"VoluVenture India" program – 2024

A Life-Changing Journey of Volunteerism and Adventure

Program Details

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.

About Delhi: Delhi, India's capital, is a captivating city that blends history, culture, and modernity. Its iconic landmarks include the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and India Gate, reflecting the city's rich past. Old Delhi's bustling markets and historic mosques provide a glimpse into its ancient charm. The cultural scene thrives with art galleries, theaters, and festivals, while food lovers can savor diverse culinary delights. Delhi offers a shopper's paradise with bustling markets and a range of accommodations. With its seamless transportation and warm hospitality, Delhi promises an unforgettable experience of history, culture, and vibrant city life.

Important Notes for Travellers:

- 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.

- 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, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara 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 Air-conditioned vehicle.

After Arrival in Agra, Check-in into hotel- Dinner and overnight stay at Agra Hotel (Meals- Breakfast)

In the morning, we wake up early to visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, a pristine white marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This awe-inspiring monument, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, required the dedication of 20,000 workers from neighbouring Islamic countries over 22 years to create its exquisite beauty.

After experiencing the breath-taking view of the Taj Mahal, we return to our hotel for breakfast.

Following breakfast, we check out from the Hotel and proceed to visit the historic Agra Fort. Built by the renowned Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, the fort showcases the architectural brilliance of the Mughal dynasty. Its palaces, mosques, and gardens built by Akbar's successors are truly captivating.

Among the notable attractions within the fort are the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque), Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i- Am, Jahangir Mahal, and Shish Mahal, which showcase the exquisite artistry of the Mughal era.

After exploring the Agra Fort, we embark on our journey to the enchanting Pink City of Jaipur. The drive will take approximately five hours, during which we will make stops at local restaurants for lunch.

Upon our late afternoon arrival in Jaipur, we check in to our accommodation. After settling in and taking some rest, you will receive an orientation on your program in Jaipur, including volunteering activities and Jaipur city that you will be starting the following day.

Stay overnight at the accommodation, Jaipur (Meals included – Breakfast & Dinner)

About Agra: Agra, a city in Uttar Pradesh, India, is a captivating destination renowned for the timeless beauty of the Taj Mahal. This architectural marvel, built by Emperor Shah Jahan, is a symbol of eternal love and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agra also boasts the majestic Agra Fort, a red sandstone fortress that showcases Mughal grandeur. Nearby, Fatehpur Sikri captivates with its well- preserved ancient city. Agra's markets offer exquisite handicrafts and textiles. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage, awe-inspiring architecture, and cultural allure of Agra, a must-visit destination for experiencing the splendor of India's past.

Begin your day with an invigorating morning yoga session, setting the perfect tone for an unforgettable journey. After a hearty breakfast, prepare to explore the enchanting city of Jaipur on a captivating day trip.

Jaipur, known as the "Pink City," is a mesmerizing blend of history and charm, captivating the hearts of travellers from around the world. Discover the most renowned and captivating attractions this city tour has to offer.

Amber Fort – also knowns as Amer Fort, stands proudly atop a hill overlooking the Maota Lake. Constructed by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century, It is built in red sandstone and marble, this majestic fort is a remarkable example of Rajput architecture. As you approach the fort, you'll be greeted by a colossal red sandstone entrance.

Inside the fort, you'll be transported to a world of opulence and splendor. The fort's hallways and chambers are adorned with intricate carvings, exquisite mirror work, and vibrant frescoes depicting scenes from Indian mythology and history. The Sheesh Mahal, or Mirror Palace, is a highlight of the fort, where the walls and ceilings are adorned with thousands of tiny mirrors, creating a breath- taking visual spectacle. City Palace, located in the heart of Jaipur, is another architectural gem that exemplifies the fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the palace complex is a sprawling structure that comprises several palaces, gardens, courtyards, and museums. It serves as the residence of the Jaipur royal family to this day.

As you explore the City Palace, you'll be enchanted by its intricate architecture and lavish interiors. The palace's museum houses a remarkable collection of artifacts, including miniature paintings, royal costumes, weapons, and ancient manuscripts. The Diwan-i-Khas, or Hall of Private Audience, is a marble-paved pavilion that houses massive silver vessels, considered the world's largest sterling silver objects. These vessels were once used to carry water from the sacred River Ganga for the royal family.

From the palace complex, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Pink City of Jaipur, with its bustling streets, vibrant markets, and historical landmarks. The palace's blend of elegance, grandeur, and historical significance makes it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan.

Both Amer Fort and City Palace offer an immersive experience, taking you on a journey back in time to the era of Rajput royalty. Explore the ornate halls, soak in the regal ambiance, and witness the artistic brilliance that has made these architectural wonders enduring symbols of Jaipur's rich history.

Hawa Mahal - Hawa Mahal, or the "Palace of Winds," stands tall in the heart of Jaipur. Its intricate honeycomb-like facade, adorned with 953 small windows called jharokhas, will leave you mesmerized. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the five-story palace was designed to allow the royal ladies to observe the bustling streets and festivities without being seen. Its unique architectural style, resembling the crown of Lord Krishna, is a testament to the artistic brilliance of the Rajputana era. Climb to the top and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the city, its vibrant markets, and the majestic Aravalli hills.

