The ideal traveler to attend Heart and Hands: India 2019 would be someone interested in having real, local, down to earth, authentic experiences in India: particularly experiences that have a cultural, spiritual, visual, yogic, or traditional flavor. Having a positive attitude and an ability to go with the flow will be critical as events do not unfold in India as they do in Western society- we think this is one of it’s greatest charms- but we understand that dealing with some degree of un-certainy might be difficult for some. Some strenuous activities may be involved, like stair climbing, walking to and from spaces carrying one’s own luggage, or sleeping on the floor with a bedding mat and mosquito net sans air conditioning-it will not always be this way- but some level of discomfort can be expected as we cannot make everyday sunny and 72F.
Another charm of India is sound- India absolutely hums with vibrancy and life- its great walking down the street and hearing a mantra as it floats towards you from an open door- it’s not so great at night when there is a wedding happening 3 blocks away or when monkeys decide to dance on the tin roof 2 floors above you at 4am. We think this aspect is charming- it all comes back to being easy going. Part of the nature of this trip is that you will not be prohibited from experiencing the quarks and richness of India by the gates and sound proofing of an (expensive) western hotel- instead you’ll be living and experiencing the mix: the profound teaming of life, energy, food, smells, spirit, love, hospitality, and strange wonderment that is India on the local level guided by a seasoned traveler!
If this sounds great & you’re ready to start your journey check out our timeline and fill in the data below.
Now-October 29th Accepting Participants
**Participants are encouraged to check with their doctor or CDC for recommendations for shots and other travel safety measures as soon as they know they are going. Some shots require time to become effective so the sooner the better. Note shots are not mandatory and are up to the individual. We recommend Tetnis and Hepatits shots.
Early September- Release of Day to Day Schedule
Upon Acceptance- Deposit Due (1/2 the trip cost)
Mid November and Mid December: 2 meeting sessions will be held online and one in person in Louisville, Kentucky where information about the trip and guidelines for what to pack etc will be discussed. Travelers will have the opportunity to meet each other before hand.
November 15th- Participants must provide proof of Valid E-Tourist visa, US Passport and Travel Insurance (usually $30-75 USD)-to include re-patriation of remains and hospitalization should participant become ill.
Mid-December- Finalization of Day to Day Schedule, Signed Waivers and Final Deposit are due.
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After filling in the above application we will send an email detailing further steps and welcoming you to our trip. Thank you for your interest in traveling with Heart & Hands: India 2019!