Travel Tips for Yoga Retreat-FAQS

South India (Kerala) and Dubai - Jan 16th to 29th  2011

North India and Dubai- Oct 2nd to 14th 2011

 

Thank you for your interest in our Yoga Retreats.

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions. We hope that these are useful. If you do not find the answers to any specific questions, please email to restoreyoga@gmail.com or call 646-675-7351

 

1.      Can I join these retreats from anywhere in the world?

Yes, you can join the retreat from anywhere in the world.

 

2. What are the Travel Documents required for entry and exit?

If you are travelling from outside India and Dubai, a valid passport is required to travel to India and Dubai with valid visas for entry. For details on Indian visa, please refer to the website: https://www.indian-visa.com/consular-fees  Please also ensure you have validity of your passport at least till end of 2011 and that you have valid authorization to re-enter US/Canada/London or any other country, where you want to reach back after the retreat.   For Dubai, please visit: http://www.dubaitourism.ae/GettingToDubai/Visa/tabid/83/language/en-US/Default.aspx If you are citizen of one of the 39 countries (including US, Canada, UK), mentioned on the website above, you may not require a tourist visa for Dubai. If you require Visas for Dubai based on your passport, our travel agent will help us procure the visas, with prior arrangement and give us the visa at Dubai airport.

 

3. What is the time difference in India?

 India time is 10 hours ahead of U.S. (North Eastern, NE) time.

4. What type of Clothes shall I bring?

You may want to pack cool and comfortable clothing. Swimming suits and beachwear are not appreciated off the beach in India. When we visit places of worship, generally women are expected to cover their head or wrap a scarf around their neck. It is preferable to have sweater and layered clothing. Nights could be cooler.

 

5. What other things do I need to bring?

 Besides all things that you consider necessary for a 10/14 day trip, kindly bring a light weight Yoga mat, one Yoga block (or two blocks, optional), an eye pillow and a strap. Please also get a medium size re-usable eco-friendly water bottle. A journal to write your reflections would also be a good idea.

 

6. What about money and Credit Cards?

Major international credit cards are widely accepted at all large shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, etc. However consider bringing some cash and /or withdrawing from local ATMs.

7. What are the vaccinations needed to safeguard my health?

 Please consult your PCP for immunizations or vaccinations that are needed when traveling to India. Generally, one pill against Malaria, once a week starting from one week prior to departure, is recommended. Some people prefer to take a daily dose of a pill against Malaria. But your PCP’s advice is the most reliable, depending on your health history.

8. Telephones and Internet:

International direct dial service is widely available throughout India.  Phone cards can be purchased. Some U.S. cell phones will work. Please check your service provider for rates and availability. Internet service is normally available at hotels and many other locations.

 

9. Tipping:

Tips are generally accepted and appreciated by bellhops and housekeeping in hotels, taxi drivers, tour guides, and other people providing service. Tips are not normally included in bar or restaurant bills although a “service charge” might be. Note - The “service charge” rarely goes to the people who provide the service, so tips are always welcome.

 

10. Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is the best way to protect you against any loss. The most useful plan is a comprehensive policy that includes coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, default, trip delay, and medical expenses. If you have a pre-existing condition, make sure you're covered. Please consult your insurance advisor for details.

 

11. Flights: Flight EK204 Emirates at 11.20am, on Jan 15th is recommended for the South India retreat. We recommend booking the flight as a group to avail of the discounts. We will be greeted by our Indian party at the airport. Normally by Jan 1st, sales on tickets are announced for travelling in mid January. (For North India retreat, the flight number will be recommended later). If you want to use your frequent flyer miles, and plan to take another airline/flight, please co-ordinate with us.  We will arrange that someone will greet you at the airport. There will be additional fee for such a service.

 

12. Accommodations: All our High quality hotel accommodations are with double occupancy. Our hotels planned for various places in retreat are as follows:

South India :Cochin (Hampshire Dream) http://www.kerelam.com/hampshire-dream/

Munnar: (Mountain Club) http://www.mountainclub.co.in/

Kumarakom: (Coconut Lagoon) http://www.cghearth.com/coconut_lagoon/index.htm

North India: Delhi  Hotel Hans Plaza: http://www.hanshotels.com/delhi/index.html

Agra: (Howard Park Plaza) http://www.parkplaza.com/agrain

Jaipur: (Naila Bagh Palace- A heritage hotel): http://www.nailabaghpalace.com/

Dubai: (Movenpick): http://www.moevenpick-hotels.com/

Due to any contingency, if the hotels we planned are not available, similar high quality hotel accommodations will be arranged.

 

13. Meals: Most of the meals will be on the set menu. A combination of Vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices will be almost always available. We will be taking many meals around the places that we are going to visit. We will offer the choices from the most delicious of the Indian cuisines, which are best appreciated by the local communities.

 

14. Detailed Revised Itinerary:

A detailed revised itinerary will be sent by December 15th 2010 for South India and by Sept 1st 2011 for North India retreats to those who register. All itineraries are subject to revision, based on the local situations, climate, natural or man-made disaster etc. In case of any contingencies, Dilshad keshwani and her associate’s decisions will be final. Once the payments are made to the hotels, etc (after the last date of signing up the retreat)if due to any contingencies, Dilshad Keshwani cannot attend the retreat, a qualified replacement of teacher will be provided. At all times, safety and harmony of the group will be upheld. We would make the best possible efforts to let this retreat become a life transforming experience.

 

Travel Tips for Yoga Retreat-FAQS

Niagara Falls, Buffalo, U.S –July 18th to 22nd 2011

Thank you for your interest in our Yoga Retreats.

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions. We hope that these are useful. If you do not find the answers to any specific questions, please email to restoreyoga@gmail.com or call 646-675-7351

 

1.      Can I join this retreat from anywhere in the world?

Yes, you can join the retreat from anywhere in the world.

 

2.      What are the Travel Documents required for entry and exit?

If you are travelling from outside U.S, a valid passport is required to travel to U.S. with valid visas for entry. Please also ensure you have validity of your passport at least till end of 2011 and that you have valid authorization to re-enter US/Canada/London or any other country, where you want to reach back after the retreat.  

 

3.      What time does the retreat begin? And what flights do I take?

Once you register, the flight number of the group starting from New York will be intimated to you. If you travel from different place, you are requested to synchronize to an arrival time, as close to the New York group as possible.

 

4.Accommodations: All our High quality hotel accommodations are with double occupancy. Hotel planned for this retreat is Crown Plaza: www.crowneplaza.com/niagarafalls In case of any contingency, similar high quality hotel accommodation will be organized

 

5 Detailed Revised Itinerary:

A detailed revised itinerary will be sent by June 15th 2011 to those who register. All itineraries are subject to revision, based on the local situations, climate, natural or man-made disaster etc. In case of any contingencies, Dilshad keshwani and her associate’s decisions will be final. Once the payments are made to the hotels, etc (after the last date of signing up) if due to any contingencies, Dilshad Keshwani cannot attend the retreat, a qualified replacement of teacher will be provided. At all times, safety and harmony of the group will be upheld. We would make the best possible efforts to let this retreat become a life transforming experience.