Travel Tips for Your Journey to India
A Complete Travel Guide for Your Journey to Arhanta Yoga Ashram India
Are you planning to come to the Arhanta Yoga ashram in India to follow your yoga teacher training?
Traveling and organizing your journey to India might appear to be a big step to take, but with accurate information, it is easy. The information below shows you the best way to plan your travel, including the information you need for a visa and how to travel safely.
Plan Your Journey
Traveling to the ashram is very simple. We recommend you fly to New Delhi airport (airport code - DEL).
- Return flights from Europe to Delhi start from Euros 600 onwards (you can compare prices and flights at skyscanner.com or kayak.com).
- From New Delhi you can take a domestic flight to Khajuraho (airport code - HJR). The flight duration is 1hr 20min and usually costs around Euros 50 (www.spicejet.com) for one way.
When you reach the Khajuraho Airport, our team will pick you up and bring you to the ashram. We provide complimentary pickup on the first day of the course.
Please keep in mind that on arrival at Delhi airport, you need to pass immigration, collect baggage, go to the domestic terminal and check in again for your domestic flight. So keep at least 3-4 hours between your arrival and departure at Delhi Airport.
The nearest bus station to the yoga ashram is the Khajuraho bus station. There are daily buses to Khajuraho from all major cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Agra, Jhansi, Gwalior, etc.
When you reach Khajuraho Airport or the train or bus station, you can take a taxi or auto-rickshaw straight to the ashram.
Note: We provide complimentary pickup on the first day of the course and drop-off on the last day for all students.
Yes, we have a recommended travel agent in India. For assistance in booking your flights/trains please contact the office.
Many people, especially those who travel to India for the first time, feel more confident and secure when traveling with a group instead of alone. Our Facebook page is a great way to reach out to people attending the same training as you are. Some people share the entire journey with someone from the same country, similarly many people meet up in New Delhi and travel together from there to Khajuraho. To exchange information, post ideas and requirements or make travel plans together with other future students, visit our Facebook event page.
It really depends, of course, on where you are traveling from. When booking flights for our teachers, we have seen that we spend between 600 and 800 euros for travel and return (for instance, from Amsterdam to Khajuraho and back).
Preparing Your Papers
Visa and Insurance
You will need a visa to travel to India and there are different options. If you come to India for the Teacher Training Course, note that you should travel on a tourist visa. However you can choose from different visas if needed.
India is now considered a low-risk country, therefore travel restrictions in relation to Covid-19 are relaxed.
Most international travelers coming to India need a valid visa.
We recommend you get a 'Tourist E-Visa.'
To get an E-visa, please visit the official website here.
This is the easiest option. The E-visa is valid for 30 days. You can apply for this visa entirely online, avoiding the need to visit the Indian embassy or send in your passport. When applying for a visa, you can state the purpose as 'tourist' if you plan some travel as well or as a 'short yoga course,' which was a recent addition to the list of options.
Important: E-visa must be applied at least four days before arrival date!
Nationalities that are eligible for the E-Visa are:
Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hong Kong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam.
For more information about an E-Visa, visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
Regular tourist visas are usually valid for three or six months, so they are ideal if you plan to stay in India longer. You can mention “traveling,” "sightseeing," "yoga retreat," or "recreation" as the purpose of visiting India in the application form. Please avoid the term “study” in your visa application as that might cause the embassy to reject your regular tourist visa application and ask you to apply for a "Student visa."
For more information about a tourist visa visit: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/
Applying for a 'Student Visa' for short-term yoga courses is not required. Do not apply for a student visa if you are coming to attend our Yoga teacher training.
A student visa is only available for students attending official universities or colleges. We cannot provide you with the documents for a student visa application because yoga ashrams are not considered official colleges in India. If your student visa gets rejected, not only will your visa application get rejected, you might not even be allowed to apply for a tourist visa after that.
An address must be provided on the visa application form. You can use this address:
Arhanta Yatri Niwas
Address: Village Bansarae near Khajuraho, P.O. Ontwa Purva, District Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
Contact person: Mr. Pramod Jain / Contact number: + 91 7011723320
We also recommend keeping this information with you (address and phone number), as sometimes it is asked at passport control upon entering India.
Please carry sufficient documents of medical insurance with coverage in India. Optionally you can also purchase travel insurance if you miss your flight or need to cancel your journey due to medical or personal emergencies.
Yes, traveling to our ashram in India on your own is safe if you plan ahead and follow simple safety precautions.
We always recommend using your common sense while traveling to and from the ashram. Don’t flaunt your wealth, don’t walk- down a dark alley at night, or take off with strangers. Please keep in mind that you are visiting a different country with a different culture and standards, therefore you will need to adjust.
We recommend planning your trip well-prepared, which means keeping important information (address and phone number) with you. We recommend booking an international chain hotel in advance and with airport pick up and drop off provided by the hotel for females traveling alone.
Please check with your physician to see what immunization they advise. The Arhanta Yoga Ashram is not located in a Malaria prone region. In addition, the Arhanta Yoga teacher training’s are held during the winter months which is not the season for malaria mosquitoes.
The course fees include accommodation, food (three meals a day) and herbal tea every night during the entire month. The course fees also cover all tuition and study materials. Costs that aren’t included in the package are the traveling costs. However, we provide complementary group pick-up and drop-off on the first and last day of the course. There is a shop in the ashram where you can buy toiletries, yoga mats, yoga cushions, writing books, pens, toilet paper, etc.