies and are sensitive to dust/pollution we do not recommend this trip for you.

VACCINES

Inoculations are NOT required to visit India. However, you should talk to your doctor or medical travel advisor. Malaria pills are a personal preference. The Parmar family, who have been in India for 5 years now, do not take Malaria pills.

HOTEL CONTACT INFORMATION

Your final documentation packet will contain detailed information on the Hotels including the phone and fax numbers.

WEATHER

Expected temperatures range from a low of 65 F (night) to a high of 89 F (day). It is advisable to check the internet for uptodate weather conditions before departure.

CLOTHING

February is the transition from the colder winter months to warmer sprint climate. However, it can be unpredictable so we always advise layers. Usually a waterproof / rainproof outer layer, a fleece or warm outer layer, a warm hat, and two inner layers is more than adequate.


LUGGAGE

  • Pack for 14 days but also pack as light as you can. Leave space in your bags, as you will be coming home with souvenirs, clothing, statues, shawls, beads, etc.
  • Small day pack (backpack / side bag): we recommend you invest in a small backpack or side bag that you keep with you for any essential items like water, water proof jacket, camera.
  • Passport & Money pouch: we recommend you buy a passport and money pouch which you keep on you under your clothing. If your hotel room has a safe, we recommend you use it.

MONEY

We recommend bringing CASH. $750 for light shoppers and $1000 for those who like to shop a little more. The approx break down of funds needed:

  • Tips $100 (recommended)
  • Donation to Ashram $30 (optional)
  • Massage on day 1 $50 (optional)
  • Water $20
  • Food $100
  • Credit cards are not widely accepted at many of the outlets we take you to for shopping.

AGREEMENTS

You must agree to the following to come on the Mantra Retreat:

Health & Wellness

  • Those with respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis should seek medical advice before saying yes to this trip.
  • Since we travel by bus, if you develop a cough you agree to wear a mask to protect other members of the tour.
  • By saying YES to coming on this trip you agree to seek medical attention within 24 hours of developing a fever or any symptoms that negatively affect your health even if you prefer natural remedies. While we support the use of natural remedies, if they have not helped within 24 hours of developing symptoms, you agree to see a medical professional.

Release of Liability

All members who say YES to the Mantra Tour must sign a release of liability form for any health conditions that arise, accident, and death. By saying YES, you hold harmless Karl Anthony, Beejal Parmar, Yogi Parmar, Shivani Parmar, Khushani Parmar and any member of the Mantra Tour team.

Audio Video Release

By saying YES to the Mantra Tour you automatically give permission to Karl Anthony, Beejal Parmar, Yogi Parmar and their businesses to use any photos and videos taken for commercial use. Any other member of the tour does NOT automatically get the right to use your photos or videos for commercial reasons without written consent from you.