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Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

Do I need to buy a ticket to enter Krishna-Valley?

All visitors to Krishna Valley should buy an entry ticket – Guesthouse guests included.   !! Exceptions are Krishna Valley residents and immediate family, Somogyvamos residents, MKTHK volunteers and missionaries, Counselling system members and Nama Hatta members.   Tickets can be bought at the reception where the elephants are located.

Opening times & Seasons

Krishna Valley and its guesthouses are open to visit all year round.

Where can I park my vehicle?

Gurudeva Bhavan
Please note, no parking at the accommodation – Parking only in Gauranga square in front of the temple.

Elephant Guesthouse
Please note, no parking at the accommodation – Parking only at the dedicated parking lot, next to the Krishna valley’s reception.

Kamala Guesthouse
There is parking available in the garden.

Where can we eat?

There are three options for the guest to choose from:

Temple restaurant is open from 11:30 to 17:30 every day (Only from May to October).

Devotee prasadam
(served in the temple or restaurant in the colder months and in the large event tent next to the temple in the warm time of the year)
Breakfast:  8:30
Lunch:  13:30

Kamala snack-bar (to order, please contact receptionist)

House Rules

Accommodation Places

Gurudeva Bhavan and the Elephant Guest House are situated in the Krishna Valley and are therefore subject to the rules of the holy places.

The inhabitants of the Krishna Valley are striving to live a clean, close to nature life. We also ask our guests to pay attention to this during their stay in the Krishna Valley guesthouses and to help the families and residents, as well as their visiting companions, who wish to relax and recharge.

  • avoid smoking, alcohol and drug abuse
  • avoid gambling,
  • practice the principle of celibacy at the place of pilgrimage, which is to refrain from sexual activity
  • avoid eating meat, fish, egg products, onions and mushrooms
  • For the rest of our guests, please be quiet during the evening and early hours.

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During your stay, it is very important that you follow the instructions below!

  1. The property will be occupied from 2 pm to 6 pm on the day of arrival and will be available from 10 am on departure.
  2. When booking a room, please complete the guestbook with your official document.
  3. The key to the room provides access to the building and the room.
  4. When making a reservation, the property will show you rooms that guests can use and provide information about the services they provide.
  5. Children under 4 years old are not required to pay the extra bed without prior consent. In this case, no bedding or bedding is provided for the child.
  6. The accommodation fee includes utilities and other overheads. Bed linen is provided for our guests.
  7. Pets are not allowed in the guest room!
  8. Neither the owner nor Venu Kft. Are responsible for the values ​​left at the accommodation.
  9. In the event of loss of the keys provided, guests are required to inform the property immediately and reimburse the hotel for the price and lock replacement.
  10. Equipment in the apartment or room may only be rearranged with the prior consent of the owner or the owner.
  11. The proprietor and operator Venu Ltd. shall not be liable for any material damage or accident resulting from improper use.
  12. Damage caused by guests due to improper use shall be compensated directly by the guest to the property.
  13. Guests are required to observe the house’s policies, with particular regard to morning and evening and night hours.
  14. If you have any problems with your room or guesthouse during your stay, please inform the property immediately! We cannot accept subsequent complaints.
  15. We kindly ask our guests to give the key to the host or the Krishna Valley reception when leaving the room!

How can I get access to my room?

When you arrive in Somogyvámos please proceed to the Kamala Guesthouse located at Fő utca 15. Our guesthouses reception is located inside this main building and you can receive your keys there as well as instructions on how to find your room.

Can I take part in the ceremonies in the temple?

Anyone can take part in the temple programs regardless of gender, age or ethnicity.

Please come! You are more than welcome!

If you have any questions while you are in the temple then please do not hesitate to ask the resident devotees – they will be more that happy to help.

More details about what time ceremonies take places two questions below in the FAQ

Where can I learn more about the Krishna Conscious lifestyle?

We hold various program throughout the year where you can learn more about Krishna Consciousness.

From the link below you can read about what course are available – please note all courses are in Hungarian and we can not provide translation services.

http://tanfolyamok.krisnavolgy.hu/tanfolyamaink/

If you have any questions please ask the following devotee:

Lilasuka Das
06305306369
[email protected]

Are there camping facilities available?

