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Narmada Prerna Yatra From 16 Aug, 2017 To 19 Aug, 2017

Narmada Prerna Yatra

Narmada Prerna Yatra – a 4 day excursion across the Narmada Valley to meet various role models and find oneself (even in fragments) along this journey is our flagship product. We have also launched the Grameen Yuva Edition of the same to inspire the rural youth towards creating smaller enterprises to benefit their community at large. In addition, we also keep connecting the youth with other NGOs to create a sort of mutually beneficial proposition for both of them.

We believe our yatra model is unique for it is deep into the travels that an individual gets to know not only of his strengths/weaknesses but has a profound effect on his overall thought process, perceptions,peacefulness and happiness. We are the first ones to come up with an initiative of this kind in the unexplored Narmada Valley. We firmly believe that after experiencing a 4 day yatra model of ours, the youth gets inspired to undertake lot of smaller initiatives in the social and business spheres.

Role Models/Organizations

  • Prince Manvendra Sinhji Gohil

    Crown Prince, Rajpipla, Gujarat

  • Prince Indra Vikram Singhji Gohil

    Rajpipla, Gujarat

  • Kamlesh Kosamia

    Principal, Sardar Nagar School, Valia

  • Vivaswan Bhatt

    Founder, Ishan Organic, Garudeshwar

  • Sewa Rural

    Jhagadia

  • Kishoresinh Nioria

    Narmada Dairy Farm, Rajpara

  • Khushi Patel

    Founder, Pushpaj Dairy Products, Rajpipla

  • Mr. Nirmal Yadav

    Director, Green Agro Services Pvt Ltd.

  • SARVANGIN GRAM VIKAS MANDAL

    “SARVANGIN PRAYAS”

Yatra Map

 

Narmada Journey

Among all the sacred rivers of India, the Narmada occupies a unique place. Narmada नर्मदा means Narm (नर्म Happiness) Da (दा Donor ) = Serve Happiness. The Narmada is situated at an altitude of 1065 metres at the meeting point of the Vindhyas and the Satpura mountain ranges. It flows through Madhya Pradesh and along the borders of Maharashtra and Gujarat.Born in the Amarkantak hills of the Maikala range of the central highlands, the Narmada is a major west flowing river. After flowing through the valley between the Vindhya and Satpura range of mountains, the Narmada enters the plains of Gujarat. After a journey of nearly 1312 kms., this free moving river at last empties itself in the Gulf of Cambay near Bharuch in Gujarat.

Bharuch-Narmada region in Gujarat state is blessed with scene beauty surrounded by the holy Narmada River, Karjan River, streams, valleys, Satpura Mountain range, thick teak forests, evergreen banana and sugarcane plantations. Narmada Prerna Yatra comprises of different role models and orgnizations and eco tourism campsites visits located along the bank of Narmada. Occasional halts for fun, adventure and visits to historical places are also planned to make this Yatra more lively! We also visit heritage places and ancient temples located at the bank of Narmada.

Yatra Destination

Bharuch

The origin of the Narmada Prerna Yatra would be Bharuch city located at the bank of river Narmada. Bharuch is the oldest city of Gujarat. It is also the second-oldest city of India having continuous inhitations, first being Kashi (Varanasi). Bharuch has a known history for about 8000 years.The city of Bharuch and its surroundings have been settled since times of antiquity. It was a ship building center and sea port in the pre-compass coastal trading routes to points West, perhaps as far back as the days of the Pharaohs.It is also the first and second-oldest city of India having to continuous inhitations, first being Kashi (Varanasi). Bharuch has a known history for about 8000 years.

Rajpipla

One of the important princely towns of Gujarat is Rajpipla, situated at the heartland of forest, agricultural land and river valleys. The Kingdom of Rajpipla was a princely state of India ruled by the Gohil Rajput clan from around 1350 till 1948 when it was merged with the Republic of India. Rajpipla is blessed with scenic beauty surrounded by the holy Tapi River, Karjan River, streams, valleys, Satpura Mountain range, thick teak forests, evergreen banana and sugarcane plantations.One of the important princely towns of Gujarat is Rajpipla, situated at the heartland of forest, agricultural land and river valleys.

Dediapada Range

In these beautiful forest range you find the Ninai waterfalls and Shoolpaneshwar wildlife sanctuary. There are excellent trekking and camping options, especially after the monsoon season, when the area is most lush. As a visitor to an area being developed as an "ecotourism" site, treat this as an opportunity to find out how your visit can have the least adverse impact on the area (as some impact is unavoidable), and how what you learn can potentially even be enriching for it, merged with the Republic of India.or for other areas of biodiversity around the world.There are excellent trekking and camping options, especially after the monsoon season, when the area is most lush.

