Explore the Himalaya
Set out on a legendary hike through the Himalaya, the great mountain range separating Tibet and India that is sacred in both Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or spiritual pilgrim, the mountain vistas and snow-capped Himalayan peaks are a must-see. Spend an afternoon reflecting and sipping tea with local people of Indian and Tibetan descent.
Visit Mcleod Ganj
See how the Tibetan exile community has preserved their culture. McLeod Ganj, located just minutes from the CCS Home-Base, is home to a substantial Tibetan refugee population. You’ll stop by the Tsuglagkhang Complex and leave the Dalai Lama’s Temple with a sense of inner peace and universal love. Or, you may travel to a Tibetan art school to visit with students swirling around paint as they contemplate their works in progress.
Drink a cup of tea
Visit a Tea Garden in Palampur, the renowned “Tea Capital of Northern India,” and learn how their tea is made. The town has countless streams which flow across the region (palum actually means “abundant water”), which makes the land perfect for tea plantations.
Experience the Taj Mahal
There’s no mistaking the majestic architecture of the Taj Mahal. In 1632, the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the Taj Mahal in memory of his favorite wife. Visit this awe-inspiring structure, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Cook Indian Cuisine
Whether you're a newbie to Indian cuisine or your favorite dishes all contain the words "tikka" or "tandoori," your taste buds are in for a treat at weekly cooking classes. Each week, your group will have a chance to prepare an authentic Indian dish alongside the CCS cooks. Wow friends and family when you take the recipe back home to share, and casually mention, "Oh yeah, that's my famous biryani. No big deal."
Step Back in Time at the Kangra Fort
Venture to the Kangra Fort, the largest fort in the Himalaya and possibly the oldest in India. The fort was built around 3,500 years ago by the Katoch Dynasty, which is the oldest surviving dynasty in the world. Alexander the Great name-dropped this place in his war journal back in 4 BC, saying that whomever could take this fort would rule the entire valley.
Dance the Odissi
Learn all about Odissi, and Indian classical dance, from a renowned Indian dance instructor. She’ll share the significance of each part of the dance, from the clothing and instruments to the music and the moves; then, you’ll learn the basics of the oldest surviving dance in all of India.