India Experience Program
Adventure, Authentic Experiences and Volunteering in India, in 2 weeks or less.
Our services begin here. You will be greeted by Idex representative at the Indira Gandhi
International Airport, New Delhi. Upon being picked up, you will be then escorted to your
accommodation and shall be assisted with check-in. The representative will explain your next
few hours and days on the trip in detail and hand over the essential documents to you.
Important Notes for Travelers:
If you arrive early on the program start date, you would find yourself having mostly free time because the formal program starts on Day 2.
Please refer to the arrival and departure system to know which flights would be suitable for you to start your program on time.
Carefully read the pre-departure information of the program and the Code of Conduct.
Keep a copy of emergency contact information sheet (inside the pre-departure) with yourself in case you need to contact our representative before being picked up.
Overnight stay at accommodation, Delhi (No Meals Included).
Morning – After breakfast a sightseeing tour of New Delhi including- visit of some important cultural symbols of India. Drive past through impressive India Gate, Parliament house, Gandhi Museum, Birla Temple and President’s Palace. At greater ease visit of Raj Ghat, the memorial built in honor of Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation. Learn a bit more about his life and philosophy that helped India get free from the British Empire. During the sightseeing, you will stop at a local restaurant where you can buy your lunch, after which, we will proceed to Agra by our Airconditioned vehicle. After Arrival in Agra, Check-in into hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Agra Accommodation (Meals- Breakfast & Dinner).
We wake up early in the morning and visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, a pristine white marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife – Mumtaz Mahal. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, it took 20,000 workers from neighboring Islamic countries, 22 years of ceaseless toil to create this exquisite white marble monument upon which peopled have waxed eloquent throughout the world. Experience a viewing of the Taj Mahal and the return to your hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast – Check out from your accommodation and visit the Agra Fort. Agra Fort, built by the Mughal dynasty's greatest Emperor, Akbar, in 1565.A number of the fort’s beautiful palaces, mosques and gardens were built by his successors in later years. A few of the priceless examples of artisanship from the Mughal era include the exquisite Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-i-Khas, the Diwan-i-Am, the Jahangir Mahal and the Shish Mahal.After visiting the Agra Fort, we set upon our journey to the Pink City of Jaipur. The journey will take around five hours during which, we would stop by at local restaurants for lunch. Late afternoon arrival in Jaipur and check-in into accommodation. After checking in and a bit of rest, you will be given an Orientation on your program in Jaipur and the volunteering activities that you are starting from the next day.Stay overnight at the accommodation, Jaipur. (Meals included – Breakfast)
About Jaipur: The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains its character and history - A beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.
After starting your day with a Yoga lesson, you will have a hearty breakfast and start on your volunteering project.
Important Notes about volunteering:
The volunteering project and activities will be chosen for you and pre- organised because we draw upon years of experience to decide for our travel guests, what kind of volunteering would be most suitable for the local people as well as giving maximum chance of personal contribution and satisfaction to the travelers.
A short introduction to the possible type of activities that you may be involved in is further down in this program information.
Volunteering work includes approximately 5 hours’ work in morning.
During late afternoon, we return to our accommodation and rest. After a short break, we will enjoy a Bollywood dance lesson from a local instructor where we learn some of the Bollywood dance. In the evening, we reflect on our day to see what have been the most important experiences and learnings of the day have been and prepare for our next day of volunteering.
Overnight stay at accommodation, Jaipur (Meals- Breakfast and packed Lunch)
After starting your day with a Yoga lesson early in the morning, you will have a hearty breakfast and start on your volunteering project. During the late afternoon, you would complete your project work for the day and visit the Wind Palace – a famous historical monument and one of the famous symbol’s of the cultural heritage of India. You will also ride a rickshaw through the buzzing Bazaars of Jaipur and have time for some inexpensive shopping. No tourist traps, but only those places where local people shop, everyday. During Early evening, you will return to your accommodation for a short break. After the break, you would have an Indian traditional dressing and photo sessions. Dress up like the locals and add to your experience of being part of the daily culture. Daily reflection session at the end of the day with your tour guide.
Dinner and overnight at Jaipur accommodation
Overnight stay at accommodation, Jaipur (Meals- Breakfast and packed Lunch)
If you are still up for early morning health boost, join the Yoga class for the day. After the class, have your breakfast and move for your volunteering project for the day. Later in the afternoon, we learn about the famous “Henna” painting art of India, keeping the day an easy one over all. After the daily reflection time with your tour guide, get ready for another experience of the real culture of India by visiting a local family home for dinner. Visiting a local (urban, middle income level) family and seeing their life is one of the best ways to get an up-close-and- personal view of how regular Indian people live.
Note about the family meal –
Visiting a family is a partly observation and partly experience. While we choose our host families based on their English conversation level, not all members of the family may interact with you equally. Go with an open mind, see what a local home looks like and enjoy a “home like” (mostly vegetarian) meal.