Yatri's Reflection

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    Divya Pandery

    MBA Student, Banasthali University, Rajasthan

    The 4 day yatra was a journey toward visiting places we haven’t thought, meeting the real heroes, learning a lot and an opportunity to contribute for the good. For me it was the first experience of working towards social betterment. The word rural has taken altogether a new meaning for me after visiting various rural villages. Problems that we never realize while living in an urban locality are the daily challenges faced by the rural citizens. I observed the smiling faces of the rural people in their simple living. Their ‘never say die’ attitude towards their daily challenges is the one thing I have learned from them throughout. This yatra really was an awakening of the inner self, who has always wanted to bring out some change in the society. All in all it was a wonderful experience and a reason to come back again and again. I feel proud to be the part of this yatra and I will definitely bring the change in the society by serving happiness.

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    Tejal Patel

    Executive Director, Vihita Chem Pvt. Ltd.,Bharuch

    Being one of the Yatri, of this Yatra made me to see life from a bit different angle. The group of Yatris included people from varied backgrounds. Although the world moves within a click and it's a global village now, but yet there is a area which faces daily challenges in life and the very thought of living such life, may leave a fearful notion for a moment in us. Yatra had two major perspectives; one was to evolve the entrepreneurship trait in the candidates and another was to have a view point to uplift the rural area. Working of Food Processing, Dairy and Agriculture industries were shown, from manufacturing outlook to throw clarity among the candidates to promote the hidden entrepreneur in them. Network of friends also got widen, and the Yatra left us with a kind of positivity, where we gained the confidence to dare to dream in odds as well. Got the opportunity to see lives of people who have traveled the “Road less taken’ in real sense and they are sustaining with the not so common challenges, with a courage to smile.

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    Prakash Jha

    Traveler, Explorer, Story Teller @ PrakashVaani

    It is rightly said that a river is like a Mother and has the ability to inspire our body, awaken our mind and enlighten our soul through its courageous journey encompassing an unending flow from its source to it's final destination braving boulders, rocks, pollution and so many obstacles along the way! A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step - this was without an iota of doubt - the first one !

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    Arti Gupta

    HR Professional (Petronet LNG, Dahej) and Poetess

    Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. Narmada Prerna Yatra was first experience for me to understand this change through various perspectives of people on finding purpose in life. From dawn to dusk, opening horizons of humanitarian possibilities by meeting the pioneers who paved the pathway. A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. And NPY made me realize how dreams are achieved in reality. Hard work, persuasion, consistent struggle and belief in self brings dreams to reality. Meeting mentors and leaders in the field of education, health care, social work, sustainable livelihood, renewable sources of energy, agriculture and technology taught me there are so many unconventional ways by which a healthy life style can be adopted and a living with respect and values can be earned. It was different from "normal" school of teaching which tells youth to get degrees and join the league of earning by jobs or business. The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. Happiness can only exist in acceptance. And this journey taught me about human values, patience, endurance and acceptance.

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    Dhruv Saidava

    An entrepreneur, Ahmedabad

    Narmada Prerna Yatra is really a journey of awakening for me. I was part of media team and responsible to capture the best moments of the yatra. Exploring and living in beautiful Satpuda valley in Narmada region was really an unforgettable experience for me and i thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Aekta Patel

    Commercial Tax Inspector (Govt. of Gujarat)

    Narmada Prerna Yatra is an awesome experience in my life. It was my first expedition to this type of social and educational yatra. This yatra is an interaction between rural & urban society. We had visited many places like, small & backward villages, schools of backward areas, SEWA rural NGO; small and medium entrepreneurship plans and last but not the least natural eco tourism sites. Meeting and group discussion with school teachers, NGO founders, staff and workers, leaders from social entrepreneurial industries was major part of this yatra that has created a flow of new ideas and energy within the all yatris. We had participated in “Swachata Abhiyan” at Vishalkhadi EcoTourism sites by cleaning the beautiful island which was a great experience for me also. I had enjoyed Narmada Prerna Yatra with enthusiasm and feel very lucky to become part of this Yatra. प्रकृति कि गोद मे, संस्कृति की खोज मे इस भागदोड की जिंदगी से दूर, दुनिया से परे अपनी ही मस्ती में मस्त इन वादियो मे एहसास एसा की, चले हे साथ हम और प्रकृति , मिला हे मोका आज प्रकृति से रूबरू होने का, बस यह मौका हमे ना मिले फिर कभी, चाहते हे समाले इस लम्हे को अपनी आगोश में

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    Sambhu Jha

    Sr. Software Engineer, Cisco Systems, Pune

    Working with corporate and living in urban India, I merely realized one big and real world living in remote rural India. Participating in Narmada Prerna Yatra was an eye opening journey for me in many reasons.If you want to create some impact for the humanity, underprivileged class of society and sluggish channel may be an inspiration. If you dare to put your legs into social entrepreneur, many rural, well-functioning and sustainable business model and entrepreneurs will incite you for sure. If you are looking for new ideas, coming across to various sectors like Agriculture, Education, Social Innovation, Travel &Tourism, Medical, Heritage, Rural-urban supply chain etc. will bubble up blind-spots for sure.Versatility of Yatris and on the top of several group activities will give you full clarity and a well bonded networking. I consider Narmada Prerna Yatra fully satisfy its journey of awakening.

