2018 Mantra INDIA Trip
Feb 10 - 22
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..SEVA means service in sanskrit. 10% of your trip cost support the schools we visit.
Discover INDIA and be of service to the children in communities we visit. There is nothing like experiencing a culture through the eyes of the people.
This is not a sightseeing trip yet you will see much and be filled with joy as a result. Half the trip is offering our time to meet the people and visit the schools and orphanages which we support each year. And the following week we have the unique blessing of staying at the Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh, the city known as the capital of Yoga.
We have created a musical, magical, mystical adventure in the land from which the Vedas came into this world. Lets explore our deep personal connection through service and global social action.
Who will you be?
As I said this is not a sightseeing tour, yet you will see and be included in so much.
....our focus is not what we see, our focus is....who will we be through this amazing journey?
Your participation on this trip contributes to the schools we visit in the slums and at a special needs school in Delhi. You will actually be part of Karl’s Mantra concert for them.
Also imagine being part of the Mantra concert tour in each city and experience the joy of giving to those who appreciate it the most. This is unlike any trip as it will enrich your life in profound ways through being present to the miracle of human connection and the human condition.
Ever since I created the Mantra Concert experience, I had a vision of both bringing Mantra to India, participating in the traditional Mantra Puja, and offering my music to schools in India. My dear friends, the Parmar Family have made it possible to lay the foundation for a Mantra Tour which is amazing!
This tour/adventure has been created to enrich your life and to connect with the people and culture of India. Sure, we will see many sites but that will only be a fraction of the bliss that awaits you.
You will come away with a better understanding of the profound wisdom, philosophies and scientific teachings of the Vedas and Bhagavad Gita by exploring service.
Who is this experience for?
· Those who want more than just a sightseeing trip.
· Those who want a better understanding of India, its people and culture.
· Those who want to understand the deeper meanings and use of mantras.
· Those who want a life enriching adventure.
· Those who want to participate in a Karl Anthony Music Tour.
· Those who want to see and bring pure joy to children’s faces in India.
(adjustments and changes are always possible because of opportunities and spontaneous invitations. I have found that planning an international trip too tightly like this will keep the real magic from happening. We will be a flexible group and open to the wonder and hospitality of our hosts and possibilities.)
day 1 - Travel day...we arrive late and are greeted by our host the Parmar Family who will direct us to our hotel for a well deserved rest.
day 2 - We begin our day with a late breakfast and orientation. Our focus will be rest, self-care and connecting with each other. Massage, Steam Room, Spa services will be an option for anyone who wants to really settle into the timezone and relax.
day 3 - Visit one of the largest and most incredible hindu temples in the world. Akshardham temple (www. akshardham.com) Visit the beautiful Bahia Lotus Temple and have an opportunity for meditation.
day 4 - SEVA (Service) PROJECT DAY: Our first service project singing for the kids in the Shikha Pathshala-Slums. These schools in the Koral Bhag region. This will be a very special day and it will fill your heart with joy from the reception we receive. On our way back to the Hotel we will stop at the famous public square, India gate.
day 5 - Travel by private coach through many small villages to the holy site of Haridhwar, considered the “Gateway To The Gods” where ritualistic bathing is popular on the banks of the river Ganges. Then on to the mountain town of Rishikesh, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. This is where we will stay and explore the Parmath Ashram (www.parmarth.com). Each evening we have the option of participating in the Arti chanting ceremony at sunset on the Ganga.
day 6 – Walking tour of Rishikesh, shopping and free time to explore Rishikesh town. Evening we will gather for Arti, singing by the Ganges, Satsang …
day 7 – SEVA PROJECT DAY: Explore, get to know Rishikesh, taste the local cuisine and be fully present in India. Even visit the same Ashram the Fab 4 (Beatles) visited in 1968, the amazing abandoned Ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Our Service this day will be sharing and singing with Rishikumars, the Parmarth Niketan school or as I like to say Monks in training. This is a powerful opportunity and will be a memorable connection with these students. A special Agni puja (fire Ceremony) will be performed by the Ganga then followed with Karl Anthony Mantra Kirtan open to the international travelers staying at the Ashram.
day 8 – We then transfer to the Divine Resort Hotel on the other side of Rishikesh and prepare for our service project at the Ramana’s Garden Orphanage. Morning visit to Ganga for a blessing ceremony, washing beads then visiting Rishikesh’s outdoor markets and allow for unique shopping and exploring.
day 9 – SEVA PROJECT DAY: Ramana’s Garden Orphanage visit and performance where we will also be having lunch in their outdoor cafe which helps support the Orphanage. Friends of Ramana’s Garden
day 10 - Depart Rishikesh and travel by private coach back to Delhi through small India villages. Orientation on the Taj Mahal to prepare for our visit.
day 11 - Day excursion to Agra to witness the wonder and majesty of the Taj Mahal. Also included in this day is a tour of the Agra Fort.
day 12 - SEVA PROJECT DAY: Special Needs School Concert for Amar Jyoti - our last service project ends up at an amazing school where you will see first hand how a few people can make a wonderful difference in the lives of thousands of kids. Afternoon we will explore the market for shopping. Evening henna party with Bollywood music and dancing.
day 13 - Get all dressed up for our wind up CELEBRATION Extravaganza and a BOLLYWOOD Musical at Kingdom of Dreams followed by a banquet dinner party.
day 14 - Closing circle and good bye's with more connecting and preparing for our journey home.
