Cultural & Spiritual Tours
Learn, Serve and Immerse on a family tour of India!
Global Family Travels is pleased to offer several amazing tours in India, working to support communities in the regions of Ladakh, Dehradun and South India. Please click on the links below for more information or contact us.
Celebrate the Holi Festival in 2020 with us and our partner, Hara World, to Learn, Serve and Immerse on a zero waste adventure through North India with stops in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Bikaner. This culturally immersive trip will change the way you see the future of travel.
Learn, Serve & Immerse on our yoga retreat in this spiritual land of North India. As you learn about the origins of Yoga in India and Astanga, the 8-fold path, two of the Seattle area's top yoga instructors will teach yoga daily, and you will learn spiritual practices from Buddhist monks, nuns, Hindu Gurus and yogis. You will also immerse in an Ashram in Rishikesh and in the Ladakhi Buddhist culture, and be of service to several non-profits supporting quality education as we travel with HEART.
Explore the rich cultural heritage and beauty of Ladakh, India while learning photography and visual storytelling skills from Merrill Images. In partnership with the Ladakh Arts & Media Organization (LAMO), we will also help showcase the vital work of Ladakhi non-profits that are preserving cultural heritage and fostering sustainable development
Join us in February of 2021 on a journey to India filled information and interaction with the Kiran Anjali Project (KAP)! Our trip takes you to the Nizam state of Hyderabad in the south of India, where we will engage with many of KAP projects in support of educating underserved girls in India in Hyderabad and Bangalore, and see some of the heritage sights. We will end in Delhi and Agra taking in sights and sounds, and witnessing the monument of love – The Taj Mahal!
Ladakh (Little Tibet):
Learn, Serve, Immerse
Once an independent Buddhist kingdom at the crossroads of vital trade routes between China and the Middle East , Ladakh, often called “Little Tibet” or “Land of the Broken Moon,” is one of the last places in the world where the Buddhist way of life is unrepressed. Tour highlights include the opportunity to contribute meaningfully in the village of Stok by living, working and learning with a host Ladakhi family, and to participate in a community service project with students from the Siddhartha School Project. During the home-stay part of our tour, your family will be immersed in the Ladakhi communal culture and gain a deep understanding of the Buddhist culture and traditions of this stunning region.
Exploring the Rich Cultural
Heritage of Ladakh
Do you love Buddhist Art? And are you fascinated by the history of the silk road and the caravans of traders of India’s high mountain passes? Join us and Trip Leader, Laura Kozaitis, Co-Founder of the Siddhartha School Project in Ladakh, India in the summer of 2019 for an enriching 12-day tour through the remaining temples associated with the great Buddhist translator, Rinchen Zangpo, who translated Sanskrit Buddhist texts into Tibetan during the second diffusion of Buddhism in Tibet.
South India is a beautiful part of the country which offers similarly colorful cultural experiences that North India does, but at a more relaxed pace which we found more ideal for traveling with children. We were impressed with the natural beauty of South India’s forests, backwaters, spice plantations, and safari opportunities in wild life sanctuaries! We offer customized tours for families or groups to South India, similar to our recent exploration in two of South India’s states, Kerala and Karnataka.
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Gifts of India
We invite you to immerse yourself in an unparalleled season of giving and receiving on our Gifts of India Tour. Participants will have a unique opportunities to engage directly with India’s youth and to give back to local communities in need. After visiting some of India’s grandest wonders, we will volunteer in both Jaipur with the Ladli Center, an organization offering vocational training for destitute children, and then travel to the rural village of Dehradun, in the foothills of the Himalayas to support the good work of the revered Buddhist monk, Lama Tenzin and the Children's Educational Development (CED) Society.
India’s intermingling of its diverse culture and religion formulates its uniqueness and charming soul. The country is the epicenter of many of the world’s religions, and Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism all call India their birthplace. India, as a confluence of different religions has always attracted tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. In this land of diversity, we take you on a journey to holy places, featuring historical monuments and beautiful temples, which portray India’s architectural legacy. In addition to visiting some of the most spiritual places in India, we will also expand our global family through a volunteer opportunity at The Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialect, an orphanage in Ladakh (Little Tibet) and the Siddhartha School Project. Whether you are a mother in practice, or just in spirit, this tour will rejuvenate your soul and help reveal the essence of your divinity.