Travel Information for India
We are very much looking forward to journeying with you to beloved India. Below you will find more detailed information about the trip that we hope will aid you in making arrangements.
Room and board are available at our retreat site, The Center for Bhrathiya Dharmic and Cultural Studies (formerly Suddhananda Ashram). Three daily vegetarian meals are included with your lodging as well as chai/coffee in the early morning and mid-afternoon. You are also welcome to stay somewhere in town and commute to the retreat if you prefer. The retreat site is located about 6 km from Ramanashramam which takes about 5-10 minutes by rickshaw or motorbike or up to 20-35 minutes by bicycle.
Lodging - December 29th, 2018 through January 23rd, 2019
Private room or cabin with bath - $700 USD
Shared Cabin for two with bath - $465 USD per person
Hostel/Separate Room with shared bath - $400 USD
Dorm Room with shared bath - $325 USD
You can reserve your room here. If you have any questions, please contact our housing coordinator, Arjuna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visas & Passports
You will need a valid passport and travel visa for India. We highly recommend starting the process towards securing these items sooner rather than later as it can sometimes take more time than expected. If you need any help in applying for your visa or renewing your passport, we recommend the website ItsEasy Passport & Visa to help expedite the process.
Please note: Passport Photos & Photocopies
The management at the retreat site requires all guests to provide a passport-sized photo and a photocopy of both your passport and your India visa. It is best to prepare these items before you travel.
Some members of the sangha will travel together to India from San Francisco on December 27th, 2018 and return on January 23rd, 2019. If you would like to travel with the group or meet up along the journey, you are welcome to book a seat on the same flights:
Thursday, December 27th, 2018
Emirates - flight EK226
San Francisco* (SFO) to Dubai (DXB)
Departs at 3:40 pm (15:40)
Friday, December 28th, 2018
Emirates - flight EK542
Dubai (DXB) to Chennai (MAA)
Departs at 9 pm (21:00)
We will arrive to Chennai very early morning on Saturday, December 29th. A bus will be arranged to pick us up and take us to the Center for Bhrathiya Dharmic and Cultural Studies. The ride is around 4 1/2 to 5 hours with a short stop to use the restroom and purchase snacks along the way. We will arrive likely around mid-morning on December 29th. Bus fare is around $20 USD per person to be arranged upon arrival at the center.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 - late evening
Depart by bus from the retreat site to Chennai airport
Thursday, January 24th, 2019
Emirates - flight EK543
Chennai (MAA) to Dubai (DXB)
Departs at 3:30 am
Thursday, January 24th, 2019
Emirates - flight EK225
Dubai (DXB) to San Francisco* (SFO)
Departs at 8:45 am
*Please arrange your own transportation to and from San Francisco airport.