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Updated: 19 Sep 2016

Some Things to Keep In Mind

This is not an ordinary holiday, the basic idea on the tour is to give oneself a chance to grow, and... growth is the result of some effort. At the same time we would like to get a broad impression of these ancient lands.

It is like a pilgrimage, travelling together, and helping each other to reach our goal. The program is sometimes quite full, and with all the travelling, adjusting to all the things different of what we are used to, it can get quite intense at times.

You'll get a lot of new impressions, and will be confronted with things internally or externally, all of this may take some effort to overcome. Travelling in a group, quite close together, may be a challenge as well. If you prepare your mind, you'll be able to take these things as a tests, see the obstacles as a challenges, and beside having a great time, gain a lot of life's wisdom. All of us will go through things and we are there to help each other. Don't hesitate to talk about it. We'll try to have some space everyday to share these experiences, you have to let your guides know your needs in this regard.

Previous groups had a great time, and really enjoyed themselves, but they said the beginning would have been easier, if their minds were better prepared. So I am writing these things not to scare you but to prepare your mind.

We'll try as much as possible to pre books trains and hotels, but as you will soon realise India is India, all of these things are changeable, and we may have to improvise. In this light itís good to see the itinerary as a guide, not as set in stone. Every year some minor and sometimes major adjustments had to be made. The low budged does not allow us to take help from professional tour organizers, so please be patient, and assist your guides, where you can.

Not sure if it was mentioned already but we'll cook our own food where practical.We'll share the cooking, cleaning, and shopping duties. If no one wants to cook the meal will be simple... Doing our own cooking is not so much to save money but to ensure us sentient food and avoid getting sick. In Ananda Nagar we maybe able to get sentient food where we stay (provided) and in all the little restaurants (own expence) so unless we want to cook our our own we don't have to. It's good if you can be flexible with food. As tastes may differ and facilities are simple you may not get exactly as you'd like. We do try to accomodate special diets but with one cooker and two pots don't have too high expectations. If one person follows Vegan diet we can't expect everyone to become Vegan. Of course the food will be sentient/Satvik.

On the trek in Nepal, we'll have at least one porter to help to carry our kitchen gear. In this way we can travel lighter, and enjoy more! Some years some participants like to carry even less and share an extra porter between 2 or 3 people. This is not covered by the tour but not too expencive either.

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