Ground Tour Package - $4400.00
Couples: $4150 per person
Single room supplement is an additional $700.00
* $500 Deposit and full payment can be paid with credit-card through Paypal ... www.paypal.com ...it is easy to open a Paypal Account and Paypal has an option to send money without fees.
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*Once we have the minimum amount of people (20) who have sent in their deposits, it will be time to book our international flights. As soon as we reach that magic number you hear from us and we are happy to assist you.
* On this trip you will be of Active Service and 10% of our trip cost will directly support the schools and orphanage we visit in India.
* A minimum of twenty participants is required at the current price. If numbers are lower than twenty the cost would need to increase slightly. If the trip is cancelled you will receive a full refund of your ground tour package.
* For cancelations within 90 days of departure date, the $500 deposit is non-refundable due to securing hotels, ground transportation and administration cost.
What’s included in the Tour Price?
Accommodations (double occupancy)
All ground transportation
Coordination for service presentations in schools and orphanage.
Most meals (a few lunches or a dinner may be on your own)
The Parmar Family (our local tour guides at all locations.)
Nightly Artie ceremonies on the River Ganga.
Transportation to and tour of the Taj Mahal
All performances and concerts with Karl Anthony
Spectacular Bollywood Musical at Kingdom of Dreams
What’s not included in the price?
*Round trip airfare to Delhi is not included. You are asked to make your own airline reservations into the Delhi International Airport (DEL). If you are able to use frequent flyer miles to pay for your airfare be sure to reserve early.
*If you need assistance with your airline reservations we are happy to assist you.
*Personal items including gratuities
*Because of our schedule on just a few days, lunch/dinner will be on your own
*India Visa fees
Hi, from the moment you say to yourself, YES, I am going, this adventure begins. Our host family the Parmars, are excited to meet you and I am eager to introduce you to an amazing, heart warming experience where giving is receiving.
India Registration Form
PS Go ahead and fill out the registration form so we can prepare a seat for you on the bus.
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What about children?
As you know our host family has two children, Khushi and Shivani. They are a true joy and real plus to have on the trip and I could not imagine this experience without them. I promise you will appreciate what they bring to our trip yet at this time we can only accommodate adults participants ages 18 and older.
Please be advised that you should bring VERY COMFORTABLE walking shoes. Many of the excursions will give us a chance to do plenty of walking together. Being physically prepared to walk semi-long distances is important, for instance the slum schools we visit will not have sidewalks.
Rooms are comfortable and clean. In New Delhi we will be staying near the schools we will visit. In the town of Rishikesh we will be staying at an ashram on the banks of the river Ganga. The ashram rooms are simple and yes they DO have western toilets. The ashram grounds are beautiful and the food is served indian style and plentiful. There are many visitors from all over the world who stay in the ashram which will enrich our experience.
Summer casual will be appropriate for the entire tour. Our Farewell Dinner and Bollywood Musical night out is a chance to get a little dressed up if you would like, many people who attend do just that. This evening will be fun so dress up as you like for a nice dinner and broadway style show!
Important Note: Although you can dress casually please keep in mind that you may need a shawl or something with sleeves to enter the holy places, monasteries and ashrams that we will visit. You will not be allowed to enter if you have a sleeveless t-shirt or tank top of any kind. Shoulders and knees may need to be covered in some places like temples.
For the majority of the trip we recommend comfortable functional clothing. One warm layer. Hiking shoes or trainers or sandals AND flip flops. Sunglasses, mosquito repellent, small first aid kit, sun screen.
Everyone must have a passport to travel. For those whose passports that are not U.S. Issued, it is your responsibility to obtain all the legal documentation and Visas from your country of origin. Contact your local government customs office or Embassy. Please note the countries that you will be entering: India (requires a VISA to enter. You may apply for your India Tourist VISA online at TraVisa.
*There are other companies as well, we use TraVisa.
Health & Fitness
Eating cooked food and drinking purified bottled water keeps everyone healthy. We even use bottled water for brushing our teeth, you should be fine. Shots and vaccines are NOT required but ask your doctor or wellness practitioner for their recommendations. India does have good doctors and hospitals if needed (to date we have not needed to use the service of either.)
To fully enjoy the experience, you should be able to....
Walk 3-5 km without any challenges. Climb stairs, etc.
*If you have asthma and/or bad allergies and are sensitive to dust/pollution we do not recommend this trip for you.
Hotel Contact Information?
