As our first week of orientation in India comes to a close, we’re readying ourselves to move north into the Himalayan foothills: after several transit days (involving multiple trains and vehicles), we’ll settle into homestays in the environs of Dharamshala, residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile. From there, we’ll journey further into Himachal Pradesh, traveling through Bir and other mountainous landscapes as we learn about Buddhist philosophy, the consequences of development, agriculture and rural livelihoods, ecology and geography of the region, and of course ourselves in the process. Finally, we’ll land in Uttarakhand for one last week of homestays, farming, hiking through forested landscapes of oak and pine, reflecting on the previous weeks before one final week of intensive Hindi in the UNESCO heritage city of Jaipur with the American Institute of Indian Studies.
The group will continue to post their reflections, perspectives, and photos throughout our travels, as will we from time to time-
The Instructor Team