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Yoga Visa: India now lists yoga courses under permissible activities for e-Tourist Visa

As the International Day of Yoga nears, the Indian Government has made an announcement that will make every yogi crack a smile. Foreigners can now apply for e-Visa not only for sight seeing, recreational and visiting purposes, but also for short-term yoga courses and for taking short-term medical treatment under Indian systems like Ayurveda. “Realizing the spread and importance of yoga in the world today, the government has decided to include ‘attending a short-term yoga program’ in the list of permissible activities under e-Tourist Visa,” a Ministry of Home Affairs statement said. This move makes coming to India to learn yoga hassle free....

Getting around in Mysore: Scooter and Bicycle Renting for Travellers

If you’re planning to come to Mysore and learn yoga, you will have definitely considered the question “How do I get around in Mysore?” And if you’re a woman, maybe you’re even worried. Commuting to your Shala in the wee hours everyday can be especially scary. You may now and then hire an auto rikshaw; but you’ll soon realize that it won’t work. You’ll need independence and something more economical. Bicycle and scooter renting is the most popular choice of the yoga community here. They are simple, inexpensive and you’ll not need to depend on anyone. So how do you...

Kukkarahalli Lake: a peek into the morning life in Mysore

Not very far from the pretty suburbs of Gokulam, is the beautiful lake of Kukkarahalli. The location of this lake is quite interesting. You wouldn't expect, and naturally so, a lung-space with a walkway of 4.5 km around a serene lake right in the city limits of a place like Mysore. It is just 3km away from the Railway Station. If you’re having a day off from your yoga routine, you must visit Kukkarahalli lake. It will complement your yoga practice and replenish you with fresh oxygen and verve. Kukkarahalli lake is the joggers’ paradise of Mysore. People don’t seem...

6 misconceptions about travelling to Mysore

Recently, I happen to meet a nice French lady in my office. Talking to her was rather enlightening. “I suppose you're closed on Fridays?” she asked in the middle of our conversation. “Huh? No. Why would we be closed on Fridays?” I was confused. “Oh, it's prayer time for Muslims, right? And with so many Muslims in India, I assumed all Fridays are holidays.” A pause. To me, it sounded like the innocent questions children usually ask and amuse us. “No, that's not how it is..you see, we are a secular country with a lot of religions being practiced.....” Later...

Flybus – a convenient option for yogis coming to Mysore from Bangalore airport

Everyone knows travelling between Bangalore and Mysore on road can be hectic. In any case, leaving behind the mad traffic of Bangalore, you’ll find yourself wanting to be catapulted into the comparatively sparse Mysore-Bangalore highway. In a bid to make life easier for travellers, KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) offers bus facilities starting right from Bangalore airport to Mysore (lucky you!) Once seated inside a Flybus (yes, that’s what it’s called), you may retire for a sound nap, sweet music or even some entertainment on TV exclusively provided to you! You can be sure that the outside commotion won’t...

Mysore heritage : Devaraja Market

Thinking of our beloved Devaraja market, the first thing that hits me is the whiff of the age-old place. Of course, I know I’m an olfactoric person. But come on, the market smells great! I mean have you ever been there? If you have, then you know what I’m talking about.          It’s a crowded place with a buzz that’s perpetual - a nice kind of buzz though. Not the buzz you get to hear at big city roads - honks, screeches, thuds and thumps – basically where you can’t hear yourself think.        ...

Travelling made easier : You now get visa on arrival in India!

To all yoga enthusiasts, December is more a month of yoga than Christmas. Loads of you travel to India in pursuit of higher levels of knowledge and yoga practice. This year, however, is a little different for you yogis. The Indian government has a gift for you! Wanna know more? Read on! India’s attitude towards international guests is not new to most yoga travellers. “Atithi devo bhava” is a phrase that appears in the timeless Vedas and it means “guest is equivalent to God”. In an effort to be as true to the ancient teachings as possible, the Indian government...

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