Temple Tour of South India


Temple Tour of South India


SEPTEMBER 8-22, 2015

$2695.00, Double Occupancy only
$750 Single Supplement

I will assign roommates, however, if a roommate is unavailable you must pay the Single Supplement.

—5% discount for yoga studio owners and teachers bringing TWO OR   MORE students—give me the names of your students and you will receive your discount after I receive their payments.
Percentage of your payment will be donated to The Banyan women’s shelter in Chennai
Yoga and meditation class every other morning


The ancient texts of India contain the stories of the making of the Universe as well as tales of the many gods and goddesses. Many places mentioned in these texts are fully alive today and are important places of yatra (pilgrimage) where vast temple complexes arose. Within these temples daily worship is performed to the resident gods and goddesses in a tradition that is thousands of years old. To those who believe, the Divine is more easily intuited, recognized, or experienced in these temples.

North India sees more tourists than the South but having traveled to India 8 times since 2005 I believe South India, and Tamil Nadu especially, to be a very special place. For me, it is very different from North India. India can be intense but Tamil Nadu can be a softer landing than North India for first time India visitors. Whether North or South, India is my heart’s home.

We will stay in 4 and 5 star hotels, eat vegetarian food, and travel comfortably from town to town. A guide will travel with us to answer questions and discuss our experiences. Arrangements can also be made with local priests for the proper performance of any rituals you may wish performed.

We will have ample time for the usual sightseeing, shopping, and exploring that travelers enjoy. The pace will be relaxed and sometimes the travel will be hours between each town – since this is India, always expect the unexpected!

On the first day we all meet in Chennai and you will have time to prepare and purchase Indian clothes if you want to. I will explain the various customs, rules, and attitudes that will be helpful for a successful tour.

Included in the Land Cost of $2695:
This trip will be 15 days with the first and last days being for arrival and departure. I want to keep your expenses reasonable but your stay very comfortable. Meals will be South Indian vegetarian which can be spicy. You receive breakfast but you must pay for lunch and dinner – eating in India is very inexpensive compared to the West. Travel will be in a comfortable bus and any entry fees (for one visit) are included.

The above price includes:
15 night accommodations, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ONLY.
Daily breakfast.
One South Indian cooking demonstration with farewell dinner on last night in Madurai.
All applicable tax on hotels/transportation.
All transfers, sightseeing, excursion by Air-conditioned mini-bus or larger bus.
—English speaking guide throughout the tour.
Adequate mineral water during the tour available in the vehicle.
—Entry fee to the monuments during sightseeing for one visit.

Your international airfare to and from India; your bank's wire transfer fee for payment; any airport tax; the airfare from Madurai to Chennai (subject to change); passport and visa fees; any meals except where mentioned in the price; items of personal nature like liquor, laundry, telephone calls, tips, porterage, travel insurance, camera fee etc.; any other services/items/activities not mentioned in quote including any expenses arising due to circumstances beyond our control such as flight delays or cancellations, natural calamities, etc.; any increase in costs beyond our control such as fuel and airfare increase, additional Government levies and taxes etc.

Flight from Madurai to Chennai on Last Day
On the last day we fly from Madurai to Chennai for flights home. At the time of this writing (September 2014) the approximate cost is $60 which is subject to change and therefore is impossible to include in the tour price. The airfare will be known at the time of issuance of ticket. There are various flight times on different domestic airlines throughout the day.

Reservations, Cancellations, Refunds, and Important Dates
Cancellations and refund requests MUST BE DONE IN WRITING to linda@metta-yoga.com by dates outlined below:
MARCH 1, 2015: $300 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit due to save your spot.
MAY 1, 2015: full refund, minus $300 deposit – request must be received in writing by this date.
JUNE 1, 2015: 50% refund, minus $300 deposit - request must be received in writing by this date.
JULY 15, 2015: due to payment requirements of the hotels, no refunds can be made after this date.

Since the cost is based on group participation no refunds can be made for any features not taken. If cancellation occurs while trip is in progress there is no refund for any unused portion.

Once you have made your reservation I will assist you with further information regarding international flights, visas, immunizations, suggestions for on-going travel should you decide to stay longer, appropriate clothing, etc.  Please call 630-677-4501 with any questions.

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Mail to P.O. Box 809, Geneva, IL 60134.

"Forget the travel section of The New York Times, Lonely Planet and all those travel sites written by twenty-somethings. If you want to experience the REAL India, check out Linda's blog. I first "met" Linda through her blog several years ago and was struck by her humor, honesty and down to earth attitude. When I found out she was a fellow India lover I reached out to her for advice about where to study, where to stay, and where to shop. She knows her stuff and she will lead you to places that you will not find on a travel website or a map. I don't know what I would do without her."
Alyssa T., New York

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