THE GANDHI LEGACY and PHILANTHROPIC TOUR of INDIA
Led by Dr. Arun Gandhi and Mr. Tushar Gandhi
December 29th, 2022, to January 12th, 2023: 14 Nights & 15 Days
- INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL NOTICES FOR ALL TRAVELERS:
It is advised that you seek an international flight arriving in Mumbai during the morning of December 29th.
Upon your arrival at the Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji International airport you will proceed through both immigration and customs clearance. Once you have collected your luggage, walk through the exit gate of the arrival hall where you will be met by a representative and transferred to The Orchid Hotel.
Hotel rooms will be held starting on December 29th (immediate early check-in) to allow for your ability to both freshen up and/or sleep prior to the official tour commencement.
You are free until the tour officially starts at 7:30pm with a buffet dinner at The Orchid Hotel where you will meet Dr. Arun Gandhi, Mr. Tushar Gandhi, and the other tour participants.
- Early morning, the group will met tour guide Alok Tiwari and be transferred to the Mumbai Domestic Airport to board a flight to Nagpur, upon arrival at the Nagpur Airport, the group will be met and transferred to The Pride Hotel Nagpur Airport where you will have two hours to use wash and change rooms before driving on to the Gandhi Sevagram Ashram for a day visit.
- Late in the afternoon, the group will be transferred back to the Nagpur Airport to board a flight back to Mumbai. On arrival at the Mumbai airport, the group will be met and transferred back to The Orchid Hotel for another overnight stay.
- Meals: A buffet breakfast at The Pride Hotel Nagpur, a boxed lunch from the Nagpur Airport Hotel, and a buffet dinner at The Orchid Hotel (depending on the flight timing).
- In the morning the group will check out and head to Mani Bhavan for a visit of the transitional home, library, and museum of Bapu. This location has significance for being the focal point of Gandhi’s political activities from 1917 through 1934.
- The next stop is to visit WIT (Women’s India Trust) Panvel, an organization that started training less privileged and unskilled women in Mumbai to stitch sari petticoats. Today WIT has grown to provide women educational opportunities, vocational skills training, and employment. This visit will afford the occasion to see traditional crafting such as block printing and sharing a meal with some of the women.
- Travel on to Kolhapur where the group will arrive late and check-in to the Sayaji Hotel Kolhapur.
- Important Note: Today you will spend approximately 7-8 hours on the road in a tour bus between Mumbai to Kolhapur.
- Meals: A buffet breakfast at the Orchid Hotel, a vegetarian lunch at WIT Panvel, and a packed box dinner at the Sayaji Hotel Pune.
- In the morning the group will travel out to see various migrant worker camps (such as visiting a brickyard site) and learn about issues pertaining to child labor.
- In conjunction with this visit, you will meet representatives from AVANI (Anti-Child Labor Program and Residential School) to tour both makeshift tent schools as well as the residential school where dozens of children have been removed from worksites and/or vulnerable positions and now not only attend governmental schools, but also are provided with food, accommodations, and health support through the organization.
- During this visit you will meet with AVANI founder Anuradha Bhosale who is a renowned grassroots women’s rights and anti-child labor activist; a former child-laborer herself, she has spent the past 20+ years fighting for the prevention of child exploitation, child-labor, human trafficking, and female infanticide.
- Meals: A buffet breakfast, a boxed lunch, and a buffet dinner from the Sayaji Hotel Kolhapur.
- The group will leave the hotel in the morning en route to Pune for a visit at the Agakhan Palace which is the national monument of India’s freedom movement.
- The palace is of particular importance since it served as the location of imprisonment for Gandhi, his wife Kasturba, and his secretary Mahadevbhai Desai following the launch of the 1942 Quit India Movement. Both Kasturba and Mahadevbhai pass away during their captivity here, as such a memorial to both are found on the grounds.
- In the evening the group will be transported to the Pune Railway Station to board the overnight train ADI Duronto to Ahmedabad.
- Important Notes:
- Today you will spend approximately 6 hours on the road in a tour bus between Kolhapur to Pune. You will also be taking an overnight train from Pune to Ahmedabad.
