India Experience

£1,449, 28 days, India Trip code: INXP

  • Adventure 5 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 5 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

 

  • Variety is the spice of life, and India's got bags of the stuff!
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    • Volunteer at our local community projects
    • Visit the beautiful Taj Mahal
    • Take a camel safari into the desert
    • Immerse yourself into India's amazing culture

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    If you're looking to infuse your travels full of adventure, culture, great food and discovery then India's the place! Full to the brim of fantastic activity, our India Experience trip is perfect for those who fancy seeing the 'real India' whilst exploring and volunteering through different regions of the country.

     

    Although it's almost impossible for us to pick out highlights of our fantastic four week trip, we have become rather attached to our camel safaris in the Thar desert (including a night under the stars in a tented camp), the visits to the Taj Mahal, trekking in Mcleod Ganj and the conclusional week in the beautiful Goa!

     

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    What will I be doing?

    • The start of your Indian journey (Days 1 - 6)

    • Camel Safari & Volunteering (Days 7-12)

    • Taj Mahal, Waterfalls & Temples (Days 13-15)

    • Mountain Trekking & Yoga (Days 16-21)

    • Time to head south (Days 22 - 28)

    The start of your Indian journey: Days 1 - 6

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    Destination info

    During the India Experience you will discover the hustle and bustle of the second most populated nation on earth. You will be submersed within the rich cultural history and witness the countries astonishing natural beauty. From the ‘golden triangle’ of Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, your experience in India will be unlike anything you have done before. As a deeply religious country, all the major religions of the world are represented. Away from the noise and bustle of the more populated areas there are also plenty of peaceful and deeply spiritual places to find tranquillity.

    • Location: Delhi to Jaipur

    Days 1-6

    After arriving at Delhi airport (DEL) bright eyed and bushy tailed, you’ll be greeted at the airport and taken to your guest house where you’ll have the chance to get settled for the night before heading out for some sightseeing in the morning.

    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included - Dependant on your arrival timings)

     

    After breakfast on day 2 you’ve got a tour of New Delhi (you lucky things)! The tour will visit a handful of India’s important cultural symbols. Drive past the impressive India Gate, Parliament house and President’s Palace. Then visit Raj Ghat, the memorial built in honour of Mahatma Gandhi! Later on, visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (a Sikh temple) to learn about the youngest religion in the world whilst absorbing the special atmosphere around this beautiful holy shrine.

    (Breakfast & Dinner included)

     

    On day 3, after breakfast obviously, you’ll transfer over to Agra where you get to see the amazing Taj Mahal - one of the world’s most iconic sights! Expect to be blown away, the Taj Mahal is the most famous of Indian heritage and essentially a symbol of love, this place is amazing! You'll be staying overnight in Agra as the journey can be a busy one.

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    Day 4 will start with an early breakfast as you'll be travelling to Jaipur, the drive will take approximately five to six hours. When you arrive at the camp there will be a short orientation and briefing about the rest of your trip.

    (Breakfast & Dinner included)

     

    For the next couple of days, you’ll be lending a helping hand volunteering on one of our projects in Jaipur (how thoughtful of you!). Volunteer work will take place in the local communities and you’re generally placed at whichever projects needs your help the most at that time.

     

    You’ll have some extremely rewarding but challenging starts to the day, but don’t worry - in the afternoons you’ll get the chance for some cultural activities; learn how to shake your hips to a Bollywood rhythm, learn about the traditional dress styles of India, or learn more about the famous Indian art of Henna making, then enjoy some free time before dinner.

    (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

    Camel Safari & Volunteering : Days 7-12

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    Destination info

    During the India Experience you will discover the hustle and bustle of the second most populated nation on earth. You will be submersed within the rich cultural history and witness the countries astonishing natural beauty. From the ‘golden triangle’ of Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, your experience in India will be unlike anything you have done before. As a deeply religious country, all the major religions of the world are represented. Away from the noise and bustle of the more populated areas there are also plenty of peaceful and deeply spiritual places to find tranquillity.

    • Location: Pushkar & Jaipur

    Days 7-12

    It’s a bit of an early one today as after breakfast, you’ll be transferring to Pushkar, one of the holiest pilgrimages for Hindus and home to the only temple of the ‘Creator’ God, Brahma. Once you’ve arrived in Pushkar, you’ll take on another exciting form of transport - the ship of the desert... a camel! You’ll take a camel safari through sandy ravines of the Thar Desert and the local villages which lace the area. After sunset, you’ll enjoy a clear view of the star lit night sky, and you’ll spend the night in a tent, - yep you guessed it… in the desert!

    (Breakfast & Dinner)

     

    After breakfast on day 8 you’ll return to Pushkar where you’ll take a leisurely guided tour of the town whilst exploring the steps to the Holy Lake and the town of 500 temples. You’ll then get some free time to raid the busy markets of Pushkar and stock up on some souvenirs! Afterwards is a transfer to Jaipur where we’ll stay for the night. 

