Promoting the idea of sustainable travel on their mind

Promoting the idea of sustainable travel on their mind

Travelling, over the years, has become much more than just relaxing and adventure. This generation has seen an evolution of sorts as travellers, as once a leisure-only activity, has now become sustainable, experiential and responsible.

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 19

Travelling, over the years, has become much more than just relaxing and adventure. This generation has seen an evolution of sorts as travellers, as once a leisure-only activity, has now become sustainable, experiential and responsible. Travelling and promoting this particular thought are six persons, who are a part of a unique travel scholarship, an initiative by Shoshin Tribe, a travel start-up in collaboration with goSTOPS, a backpacker hostel.

The idea is to understand how travel helps us learn and grow in the most unexpected ways. India is the youngest country in the world, and we are travelling more than ever. The young souls are eager to explore the untouched lands, dive deep into the culture, and explore the human connection more, and that is what inspired Odyssey, a unique travel scholarship, which is going to explore the real values of sustainable and responsible travel, and talk more about human connection with society and nature. Himanshu, founder of Shoshin Tribe a travel start-up

First group of travellers backed by the start-up for an all-expense paid travel scholarship, six individuals – Ananya, a self-published author from Bengaluru; Parag Satardekar, a Mumbaikar, passionate for teaching and travelling; Athulya Jeevi an aspiring architectural historian from Kerela; Aprajita Singh, a food nerd and cooking expert from Guwahati; Srijan Deep, a film maker from Raipur, accompanied by a young traveller from Canada, were on week-long stop in Amritsar after visiting Delhi and Patiala.

Led by Himanshu, founder of Shoshin Tribe, the group began their journey from Delhi on April 10 and would undertake a 35-day long journey visiting cities including Patiala, Amritsar, McLeodganj, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Rishikesh as they explore villages of Rakhigarhi and Devalsari that have world heritage sites. And while they do so, they would keep their travel almost zero-waste, with minimal carbon footprint.

“The idea is to understand how travel helps us learn and grow in the most unexpected ways,” said Himanshu. “India is the youngest country in the world, and we are traveling more than ever. The young souls are eager to explore the untouched lands, dive deep into the culture, and explore the human connection more, and that is what inspired Odyssey, a unique travel scholarship, which is going to explore the real values of sustainable and responsible travel, and talk more about human connection with society and nature,” he added.

For these travellers, the aim is to promote the idea of sustainable travel as they document their journey. “We are not just looking for popular tourist places in a city, but also learning about the history, the tangible and intangible aspects of its heritage that needs to be seen and preserved. Throughout the travels the conversation will focus on cultural traditions, climate change impact, social entrepreneurship and inner joy,” shared Himanshu as they were hosted by Gunbir Singh, founder, Dilbir Foundation. Learning about the sustainable practices in culture and traditions of Amritsar over cups of jaggery, ginger tea the group learnt about the pre partition import, the pain of partition and the post 1947 era that is etched in Amritsar’s history. They next move to McLeodganj.

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