INVITING YOU...

TO THE SPLENDID CITY OF DWARKA

WHERE LORD SRI KRISHNA ONCE STAYED WITH HIS ASSOCIATES

SRI DWARKA DHAM

IYS YATRA 2018

10 - 14 FEBRUARY

SET SAIL TO THIS DIVINE ABODE OF THE LORD

IN THE ASSOCIATION OF MORE THAN 600 YOUNG & ENTHUSIASTIC DEVOTEES OF SRI DWARKADHISH

BREATHTAKING DARSHANS

LIKE NEVER BEFORE!

WHAT CAN ONE SEE THROUGH THE EYES!

PERCEIVE THE DIVINITY BY SEEING THROUGH YOUR EARS AND FEEL GRATEFUL FOR THE DARSHAN

THE AMAZING BEAUTY OF DWARKA

IS CALLING YOU...

TO BESTOW KRISHNA'S UNLIMITED BLESSINGS UPON YOU

IYS YATRA 2018 : 10-14 FEBRUARY : DWARKA (GUJARAT)

WHAT IS AN IYS YATRA?

The IYS yatra is a spiritual retreat to different holy places in India like Vrindavan, Mayapur, Ujjain, Chitrakoot, Ahobilam, Dwarka, Jagannath Puri etc. to provide the participants a first-hand experience of its rich cultural heritage.

Such trips give an amazing boost to the participants’ spiritual dimension, along with an opportunity to bathe in the wondrous association of devotees and the merciful darshans of the deities in the holy dham.

ABOUT DWARKA

The holy town of Dwarka lies on the Arabian Sea in the Western Indian state of Gujarat. Dwarka is the sacred city where Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, spent most of His time during His appearance on earth five thousand years ago. He performed wonderful pastimes there, including expanding into 16,108 forms and creating 16,108 palaces for His 16,108 queens. In Vrindavan, Lord Krishna lived as a simple cowherd boy, but in Dwarka He lived as a wealthy prince.

Srila Prabhupada writes (SB 1.10.27 P): “The heavenly planets are more celebrated than the earth. But the celebrity of earth has defeated that of the heavenly planets because of Dwarka, where Lord Sri Krishna reigned as king. Three places, namely Vrindavan, Mathura, and Dwarka, are more important than the famous planets within the universe. These places are perpetually sanctified because whenever the Lord descends on earth He displays His transcendental activities particularly in these three places. They are perpetually the holy lands of the Lord, and the inhabitants still take advantage of the holy places, even though the Lord is now out of their sight.”

As an annual regular feature of ISKCON Youth Services, the next IYS yatra will be going to Sri Dwarka Dham. More than 600 boys are expected to benefit from this unique opportunity & get innumerable unforgettable experiences of the beautiful dham. Inviting you to join in too...

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

Unmarried boys above 18 years of age, chanting at least 4 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra since 1-Dec-2017. They should also have an IYS/Congregation counselor.

YATRA CHARGES:

Non-Earning participants: Rs 2100
Earning participants: Rs 2600
(Charges do not include train fare)

TRAIN TRAVEL:

All aspiring participants are advised to book their train tickets well in advance, for travel from Mumbai to Dwarka and back, as per the information given below.
Train bookings open on 12-Oct-2017.

REGISTRATIONS:

1. Please ensure with your IYS/Congregation counselor that your details (with photograph) are updated in the temple database.
2. Registrations begin on 1-Dec-2017 and close on 17-Dec-2017. Once registration opens, please fill & submit the online form below and pay the full yatra charges to your IYS counselor BEFORE 17-DEC-2017. No advance payment now.

Boys having congregation counselors will need to approach any IYS preacher they know and register through them.

For any queries, email us at iysmumbai@gmail.com

TRAIN TRAVEL INFORMATION

There are not many direct trains from Mumbai to Dwarka and back. So please go through the below information carefully, understand them, keep your options in priority ready, and BOOK AS SOON AS THE BOOKINGS OPEN, to ensure a confirmed berth for your train travel. We will not be travelling to Somnath, so please do not plan to reach/board from Somnath (Veraval) and commute to/from Dwarka (240 Kms/5 Hrs by road).

LIST OF RECOMMENDED TRAINS FOR TRAVELLING FROM MUMBAI TO DWARKA:
Travel Date: 9-Feb-2018 (Friday), Bookings Open: 12-Oct-2017 (Thursday)
Upon reaching Dwarka, boys will need to reach their accommodation in Dwarka on their own. Address (with map) will be communicated to all.

