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Travel Information


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It is advisable to book your tickets and seat reservations before you travel for any major journey in India. Although you can book when you arrive, it can often take several hours and you need to be sure that you are dealing with the official rail authorities, not touts.

Some routes have tourist quotas which can sell out some days in advance. If you want to travel in reasonable comfort, AC2-tier class is recommended.

E-Tickets online

You can now book most train journeys online, click here for details

India Specialist Travel Agent

Official UK India Rail Agent (Dandpani Travel, Wembley)


Book early, especially if you are flying in November or December.  Prices vary widely, so shop around online or at travel agents.  Fellow yogi/nis can often help you get the best deal.

Virgin Atlantic :: Expedia :: Cheapflights :: Air India :: Jet Airways :: BMI

Health Matters

Inoculations & Malaria Prophylaxis

You should make an informed choice about inoculations and take malaria tablets (depending on the time of year and where you are travelling). The NHS advises that you consult your GP or other qualified medical practitioner at least 6-8 weeks before you travel.

MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) was set up in 1984 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Their website has definitive information about antimalarials and immunisation.

If you decide to have inoculations and/or antimalarials, your GP or practice nurse can often provide this service, but allow several weeks notice.  If you need to get inoculations at short notice you can go to MASTA Travel Clinic (walk-in).

Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies

"The Health Protection Agency Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention does not recommend relying on any herbal or homeopathic remedies for the prevention of malaria. Herbal remedies have not been tested for their ability to prevent or treat malaria and are not licensed for these uses. There is no scientific proof that homeopathic remedies are effective in either preventing or treating malaria. In addition, the Faculty of Homeopathy does not promote the use of homeopathic remedies for disease prevention and note that their use in malaria prevention is unlikely to be acceptable to insurance providers".

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Get a dental checkup

A dental checkup before you travel is advisable, along with any associated treatment.


Other Travel Information

Passports & Visas

For information on passport and visa requirements consult the High Commission of India. Make sure you have your visa and passport sorted before you finalise travel arrangements.

FCO Travel Advice

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) offer travel advice for all parts of the world, updated regularly depending on the current political and security situation.

Accommodation in Delhi

There is plenty of cheap accommodation near New Delhi train station on Main Bazaar (Paharganj).

Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a quieter and altogether more restful place to stay, especially after a long flight.  The ashram is on Sri Aurobindo Marg, not far from the international airport. Contact by email at

Other Links

Lonely Planet online :: Delhi Weather Report (BBC)


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