Gandhi Legacy Tour 2017-18

December 29: Arrive Mumbai India

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December 29: Arrive Mumbai India

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the primary international airport in Mumbai India.  The Airport’s IATA code – “BOM”, is derived from Bombay, Mumbai’s former name.  The airport is South Asia’s second busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic and the busiest airport in India in terms of international passenger traffic and the second busiest in terms of overall passenger traffic.   Upon arrival at Chhatrapati Shivajit, you will proceed to immigration, customs clearance and luggage collection. Continue to the exit where you will be met and transferred to The Waterstone Hotel, check-in after 2:00 pm. Before dinner you have the...

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December 30: Mumbai / Pune / Kolhapur

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December 30: Mumbai / Pune / Kolhapur

Buffet breakfast at the Waterstone Hotel and then the group will check-out and board the bus for the Mani Bhavan.   Visit Mani Bhavan: Bapu’s transit home in Mumbai.  Mani Bhavan a simple old-style, two storied building on Laburnum Road, Mumbai. Whenever Gandhi was in Mumbai, between 1917 to 1934, he stayed at this home which is now converted into the museum and an adjacent research center. In   1955 Mani Bhavan was dedicated as a memorial to Gandhi and to the very important activities of great significance he initiated from that place.  Mani Bhavan is recognized as a Research Institute preparing students for Ph.D. degree in Gandhian Thought and Rural Development by...

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December 31: Kolhapur AVANI

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December 31: Kolhapur AVANI

Upon arrival at the Kolhapur Citrus Hotel, check in and enjoy a breakfast buffet. Today, you will visit various migrant workers’ camps; see brickyard sites and learn of the issues relating to child labor. After discontinuing child labor practices at the brickyard sites, AVANI has established teaching locations for the children where students convene in makeshift tent schools.  After lunch, visit the site for the AVANI Residential School Gandhi Center for Learning.   AVANI is a small and extremely devoted team directed by Anuradha Bhosale, determined to wipe out child labor in the brickyard work sites near Kolhapur, India. Nomadic families migrate to these brickyards for...

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January 01: Kolhapur / Pune

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January 01: Kolhapur / Pune

We will enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel and after breakfast, the group will drive to Pune. We will engage in considerations and debrief about the history, the tour, our visits while on the bus further bonding as a group.  Arrive and check into the Hotel Royal Orchid Central Pune.   We will visit the Aga Khan Palace in Pune which is a national monument of India’s freedom movement. Following the launch of Quit India movement in 1942, Gandhi, his wife Kasturba, and his secretary Mahadev Desai were imprisoned at the Palace from August 9, 1942 to May 6, 1944.   Mahadev and Kasturba passed away while in captivity at the Aga Khan Palace and their samadhi burials are...

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January 02: Pune / Mumbai

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January 02: Pune / Mumbai

We start our day with a buffet breakfast at the hotel. After early breakfast, the group will drive to Mumbai, arrive and proceed to the MarketPlace|Share.   MarketPlace|SHARE Handwork of India is an innovative fair trade, not-for-profit organization which combines the experience of running a business with a variety of support programs designed to effect real, meaningful, and lasting change in the lives of low-income women in India. Handwork of India works with 480 artisans who are organized into 14 independent co-operatives which produce high-quality women’s apparel and home decor. Being in charge of their own businesses, the women at Handwork of India learn...

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January 03: Arrival Bhuj

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January 03: Arrival Bhuj

  Arrival Bhuj at 9:25 AM – Early check-in will be subject to availability of the day.  Upon arrival at the Bhuj Railway Station, the group will be transferred to the Kutch Safari Resort.  Kutch is an arid region, two deserts form most of its landscape, The Little and Great Rann of Kutch and on the west the Arabian Sea. It was devastated by a massive earth quake in 2000. The people of Kutch are hardy and hard working. Rearing herds of cows, water buffaloes, camels and goats is a traditional occupation of the community called the Maaldharis, herders. There are many communities of artisans and crafts persons. Many organizations work to sustain the traditional...

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January 04: Bhuj / Ahmedabad

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January 04: Bhuj / Ahmedabad

Travel by Deluxe Bus (Approx 8 hrs drive) Buffet breakfast at the resort. After breakfast, visit the Khamir. A documentary film by Kasturi Gandhi It narrates the lives and work of leather artisans that belong to the Meghwal community of Kachchh.   Khamir works to strengthen and promote the rich artisan traditions of the Kachchh district.  The name stands for Kachchh Heritage, Art, Music, Information and Resources. Khamir means ‘intrinsic pride’ in Kachchhi, the local language. In Hindi it means ‘to ferment,’ an equally apt name given the constant fermentation of ideas and activity on going both within the organization, and in Kachchh at large. Born in 2005 as a...

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January 05: Gujarat Vidyapith / Sabarmati Ashram

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January 05: Gujarat Vidyapith / Sabarmati Ashram

We start the day with a buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we visit the Gujarat Vidyapith,  tour the campus and then engage in student interaction. Gujarat Vidyapith was founded by MK Gandhi October 18, 1920.  The Institute provides a higher education with a blend of courses teaching nursery to doctorate classes. The main objective is to develop workers of character, skill, culture and dedication for the conduct of all movements connected with the regeneration of country in accordance with the ideals taught and lived by MK Gandhi. The guiding principles are: Adherence to truth and non-violence Participation in productive work with a sense of dignity of...

