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37th IVU World Vegetarian Congress
Goa, India, September 10-16, 2006
Healthy Lifestyle - Vegetarian Way!


Alternative Accommodation

If you would like to find somewhere cheaper than the Radisson and register for just the Congress and meals, these suggestions were provided by Shankar Narayan, a local resident:

  1. There is a Hotel by name Club Mahindra Varca Beach, Goa at a distance of just 1 km from the Congress venue (15-20 minuutes' walk). They have offered a special rate of Rs.2600 (about US $ 60), standard room plus tax basis, per night against the rack rate of Rs.5000, for maximum 2 adults and 2 children under 6 years. This works out at US$ 420 for 7 nights and gives a saving of US$ 130 compared to stay at Radisson. Those interested can get more details from clubmahindra.com. Reservations can be sent directly to reservations@clubmahindra.com addressed to Ms. Andrea. Reference may be made to my discussions with Ms. Andrea on Nov.10, 2005. In case interested parties contact me, based on confirmed participations, I can try to negotiate a still better rate.

  2. There are no other suitable hotels in the vicinity. Other hotels available are at a minimum distance of 4-5 kms from the venue and are more expensive. In addition, transportation will be a major problem.

  3. There are decent budget hotels in Margao, nearest town, (where I live) about 9 kms from the Congress venue. Tariff ranges from about US$15 without air-conditioning and about US$ 20 with air-conditioning, per night, for a standard room for 2 adults and 2 children. Again, based on confirmed participations, I can negotiate a better rate.

My suggestions are:

  1. First choice should be to stay at the Congress venue. It is a very good place at a very good rate. Cost is US $ 700 for 7 nights.

  2. Second choice is naturally Club Mahindra at US $ 420 for 7 nights .

  3. For those who do not want the above options, the best option is to stay in Margao (preferably in one hotel) at about US $100 to US $150 for 7 nights. Transportation can be arranged at a cost of US $ 100 (1 person traveling alone) or US $ 20 (8-10 persons traveling together). Better prices can be negotiated based on confirmed participations.

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