- Due to COVID-19 changes, the railway no longer provides overnight bedding, as such, it is advised that you bring a travel pillow and blanket for this journey.
- Meals: A buffet breakfast and a boxed lunch from Sayaji Hotel Kolhapur, and a boxed dinner from the Pune Hotel.
- Upon arrival at the Ahmedabad station, the group will be met by a representative and transferred to the Fortune Landmark Hotel for breakfast and an opportunity to use the wash and change rooms for two hours. The group will then depart for Rajkot where they will visit the Mahatma Gandhi Museum (also known as the Alfred High School where Gandhi completed his graduation in 1887) and the Kaba Gandhi No Delo which served as the Gandhi’s primary family home in India until 1915. After these visits, the group will check-in to Fortune JPS Grand Hotel for an overnight stay.
- Important Note: Today you will spend approximately 6 hours on the road in a tour bus between Ahmedabad to Rajkot.
- Meals: A buffet breakfast and box lunch from Fortune Landmark Ahmedabad, and a buffet dinner at the Fortune JPS Grand Rajkot.
- The group will leave in the morning to visit the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi at Kirti Mandir in Porbandar, and then return to Rajkot for another night stay at the Fortune JPS Grand Hotel.
- Important Note: Today you will spend approximately 4 hours on the road in a tour bus between Rajkot to Porbandar, and then another 4 hours back to Rajkot.
- Meals: A buffet breakfast at Fortune JPS Grand Rajkot, a buffet lunch at the Hotel Lords Inn Porbandar, and a buffet dinner back at the Fortune JPS Grand Rajkot.
- First the group will visit Hunnarshala, an organization that shares its knowledge and skills for building designs, settlement planning, social housing, disaster reconstruction, wastewater treatment systems, infrastructure development, and more. The impetus for its collaborations and associations grew after the 2001 earthquake that devastated the Kutch region.
- Next the group will visit the Khamir, which like Hunnarshala was instituted after the earthquake of 2001, and focuses on strengthening and promoting the rich artisanal traditions of the Kachchh district. The name Khamir is an acronym for Kachchh Heritage, Art, Music, Information and Resources. Additionally, Khamir means “intrinsic pride” in the local language of Kachchhi, and “to ferment” in Hindi. This organization serves as a platform for the promotion of traditional handicrafts and allied cultural practices, the processes involved in their creation, and the preservation of culture, community, and local environments.
- Finally, the group will check-in to The Fern Residency Bhuj for an overnight stay.
- Important Note: Today you will spend approximately 6 hours on the road in a tour bus between Rajkot to Bhuj.
- Meals: A buffet breakfast at Fortune JPS Grand Rajkot, a box lunch, and a buffet dinner at the Fern Residency Bhuj.
- This morning the group will depart for Mundra to visit the Vikalp Sangam which is the school for Salt Pan Workers.
- After the visit you will drive on to Ahmedabad where you will check-in to the Fortune Landmark Ahmedabad Hotel
- Important Note: Today you will spend approximately 8 hours on the road in a tour bus between Bhuj to Mundra, and then on to Ahmedabad.
- Meals: A buffet breakfast and a box lunch from the Fern Residency Bhuj, and a buffet dinner at the Fortune Landmark Ahmedabad.
- Today the group will spend the day with the SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association). SEWA is a women’s trade union which was registered in 1972 for the organization of poor, self-employed women workers. Since these women earn a living through their own labor or small businesses, they do not obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like those workers in the organized labor sector. As such, these women are representative of the 93% of the unprotected labor force workers in India. Members of SEWA will show you the property and share some of their stories with you.
- Meals: Buffet breakfast and dinner at the Fortune Landmark Ahmedabad, and a vegetarian lunch onsite with SEWA.
- After breakfast, the group will visit with students and tour the Gujarat Vidyapeeth campus which is the university that Gandhi founded in 1920.
- The group will also have an afternoon visit to the Sabarmati Ashram, which was an ashram founded in 1917 and served as one of the main centers of the Indian freedom struggle. Named after the holy river Sabarmati upon which it is situated, this site no longer functions as a working ashram, but rather as a museum and an institution whose aim is to preserve and propagate the legacy of the Mahatma.
