India January 2018
Course Dates: January 15—February 21, 2018
All M.U.M. students, alumni, and friends are invited to an experience of a lifetime with our next Rotating University to India. M.U.M. faculty Rod Eason and Elinor Wolfe have designed a six-week, six credit course that combines deep silent experiences, with all the diversity and dynamism of India.
Travel to 20 cities, from the southern tip of India with its spectacular temples and beaches — to the foothills of the Himalayas. Explore ancient sites sacred to Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists, including temples in Varanasi, the Taj Mahal, and Sarnath, where Buddha began his teachings. Enjoy a boat ride on the holy Narmada River and have an opportunity to bathe in the Ganges.
See aspects of the ancient Vedic culture of India unchanged for many thousands of years. Visit the Maharishi Smarak (memorial) in Allahabad, and the Ashram of the Shankaracharya (a leader of the Vedic Tradition) where Maharishi spent most of thirteen years with Guru Dev. Visit Rameshwaram Island, where Maharishi first traveled when he left the Himalayas, the library in Trivandrum where he gave his first public lecture, and Congress Field where the Spiritual Regeneration Movement was inaugurated in 1957. Experience the silence of the Himalayan foothills in Rishikesh, the site of Maharishi’s first Academy of Meditation.
We will spend a sublime week at the beautiful Brahmasthan (central point) of India, to experience long, deep meditations and have the profound, transforming experience of listening to 1,331 Maharishi Pandits, experts in Vedic recitations, performing Adi Rudrabhishek – a powerful Vedic technology or Yagya for world peace.
Regular practice of our Transcendental Meditation or TM-Sidhi programs along with course readings, discussions, and activities will deepen our experience and understanding of Maharishi’s knowledge, and of everything we see, hear, and learn about in India – and enable us to share experiences and insights with our wonderful group of fellow-travelers.
To join us for a course filled with adventure, knowledge and profound experiences Apply by Sunday, September 30 ➤
- The course fee at this point is approximate, as the number of students will bring the cost up or down to some degree, as will changing prices in India.
- MUM students living on campus for the full year: A $500 credit will be made to your account for meals during the time of this course, making the course fee about $3475 for a double, and $5350 for a single.
- MUM students living off campus, MUM faculty and staff: Course fee is about $3975 for a double room, and $5850 for a single.
- Alumni and friends of MUM: Course fee will be about $5775 for a double and $7650 for a single.
- Special scholarships may be available for senior citizens over 65 living on a limited income.
- A non-refundable $500 USD security deposit to hold a seat is required by October 5, 2017. Security deposits can be made at any time and will be honored in the order that they are received.
- 50% of the course fee to be needs to be paid by October 15, 2017 and the remaining 50% (minus the deposit) needs to be paid by November 1, 2017.
How to make your payments
- Pay online
- Pay in person at the MUM Student Accounts Office located in the Enrollment Center in the basement of the Dreier Building. Pay by credit card or a check payable to Maharishi University of Management.
- Mail a check to the MUM Student Accounts Office, 1000 N 4th St., Fairfield, Iowa 52557.
What does the cost include?
Once one arrives in India almost everything is included in the course fee: The week in the Brahmasthan; Accommodations in very comfortable hotels throughout India; All meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner; All in-country travel – air fare, train fare, and air conditioned bus; All arrival + departure transfers; All sightseeing as per itinerary; Services of full time tour assistance; Local English speaking guide if required; and 2 bottles of mineral water per person daily. The course fee also covers tips for drivers, baggage handlers, and waiters for the group.
Cost Excludes: Air fare to and from India, passport and visa fees, tips for personal favors done for you by staff, telephone charges, any laundry, any personal nature of expenses etc.
We have found that the cost of this course, while significant, is about half the price of similar tours, like National Geographic or Road Scholar. We are trying everything we can to keep the costs as low as possible without compromising the comfort and experience of the course.
Do I need to apply separately for the week at the Brahmasthan?
Will I need a tourist visa?
