Our Experience India Tour encompasses charm, culture and care over 4 wonderful weeks where you will be able to see the sights, learn about the real India and get a taste of volunteering. The tour involves many different exciting experiences including: a visit to a number of famous Indian landmarks, including the Taj Mahal; a chance to learn Bollywood dancing, yoga, Indian Cooking and Henna painting; a camel safari in the desert; trekking in the Himalayas; and visiting the cultural sights of Goa!
• Duration: 2 or 4 weeks
• Cost: £965 / $1689 for 2 weeks or £1455 / $2546 for 4 weeks,
• Requirements: age 18+
• Location: Jaipur, Pushkar, Agra (Taj Mahal), Delhi,McLeod Gang, Palampur, Goa.
• Tour activities: Visiting local landmarks, Bollywood dancing, Indian cooking, camel safari, trek, tea factory visit, sightseeing trip of Goa, yoga class, volunteer project (depending on 2 or 4 week tour)
• Project Availability: Throughout the year
• Arrival day: Friday
• Accommodation: Hotels, guesthouses, volunteer camps (same gender, up to 4 per room)
• Food: Meals as indicated on the itinerary
• Airport pick up from Delhi Airport and drop off at Goa Airport (28 Day Tour), drop off at Delhi airport (14 day tour)
• Training: Pre-departure information pack and onsite orientation provided
• Support: 24-hour support
• All transport and activities outlined in the itinerary above
• English-speaking guide
• Bollywood dancing class or Indian dressing workshop or Henna painting workshop, camel safari
• Flights to India and the connecting flight to Goa during the tour
• Entrance to historical monuments such as the Taj Mahal
• Elephant ride charges in Jaipur
Part 1 of the tour
Day 1 – (Friday) Arrive into Delhi airport. Transfer to hotel and overnight in Delhi (no meals).
Day 2 – Jaipur. Drive to Jaipur. Attend a small orientation and briefing about your tour. Check in to the Camp in Jaipur.
Day 3 - Spend some time shopping in the local Bazaars and choose a set of activities from learning Bollywood dancing, leaning about typical and traditional styles of Indian dress, learn the Indian art of Henna making (no meals).
Day 4 – Jaipur. Visit Amber Fort, ride an elephant and take a rickshaw ride through the busy markets and experience the real ‘Pink City’ (no meals). There will be free time for shopping or exploring.
Day 5 – Jaipur to Pushkar. Your journey will take you 150kms over 4 hours. Upon arrival in Pushkar, you will go on a camel safari in the desert and camp overnight (breakfast and dinner).
Day 6 – Pushkar to Jaipur. You will have a guided tour of Pushkar after breakfast and visit Holy Lake and Lord Brahma’s temple. Later, you will transfer to Jaipur. (breakfast & dinner).
Day 7 to 11 – Jaipur. You will be volunteering in Jaipur, getting the opportunity to work with communities and experience authentic Indian culture (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 12 – Jaipur to Agra. You will be travelling 260kms over 6 hours, taking in many sights along the way. Upon arrival, you will visit one of the world’s most iconic structures - The Taj Mahal (breakfast).
Day 13 – Agra to Delhi. You will transfer to Delhi. Upon arrival, you are free to relax or arrange your own activities (breakfast and dinner). In the evening those of you on the 28 day tour will catch the overnight train to Himachal. The rest of you will stay in Delhi returning home the next day.
Part 2 of the tour
Day 14 – Palampur. Transfer to the camp at Palampur and receive orientation into the next phase of your tour. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 15 –McLeod Gang Visit the beautiful waterfall and visit Bagsunath Temple (Hindu) and Dalai Lama Temple. Her learn about Tibetan culture. (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 16 – McLeod Gang. Spend the day trekking taking in the beautiful scenery and stay overnight in tents (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 17 – McLeod Gang. After a morning trek head back to Palampur. (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
Day 18 – Palampur. You will have yoga lesson in the morning. In the evening, you will visit a tea factory and a ,museum (breakfast and dinner).
Day 19 – Kangra. Start the day with a yoga class followed by a visit to Kangra, an amazing mountain top fort. Travel by train along a narrow pass to Shimla (breakfast & dinner).
