|01-03||Delhi||Qutub Minar , RedFort,Chandni Chowk,Gandhi Memorial , Visit India Gate ,Presidential Palace, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (Sikh Temple),Humayun Tomb, & Qutub Minar . Visit Centers for upliftment of street children & youth .|
|04||Vrindavan||Visit the Shelter home for widows , supported by NGO, Visit Elephant Rescue Camp & Bear Conservation Park|
|04-05||Agra||Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, live show “Mohabbat –e- Taj (Love of Taj), Agra Fort, Visit Marble Factory|
|06-07||Jaipur||Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) Bustling Markets.Visit Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing & Barefoot College .|
When To Go
Day 1 Arrival New Delhi (India)
Arrive at Delhi’s International Airport (flight details to be advised). After you clear all immigration and customs formalities our representative will meet you in the arrival area of the airport . Transfer you to your city hotel.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2 Delhi
After early breakfast , briefing by facilitator about the trip & then move ahead for full day tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi , visit Red Fort ,Jama Masjid -where you trade vehicle for bicycle rickshaw and weave through the narrow, winding lanes of colorful and bustling Chandni Chowk; one of India’s oldest bazaars. Later visit Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s serene and evocative cremation site.
As a complete contrast to Old Delhi, New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920′s. A city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, and gardens.
You will drive past the India Gate, a memorial raised in Honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and a drive along the Rajpath ,past the Parliament House and secretarial buildings and Presidential Palace – the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys. Later visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (A Sikh Temple ). You will also visit two monuments from Delhi’s past; Humayun’s tomb and Qutub Minar the 12th century tower of victory built by a slave king and prototype of all minars (towers) in India.
Suggested Optional Programs :
-Indian Cookery Class
Indian cuisine (i.e. the curries and the spices used while preparing an Indian meal) is widely appreciated around the globe.
Indian cooking class will be organized to enhance the learning of the Indian culture for the students , providing an insight to the various Spices and other ingredients , which helps in making Indian dishes .
Bollywood Dance Class
Special workshop is designed for tourists who are travelling in and exploring India and is called “The Namaste India Dance Workshop”. It is a 2 hour crash course on 4 different Indian dances where we teach our guests Bollywood, Bhangra, Belly Dance and Garbha with Dandiya (an Indian folk dance). We teach each form for about 25 mins which covers about 30 seconds of choreography on a popular song. We then record a 2 minute video with you performing all 4 dance forms and upload as a private video on Youtube for you to watch and share when you go back home.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 Delhi This day will be dedicated to Community Service of your choice
Suggested Community Services :
PCI India works to enhance the life opportunities for street children and youth by providing shelter ,nutrition,health care & psychosocial support.They have the Drop in centers in Delhi and also have the Vocational Training center to impart training for the various skills and making the youth self reliant .
1. Briefing by PCI regarding the various projects being undertaken
2. Visits to Vulnerable children and youth program – Drop-in Centers, Vocational Training center ,Shelter homes
The Cheshire Home is an International organization. Today Cheshire Homes are functioning in 54 countries, total 346 Homes. In India there are 25 such Homes the Cheshire Homes India – Delhi Unit is the biggest Home.
Unit is a place of shelter physically, and of encouragement spiritually, a place in which the residents can acquire a sense of belonging and of ownership by contributing in any way within their capabilities of its functioning and development, a place to share with others, and from which to help others less fortunate, a place in which to gain confidence and envelop independence and interest, a place of hopeful endeavors and not of passive disinterest”.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 Delhi –Vrindavan (157 kms /3 hrs.) Vrindavan -Agra (60 Kms/1.5 hrs.)
After breakfast ,proceed to Agra enroute stop at shelter home for widows in Vrindavan supported by Maitri India (NGO)..
For the students who wish to participate in the Community Service , we have on our panel some of the most reputed NGO’s who are already having many students coming for the various community services being organised by them.
Maitri India is developmental humanitarian NGO providing respect ,dignity, support for abandoned elderly widows , looking after the health and welfare of vulnerable migrant population like rickshaw pullers and homeless, empowering women & children from economically challenged family from Delhi Slums
( There are other options of – Elephants Rescue Camp & Bear Conservation Park en-route from Delhi To Agra –
India’s first chain free Elephant Rescue Camp. Here, you will be able to walk with the Indian elephants through the lush fields whilst accompanied by trained elephant caretakers.
