Please apply for a Tourist visa! The purpose of your visit to India should be travel or tourism. You will not be required to have an invitation letter for a tourist visa. Please do not mention that you will be joining a yoga course on your visa application form to avoid any complication. You will not qualify for a student visa for this course.
Apply for your visa about a month prior to your departure. Your Visa will be valid as of the day of issue! Many countries offer a six month tourist Visa but check with the Indian Embassy in your country. Citizens from USA can apply for a 10 year visa for about the same price as a 6 month visa.
Things to know before booking flights?
Travel from Delhi to Rishikesh takes approximately six to eight hours by taxi. If you arrive in the evening and wish to stay in Delhi before you travel to us, please keep in mind that you are expected to arrive at least one day prior to the start of your course! Orientation will take place Sunday evening before your course starts. We will have an opening Pooja Ceremony during orientation to begin our course. Accommodation will be included in costs for two days prior to the beginning of your course and one day after.
Upon departure please be aware that your graduation ceremony will be on the last day of the course. After spending so much time with your classmates, you may be disappointed to have to run off in a hurry.
Getting to Rishikesh?
Taxi: This is usually the most expensive option but can be quite convenient for first time visitors as you can leave directly from Delhi Airport without having to venture out into the city. The ride from Delhi to Rishikesh can take anywhere from six to eight hours depending on traffic. We can arrange taxi pick up for you. A one way trip from Delhi to Rishikesh will cost $70. This price will decrease should we be able to pair you up with someone else arriving around the same time. We will contact you if other students are arriving around the same time so you can share a taxi. Please email us your travel arrangements as soon as possible to allow us time to book your transportation.
Train: You can get a train to Haridwar from Delhi, this will take approximately five to seven hours depending on the service you use. Cost can vary from approximately 500 to 1200 rupees, depending on which class you choose for travel). Once in Haridwar you will need to take a taxi to get to Rishikesh. We can arrange taxi pick ups,which costs approx. USD 20. Please email us you travel arrangements as soon as possible to allow us time to book your transportation.
Bus: This is certainly the cheapest way to get here. It can take approximately seven to ten hours depending on traffic. You will have to get to the correct bus station. This option is not recommended for those who get motion sickness. If you choose this option, once you arrive in Rishikesh you will have to take a tuk-tuk to LaxmanJhula and have to walk the last 1 km with your luggage.
Flights are offered from Delhi to Dehradun (Jolly Grant Airport) for very affordable prices. Often prices are cheaper than taking a taxi. The flight is approximately 45 minutes. Depending on what airline you fly with, you may have to take a bus to the correct terminal but this is very easy. Students often find cheap flights from www.skyscanner.com
It is recommended to use New Delhi Airport (IGI). Please be aware that once you leave the airport upon arriving, they will not let you back inside. If you are worried you missed your taxi or you still have to exchange money, please do not exit the building until you are ready to leave.
Money & Shopping?
Please pay the remainder of your course fees upon arrival at reception in USD. If you pay the fee with your credit card then a 2% transaction fee will be added. ATM’s are available in walking distance. Some students prefer to bring cash and pay with reception. If you want to pay the remainder of your fees online through Paypal before your arrival then a 4.5% transaction fee will be added. The $200 USD deposit you pay upon signing up for course will go towards course fees.
While food and accommodation are included in the course costs, you may want to explore the town, try a local cafe and of course go shopping. Please bring additional money to budget for this. A cup of chai costs between 10-30 rupees. Cost of a meal cafe will vary but is usually around 80-150 rupees. Juices and/or lassies on average are 80-100 rupees. You can buy a skirt for 150-350 rupees. A yoga mat bag will be around 150-250 rupees. This should give you an idea of how much you may want to bring with you.
In Laxman Jhula & Ram Jhula, you can buy many yoga related items. Many books are available here for very cheap price, some books are available that you may not be able to find out of India.You can purchase yoga mats, yoga mat bags, clothing, CD’s, singing bowls, jewelry etc.
What We Provide?
Private room with en-suite bathroom, 3 meals a day, Filtered water (we encourage students to bring reusable water bottle if possible), Your course books, yoga mat, neti pot, pen and notebook
What We Expect From You?
Please give us 100% during the time of your course. Attend all classes unless you become ill. If you are ill you must report to a staff member that you will be missing class. No intoxicants on school premises. We want our students to have the full yogic lifestyle experience. We ask that you always come talk to us with any questions or concerns. We want you to get the most of your time here. If there is anything you need, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Most importantly, we ask that you arrive with an open mind and be ready to learn. Do not arrive with any expectations. Like all things in life, this course will be what you make it.
Winter: October through February.
