Travel to Goa:
It is the requirement of most countries that a passport is valid for at least six months after return date. Yoga Om strongly advises that partici-
pants have adequate travel insurance to include full cover for the duration of your journey. 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.
For Australians the web site is : www.vfs-in-au.net
On your visa application you will be asked to give 2 references in India of where you are staying, you can use the following:
Olaf Starick, Director
Thea Starick, Director
Naika Vado, Verla Canca
Bardez-Goa, 403 510
Arrival, Departures & Transfers
You should aim to arrive at Satsanga Retreat ideally between 14.00 and 17.00 on Saturday, there is a greeting meeting at 18.30 dinner will be
served at 17.00 and your first class will be Monday morning. Check out time 11am on Saturday the 30 October.
Airport transfers are from the Airport to Satsanga Retreat Centre and back.
Please let us know of your arrival and departure times ideally by the 31 August.
If you are arriving into Goa before the Saturday of the course, Satsanga Retreat will be able to accommodate you at 1200 Indian Rupees
(including breakfast) a night. If you decide to stay after the retreat Satsanga Retreat will not be able to accomodate you as they are likely to
be full with retreat booking.
We recommed the following hotels for your extra nights
Hotel Astoria, nearby and inexpensive: www.goaastoria.com
Lotus Inn, moderately priced with pool: www.lotusinngoa.com
Leoney Resort, comfortable, near Vagator beach with pool: www.leoneyresort.com
Please make your bookings directly and organise your airport pick up or drop off directly with the hotel.
To get to Satsanga 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
I found this very good web site; www.bestflights.com.au <http://www.bestflights.com.au> . Just type in to Goa and it will give you flights all
the way through. They even have a 1300 737 410 number that you can call them on.
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 <http://www.jetairways.com/>
Kingfisher: www.flykingfisher.com <http://www.flykingfisher.com/>
Air Deccan: www.airdeccan.net <http://www.airdeccan.net/>
Spice Jet: www.spicejet.com <http://www.spicejet.com/>
Already in Goa?
If you are already in Goa and making your own way here by taxi please call Satsanga Retreat on (0832) 247 2823 to help you with directions.
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. Recom-
mended 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.
What to bring
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.
Yoga mat: Satsanga Retreat do have mats that you can use, however it is always nice to have your own.
Warm yoga clothes: the mornings can sometimes be fresh during practice so its best to have a track suit or something warm
Money: Cash and travellers cheques can be exchanged to rupees, the Indian currency, within a 5 to 10 minute taxi ride from
Satsanga Retreat and there are also some ATMs within a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride. You would want to have some funds on your
arrival, which you can purchase at your airport of departure, however rupees are not to be taken out of India on your return. For
the up to date exchange rate see www.xe.com
Beach towel or sarong: Satsanga Retreat provides room towels, but ask that you do not bring them to the beach. You can purchase
sarongs on your first trip to the beach, which are an excellent alternative to packing a heavy towel.
Driving licence: If you plan on hiring a car or scooter you will need to have your home country driving licence.
Torch / flashlight: Power outages are frequent in India and part of the charm but you might want some help seeing in the dark.
Mosquito repellent: Although an excellent version called Odomos is available widely.
Sunscreen: You will need to take care against the strong sun, especially when arriving from winter.