Gandhi Legacy Tour

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Celebrate Gandhi’s 150th birthday in India with Aurn and Tushar Gandhi

A LUX World Travel authentic spiritual journey…walking in the footsteps of Gandhi promoting Peace and Justice.

 

LUX World Travel is honored to host this historic trip to India!

 

Your trip leaders are Arun Gandhi, the 5th grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and Tushar Gandhi, Arun’s son.  This immersion trip will offer you the privileged experience to travel to India with Arun Gandhi, and upon arrival also be introduced to his son, Tushar, who manages many of the Gandhi family projects in Mumbai and surrounding areas.

 

This Spiritual and Cultural Journey is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore India, and be introduced to a multitude of Wisdom leaders, Peace keepers, and social and justice workers in India who continue to “BE the change they wish to see in the world.” And NOW, you will be part of it!

 

EARLY BIRD RATE: SAVE $300 pp, when deposited by July 30th

14 Day Gandhi Legacy Tour $3785 pp, based on shared accommodations.
SOLO RATE + $900

$500 DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR RESERVATION

THIS TRIP IS CO-SPONSORED WITH LUX WORLD TRAVEL

A one-day trip to Agra is available to add-on at the end of the tour.
You may opt to extend your journey an extra day to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Includes roundtrip ground transfers, breakfast and lunch.
Add-on Agra $140 pp

 

Questions??  CONTACT MELINDA JOHNSTON FOR MORE DETAILS

585-672-5250, or Email: Insight@BuddhiInsitute.com

 


 

ABOUT THIS TOUR

 

 

Tour India in Gandhi’s Footsteps, with Arun Gandhi, 5th grandson of MK Gandhi and his son Tushar Gandhi.  Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence is like that of the iceberg – what is visible to the eye is only a fraction of what is hidden. “Nonviolence is a life style that one has to adopt.”

Scholars have analyzed over and over the part that deals with political conflicts and independence of nations, because they insist that nonviolence is simply a strategy of convenience. (Mohandas) Gandhi said:

This philosophy is not like a jacket that you wear when necessary and discard when not. Nonviolence is a life style that one has to adopt which means allowing all the love, understanding, respect, compassion, acceptance and appreciation to emerge and dominate one’s attitude. Then we will be able to build good relationships not only within the family but outside of the family. We will no longer be selfish and greedy but magnanimous and giving.

It is no longer a secret that official India had abandoned Gandhi’s philosophy upon gaining independence. However, there are many at the grassroots level, young and old, who are still inspired by his philosophy and have put it into action to bring about a qualitative change in the Indian society. Many have started projects to bring solace to the poor of whom there are more than 500 million in India.

The Gandhi Legacy Tour explores these projects in the cities and in the villages to see first hand how people have used Gandhi’s philosophy in every day life. How they are trying to deal with conflict situations constructively. It is an unusual tour in as much as we visit places where normal tourists do not go, we are hosted by the poor in city slums and in traditional India.

Among the many diversities in India the one that divides the westernized urban India and the traditional rural India is the most odious. Urban India is not India at all and we shall explore this on the tour, while the traditional India is the true heart of India. The experience of traveling with the Gandhi Family is both educative and enjoyable. Come and experience it for yourself.

 


 

TRIP ITINERARY

 

 

TRIP AT A GLANCE

 

DAY ONE
January 03rd 2019 (Thu):Arrive Mumbai
Arrive at Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji International airport, proceed to immigration, custom clearance and luggage collection. Continue to the exit where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. At 7:30 PM, the group will meet Dr. Arun Gandhi & Mr. Tushar Gandhi during our Welcome Dinner (D)

Overnight Mumbai at Waterstones Hotel

 

DAY TWO
January 04th 2019 (Fri) : Mumbai / Kolhapur via Pune
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. We then depart for Kolhapur, making a few stops along the way including a visit Mani Bhavan Bapu’s transit home in Mumbai, and the museum. Next, we go to the WIT (Women’s India Trust) Panvel, and enjoy lunch on site. Depart early evening for Pune where we will stop for dinner. Continue our ground transter and arrive in Kolhapur. (B, L, D)

Overnight Kolhapur at the Citrus Hotel

 

DAY THREE
January 05th 2019 (Sat) : Kolhapur
Breakfast at the hotel, and then we visit various migrant workers camp; see brickyards sites and learn of the issues relating to child labor. Visit AVANI – Anti-Child Labor Program and Residential School. After discontinuing child labor practices at the brickyard sites, AVANI has established teaching locations for the children where students convene in the makeshift tent schools.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Overnight Kolhapur at the Citrus Hotel

 

DAY FOUR
January 06th 2019 (Sun): Kolhapur / Lonavala
After breakfast at the hotel, we will enjoy a scenic drive to Lonavala, and check in to our hotel. Then we visit the Agakhan Palace Pune, a national monument of India’s freedom movement, and enjoy a presentation from Dr. Arun Gandhi.

