By Prabha Sargos
How does one see the concept of knowledge? Is it only confined to classrooms or is it something that is present all around us, in a conversation with a stranger, in a new place we are visiting; a palpable reality that is waiting for the doors of our minds to open and let it in, like a new visitor, and where we are evolved for the better.
A Sri Lankan travel company with branches in India and elsewhere in the globe, Panganr Holidays Pvt. Ltd., and a Sri Lankan knowledge movement; Earth Life Water Knowledge Trails (ELW), have joined in an initiative to encourage the concept of contemplative knowledge among children and adults alike. It has has come forward with the concept of “global knowledge tours.”
The tours are specifically designed every month for small office-based groups that include the private and the public sector and also for families to travel and learn together.
“Knowledge tours” will be arranged to Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Nepal,Burma, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia (Bali) and Bhutan.
“These are countries that we have successfully organized tours for the past 10 years. We are now heading for a new part of our travel experience, along with Earth Life Water Knowledge Trails (ELW) movement where we will specifically look at the concept of knowledge in travel,’ says A.R.Naren | MD/CEO OF Panganr Holidays.
Panganr Holidays, is a trusted partner in international holidaying, with offices in Colombo, Jaffna, India and other countries. It is a travel pioneer that specializes in South Asian and South East Asian countries.
Panganr Holidays has been providing quality services with excellent value for money since 2009 and has been a member of Rainbow Group of India since 1996, specializing in both inbound and outbound tourism.
Says SuryamithraVishwa of Earth Life Water Knowledge Trails: “When we say knowledge, it primarily should be our understanding of ourselves; our strengths, weaknesses and prejudices; recognizing that it is our exposure to the world around us that shapes much of our internal world and help us to think out new ideas and create new knowledge.”
“Through this initiative we hope to make travel the moving university of the future and also show people how the connection of one dot of knowledge with another dot of knowledge, links us to a totally new paradigm. Such thinking anew could have great knowledge dividends for the traveller and we will, where possible, work with each group to help them maximize the knowledge they gather for their professional life. As we go on, we hope to work on this systematically.”
The first series of tours are to take place in December 2019 to Vietnam where six day tours will be organized mid and end December targeting both families and those working in the public and private sectors.
From January 2019, there will be 3 to 4 day tours per month, targeting office teams and knowledge tours arranged to Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Nepal, Burma, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Bhutan.
The minimum duration of the tours will range from 3 days to 8 days. The minimum day tour is designed as a work month get away, that will have one re-energized and ready to face work with a stimulus of new ideas and a relaxed but energetic mind.
The two 6 day tours to Vietnam will commence from 18 November and from 26 December, 2019. All the tours are open to Sri Lankans and Indians, with flights arranged from both countries.
Once a family or group is registered for the first tour that begins in mid December, 2019, they will also be eligible for discounts for the rest of the series of knowledge based tours organized for 2020.
Prior to the tour, a one to one engagement will be made with those who register for the travel, to make the tour as personalized as possible.