8th Edition - Kashmir & Ladakh | 10 Days
Experience Governance in India's Northernmost UTs & How The Region Has Changed Post Abrogation Of Article 370

What is

Good Governance Yatra

Good Governance Yatra is an 10-day immersive travel programme for future public leaders to acquaint themselves with model governance projects and interact with accomplished Public Policy functionaries in India. It is a unique opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders to peek into the finer works of governmental institutions and gain inspiration from their Vision & Implementation model. The yatra aims to create ‘Saarthis’ or the ‘Ambassadors of Governance’ to spread the word about the significance of and in some cases, the outstanding performance of governmental institutions.

Good Governance Yatra is an immersive travel programme and provides an experiential learning platform for aspiring change-makers. It helps facilitate first-hand exposure to good governance models, an opportunity to interact with visionaries behind the project, and to learn how to resolve the complexities that lead to policy inaction, among a host of other things.

Programme Objectives

Key Takeaways from the Programme
  • Gain first-hand exposure to good governance projects by working on the ground to further the development of investigation, questioning, and critical thinking in yourself.
  • Learn from a plethora of activities, relevant case studies, group discussions, and presentations on the journey.
  • Interact with the visionaries behind the projects and comprehend the intricacies of policy in action.
  • Discover why certain places have vast significance in civilisational history for occupying geographically strategic locations.
  • Develop your own truth-finding mechanisms and assessment skills to sift through the different and often, conflicting narratives regarding public policy issues.

10 Days
40 Delegates
Rs 43,000/- (incl. of all taxes)
Strict COVID Protocols

For any queries, contact us on ggy@rashtram.org.


What our Delegates have to say about us

Mayank Jain

Founder, MicroX Foundation
"The closed yatri group facilitated long and enriched discussions. The kind of welcome we received at the government’s end was overwhelming. It was great to see professionalism in governance and the political will to get things done."

Shashank Rai

IIT Guwahati; Software Engineer, Microsoft
"This yatra has made me see the flip side of the coin that was often kept in dark by the media. The amount of work that is being done by the government often doesn’t get its due credit. I can proudly say that this yatra has transformed me from being a pessimist to an optimist.”

Delegate Testimonials

From Past Editions

Vanshica Kant

Young Professional, UN RCO
“Good Governance Yatra (GGY) is a spatial, temporal, spectral and, most importantly, human journey. Travelling 2500km across the southern states in nine days, we engaged with India’s social, cultural and administrative fabric while forging bonds with individuals from different geographies and demographies. We got a three-sixty-degree view of opportunities and adversities in the executive, judiciary and legislature.”

Ashvini Shelke

Somaiya Vidhyavihar
“सुशासन यात्रा (गुड गवर्नेंस यात्रा) यह एक अविस्मरणीय यात्रा हुई हैं| इन ९ दिन में हमने बहुत कुछ सीखा है, जितनी उम्मीद की थी उससे बहुत ज्यादा| इस यात्रा के दौरान हमने जो अनुभव किये है वह सब बहुत ही फायदेमंद हैं| हमें पहले से ही सुशासन में रूचि थी पर इस यात्रा में भाग लेने के बाद हमारी सुशासन की संकल्पना और भी स्पष्ट हुई| अलग – अलग राज्यों के सुशासन हेतु चल रहे अच्छे प्रकल्प की जानकारी मिली है, ऐसे अवसर बहुत कम मिलते है|

Vignesh Venkatachalam

Apprentice Leader, MU Sigma
“GGY’18 promised to be an immersive travel program showcasing model governance projects across 4 states of southern India, but the 9-day experience was so much more than just that. The GGY’18 experience was intensive, meditative and ultimately transformative. A lot of thought and care has gone into the structure of the program.

Shreemathi Tumkur

Policy Bootcamp’15 Alumnus; Masters in Public Policy, Columbia University
Both my experiences with VIF have filled me with optimism and passion for building a better society. As an aspiring policymaker, I had a wonderful experience because of the direct access we received to experience the backstage of governance. I met some amazing mentor, friends and colleagues in my journey towards bringing a social change.

Experience J&K And Ladakh Post Abrogation Of Article 370

This time the Yatra will take place along the two newly formed Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh – the focal point of media discourses in the aftermath of the revocation of Article 370. Since the reorganisation, many initiatives have been taking place in both the UTs. In this yatra, we aim to look at some of the established narratives through our experiences on the ground, and  by engaging with projects and different stakeholders of the region. The yatra will provide the opportunity to acquaint yourself with both, the current initiatives as well as best practices which have been taking place in the region since before the reorganisation.

Guided Discovery & Engagement

Discover a region, its people, and its key governance agendas with your yatra-lead and engage with local organisations

Role Model Interactions

Take insights and inspiration from role models and bureaucrats behind the good governance projects

Place-Based Immersion

Immerse in oral histories by visiting important historical sites and places of inspiration to gain a better cultural understanding of the region


Encounter authentic problems, construct novel hypotheses, test for real solutions, and interact with others to make sense of the world around you



Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir is located in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent with the plains of Jammu to the south and the Vale of Kashmir to the north. Jammu and Kashmir is home to several valleys such as the Kashmir Valley, Tawi Valley, Chenab Valley, Poonch Valley, Sind Valley and Lidder Valley. The cultural, ethnic, and linguistic composition of Jammu and Kashmir varies across the region. The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir is also rich with the scenic beauty of the majestic Himalayas.


