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A sadu sitting along the ghats of the Ganges River. Photo by Jen Goings, India Semester.

Getting Ready for Take Off!

Dear Dragons Parents and Community,

Students should hopefully be packing eagerly awaiting to arrive into the rich culture of India. As they come please trust them and allow them space from their immediate connections to the world they know in order to truly allow them to immerse themselves in the unknown. We promise to post frequently if not daily right here on our Yak board so stay tuned!

Here is our most up to date itinerary:

We will pick students up from the airport and bring them for the night to get their feet under them and immerse themselves in the beautiful chaos of Delhi. From there we will take a night train to Varanasi (June 13-18)

Arrive in the oldest consistently inhabited city in the world, Varanasi.

Varanasi’s appeal lies in its diverse blend of cultures and religions. In Varanasi students have the chance to see Hindus walk through dawn light for a ritual dip in their cherished Ganges, and they can learn as well from the communities of Buddhists, Jains, Muslims, Sikhs and other devoted people who live and practice in Varanasi. Students can learn alongside Gurus on their ISP and practice daily yoga and meditation. Students will have 2 nights living in an ashram and then 2 nights in homestay families.

From there we will fly back to delhi pausing only briefly before embarking on the train towards Dharmsala (June 18- 25).

In Dharamsala we find a remarkable concentration of learned Buddhist scholars, activists and ex political prisoners with fascinating stories to tell.  We will spend our time here listening to the varied voices of the Tibetan community and learn about their unique resilience and perseverance.

We will  have one night together before splitting off for our longer 5 night homestays with Tibetan families.  We will continue to meet each morning for lectures on the current political situation in Tibet and the state of Tibetan refugees in India as well as visits to the Dalai Lama’s Monastery and meetings with important political and religious figures in the community.

From there we will take a bus ride into the Tibetan Colony of Bir staying at a monastery and learning about farming culture, exile, political prisoners and a deeper understanding of the Tibetan Diaspora. (June 25-28)

We will have one night together again in Dharamsala before taking a train ride back to Delhi, having one last night together in Delhi before saying goodbye to India, for now…

 

Please stay tuned for updates from the field!