29 March to 26 April 2015
The Sikkim TTC is being held by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in the beautiful Himalayan Indian state of Sikkim. Sikkim is bordered by Tibet in the North and the East, by Bhutan in the South East, West Bengal (India) in the South and Nepal in the West.
The venue for the TTC is
THE INDIAN HIMALAYAN CENTER FOR ADVENTURE & ECOTOURISM (IHCAE) Chemchey, South Sikkim
Explore the unexplored East Himalayas. Sikkim. Rated by "Lonely Planet" as the number one destination in the world. Explore your Body, Heart and Soul through the ancient teachings of Sivananda Yoga under the shadow of the world's third highest peak, Kanchenjunga. Join the select band of 32,000 Sivananda yoga teachers across the world who have made yoga a life style process for the modern generation. The Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Eco-Tourism of the government of Sikkim is situated on a hill top in Chemchey village, South Sikkim at an altitude of 6582 ft, 16 km from Namchi, capital of South Sikkim. The centre was opened on 2nd December 2009 due to the vision of honourable chief minister of Shri Pawan Chamling. This centre is the first of its kind to provide high standard Adventure Eco-Tourism related training. You will have the expert guidance of Mr. Kazi Sherpa - 2 times Everest climber. Sikkim has 28 mountain peaks, 80 glaciers, 227 high altitude lakes and more than 100 rivers and streams. Eight mountain passes connect Sikkim to Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. All this is at your feet. This venue will provide you with the mindset of spirituality and openness of nature. Experience the magic and mystery of the Himalayas and connect with your Soul.
AMAZING SCENERY OF SIKKIM
|CHEMCHEY -- HIDDEN IN NATURE -- YOUR HOME FOR ONE MONTH - KANCHENJUNGA PEAK|
INDIAN HIMALAYAN CENTRE FOR ADVENTURE AND ECO-TOURISM - IHCAE
|LECTURE HALL AND SATSANG HALL|
How to Get There - Chemchey via Namchi
Please note that Chemchey village is considered remote and arrival there will be through Namchi which is the capital of South Sikkim. Distance from Namchi to the centre is approximately 16 km via Damthang.
Nearest airport to the venue: Bagdogra airport near Siliguri, West Bengal. It is serviced by daily flights from most of the Indian domestic airlines. Specially Spicejet, Jet Airways and Air India. From the airport it takes 6 – 7 hours by road to reach Chemchey via Namchi (approx. 132 km).
Nearest railway stations: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and Siliguri in West Bengal. From the train stations it also takes 6 – 7 hours by road to reach Chemchey via Namchi.
Road travel: Namchi is reached via the National Highway 31A as far as Melli, where the River Teesta is crossed by bridge and there is a police check post. Journey times vary according to the weather, road conditions, road works and volume of traffic. Allow plenty of time to for catching planes or trains when departing Sikkim as well as arriving to the centre.
Regular bus service operated by S.N.T. and private buses, jeeps and taxis are available from morning to evening at reasonable cost. From Siliguri you can catch jeeps and taxis. The approximate cost of a prepaid taxi (4 passengers) from Bagdogra airport to Chemchey via Namchi is INR 3000-3500.
Foreigners are required to have a Restricted Area Permit before entering Sikkim (see below).
Visa and Restricted Area Permit
Please make sure that your passport and visa covers the whole period of the course. Please apply for a student visa. If you plan to do any touring or other activity during your visit to India, please discuss this with the Indian High Commission or Embassy where you are applying. They may issue an entry visa (called 'x-type' visa) for multi-purpose visit. Students arriving with tourist visa will not be admitted on to the course. A letter will be provided for the application for student visa. If in the unlikely event that cancellation is necessary due to being unable to acquire a suitable visa, the course payment will be refunded minus a reduced admin fee of cad 75.
In addition to the Indian visa, a Restricted Area Permit is required to enter the State of Sikkim. This can be applied for at the same time as the Indian visa or it can be acquired on the spot in India at Sikkim Tourism Offices at Delhi, Kolkata, Siliguri, Rangpo, Melli and Bagdogra airport; two copies of passport and visa are required along with two passport photos.
For further information regarding Sikkim please visit - http://sikkimtourism.gov.in/Webforms/General/Default.aspx
Arrival & Departure
We recommend you to arrive on Friday 27th March or latest on Saturday 28th March to settle in. If you try to arrive on 29th March you are likely to be late or miss the initiation ceremony scheduled on 29th evening . The course donation includes accommodation on and from the Friday night 27th March and up until and including the Sunday night 26th April.
Dormitory up to 4 sharing with common bathroom
Hot and cold water in modern Indian and western style bathrooms. One bed sheet, pillow with cover and quilt are provided. Polished stone floors, so socks and / or slippers are useful against these cold surfaces.
Laundry: Laundry can be done in the bathrooms (without causing disturbance to other students). Washing lines are available outside.
- Dormitory up to 4 beds CAD $ 2445
Course admission and initiation is only possible after full course donation has been cleared.
Dates and donations are subject to change without notice. For all programs guests are subject to the suggested donation in effect at the time of full payment.
Donations include all tuition, accommodation, uniform, manual and meals. They do not include transport to and from the centre.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel your registration before the start of the course we will refund your original payment less an administration fee of CAD $150. For a no show, no refund will be issued. Once the course starts, if you decide to leave within 5 days, we will refund your original payment less an administration fee of US $450. After 5 days no refunds will be issued. Students leaving the course before completion are required to return all teaching materials and uniforms.
The Centre food is strictly vegetarian and does not include onions and garlic. State of Sikkim is run on the government policy of organic food. Hence, all food provided will be free of pesticides and chemicals.
No telephone or internet facilities at the Centre. These are available at the nearby town of Namchi. The best service providers for cell phone are Aircel and BSNL. SIM cards are only available from international airports on arrival. Mobile phone reception is variable at the best of times.
Summers are during the months of March, April, May and June. These months will experience a maximum temperature of around twenty eight degrees (28°C) and a minimum temperature of around ten degrees (10°C). This is the best time to visit the area due to the pleasant weather. You will need to carry mild winter clothing that can keep you warm during the nights and on occasional cloudy or rainy days.
What to Bring
Clothes suitable for cold nights. Rain coat and or umbrella for unexpected showers. Footwear for mountain walking. Slippers and socks for use inside. Toiletries. Recommended course books. Meditation shawl. Yoga mat. Torch. Pharmaceuticals - please ask your pharmacy for a small kit of medicines appropriate for India. Please consult with your physician or tropical medical service about vaccinations.
A limited range of items will be made available at the Centre. Namchi can be visited on Fridays for purchasing other items. Recommended course books along with miscellaneous items i.e. Japa malas, Yoga mats and bags, Sitting mats, Water bottles, Toilet paper will be available for purchase.
Registration & Contact Details
- Non-Indian, NRI, PIO, OCI should apply on-line via https://www.sivananda.org/r/en/ttc_schedule
- Indian Himalayan Center for Adventure & Eco Tourism (IHCAE)
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT IHCAE WITH COURSE ENQUIRIES.