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Travel Tips to Mysore, India

Introduction

Here are some important things for you to look at as you prepare for Yoga Teacher Training. 

1. Visa Requirements

Most European citizens require a valid visa to enter India, including Mysore. The appropriate visa category for tourism is the "Tourist Visa." Applying for your visa well before your intended travel date is important, as the processing times can vary.

 
2. Visa to India

A) Applying for a regular Visa

To apply for an Indian Tourist Visa, follow these steps:

  • Online Application: Visit the official website of the Indian Visa Online Application Center (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html) and complete the online application form.

  • Required Documents: You'll need a valid passport with at least six months' validity from the date of arrival in India, a recent passport-sized photograph, and details of your travel itinerary.

  • Payment: Pay the visa fee online per the fee structure applicable to your nationality.

  • Appointment: Schedule an appointment at the nearest Indian Embassy, Consulate, or Visa Application Center to submit your biometric data (if required) and relevant documents.

 

Visa Duration and Validity

Tourist visas for India are typically issued for six months with multiple entries. However, you should confirm the specific validity and entry conditions with the Indian diplomatic mission in your home country.

 

B) Applying for E-Visa 

You can also apply for E-Tourist Visa. This would be available within 4-7 working days most often. You can also apply for E-Tourist Visa by choosing the ‘Short Term Yoga Programme.’  You can also get this E-Tourist Visa for 30 days/One Year/Five Years. 

Extensions of tourist visas within India are generally not allowed. 

Important: E-visa must be applied at least four days before the arrival date. 

Nationalities that are eligible for the E-Visa are:
Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hong Kong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican C
ity-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Note: E-visa entry is currently not permitted for citizens of the United Kingdom. Please apply for a regular tourist visa.

Why not a Student Visa?

Applying for a 'Student Visa' for short-term yoga courses is not required. Do not apply for a student visa if you are coming to attend our Yoga teacher training.

A student visa is only available for students attending official universities or colleges. We cannot provide you with the documents for a student visa application because yoga ashrams are not considered official colleges in India. If your student visa gets rejected, not only will your visa application get rejected, you might not even be allowed to apply for a tourist visa after that.

3. Health and Travel Insurance

It's recommended to have comprehensive health and travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events. You can check the details of insurance here: https://www.internationalinsurance.com/travel-to/india.php.

 

4. Currency and Payment

The currency used in India is the Indian Rupee (INR - ₹). While credit and debit cards are widely accepted in urban areas, carrying some cash is wise. Inform your bank of your travel dates to avoid any issues with card usage.

 

5. Vaccinations and Health Precautions

Consult your healthcare provider for recommended vaccinations before travelling to India. Common vaccinations include hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and tetanus. It's also wise to inquire about any health advisories related to the region. For details, you can visit the updated info here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

 

6. Flights to Mysore

You can check the flights using skyscanner.com or kayak.com to book international flights to Bengaluru International Airport (also known as Kempegowda International Airport). It will take around 3 hours to reach Samyak Yoga from Bengaluru International Airport. 

You can also book a flight to Mysore Airport. This is a domestic airport, but it takes around 20 mins to reach the Ashram. 

You can find flights to Bengaluru/Mysore here: KAYAK FLIGHTS

 
7. Local Customs and Etiquette

Dress modestly, especially when visiting temples and religious sites. Keeping your shoulders and knees covered helps you in most places. Removing your shoes before entering homes or temples is customary.

8. Language

The official language of Karnataka state (Mysore is a part of Karnataka State) is Kannada, and people speak English also. 

 

11. Safety and Security

Mysore is generally safe for tourists, but it's important to remain vigilant. Keep your belongings secure, avoid isolated areas at night, and be cautious when dealing with strangers. 

Address to carry

Samyak Yoga, Caveri Sanedi, Bommur Agrahara, Srirangapatna, Mandya 571438 Karnataka State, India

Ph:+91-9591897095

Conclusion

If you are travelling directly to Samyak Yoga and visiting Mysore only during the day-offs (3 days in the training) and then leaving back home, then it is pretty simple. However, if you will stay longer after the training, knowing a bit of Kannada language, being a bit vigilant, and knowing local customs will help your travelling easier.

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