One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Varanasi is a sight to behold. Our days will be spent in and around the holy Ganges river witnessing everyday life unchanged for millennia, as well as the pilgrims who travel from all over India to visit one of the most important cities in all of Hinduism. Our comfortable hotel is the perfect base to explore one of the most truly remarkable cities on the planet. A journey here is experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold your space. Final Balance Policy: Final payment must be received by ... November 15, 2017 in order to be eligible for the early bird pricing and all payments are non-refundable. Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation your entire payment will be refunded less the $500 deposit if the cancellation is made before November 15, 2017. Payments are non-refundable after this date. Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. There are many travel insurance companies to choose from but Travelex and World Nomads are two reputable organizations for worldwide travel coverage.expand
This segment of the trip is for an in depth journey to Varansi, only.
For this segment of the trip we will be booking your domestic internal airfare from Delhi to Varanasi. There are no international group airfares, as we will have people joining us from all over the US, with some arriving early, some arriving late, some using miles, etc. We are happy to provide guidance and review any itineraries you find. Please contact us before purchasing flights, and as always, travel insurance is strongly recommended.
Yes! The India visa process can often be a confusing and lengthy process, which is why we strongly suggest using a visa-processing service such as Travel Visa Pro, which can assist you in getting your visa in a fraction of the time for a nominal fee. If you prefer to do it on your own, you have a few options, listed in the travel planner which we will provide you when you register.
We get hundreds of travelers each year who go on retreat alone. If you are traveling without a friend or partner, but prefer to share your room, we will do our best to match you with another traveler of the same gender. If for some reason, we are not able to match you with a roommate, 50% of the single supplement will be applied to your final invoice.
If you prefer to have your own private room, a single supplement of $1300 will apply.
Attendance varies from trip to trip, but 12-25 attendees is a general average.
November to March is the ideal time to visit India in terms of weather. In the north it can get quite cool (50-60s) with the weather starting to warm up in February and March (70-80s). In the south the temperature averages between 80-90 F with only occasional rain.
No, yoga programming is not indluded in this extension and Annie will not be traveling on this portion of the trip. We have expert and local guides who will be accomanying and leading the group. They have been part of our team on the ground in India for over 10 years and have a wealth of knowlege and experience, which is sure to make this cultural extension extrememly memorable.
We will into and out of Delhi (airport code: DEL). Your round trip tickets to Varanasi will be purchased on your behalf.
Yes, private airport transfers are included in the price of your trip. Whenever you arrive, day or night, you will be met by a private driver and transported to the group hotel. Note: if you arrive early and decide to stay at an alternate location other than our group hotel, you will be responsible for coordinating and paying for your own transportation directly with the hotel where you will be staying.
There are no required vaccinations for travel to India. However, there are some recommended (suggested) vaccinations given by the CDC. To see the complete list of what is recommended, please visit the CDC Website and consult with your primary care physician to make a decision on what is best for you.
We will be staying at a well-known 4 star hotel chosen for it's location and quality of service in Varanasi. We’ve used them all for groups in the past. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on where you will be staying for your specific itinerary.
No, gratuities are not included in the total trip price. Tips are an essential part of the economy in India and are greatly appreciated. We suggest $10-$20/day total per person per day for housekeeping and restaurant staff as well as your local guides, drivers and principal guide who will be with you for the entire duration of the trip.