You will need a valid Tourist visa to enter India. To obtain this you will need to contact your local Indian High Commission, fill in the application form, which is usually available to download online, and take it to them or send it in along with the required fee. This can take up to 10 days and your visa is activated from the day you get it rather than upon entry into the country. When stating your purpose on your visa form it is best to say Tourism rather than Yoga.
On your visa application you will be asked to give references in India of where you are staying, you can use the following:
You should aim to arrive at Purple Valley Yoga Retreat ideally between 14.00 and 17.00 on Saturday, there is a greeting meeting at 18.00 where you will be given your schedule for the course, dinner will be served at 18.30 and your first class will be the following morning. Check out time is anytime after the Friday morning class up until 10.00 on the final Saturday.
Airport transfers to Purple Valley can be arranged for the cost £10GBP (approx US$19) each way. If you choose to be picked up from the airport we would like to have your arrival details ideally 4 weeks before the start of the course.
If you are arriving into Goa before the Saturday of the course, we will not be able to accommodate you early at the retreat as we will likely be full from the previous group, nor will we be able to provide extra days at the end of the retreat.
We recommed the following hotels for your extra nights and we can organise airport transfers for these hotels only at the same cost as above.
Hotel Astoria, nearby and inexpensive: www.goaastoria.com
Lotus In, 5K from Purple Valley, moderately priced, pool: www.lotusinngoa.com
Leoney Resort, 7K from Purple Valley, comfortable, near Vagator beach, pool: www.leoneyresort.com
Please make your bookings directly and organise your airport pick up with the hotel. We will then pick you up from any of these hotels on the Saturday to arrive at Purple Valley at 14.00.
To get to Purple Valley Yoga Retreat you will need to fly into Goa Dabolim airport, which serves international charter and domestic flights.
There are many charter flights that fly direct to Dabolim from European cities.
From the UK try Monarch airlines at www.flymonarch.com
The other option is to fly a scheduled airline to a gateway city such as Mumbai (formerly Bombay), New Delhi, or Bangalore and change to a domestic airline for the journey to Goa Dabolim, which is a 1-hour flight from Mumbai and 2.5 hours from New Delhi and Bangalore. Jet Airways fly from Heathrow and have excellent connections to Goa in India.
There are excellent domestic airlines from the gateway cities which you can book online, try the following, making sure you are paying the fare for a non-resident of India or have your travel agent book the flight for you.
Jet Airways: www.jetairways.com
Air Deccan: www.airdeccan.net
Spice Jet: www.spicejet.com
If you are already in Goa and making your own way here by taxi you will need to tell the driver that we are on the small road down from Mapusa at the DMC College, towards Badem. The yoga retreat is on the left hand side between the Rainbow Childrens Home and the Palotti Institute.
As with any holiday travel insurance is always recommended.
It is recommended that you visit your GP, personal physician or a travel health clinic 4 to 8 weeks before your departure to India. Recommended vaccinations often include hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio. Goa is not a high-risk area for malaria and the tablets can be considered controversial, we recommend that you do some research and make your own decision on this.
Most of these items can be purchased locally in Goa and for cheaper than in the West, but you may want to have them with you if you don't want to spend your first couple of days shopping.