India Road Trip

North by Northwest, India

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15 people
28 days
Code: 100
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This is an Eco-tourism travel project that lets you visit 4 distinct states in India in a month. Letting you experience everything from its amazing culture to its sublime cuisine by travelling through a cross section of this vast sub-continent. Keeping with the values of our organisation this program is environmentally friendly.

The Road trip takes you all the way from the foothills of the Himalayas to the sandy beaches of Goa. You will see the magnificent Taj Mahal, visit the famous hot springs of Shimla, spend a night in a desert in Rajasthan, travel to the home of the Dalai Lama, trek through forests, ride camels, explore palaces, forts and temples and visit world heritage sites.

The program also focuses on a variety of projects. You will have the opportunity to work alongside local people at our renovation projects at our community schools and also take part in environmental initiatives.

What’s included
  • Airport transfers as per the policy – Airport Pickup in New Delhi
  • Presence of a dedicated program coordinator throughout your travel, at the projects and facilities- Logistical management support in case of emergencies
  • Authentic Indian meals and European (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for the duration of the entire program as per the meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation at hotels, home stays, and at our accommodation facility – Shared accommodation.
  • Local transportation to all venues
  • Entry fees to all places
  • Extensive pre-departure information
What’s Excluded
  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, room service items, laundry, telephone calls, tips, portage at hotels or airport, bottles of water during your road travel etc.
  • Any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in trip program due to circumstances, weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc.
  •  Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.
  • Our program does not cover any liability and does not insure participants. Participants must have appropriate insurance before joining the program.
  • Any camera fee where applicable.
  • Any service not specified above
Few things to consider while you are with us
  • Requested to be back at the center or guest houses by 22:30 everyday
  • Participants will not be entertained to hire any vehicles on their own
  • Consumption of alcohol are strictly prohibited at all our Centers
  • Respect and adhere to our code of conduct
  • Our staff are there to support you and to guide you and make your trip memorable, we request you to kindly follow their instructions at all times.
  • You will not be allowed to bring outsiders inside our centers, guest houses or hotels
  • Please provide your mobile phone number during the time of booking, as this will be useful for us to contact you at the Delhi Airport as this is quite a crowded airport, and we would not want to lose you!

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

Jan 2nd

Jan 16th

Feb 6th

Feb 20th

Mar 6th

Mar 20th

Apr 3rd

Apr 17th

May 1st

May 15th

Jun 5th

Jun 19th

Jul 3rd

Jul 17th

Aug 7th

Aug 21st

Sep 4th

Sep 18th

Oct 2nd

Oct 16th

Nov 6th

Nov 20th

Dec 4th

Dec 18th

During 2018

Jan 8th

Jan 22nd

Feb 5th

Feb 19th

Mar 5th

Mar 19th

Apr 2nd

Apr 16th

May 7th

May 21st

Jun 4th

Jun 18th

Jul 2nd

Jul 16th

Aug 6th

Aug 20th

Sep 3rd

Sep 17th

Oct 1st

Oct 15th

Nov 5th

Nov 19th

Dec 3rd

Dec 17th

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this program is to bring you closer to the authentic India. Through different projects and activities, you will get to truly immerse yourself in the culture, customs and lifestyle.

Schedule
Week 1: Delhi, Shimla & Dharamsala

Day 1: Monday

Travel from Delhi to Shimla: After your arrival to Delhi on Sunday you stay overnight in a guest house to be relaxed for when the program starts on Monday.

On the morning of your first day in India, we take an early morning bus to Shimla. An 10-hour bus journey where you can observe beautiful and ever changing Indian landscape, regular day to day life on the streets, and finally a 2 hours drive into the amazing Himalayan mountain landscape. After reaching Shimla, we check into a guesthouse located with a great view of Shimla.

  • New Delhi to Shimla – Bus (Air conditioned with recliner seats)

Day 2: Tuesday

The day begins with an early breakfast followed by an orientation session with our local guide/program coordinator. This session also includes briefing on aspects such as culture, safety and health precautionary measures, transportation, money, etc. Then we head off into the misty mountains. The first part of the trek involves hiking through the beautiful pine and rhododendron forest spread out in mountains. As this is primarily a rocky terrain, we suggest you to wear hiking boots or trainers that will protect your feet from the rocks.

