KRISHNA VILLAGE RECOMMENDS:
DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF INDIA
Upcoming date: 13-24 March 2018
Discover India: Delhi - Rishikesh - Vrindavan - Agra - Jaipur
Experience India's wonders
India is a country that evokes images of rich culture, crowded bazars, smiling strangers and 1001 temples. Fascinating, foreign ... and daunting for a first time visitor.
After years of requests from Krishna Village guests to offer a guided tour to India, we have finally found a team of awesome friends to entrust our guests to: Tara Das and Mukesh from Bohemian Tours. They live, love and breathe all things India and have introduced thousands of guests to this magical land.
So join in for the ride - you'll be in wonderful hands and will have the experience of a lifetime!!
To find out more, have a look at Leo's Course schedule + Personal Welcome
To see if this experience is for you, read our FAQ for retreat guests and have a look at our Code of Conduct. If you are dealing with any physical or mental health issues, please also check our Are you ready page to make sure this is a suitable course for you.
Tour operator Bohemian Tours has been offering Tours and Retreats around India for more than 10 years. They operate with experienced, reliable English speaking tour guides and quality venues.
- Airport transfers
- All transfers within India (AC buses, taxis and trains)
- Twin Share room (double occupancy) - single room available at additional cost
- Visit 4 Indian cities in 12 days
- Experienced English-speaking tour guide
- Hike in the stunning foothills of the Himalaya mountains
- 2 delicious vegetarian/vegan meals/day (breakfast + lunch)
- Yoga sessions overlooking the Ganges river (+ AU$70)
Venue: Krishna Village is located on a beautiful organic farm, half way between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. It's right in the middle of the Tweed Caldera in the scenic foothills of Mt. Warning. Closest town is Murwillumbah, and the nearest airport Coolangatta (the Gold Coast airport).
- International airfares
- Visas for India
- Tips for Indian guides and drivers
- Entry fees for tourist attractions / monuments (total: about $80)
- Laundry services
- Snacks and bottled water
- Transportation outside tour activities
- Any items or activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Please note: All meals served will be vegetarian. If you wish to eat meat, poultry, eggs or fish or drink alcohol, this expense will not be covered by the tour
For more details, please have a look at Leo's Course schedule + Personal Welcome
Cost & payment 2018
The cost of the tour incl. 2 meals/day, accommodation, transfers and guided activities is:
In twin share accommodation: AU $1250
In a single room: AU $1795
Before you book, please read our terms and conditions including our refund policy. Payment has to be received in full upon booking.
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Your Meditation Weekend starts on Friday at 7pm and finishes on Sunday around 4:45pm. Your accommodation will be booked for Friday and Saturday night, room checkout is on Sunday morning at 9:30am. Included are all meals from lunch on Friday at 2pm until dinner on Sunday at 6pm.
Meet the 'Bohemian Tours' team
Tara Das - Director of Bohemian Tours
Tara Das first visited India 30 years ago and knew he would make it his home. In 1998 he shifted over to teach in a local school and eventually moved with his family to a small Bengali village seven years ago.
He started Bohemian Tours in 2011 to allow Westerners to experience India and Nepal in an inspiringly authentic way.
Tara’s main reward is to see how people transform when they connect with the ancient, mystical, cultural traditions and experience the power of the Himalayas.
Mukesh - Bohemian Tours coordinator and senior guide for India
With over 12 years of experience in leading international groups throughout India, Mukesh is the favorite of all. More than a guide, he becomes a real friend to all visitors.
Residing in Udaipur, “the Venice of the East”, with his big hearted wife Chancal he looks forward to the visiting season when he can again connect with guests and help them love his homeland.
His passion for sharing India's rich cultural heritage and his amiable personality have endeared him to the thousands of visitors he has guided over the years.
Located between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, the Krishna Village can host up to 75 people in a combination of rooms, dorms and camping spots. There are usually around 25 full time volunteers who work in our organic gardens and maintain the grounds, 10 long term community members and 15-25 retreat guests or Karma Yogis.
All rooms have shared amenities. The amenities block includes showers, toilets and a coin operated laundry (byo laundry powder).
Common areas include the kitchen & campfire area (the heart of the Krishna Village), the reading room (with Internet hotspot) and the yoga hall where we gather for classes.
Single & double rooms
The Krishna Village has 3 double, 5 twin share and 8 single rooms. They are all set in former shipping containers that have been renovated and turned into simple but comfortable accommodation. Most rooms are equipped with bunk beds, bedding is being provided.
Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in our eastern garden, our camp ground can host up to 20 tents and 10 camper vans. The area for the vans is equipped with electricity. The amenities block is only 50m away.
Delicious Vegetarian Food
The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has therefore fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible.
We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall, next to the temple.
All our food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer our food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy...
The Krishna Farm
Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Krishna Farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre property with orchards, certified organicveggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance.
From the moment when you cross the rustic wooden bridge over the Oxley River and pass through the beckoning avenue of trees which comprises the entrance to the farm, you will notice that this Vedic Yoga Sanctuary is a special place and that your soul finds peace and a sense of coming home.
New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment and happiness, Bhakti Yoga. Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit our beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple.
EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
Bohemian Tours was the best tour that I have ever experienced (take my word for it or not, I'm only 27 and have been to 27 countries and multiple tours)! You just can't find people like Mukesh and Chanchal so easily in this world anymore! The bus and the tour guides made the trip what it was, even the most simplest parts of the trip, the atmosphere made this trip phenomenal! Mukesh and Chanchal don't just guide you around India, they take you in as if you were family or long time friends, they get to know you and by getting to know you, they guide the trip around you and that simple gesture enhanced the trip that much more. They were able to provide for everyone! This trip was a renewal to me after having gone through some serious life transitions and there is nothing I would have changed! This trip changed my perspective on life and it renewed me and it can renew yours!!!
- Dem (Japan), via tripadvisor
OUR GROUP BECAME A FAMILY
I get skeptical about booking group tours while traveling, however this was different. Our guide Mukesh had incredible positive energy and really made this experience an unforgettable one. Our group became a family. The entire itinerary was incredible, the sties, the activities, the food. EVERYTHING! Thank you Bohemian Tours for an amazing time in India. Tara was also extremely helpful and replied quickly to all of our questions. Bohemian took good care of us :)!
- Johanna (L.A.), via tripadvisor
I took part in the 12 day Spirits of the Himalayas and it was simply amazing, we couldn't have asked for more. Everything was well organised and the emails answered promptly.
I was a fabulous mix between yoga and sightseeing. The places were we stayed were quiet, central and had a very good standard. All restaurants they took us to, served delicious and hygienic food.
Our guides Mukesh, his wife Chancal and Nanda couldn't have been more welcoming and attentive, they managed to create an almost family-like atmosphere.
The customer service was far above standard. If you have never been to India and travelling solo or as a couple this tour is for you. I will definitely be back.
- Eva, via tripadvisor