Yes, a visa is required for US citizens, so everyone is responsible to obtain his or her own tourist visa, as well as a passport that is valid beyond the end of the course. Learn more from the US State Department’s information for travellers to India.
You may also apply for electronic travel authorization at least four days prior to your arrival — in lieu of applying for a tourist visa at an Indian embassy or consulate. This is available to U.S. citizens seeking to enter India solely for tourist purposes, and who plan to stay no longer than 60 days.
Do I need to be in very good health to join this trip?
Yes, it’s important to be in good health, and begin the course as well rested, strong and balanced as possible. Traveling always presents some challenges to health as it puts us in a new environment and alters our daily routine. Being in good mental and physical health will give us the stability and flexibility to enjoy and gain the maximum from this wonderful course.
Following the guidelines you’ll be given will help you maintain good immunity to prevent and avoid illness while in India. On the last Rotating University trip to India in 2016, no one on the course was sick the entire 5½ weeks.
There is a significant amount of walking, and stairs to climb on this course, so this should be something one is comfortable doing. For example there is a mountaintop temple in Rishikesh that has 350 steps leading up to it, but mostly it will just be a lot of walking on fairly level ground. Our course participants ages have included students in their late teens to alumni in their seventies, and regardless of age, if you are in moderately good shape you shouldn’t have a problem.
Is it safe traveling in India?
How much of the itinerary is set? Do we travel as a group the whole time, or will there be elements I need to figure out for myself?
What will the weather be like?
What will the itinerary be?
Here is a sample of what you can expect:
- 16th Jan – Mumbai – Hotel Vits or Similar
All day excursion: India Gate overlooking the Arabian Sea, cave in the bay, a little shopping
- 17th Jan – Mumbai / Trivandrum ( By Air ) – Classic Avenue Hotel or Similar
- 18th Jan – Trivandrum
Go to Temple where Maharishi was walking to when Mr. Nayak asked if Maharishi lectured, then to library where he set up Maharishi’s first seven days of lectures. Shopping.
- 19th Jan – Trivandrum / Kovalam ( By Road ) – Uday Samudra or Similar Hotel
- 20th Jan – Kovalam
Rest for a few days, get over jet lag. Intro to the course, some lectures and tapes. Beach time, backwater boat ride through coconut forest.
- 21st Jan – Kovalam
- 22nd Jan – Kovalam / Kanyakumari ( By Road ) – Sea View or Similar Hotel
- 23rd Jan – Kanyakumari
Stop at Shuchindram on the way, an important pilgrim center and the site of the famous Thanumalayan Temple. Meeting of the three oceans at Kanyakumari, Maharishi received the inspiration to share the knowledge at the Kanyakumari temple.
- 24th Jan – Kanyakumari /Rameshwaram ( By Road ) Vinayaka or Similar Hotel
- 25th Jan – Rameshwaram
Temple Maharishi kept thinking of when in Uttarkashi, Dhanushkodi Beach, more unique temples.
- 26th Jan – Rameshwaram / Madurai / Chennai ( By Road from Rameshwaram to Madurai and then By Air Madurai to Chennai ) – Chariot or Similar Hotel
- 27th Jan – Chennai
Where Maharishi inaugurated the Spiritual Regeneration Movement
- 28th Jan – Chennai / Jabalpur ( By Air )
- 29th Jan – 05th Feb –Our campus at the Brahmasthan, (central point) of India
Deep rest, more meditations, experience 1,331 Maharishi Pandits, experts in Vedic recitations, performing Adi Rudrabhishek – a powerful Vedic technology or Yagya for world peace.
- 06th Feb – Jabalpur – Hotel Kalchuri or Similar
Visit Maharishi school with 2000 students – very inspiring! Boat through the marble cliffs of the Narmada River.
- 07th Feb – Jabalpur / Allahabad ( By Train ) – Hotel Kanha Shyam
- 08th Feb – Allahabad
Maharishi Smarak (Memorial to the knowledge), visit the Shankracharya’s Ashram where Maharishi spent 13 years with Guru Dev, go to the meeting of the three rivers.
