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A Rebel is someone who has decided to make an impact on the world NO MATTER WHAT, and a pilgrimage is a journey with a purpose to a place of great significance. 

The Rebel Pilgrimage India is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a small group of Rebels on an extraordinary journey across the Indian Subcontinent based on spirituality, selfless service, and a lot of fun.

There’s no experience like this available in the world. 


My name is John T Strasser, and I am the creator of Rebel Against Yourself.

The Rebel Pilgrimage India is not a vacation or some exotic trip… 

It’s a chance to understand the true reality of the world… 

To see for yourself the happiness, the levity, the suffering, and the sometimes shocking… 

And to appreciate your own life more and be forever changed as a result of the experience. 

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To the eyes, India is a kaleidoscope of images…

A wonderful medley of human and Divine flavors… 

Colorful, beautiful, sensual, and teeming with vitality.

India is compelling in a way that can never be fully described… 

It can only be experienced. 

My world religions professor said, “True understanding comes only from experience.”

“And if you want to understand yourself,” he continued, “you must understand others.”


My first visit to India was in 2010, and it forever changed the direction of my life. 

In my mid-thirties and pursuing a bachelor’s degree back then, I immediately changed my major to religion. 

After focusing on Indian religions, which included the chance to live and do research in New Delhi, I graduated and went on to pursue a master’s degree in South Asian Studies at Columbia University. 

There I studied Buddhism and Sufism, while completing my graduation thesis on Hinduism. 

I speak a good amount of Hindi, and I’ve been back to India 11 times.

As a result of all of this, I have an incredible ability to help you make sense of everything you see from an outsider’s perspective, but with the insight of an insider. 

This is key, and this is also what differentiates this experience from any other trip you could take. 


The Rebel Pilgrimage India is not a tour you would sign up for where you are taken by tourist bus to all the major tourist spots. 

We will be traveling as Indians travel, across the country on Indian Railway Trains and throughout the cities by auto-rickshaws, metro trains, cars, and of course by foot. 

We will be visiting the houses of worship of all the world’s great religious traditions, learning about them firsthand and in some cases actually practicing them. 

And we will be embracing the human connection through selfless service, giving to others what we cherish the most and can’t get back—our time. 


I love India in such a deep way I cannot even understand it myself. 

The sights, the sounds, the smells… the Subcontinent has become for me my own personal place of pilgrimage—sometimes aggravating, always challenging, yet delightfully fulfilling and forever calling me back.

With you, I want to share all that I love about India… if you’re the right fit. 


Here’s how The Rebel Pilgrimage India works… 

► The journey is 12 days long, and 6 people will be going, including me. 

► We meet in New Delhi where we will stay at a Buddhist Temple with monks and other lay practitioners.

► We officially begin the pilgrimage by spending the day helping to feed thousands of people at one of the most important Sikh temples in the world. 

► In addition to visiting the most amazing temples, including the world’s largest Hindu temple as well as the Lotus Temple, we will visit Gandhi’s house where he took his final steps before being murdered. 


► After a few days in New Delhi, we will take an over-night train to Varanasi, the holiest city in India located along the banks of the Ganges River where the bodies of devoted Hindus are cremated. A firsthand experience of the notion of impermanence, witnessing this can be life-altering.

► In the city of Lord Shiva, the great ascetic and yogi, we will have the opportunity to practice yoga along the banks of the Ganges River (no experience necessary) as well as attend one of the most spectacular fire rituals in the world—an offering of light to Ganga Ma, the goddess. 

► We will also spend half a day working with underprivileged children, dancing and listening to music with them and helping to prepare their lunch. 

► 30 minutes outside of Varanasi, we will visit Deer Park, one of the 4 major Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world and the place where the Buddha preached his first discourse. Buddhists refer this event as “setting in motion the Wheel of Dharma.” Essentially it marks the beginning of the Buddhist tradition. 


► After 3 days in Varanasi, we will board an airplane and continue heading east to Calcutta, our final destination near the border of Bangladesh. 

► In Calcutta, we will volunteer at Mother Teresa’s House, perhaps at the home for the sick or the home for the dying. We can choose our assignment once we arrive. 

► At Mother’s House, you will begin to grasp the impact she made on the world and continues to make beyond her death. It’s a museum, but a living one with pilgrims visiting from all over the world. We will have an opportunity to begin the day attending mass very early the morning with her nuns. Her body is there as well, encased in marble and adorned with garlands of flowers.

Find out what’s included, read reviews from past pilgrims, see the full itinerary, and learn how to contact us below. 


What’s NOT included in the price

► Your flights to India and home. 

► Your India Visa, vaccinations, and travel insurance. 


What IS included in the price

► Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

► Many surprises. 

► Your own private room each night in a very comfortable hotel and at the Buddhist Temple. 

► Train and plane tickets and all other transportation expenses. 

► Admission tickets as well all expenses related to our daily activities. 

► Copies of the extraordinary pictures I will be taking and videos I will be creating. 

► And my expertise and ability to make this experience truly unbelievable! 


The Rebel Pilgrimage India 2018 IS OVER!

Thank you SO MUCH to the Pilgrims who joined us and helped make a MASSIVE impact on the world1

We are planning another Pilgrimage for early in 2020!


The Rebel Pilgrimage India is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the stuff dreams are made of. 

And it’s not just about the journey… 

It’s about who you become along the way… 





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