Prepare your Trip
Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir is totally dedicated to serving children and young people, their education, their education, and their future… in the spirit of being at the service of all beings in the world.
In the same spirit, each visitor is invited to implement a solidarity dimension to their trip.
Each visitor is invited to complete their suitcase (s) with clothes – in good condition – or some utensils and materials that the ashram needs.
Everyone generally has the option of travelling with luggage from 23 to 30 kg.
With Air India, some flights allow you to take two 23 kg suitcases. They are the only ones to allow this.
We invite you to choose this airline and these flights. Certainly, they are more expensive, but the additional cost is less than an additional 16 or 23 kg on another flight, whatever the company, it seems. But not all of them have been checked. Learn about the company you plan to take.
IMPORTANT: Do not buy pencils, notebooks, or anything to bring to Nepal, unless it is on the list. Better to bring the money with you and give it to the ashram for them to buy in Kathmandu. They can have 10 times more!
- Various kitchen knives and utensils – strong and resistant.
Vegetable peelers – strong and durable (metal rather than plastic).
Strong and resistant blenders (Omni blend for example)
- School supplies
Tools for school laboratory: Microscope, small glass plates, etc.
Balloon Planet – Continent and Country Maps (in English) – Nature Posters
Wireless bluetooth PC connection mouse, with USB bluettoth PC connection key
Individual and collective skipping ropes
- Children’s clothes – from 8 years old (Nepalese are smaller), including key, fleeces, anoraks, and beanies for winter – No need to bring clothes for children up to 7 years old. The ashram already has a lot.
Adolescent and adult clothing, including anoraks and soccer jerseys from well-known teams – Some young people like it!
Jackets and adult jackets
Flat and flexible shoes, boy and girl, from 35 to 44
- Large and small special scissors for sewing
Health and Beauty
- Lice combs – mechanical and electrical –
Natural make-up (nails, eyebrows, eyes, foundations, etc.)
Sacred oil from Madagascar (Du Côté des Îles)
Coconut Oil and Rosehip Oil
Bhagirathi, who came with Ramchandra in 2018 to present a sacred dance performance, is finishing her studies as a professional dancer Odissi. Her skin was damaged by unnatural make-up. The sacred oil of Madagascar is a wonderful oil to repair the skin: www.du-cote-des-iles.com
Daily life & Leisure
- A few hundred meters of 3 or 4 mm rope (No clothesline with plastic around it)
Ping pong rackets and balls
Musical instruments: guitar, flutes, etc.
Classical guitar strings (nylon)
UNIONS OF SOLIDARITY
From the moment your trip is scheduled, any initiatives you can have to raise some funds are welcome. And if you can only make a € 50 kitty, it’s already magnificent. Each hummingbird is important despite its small size.
Kitty, solidarity sales, solidarity workshops or courses, etc. your creativity can be limitless.
2 solutions are available to you for this financial solidarity:
- Checks: it is entirely possible to go through the association Les Enfants de Ram. We group transfers for SAYM 2 to 3 times a year to save costs.
Important: each transfer received from France costs € 30 at Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir. This is why we group them together.
Cash: change everything you want to take into denominations of at least € 50 to give to the ashram on arrival. This facilitates the exchange.
Very Important: Arrived on-site, entrust everything you brought to a manager who will change to distribute it on time and to who needs it. Do not individually give one or other of the children a doll, a pair of shoes or a pencil, etc.
Sometimes, on the spot, there are also privileged relationships with one or other of the children or young people. Often there is a great temptation to buy something … to give gifts.
Ramchandra strives to provide education without selfishness and individual privilege.
Please do not short-circuit this background work! Individual gifts subtly nourish a sense of possessiveness despite all the good intentions of the heart which guide your actions.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The Nepalese rupee – different from the Indian rupee, is the currency of Nepal. Its exchange rate varies from 110 to 125 rupees for 1 euro, or Rs 1000 for just over 8 €
No need to change your money when you arrive at the airport: the ashram will guide you for that.
Telephone and Internet
WIFI is available everywhere in ashrams. It is therefore wise to install WhatsApp on your mobile and ask your friends and families to do the same. This will allow you to communicate for free by message, phone or video with them … but also to send them photos, videos, sound recordings … FREE OF CHARGE
To call and communicate everywhere, in the mountains and in the countryside, you must buy a Nepalese sim card. The ashram can guide you for this.
The current is 220 volts. There would normally be no need for a plug adapter, but if the European tips with 3 round triangle plugs fit well, the tips with 2 round plugs do not fit into Nepalese sockets. For that, it is, therefore, better to have a multiform adapter allowing to adapt to all types of configuration. You can also bring an extension multiple plugs which will adapt perfectly in the Nepalese plugs and will allow using plugs less adapted to 2 or 3 pins.
It is good to have a flashlight: in Nepal, power outages are sometimes common.
In Nepal, Saturday is THE holiday of the week. It’s like Sunday with us… and Sunday is the first day of the work week! Children go to school.
At the ashram, Saturday morning is devoted to karma yoga, service at the ashram. For some, it is to sell vegetables and products from the ashram at the organic markets of Kathmandu.
On Friday, from 4 p.m., the hive sets to work to prepare all the vegetables. On Saturdays at 5.30 am, the cars are loaded and at 6.30 am the sellers leave to sell on the 3 organic markets of Kathmandu.