Following the launch of Quit India movement in 1942, Gandhi, his wife Kasturba, and his secretary Mahadevbhai Desai were interned at the Palace from August 9, 1942 to May 6, 1944. Mahadevbhai and Kasturba passed away while in captivity at the Agakhan palace and their samadhis are located in the campus. Situated near the River Mula, the palace is a simple memorial to Gandhi and his life. Return to your hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)

Overnight in Lonavala at the Citrus Hotel Lonavala

 

DAY FIVE
January 07th 2019 (Mon) : Lonavala / Mumbai / Bhuj
After breakfast, we will go to Mumbai and visit the Market Place: Handwork of India is an innovative fair trade, not-for-profit organization which combines the experience of running a business with a variety of support programs designed to effect real, meaningful, and lasting change in the lives of low-income women in India. We will have lunch there, and then transfer to the railway station to board the train Kutch Express bound for Bhuj at 5:10 PM. (B, L, D)

Overnight on board!

 

DAY SIX
January 08th 2019 (Tue) : Bhuj
Upon arrival we will be transferred to our resort, and served breakfast. After breakfast, visit the
Hunnarshala, an organization that offers its knowledge and skills for building designs, settlement planning, social housing, disaster reconstruction, waste water treatment systems, infrastructure development, etc. Later, the group will visit the SETU Abhiyan. (B, L, D)

Overnight at the Kutch Safari Resort

 

DAY SEVEN
January 09th 2019 (Wed) : Bhuj / Ahmedabad
After breakfast at the resort, visit the Khamir. This organization works to strengthen and promote the rich artisanal traditions of Kachchh district. Later, we board our deluxe bus and depart for Ahmedabad by bus. (B, L, D)

Overnight in Ahmedabad

 

DAY EIGHT
January 10th 2019 (Thu) : Ahmedabad
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, visit the Gujarat Vidyapeeth and the campus tour. Student interaction in the morning at the campus. Lunch at Gujarat Vidyapeeth. Visit the Kochrab Ashram and debrief with Dr. Arun Gandhi. Afternoon visit the Sabarmati Ashram. (B, L, D)

True, indeed, that wherever Gandhi stopped has become a place of pilgrimage and wherever he roamed has become a sanctified place. The Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, so named after the holy river Sabarmati, situated on the river’s banks is such an example. This site no longer functions as a working ashram but as a museum and an institution whose aim is to preserve and propagate the legacy of the Mahatma. Hundreds of visitors, both foreigners and locals, with curiosity and feelings of devotion arrive here and feel inspired and enlightened. More than half a million visit here every year. The Sabarmati Ashram is a source of inspiration for the present generation, and will serve as such for the generations to come. Indeed, Gandhi’s ideals will serve as a beacon light for all generations. The Ashram has stood witness to many important happenings, happenings which were instrumental in shaping the Karmavir Mohandas into the Mahatma and the Father of the Nation.

Overnight in Ahmedabad

 

DAY NINE
January 11th 2019 (Fri) : Ahmedabad
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, visit the SEWA,These are women who earn a living through their own labor or small businesses. They do not obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organized sector. They are the unprotected labor force of our country. Constituting 93% of the labor force, the a trade union registered in 1972. It is an organization of poor, self-employed women workers. Lunch on location, with presentation by Tushar Gandhi. Return to hotel, evening of leisure. (B, L, D)

Overnight in Ahmedabad

 

DAY TEN
January 12th 2019 (Sat) : Ahmedabad/ Jaipur
After breakfast, we will transfer to the Ahmedabad airport and board the flight to Jaipur. Meet and Greet services upon arrival, and group transfer to our hotel. Our afternoon city tour of Jaipur includes visits to the City Palace of the Jaipur.

Also visit the Jantar Mantar an amalgam of science, art and religion; there are a total of 5 such structures in India. However, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is by far the largest and the best sundial in the world apart from being listed as a World Heritage Site. This unique structure houses many architectural and astrological instruments that provide exact time measurement, sun declination, constellation positions and other data pertaining to astronomy. Late afternoon transfer to hotel, evening of leisure. (B, L, D)

Overnight in Jaipur at Fortune Select Metropolitan Jaipur

DAY ELEVEN
January 13th 2019 (Sun): Jaipur – Ajmer – Jaipur
After early breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Ajmer to visit the Barefoot College, a non-government organization that has been providing basic services and solutions to problems in rural communities, with the objective of making them self-sufficient and sustainable.