The average temp during this time is 19-27 C (66-80 F). Despite the chilly weather, this is a popular time for rafting. Many travelers make their way to Rishikesh during these months. January is by far the coldest. We encourage visitors to bring a heavy jacket, warm socks, hot water bottle, etc. during this time. You can purchase a space heater in various areas of town for a small price. While it does get quite cold and winter during early mornings and nights, the sun does a wonderful job of gifting us with a warm afternoon.
Summer: March through June
March provides the best weather for rafting down the sacred Ganga River and also for the International Yoga Festival. This brings a lot of travelers to Rishikesh, making March the busiest month of the year! June is the hottest month of the year, with temperatures rising up for 35 degrees C (95 F).
Monsoon: July to September
July to September: Rishikesh receives quite a bit of rain during this time. Rafting is closed due to rising waters. While the temperatures are similar to summer months, the rain brings relief from the high humidity. Crowds tend to decrease during this but it still makes for an enjoyable and peaceful holiday.
Things to Bring?
*** = required items
Two passport size photos ***
Payment receipt (you can show us from your phone,laptop etc.)***
Computer/tablet (assignment may need to be typed, will accept hand written if needed)
200 hour certificate (if taking 300 hour course)***
ATM Card (This usually has the best exchange rate)
Flashlight or headlamp (There are often power cuts in India)
Two pairs of shoes: sandals and also walking/running shoes if you wish to go trekking
All necessary medications, antihistamines, NSAIDS, diarrhea medication, feminine products etc.
There is no dress code for class, but we ask that you please dress respectfully in yoga hall and while exploring Rishikesh
Power converter/plug adapters (though you can purchase an inexpensive one nearby)
Cords to any electronics you may bring
Water bottle (there are areas to refill with safe drinking water…lets work together to keep Rishikesh clean!)
Hot water bottle (if you come between November & February)
Bug spray, hand sanitizer (can also purchase here)
Most toiletries can be purchased here but if want a certain brand you may want to bring with you
Nail trimmers (can purchase here)
Musical instrument (optional)
USB for sharing files, external hard drive with movies if you wish
***Almost everything you may need you will find here in Laxman Jhula, with the exception of medications. Please bring any type of medication you may need at any given time during your Rishikesh yoga TTC.
Packing Your Clothes?
Winter (OCTOBER THROUGH FEBRUARY): Dress in layers! From a t-shirt to a thick warm jacket. You will want to be able to remove layers when the sun comes out in the afternoon. The temperatures may not seem low but you will be without the comfort of central heating. The wind tends to pick up in the evening through hours of the morning which makes for cold nights. Some of our students prefer to wear yoga socks during this time to keep their feet warm during practice. We have a fire pit on our property where students can gather to keep warm. Don’t forget a warm pair of socks to keep your feet warm at night!
Summer (MARCH THROUGH JUNE): Try to wear loose cotton materials and avoid synthetic fabrics to help you stay cool. While there is no dress code, we ask that you please dress respectfully in the yoga hall. Please keep in mind that Rishikesh is a holy city, it is recommended to keep your shoulders and knees covered. A scarf is a quick and easy way to cover up. Also please be aware that you shouldn’t swim in the Ganga in just a bathing suit, so please pack something that you don’t mind getting wet in our holy river Ganga.
Monsoon: (JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER) It will be wet and humid during this time. Make sure to bring proper footwear! You may wish to have closed toed shoes in addition to your sandals. The clothing you pack during this time will be similar to summer, but you may want to bring a raincoat and/or small umbrella. While there is no dress code, we ask that you please dress respectfully in the yoga hall. Please keep in mind that Rishikesh is a holy city, it is recommended to keep your shoulders and knees covered. A scarf is a quick and easy way to cover up.
Things You Don't Need?
You do not need to bring books with you, you can buy many yoga books throughout the areaYou can purchase laundry soap in town, many students do their own laundry and hang them to dry in designated areas. We can also arrange to have your laundry done for a small fee.Mosquito net is not necessary Toilet paper is available in many nearby shops for about 25 rupees
We do our best to make a variety of foods while providing a mostly sattvic diet. However it can be difficult to please everyone. While we encourage you to eat what is offered, you may want to eat outside of the school occasionally. If you plan to eat out, please let reception know one meal prior to your outing. For example, if you plan to eat out for dinner, please let us know by lunch time. Rishikesh is a vegetarian city, we do not serve eggs or meats (though some cafes do serve eggs). Please let us know ahead of time if you have any food allergies/sensitivities.
Yoga Alliance Certification?
Anadi Yoga Centre is registered with Yoga Alliance for 200 & 300 hour teacher training courses. Upon successfully completing our course, we will provide you with a certification of completion and you may register with Yoga Alliance.