A VEGAN ADVENTURE IN SOUTH INDIA WITH THE NOMADIC VEGAN
An exploration of veganism in India with Escape To… and The Nomadic Vegan
June 1st- June 10th 2019
Location: South India (Bangalore + Pondicherry)
Group Size: 8-12 (small)
What's on the Itinerary?
DAY 1 | THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Our team will pick you up at Bangalore International Airport (BLR). After some rest and relaxation, we will have a welcome dinner, get to know the amazing people that will be on this journey with you and explore the neighborhood for those who aren't incredibly jet-lagged.
DAY 2 | VEGAN FOOD & SHIVA TEMPLES
Starting the trip off with scrumptious and healthy vegan food, we'll have a cooking class with one of India's leading vegan entrepreneur. After breaking bread, we'll walk through Hindu temples and opulent palace courtyards to step back into the city's past. Dinner will be at a yoga cafe with vegan food, hammocks and Indian 'Ayurvedic' principles.
DAY 3 | WILDLIFE REHABILITATION + NIGHT MARKETS
Today we'll learn about the rescue of small wild mammals, birds and reptiles in an increasingly distressing urban environment in India. We'll speak with the doctors to understand the challenges and opportunities of animal rehabilitation in the country and how travelers can help make a positive impact. In the evening we will explore one of the city's oldest and most bustling night markets.
DAY 4 | SUSTAINABLE FASHION & DANCE
Kicking off the day with visiting a bear rescue center, we will learn about how to rehabilitate and stop using animals for entertainment. In the late afternoon, we'll attend a sustainable and ethical fashion workshop, and meet entrepreneurs supporting fair trade and fair wages for artisans across India. We'll follow up with an evening of traditional Indian "Odissi" dance followed by a meet and greet with the dancer. We'll top off the evening with a vegan meal at one of the city's famous outdoor cafes.
DAY 5 | ROAD TRIP TO THE COUNTRYSIDE
Leaving the buzz of the city, we'll embark on a road trip to the Indian countryside exploring toy villages and farmers markets along the way. In the evening, we'll arrive to the coastal city of Pondicherry.
DAY 6 | BEACH SUNRISE AND OLD TOWN
Waking up for a morning sunrise on the beach will be worth it as we soak in the laid back atmosphere of coastal life in India. After breakfast, we'll stroll or cycle through the charming French Quarters of the city, popping in and out of quaint cafes and small shops.
DAY 7 | CLASSIC ART AND VEGAN FARM LIFE
Known as a country diverse in it's artistic traditions, we will spend time with local women learning about South India's art forms and practicing the art ourselves. We'll visit the famous ashram in the city and learn about the ideals of communal living and working, solar energy, and zero waste lifestyles.
DAY 8 | A STEP BACK IN TIME
After an optional yoga class and scrumptious vegan breakfast, we'll make our way into one of India's oldest cities. Like stepping back in time, we will explore some of the most ancient structures, learn about India's spiritual and religious heritage and explore the narrow alleyways of this old, preserved city. Later tonight, we'll head back to Bangalore for much needed R+R.
DAY 9 | SUSTAINABLE SOAP RECYCLING & VEGAN STREET FOOD
The trip may be coming to an end but our learnings continue. Today we'll attend a workshop on Indian women pushing for hotels to end the practice of throwing away excess soap bars and encouraging them to recycle and redistribute and provide health and hygeine education to communities in need. Shortly after, we'll visit an "all vegetarian" alley of street food vendors.
DAY 10 | YOGA + AYURVEDA + GOODBYES
Saving the best for last, we will have time to go last minute shopping, get optional Indian Ayurvedic massages and take a pre-plane yoga class. After a hearty goodbye dinner, we'll leave for the airport with many memories and new friends.
Pre-Departure Support (health, safety and cultural guide) & assistance with Visa Application
Accommodation (individual can be provided upon request)
3 Vegan Meals per day (with the exception of ONE free night)
Local Team available 24/7
One optional Yoga Class
Entrance, Concert, and Tickets to places of interest per itinerary
Tipping for guides and driverS