- 09th Feb – Allahabad / Varanasi ( By Road ) – Hotel Madin or Similar
- 10th Feb – Varanasi
Boat ride to Kadar Ghat (steps) on the River Ganges, Kashi Vishvanath Temple, ceremony on river bank, Maharishi Pandits come to us and do Vedic recitation. 30 minutes north-east of Varanasi is the deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma and the four noble truths.
- 11th Feb – Varanasi
- 12th Feb – Varanasi / Agra ( By Over Night Train ) – Hotel Howard Park Plaza
- 13th Feb – Agra
The Taj Mahal, an incredible experience, marble factory exhibit by the descendants of the
masons who worked on the Taj.
- 14th Feb – Agra / Haridwar – Hotel Lakshya
- 15th Feb – Haridwar
Where the Ganges enters the plains. Many temples on the ghats of the Ganges. Temple situated atop the Neel Parvat on the Eastern summit of the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas.
- 16th Feb – Haridwar / Rishikesh – Dewa Retreat or Similar Hotel
- 17th Feb – Rishikesh
In the foothills of the Himalayas on the rocky banks of the Ganges. Kunjapuri Devi temple – beautiful view of the sunrise and the sunset on the greater Himalayan peaks.
- 18th Feb – Rishikesh – Maharishi’s Academy.
- 19th Feb – Rishikesh – Very good last shopping
- 20th Feb – Rishikesh / Delhi – Lemon Tree or Similar Hotel
- 21st Feb – half day tour of Delhi, then depart for home
This was the trip of a lifetime for me. It perfectly combined deep knowledge and experience of Maharishi's TM and TM-Sidhi program with an amazing tour through India. Not only did we get to see much of the country, but we were touring Maharishi's Vedic India, so we visited so many wonderful places associated with Maharishi's life. This was very for special for me. The trip was extremely well organized. Every detail had been thought of — we could just show up and enjoy — and did we ever enjoy!"
Our Rotating University tour of India was a magical adventure and we were in a bubble of bliss the whole trip. To visit Maharishi's Vedic India, to stand in the library in Trivandrum where the Movement began, to visit the sites described in the Ramayana, to dip in the holy rivers, to enter sacred temples that have been in continuous use for 5,000 years, then to visit Rishikesh where the first teacher training courses were held, is a life-altering experience. Do not miss it!
—Anne and Basil Henderson"
"MUM's rotating University trip to India was a delightful experience of coming home. India is a land of a vibrant colors, religions, cultures, spices, and cows, but through it all there was an underlying familiarity and a sense of being at home with wherever we visited. Traveling in India should never be underestimated, and the amount of work that was done behind the scenes to ensure the success of the course was staggering. The hard work of the faculty and tour guide left all the participants with the ability to focus solely on the experience and enjoy every breath taking moment. Each destination was a delight in its own way, and the wholeness of the experience was something impossible to put to words. This course is a must experience for anyone and everyone."
"My trip to India during MUM’s rotating university changed my life for the better. During this trip, we saw so much of India, and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every moment. It was a profound experience of the coexistence of silence and dynamism, and of unity. I have never felt more connected to my fellow human beings than when in India. While tracing Maharishi’s path out of the Himalayas, we were able to see and experience so many unforgettable things. In between these experiences we were able to study Maharishi’s knowledge and enjoy our group coherence, creating peace and harmony everywhere we went. This trip enhanced my experiences practicing TM and the TM-Sidhi program and has made me a better TM teacher as a result. I’m most grateful for this opportunity and am looking forward to going on this journey again in the future."
"This was, without a doubt, the trip of a lifetime! India is an enormous country with lots of diversity, and it is hard to do it justice in one visit... but this trip was so thorough that I feel like I truly got to see the many facets of this beautiful nation. Spotting tigers in an ancient forest, visiting temples that have been used for thousands of years, seeing Maharishi's first ashram in Rishikesh, hearing the pandits chant at the Brahmasthan... these were just a few of the amazing things we witnessed. I strongly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience India for themselves, especially if they have an interest in Maharishi Vedic Science."