Important Information for Blue Mango Himalayas Retreat
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Blue Mango in The Himalayas, understands your need for comfort and believes that spiritual inner work need not be exclusive of luxury. The accommodation is part of an outdoor camp and is designed in the form of lavish Swiss tents that are a beautiful blend of comfort, modern amenities and handmade fabrics and furniture. Most of the materials used are handcrafted and made by artisans across India. These ensure that you have a cosy and soothing cocoon-like home to retire to in your free time, and at the end of each day.
The tents are eco-friendly and created from weather-proof cotton canvas. They offer very comfortable accommodation with twin beds, carpets, warm quilts, fresh linen, a dressing table, clothes rack, coat rack and seating area. All tents have an attached bath and toilet with running tap water. These toilets have a wash basin, WC, bath area and towel rack. Hot water is available. Each tent has a private outdoor area that is a perfect sit-out for an early cup of tea, relaxation and reflection.
- All spiritual and shamanic teachings by Samvedam Randles are included.
- All meditations and guided imagery
- All therapies as indicated in the itinerary
- All interactions with the Lama’s
- Visits to the Komik & Kye Monasteries
- Daily yoga sessions
- 9 nights double occupancy accommodations at Blue Mango
- One night double occupancy accommodation in Kullu Manali
- Ten breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners.
- Meals before and after the actual tour are not-included.
- Your round-trip air flight to and from Delhi, India.
- Your hotel room in Delhi and shuttle from the airport to your hotel.
- Laundering services and souvenir shopping are not-included.
How to get to Spiti:
India has several main gateways for international flights, however if you are attending the retreat it is best to book a flight that lands directly in the capital city of New Delhi at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. There are numerous options of cheap tickets that are available online, and the sooner you book, the higher the chances of getting a great deal. Although the retreat package does not include airport transfers or accommodation in Delhi, once you have confirmed your participation, we will send you a list of preferred hotels that you can choose from. These will be in all budget categories. We recommend that you ask your hotel for airport transfers. The other option is to take a pre-paid, government approved taxi that can be booked from inside the airport itself. Then the following morning you will that your national flight from New Delhi to the Kullu Manali Airport, where you will then be transported to the retreat center.
Regarding Blue Mango:
The Blue Mango in the Himalayas retreat is located in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. It is an area of high mountains and narrow valleys bounded by Ladakh to the North, Tibet to the east, Kinnaur to the south-east and the Kullu valley to the south.
Most people in the Spiti are Buddhists, and colourful gompas dot the beautiful Himalayan villages. The local language spoken here is Bhoti, which is very similar to Tibetan. The most handy word here is jule (pronounced joo-lay) – which is colloquially used for hello, goodbye, and thank you.
According to Vedic knowledge, the quality and content of your diet have a significant affect on your state of mind and consciousness. Our team of Vedic food experts have crafted a nutritious and wholesome menu for the retreat. This is a well balanced fare, comprising organic foods and is beneficial for spiritual activities in higher altitudes. Our cooks are themselves spiritual practitioners and they prepare and serve food with love and devotion. Peaceful music, Sanskrit shlokas (verses) and chants are played while preparing the food. We believe that food is more than just food; it is Prasāda, or sacred food. You are therefore requested to say a little prayer of thanks before every meal, savor each bite and eat with consciousness. Bon Appétit, or as we say in India, Shubh Bhojan.
About the Weather:
The summers in Spiti are from May to September and these months are bright and sunny. The maximum summer temperatures vary from 20-29 degrees Celsius and the minimum between 5-15 degrees Celsius. During clear, sunny days, you only need a comfortable full sleeved non-woolen garment. But always keep a jacket handy as the wind can make the temperature drop instantly. Warm clothing is required for the evenings. A detailed list of clothing and other essentials will be provided to all retreat participants.
Keep in Mind:
The actual schedule of spiritual teachings and what we will be doing day to day is not published. This is because we teach by channeling spirit which comes in the moment. Every day will be a magical experience for all of us, teachers included! Keep you heart and mind open to the experience life brings us. Due to the remote areas we are traveling to, weather, bad roads and other unseen obstacles may cause us to make changes in the schedule or to visit different sites. We understand that if this happens we were not meant to be where we were going!