India is changing so rapidly, and for the better. Experience the beginning of its innovation and be part of spreading the change.
Why pick this guide?
I am a Canadian girl living in Bikaner, Rajasthan where I run Hara House, north India’s first zero waste guesthouse and social enterprise investing 20% of profits into environmental action and education projects. I’ve been living here on and off since 2015 working for various NGOs on grassroots development projects focused on environmental action and women’s empowerment. How did I get here? Well, my passion for the environment and living a minimalist lifestyle where people, animals and the planets are considered in my every action started in high school. What started as an obsession with the water crisis across Africa, landed me in Ghana where I started my own nonprofit called Raine for Water, raising funds for projects focused on water irrigation and sanitation. When I finished college, I decided to travel to India to explore the grassroots movement here. I never left. How I make money? I am a copywriter and travel writer, which has allowed me to explore incredible places in the world.
Cycle through the streets of Old Delhi, overdose on delicious street foods, empower women and communities through your choice of food and accommodation, sleep under the stars in the desert, trek the lower himalayas and experience zero waste living in the bustling city of Bikaner.
- Epic street food of Karol Bagh
- Hike to Galta Ji Temple
- Hang out with the awesome folks at Hara House
- Overnight camel safari
- Guided meditation
Stop 1: Delhi
Delhi is my favorite city. Although it has been given a poor reputation from travelers who haven’t been able to navigate the city properly, I’m going to help you with that and show you why is it such an incredible city. Plus you’ll get to experience the incredible social and environmental good being fostered within its borders.
Stop 2: Jaipur
Jaipur is one of the textile capitals of the world and happens to be home to hundreds of entrepreneurs using fashion and tourism for environmental action and social good. From what you eat, to what you wear, to where you sleep, have an impact on the city through social goodness. Plus, the rich and extrodinary history and heritage of Rajasthan’s capital city is bound to captivate you no matter where you end up during your days of exploration.
Stop 3: Bikaner
This often ignored city is seriously kicking ass when it comes to youth, women and environmental movements. Organic farming is taking over, as the city is surrounded by farm land, and young entrepreneurs are finally creating spaces for young people to use their voices and make a change in their community. Plus it’s home to north India’s first zero waste guesthouse and hostel!
Stop 4: McLeod Ganj
You’ve now seen the city and the desert, it’s time to find zen in the mountains before heading home. McLeod Ganj is the Dalai Lama city and home to incredible social impact driven by the community of Tibetan’s living in exile. Get to know another incredible community doing so much good for their people, nestled in the lower Himalayas.