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An Indian Adventure Easter 2018

A study visit to India to learn about Indian culture and local geography, with some birding and wildlife activities!

24th March - 6th April 2018 EASTER HOLIDAYS

This is a unique journey which is a fun and safe way to explore and learn about India, with some calm quiet time for your own personal development alongside guided experiences which will enable you to feel confident to teach about India.teacher.jpg

I would recommend this visit to all schools wishing to develop their understanding of a different culture. What a life-changing experience it was! We all came back inspired and with a much greater understanding of the issues which affect the lives of the people in the rural and urban communities in southern India. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and were able to answer any questions put to them. The whole experience can be used in so many ways within the school curriculum.” Headteacher, Wells Cathedral Junior School.

It was the best trip of my life. I know we all feel privileged to have experienced Indian life and culture with such depth and in so short a space of time. The hospitality was second to none.” Teacher of RE, St Dunstan’s Secondary School, Glastonbury.

We have all come away re-energised and determined to change our priorities. The opportunity has been the most useful professional development in my 30 years of teaching”. Head teacher, Buckland St Mary Primary School.

The theme of this sort of visit hopes to enable participants to  have an interesting learning journey, whilst developing ideas about the use of experience, images, artefacts, and information about India, including ideas for developing resources which use creative enquiry as methodologies for teaching about a distant place, through practical activities, case studies, excursions, and dialogue.

The visit is organised by an education organisation called Sangam who have 15 years of professional experience organising and facilitating curated travel experiences in Karnataka and South India.

Sangam’s base is in the village of Silvepura 20 miles north of Bangalore in South India. The centre runs many different education projects with students and teachers from India and the UK. They work closely with local schools, runs study visits for visiting teachers, and facilitate study journeys around South India.“Sangam” means “meeting point” or “confluence”, ie between people of different cultures.  Imogen and Kiran Sahi run Sangam. Imo is British Council validated teacher trainer from the UK. Alongside her work at Sangam she works as a consultant education advisor and master trainer on Internationalism and Global Citizenship. Kiran is a designer from India, trained at the National Institute of Design and teaches art and design. Kiran is skilled at interpreting and explaining Indian culture and the ways in which it is changing and developing, so that visitors to Sangam both experience India, and are enabled to understand what they are seeing. Together Imo and Kiran have developed Sangam into a place for enabling learning.

This visit is being co-led by Adam Hawkins. Adam was unti recently head of Ash Primary School hear Yeovil in Somserset, has visited Sangam on their teacher CPD programmes before as a particpant, has also visited us as part of one of our Birding tours, and now returns to lead a group with us. It is a great delight to be working with him!

This visit is a supported and safe journey of learning. As a group you will be accompanied throughout the programme by your facilitators from Sangam who understand the context and culture of the area extremely well, who will interpret, explain and facilitate the process, and. They will enable the process by advising you on health and safety issues and responsible travel, visas and kit before hand and will lead and guide you during the visit and facilitate the process of the visit, the activities, accommodation, transport, and helping to interpret what we encounter.

The programme includes a day of orientation after arrival in India, then a series of outings/ excursions. To Bangalore, rural villages and local farms. North to the ancient city of Hampi, South to Mysore and the river Cauvery in order to explore markets, temples, mountains, and a bird sanctuary, further south through the Nagarhole forest reserve, and then finally to the forested mountains of Coorg for some trekking, birding and wildlife. Alongside and during these excursions will be a series of activities to reflect on what has been experienced, to set what has been seen in context, and to share ideas about teaching and learning. Many of the activities and excursions are planned in order to be curriculum linked, developing ideas for teaching Geography, History/Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Art/Creativity; RE/PSED and cross curricular topics relating to India. You will be provided with a rich resource bank of ideas for teaching and learning about India, including case studies for developing contrasting locality studies: an enquiry based exploration of our rural settlements, an informal social study and transect of contrasting areas of the rapidly developing city of Bangalore, and discussions about sustainable development issues in geography.

The group will stay at “The Land”, Imo and Kiran’s home stay accommodation where Sangam is based, which has space for up to 20 people. The Land is a spacious leafy garden on the edge of the rural village of Silvepura. The facilities are simple but well developed as a comfortable place for visiting groups from the UK to make themselves at home. During the excursion you will stay at a comfortable guest houses and hotels.  Information about Sangam’s accommodation can be found at

The weather will be hot and dry. The Easter holidays are in the middle of the Indian summer. There will be no rain at all. Temperatures tend to be in the late 20’s and early 30’s

A draft Itinerary. The itinerary below will give a structure to the time in India, however we may make changes to the programme as the time goes on, and some of the final details may differ from the below. We can mail you a printable version of this as the format is not really very clear below. Please mail us for this.

