Monthly Archives: January 2013

Summer trip to NW India


From: Bruce Millen Sullivan <>
Subject: Re: [RISA-L LIST] India summer study trip
Date: January 28, 2013 3:47:31 PM CST
Greetings, RISA,My colleague Paul Donnelly takes students (and others) on a 3-week trip in the summer to northwest India.  It is described below; please contact him if you or students have questions.

This is a three-week trip through what was once part of the western Tibetan kingdom of Gugé, now part of the Kinnaur and Spiti regions of Himachal Pradesh, in northwestern India. We set out from Shimla in the Himalayan Foothills. First stop is in the Sangla valley in Kinnaur where we camp for several days and visit temples and trek to the last village in the valley before the current Tibetan border. We spend several days in the village of Nako, which locals believe to be one of the places visited by the Tantric Buddhist master Padmasambhava in the eighth century. We then spend time at Tabo monastery, established in 996, and world-renowned for its temple paintings. While at Tabo we take day trips to other Buddhist sites, including Dhankar and Kyi monasteries. After crossing the 15,700 foot Kunzum Pass and the13,500 foot Rotang Pass, we descend to the popular hill town of Manali. Our final stay is in Dharamsala, home of the Tibetan government in exile, and the Dalai Lama.


We travel through the regions in jeeps, with professional drivers and we travel with our own cook staff. All in-country travel, accommodations, and meals are included in the trip price. There will be regular lectures throughout the trip on history, culture, and religion of the regions. Students can earn three credits from Northern Arizona University for the trip. Because the trip is run in association with Himalayan Health Exchange, we also set up medical camps along the way and provide free health care to people of these remote areas. Students are given the opportunity to help at the camps, and we feel that this service learning aspect sets the trip apart from other more tourist-oriented excursions.


The trip runs from June 24th to July 15th. The trip cost is $ 4399 plus international airfare. For more information, contact Dr. Paul
Bruce M. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Professor, Comparative Study of Religions
Dept. of Comparative Cultural Studies
Northern Arizona University, Box 6031
Flagstaff, AZ 86011 USA

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