South India Tour
Southern India - Visiting Ancient Buddhist Caves
The caves were built in two phases starting around the 2nd century BC, with the second group of caves built around 400–650 AD. Buddhist Monks used to retreat to this serene place during the monsoon, and as they had plenty of time during such retreats they used it for deepening their religious quest through prayer and discussion.
It will require 5 days to visit the caves. Cost for the South India is $1500 per person. If you would like a single room during South India trip, there will be an additional $450 per person. We do not recommend to book single room because it will be costly. Interested members please register below.
AJANTA & ELLORA TRIP
Delhi – Aurangabad
Air India is the only flight operating directly to Aurangabad. Rest flies via other places and takes more than 9 hours. Overnight at Aurangabad
Aurangabad – Ajanta
Visit Ajanta Caves. Overnight at Aurangabad.
The Ajanta caves are closed on Mondays, and the Ellora caves are closed on Tuesdays.
Aurangabad – Ellora
Visit Ellora Caves. Overnight at Aurangabad.
Aurangabad – Delhi
Air India is the only flight operating directly from Aurangabad to Delhi. Overnight at Delhi
Days free for independent activities till departure transfer for onward journey.
All participants are advised to check with their health insurance carrier regarding coverage abroad as well as their medical professionals for any precautionary medical treatments for travel to Nepal and India. Emergency medical facilities may not be readily available at all times in Nepal and India.
Below is a list to help you organize everything you'll need prior to travel:
Advised to travel as light as possible
Round trip Airline Ticket (s): Please confirm flight details beforehand
Be sure to arrive to the airport at least three hours prior to departure
Valid Passport with Indian visa
Extra Copy of Passport: Just in case!
Extra passport photos- Email yourself a copy so you have a digital copy as well
Cash: you may need approximately $1,000 - $3,000 for personal needs
DO NOT bring traveler's checks from small banks!
Money, passport and tickets need to be protected at all times and carried on your person throughout the entire trip
Travel insurance: not necessary, but recommended.
November is good weather in Nepal and India but may get a little cold in the morning and evening, so we recommend some warm clothes and/or extra layers just in case
Comfortable shoes for a lot of walking
A small, light blanket can be very useful on the bus
Modest clothes - skin exposure and figure hugging clothes are not commonly worn in India and Nepal and will bring a lot of unwanted and annoying attention
If you are taking any electrical items, you will need 220 volt (NOT 110 volt) and the correct adapter plug for India
Small camera and reliable alarm clock
Hat and sunglasses -the sun can be quite strong even in winter
Tylenol, cough drops, bandages, and so on for basic first aid/medical needs
A small hot water bottle
Strong plastic bags for wet or dirty clothes
Padlock(s) - mainly for luggage
Wet wipes or wet towels, very useful in India
Dried fruit & nuts/ snacks for yourself on the bus
Blow up neck ring cushion
Small flash light
Small first aid kit
If you have any questions about the pilgrimage, please contact Ven. Donyo directly at (510) 926-3050 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org.