NEXT TOUR: February 1st to 15th, 2019
We limit each tour to 12 people so please pay your deposit as soon as you possible.
Our philosophy for the tour is less travel/bus time and more time in the sacred towns to settle in and get a feel for each place. Our accommodations are very nice for India standards and most will have air conditioning when needed and hot water. India is however, a third world country and so the rooms will be quite different than our comforts in the USA. Our shuttle bus is very nice with a/c and comfy seats. We will sleep and eat in comfort and safety so that you can most fully enjoy your two weeks in India. We will save the pilgrimage for your second trip!
Prices for Yoga Trip to South India:
Checks and money orders accepted. Credit card payment are done through Paypal (you don’t need a Paypal account to pay with your credit card). A a 4% fee is added to these transactions.
$2850 per person Double Occupancy
$3000 after October 15, 2018
$3600 per person Single Occupancy (no discounts)
$444 deposit due upon registration
*Full amount due 60 days prior to departure (December 1, 2016)
If paying by check, please make the check out to Corrine Champigny and send to:
6385 Ivy Street
Nashville, TN 37209
This tour is all inclusive except for your airfare to India.
Transportation: All scheduled tour transportation including airport pickup and drop off unless you come before the tour or stay longer afterwards.
Accommodations: Based on double occupancy unless you specifically register and pay for a single. We will place you with a room mate or you can request someone specific. You do not have to book the India tour with someone in order the get the double rate. The hotels we stay in are some of the best in the area however this is India and it is a third world country. Our standards are quite different then theirs. The hotels are very clean and quite beautiful.
Meals: Three delicious vegetarian meals a day are provided. Bottled waters are included with meals only. Extra water can be purchased very inexpensively and is readily available.
Temple Fees and Gratuities: We will be handling gratuities to tour drivers, tour rickshaws, tour bellmen, all meals, and temple fees. We will be making donations on the groups behalf at the temples. You may need to tip for extra trips for shopping or for laundry etc…
Yoga Classes and Evening Music: Most mornings we will be doing yoga and some evenings Corrine will be leading the group in music and chanting. Attending yoga classes are not a requirement for the tour however we find that it helps to center and stay healthy for the trip. Corrine teaches yoga in the Svaroopa style which is a very gentle yet powerful core opening yoga. Please see www.theivyhouse.org for more info about Corrine.
This is a sample itinerary and subject to change. India is an enchanted land where you can count on the unexpected and no matter how much we try to prepare ourselves it will surprise, delight and perhaps challenge us at every turn. You will be flying and and out of Madras (aka Chennai) and we will be doing a tour of southeast India. Read on for the details!
Day 1 and 2
Arrival into Chennai. We will stay in Chennai the first night and since many people arrive in the middle of the night, we will start slow the first day. Chennai has the 2nd largest beach in the world! We will shop also for clothes today so that everybody can find appropriate and fun clothing. In the afternoon we will drive one hour to our next destination of Mammalapuram.
Day 3 and 4
Mammalapuram or Mahabalapuram is a Resort on the beach that will help us to ease gently into India. We will do yoga daily, dine on fresh Indian food, visit local temples and chant in the evenings. Mammalapuram is a very small and charming beach town that has many wonderful artisans and is most famous for it’s fantastic sculptures that are shipped all over the world. A slow and easy integration to Mother India is our goal for these first 3 days.
Morning yoga and breakfast. Three hour drive to Tiruvannamalai on air conditioned bus. Tiruvannamalai, an ancient temple town, at the foot of the hill, Arunachala the heart of Shiva consciousness. Check into our beautiful hotel that has an amazing view of the mountain and also happens to have a lovely pool. Visit Patcha Ama Temple in the afternoon. Dinner at our hotel. Evening Chant. Fall into bed with dreams of Shiva and chanting.
Five full days will fly by here in Tiruvannamalai which is one of the holiest cities in the world. Saints, Gurus, teachers, writers, musicians, artists and spiritual seekers come from all over the world to visit Arunachala, the home of one of our greatest sages Ramana Maharishi. Daily yoga. Days with include options of early morning walks around the mountains inner path which is 7kms, short walks up the mountain to Skanda Ashram cave to meditate, visiting the many temples in the area, sitting with Saints and meditating, visiting gurus and enlightened beings, getting massages and laying by the pool at the foot of Arunachala, visiting chai shops in the afternoons, chanting in the evenings.
Yoga and breakfast. Drive 2 hours to Pondicherry and check into hotel. Afternoon exploration of Pondi. Pondi was built up by the British and is influenced by both French and British culture. Although still very much Indian, there are wonderful French restaurants and very good quality shops in the area. Dinner will be at one of the local outside french restaurants with high quality food…you can even eat the salads here!
Yoga breakfast. A day in Auroville. Visit community meditation centre and meditate in the Dome (Matrimandir) that took thirty five years to construct. Day 12 will be spent exploring Pondicherry and the beautiful Pondi beaches.
Day trip to Chidambaram which is about an hour away from Pondi. Chidambaram has one of the oldest and largest Shiva/Nataraja Temples in all of India. We will visit the Temple in the morning and then go for an afternoon canoe ride on a beautiful nearby lake in Chidambaram. Head back to Pondi for dinner.
Drive the short two hour drive to our departure city of Chennai. We will stay in the same quaint hotel as we did our first night. It will seem like months ago that we arrived here. Staying in Chennai will make it easy for our departures and also leave us time for last minute photos, temple visits and shopping. Farewell dinner in Chennai.
Packing for departure and last minute shopping. Most people will fly before or after midnight tonight.