Train#Train NameFromDep.ToArr.TravelAvl. Quota (SL)CommentsFare (SL)
22945SAURASHTRA MAILMumbai Central (BCT)21:35Dwarka (DWK)14:1516:40129485
22945SAURASHTRA MAILPalghar (PLG)123:13Dwarka (DWK)14:151514455
19217SAU JANTA EXPBandra Terminus (BDTS)17:10Jamnagar (JAM)28:5014:14260440 + 60(GN)
19217SAU JANTA EXPPalghar (PLG)118:43Jamnagar (JAM)28:5014:0724380 + 60(GN)
19707ARAVALI EXPRESSBandra Terminus (BDTS)20:55Ahmedabad (ADI)34:307:35110280
22945SAURASHTRA MAILAhmedabad (ADI)35:55Dwarka (DWK)14:158:20-SL/WL/Window Ticket, Travel Date: 10-Feb305
22945SAURASHTRA MAILSurat (ST)41:35Dwarka (DWK)14:1512:4020Travel Date: 10-Feb395
1. Boys who book their tickets in 22945 Saurashtra Mail/ 19217 Sau Janta Exp, from Palghar (separate quota), should either board the train at Palghar or buy a separate travel ticket till Palghar if boarding from BCT/ DR/ BDTS/ BVI.
2. Boys who book their tickets in 19217 Sau Janta Exp (which terminates at Jamnagar), will need to buy another travel ticket at Jamnagar station for travelling to Dwarka (2 Hrs), and catch a connecting train (mostly 22945 Saurashtra Mail at 11:54am) for Dwarka.
3. Boys who book their tickets in 19707 Aravali Express (till Ahmedabad) will also need to book another ticket in Sleeper class of 22945 Saurashtra Mail (DATED 10-Feb). A waiting list ticket is ok, but it has to be a window ticket, not e-ticket (else it will automatically get cancelled). This ticket will need to be purchased a few days earlier, not after it's chart preparation at Mumbai the day before. These boys can then travel in the SL coaches of 22945 Saurashtra Mail with other IYS boys, who've boarded the train from Mumbai the previous night. Do not plan to purchase a GN ticket at Ahmedabad and travel in GN class for 8 Hrs, as you may not get a place to even sit. Another alternative for 19707 Aravali express for travelling till Ahmedabad is 22927 Lok Shakti Exp (Leaving BDTS 19:40, Reaching ADI 4:20).
4. Boys who book their tickets in 22945 Saurashtra Mail, from Surat (separate quota), will need to buy another travel ticket for traveling in the same train from Mumbai to Surat.


LIST OF RECOMMENDED TRAINS FOR TRAVELLING FROM DWARKA TO MUMBAI:
Travel Date: 14-Feb-2018 (Wednesday), Bookings Open: 17-Oct-2017 (Tuesday)
All yatra participants are requested to ATTEND THE FULL YATRA, and not leave before the yatra ends.

Train#Train NameFromDep.ToArr.TravelAvl. Quota (SL)CommentsFare (SL)
22946SAURASHTRA MAILDwarka (DWK)13:41Mumbai Central (BCT)7:1017:29126485
22946SAURASHTRA MAILHapa (HAPA)516:20Mumbai Central (BCT)7:1014:5011435
19218SAU JANATA EXPJamnagar (JAM)613:55Mumbai Central (BCT)5:4015:45221405
19218SAU JANATA EXPRajkot (RJT)615:33Mumbai Central (BCT)5:4015:45162380 + 45(GN)
19218SAU JANATA EXPAhmedabad (ADI)620:10Mumbai Central (BCT)5:4015:45103280 + 115(GN)
19570VRL-BCT EXPVeraval (VRL)717:19Mumbai Central (BCT)7:1013:5188Boarding BKNG440 + 90(GN)
19570VRL-BCT EXPBhaktinagar (BKNG)717:19Mumbai Central (BCT)7:1013:518385 + 90(GN)
19016SAURASHTRA EXPPorbandar (PBR)821:05Mumbai Central (BCT)19:1522:1029450
5. Boys who book their tickets in 22946 Saurashtra Mail from Hapa (separate quota), will need to buy another travel ticket at Dwarka station for travelling in the same train from Dwarka till Hapa (2.5 Hrs).
6. Boys who book their tickets in 19218 Sau Janata Exp will be send in bus, by us, from Dwarka to Jamnagar. Those who have booked their tickets in 19218 Sau Janata Exp either from Rajkot/ Ahmedabad (separate quotas), will need to buy another travel ticket at Jamnagar station, in the same train, to travel from Jamnagar till Rajkot (1.5 Hrs)/ Ahmedabad (6 Hrs).
7. 19570 Vrl-Bct Exp starts from Veraval and gets attached to 22946 Saurashtra Mail at Rajkot and runs together till Mumbai Central. Boys who book their tickets in 19570 Vrl-Bct Exp from Veraval/ Bhaktinagar, will need to travel from Dwarka till Rajkot in 22946 Saurashtra Mail and board 19570 Vrl-Bct Exp at Rajkot. However, boarding points for such tickets need to be Bhaktinagar (BKNG) and not Rajkot. The distance is only 6kms, but you won't get a quota in the train from Rajkot. All such boys will also need to buy another travel ticket at Dwarka station for travelling in 22946 Saurashtra Mail from Dwarka till Rajkot (4 Hrs).
8. Boys who book their tickets in 19016 Saurashtra Exp leaving from Porbandar, will have to travel from Dwarka to Porbandar (2 Hrs) ON THEIR OWN, either by public transport or self-booked vehicles. Please arrange information about this travel well before time and not at the last moment.
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