Taj Mahal, built by 20,000 men and 1,000 elephants. Agra Fort, a walled city that withstood attacks for centuries. Dev Bhumi, “Land of the Gods” – the Himalayas. Bigger than all these things is the veneration of spirit that defines the true nature of India. The Road Less Traveled celebrates this diverse nation’s spiritual culture.
India’s history begins with some of the earliest signs of human activity, and was home to the first major civilization in South Asia. It became a destination for European traders who wanted the spices and silk. Through all the changes over the centuries, through wars and natural disasters, Buddhists have stayed the course on their journey to enlightenment.
Today India is a sensory experience unmatched anywhere. We are privileged to be challenged and enlightened by our hosts and to support them in their journey.
YOUR world Awaits
learn more about the road less traveled teen community service and cultural immersion trip india: namaste
We have a long history in India and have been running our Namaste program since 2005. Over the past 13 years, we've evolved and perfected the program to include the ideal balance of rural life and city life, spending time among the striking Himalayas and working alongside monks at the Buddhist Monk Institute.
During our time at the Ngari Buddhist Institute, high in the Himalayas, we spend nine days working side-by-side the monks, improving the facilities at the institute while also helping with the care of the 45 children who live there. The institute is located in Ladakh in a small village called Saboo, and the children come from the remote villages of Changthang, Nubra, and Zanskar to receive an education. The goal of the institute is to become an oasis of learning and to empower impoverished youth with scientific knowledge and Buddhist wisdom. While there, we take part in this beautiful community, share stories with the kids, sip tea with monks, and assist in improving the facilities.
This was by far one of the best things we have ever done for our son Cooper. The Road Less Traveled people really know how to show the world to our young children," Phillip C., Namaste Alumni Parent
"I was extremely nervous when I first arrived in Chicago and met Ali and Dan, but those nerves quickly slipped away. Ali and Dan were amazing leaders that made the trip so much fun with their outgoing, fun, and extremely caring personalities. I learned so much this summer in India whether it was how to build a school or a new way of life, it was just astonishing. I don't think I've ever felt so relaxed and serene in my life...I will always keep this close to my heart and will always be thinking about it," Brooke S., Namaste Alum"
Jeremy has returned safe and sound and "changed" from his Namaste experience. He was fallen in love with India -- said that he felt "at home" immediately there -- not at all like it was a foreign place, but strangely familiar. He loved so many things about the trip, but said that the AIDS clinic in Jaipur was the most radically enlightening...what you are doing has made a difference to our son," Ruth D., Namaste Alumni Parent.
Read a reflection written by past participant Mariel T.
Interested in hearing more? We have hundreds of alumni families who can tell you more about their RLT experience. Please contact our office at 773-342-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Road Less Traveled is committed to providing exceptional travel experiences for young adults. In 2016, the American Camp Association recognized The Road Less Traveled as the winner of the 2016 Gordie Kaplan Program Excellence award. This ACA award honors outstanding student travel programs and recognizes organizations that develop positive and creative responses to the needs of people and ecosystems across the globe.
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Get READY ...
To take in the highlights of Delhi, including the majestic Jama Masjid mosque, colorful and redolent spice market, and Gandhi’s final resting place
To visit the royal Himalayan city of Leh
To refresh the soul in the undiscovered beauty of Ladakh
To be awestruck by the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
To live and work with monks, rehabbing their school and helping care for the children who live there
To witness the sacred aarti ceremony in which incense, flowers and candles are placed on lilies and released into the Ganges River at sunset
To learn yoga where it originated and gain wisdom of the ages from an oracle
Trek alongside packhorses through the Himalayas
Share butter tea and conversation with monks on the Tibetan plateau
Experience the majesty of the Taj Mahal
We invite you to start your journey to India today.