- In the evening, the group will be transferred to the Jaipur Airport where you will be flying on Spice Jet to Jaipur.
- On arrival in Jaipur, you will be transferred to the Ramada Hotel Jaipur.
- Meals: A buffet breakfast at the Fortune Landmark Ahmedabad, a vegetarian lunch at the Gujarat Vidyapeeth, and either a boxed dinner from the Fortune Landmark Ahmedabad or a buffet dinner at the Ramada Hotel Jaipur.
- Today the group will visit the Jaipur Foot / Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) Jaipur Foot is the world’s largest organization dedicated to rehabilitating individuals with disabilities (over 1.55 million). Services include the fitting and provision of free artificial limbs and other aids to amputees and polio patients. The services are not only provided to individuals across India, but also extended to those in 27 countries around the world.
- Next, the group will visit Jaipur Rugs which is a family business with four decades of craftmanship that revolutionized the carpet industry by working directly with artisans to empower them and their communities in realizing sustainable livelihoods. Its founder NK Chaudhary is called the “Gandhi of the Carpet Industry” and has treated all his artisans, considered untouchables, with respect. He has been quoted as saying: “Let goodness, fairness and most importantly, love prevail in business; profits will inevitably follow.”
- Meals: A buffet breakfast and dinner at the Ramada Hotel Jaipur, and a buffet lunch at a local restaurant.
- After breakfast, the group will depart for Delhi and check-in to the Pride Hotel New Delhi Aerocity. Today is a free day outside of the group travel, enjoy some relaxation!
- Important Note: Today you will spend approximately 5 hours on the road in a tour bus between Jaipur to Delhi.
- Meals: A buffet breakfast at the Ramada Jaipur, lunch at a restaurant en route to Delhi, and a buffet dinner at the Pride Hotel New Delhi Aerocity.
- The group will start today’s site-seeing with a visit to the Gandhi Smriti (part of the Old Birla House). This is a sacred place as it is where Mahatma Gandhi’s epic life ended on January 30, 1948. His last 144 days of his life were spent here, and thereby contain many treasured memories including the room where Mahatma Gandhi lived as well as the prayer ground where he held a mass congregation every evening. It was the prayer grounds where Gandhiji was felled by an assassin’s bullet.
- Next the group will visit the Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and houses the memorial to “The Father of the Nation.”
- Finally, the group will visit The National Gandhi Museum which contains a rich collection of original relics, books, journals, exhibition, memorabilia and more. It is also developing into a Resource Center for both Gandhian and Allied Studies and Research.
- Meals: A buffet breakfast and dinner at the Pride Hotel New Delhi Aerocity, and lunch at a local restaurant.
- RETURN FLIGHT NOTICE FOR ALL TRAVELERS: To ensure proper coordination of your tour transfer to the airport, your international flight home MUST be booked late at night on January 12th OR in the very early morning hours (many international flights leave between 1-3am) on January 13th. If you are going on the Optional Agra Tour, it is strongly advised that you select a return flight on January 13th in the early morning hours.
- OPTION 1 (No extra cost) – Delhi:
- For those who are NOT taking the OPTIONAL Agra tour, you are free to explore and shop on your own in Delhi during the day.
- Meals: A buffet breakfast and lunch will be included at the Pride Hotel New Delhi Aerocity.
- Note that lunch is the last meal provided with your tour.
- Departure: At the designated time you will be transferred from the Pride Hotel New Delhi Aerocity to the Delhi International Airport to board your flight back home.
- For those who are ARE taking the optional Agra tour, you will leave the hotel early en route for Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. Built by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan in honor of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal, the Taj Mahal is one of the great wonders of the world.
- Important Note: Today you will spend approximately 8 hours roundtrip on the road in a tour bus between Delhi to Agra and back.
- Meals: A buffet breakfast at the Pride Hotel New Delhi Aerocity, and lunch at the Agra Hotel.
- Note that lunch is the last meal provided with your tour.
- Departure: You will be transferred directly from Agra back to the Delhi International Airport to board your flight back home.