Travel

The O&O Academy USA office assists travelers to O&O Academy with their travel needs. Below you will find information about travel services and guidance for planning and preparing for your trip to India.

Travel Services

O&O Academy USA has Travel Guides who are seasoned travelers and frequent visitors to O&O Academy. You may connect with a Travel Guide for questions and information with independent travel or for more extensive assistance with the concierge travel service. Please choose the service that best meets your needs.

Independent Travel

If you are comfortable traveling alone in third world countries, you may make your own travel arrangements. If you want assistance with flights and hotel, please email the O&O Academy Travel Agent.

Even if you choose independent travel, we encourage you to connect with one of the O&O Academy Travel Guides. They can provide information about life on the O&O Academy campus and answer general questions. Contact our O&O Academy USA Travel Coordinator to connect with a Travel Guide.

Complete Travel Guide Service

Utilizing the services of an experienced O&O Academy Travel Guide allows you to travel with comfort and safety and relax into the transformational process that awaits you. Your Travel Guide will assist you every step of the way with:

  • Visa application
  • Course registration and forms
  • Flight options
  • Ground transportation and hotel reservations
  • Spa, shopping and sightseeing arrangements
  • Money exchange
  • What to pack
  • Meeting others attending the same course

This service is recommended for anyone who has never traveled alone, never been to India or would like stress-free planning.  Contact our O&O Academy USA Travel Coordinator to request this service. The cost for the complete travel guide service is $300, paid directly to the Travel Guide. 

Passport

You must have a current passport with at least six months validity from the time you land in Chennai. If your passport is out of date or you do not have one, begin the process with USA.gov.

Visa

A tourist visa is required to enter India. Without a valid visa you will be sent back to the USA. If you already have an Indian visa, please make sure that it is valid during your entire time of travel.

US Passport holders may apply for the traditional multiple entry tourist visa or for a 60-day tourist e-visa. The multiple entry visa ensures fewer questions and procedures as you enter India customs. When entering India with an e-visa, you will be fingerprinted and asked a series of questions at customs.

CKGS is the authorized service provider for the Embassy of India and its consulates across the USA for visa services.  Please read the visa application guide before you apply for your Indian visa online.

You will need to include the following information in your visa application:

  • Local Contact: Narasimha Kumarji
  • Local Address: Varadaiahpalem, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh 517541
  • Local Contact Phone: +91 93-4404047

It can take four weeks to obtain a visa so please allow ample time. You will send your passport with your visa application.

Flights

Do not purchase airline tickets until visas and passports are secured and in your possession. 

You will fly to Chennai International Airport (MAA) on the east coast of southern India. Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu and the 6th largest city in India.

Even though it takes 24 hours to fly to Chennai from the USA, due to the immense time difference you will arrive two days later. Chennai is on Indian Standard Time (IST) which is about 12 hours ahead of USA time. Calculate arrivals and departures carefully so that you do not miss any part of your course.

All course dates given by O&O Academy are the dates the course begins and ends. Plan to arrive at O&O Academy after 11:00 AM on the day before your course begins. Plan your departure flight no earlier than 11:00 AM on the day after your course concludes. If you are unclear about arrival and departure flights, please consult the O&O Academy Travel Agent or Travel Guide prior to purchasing your tickets.

Hotels

We recommend that you spend one or two nights in Chennai on arrival, so that you are able to arrive fresh for the course. This gives you time to sleep, shop, exchange money and see some local sights.

If you are using the Complete Travel Guide Service, your discounted hotel arrangements will be made for you. Otherwise, you may email the O&O Academy Travel Agent to book a room for you through her network of discounted hotels in Chennai. You are always welcome to make your own arrangements. There are many quality hotels in Chennai. Hotels that course participants have recommended include: Taj Clubhouse, Taj Coramandel, Westin, La Woods, Green Park and Leela Palace.

Because many flights arrive in Chennai in the middle of the night you will need to book a hotel room for the previous night. Registration at the O&O Academy campuses opens in the afternoon on the day before your course begins.

Ground Transportation

For security reasons O&O Academy requires that you use their ground transportation agent, Mr. Murugesan, for travel from airport to your hotel, from hotel to O&O Academy, and from O&O Academy to hotel or the airport.

The O&O Academy Travel Agent or Travel Guides will coordinate transportation from airport to hotel and from hotel to O&O Academy for those who have enlisted their services. If you are traveling independently, please contact Mr. Murugesan via email or phone +91 93-44-040470 to arrange your ground transportation. 

Cost

The cost of the ground transportation is dependent on the number of people and the size of the car.

Airport to hotel transportation costs approximately 1,000 to 1,500 Indian rupees (20 US Dollars). Transportation to O&O Academy costs approximately 3,500 to 4,500 Indian rupees (60 US Dollars). Airport arrival transportation and transportation to O&O Academy is paid directly to the driver in rupees. 

Your departure transportation is arranged by Mr. Murugesan on campus towards the end of your course. You pay him in rupees when you book. The costs of transportation from O&O Academy to the Chennai airport or a hotel in Chennai is approximately 3,500 to 4,500 Indian rupees (60 US Dollars).

Tipping

A tip for good service is always appreciated. A guide for tipping for the transport to your hotel is 50 – 100 rupees; for help with your bags is 10 – 20 rupees; and for transport to and from O&O Academy is 500 rupees.

Money Exchange

The currency in India is the Indian rupee or INR. The exchange rate typically stays between 60 and 70 rupees to 1 USD. If you bring cash for money exchange, make sure you bring new blue striped $100 bills in new condition. If you are going to use your credit or debit card during your trip, make sure to inform your bank that you are traveling overseas.

Climate

The climate of southern India is typically warm and humid year round. Summer runs April, May and June and is characterized by temperatures over 100 with little rainfall. Winter is January through the middle of March and is pleasant with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The monsoon season is mid-October through mid-December. 

Clothing

Though it will be warm and humid, it’s important for men and women alike to respect the culture by covering shoulders, chest, navel and knees. Breathable fabrics such as linen, silk or cotton are most comfortable. Bring clothing for yoga that fits the dress code. Classrooms are air-conditioned and can be cold. So, it is a good idea to bring layers of clothing for class. You will be removing your shoes to enter all buildings. Waterproof footwear is recommended. You may also need footwear for walking on rocky foothills. Campus 3 and Campus 5 offer daily laundry service. There are clotheslines on all campuses. Bring laundry soap and clothes pins if you prefer to hand wash. 

Food

The food is western and Indian vegetarian. Salads and eggs, fruit and cereal are served daily. There is a Yogi Café on Campus 3 and Campus 5 that sells espresso and other coffee drinks, teas, ice cream, snacks, sodas, bottled water. You may purchase a Yogi Café debit card at registration. You might want to bring coffee, tea and other snacks to have in your room. Protein powders and peanut butter are also good supplements to have on hand.

Power Adapters

In India the power sockets are of type C, D and M. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. You will need a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter for your electronic devices in India.

Accommodations

O&O Academy offers a variety of accommodations. Select a course below to learn more about course specific accommodation options. In addition to the accommodation information, you will find guidelines and forms that you will need for checking in upon your arrival to O&O Academy.

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