This Summer Vacation Many Parents Opt for a Unique Cultural Learning Experience

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Paravati Family Travel offers families the unique opportunity to learn about Northeast India’s Ladakh region by participating in fun language, art, and cultural immersion programs.

Ladakhi children playing

“It is my hope that this understanding and sense of purpose will occur even among the youngest of travelers.”

Paravati Family Travel (http://www.paravatifamilytravel.com), the newest humanitarian travel company offering cultural immersion programs, today announced their upcoming journey to India scheduled for August 11-25, 2010. The company is currently accepting applications for this tour, specifically geared for families with elementary to high school aged children.

Jennifer Spatz, founder of Paravati Family Travel and company tour guide, wanted to create cultural exchanges for traveling families and their host communities that would foster an understanding that there is a unity of humankind. It is her goal that participants will return home with a sense of global connectedness that will ultimately contribute to their own sense of purpose and happiness. “It is my hope that this understanding and sense of purpose will occur even among the youngest of travelers,” said Jennifer.

The Journey to “Little Tibet” begins in the northern India town of Leh, the capital of the Ladakh region of Northeast India. A highlight of the tour is the home-stays offered in the village of Stok, where families will spend time living and working with a local host family. “Participants will have a unique opportunity to experience the ways of life of this ancient, self-sustaining and harmonious culture,” stated Jennifer. “And they will learn how the role of community plays in the intrinsic values and lives of the Ladakhi people.”

During the week in Stok, participants will also have a chance to do some volunteer work on projects such as environmental cleanup and waste management strategizing, further helping the Ladakhi people advance their sustainable and cooperative way of life.

While in Stok, families traveling with Paravati Family Travel will enjoy activities with students at the Siddhartha School while forming friendships and learning about local traditions. Other activities available for the entire family include visits to local Buddhist monasteries, cultural presentations, performances by local Ladakhis and educational talks about the community environmental and social concerns. Yoga and meditation sessions will also be offered for participants of all ages. Parents can also enjoy some free time as their children are supervised by Paravati Family Travel’s experienced and caring staff.

The journey ends with three days in New Delhi. Participants will visit the Red Fort via rickshaw, passing through the famous Silk Road and Silver Bazaar. They will also have the opportunity to see the Gandhi Memorial Museum and cremation site. And finally, families will have the exciting opportunity to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal in the nearby town of Agra.

Paravati Family Travel’s Journey to India expedition is being operated in conjunction with the non-profit, community-based travel organization, Crooked Trails. “I have been traveling and working in Ladakh for the past 10 years and find it to be one of the most life changing and rewarding places to visit”, said Tammy Leland, Cofounder and International Program Director for Crooked Trails. “The new partnership with Paravati Family Travel has provided us with a way to continue to support our communities and local partners in Ladakh and to expose families to the wonders of Ladakh.”

For more information on the upcoming trip to India, please visit http://www.paravatifamilytravel.com

About Paravati Family Travel
Paravati Family Travel (PFT) offers family-friendly travel tours throughout locations from India, Morocco, Spain and Turkey. Each tour offers a unique opportunity for adults and children alike to learn about the cultures they are visiting through participation in fun, age-appropriate language, art and history programs.

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