KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Here are some helpful links concerning Visas, vaccinations, insurance and other useful travel information. Important to note that everyone has their own unique medical history and should make their own decisions after becoming well-informed about the areas in which they are traveling, combined with personal consultations from their own physicians.
Regarding Visas for all country's need to apply online to get your Indian Tourist Visa. http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/india.html You can also go to this private service to expedite the process should need be: http://india.travisa.com
Concerning vaccinations, here is a good site to get informed, although there are many other sites with equally valuable information for your personal research. We are going to areas where Malaria is not a concern this time of year, however, you will be spending a couple of days in New Delhi and Agra before arriving in the Kullu Valley and the Great Himalayan National Park, where specific cautions are advised: http://www.mdtravelhealth.com/destinations/asia/india.php
Travel Insurance is always a good idea and can be purchased along with your airline ticket. Check into as you prepare to book your flight.
Here is a link to read about the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world and what Poet Rabindranath Tagore once scribed as, "a teardrop on the cheek of eternity." We will spend a day taking in this great national treasure before taking an overnight bus to the Great Himalayan National Park. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/uttar-pradesh/agra/sights/architecture/taj-mahal
Please be advised to check with your country's current travel advisories for India. However, our team leaders will personally pick you up at New Delhi airport and transport you directly to a comfortable and safe hotel for one or two nights, depending on your arrival time. You will have the option of a quick look at New Delhi before we travel by chartered bus to Agra, to see one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. To see and learn more about the Kullu Valley and the Great Himalayan National Park, where our projects and retreats are held, go to this site of our Eco-tourism, brother organization, Himalayan Sunshine Adventures at http://www.tirthanvalley.com. Ankit Sood, his brother Panki and team of trekking guides, will lead us on breathtaking, light treks in the Great Himalayas, in some of the most beautiful places on our planet. We'll invite local women and children on our trekking adventures, as well as our daily yoga program, with trips to waterfalls and hot springs, so we can all enjoy nature's splendor and be energized by the spectacular scenery of the Great Himalayans. You can read more about the park here.
Regarding our volunteer karma yoga projects and the basis of our documentary film, you can watch this video: Voices and Choices: Great Himalayan National Park about the women of savings and loan groups that emerged after the government restricted access to the park which was their source of food, income and livelihood. Team Good Karma film productions will shoot a documentary film about the stories of these remarkable women during the GK Filmmaking Bootcamp for women. You will have opportunities to help work on the film, if the Bootcamp is not sold out.
More links about India and the areas we will visit:
For more detailed information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also schedule a SKYPE information/Q&A session to answer your individual questions or concerns.