There is a Bear Conservation park near Sikandra , where the rescued bears are kept in conservatory . For more than 400 years, the sloth bear has been a target for human exploitation. A nomadic tribe known as the Kalandars began dancing sloth bears for emperors in the Mughal era. Over the centuries, as the kingdoms in India disappeared, the dancing bear trade transitioned to become entertainment for villagers and tourists who paid for pictures.
Late afternoon continue the journey to Agra, the city of Taj; upon arrival check into hotel. After early dinner time kept for henna designing where some of the local artwork may have rubbed off on you in the form of henna tattoos. Henna, a flowering plant used to dye everything from skin to wool, has facilitated the traditional, often ceremonial brown and red body art in India for thousands of years. (Don’t worry, the tattoos only last a couple of weeks!)
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 Agra
Early morning Yoga by professional to greet the morning sun and the beginning of a new day. Later after breakfast proceed for half day city tour & get ready for the much awaited visit to the Taj Mahal. Regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world, this marble monument is the architectural wonder by the Mughals.
Our next stop is the Red Fort (Agra Fort), where Emperor Shah Jehan spent the last few years of his life.
-Mohabat E Taj –Cultural Show
-Mohabbat-the-Taj’ – a series of play depicting the saga of love. The true and immortal love of Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal- his beautiful wife; the lavish lifestyle of mughal era; emaculate hardship of the artisans for 22 years that created the most precious specimen of craftsmanship…
-Visit to Marble Factory
The wealth of Agra lies in its arts and crafts industry. The city of Agra is famous for its marble works. From mausoleums to smaller fine artifices, marble has its impressions in the city
Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 Agra – Fatehpur Sikri & Abhaneri – Jaipur (250 Kms/7-8 hrs.)
Early morning Yoga by professional to greet the morning sun and the beginning of a new day. After breakfast continue your drive to Jaipur stopping en route to explore a real-life ghost town: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory) built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. And also Abhaneri India’s deepest and largest step wells.
Continue onto Jaipur – the capital of Rajasthan province is known for its arts and crafts, jewellery, hand-painted fabrics and stone sculptures. Upon arrival check into hotel. of the time free at leisure. Return to hotel for Overnight stay.
Day 7 Jaipur
Your Jaipur exploration today begins on a hillside outside of town at Amer Fort. Known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu Rajput elements, the fort has large ramparts, a series of gates and cobbled paths, and overlooks Maota Lake. Most notable and the largest tourist attraction at the Amer fort is the 20-minute elephant ride up to the fort itself. The elephants are brightly painted with watercolours, which make a festive and beautiful site.
Later visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princes, carpets, an armoury of old weapons, miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battle scenes and processions, A hop, skip and jump away is the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD) which still captures the imagination of people young and old. Also included is a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.
Optional Activities :
-Art & Craft Walk In Jaipur City
Jaipur offers a dazzling immersion into the riches of traditional India. Since its foundation in 1727, royal family and nobles of Jaipur had been patronizing various craftsmen and artisans in Pink City. Many of these traditions continue to this day, making the modern day Jaipur a favorable destination to witness India’s rich Art & Carts.
-Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of block printed cloth. Exhibits and educational programming highlight various aspects of this ancient craft in order to strengthen appreciation for a living art form. In a continuing effort to interpret hand block printing, AMHP offers a variety of programming for audiences from both home and abroad. Tours suit participants of all ages and skill levels ranging from local school groups to visiting tourists.Overnight at hotel.
Day8 Jaipur – Delhi (265 kms/6 hrs.) & then final departure
After breakfast Visit the Barefoot College located at a distance of 95 KMs./1hours & 30Minutes from Jaipur , for Voluntary Services .
A non Governmental organization that has been providing basic services and solutions to problems in rural communities for more than 40 years , with the objective of making them self –sufficient and sustainable .
Visiting Tilonia helps you understand the Barefoot approach first hand. It is an opportunity to see and absorb a different culture and see development efforts from the other side. The Barefoot experience could be a walk around the campus, or it could be a trip to see the solar electrification projects, water harvesting and purification systems, craft workshops, education programs and many other activities. Your tour may also include meetings and collaborations with Barefoot women solar engineers.
Later, set off on a return journey to Delhi. This entire journey will stay into your mind for a long period of time as a sweet memory. Arrive in Delhi & after dinner you can proceed to International Airport to board flight to respective destination.
The tour ends here.