Your final documentation packet will contain detailed information on the Hotels including the phone and fax numbers.
Expected temperatures range from a low of 65 F (night) to a high of 89 F (day). It is advisable to check the internet for up-to-date weather conditions before departure.
Mantra Tour India - FAQs
(Frequently Asked Questions)
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Who is providing logistics for our tour?
I am happy to say that our key logistics angel is Yogi Parmar. Yogi will be on our entire trip with us and does an amazing job keeping our accommodations and schedule organized. She is supported by her chief tour officer, Namitha Acherya.
The Go Yogi Tours website is: http://goyogitours.com/
What is covered in the cost?
Accommodations: 100% fully covered.
Tours, Sightseeing & School Visits: 100% fully covered.
Ground Transport: Your ground transportation from and to Delhi Airport is covered provided you arrive with main group or at the same time. If your flight arrives at a different time, you will need to cover Cab costs (Rp.1000 / $15 each way).
Food: 90% of your food costs are covered.
Water: 90% of your water costs are covered.
How much money should I bring?
We recommend bringing CASH. $750 for light shoppers and $1000 for those who like to shop a little more. The approx break down of funds needed:
- Tips $100 (recommended)
- Donation to Ashram $30 (optional)
- Massage on day 1 $50 (optional)
- Water $20
- Food $100
- Credit cards are not widely accepted at many of the outlets we take you to for shopping.
Health & Wellness
We highly recommend you be of good physical and mental health for this trip. You should be able to walk 3km without any challenge carrying a small backpack.
Those with respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis should seek medical advice before saying yes to this trip.
Since we travel by bus, if you develop a cough you agree to wear a mask to protect other members of the tour.
By saying YES to coming on this trip you agree to seek medical attention within 24 hours of developing a fever or any symptoms that negatively affect your health even if you prefer natural remedies. While we support the use of natural remedies, if they have not helped within 24 hours of developing symptoms, you agree to see a medical professional.
Do I need to take inoculations or Malaria pills?
Inoculations are NOT required to visit India. However, you should talk to your doctor or medical travel advisor.
Malaria pills are a personal preference. The Parmar family, who have been in India for 5 years now, do not take Malaria pills.
How should I book my flights?
We recommend you book flights so that you either meet up with other group members and journey together to Delhi Airport, or you arrive at approximately the same time. Flight details will be shared with you 12 weeks prior to the departure date.
What about my Passport and applying for a Indian tourist visa?
You must have a valid Passport to travel to India. Valid means it should not expire from 6 months of the travel date.
India now has a visa on arrival program. You can apply for your visa on arrival online at: http://india.travisa.com/VisaInstructions.aspx?CitizenshipID=US&CountryID=IN&TravelerTypeID=ETAO&ResidenceID=US&PartnerID=TA
Save time at Delhi Airport: You can also apply for your visa before you travel. This requires you to send your passport to the Indian Embassy via Travisa (a visa processing company). http://india.travisa.com
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, travel insurance is mandatory and MUST be purchased prior to traveling. You are responsible to secure insurance for your trip and your flight cost. You never know if you would need to adjust your plans at the last minute.
Is there a Release of Liability form for this tour?
All members who say YES to the Mantra Tour must sign a release of liability form for any health conditions that arise, accident, and death. By saying YES, you hold harmless Karl Anthony, Beejal Parmar, Yogi Parmar, Shivani Parmar, Khushani Parmar and any member of the Mantra Tour team.
Is there an Audio Video Release for this tour?
By saying YES to the Mantra Tour you automatically give permission to Karl Anthony, Beejal Parmar, Yogi Parmar and their businesses to use any photos and videos taken for commercial use. Any other member of the tour does NOT automatically get the right to use your photos or videos for commercial reasons without written consent from you.
Do I need to buy my own water?
Water is provided during the tour. However, during your stay at the Ashram, you will be required to buy your own water.
Use bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth.
Do I need to pay for my own Food?
Approx 90% of the meals are paid for. All group meals are paid for. There are a few (4-5) meals you will have to pay for. Budget $10 for those meals.
General rule of thumb, only eat cooked food. The exception to the rule is any fruit that you have washed in bottled water, peeled and onions.
When we visit the orphanage you can eat the salad prepared there for it is washed with purified water..
What clothing do I need to bring?
February is the transition from the colder winter months to warmer sprint climate. However, it can be unpredictable so we always advise layers.
Usually a water-proof / rain-proof outer layer, a fleece or warm outer layer, a warm hat, and two inner layers is more than adequate.
How much luggage should I bring?
Pack for 14 days but also pack as light as you can. Leave space in your bags, as you will be coming home with souvenirs, clothing, statues, shawls, beads, etc.
Small day pack (backpack / side bag): we recommend you invest in a small back-pack or side bag that you keep with you for any essential items like water, water proof jacket, camera.
Passport & Money pouch: we recommend you buy a passport and money pouch which you keep on you under your clothing. If your hotel room has a safe, we recommend you use it.