Some people have informed us that they are contemplating a jetset style of participation in the OWC 2017. Jet in, jet out. This would break our heart. We Indians are the warmest, most generous, most hospitable people in the world. Though we have some defects (like everyone else), we would be most hurt if delegates — especially delegates coming to India for the first time in their lives — go back immediately after the OWC without seeing some beautiful parts of the country, meeting diverse organic farmer groups and seeing how they live and work. The India OWC experience — without meeting people and farmers in their homes and fields — would be simply incomplete.

So please stay on for a few days after the OWC. Confirm that decision after seeing the bargain-priced post-OWC “incredible India” tour plan we have drawn up for you with love. Only then make your return bookings.

Tours of organic farmers post-OWC:

This tour is for delegates who are not members of IFOAM and are not attending the General Assembly of IFOAM being held in New Delhi on 12 and 13 of November, 2017 after the OWC

November 11 night: Leave by night train from Delhi railway station to Nainital, on a visit to talk to, and live with, organic farmers from SARG India, and also see the Himalayas. Who knows whether you will ever get to see these magnificent mountain ranges again in your life-time! Since most of you don’t believe in re-incarnation (like we good Indians do), the option of seeing them in your next life is also dim! So don’t lose the opportunity!

November 12 morning: Picked up in ten seater buses, we drive from the railway station to SARG. We visit the popular tourist town of Nainital. All the arrangements are being made by SARG, so you are in very safe hands. At SARG you will eat only organically grown food. You can rest the night at SARG or with farmers in their homes. You will visit some farms.

November 13 morning: Visit organic farms and talk the entire day with organic farmers from the locality who want to meet their counterparts from other parts of the world. Leave the same night by train back to Delhi, arriving 14th November early at 6 am.

November 14: Go to the airport direct by metro, if your flights are in the morning. Stay in Delhi for the day, if your flights are in the evening. Location available in Delhi where you can keep your bags while you loaf the city.

The cost of the entire two day trip out of Delhi into the Himalayas (food, accommodation, transport) per person is 60 euro only! Our association is putting in some of its money. (People from better endowed economies, or big hearts or big wallets are welcome to pay more so that their counterparts from those countries less endowed can also join the tour.)

In this option, you travel by overnight train to Gujarat on India’s west coast, where you will be welcomed by Sarvdaman Patel, India’s most creative biodynamic farmer (also now President of the Biodynamic Association of India).

You depart for Vadodara from New Delhi on 11th November evening, arriving in Vadodara on 12th morning. You reach Bhaikaka Farms late morning, stay with Patel the entire day, have organic breakfast and lunch, with a 4 hour visit and study of his farm. With a packed snack, you catch a night train back to New Delhi, arriving there sometime in the morning of the 13th.

This tour is for delegates who are members of IFOAM and attending the General Assembly of IFOAM being held in New Delhi on 12 and 13 of November, 2017 after the OWC.

November 13, 2017 evening (post-GA): Spend the afternoon seeing some parts of Delhi, its monuments, visiting places like Old Delhi, using only the metro. Or visit organic farms in Delhi. Eat the best of food, cooked Indian style, in hundreds of places. Go shopping. Walk the gardens. Facility for safe storage of your bags in the city while you loaf.

November 13 night: Leave by night train from Delhi railway station to Nainital, on a visit to talk to, and live with, organic farmers from SARG India, and also see the Himalayas. Who knows whether you will ever get to see these magnificent mountain ranges again in your life-time! Since most of you don’t believe in re-incarnation (like we good Indians do), the option of seeing them in your next life is also dim! So don’t lose the opportunity!

November 14 morning: Picked up in ten seater buses, we drive from the railway station to SARG. We visit the popular tourist town of Nainital. All the arrangements are being made by SARG, so you are in very safe hands. At SARG you will eat only organically grown food. For the night, you can rest at SARG or with farmers in their homes. You will visit some farms.

November 15 morning: Visit organic farms and talk the entire day with organic farmers from the locality who want to meet their counterparts from other parts of the world. Leave the same night by train back to Delhi, arriving 16th November early at 6 am.