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    Dr. Mansi Khimsaria

    Dental surgeon, Harmony Health

    Being in the medical field, the only people I used to meet and the only interactions I used to have with were people of the health sector. I wanted to meet new people, explore other sectors and even understand the problems faced by people living in the interiors. Narmada Prerna Yatra gave me the best platform for it. I met people from different backgrounds, people from various sectors like agriculture, education, sanitation, people who are doing so much for the betterment of our society. The visits to all role models in the span of 4 days was in itself an inspiring story. I came to know how actually we can materialize our work in such a manner that it can be helpful to eradicate social issues. In the end I returned home with wonderful memories & learning from the Yatra which will help me evolve as a better person.

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    Ushma Jani

    Asst. Manager- Content, Cox & Kings, Mumbai

    They say “Don’t look for happiness, create it”. And this is exactly where my pursuit led me; on a three day venture into the woods and farms of the unmapped rural locales of Gujarat. The paradise of smiling faces, creative mindsets and motivated souls. In the process of give and take, I am filled with love and a broader perspective; introducing simplicity into my being. My services to the institute of happiness as a writer has given me insights into the knowledge of farming and its significance that I, as a city girl, would have never understood if it wasn’t for Nitin Tailor and blazing smiles of the rural children.

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    Urval Chotalia

    Founder,Sour Urja Portal, Mumbai

    Narmada Prerna Yatra is a Unique & Unforgettable moments during journey of life.For me Narmada Prerna Yatra is not only journey for awakening by Learning & Inspired by role models as well as Yatri's experiences, but also it’s an inner journey to enlighten heart voice & passion towards helping everyone & serve happiness via various sources. The best things of Narmada Prerna Yatra is 3i. INSPIRED by every role models, communication & each and every moments. Try to INNOVATE New feasible Ideas from inspiration to serve happiness to each & every citizens with full of passion & Hardwork. Let's IMPLEMENT ideas with social entrepreneurship development skills, to transforming Skills into Happiness to make beautiful journey of life. हर कदम पर एक किनारा होगा, सोचो कितना खूबसूरत नज़ारा होगा, जो दिल कहे उसे दिल से करो, क्योंकि नर्मदा प्रेरणा यात्रा का हर पल कुछ ख़ास कर ने का माध्य्म और साक्षी होगा.

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    Jay Ghonia

    Founder, Online Training Man, Rajkot (Gujarat)

    Narmada Prerna Yatra was the great experience to learn new things by travelling and meet up with people to unlearn our wrong believes about Indian culture, entrepreneurship, leadership and many more things. This yatra provide platform for brainstorming by peer to peer learning and learning from grass root change makers of India. This Yatra help us to visualize possibilities which we don't know in our routine life or which our traditional education system can't teach. This Yatra is also a great spiritual journey with Maa Narmada river which is great motivation of life and which also help us to get happiness and confidence in our life. Role models are so enthusiastic and so eager to share their knowledge to help India to grow with help of Yatris. We learn amazing social issues and possibilities to resolve it. We learn amazing innovations by rural people whom we never know but they are real heroes of Indian society. We also get great opportunity to discuss with heroes and change makers to clarify our doubts and myths about Indian society and entrepreneurship, rural innovation, and many more things. So, If you want to change your vision never miss to join Narmada Prerna Yatra. It's life time experience. Narmade har !!

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    Pankaj Gangwani

    Operation Director, Kaushalam Foundation, Jaipur

    Narmada Prerna Yatra, an odyssey to spread happiness among humanity depended my understanding about rational thinking behind any positive change interventions. It also enlightened me that i need to move at a pace that my fellow participants could comprehend the experiential learning of the group.

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    Dr. Akshita Arora

    Asst. Professor, Banasthali University

    For me, it is Journey of Transformation. Scenic beauty, Unique exposure, Unforgettable learning, Self-discovery, Enlightenment, Refreshing.Wonderful opportunity to meet successful entrepreneurs (role models) & listen to their success stories. Their journey from scratch to success using minimal resources and endowment is truly marvelous. Brilliant feast for the aspiring young entrepreneurs. Business model canvas activity - food for thought. The journey began with curiosity and ended with memories. Yatris met as strangers and separated as family. The 4-day yatra had an indelible impression on my lifestyle which will help me evolve as a constant change-maker.