    (Breakfast & Dinner)

     

    On days 9 & 10 you can either explore the city of Jaipur and stay overnight as part of a free weekend for your own activities, or feel free to take part in a two day optional tour to Udaipur (this can be booked and paid for locally). Udaipur surrounds the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravallis.

    (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

     

    Its back to volunteering on day 11, so pull those socks up! You’ll be back in Jaipur continuing to help the locals where they most need it. Again you’ll get to do some cultural activities in the evening (whoop whoop).

    (Breakfast & Dinner)

     

    After taking an early breakfast on day 12, you’ll be visiting the famous Amber Fort and Water Palace! The rest of the day provides plenty of adrenaline rushes too - experience a Rickshaw Ride through the busy markets of Jaipur and the ‘Pink City’, then you’ll have some more time to chill or check out the buzzing shops in the old Bazaars of Pink City.

     

    *Entrance fee not included

    (Breakfast & Dinner included)

    Taj Mahal, Waterfalls & Temples : Days 13-15

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    Destination info

    During the India Experience you will discover the hustle and bustle of the second most populated nation on earth. You will be submersed within the rich cultural history and witness the countries astonishing natural beauty. From the ‘golden triangle’ of Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, your experience in India will be unlike anything you have done before. As a deeply religious country, all the major religions of the world are represented. Away from the noise and bustle of the more populated areas there are also plenty of peaceful and deeply spiritual places to find tranquillity.

    • Location: Agra, Delhi & McLeod Ganj

    Day 13-15

    Day 13 is a bit of a free day before travelling. A guide will rock up at around lunch time. In the late afternoon you’ll be transferred to the railway station to catch the overnight train to Pathankot, don’t worry you’ll be able to get some sleep on this journey.

    (Breakfast, Lunch and packed Dinner)

     

    Upon arrival on day 14 you’ll transfer from the railway station to Palampur. Here you’ll get to visit the in-country team at their office – here you’ll be welcomed and have a small orientation briefing you on your next activities. After the orientation you will be transferred to your accommodation where you’ll be staying overnight.

    (Lunch & Dinner)

     

    After breakfast on day 15, you’ll be driving to McLeod Ganj, here you will visit the waterfall and Bhangsunath Temple, located in Bhagsu Village (3km from McLeod Ganj). This tranquil medieval temple has sacred Hindu pools and is the life of the village housing the Namgyal Monastery and shrine rooms. The largest shrine contains a huge gilded statue of the Buddha, along with two smaller statues of Chenresig and Guru Rinpoche. You’ll be staying overnight in McLeod Ganj where you can check out some of the local markets.

    (Breakfast & Dinner)

    Mountain Trekking & Yoga: Days 16-21

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    Destination info

    During the India Experience you will discover the hustle and bustle of the second most populated nation on earth. You will be submersed within the rich cultural history and witness the countries astonishing natural beauty. From the ‘golden triangle’ of Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, your experience in India will be unlike anything you have done before. As a deeply religious country, all the major religions of the world are represented. Away from the noise and bustle of the more populated areas there are also plenty of peaceful and deeply spiritual places to find tranquillity.

    • Location: Palampur, the town of Kangra & New Delhi

    Days 16 – 21

    In the morning of day 16, you will start trekking the mountain with a guide. This is a beautiful walk through mixed forests of deodar, oak and Rhodendron. You will be camping overnight in a spot that has panoramic views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of Himalaya (a moment you will never forget). Tents will be provided.

    (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

     

    On the following day, you will start trekking down McLeod Ganj so make sure you fuel-up at breakfast. After arriving back in McLeod Ganj you can enjoy lunch before being driving back to Palampur - where you will be staying overnight.

    (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

     

    Day 18 will start with an early morning, but this time it’s definitely worth it! You’ll get to find your Zen with an hour of yoga and meditation followed by what will probably be a very chilled breakfast.

     

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the town of Kangra by train, here you can visit the Banganga River and deep in the valley the Kangra Fort. Later on, you will visit Brajeshwari Temple and return back to overnight accommodation in Palampur.

    (Breakfast & Dinner)

     

    Relaxation is on the cards again for day 19 as you’ll be rising to an early morning yoga and meditation session (man you’re going to be so refreshed). Mid-morning consists of a sightseeing tour visting Baijnath Temple. There are some interesting legendary stories surrounding this temple so be sure to ask! Afterwards you will visit a monastery and Adareta Museum  before returning to Palampur.

    (Breakfast & Dinner)

     

    You’ll be starting day 20 with some serious level-headedness; it’s another early morning yoga and meditation class. After this, you have your own time to explore the city. Once you’ve returned and had some lunch it’s time to drive down to the railway station to board your overnight train to Delhi.

    (Breakfast, Lunch & Packed Dinner)

     

    On the morning of day 21, you will be greeted at Delhi Railway station and transferred to your accommodation where you can check-in.  Mid way through the morning, you will go and visit the Akshardham Temple, with 10,000 years of Indian culture. Later in the day you will visit the amazing Lotus temple; this distinctive lotus shaped temple made of marble is surrounded by a landscaped garden and is a symbol of peace. You then get to stay in Delhi overnight.

