• Dharamsala: The shelter to Humanity

EDVENTURE EXPLAINED

WHY DID WE CHOOSE DHARAMSALA?

India is respected world over for its culture of tolerance and the hospitality it extends to its guests. Dharamsala is probably one of the best enduring examples of Indian cultural strength of not just offering shelter but embracing a set of people displaced from their land. In Dharamsala, nestled in the Kangra Valley of Himachal, lies the refuge for the Tibetan government in exile and Dharamsala’s suburb, McLeodganj, serves as the abode of the Dalai Lama in India.

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WHAT DOES THIS JOURNEY OFFER?

Dharamsala is also known as ‘Little Lhasa’. The beautiful abode of Tibetan Buddhism offers students a chance to visit the spiritual centers of Buddhist culture that the Tibetan people have established here. This serene journey also exposes students to the philosophy that guides Buddhism, and provides an introduction to the dynamic Tibetan people – their culture, lifestyle, arts and crafts.

Core Lessons/
Inspiration:
  • Buddhism
  • History of Tibetan Migration
  • Tibetan Art, Craft & Architecture
  • India’s Natural Beauty – Tourism
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THINGS TO DO

Dharamsala: The shelter to Humanity

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VISIT
  • McLeodganj
  • Tsuglagkhang Complex
  • Namgyal Monastery
  • Avalokiteshvara Temple
  • St. John’s Church
  • Bhagsu Waterfall
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LEARN
  • Basics of Thangka Painting
  • Handicraft Making at Nyingtobling
  • About Tibetan Culture & Buddhism at Norbulingka Institute through Team Activity
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ENJOY
  • Trek to the Bhagsunag Temple
  • McLeodganj market
  • Norbulingka Gift Shop
  • Doll Museum
  • Tibet Museum
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BE INSPIRED
  • The Philosophy of Buddhism
  • Life and teachings of The 14th Dalai Lama
  • Playing Host to a Foreign Government
  • Helping Out Neighboring Nations

ITINERARY

DAY 1: DELHI – DHARAMSALA (MCLEODGANJ)

  • Assemble in School
  • Evening departure from school for Dharamsala(Mcleodganj) by AC Deluxe Coach
  • Dinner en-route
  • Overnight bus journey to Dharamsala

DAY 2: DHARAMSALA (MCLEODGANJ)

  • Morning arrival in Dharamsala bus parking
  • Transfer to the Hotel by small vehicles/walk down
  • Check in to hotel, followed by breakfast (early check in subject to availability)
  • Journey orientation and team division
  • Lunch in the hotel
  • Visit the Tsuglagkhang Complex
  • Visit to St. John’s Church
  • Dinner and overnight in the hotel

DAY 3: DHARAMSALA (MCLEODGANJ)

  • Early breakfast in the hotel
  • Visit Norbulinka Institute
  • Visit to Doll Museum
  • Thangka Painting Workshop
  • Late lunch in the hotel
  • Rest in the Hotel
  • Dinner and overnight in the hotel

DAY 4: DHARAMSALA – DELHI

  • Breakfast in the hotel followed by check out
  • Shopping time at McLeodganj market
  • Lunch in the hotel
  • Closing ceremony – Certificate Distribution
  • Evening departure from Dharamsala
  • Dinner en-route
  • Overnight bus journey to School

DAY 5: DELHI

  • Morning arrival in School
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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q  Who can attend this program?

    A  

    Any student of your school in the age group of 7-17years (Class II- XII) is welcome to join this program provided the child faces no serious medical conditions which may be difficult to address satisfactorily during the journey. Also, any adult who is not a member of the school staff or management is not allowed to join the school group.

  • Q  What are the requirements for the accompanying teachers for a student group?

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    As teachers are the legally appointed guardians of the students for the entire course of the journey, it is advisable that the selected teacher/s are experienced and have the capacity to address issues related to student safety, well-being and behavior. Physical fitness and travel experience are added advantage as most programs are fast-paced and hectic.

  • Q  What is the recommended teacher: student ratio?

    A  

    The accepted industry practice is of 1 adult per 10 students (1:10).

  • Q  What about our students’ safety during the journey?

    A  

    Underpinning each EdTerra journey is the concern to address student safety at all levels. Being an ISO 9001: 2008 company, EdTerra complies with globally accepted standards for efficient processes, including rigorous safety standards.

  • Q  How can the parents stay in touch with their children during the journey?

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    The accompanying EdTerra Journey Mentor provides daily updates on the EdTerra Facebook page (like us at edterraindia), along with photographs of the day’s activities for parents to keep a track of the journey progress. Parents are also provided with contact details of the hotels where students will be staying during the journey. The school may permit students to carry their mobiles or share the number of the lead teacher.

  • Q  Can students meet/visit/stay back with their relatives or friends?

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    On account of student safety, EdTerra does not allow any child to meet/visit any relatives during the journey. For every EdTerra journey the rule is simple, you move out of your school/city as a group and you return as a group.

  • Q  What kind of food can we expect during our journey?

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    EdTerra provides wholesome and hygienic food during the journey. An ample variety of local cuisine is provided as a part of the travel experience.

  • Q  What kind of clothing should students carry for the journey?

    A  

    Depending on the location and time/season of travel, EdTerra will provide an exhaustive to-pack list, enabling students to pack appropriately for the journey.

  • Q  Do you undertake overnight travel?

    A  

    Depending upon the program selected, distance from home city and duration of the program, overnight travel may be considered as an option for travel to/ from the destination.

  • Q  What is the minimum group size required to conduct a journey?

    A  

    EdTerra journeys operate on a minimum group size of 30 paying pax, and multiples thereof.

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Dharamsala: The shelter to Humanity

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