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October 18, 2013 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Life of Mahatma Gandhi and his principles of sustainability and non-violence continue to inspire many. Maroon Migrates with the support of Gujarat Vidyapith, has introduced an innovative travel experience through its program ‘Live GANDHI for a While’.

Nischalavalamb Barot, Proprietor, Maroon Migrates

Nischalavalamb Barot, Proprietor, Maroon Migrates

Nischalavalamb Barot, Proprietor, Maroon Migrates said: “The objective of this program is to allow people to find various ways of sustainable lifestyle, enjoy the simplicity of Gandhi and experience the virtue of Mahatma.” He added: “We believe that Mahatma Gandhi was a pioneer of responsible travel. He travelled across the country to connect with communities, walked through villages, stayed at their homes and helped them in solving their problems- all at a minimal impact on the environment.”

The experience is possible at the Kochrab Ashram established by Mahatma Gandhi in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The institute is managed by Gujarat Vidyapith, the educational institute, also established by Gandhi that continues to uphold the values of the Mahatma.

Tourist will be facilitated to stay in the Kochrab Ashram and follow the rules of Ashram defined by Gandhi. They will take the vow (vrat) of truth (satya), chastity (bramhacharya), non violence (ahimsa) and physical labour (shram). Guests will wear khadi (clothes made at handlooms) throughout the program and also enact certain special activities of Gandhi -like spinning of the wheel, correspondence/writing, community visit and cooking.

Barot told eGTM: “The tour can be of five days to 21 days depending on the guests’ interest.  At present the Ashram is equipped to accommodate around 25 people. We may increase the facility if the need arises.”

Visitors of any gender can opt for this program priced between US$ 24 to 32(Rs 1500 to 2000) per night per person.

Maroon Migrates has been promoting responsible tourism in Gujarat since 2006.  Barot is a qualified environmentalist working with local tribes, forests and natural resources in the district of Narmada in Gujarat.

Dr. Sudarshan Iyengar, Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapith said: “This is a unique program which will actually bring change in the society gradually at an individual level and hopefully we will witness a sustainable future.”

It will be interesting to check, how simple it is to ‘Live’ the simplicity of Gandhi, even if it’s for a while.

Written by : Anand & Madhura Katti

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