Carry an extra set of clothes and drinking water in a light backpack. The coordinator will arrange for you to leave your other bags that you may be travelling with, at a safe place from where you can collect them after the trek. A local family in the mountains will host you for the night.

Trek: Distance (First day 10 Km Trek). Difficulty Level 2 – Uphill and downhill. Altitude: Approximately 900 meters to 3100 meters. Terrain: Rocky, gravel, river crossing and winding tracks. Duration of Trek each day: 4-6 hours

Day 3: Wednesday

Begin very early in the morning with a light breakfast. Today’s hike includes the more challenging element of the trek which culminates at 3100 meters offering a picturesque view of the Himalayan range. You will be allowed to rest here for a while and eat your packed lunch. Please remember to carry sufficient amount of drinking water as none will be available on the climb.

The coordinator will help you get safe drinking water at the start of the trek. Packed lunch will be provided during the trek. The trek through the mountain will be approximately 6 hours long. After lunch you will head back down to the village and catch a bus to Shimla, overnight stay is at a guesthouse at Shimla.

Day 4: Thursday

Shimla city visit. Today we visit the famous monkey temple (Hanuman Temple) which is situated at the top of a hill, it is a 30 minute up-hill walk and brings you to the highest point of Shimla city (2250 mts). After lunch we visit the local market in the city for shopping, you can also take a relaxed evening walk around Mall road taking in the sights and sounds of Shimla. After dinner, travel overnight by bus to Dharamshala.

  • Shimla to Dharamshala – Bus (non air conditioned with recliner seats)

Day 5: Friday

Dharamshala - Experience Tibetan culture, visit the heritage site Kangra Fort, visit a tea garden, Kangra temple and a traditional Tibetan market.

Arrive in Dharamsala early in the morning and check-into a hotel where you will be allowed to rest. After breakfast, visit McLeodGanj and walk into the beautiful Buddhist monastery and then take a 20 minute walk to a wonderful waterfall located in the mountains. Your walk through the markets will give you an outlook into traditional Buddhist shops selling various interesting ornaments and Tibetan traditional and cultural clothing. The evening will be spent walking around McLeod Ganj and treat yourself for a traditional Tibetan dinner.

Day 6: Saturday

Begins with breakfast and take a Holy walk to the Buddhist monastery. You will also visit St. John’s Church, Kangra Fort and a tea garden. We then have lunch at a scenic restaurant and relax. After dinner, travel overnight via bus back to Delhi. The bus journey will be approximately 12 hours long.

  • Dharamshala to New Delhi – Bus (Air conditioned with recliner seats)

Day 7: Sunday

Experience Delhi. On arrival in Delhi you will be taken to the guest house where you may rest for a while and have breakfast. This day will consist of a tour around the city of Delhi where you will have the opportunity to see the India Gate, the Indian Parliament House and the President’s House, Lotus temple, Gandhi Museum and the Birla temple. Overnight stay at Delhi

Week 2: Agra & Rajasthan

Day 8: Monday

The highlight of the India Road Trip is on Day 08, where you will take a 4 hour Indian train ride from Delhi to Agra to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World – The Taj Mahal. Spend the entire day in Agra and then get on an overnight train to Udaipur “the city of lakes” in Rajasthan.

  • New Delhi to Agra (Non air conditioned Indian Railways)
  • Agra to Udaipur (Air conditioned Indian Railways)

Day 9: Tuesday

Experience Rajasthan - Udaipur “the city of lakes” and Jaisalmer. While in Udaipur, you will be hosted at our house. Fans of The Jungle Book and James Bond films may recognize Udaipur as the birthplace of Bagheera and the location for the Roger Moore starrer Octopussy. You will spend the next 2 days visiting among other sites in India’s second largest state, visit the beautifully architecture palace, enjoy a boat ride in the lake Pichola, and watch a traditional Rajasthani dance and music concert.

Day 10: Wednesday

Your day will begin with a relaxed morning. After breakfast, go out shopping for vegetable and fruits at the market, return back with the vegetables and sharpen your Indian cooking skills. After lunch, we then proceed to visit a model desert village setup called Shilpgram where you will witness traditional Rajasthani art and handicraft shops and music. We then proceed to monsoon palace to catch the sunset. A nice spread of Indian dinner awaits you back at our center.

