- Minimum GPA: 2.0
- Judicial Check
- Summer 2019: 6/3 – 6/18
- Deadline: February 14
- Trekking along pilgrimage routes in the Upper Himalayas
- Camping out along the river at elevations of up to 12 thousand feet
- Mass ceremonies to the river goddess with fire, gongs, chant, and singing
- Private concert of Indian classical music
- Stay in a summer palace on the banks of the Ganges
- Rafting in the city of Shivpuri
- Stay overnight in a remote Himalayan village
Study Abroad Budget
$4048 (cost estimates based on enrollment and subject to change)
About the Program
An intensive and mindful journey of India that introduces students to Hindu culture and traditions in the Northwest Himalayas and on the Gangetic plain. This trekking tour follows along the sacred river Ganga from the ancient and holy city of Varanasi through pilgrimage towns on the plains up to its glacial source in the high Himalayas and back. Students will walk ancient pilgrimage trails with Hindus from all parts of India. They will visit temples, camp out at high elevations amidst massive snow-capped Himalayan peaks, interact with pilgrims and wandering world-renouncers, stay in a summer palace on the banks of the sacred river, receive a private performance of classical Indian music, learn ancient Vedic chant, participate in the fire rituals and massive gatherings in devotion to the river goddess, shop for Indian clothing in the bazaars, and partake of Ayurvedic massage.
As a mindful journey, the tour is unique. Mindfulness involves attending to the present moment, internally and externally, with full awareness and without judgment. This journey through the upper Himalayas and across the plains will be enhanced through the mindful practices of yoga, meditation, journaling, creative writing, and group explorations.
For additional information, photos, descriptions, and testimonials about the tour, go to the tour website.
Students will receive upper level credits in Philosophy and Religious Studies (INTL 440); course may also be evaluated for credit in other departments at the discretion of the department head.
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