Jal Mahal - Jal Mahal, the "Water Palace." Situated in the middle of the serene Man Sagar Lake, this magnificent palace showcases a perfect blend of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. Built in the 18th century as a hunting lodge for the royals, the palace appears to be floating on the shimmering waters, offering a surreal sight. Surrounded by the Aravalli hills and rich birdlife, Jal Mahal provides a tranquil retreat from the bustling city. You can enjoy a boat ride on the lake to get a closer look at this architectural marvel and capture stunning photographs.

Both Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal epitomize the grandeur and elegance of Jaipur's regal heritage. They are not only architectural marvels but also offer glimpses into the royal lifestyle and the rich history of the region. So, don't miss the opportunity to explore these iconic landmarks and immerse yourself in the royal ambiance of Jaipur.

Birla Temple - Birla Temple, also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, is a stunning architectural masterpiece located at the base of Moti Dungri Hill. Built by the Birla family, renowned industrialists, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu deities of wealth and prosperity. The temple's white marble facade, intricate carvings, and beautifully sculpted idols create a serene and divine ambiance. Inside, you'll find exquisite marble work, delicate mirror work, and colorful frescoes depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. The Birla Temple is not just a place of worship; it also showcases the artistic brilliance of Jaipur and offers a peaceful retreat amidst the bustling city.

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.

Monkey Temple - the Monkey Temple, officially known as Galta Ji Temple, is a hidden gem nestled amidst the picturesque Aravalli hills. As the name suggests, this temple is home to a large population of monkeys, which roam freely around the premises. The temple complex comprises several ancient temples, sacred water tanks, and natural springs. The main temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the monkey god, attracts devotees who come to seek his blessings. The tranquil atmosphere, surrounded by lush greenery and panoramic views, makes the Monkey Temple a favorite spot for meditation and introspection. Don't miss the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the holy waters of the natural springs, believed to have healing properties.

Both the Birla Temple and the Monkey Temple provide visitors with a glimpse into Jaipur's religious and cultural heritage. Whether you seek spiritual solace or simply wish to marvel at the architectural beauty, these temples offer memorable experiences that blend spirituality, art, and nature.

After enjoying some free time shopping in Jaipur's traditional market, we will return to the volunteer house to relax and freshen up. Later, we will have the opportunity to visit the home of a local, English-speaking, middle-income level family to gain insight into their day-to-day life, including the challenges and opportunities they face. As part of this immersive experience, we will share a meal with the family, providing us with an authentic and culturally enriching experience

Stay overnight at the accommodation, Jaipur. (Meals- Breakfast, & Dinner)

After starting your day with a Yoga lesson early in the morning, you will have a hearty breakfast and start on your volunteering with elephant at Elephant village.

Stay overnight at the accommodation, Jaipur. (Meals- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Important Notes about Volunteering:

  • Volunteers will be assigned to the Elephant Care and Conservation Project at Elephant Village. The village houses 51 elephants and their mahouts in 51 houses located in Kunda village, approximately 20 KM away from the idex volunteer house.
  • The village serves as a safe and comfortable place for elephants to stay after a day's work, promoting the well-being of both the elephant and the mahout families.
  • A brief overview of the potential tasks you may be involved in can be found later in this program information.
  • Work Hours: Volunteer work consists of approximately 5 hours in the morning shift.

You will continue volunteering with elephants at the Elephant Village in the morning shift. In the late afternoon, you will join a cooking workshop to observe and learn about Indian cuisine.

Stay overnight at the accommodation, Jaipur. (Meals- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

After breakfast, your volunteering with elephants at the Elephant Village will continue. In the afternoon, we will learn about the famous "Henna" painting art of India and participate in Indian traditional dressing and photo sessions. Dressing up like the locals will enhance your experience of being part of the daily culture.

Stay overnight at the accommodation, Jaipur. (Meals- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

After breakfast, you will continue your volunteering with elephants at the Elephant Village. In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to learn about the famous Henna" painting art of India. Additionally, we can participate in traditional Indian dressing sessions and enjoy photo sessions. Dressing up like the locals will enrich your experience by immersing you in the daily culture.

Stay overnight at the accommodation, Jaipur. (Meals- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Pushkar – one of the holiest pilgrimages for Hindus and the only place in India where you will find the temple of the ‘Creator’ God, Brahma. Upon arrival in Pushkar we take on another form of travel, more suited to the desert, Camels!

After breakfast – drive to Pushkar the journey will take around 3 hours. Arrive at Pushkar and check into your accommodation.

