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A Vegan adventure in North India

An 11 Day Vegan Tour Across North India exploring Vegan Food, Sustainability, Spirituality and Cultural Traditions with Justin Plus Lauren

Dates: February 29th to March 10th 2020

Location: New Delhi, Taj Mahal, Rajasthan, and Base of the Himalayan Mountains

Price: $2,350 for twin sharing / $2,800 for private room

We’ll be celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colors during this trip.


What's on the Itinerary? 

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THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

Our team will pick you up at New Delhi Airport. 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. 

Meals included: Dinner
 

EXPLORE CULTURE AND VEGAN GASTRONOMY


Starting the trip off with the chaos, color and energy that only a city like New Delhi captures, we'll visit bustling food markets, ancient temples, narrow alleyways and family owned shops passed down from generations. We’ll visit the bird hospital and learn why birds are so integral to the city’s ecosystem. For dinner, we’ll try the city's famous ginger chai (veganized) and puri with potatoes and spices. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

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Photo taken by  Brian Baldrati

Photo taken by Brian Baldrati

SUNRISE AT THE TAJ MAHAL

The early morning drive to Agra will be worth the breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. We’ll soak in stories, history and views of the Taj. For lunch, we will meet a women’s cooperative working to provide economic opportunity to acid attack and abuse survivors. Lunch at their delicious cafe will be followed by perusing the bazaars of the ancient city of Agra. In the evening we will visit a Sufi mosque full of singing, history and Old Delhi charm.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

THE PRACTICE OF NON-VIOLENCE

Today we’ll visit a lesser known village in India which practices “ahimsa” or non-violence as a religious principle. We will explore how Jainism, a religion rooted in vegetarianism and animal protection, has upheld it’s values through the centuries. We’ll step back into time in a small village, getting a glimpse of Jain monk life and the spiritual practice of respecting animals, earth and ourselves. Tonight we will provide an option to stay at the simple, no-frills ashram where we sleep on the floor. OR you can return back to your hotel in New Delhi.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

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PALACES, ASTRONOMY & ARTISANS

Today we’ll drive to one of the last remaining Indian cities to still be ruled by the royal family. The Pink City is a spectacular view into India’s opulent past. Learning about the contributions of the royal family to the socio-economic well being of locals, we’ll uncover secret rooms in their palace. After lunch, we’ll visit a collection of astronomy sites and meet fair trade artisans keeping Rajasthani printing and embroidery alive.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

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RAJASTHANI VEGAN COOKING AND MONKEY TEMPLES

After a free morning to relax or explore the city on your own, we will will visit an off the beaten track monkey temple that is not for the faint of heart! Visiting this temple is sure to remind you of why you came to India in the first place, a country that is highly respectful of animals. Tonight, we will have a home cooked dinner with a Rajasthani family and learn how to make vegan versions of their traditional food such as dal bhatti and bajra roti.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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WATER CONSERVATION AND VINTAGE THEATERS

The state of Rajasthan is most prone to drought and climate change in the country. Today we’ll attend a workshop on water conservation initiatives that local activists and engineers are working on. We’ll learn about rainwater harvesting and what the future of the water crisis means for the desert communities. In the evening we’ll do as the locals do, and watch a Bollywood movie in one of the oldest and royal movie theaters in India. We’ll eat samosas and enjoy a Bollywood musical.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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ROAD TRIP TO THE MOUNTAINS

Dramatically changing our views, we leave the royal city overnight and travel up to the base of the Himalayan mountains. From desert land to crystal clear blue rivers, we will arrive around sunset to the Ganges river and lush forest hills. We’ll be staying at an ashram to get the true experience of life in this spiritually energetic city, surrounded by yoga, meditation, chanting and sages.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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YOGA, HIKING AND BEATLES ASHRAM

After a morning of yoga and meditation at the ashram, we’ll embark on a light hike to see the Himalayan peaks and valleys. Along the way we’ll pass sleepy villages and spiritual devotees paying their respects to the hilltop temple. After lunch, we’ll explore the Beatles Ashram where they practiced Transcendental Meditation and wrote songs from “Abbey Road” and “The White Album”. For dinner, we’ll eat a scrumptious vegan dinner at a rooftop cafe overlooking the river.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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HAPPY HOLI AND A SCENIC TRAIN RIDE

This morning we’ll celebrate the beginning of Spring by joining in on the Holi (Festival of Colors) festivities. After being thoroughly drenched in water colors, we’ll take a scenic train ride passing by small villages and farms. An Indian train is a glimpse into the country’s developing countryside. We’ll pack a vegan lunch for the ride and settle into New Delhi for goodbye drinks.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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DESIGN YOUR LAST DAY

After a goodbye breakfast, we will be organizing airport drop offs throughout the day. If you have a late night flight, you can explore New Delhi’s art galleries, Gandhi Museum or settle in for some introspection and journaling at a coffee shop. You can also explore a new neighborhood or get in your last bits of shopping. Today is for you to spend time reflecting on the adventures and taking in the last few hours of India slowly. The last airport drop off will be at 10 PM.

Meals included: Breakfast


Trip Cost

$2,350 for twin sharing / $2,800 for a private room

What's Included

  • Pre-Departure Support (health, safety and cultural guide) & assistance with Visa Application

  • Airport transferS in india

  • HOTELS

  • MEALS AS INDICATED ABOVE

  • Local transporTation PER ACTIVITES

  • Local Team available 24/7   

  • Entrance, Concert, and Tickets to places of interest per itinerary

  • Tipping for guides and driverS

For further details, please read through the trip's


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