You will require a valid Tourist Visa to enter India. To obtain this, you will have to contact your local Indian High Commission. Then you will have to fill out the necessary applications; these are usually downloadable. You are then required to send it in along with the required fee. This procedure can take up to 10 days. Your visa would be activated from the day you receive it, not the day you enter the country. When stating your purpose of visit, it is recommended Tourism rather than Yoga.
On your visa application, you will be asked to give references in India of where you are staying; you can use the following:
To get to Natural Paradise, you will need to fly into Goa Dabolim airport, which serves international charter and domestic flights. Our company taxi will be waiting for your arrival and will take you directly to Natural Paradise. This service comes with an additional charge that includes both pick-up and drop.
Many charter flights fly direct to Dabolim from European cities.
From the UK, try Monarch airlines at www.flymonarch.com.
The other option is to fly a scheduled airline to a gateway city such as Mumbai (formerly Bombay), New Delhi, or Bangalore. It will change to a domestic airline for the journey to Goa Dabolim, which is a 1-hour flight from Mumbai and 2.5 hours from New Delhi and Bangalore. Jet Airways flights from Heathrow and have excellent connections to Goa in India.
There are great domestic airlines from the gateway cities which you can book online, try the following, making sure you are paying the fare for a non-resident of India, or have your travel agent book the flight for you.
Jet Airways: www.jetairways.com
Air Deccan: www.airdeccan.net
Spice Jet: www.spicejet.com
If you are already in Goa, you can make your way here by taxi. Our address is available on google maps, and you can easily use the navigation app on your cell phone to find us. Natural Paradise is located at the end of the water canal road. There are ample signs that will make your journey even more stress-free.
As with any holiday, it is always better to have travel insurance.
We recommend you take a visit to your GP, personal physician, or a travel health clinic 4 to 8 weeks before your departure to India. Recommended vaccinations often include hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus, and polio. Goa is a low-risk area for malaria, and medication can be easily obtained. We recommend you do some research and make your own decision on this.
Most of these items can be purchased locally in Goa and cheaper than in the West, but you may want to have them with you if you don’t want to spend your first couple of days shopping.