We take a camel safari atop the “ship of the desert” going through sandy ravines, local villages where we can absorb the harsh yet colourful landscape of the Thar Desert. Our safari concludes in a tent camp. After sunset, we can enjoy a clear view of the star-lit night sky

Dinner. Overnight stay in Tent, Pushkar (Meal – Breakfast & Dinner)

(PS: In case of rain, we will not provide tented accommodation. Instead the Volunteers will stay at a Guest House at Pushkar)

After breakfast return to Pushkar & later a leisurely guided tour of the Pushkar town with its small lanes, colourful markets, but most importantly, the steps to the Holy Lake and about 500 temples. Our tour would conclude a visit of Lord Brahma’ temple, the creator God for the Hindu’s.

Late on - visit some of the many temples & Ghats, where pilgrims bathe in the sacred waters of the Lake.

Late Afternoon – drive back to Jaipur.

Overnight accommodation at Jaipur (Meal – Breakfast, & Dinner)

Important Note: Please note that if any customer has a flight late at night on day 10, they will need to catch a train from Pushkar to Delhi. Otherwise, they will return to Jaipur and transfer to Delhi the following day.

After breakfast, we set out to depart for Delhi on this day and after reaching Delhi we bring you to the airport.

(Meals- Breakfast and Lunch (if flight departure times permit).

The Program Completes.

Volunteering Project Descriptions and Details

Jaipur, renowned for its rich cultural heritage, historical sites, and traditional practices, has also been associated with elephant tourism. However, it is essential to prioritize the well- being of elephants and promote ethical and sustainable practices in such tourism activities.
Recognizing the need for responsible elephant tourism, Jaipur has established Elephant Village, a popular tourist destination dedicated to the welfare and preservation of elephants. Located in Jaipur, India, Elephant Village serves as a sanctuary and conservation center.
At Elephant Village, responsible tourism practices are promoted, and visitors are educated about elephant conservation. The primary focus of the facility is the welfare and conservation of elephants. The sanctuary provides a safe and natural environment for the elephants, ensuring their physical and mental well-being.

Why an Elephant Project is Necessary.

Elephant conservation projects are important because elephants are a keystone species that play a crucial role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. They help to shape their environment by creating pathways through forests, maintaining open spaces and grasslands, and distributing seeds. They also play an important role in maintaining biodiversity by promoting the growth of plant species and providing habitat for other animals.
Furthermore, elephants are also culturally significant and hold great value to many communities around the world. In some cultures, they are considered sacred and are an important part of religious ceremonies and traditions. In others, they are important symbols of power and strength.
Unfortunately, elephants face many threats, including habitat loss, poaching, and the illegal wildlife trade. As a result, their populations have been declining, and they are now listed as endangered species. Conservation efforts are necessary to help protect elephants and their habitats from these threats and ensure their survival.
Elephant conservation projects can help to address these issues by working to protect elephant habitats, reduce human-elephant conflict, promote sustainable land use practices, and combat poaching and illegal trade. By supporting elephant conservation efforts, we can help to ensure that these majestic animals continue to play their important ecological and cultural roles for generations to come.

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2. Jaipur Set Departure Program (Minimum Two Weeks):

Combining two programs into one trip offers an even more rewarding and diverse experience. This unique opportunity allows you to broaden your horizons while making a significant contribution to the betterment of elephants, children, or women in India


Accommodation options are either the volunteer house in Jaipur or accommodation near the sanctuary, with all facilities – Wi-Fi, Private Bathroom, AC etc. However, if the volunteer house is already full, then alternative accommodation near the sanctuary will be provided.


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Arrival and Departure Transfer Procedure

Arrival Procedure

1. All arrivals Idex offers the pick-up in a window from 10 AM on the start date of the program until 2 AM on the following day (Day 2) of the program.

a. IMPORTANTNOTE: The trip starts around 8 AM onDay 2 – so arrive with a flight on Day 1 (mentioned as “Start Date” on the above chart) so you can get some rest before starting the journey).

2. If your flight arrives outside these hours (because you have got a cheaper flight or no other connection is available) then it will cost, you extra Euro 20 to be picked up from the airport.
3. Check in at accommodation is available from 12 noon on Day 1 of the program.

a. NOTE: We will attempt to get you checked into your room as soon as possible but it cannot be guaranteed before 12 noon due to accommodation occupancy situation)

4. Delhi is a big airport and there are many exit gates. We prefer to pick up travelers at Gate # 6 at the international airport for this trip. If you don’t find an Idex representative, then just relax. We take airport pickups very seriously and its very likely that your pick up representative is just around, looking for you. If you still cannot find your pickup up person after some time, then contact us on the given contact details.
5. Please advise all your customers to look for the Idex logo (as below), instead of their Personal name, unless specified.

Departure transfer procedure:

1. Airport transfer on departure is available from 10 AM on the last day of the program (mentioned as Trip Ending Date) until 10 AM on the following day of the program (this would be the next day after the “Trip Ending Date”).
2. We will transfer you based on certain scheduled times at gaps of 2 hours and you can choose the most convenient time. Available Departure times will be: 8 PM, 10 PM, Midnight, 2 AM, 4 AM, 6 AM, 8 AM and finally at 10 AM.
3. IMPORTANT:Rememberto leave at least 4 hours before yourscheduled departure times.
4. Departure transfers outside these times or schedules will cost extra because it will be done exclusively for you.