Nestled Deep in the eastern end of the great Himalayan mountain range, west Bengal and Sikkim are Indian states that sit snugly between Nepal and Bhutan. The tension between modern influences and traditional values is strikingly apparent in this region, as various ethnic groups work to safeguard their heritage amidst the draw of globalization.
Dragons students engage with local communities and explore ancient Buddhist and Hindu traditions, gaining insight into the age-old wisdom that has held Himalayan people together for centuries. Our course begins in norther West Bengal, an area- renowned for its fine tea – that serves as an introduction to the cultures and traditions of the region. Amidst verdant hills of tea waiting to be picked, we learn about the living blend of religious and cultural traditions which rival the beauty of the landscapes.
We offer comprehensive, personal home visits so that we can answer your questions in person. One of our expert staff members will present on our program options and share stories from their own formative Where There Be Dragons program. To request a home visit in less than 2 minutes, fill out this form.
- Examine the impact of environmental issues, tourism, ethnicity, land management, education, gender issues and healthcare.
- Explore the philosophy and spiritual practices of Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism through an investigation of yoga, meditation, iconography and symbolism.
- Choose a topic of interest and dive into a relationship with a mentor in Kalimpong. Options include music, dance, wood carving, jewelry making, bronze casting, religious traditions, traditional cooking, or Tibetan and Ayurveda medicine.
- Spend 14 + days in home-stays with both rural and urban families.
- Take a look at ethnic and cultural diversity, religious traditions, and Sikkim’s rich artistic traditions.