President of YHA India Travels to Promote Peace and the HI Philosophy

Last modified on February 12th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

May 24, 2012

YHAI President Dr. Saxena

The President of YHA India and previous president of International Youth Hostel Federation (Hostelling International), Dr. Harish K. Saxena has just left on his 80-day backpack trip across Europe and Asia. The route Dr. Saxena plans to take includes Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia,Russia, Ukrain and then Moldova. He will then join the HI Conference in Slovenia before continuing through Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Korsovo and Albania before proceeding to Istanbul, crossing part of Greece to finally return back home, 80 days later.

YHAI President Dr. Saxena

On this trip he plans to travel by road, train and hitch to get to his next destination, documenting his journey through photos and videos on his iPad. Dr. Saxena has always been a firm believer in Hostelling International’s philosophy to ‘promote peace and International understanding’. His agenda is to spread the word about exchanging cultural values, promoting peace and to experience cultures and traditional values in different parts of world.

YHAI President Dr. Saxena

At the age of 66, Dr. Saxena is no stranger to travel having already explored more than 80 countries with still the passion and zeal to promote YHA India’s mission of “Wandering One Gathers Honey”. He truly is an inspiration and we wish him the best of luck and safe passage on his epic 80 day adventure!

YHAI President Dr. Saxena

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Dearest Harish

I wish you well on your epic journey – I would so love to join you for a part of it. Let me know your itinerary in Europe. I could quite possibly meet you in Slovenia. I will be holding an online conference with our Peace Volunteers in August this year so do join us for that too!

I am well – but missing the world of Youth Hostels terribly..

Best wishes to you on your adventure

In love and peace


Best of luck!! Look forward to your pictures and blogs. Enjoy your trip.

Dear Sir

The journey around the world in 80 days is remembering me an old English movie ” Around the world in 80 days”. So Best of Journey and hope your spirit for promoting peace and to experience cultures and traditional values in different parts of world is very much successful and return INDIA safely.

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Dear Friends,
Presently I am running in 83rd year and I still remember one trek with Dr. Harish Saxena and so many with Mr. M.L.Bhandari, the then national treasurer. I was a member of both YHAI and Delhi Mountaineering Association, and for few years I took up the responsibility of an office bearer of DMA when Mr. Murari Lal was the secretary and Major Ahluwalia was the president of DMA. I went up to Everest Base camp with Mr. Bhandari, K.M. Kamboj and Mr. Rajinder Puri. I am still young and four years back I went to Seattle (USA) and couldn’t resist my desire to climb up the mountain. I did climbing for one hour but due to paucity of time I covered almost a kilometer and then came back as the darkness was almost piercing the sunlight, and we wanted to reach home in time. My friends say that I am hale and hearty at this age only due to trekking, which I did for nearly thirty or more years. I lead several teams of Lady Sri Ram College of girls and boys from Government schools, and being with young people during my life time, I still feel young. I joined three expeditions of foreign parties and guided them for their need and also acted as an interpreter between them and the men with ponies and pithoos. I still remember the places and funny conversation with friends, staying in tents by the sides of rivers, baking chapattis and peeling of potatoes. Sometimes we faced menacing conditions while tramping long journey on undulating rough terrain with heavy backpack on our shoulders. These are all blessed memories, which are my precious possessions and will remain throughout with me.
Punshil Kumar

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