At the ashram school, children start at 10 a.m. and finish at 4 p.m., with a break between 1.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. for a midday snack.
They have a meal at 9:30 am and a second at 6:30 pm with the traditional Dal Bhat vegetables and chapatis. In the morning, at 8 a.m. and in the evening at 4 p.m., they all have an hour of karma yoga.
Visitors make their 3 traditional meals:
8:30 am: Nepalese breakfast – Vegetables and / or potatoes, chapatis, bananas, yogurt and herbal tea –
12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m .: Lunch
6.30 p.m. – Dinner
A bottle of drinking water is provided free of charge upon arrival. You can buy additional bottles (25 Rupees per bottle) … but you are encouraged to use filtered water from the water station opposite the kitchen. It will be a gesture towards protecting the environment. Do not hesitate to ask for hot drinking water (tato pani, in Nepali) in the kitchen, if you need to.
There is no laundry service on-site. Everyone can wash their laundry in their bathroom. To dry it, everyone hangs it on the balcony railings, upstairs or at the very top, on the roof … taking care to wring it well so as not to water those who work or eat in front of the kitchen.
The ashram shop offers many items: food products (honey, spices, seeds, etc.), books in French by Sri Aurobindo, La Mère or the autobiography of Ramchandra, 100% natural incense, shawls, towels, bags, shoes, t-shirts, pashminas, Ayurvedic products and many other handicrafts. Many products are made at the ashram.
In October, November, and December, the sky is normally clear, the sun is shining and the view of the mountains is very often perfect. The temperatures during the day are pleasant. It’s a great time to visit Nepal, though the temperatures can get colder and colder in the evenings as you get closer to the end of the year.
January is the coldest month. It is good in the sun during the day. December and January are the right time to stay in the Terai ashram, in the south of Nepal where the climate is much milder… and mosquitoes much less present.
In winter, trekking is always possible at altitudes below 3000 m due to the cold. The weather is very clear and the visibility of the mountains excellent.
From mid-February, the climate becomes milder. From March to May, the days are sunny and the temperatures are milder. It is the flowering period of rhododendrons, which are real trees and not shrubs as with us. That’s wonderful!
The view of the mountains is less and less good as the monsoon approaches, especially in the Annapurna region.
The monsoon extends from mid-June to mid-September, roughly.
It is due to the masses of humid air that rises from the Bay of Bengal and is blocked by the Himalayas. Obliged to rise, they cool and condense to fall back in the form of rain.
The monsoon can be very violent and generate large floods or landslides. Certain regions are less affected, such as the north of the Annapurnas, Haut-Dolpo, and Mustang.
The monsoon is also synonymous with leeches. They can be very numerous! Fortunately, nature has made available Artemisia, a plant very present in Nepal and very effective in stopping the blood because leeches inject an anticoagulant to be able to suck. They disappear with the dry season, but can still be frequent until November in wetlands, whether in the Teraï plain or in the mountains.
FOR YOUR HEALTH
NO vaccine is required
Here is some information suggested to live a healthy trip.
You decide what you want to bring: this list is for reference only.
Citroplus, grapefruit seed
Vitamin B cure – Jacques Vigne, who has lived in India for many years, advises BENERVA ROCHE, Vitamin B1 in coated tablets at a high dose of 250mg. One tablet per day. This gives the body a fragrance that mosquitoes don’t like. Start before the trip.
Solvarum to breathe and put on the skin after a mosquito bite, as a disinfectant.
China 7 ch, homeopathy granules in pharmacies, against diarrhea. HE preparation for travel
Friends use the following HE compounds when traveling to India, Asia, Africa or South America. They are effective in preventing intestinal problems and the consequences of mosquito bites … even if it does not taste good … especially at breakfast !!
These preparations can be ordered in pharmacies.
Oral formula 2 drops per day:
H.E. Thymus vulgaris s.b. thymol 25% • H.E Origanum majorana 10%
H.E Rosm. off.verbenone 15%
H.E Mélaleuca leucedendron 15%
H.E Pimenta dioica s.b eugenol, chavicol 10%
H.E Thymus satureioiedes s.b borneol 10%
H.E Mentha pipérita s.b menthol 5%
H.E Cinnamomum zeylanicum o.p. bark madagascar 10%
Dermal formula, 1 application per day on the wrists:
1. 20% of a mixture of 5 H.E:
H.E Eucalyptus citriodora 25%
H.E Cymbopognon winterianus 20%
H.E Aniba roseodora 30%
H.E Mélaleuca quinquernervia s.b viridiflorol 18%
HEY ? (pharmacies know, dixit Bé.) 7%
80% H.V Jojoba
Other proposals to complete the health kit:
- Tea tree essential oil (disinfectant) Small tube of green clay paste (for wound)
Magnesium chloride for digestive concerns, to put in drinking water
Rescue (for emotional shock)
Arnica 7 ch in homeopathic granules (muscle pain) ….
Mother tincture of Echinacea: 30 drops morning and evening, to prevent infection. It is also the best antibiotic equivalent. To be taken in continuous treatment from the day before departure until 1 month after.
All these indications are not to be taken as a take-away list!
It’s up to you to decide based on what you feel, what you can or what you intuitively feel.
© Abel Millot — © Les Enfants de Ram — © Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir — © Auronepal Travel & Trek — Janvier 2020