The literal meaning of ‘Vanyatra’ is ‘Journey to Forest’. History speaks about the Past of Orient which has been profoundly engrossed in travelling of saints into deep forests for attaining illumination and deliverance. But in the modern era, salvation has eventually loses its significance the way it did earlier and an indistinct facade of modernism overruled the roots of Orient. At this point of time, we have to live up on the popular saying of Swami Vivekananda “You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”

To keep in mind the five – fold education, Vanyatra has been initiated in FTS and to bring common man to the Vanvasis for their welfare. Vanyatra involves direct visit to Ekal Schools / villages and programmes to get the first – hand experience about the FTS activities. It can be a whole day affair where the Vanyatris get the opportunities to interact with the rural / tribal folks / brothers & sisters  involving the whole community including the children studying in OTS, teachers and Sevabratis.

Vanyatra can be arranged in any part of India where OTS is functional. The Local Coordinator / s is / are responsible for confirming the date to the visitors depending on the variables namely local festivals, weekly markets, etc.

Established in the year 1989 at Kolkata, Friends of Tribals Society (FTS) is a non – government and voluntary organisation committed towards upliftment of the underprivileged rural and tribal masses in India.

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