All of our trips at The Road Less Traveled offer something unique. But this week, we’re excited to announce that Namaste, our 28-day journey to India that runs June-July, has our group working just three short kilometers from Choglamsar—right when the Dalai Lama will be visiting to give a Kalachakra sermon. Can you imagine? The chance to see (and possibly even meet) the Dalai Lama in person? This type of experience is truly once in a lifetime.
As the ten day service portion of our stay in India has us working alongside nuns from the Shey Abbey while restoring the local facilities affected by a 2010 mudslide, we’ll be very near the area where His Holiness will be giving a Kalachakra sermon. What is a Kalachakra? Kalachakra is a very advanced teaching in Tibetan Buddhism, and is often open to public gatherings. There are many traditions that are associated with this type of sermon, which you can see this summer in India.
Alongside this rare chance to see the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, this trip also offers a unique opportunity to study the culture, religions, and beauty of the Indian world. We’ll attend the Hemis festival, sip tea with monks, volunteer at an orphanage in Delhi (one of India’s most fascinating and busiest cities), and see the sun rise over the majestically curved domes and sparkling ivory surfaces of the Taj Mahal. We’ll visit markets, see the Ganges, do traditional yoga, and trek the Himalayas.
Two of our past travelers from Chicago gave a first-hand look at what their time in India was like. Take a peek at how this trip in particular shaped their lives and perspectives. Olivia Tan reflected on the group’s visit to the Taj Mahal near the end of the trip, and said, “I didn’t find it to be bittersweet. Rather it acted as a capstone,” she said. “A way to bring closure to our fantastic trip at one of the most iconic places in India. What more could you want?”
Just think: There are only so many “summer vacations” in a lifetime. Can you imagine a more adventurous way to spend a month this summer? Do you know how you’ll impact a community by volunteering your time and energy? India is calling. Will you answer?