How do I get to India?
A: Each participant is responsible for getting to India and to Khajuraho, the starting point of the Immersion on their own. Many U.S. and international airlines have flights to Delhi, India. On the east coast of the U.S., direct flights depart from New York (JFK or EWR at Newark, NJ) to Delhi. Other major airports throughout the U.S. offer flights to India. Numerous flight options to Delhi from other countries around the globe are also available. Check with one of the online providers, airlines, or your local travel agent for the flights most convenient for you.
Q: How do I get from Delhi to Khajuraho and back?
A: It is strongly recommended that you fly round-trip Delhi-Khajuraho-Delhi. Schedules and carriers can change seasonally and as the airline industry in India expands, but at this time, Spice Jet offers nonstop flights on Friday and Sunday.
Q: Will someone meet me when I arrive in Delhi?
A: Arrival in Delhi is on your own. Metered taxis are available at the international arrivals area of Indira Gandhi International Airport. One-way fares range from INR 275 to INR 800 depending on the taxi hired and hotel location. Some Delhi hotels may offer transfers at no charge or for a fee; inquire when you make your room reservation.
Q: How do I get from my Delhi hotel to the airport?
A: Taxis are readily available at Delhi hotels or the hotel front desk will be happy to arrange for a taxi to take you to the airport for your flight.
Q: Will someone meet me when I arrive in Khajuraho?
A: An HI Khajuraho representative will meet you at the Khajuraho Airport for transfer to campus on the date the Immersion begins.
Q: Can I visit the town of Khajuraho during my immersion, and how do I get there?
A: You will have an opportunity to visit the town of Khajuraho on the day of the scheduled group town trip. If needed, you may also book a taxi to go into town during scheduled free time. The Institute’s 30- acre campus is 7 miles (11 km) from the world-famous Khajuraho temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main 22-temple complex, Jain temple complex, and temple of 64 Yoginis where Swami Rama first got a glimpse of the Divine Mother, are about a 30 minute taxi ride from our campus. For more information visit mptourism.com. Note: We have found that changing from a hectic daily routine to a quiet, meditative lifestyle takes time. To enhance that process, it is best to have fewer distractions. To help maintain inner focus, it is suggested that a participant remain on campus for the first week of an Immersion. Thereafter, it is helpful to limit off-campus trips for necessities to once per week, or as scheduled for group activities. This gives you the opportunity to participate more fully in the Immersion so you will gain the maximum benefit. We recommend that participants read Living with the Himalayan Masters, At the Eleventh Hour, Touched by Fire, and The Himalayan Masters, A Living Tradition for background on Khajuraho, and to learn more about Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Swami Rama, and the Himalayan Tradition. It is not advisable to be off campus after sunset given the remote location of the HI Khajuraho campus. For your safety when going off campus, those on Immersion are asked to return to campus before dark. This curfew is in effect whether hiking locally or going to town by car.
Q: Do I need a passport or visa?
A: A Passport valid at least 6 months after your return date and India visa are required. It is recommended that there be at least 3 blank pages in the back of your passport. Each individual is responsible for obtaining their passport and visa. Those residing outside of the continental U.S., check with your local Indian consulate for visa requirements in your country of residence.
Q: Where do I apply for my visa?
A: US citizens can apply for an e-visa (recommended over paper visas) through the Government of India website – https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html. Indian e-visas can be obtained for a period of 30 days, 1 year, or 5 years. We strongly recommend reviewing the sample visa form before beginning your application – https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/images/SampleForm.pdf.
Q: What immunizations do I need?
A: At this time, we are requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for all participants.. No other immunizations are required for travel to Delhi and Khajuraho. You’re welcome to check the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization websites for their list of recommended vaccines.
Q: Are there natural ways to enhance my health before going to India?
A: Himalayan Institute Chyawanprash is highly recommended in preparation for your journey to India, and anytime. Described in ancient Ayurvedic texts, Chyawanprash is a synergy of specifically selected herbs and fruits in a nutritive tonic. The principle herb Amla (Amalaki) is one of the world’s most concentrated naturally occurring sources of antioxidant Vitamin C. A spoonful a day of this 2,000 year old formula is a tasty way for people of all ages and constitutions to nourish mind and body, while supporting healthy immune function.
*Begin taking it before your departure to strengthen and build your immune system.
Q: Is the water safe to drink in India?
A: Bottled (mineral) water is recommended when staying in hotels in India. Groundwater wells are the source of our water at our HII campus in Khajuraho. This well water is UV-treated, carbon-filtered and made available for drinking, and for filling your water bottle while on campus.
Q: Can I brush my teeth and do neti with the tap water?
A: The tap water in your room on our HII campus is safe for brushing your teeth. Use sterile bottled water in your Neti Pot everywhere. When in hotels, bottled water is recommended for brushing your teeth and rinsing your toothbrush.