Draft Itinerary:





Evening location



24th March

Travel to airport in UK

Flight to Bangalore

On flight.



25th March

Arrive at Bangalore airport.

Introductions.  Rest.

Orientation walks and cycle rides.

Hessaraghatta grasslands.


The Land- Sangam’s homestay.



26th March

Nandi hills outing early am.

Looking at farms and local agricultural culture.

Rangoli patterning activity early pm.

Indian cookery session.

The Land- Sangam’s homestay.



27th March

Bangalore’s city market early morning. Exploring the old city.


Lunch in the new city area and shopping opportunity.

Transfer to train station.

Train to Hampi.



28th March

Arrive at hotel and rest.

Markets and shops in Hampi Bazar.

Afternoon walk along the river and coracle ride possibilities.





29th March

Full day visiting temple complexes by rickshaw.

Pm. Potential bear sanctuary visit.




30th March

Visit to craft units and embroidery communities.


Time for exploring shops/ markets/ temples. Evening hill walk. Transfer to train station.

Train to Mysore.



31st March

Arrive at hotel and rest.


Markets and shops in Mysore.

Explore Mysore palace independantly.

Ranganathittu bird sanctuary.




1st April

Ranganathittu bird sanctuary.

Srirangapatanam summer  palace and temple.



Drive south through Nagarhole forest wildlife reserve.

Arrive at coffee plantation and forested mountain location.

Coorg/ Wyand.

Forested mountains.



2nd April

A day walking/ trekking through the forest and up onto the mountain peaks.

Waterfalls and walks in the forest.


Forested mountains.



3rd April

Drive back north towards Bangalore.

Visit Bylacuppe Buddist settlement.

Visit Sravanabelagola Jain temple.

Arrive back at ‘The Land’. North Bangalore.

The Land- Sangam’s homestay.



4th April

Block printing studio visit.

Shopping opportunity.

The Land- Sangam’s homestay.



5th April

Final day. Free morning.

Final cycle rides/ walks/ birding opportunities.

The Land- Sangam’s homestay.



6th April

Flight back to the UK

Arriving back by afternoon


Cost guide: In country costs: Between £1200 – 1400. Depending on the value of the rupee at the time of making our bookings, and where we finally choose to stay on the journey. It could potentially cost a little less. The pound is difficult to predict!

This covers:

  • All accommodation and all breakfasts: In Sangam’s homestay accommodation for the first and last three days and then in comfortable but simple hotels/ guest houses in Hampi, Mysore, and Coorg.
  • All in country transport including airport transfers. Some transport will be by train, some by mini bus and some in people-carrier style air conditioned large cars.
  • Most lunches and dinners. All meals for the 6 days at Sangam’s homestay accommodation will be covered within this budget. Whilst in Bangalore, Hampi, Mysore, and on the way to Coorg we will go to restaurants where there will be a large choice and selection, so it’s easier for you to choose and pay separately.
  • Preparation pack covering medical advice, travel advice, kit lists, visa advice and logistical information.
  • Guidance and curation on the journeys- including a resource booklet which contains case studies and travel advice and logistical information for whilst travelling.
  • Laundry facilities, and towels.
  • Wifi, and use of cycles, gardens and studio spaces, and facilities at the accommodation.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities.

You will also need to plan for these costs:

  • Flight: £600-750. Each person books their own flight individually to arrive on the morning of the 24th. This is easiest done through STA or another good travel company who have ATOL protection for their bookings.
  • Visa for India: £30. This is quite simple compared to previous processes. Available online, and arrives within a week.
  • Travel insurance for south India: £50. This will depend on your own insurance provider.
  • Entrance fees and Safari costs: £20ish depending on availability and frequency.
  • Other expenses/ contingency: £150

Ideally the whole trip should come within £2000 ish – 2400 with all your costs included.

The process in India:

Travelling responsibly, health and safety and preparation: Sangam will work with you to carefully cover your needs and questions in terms of health and safety guidance, how to travel responsibly in India and how to stay safe. This will be through your preparation pack and guidance before travel, but also through a written resource pack written specifically for your visit which you will be given on your arrival in India.

