Travelling to the Dharma Yatra
How we choose to travel from our home to the Yatra can have far reaching effects on the environment. As we all know, planes, trains and cars (even electric ones) rely on fossil fuels which contribute to climate change. An element of comparison is the CO2 emissions per person....
The one way journey from London to the Yatra in France is 1120 km (700 miles). For such a distance a plane produces 234kg, a large car (with 3 people in) 117kg, a small car (with 3 people in) 58kg, a train 79kg, a coach 41kg but a bike or walking 0!
The Yatra is a journey in mindfulness, and getting there is part of the experience. Go slower, enjoy the view.
If you have any tips or wisdom to share about ways to reach the Yatra, or if you discover that the information presented here is incorrect, do contact us.
Below you will find the following details for making your journey:
- The Starting Point and End Point of Yatra
- How to get to the Yatra
- Finding the Parking Place And First Campsite
- Staying before and/or after the Yatra
The Starting Point And End Point Of The Yatra
Note: All the information here is to help you plan your travel to the Yatra area. We will send a full info email by the end of June with links to maps for the starting point and parking spot.
This year we will start near the village of Dieulefit, about a 30 minute drive east of Montélimar. We ask you to arrive between 13.30 (1.30pm) and 14.30 (2.30pm) on the first day so that you can receive arrival information, set up your tent and be ready for dinner at 18.00 (6pm).
The Yatra will end in the same area, with transport available to the railway station at Montélimar and the Yatra car parking place.
How To Get To The Yatra
The nearest train station to Dieulefit is in Montélimar.
Within the UK and from the UK to France
Visit SNCF at voyages-sncf.com. Better deals are available for tickets bought a few months in-advance.
If you travel from UK or the north you'll probably have to pass by Paris.
From UK visit bonjourlafrance.com
Montélimar train station is easy to get to with TGVs running from Paris Gare de Lyon. Visit sncf.com for more details.
There is a bus leaving Montélimar train station (the closest station) that arrives in the village of Dieulefit (approximately 11 km away from the 1st camp - from there we will bring you to the Yatra), it takes around 50 min to drive the 30 km.
Buses leave at:
After the Yatra, we will organize a bus to take people to Montelimar train station. The cost of the bus trip will be approximately 5 euros. You will be in Montelimar in time to catch any trains leaving at the earliest at 12:30.
Within the UK
UK to France
Think about offering lifts and hitchers.
Probably the easiest way to find your way to Dieulefit by car is to use a GPS device. Or search on google maps, you can print out your itinerary, and they are usually quite accurate. Also Michelin offer a good road map of France.
You can also hitch-hike, especially on the small roads it usually works well!
You can try these websites for car sharing:
For all of Europe (French website)
http://www.covoiturage.com (in French)
Type ‘covoiturage’ in a search engine (ie. google) you will find there are lots of different websites
The closest airport is Marseille or Lyon. Both are connected to Montélimar by train.
To Parking Place And First Campsite
Once you register you will receive a full informative letter along with your confirmation with all you need to know regarding getting to the Yatra parking place and the first camping spot.
There are places to stay nearby. There is a campsite in Dieulefit, but participants have to organize this for themselves. There are also other events happening before and after the Yatra.
If you're ready to reserve your place please Register your interest.