Ladakh, the erstwhile Buddhist kingdom has a spectacularly jagged landscape. Arid mountains, dramatically crowned rocky outcrops, picturesque gompas, meditational main walls, and multi-hued flags are some of the many interesting motifs that exemplify the beauty of Ladakh. The well balanced traditional society of Ladakh has much to offer to the West in terms of ecological awareness. Ladakh is a destination for those on the lookout to satiate their indomitable spirit of adventure.

Amenities Offered

  • Dedicated Rashtram team to manage the entire yatra.
  • Basic yet comfortable accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Wholesome vegetarian meals and mineral water.
  • Entrance fee for all places on the itinerary.
  • Bus travel from Srinagar to Leh.
  • A collection of select photos will be shared with you after the Yatra.

Past Editions

6 Yatras in 6 Years. Click on routes to download synopsis for respective editions.

Good Governance Projects

Good Governance Projects

Governance Role Models

Yatris during the yatra engage and interact with a diverse set of governance leaders ranging from Ministers, Bureaucrats, Parliamentarians to Social Workers, Field experts and Policy Activists. Some of the role-models, we have interacted in the past can be seen below

Pranab Mukherjee

Ex-President of India

Jitendra Singh

Union Minister for State, Prime Minister's Office

Saurabh Bhai Patel

Finance Minister, Gujarat State

Aman Singh

Principal Secretary, Chhattisgarh

Baswaraj Patil

Rajya Sabha MP, Karnataka

Raman Singh

Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh

Pratyaya Amrit

Principal Secretary, Power, Bihar Government

Arun Maira

Former Member, Planning Commission of India

Vasuben Trivedi

Minister for Women and Child Welfare, Gujarat State

Nidhi Kamdar

OSD, Maharashtra CM

Anna Hazare

Social Reformer

Ajoy Mehta

Municipal Commissioner, Mumbai

Ananth Kumar

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India

TR Raghunandan

Founder, IPaidABribe.com; Co-Founder, Avantika Foundation

Avinash Mohanty

DCP, Central Crime Station, Detective Department, Hyderabad

Project Mentors & Bureaucrats

Who is this programme ideal for?

Are you the right fit?

Aspiring Change Agents

who are having either academic background or work experience in the area of public policy, politics, or civil societies.

Dynamic Professionals

who want to explore and enter the area of public policy and governance.

Civil Service Aspirants

who wish to get a first-hand exposure to governance.

NRIs & Foreign Citizens

who wish to learn about Indian policy framework and governance.

University Students & Scholars

who wish to take up full-fledged careers in development studies and governance.

Development Professionals

who wish to understand the intricacies of governance.

Admission Process

Steps to apply

Submit Your Application

Interested candidates shall fill out the application form. We expect candidates to give interesting answers and authentic information.


Application Review

Application shall be reviewed by our team and the delegate will be interviewed.



Selected candidates should pay the programme fee within the timeline provided in the confirmation email.


Payment Confirmation

Admissions will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis until the maximum intake.

Fees &


Frequently Asked

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Precautions to ensure all delegates' and speakers' safety

Candidates need to provide a fitness certificate and covid negative report.
Compulsory first dose of COVID vaccine.
Rashtram is committed to the safety and wellbeing of its yatris and staff. Rashtram will provide support to make sure the yatra is conducive for following covid safety protocols. Additionally, all learners will sign a declaration at the start of the yatra about their health status and follow COVID protocol as per the relevant government regulations at the time. Strict action (including debarment from the programme) will be taken against ones who violate the agreed terms.

Compulsory Wearing Masks

Regular Temperature Check

Sanitisation Of All Facilities

Periodic Hand Sanitisation

Access To Doctor & Counsellor

Ensuring Good Ventilation

Past Yatras

Good Governance Yatra Projects

Guide To Travel

How to prepare yourself

How to prepare yourself

The journey involves traveling to an altitude of 12,000 feet. To make the most of Good Governance Yatra we strongly recommend that you start an exercise regime at least a month prior to the trip which includes:

  • Daily brisk walking or jogging for 5 km.
  • Smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, and taking recreational drugs are strictly prohibited for the entire duration of the Yatra

Packing Suggestions

As we will be traveling by bus, it is advisable to pack as light as possible. A bag with waterproof cover is needed and also to carry the daily luggage and frequently used items inside the bus. The rest of the items can be packed in a suitcase or a handbag. Due to the confines of space, it is necessary to keep luggage on the bus roof; therefore it is advisable to bring bags that are rain resistant and durable.

Weather and Temperature Conditions

Weather conditions from May to September can be expected to be dry and sunny, with precipitation in August. Daytime temperatures can be as high as 20 to 25 degrees centigrade. Night-time temperatures can drop as low as 0 to -5° Celsius.

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