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.
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
$3450 (double occupancy)
This does not include:
- International airfare (approx. $1500)
- Passport (approx. $165)
- Visa (approx. $85)
- Immunizations/personal medical expenses
- In-country transportation
- Trek and other excursions
- Group meals (2 per day)
- Group medical supplies