Day 20 - Palampur to Delhi After your early morning meditation and yoga spend the morning exploring. In the afternoon you will head to Delhi on the train. (breakfast and lunch)
Day 21 – Delhi`Once you arrive in Delhi freshen up and head out to explore India Gate, the Presidents Palace and other sites (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 22 – Delhi to Goa. After breakfast, you will fly from Delhi to Goa. (dinner).
Day 23 to Day 27 – Goa. Spend time volunteering in the local communities with your weekend free to relax on the beach (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 28 – Thursday departure for your flight from Goa Airport (breakfast).
Jaipur is located within the area of Rajasthan. Know internationally as the Pink City, Jaipur was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose hill forts and palaces still hold importance today. The Pink City, so called because of the beautiful colour of the stone used exclusively to build the walled city, Jaipur is now known as one of India’s most exciting destinations due to its unique blend of modern and authentic Indian culture.
This sacred town is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindus, built around a holy lake and many ancient religious temples. In the surrounding area, the streets are full of charming bazaars selling Rajasthan’s finest textiles and handicrafts. Pushkar is one of the holiest pilgrimages for Hindus, all over India and is home to the only temple of the ‘Creator’ God, Brahma and you will visit Lord Brahma’ temple. The town itself boasts small lanes, colourful markets, but most importantly, the steps to the Holy Lake and about 500 temples. While in Pushkar you will also take a camel safari atop the “ship of the desert” going through sandy ravines and local villages where you can absorb the harsh yet colourful landscape of the Thar Desert.
Located in Rajasthan, Lalsot is about 60 kilometers from Jaipur. It is a sleepy little town. Agriculture struggles here as the water supply is limited. The community are in desperate need of support as infrastructure is poor and help is required with teaching and child care. You will spend time here volunteering.
Agra - Taj Mahal
During your trip you will have the opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. Described as the most famous of Indian heritage of all time and known as an essential symbol of love and romance, the Taj Mahal is known the world over. Many have tried to sum up the Mughal mausoleum with Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore calling it ‘a teardrop on the face of eternity’ and Rudyard Kipling attesting it to ‘the embodiment of all things pure’.
A city of contrasting emotions, sounds and scenes, Delhi can be challenging and confronting to the first time visitor. But don’t let this put you off, as in amongst the hustle and bustle of the city, there are captivating monuments, museums and great places to eat. During your tour, you will visit some of the most important cultural symbols of India. You will drive past the impressive India Gate, Parliament House and President’s Palace. You will also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial built in honour of Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation for India. While in Delhi, you will learn a little more about Mahatma Gandi’s life and philosophy as well as visiting Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, and a Sikh Temple to learn about the youngest religion of the world while absorbing some of the unique atmosphere around the beautiful and holy shrine.
Haridwar is a pilgrimage city, the holiest Hindu City in India. Thousands flock here to bathe in the Ganges and during the evening the river is alight with offerings. Bathers can be seen taking a dip in the ghats, trying to make the most of the reputed healing powers of the Ganges. Ayurvedic medicines are also popular here. Explore this location with ease.
Located in Uttarakhand Rishikesh is where the Ganges comes down from the Himalayas and is a lovely spot. it is known as the gateway to the Himalayas as well as the Home of Yoga. Observe the yogis who can be seen everyone is this beautiful location. During your time here you will participate in several yoga sessions to experience for yourself its relaxing qualities.
Goa, a former Portuguese colony, is well known for its beautiful beaches and luscious palm trees. It has a distinct cultural vibe with its own unique music, food and climate. You will primarily be based in the Southern region of Goa, near Majorda beach but will have the opportunity to explore some of the region with your adventure tour. The region is absolutely stunning, with its silvery sandy beaches and tall palm trees and is one of the best, yet least explored, regions of Goa.
Volunteering opportunities include renovation and beautification of various schools and day care centres; getting involved in fun fairs with children; creative art workshops with children including drawing, painting music and dance workshops and toy making. As a volunteer, your activities will vary depending on the needs of the projects at your particular time of volunteering and at present this is swaying toward the renovation and beautification of care centres and schools. Each of these projects are ongoing and in constant need of developmental and manual support from volunteers and your duties will be fully assigned to you when you arrive in India.