These ‘Barefoot solutions’ can be broadly categorized into solar energy, water management, education, health care, rural handicrafts, people’s action, communication, women’s empowerment rights awareness and wasteland development. The College believes that for any rural development activity to be successful and sustainable, it must be based in the village as well as managed and owned by those whom it serves. Therefore, all Barefoot initiatives whether social, political or economic, are planned and implemented by a network of rural men and women who are known as ‘Barefoot Professionals’. Lunch will be at the Barefoot College. Return to hotel, afternoon and evening at leisure. (B, L, D)

Overnight in Jaipur at Fortune Select Metropolitan Jaipur

 

DAY TWELVE
January 14th 2019 (Mon): Jaipur to Sariska
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the fairy tale like Amber Fort, the iconic attraction of Jaipur! Suraj Pole, the sun facing royal entrance to the fort, is one of the classic blends of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Marvels like Ganesh Pol, Sila Devi Temple, Sheesh Mahal, Magic Flower Fresco and Man Singh Palace await you in the interiors of Amber Fort. After lunch, the group will drive to Sariska by bus. Upon arrival, we check in to Sariska Tiger Heaven Resort ( B, L, D)

Overnight in Sariska

 

DAY THIRTEEN
January 15th 2019 (Tue) : Sariska to Delhi
After breakfast at the resort, the group will visit the Tarun Bharat Sangh campus and their fields/sites by Jeeps. A vegetarian lunch will be served at the campus. After lunch, our group will transfer to Delhi by bus, and check in to our urban hotel. (B, L, D)

Overnight in Delhi at New Delhi Mayur Vihar

 

DAY FOURTEEN
January 16th 2019 (Wed) : Delhi
After breakfast at the hotel, we have a day to explore Delhi, and visit the Gandhi Smriti Birla House. This is the sacred place where Mahatma Gandhi’s epic Life ended on 30 January 1948. Mahatma Gandhi had lived in this house from 9 September 1947 to 30 January 1948. Thus, the hallowed house treasures many memories of the last 144 days of his life.

The Old Birla House was acquired by the Government of India in 1971 and was converted into a National Memorial of the Father of the Nation and was opened to the public on August 15, 1973. The preserves include the room where Mahatma Gandhi lived and the prayer ground where he held a mass congregation every evening. It was here where assassin’s bullets felled Gandhiji. The building and the landscape have been preserved as they were in those days.

Post lunch visit the Rajghat, the place where Mahatma Gandhi, was cremated. This memorial is located between the main Ring Road and the bank of Yamuna River, and is where Gandhi’s last rites were performed on 31st January 1948. At Rajghat you will see a black memorial stone with his last words “Hey Ram” inscribed on it. If time permits, visit the Qutub Minar. (B, L, D)

Overnight in Delhi at New Delhi Mayur Vihar

 

DAY FIFTEEN
January 17th 2019 (Thu): Depart for Home
Those who are NOT taking the Agra optional tour will enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and have the day free to explore on your own to shop. A buffet lunch will be at the local restaurant prior to your transfer to the Delhi International airport to board the flight to back home. (B,L)


 

Optional Same Day Trip to Agra

 

After early breakfast at the hotel around 7 AM, the group will leave for Agra by bus, approx 4 hrs drive, one way. Arrive Agra and proceed to the TAJ MAHAL.

Lunch will be at the local restaurant. After lunch, the group will drive back to the Delhi airport Terminal 3 to board the flight to back home. (B,L)

Note: International Flight Tickets for this option need to be booked for January 18th early morning for this option.


 

The Gandhi Legacy Tour Includes…

 

> 1 Night hotel in Mumbai

> 2 Nights hotel in Kolhapur

> 1 Night hotel in Lonavala

> 1 Night Kutch Express accommodations

> 1 Night at Kutch Safari Resort

> 3 Nights hotel at Ahmedabad

> 2 Nights hotel in Jaipur

> 1 Night hotel at Sariska Tiger Heaven Resort

> 2 Nights hotel in Delhi

> 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners

> Meals prepared per your diet requirements

> 1 Flight transfer

> Entrance fees to locations and musuems

> Private Guide, English speaking, throughout entire journey

> Companionship with Arun and Tushar Gandhi, your Trip Leaders

> All taxes and fees

 


 

EARLY BIRD RATE: SAVE $300 pp, when deposited by July 30th
14 Day Gandhi Legacy Tour $3785 pp, based on shared accommodations.
SOLO RATE + $900

$500 DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR RESERVATION

THIS TRIP IS CO-SPONSORED WITH LUX WORLD TRAVEL

CONTACT MELINDA JOHNSTON FOR MORE DETAILS

585-672-5250, or Email: Insight@BuddhiInsitute.com


 

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