Day 11: Thursday

Today we go on a temple tour in the morning. You will be taken to visit 8th and 10th century ancient temples on the outskirts of Udaipur. We return back to our center and then in the evening, we taken an overnight bus to Jaisalmer which is approximately 12 hrs for the next highlight of our trip – The Desert experience.

Day 12: Friday

“The experience of a lifetime” Sleeping in the Desert. Once in Jaisalmer, you will have a bit of time to refresh at the guest house. We then go sightseeing of Jaisalmer to a 11th century fort and then take a jeep safari and a camel ride into the Thar desert, where you will stay for the night. Please remember to pack your sleeping bags and water bottles for this part of the trip. Your coordinator will inform you of anything else that may be necessary. Tonight we camp in the desert under the stars.

Day 13: Saturday

You will return from the desert to the guest house and spend time in the city of Jaisalmer, visiting a beautiful authentic Haveli and a lake which is considered to be the largest in Jaisalmer and other tourist attractions. Later this evening, we take an overnight bus back to Udaipur.

  • Udaipur to Jaisalmer to Udaipur - (Non air conditioned sleeper bus)

Day 14: Sunday

Arrive at our Udaipur center and relax. There are no activities scheduled for the morning. You will have the entire morning to yourself and in the evening, visit the theater to watch a Bollywood movie.

Week 3: Mumbai & Goa

Day 15: Monday

You will spend the entire morning for yourselves and go out for shopping into the city of Udaipur. We will then take an evening bus which is an overnight bus to Mumbai.

  • Udaipur to Mumbai – Bus (Non air conditioned sleeper bus)

Day 16: Tuesday

After getting to Mumbai early in the morning, you will be taken to the guest house to freshen up and then to the markets of Mumbai. Visit the Gateway of India, Jehangir art gallery, Haji Ali Dargah which is an ancient mosque, and walk on the famous marine drive which the locals regularly do. Overnight stay in Mumbai.

Day 17: Wednesday

After breakfast and after an hour’s boat ride into the Arabian sea, visit the Elephanta caves. A good Indian lunch will be provided at the island and in the evening catch an overnight bus to Goa.

  • Mumbai to Goa – Bus (Non air conditioned sleeper Bus)

Day 18: Thursday

After reaching Goa early in the morning, we take you to our house where you will be hosted for the remaining days of your travel. Once at our center in the morning, you can relax and freshen up and meet other participants at the house. Our project coordinator will brief you on the activities scheduled for your days in Goa. After a good spread of Goan lunch, we take you to the famous beaches of Anjuna, where you can spend your time at the beach.

Day 19: Friday

Today we begin early and visit a beautiful waterfall and then we travel to a spice plantation where you will be shown various spices and how they are grown and processed before they reach your plates. After a sumptuous lunch, we spend sometime at the plantation before driving back to our center. After dinner, you are free to go out for the evening on your own.

Day 20: Saturday

Today, you will spend these two days taking in the sights and sounds of Goa including Panjim - the capital city of Goa, Fort Aguada which is a 17th Century Portuguese fort and the village of Anjuna with its beaches and markets. You will spend the entire day in Old Goa visiting its several Churches and Cathedrals. Old Goa, previously a Portuguese colony, formed the capital of Portuguese India. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Goa – Sightseeing and Projects (our jeeps and cars)

Day 21: Sunday

This is a day off and you are free to spend it on the beach or spend time with other participants.

Week 4: Community engagement week in Goa

Day 22-26: Monday to Friday

Participate at our construction and renovation project during the first half of the day and the second half of the day spend educative and quality time with migratory children at our outreach program.

Day 27: Saturday

On this day you can go out shopping and get ready for your departure.

Day 28: Sunday

Departure.

Mode of transportation could change due to unavoidable circumstances

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements
  • Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • Participants below the age of 18 should have parental consent.
  • Participants above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.
  • Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • Participants below the age of 18 should have parental consent.
  • Participants above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.
Additional Equipment
  • Medicines you may require: if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis, bring them along Otherwise, be aware that most basic medicines and even antibiotics are available in India (for a much cheaper price!). You can bring a simple first aid kit with yourself.
  • A sleeping bag, warm clothes and rain jackets (July to March & November to February)
  • Mosquito repellents/mosquito nets
  • Hiking shoes or trainers
  • Please bring a rucksack (backpack), avoid trolleys and suitcase

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

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