10 DAYS OF VEGAN & CONSCIOUS TRAVEL
A Vegan Adventure in India with A Southern Gypsy & Escape To...
January 26th 2019 to February 4th 2019
Location: South India (Bangalore + Coorg)
A SOUTHERN GYPSY INVITES YOU TO INDIA ON A 10 DAY VEGAN ADVENTURE. EXPLORE THE COUNTRY BY EATING YOUR WAY THROUGH VEGAN RESTAURANTS AND HIDDEN CAFES, MEETINGS DOZENS OF NON-PROFIT LEADERS MOVING THE NEEDLE ON SUSTAINABILITY, VISITING WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTERS AND TREKKING THROUGH ECO-FRIENDLY COFFEE PLANTATIONS. TRAVEL WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD WHO BELIEVE IN LEAVING A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE PLACES THEY VISIT.
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 a sustainable and ethical fashion workshop, we'll 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 hills in South India full of nature, farms, and waterfalls.
DAY 6 | HIKING THROUGH COFFEE PLANTATIONS
Immersing ourselves completely in nature, we'll take a hike with a coffee farmer through miles of coffee and pepper plantations. Along the way, we'll meet local villagers and learn about their no-waste way of life.
DAY 7 | TIBETAN MONASTERIES & VEGAN DUMPLINGS
Known as a country diverse in culture and religion, today we'll explore the Buddhist side of India by visiting a Tibetan refugee settlement and monastery while we indulge in endless plates of vegan dumplings and soup.
DAY 8 | A JEEP TREK & SUNRISE IN THE HILLS
Waking up at 4 AM is worth it for one of the most breathtaking sunrises in India. We'll soak in the views of the hills and sunrise followed by a scrumptious vegan breakfast. Tonight we'll head back to Bangalore, a little more relaxed.
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 two free nights)
Local Team available 24/7
One optional Yoga Class
Unlimited Coffee at the Plantations
Entrance, Concert, and Tickets to places of interest per itinerary
Tipping for guides and driverS