There are camping facilities available at the Kamala Guesthouse.

Please visit our accommodation page for more information.

We strongly advise you to contact us before booking – just in case all our facilities are fully booked.

What are your Terms & Conditions?

Please visit our Terms & Conditions page for more information.

Is WiFi available at the accommodation?

Wifi is available in all the accommodation.

Devotee questions

What are the Darshan times?

Altar opening times:
04.30 – 04.57
07.00 – 07.50
08.20 – 11.50
12.40 – 13.10
16.00 – 17.20
18.00 – 18.30
19.30 – 20.00

Temple opening hours and the timing of the programs:
03.00 – opening of the temple building
04.30 – 04.55 – Mangala arati
04.57 – 05.02 – Nrsimhadeva mangala arati
05.05 – 05.15 – Tulasi arati
05.15 – 06.55 – Japa meditation
06.55 – 07.00 – Greeting of Laksmi Nrsimhadeva
07.00 – 07.10 – Greeting of Radhe Syama
07.10 – 07.20 – Srila Prabhupada Guru Puja
07.20 – 07.40 – Kirtana
07.40 – 08.30 – Srimad Bhagavatam class
08.40 – 09-00 – Breakfast
12.40 – 13.05 – Bhoga arati
13.30 – 14.00 – Lunch
16.00 – 16.10 – Afternoon arati
18.00 – 18.30 – Gaura arati
19.30 – 20.00 – Evening darshan
21.00 – Closing of the temple building

What service can I do in Krishna Valley?

If you would like to do some service when you are here in New Vraja Dham then please  email our volunteer department English contact member, Sukhayanti devi dasi at [email protected]

What presents can I bring for Radhe Syama?

If you are coming, then don’t miss the opportunity to do some seva and bring something for Sri Sri Radha Syamasundara.

If anyone is charitably disposed, it will be very good for Him to give charity only to Krishna… Krishna is present as the Supersoul in every living being, and if we can satisfy Him, then every living being will automatically be satisfied.” (Srila Prabhupada’s Krishna Book, Chapter 74.)

!! It is always best to ask the head pujari first what to bring !!

Head Pujari:  Asta Sakhi dd
Email:  [email protected]
Telephone:  +36 30 600 1459

How can I get an invitation letter for a Visa?

If you require an invitation letter for your visa application then please write us here: 
[email protected]

Getting here

How to get here

From Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Budapest:

The easiest way to come from the airport is by the Krishna Valley transfer, please check our Amenities page for more information.

Traveling by train:

Nearest station: Fonyód (train from Budapest Deli) or Somogyvár (train from Fonyód).

The official webpage for train schedules in English can be read HERE
Cost: 10-15 EUR from Budapest

Once there, you will need to be picked up. Please, consult this page for the prices of the transfer. Please try to inform us in advance of your estimated time of arrival, since cars are not always available for this service.

Traveling by bus:

You can take a bus from Budapest Nepliget Bus station to Öreglak, then take a bus to Somogyvár and from there take a bus to Somogyvámos. Alternatively, pickup from Öreglak or Somogyvár can be arranged. Please contact us for more information.

How to come by car?

We will be happy to arrange a transfer ride for you from Budapest or Fonyód. For more information, please check our amenities page.

If you come with your own car or a rented car:

GPS coordinates: 46.57076, 17.67956

If you are coming from the north, east or west: you should follow the signs towards lake Balaton. When you reach Fonyód town, follow the signs towards Lengyeltóti, then Somogyvár. When in Somogyvár take a left to Somogyvámos and follow the road signs of where to locate us. Krishna Valley is 23 kms from Fonyód.

If you approach the Farm from Budapest on M7, you have to leave at junction 150 and follow the signs towards Lengyeltóti (Kaposvár), then Somogyvár. When in Somogyvár take a left to Somogyvámos.

If you come from the south: you go to Kaposvár, from there follow the signs towards Fonyód. When you reach Somogyvár, take a right turn to Somogyvámos. Krishna Valley is 26 kms from Kaposvár.

