India: Diversity & Destiny in the 21st Century

India: Diversity & Destiny is an all-encompassing journey that explores India’s dazzling heritage and how it is adapting to the 21st century. During the trip we will have a wide range of cultural experiences and lively discussions on issues from Independence and Partition, to poverty and development, to the cultural survival of the Tibetan community-in-exile.

You probably already have images of India and the Himalayas. Forget them. The realities of this enigmatic country will stretch your boundaries. At the very least you will discover a variety and nuance concerning the human condition that you have always imagined — that wealth and happiness come from the heart.

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  • Experience India’s incredible diversity and ancient religious traditions
  • Watch the sunrise over the majestic Taj Mahal
  • Witness the rich Sikh tradition at the Golden Temple in Amritsar
  • Visit Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama and large Tibetan refugee community
  • Optional trek in the Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas
  • Trip proceeds will support local community organizations
  • Open to Western Washington University alumni and friends

Buddhist monks in northern ThailandTrip Leaders

  • Dr. Frank James, WWU alum and IVS board member
  • Ted and Peg Hope, IVS Founders
  • Dr. Roger Gilman, Emeritus Dean and Professor at Fairhaven College, will also accompany the group as a trip participant

Activity Level

Moderate – walking up to 1-2 miles per day. There will also be an optional 3-day,                               2-night trek in the Himalayas above Dharamsala.

Itinerary Summary (18 days | 17 nights)

Arrive Delhi, 1 night; train to Agra, 2 nights; coach to Jaipur, 2 nights, night train to Amritsar, 3 nights; jeeps to Dharamsala, 4 nights (w/option for homestays); trek (optional), 2 nights; Dharamsala, 2 nights; flight to Delhi.

Trip Cost

$3450 (double occupancy)

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This does not include:

  • International airfare (approx. $1500)
  • Passport (approx. $165)
  • Visa (approx. $85)
  • Immunizations/personal medical expenses

This includes:

  • Lodging
  • In-country transportation
  • Trek and other excursions
  • Group meals (2 per day)
  • Group medical supplies

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