A resource pack: You will all be provided with a resource booklet which will include cultural information and travel guidance, ideas for teaching and learning activities using creative enquiry, case study information, references and maps to guide you with what you see and do. It includes suggestions of activities to enable you to engage with the places that you visit. We are very keen that you take time before each new location to formally or informally take a look at the next location/ journey so that you feel prepared and enabled to understand the places better, and have a base of information from which to ask questions.

CPD: “Developing ideas for teaching about India”: The theme of the programme is woven around these topics. We will be spending time thinking about this theme throughout the journeys that we go on, and as part of activities to help to understand the places you are visiting. It would be very helpful if you come prepared for sharing your own ideas about learning about a distant place, and bring along a few ideas for how to teach about a country such as India, and any reflections on how to make it successful, what challenges you may face as you try to teach using these ideas, so that you feel prepared to share, talk and reflect during the visit.

Mental preparation for the journey in India: Some days will involve very early mornings, and some days will involve a lot of travelling from one location to another. Its very important to us that you understand that the process of some days will involve the journey at the heart of the activities, as opposed to simply a means to getting somewhere. You will be able to see so much if you look out of the window, ask questions, keep notes and journal as part of the process of the journey. On days when you are driving you will regularly make stops, sometimes unplanned ones, when you see things of interest, and this is where the most fun may lie. You will be able to ask questions at each stop, and there will be opportunities for your unanswered questions to be cleared at the end of each journey. Questioning, enquiry, exploring, observing are all very much part of the process, which is of course up to each of you.  As much effort and interest you show in the things you see, we can respond with equal input.

Journalling as part of the process: This visit is very much a personal journey, and we strongly encourage that each of you keep a journal which can be partly a diary of what you do, a sketch book of the things you see, recording patterns, colours, shapes, and landscapes. And partly a scrap book as a record of what you have done and where you have gone. It will provide you with a memory and a reflection space for recording what you see and do and how you are feeling on the journey. As you do this we hope that you might develop thoughts about how to use journaling as a teaching tool on your return.

Artefacts and photos: Finding ways of “bringing India back” is an important part of the process. Many people will want to find ways to effectively equip yourselves for teaching about India and using the experience in your professional life on your return. Part of this will be covered by the resource pack that we will provide you with, some of it will be covered by the questions that you ask and the dialogue that you have with the people that you meet during the visit, and part of it will be covered by the journal that you make to reflect on all that you see. However gathering the physical resources of artefacts and photos will be a large part of this. It may be that you decide to create a project for yourselves- finding particular images which can create a learning resource, looking for particular artefacts which you can use immediately on your return. We will provide you with many ideas, and suggestions for how you can do this once you are here in India.

Next steps:

Email us or call to chat about the trip. Either to Adam Hawkins on 07887 944823 or Kiran Sahi on 07398 646440. Email address is

Booking and a deposit. If you are sure that you would like to join this visit to India please send us an email to the address below so that we can send you a booking form. We will then require a deposit to secure your place on the visit.

Once you have joined the group you will be sent a comprehensive preparation pack: We will then send you through a comprehensive preparation pack in the Autumn term of 2017 which will give you info about how to book your flights, which will be the main thing to do at that early stage, but will also detail out the kit you will need, and travel advice for India, medical guidance, visa info etc. If you have any questions about the visit before or after receiving this pack please do email us or call using the contact details below

You will be invited to a preparation meeting before you travel:.We will all meet together again a few months before we travel, to go through the details of the trip and answer logistical questions. The balance of the trip will be due 8 weeks before travel so at the end of Jan 2018.

Then the trip will happen in Easter holidays 2018. Usually afterwards the group gets together to share images and experiences.How to apply:

Please mail Imo or Kiran using the email addresses below and she will send you through an application form.

How to find out more:

Please read through this page and email us and we can send you the information about this visit to India, and send you an application form. Please also look through the rest of our website where you can find out more about our place in India, and the work that we do.

If there are queries which have not been covered above, or if you would like to talk over details of the visit prior to booking, please contact:

Looking forward to hearing from you.


Group leader - Adam Hawkins: 07887 944823

Sangam facilitators: Imogen and Kiran Sahi  Email address:


UK Telephone number: 01761232709.

Mobile: 07398646359/440



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