Airport Car Rental information: http://www.bud.hu/english

There are 2 petrol stations in the 15 km area of the Farm and they are open from 6am-6pm.
One is located in Somogyvár and the other is in Lengyeltóti.

!! Please take note that some maps and GPS system indicate that you can go to Somogyvamos from road number 67 via Gamás and Vityapusztá
PLEASE IGNORE – it is just a dirt track and in many places impassable!!

Do I need a Visa for Hungary?

You can find that info here

Money Matters

Szép Cards / Erzsébet Coupons

Unfortunately we do not accept either Szép Cards or Erzsébet Coupons to pay for accommodation.

How can I pay for accommodation?

For each online reservation 50% of the amount due must be paid as a deposit. Deposit can be paid by Paypal, credit card or bank transfer (details below). !! NOTE !!  Deposit payment must take place 5 days from the date of the online reservation – otherwise the reservation will automatically be cancelled.  You can pay the reminder of the Krishna Valley accommodation fee by cash or credit card on arrival.

Paypal account
[email protected]

Bank details
Account holder: Venu Kft
Address: H-8699 Somogyvámos Fo u 38

Name of the bank: MKB Bank Zrt.
Address of the bank 1056 Budapest, Váci u. 38.
SWIFT (BIC): MKKB HU HB

HUF account:
Account number: 10300002-10632408-49020012
IBAN: HU16 1030 0002 1063 2408 4902 0012

Money Exchange / buying Forint

If you are coming from abroad then you should make sure you change money before you come to Krishna Valley.
We will not be able to change your foreign exchange here.
You will not be able to buy things from the shops locally in foreign currency.
(Although you can give donations in Krishna Valley in any currency)

Be aware, we have no currency exchange locally.
The closest would be located in the hallway of Tesco’s in either Kaposvar or Balatonboglar, both about 30 minutes away.

There are also ATM machines in the next village, Somogyvar where you can withdraw Hungarin forints.

Where can I make a donation?

For Nitya Seva, Seva Puja, Festival & general donations please contact Anuragi dd:
Email: [email protected]
Tel:  + 36 30 748 0812

For Goshala donations please contact Aryadeva das:
Email: [email protected]
Tel:  +36 30 279 26 95

Krishna Valley Card

If you have a Krishna Valley discount card then you are entitled to a 10% discount on accommodation at Gurdeva Bhavana, the Elephant guesthouse and the Kamala guesthouse and cottage.

You can find more about the Krishna Valley discount Card here.

Additional Information

What is the weather like?

Budapest climate is characterized by warm sunny summers and short cold winters.
The average temperature in summer is around 25 degrees Celsius (77° Fahrenheit)

  • During the months May, June, July, August and September you will experience pleasant weather with a nice average temperature.
  • On average, the warmest month is August.
  • On average, the coolest month is January.
  • June is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don’t like too much rain.
  • October is the driest month.

What is there to see and do in the local area?

Krishna Valley is situation close to Lake Balaton where there are many places to visit.
Other places of interest:

Csisztapusta medicinal spa baths
Marcali medicinal spa baths
Somogyvar Abbey ruins

Tripadvisor list for Somogy district

What is there to see and do in Krishna Valley?

Besides coming to see Sri Sri Radha Krishna on the altar in Their temple, there are lots of things to see and do.

If you are coming in a group and are not familiar with our lifestyle, then be sure to contact the tourist guides who can tell you of what programs are available.

Whilst here there are many walks & gardens to explore, vegetable gardens, the school buildings. Make sure you go and see Krishnas cows in the cow sheds we can guarantee you will never have seen a cow shed like it 🙂

If you fancy getting your hands dirty in the garden or do some other volunteer work, please contact our Volunteer Department English speaking member, Sukhayanti Devi Dasi at: [email protected]

What shops are locally?

Most basic supplies and sundries can be purchased in the devotee shop located in the corner of Gauranga Square in front of the temple next to the library
Opening times: Mon – Sat: 8:30 – 10:00 and 16:30 – 18:00. Sun: closed.

Other than that there is the Jacobfi Shop in Somogyvamos village – or Tesco’s located in Kaposvar or Balatonboglar (30mins drive from Somogyvamos).