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What should I to bring?

  • Please bring a flashlight for walking around the property in the evening or in case of power outages. A flashlight with rechargeable batteries or one that is recharged through an electrical outlet is best because we have no possibility of recycling discarded batteries.
  • It can be cold in the early mornings, so bring a shawl, sweater or fleece.
  • Bring a metal water bottle which you can refill at Satsanga with purified water.
  • As evening approaches, there can be a lot of mosquitoes. Mosquito repellant is readily available in Goa, even herbal varieties, or you can bring your favorite brand from home.
  • Like many parts of India, in our village there are a lot of dogs. On some evenings, especially close to the full moon, the dogs can really bark at night, sometimes for hours. For some people, their sleep is deep, and they don’t hear the dogs, but for light sleepers consider bringing earplugs just in case your sleep is disturbed.

 What should I wear?

  • Regarding what to wear, in Goa it is acceptable to wear summer clothing, such as sun dresses, skirts, tank tops and shorts. If you go to the local Mapusa Market, temples or other places where mostly Indian people gather, it’s recommended that you wear something to cover your shoulders. At the beaches, wearing a bikini and other Western swim wear is perfectly acceptable. At Satsanga we ask that you wear your swimsuit at all times while swimming, no skinny dipping or topless sunbathing is allowed out of respect for our Indian friends and staff.

 Can I exchange money? Are there ATM’s near Satsanga?

  • Exchanging money and getting cash from an ATM is easy in Goa. There are cash points/ATM’s and currency exchange kiosks at the airport, as well as very nearby in Mapusa, Anjuna and Calangute. If you don’t already have Indian rupees upon your arrival, definitely exchange some cash at the aiport or withdraw some from the cash point so that you are able to pay your taxi driver. The drivers accept only rupees.

 Can I use my credit card?

  • Most shops and restaurants accept only cash; very few take credit cards and none accept traveler’s checks, so plan on using cash (rupees) everywhere you go. It is possible to exchange traveler’s checks at the money exchange kiosks. Satsanga Retreat does not accept credit cards.

 Do you have Wi-Fi?

  •  Yes!

 Can I buy a SIM card for my mobile?

  • We have a single landline at Satsanga Retreat that can be used for local calls (calls within the state of Goa). It’s also possible to buy an Indian SIM card. You will need a copy of your passport, visa and 2 passport size photos (you can have pass photos taken here). It takes about 30 minutes to complete the transaction and your SIM may be activated right away, or it may take up to 48 hours. The SIM cards that get the best range in our area are Idea and Vodaphone (however, in other parts of Goa these SIM cards may not work at all due to limited coverage in the area). For example, if you’ll be heading to south Goa to stay in Agonda or Patnem, Idea has no coverage there. Airtel and Reliance do not work very well in our area.
  • You can buy a basic Nokia mobile at a kiosk in Mapusa for between 1200 and 1700 rupees.
  • There are also many pay phones along the roadside kiosks where you can make local and long distance calls

Smoking & Alcohol

  • We have a designated smoking area in the front garden of Satsanga. We ask that guests not smoke anywhere else on the property. We sell wine by the glass. However, if you are part of a retreat and your group leader has requested no alcohol, then we must honor his or her request.

 What time is Check-In & Check-Out?

  • Check-in time is 3:00 pm and check-out is 11:30 am.  If you have a flight arriving early in the morning, you are welcome to come to Satsanga. We have many places where you can relax and wait until your room is ready. If you room is ready before 3:00 pm, we are happy to check you in early.

 

 I’d like to travel before or after my stay at Satsanga Retreat, where should I go?

  • Many people love to visit Hampi (a 3 to 4-day stay is good). Some like to journey down to Kerala to have ayurvedic treatments or a backwater boat tour. Hampi is a 8-hour train ride or 11-hour overnight bus ride. Kerala is a 2.5-hour flight or 18-hour train ride.
  • For venturing in the north, these are excellent travel companies that can guide you to India’s most beautiful and sacred places…

 

Can you accommodate children? 

Children are so welcome at Satsanga, however any child under the age of 16 must always be accompanied by an adult responsible for them at all times, around the pool and in the gardens at Satsanga.

Do you have pets?

  • We have three dogs and five cats. They all have their immunizations and are very friendly. The cats especially like to visit guests in their rooms (visits can be diverted by keeping doors and windows closed) and both the dogs and cats love to come into the shala and just be a part of the group energy.