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January 06: SEWA

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January 06: SEWA

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.  After breakfast, we will spend a full day with the women of SEWA, (Self-Employed Women’s Association of India) located in Ahmedabad, India. SEWA is a trade union registered in 1972. It is an organization of poor, self-employed women workers. These are women who earn a living through their own labor or small businesses. They do not obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organized sector. They are the unprotected labor force of our country. Constituting 93% of the labor force, these are workers of the unorganized sector. Of the female labor force in India, more than 94% are in the unorganized...

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Jan 07: Heritage Walk of Old City of Ahmedabad

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Jan 07: Heritage Walk of Old City of Ahmedabad

Heritage Walk of Old City of Ahmedabad: Early morning, before breakfast, enjoy a heritage walking tour in the old city of Ahmedabad.   See how the women compensate who are in the city where they might not have access to a river or lake to wash their clothes.  Visit a Muslim Mosque in session, a Jain Temple in morning session, cows sitting relaxing outside the Jain Temples.  Walk among the camels, elephants, bicycles and motorcycles as we walk from temple, to mosque to temple.  Visit the Kavi Dalpatram Memorial – Kavi Dalpatram was born into a Brahmin family which was rich in Vedic knowledge and culture. He had powerful analytical and intellectual skills enabled...

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January 08: Ajmer and Barefoot College India

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January 08: Ajmer and Barefoot College India

Upon arrival at the Ajmer railway station, the group will be transferred to the Paradizzo Resort, Ajmer. Buffet breakfast at the hotel, and then a full day visit to the Barefoot College India. Dr. Bunker Roy at Barefoot College in Ajmer, India addressing the Gandhi Legacy Tour of India Delegation.   Established in 1972, Barefoot College India is a non-government organization that has been providing basic services and solutions to problems in rural communities, with the objective of making them self-sufficient and sustainable. These ‘Barefoot College India solutions’ can be broadly categorized into solar energy, water, education, health care, rural handicrafts, people’s...

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January 09: Pushkar / Sariska

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January 09: Pushkar / Sariska

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, the group will drive to Sariska in North Rajasthan via Volvo bus. Travel Time: 5-6 hours Upon our arrival at Tarun Bharat Sangh’s Campus Ashram, The Gandhi Legacy Tour of India delegation are warmly greeted by The Waterman of India, Dr. Rajendra Singh, his family and the community members he serves.  We are honored, introduced to each other, served some chai masala and learned more about the community, his background and projects, at the Tarun Bharat Sangh Campus he founded. A compelling story is told by Kasturi, one of the women in the Sariska community who now serves as a board member of Tarun Bharat Sangh’s...

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January 10: The Waterman of India

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January 10: The Waterman of India

Sariska to Delhi by Volvo Bus: Travel Time 3 to 4 hours  Buffet breakfast at the hotel.   After breakfast, the group will visit the Tarun Bharat Sangh (“TBS”) Campus and their field sites.  A tip of the hat goes to Tushar Gandhi for introducing us to this amazing innovator … Rajendra Singh is a man on a mission – he wants to stop a Third World War from breaking out because of water shortage. Singh, known as the “waterman of India”, is a celebrated water reclaimationist from the Alwar district of Rajasthan India. Singh won the Stockholm Water Prize, an award known as “the Nobel Prize for water”, in 2015. The prize honors individuals, organizations and...

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January 11: New Delhi and Gandhi Smriti

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January 11: New Delhi and Gandhi Smriti

Delhi, the Empress of Indian cities has a fascinating history and a stimulating present. She has often been sacked and desolate. But she could not be despoiled of the incomparable situation that marks her for the metropolis of a Great Empire. The capital of India, Delhi has been the seat of power of a number of dynasties – the Rajputs, the Afghans, the Turks and the Mughals who continued their imperial line until the British. Scattered over are surviving ruins, remnants of mighty edifices, tombs of warriors and saints, which in an impressive sense of magnificence are memorials not of a single city but of supplanted nations. After breakfast, visit the Raj Ghat with Arun...

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January 12: New Delhi (Tour Ends)

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January 12: New Delhi (Tour Ends)

Day free to  explore on your own or shopping around.  Lunch will be at the local restaurant near the hotel.  From there, the participant will be transferred to the Delhi International Airport to board the flight back home. The the check-in time at the international airport in India is at least 3 hours before. Buffet breakfast at the hotel and lunch at the local restaurant. Those traveling to Arga to visit the Taj Mahal should book their return flights for early morning January 13, 2018, i.e. 1:00 a.m. Share us...

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January 12 : Optional Trip to Agra

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January 12 : Optional Trip to Agra

Travel participants who are taking the Agra Trip option will prepare for an early morning departure to Agra.     Buffet breakfast at the hotel.  Taj Mahal, India – http://www.airpano.ru/files/Taj-Mahal-India/2-3 Weather: Agra January temperature varies from -2°C or 28.4 F to 31°C or 87.8 F. January is the average coolest month. The subzero temperature levels are common during nights. Share us...

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January 12: Agra and the Taj Mahal

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January 12: Agra and the Taj Mahal

In summary, after early breakfast at the hotel, the group will leave for Agra by bus (approx 4 hrs drive, one way). Arrive Agra and proceed to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.  Lunch will be at the local restaurant. Later, the group will drive to Delhi International Airport to board the flight to back home. No dinner this evening For those who are joining Agra Trip: International tickets should be booked for January 13, 2018, early morning flight i.e. 1:00 a.m. Visit the Taj Mahal. With its incredible lacy white grandeur the Taj Mahal is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world. To the poet Tagore it was a `tear on the face of eternity’. In memory...

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