Overnight stay at accommodation, Jaipur (Meals- Breakfast, packed Lunch and Dinner with family)
You will not do any Yoga on this day because you need to leave for an early morning visit to the famous Amber fort. We keep you away from boring museums on this trip but you don’t want to miss out on visiting at least one of the historical Forts of the region of Rajasthan (where Jaipur is located). Note about Amber fort – You will see many “tourists” being hauled up and down the fort on Elephants. Now having elephants carry people is nothing new, but in this case, it has become an outright industry where the welfare of the animal is highly doubtful. For this reason, in line with the global call for more humane treatment of animals, we do not include any elephant riding on this trip. After we return from the Amber fort, we head out to our project, where we continue our volunteering activities. Late afternoon you return to your accommodation where we have the daily debrief with you. Rest of the day is for you to relax and enjoy some free time and activities on your own, because by now, you are a little bit familiar with the area.
Overnight stay at accommodation, Jaipur (Meals- Breakfast and packed Lunch).
We start a bit more leisurely on this day and head out for the last day of our volunteering project after breakfast. After the volunteering project, we bid farewell to the project and head out for a special experience of observing daily life in rural India. We visit a rural family farm where we get a guided tour of their home, their farm, interact with them through your tour guide and conclude the day with a simple local meal that is cooked by the family. Depending on the season, the meal is likely to contain lentils, cooked vegetables and millet bread. A staple diet for rural people in this part of India. What you also get to observe and notice is the difference in the attires, the living standards and daily routines of a rural family. Late evening return to accommodation and overnight.
Overnight stay at accommodation, Jaipur (Meals- Breakfast, packed Lunch Dinner)
After breakfast – check out of the accommodation and drive to Pushkar, which is about a three hours journey. Arrive at Pushkar, you can put your luggage in a hotel and pack a smaller bag for your camel safari. During the few hours before the camel Safari starts, you can take a leisurely walk around the Pushkar town and its charming market street. Later in the afternoon, we take you on another form of travel, more suited to the desert, Camels! We take a camel safari atop the “ship of the desert” going through sandy ravines, local villages where we can absorb the harsh yet colorful landscape of the Thar Desert. Our safari concludes in a tent camp. After sunset, we can enjoy a view of the star-lit night sky Barbecued Dinner & overnight at tent-camp in Pushkar.
Note : In the (rather) unlikely event of rain during your camel safari or stay at the tent camp, we may need to cancel the safari and accommodate you in a hotel for the night for your safety.
After breakfast in your tent camp, we bring you back into Pushkar town, where you can do some washing and freshening up. After this, you can join a leisurely guided tour of the Pushkar town with its small lanes, colorful markets, but most importantly, the steps to the Holy Lake and about 500 temples around it. Our tour would bring you to visit the Lord Brahma’ temple, the only temple of the “Creator God” of the Hindus. Later in the afternoon, we bring you to the nearest train station for a journey back to New Delhi. After arrival in New Delhi, we bring you to the accommodation for overnight stay.
Meals included (Breakfast and Packed Dinner)
After Breakfast, we have a short debrief of the last few days and the trip in general. Later, transfer to New Delhi airport for flight to Goa to start this new phase in the trip. You bid farewell to your tour leader on the trip so far, at this point. Arrive in Goa and be picked up at the airport by our representative. After pickup, we drive you to your accommodation, where you settle in for the day followed by a briefing for the program for the next days and tips on the local area. Early in the evening, we bring you to a popular beach where you can enjoy time off and have dinner of your choice. We pick you up again around 9 PM to bring you back to the accommodation.
Overnight at Accommodation (Meals - Breakfast)
We start the Goa part of our journey with visiting the most famous of Goa’s beaches, the Palolem Beach, hidden at the southern extreme of the province. You will leave for Palolem Beach after breakfast and will relax around the beach and the local markets for the whole day. In the evening, we bring you back to the accommodation for overnight stay. (Meals- Breakfast only)
Note : Weather permitting, you can take an optional Dolphin sighting cruise for which we will guide you.
Today, after breakfast, you leave for visiting old Goa and its famous monuments. A Portuguese colony, until 1971, Goa offers a view of the unique culture. We also visit a Spice Plantation to see how the different spices that are part of the Indian cuisine are cultivated. Later in the afternoon, we return to the accommodation to relax for a while. In the evening, take a ride out to the nearest beach to have a relaxing time.
Today’s visit includes the popular Baga Beach in the north of Goa, The Donna Paula beach and viewpoint after which, we will have a visit to family of Goan Fishermen that will allow to interact with the families and observe their lifestyle that revolves around making a living from fishing. Post visit, you can have your dinner and then return to accommodation.
On this day, we bid farewell and conclude the tour. Have a leisurely time until its time for your flight, upon which we bring you to the airport.
(Meals- Breakfast, if flight departure times permit)
Volunteer program activities
Renovation and beautification projects:
Fun fair for children
Creative art workshops with children
Learn the famous Indian art of “Henna making” by local experts.
Learn the interesting forms of “Bollywood” dance by the professional instructors.
Learn the typical and traditional dress styles of India by the instructors.
One dinner with local Urban Indian family.
One visit and meal with local rural family.