Early bird deadline extended through October 15.
The Summer 20th Anniversary Bus Tour has successfully concluded, and has been one of the most exciting and wonderful tours thus far. But wait -there’s still more to be excited about! The 20th Anniversary WINTER TOUR will be in none other than the Caribbean, in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. That’s right, this is a brand new location and a whole new experience, and it’ll be jammed pack full of harinams, rathayatra festivals, snorkeling and pristine beaches and much more. Below is our tentative schedule, but see more details here.
December 17, Meet up in Alachua, Florida at the start of the tour.
December 18-20, Atlanta 24-Hour Kirtan festival. We’ll drive with our bus from Alachua to Atlanta at the beginning of the tour, where we’ll have lots of getting-to-know-each-other group activities and introductions. Two days of blissful kirtans in Atlanta will be a great start to the tour.
December 21, The Journey to Puerto Rico. We’ll drive with our bus from Atlanta to Orlando, and board various flights to Puerto Rico, trying to stay together as a group as much as possible. Shuttles will pick us up at the other end and transport us to our PR accommodations near the temple.
December 22-26, Harinamas and adventure activities in towns and villages around Puerto Rico. Exploring the rainforest at El Yunque National Park. Kayaking a bioluminescent bay. Christmas 12-Hour Kirtan at Puerto Rico temple. Tourist sight-seeing in the old town of San Juan. Swimming at waterfalls and Caribbean beaches.
December 27, Puerto Rico Ratha-yatra festival in San Juan.
December 28, The Journey to the Dominican Republic.
December 29-January 1, Harinamas and adventures in the Dominican Republic. Hiking up Pico Duarte in the Cordillera Central mountains. Visiting the the first settlements of the “new world” established by Christopher Columbus in 1493. Japa walking pirate coves and white sand beaches. Snorkeling alongside tropical fish in a coral reef. Exploring jungle waterfalls and swimming holes.
January 2, Dominican Republic Ratha-yatra festival in Santo Domingo.
January 3, The Journey Home, flying from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. See flight booking info included at the end of the Application Form.
We’ve got a very exciting schedule for the next 6 weeks of our summer bus tour. We’ll be going to diverse locations from Key Largo to Vancouver, from the summer heat down south to the snowy cold up north in the mountains, so be sure to prepare appropriately and follow our packing list.
8 WED Depart Alachua, Florida, 4 pm.
9 THU Houston, Texas, The Sanga Initiative retreat
10 FRI Houston, TSI
11 SAT Houston, TSI
12 SUN Houston, TSI
13 MON Houston, TSI
14 TUE Houston, TSI
15 WED St. Louis, Missouri
16 THU New Vrindavan, West Virginia
17 FRI Toronto, Ontario
18 SAT Toronto, Ontario, Ratha-yatra
19 SUN Toronto, Ontario, Festival of India
20 MON Serpent River, Ontario
21 TUE Thunder Bay, Ontario, Festival of India
22 WED Winnipeg, Manitoba
23 THU Regina, Saskatchewan
24 FRI Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Ratha-yatra
25 SAT Calgary, Alberta, Ratha-yatra
26 SUN Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
27 MON Spanish Fork, Utah
28 TUE Chinle, Arizona – Navajo Nation horseback riding
29 WED Grand Canyon, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada
30 THU San Diego, California
31 FRI Los Angeles and Laguna Beach, California
01 SAT Los Angeles, California
02 SUN Los Angeles, California, Ratha-yatra
03 MON Yosemite National Park, California
04 TUE San Francisco, California
05 WED Crater Lake and Portland, Oregon
06 THU Mount Rainier, Washington
07 FRI Vancouver, British Columbia
08 SAT Vancouver, BC
09 SUN Vancouver, BC, Ratha-yatra
10 MON Saranagati Village, BC
11 TUE Golden, BC – Whitewater Rafting
12 WED Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta
13 THU Jasper National Park, Alberta
14 FRI Jasper National Park, Alberta
15 SAT Edmonton, Alberta
16 SUN Crow Agency, Montana – Crow Fair and Pow-wow
17 MON Rocky Mountains National Park and Denver, Colorado
18 TUE Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
19 WED Dallas, Texas
20 THU New Talavan, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana
21 FRI Key Largo, Florida – Snorkeling
22 SAT Key West, Florida
23 SUN Miami and Alachua, Florida
24 MON Ichetucknee Springs river float trip
We’re excited to announce the dates for this summer’s upcoming TWENTIETH anniversary bus tour! (That’s right, we’re about to turn 20).
