Indian Himalayas – 14 days

Programme Overview

A global learning programme based in and around the mountain town of Dharamsala, topped off with a visit to the spectacular Sikh Golden Temple. Known worldwide as the 14th Dalai Lama’s residence, Dharamsala offers a fascinating perspective on many global issues through the lens of the Buddhist Tibetan community living in a Hindu host country. Global learning activities here facilitate learning in:

  • Sustainable Development: poverty reduction, access to education, Fair Trade, ecotourism, and environmental protection
  • Refugees and Migration: human rights, international law, community integration
  • World Religions, Philosophy and Ethics: Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Islam, meditation and mindfulness
  • Add-on option to visit the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the 7 Wonders of the World

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The Country

India is one of the world's oldest civilisations

India is one of the world’s oldest civilisations, yet a young nation which gained independence in 1947. It is the world’s largest democracy (population 1.2 billion) with a strong tradition of religious freedom dating back to 340BC. A fast-growing and powerful economy makes it an important regional power too.

Topped off by the mighty Himalayan mountain range to the north, India boasts a wide-ranging topography including deserts, the peninsula plateau, river valleys and plains, and an extensive coastline. This geographical diversity is reflected in all aspects of Indian life, most noticeably through the 22 official languages spoken here (over 1000 unofficial), and wide range of religions practiced side by side, including Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, and Buddhism.

You will be visiting the state of Himachal Pradesh, north west of Delhi. According to the World Bank (2015) Himachal Pradesh is a frontrunner among Indian states in reducing poverty and improving human development outcomes. Per capita income in Himachal Pradesh is the second highest in the country – an impressive achievement given that more than 90 percent of its residents live in rural areas.

Growth in Himachal Pradesh has also gone hand in hand with some of India’s best human development outcomes. Educational attainment is among the highest in the country, and the share of women in the workforce is larger than in most other states.

The Experience in a nutshell

Our 14 day Indian Himalayas Programme is designed to give you a diverse choice of global learning topics in varied locations from sustainable development, to refugees, access to education, and world religions. The trip is topped off with a visit to the spectacular Sikh pilgrimage site - the Golden Temple at Amritsar.

Immerse yourselves in your learning experiences – deepen your understanding of refugee issues by taking part in a refugee-led seminar, broaden your knowledge of Sikhism by asking a Sikh about their faith at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, or question your ethical boundaries in a workshop with a Buddhist monk.

You will be based mainly in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala, known as Little Lhasa. This small town is home to the Tibetan government in exile, and a learning hub for Tibetan Buddhism and culture. From migration and displacement to environmental degradation and geopolitics, Little Lhasa provides multiple opportunities for cross-curricular learning. Students can conceptualise complex development issues through challenging and thought-provoking real life situations.

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Booking your Trip

We appreciate how busy teachers are, so we’ve made the booking process as simple as possible! There are 4 easy steps:

  • Contact us

    Call or email us to book a meeting or phone call at your school. We will listen carefully to what interests you, and your requirements.

  • Tailored Proposal

    We will then email you a tailored proposal, which will include a full itinerary, all-inclusive price, and key documents for the Senior Management Team (SMT).

  • SMT Approval

    Once you get approval from the SMT, we will send you key marketing material, including posters, to help promote the trip.

  • School Presentation

    We visit your school to deliver inspiring presentations in a short Morning Assembly and a longer Parents’ Presentation 10 days later.

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Find out what our students, parents and teachers have to say about their Global Action experience

  • The most important part of the trip for me was watching the students engage in an immersive cultural experience and feeling proud of their achievements and resilience. Also feeling very supported by their trip leader and ground staff in India.

    Teacher – Malmesbury School


  • Absolutely amazing. I think it has been genuinely life changing. Really made me want to make a difference.

    Student – Malmesbury School


  • The organisation and support during the trip was vital for its outstanding success. The trip exceeded all of my expectations by far. All of the activities contributed to greater understanding of India and the success of the trip.

    Teacher – Kingswood School


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