November 16: Go to the airport direct by metro, if your flights are in the morning. Stay in Delhi for the day, if your flights are in the evening. Location available in Delhi where you can keep your bags while you loaf the city.

The cost of the entire two day trip out of Delhi into the Himalayas (food, accommodation, transport) per person is 60 euro only! Our association is putting in some of its money. (People from better endowed economies or big hearts are welcome to pay for themselves and for counterparts from those countries less endowed.)

The visit is to the extraordinary organic dairy project, three hours drive from Bengaluru airport.

We leave Delhi sometime on 13th November, arrive in Bengaluru by air two hours later, travel to Tiptur the same evening.

On 14th, we visit the entire project of Akshakalpa. We return on 15th night or 16th, as per preference. Those who want to visit Bengaluru can do so as well.

The rate for this field trip is higher due to the need to travel by air, which is subject to dynamic pricing and therefore depends on demand.

SARG India (http://sargindia.org) Roorki (Uttarakhand). All about organic sugar.

OWC participants will take the trip to Roorki (West Uttarakhand) 200 km from NOIDA (conference venue). Travel by bus, etc. At Roorki, they can interact with a 500 strong organic farmers’ federation. These farmers primarily grow sugarcane as well as process it organically and make sugar, jaggery powder and jaggery.

November 14 evening: Leave for Roorki, spend the day with farmers the whole day, catch the night bus back to Delhi on 15th night, arriving in Delhi on 16th early morning.

SARG India (http://sargindia.org) Akola (Maharashtra)

OWC delegates with travel to Vidarbha, Maharashtra in western India, known to the world as a distressed and suicide prone region.

SARG has worked with the State Government of Maharashtra and has successfully shown how biodynamic farming has turned around the lives of distressed farmers. Farmers will travel from Delhi to Akola by train, stay will be organized at University / Ved Nandani Agro-Tourism center. SARG has an office in Akola.  Farmers can learn about a number of horticulture crops like banana, citrus, pomegranate as well as crops like cotton, pulses, sugarcane etc., all grown biodynamically.

Travel to Akola and back will be by train, departing Delhi on 14th and returning on 17th.

Each group will have a Group Leader assigned by SARG who will manage the tour so no one will get lost or face any problems.

Since we need to make train and bus bookings in advance, please confirm early. Pay the due charges during the OWC. But above all else, plan the return to your country only after making a decision on these tours.

If you have any specific queries, or wish to stay even longer and need advice, please do not hesitate to ask. India is not an expensive place by any stretch of the imagination. It has expensive places, but one can avoid them and live and travel quite modestly all the time.

Navdanya (www.navdanya.org) Dehradun, Uttarakhand

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For those who wish to visit the Taj Mahal (one of the 7 Wonders of the World), check out the options already made available by the official travel agent of the OWC, which can be accessed at: www.owc.ifoam.bio. Best option is that the travel agent will send a Volvo bus if he has a minimum number of participants.

But should you want to go to visit this historic monument on your own, this is entirely possible. Note the following:

For a comfortable, unhurried visit to the Taj Mahal, you must set aside one full day for the purpose. You can go in the morning and return in the evening. You can go there by bus (Volvo services), train or share a taxi.

If you want to go by train, the Taj Express leaves everyday morning from New Delhi (except Friday) at 7 am and you can return by the same train, reaching Delhi at 10 pm at night. The fare is Rs.305 (one way).

To this you should add the Taj entrance fee which is as follows:

All foreigners (Rs.1000/14 euro)

All SAARC foreigners (Rs.530/7 euro)

These tickets can be booked on the net, so you do not have to stand in line at the monument itself. The OWC secretariat can handle this for you at the congress venue.

There are also public buses that take 5 hours from New Delhi bus stand to Agra city, where the Taj is located. This options enables you to see Indian life all the way to Agra.

Besides the Taj, one can also see the Fatehpur Sikri. Visits to both monuments, at ease, will not take you more than 3-4 hours, so you can work your way back to Delhi comfortably.