The tour will begin on July 8 and start at the Sanga Initiative, which will be hosted in Houston TX. The tour will include Toronto Rathayatra, Calgary, Vancouver and Los Angeles Rathayatras among many more exciting adventures.
The tour is scheduled to return back to Alachua by August 23.
Thinking of coming on tour with us? Applications for this year’s Mexico Bus Tour will be coming out soon! Until then, keep updated on what’s happening by following us on Facebook. If that’s not enough to satisfy you, you can look at our photo album or watch our promotional video from last year’s tour on replay.
31 youth. 20 days. 14 festivals. Hope to see you with us this year!
4 Bus Tours this year:
Kishori Yatra tour for Girls ages 11-15, June 6-29
They’ll be traveling on the silver bus to Panihati in Atlanta, then on to New Vrindaban, Philadelphia, New York Ratha-yatra, Boston, camping in New Hampshire, Washington D.C., camping in South Carolina… fun, fun, fun in good association with devotee peers, and of course lots of kirtan, festivals, temples… Only three spots left. Sign up soon: http://kishoriyatra.com/
The Boys Summer Trip for ages 12 and up. July 1 – August 3
With only a couple of days between tours, the silver bus will drop off the Kishori Yatris and pick up the legendary Boys Summer Trip and take them on a whirlwind adventure across North America this summer. Washington DC Ratha-yatra, Montreal Ratha-yatra, camping with Bhaktimarga Swami on the Bruce Peninsula, Lake Superior, Toronto Ratha-yatra, Serpent River, Thunder Bay Festival of India, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary Ratha-yatra, camping, hiking and hot springs in Banff and Jasper National Parks in the Rocky Mountains, Edmonton Ratha-yatra, Yellowstone National Park (geysers, hot springs), Denver temple, whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River in Royal Gorge, Colorado; Dallas temple, New Talavan, and back to Alachua. His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami will be traveling with the boys, along with Kishore Rico (of the Mayapuris), Dattatreya Knighten, Ananta Sacasa and Naveen Allin. See their website for details: http://www.summertrip.org/
Euro Bus Tour, the Sequel: Mediterranea
That’s right. There will be a sequel to last year’s epic first-ever Euro Bus Tour for youth ages 18 and up, this time focusing on the Mediterranean countries, possibly, perhaps, maybe including Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland… and could include Belgium (if we rent a bus from the same company as last year). Tour dates would be starting in the month of July, maybe extending into the first week of August. The organizers are currently busy working out the details so they can announce them to you in the next few weeks. The organizers are applying for grants to try to subsidize the tour as well. We’ll see what happens. Start saving now and do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested so we can keep you informed with dates and schedule as soon as we know.
The one and only. All we can say is you ain’t seen nothin’ until you’ve seen the festivals the bus tour youth put on at the university in Tampico, and in Monterrey, Veracruz, Palenque Mayan ruins, Merida, Cancun, Tulum, white sand and turquoise water Caribbean beaches, San Cristobal, Tuxtla, Shambala, Villahermosa, Tulancingo, Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Colima… the jungles of Agua Azul… and having the association of Guru Prasad Swami and other senior devotees. Take a look at the photos from last year’s tour here. Dates will be approximately December 12, 2014 – January 4, 2015. Cost approx. $900. Email email@example.com to let us know you’re interested.
See for yourself what was so special about last year’s Mexico Bus Tour.