The India Experience Program - 15 Days - 15 Nights In-depth Cultural

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Start in New Delhi and end in Goa! With the in-depth cultural tour The India Experience Program - 15 Days, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 4 other destinations in India. The India Experience Program - 15 Days includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

  • Friday

    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 Travellers:? (No Meals Included).Start point Pickup Outside the exit gate#6 at New Delhi International Airport., Indira Gandhi International Airport, Airport Rd., New Delhi, Delhi, India 10:00 - 06:00

  • Saturday

    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 Air-conditioned vehicle.? After Arrival in Agra, Check-in into hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Agra Accommodation? (Meals- Breakfast & Dinner)

  • Sunday

    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 dynastys 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.? (Meals included ? Breakfast)

  • Monday

    After starting your day with a Yoga lesson, you will have a hearty breakfast and start on your volunteering project. Important Notes about volunteering: ? 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.? (Meals- Breakfast and packed Lunch)

  • Tuesday

    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.? (Meals- Breakfast and packed Lunch)

  • Wednesday

    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 ?? (Meals- Breakfast, packed Lunch and Dinner with family)

  • Thursday

    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.? (Meals- Breakfast and packed Lunch)

  • Friday

    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.? (Meals- Breakfast, packed Lunch Dinner)

  • Saturday

    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.? Overnight stay in Tent, Pushkar (Meals- Breakfast and barbecue Dinner)

  • : Sunday

    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)

  • : Monday

    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)

  • : Tuesday

    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) Note : Weather permitting, you can take an optional Dolphin sighting cruise for which we will guide you.

  • : Wednesday

    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.? (Meals- Breakfast)

  • : Thursday

    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. ? (Meals- Breakfast).

  • : Friday

    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) End point Drop at Goa Airport, Dabolim Goa International Airport - Departure 1B, Dabolim Goa, Calangute, Goa, India 20:00 - 10:00

Inclusion

  • GST on total package
  • Accomodation in a well appointed room
  • Meals as per hotel plan and ones mentioned in itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle (except in the hills when the air-conditioner will be switched off)
  • All toll taxes, parking fees and driver allowances
  • All applicable hotel taxes

Exclusion

  • Anything not mentioned under ‘Package Inclusions??:tm:
  • All personal expenses, optional tours and extra meals
  • Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages
  • Vehicle service on leisure days for sightseeing not included in the itinerary
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Tips, laundry and phone calls

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