    (Breakfast & Dinner)

    Time to head south: Days 22 - 28

    Destination info

    During the India Experience you will discover the hustle and bustle of the second most populated nation on earth. You will be submersed within the rich cultural history and witness the countries astonishing natural beauty. From the ‘golden triangle’ of Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, your experience in India will be unlike anything you have done before. As a deeply religious country, all the major religions of the world are represented. Away from the noise and bustle of the more populated areas there are also plenty of peaceful and deeply spiritual places to find tranquillity.

    • Location: Goa

    Day 22

    Today you will be transferred to Delhi airport to catch the flight for Goa, first of course comes breakfast thought. On arrival, you will be pickup from Goa airport and transferred to your shared accommodation, here you will have an induction before getting settled in.

    (Dinner)

     

    Days 23- 27

    You’ll have the weekend (days 23-24) to relax and explore the beautiful beaches of Goa at your own leisure, Goa is a globally renowned paradise so enjoy it my friend! On the last couple of days you’ll be helping out the community by volunteering in the local community projects (days 25-27). You’ll have free time in the afternoons to enjoy the beaches.

    (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) 

     

    Day 28

    Day 28 will be your final day, this will be spent with a light dose of community volunteering then chilling on the beach before some goodbyes (sad times). Your return flight should be arranged to depart from Goa Airport between 8pm on Day 28 and 10:00am the following morning. Make sure you grab some breakfast if you are flying early the next day!  Safe travels!

    (Breakfast) 

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    What's included?

    • Arrival airport transfer (subject to arrival time)
    • Meals as per the programme itinerary
    • Excursions and activities as stated in programme itinerary (excluding any entrance fees)
    • English speaking local guide
    • Transfers as per programme itinerary
    • Local transport as part of your planned itinerary to volunteer work or activities
    • Internal flight from Delhi to Goa

    What's not included?

    • International Flights
    • Travel Insurance
    • Tourist Visa
    • Telephone calls/Internet use
    • Any entrance fees to monuments

    Additional Information & FAQs

    Minimum age

    Minimum age 18, maximum age dependent on participant’s health.

     

    Minimum numbers required on this trip

    This programme requires a minimum number of participants to run. 

     

    Accommodation

    During your stay in hotels you will be staying in twin share single-sex rooms with an en-suite bathroom. While at the volunteer camp you will be accommodated in a shared single-sex room. These are simple but clean and comfortable rooms and you will share with up to three others in your room. There are a number of bathrooms with western toilets and may have Indian showers- basically you fill a bucket of water and use a jug to pour the water over you (this is to conserve water). It takes a few days getting used to but its, all part of the cultural experience.

     

    Your room will be available for check in from 12pm. 

     

    During two nights of your stay you will stay in tents as indicated in the itinerary. All  camping equipment is provided.

     

    Meals

    The meals included during your time on the Experience vary from day to day. Meals that are included are stated in the itinerary, all other meals are not included. However, this gives you a great opportunity to sample a varied range of India's world famous food.

     

    Orientation

    You will have a brief orientation of all the amazing things that you will see and do over the coming four weeks when you arrive in Jaipur. This will cover areas such as culture, language, safety and all the activities that you can do in your spare time. This is also a great chance to ask any last minute questions you may have before heading off on this great adventure!

     

    For those that choose the volunteer option you will have a more in depth orientation prior to taking part in the volunteering aspect of your Adventure.

     

    Please note: for this trip the deposit payable at the time of booking is £199 plus 10% of the total trip cost.

     

    Is this trip for you?

    The India Experience is a small group tour designed to guide you through India whilst also including an element of independent as well. While some self-travel will be required, you’ll still have the security of having our in-country team around to help you out if needed. The India Experience incorporates diverse cultural experiences, along with some volunteering work. You’ll have a load of free time so if you’re a bit more independent, this is the trip for you! 

     

    Advice & Safety

    Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

    In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

     

    FAQ

    1. Do I need hiking boots for the trek?

    You will be trekking on quite mountainous terrain so we would recommend sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots to give your feet the support they need!

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    2. What is the golden triangle?

    It's a circuit which covers three magnificent cities Delhi (capital of India), Agra (city of Taj Mahal) and Jaipur (pink city).

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    3. How much spending money should I take?

    We recommend that you take around £70 per week although you know best re your spending habits! You may wish to take more...

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    4. I am travelling on my own, what support will I have?

    You will have project co-ordinator that will meet you on arrival and also be around during your travelling time as well as during project work so you will always have help at hand.

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    5. Do I need a visa to visit India?

    You will need to obtain an Indian Tourist visa before you leave the UK.

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    6. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

    No, you won't need to take one with you as the quilts & mattresses are provided at all of the accommodation & during excursions for the duration of the trip.

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    7. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

    No you won't need to take one with you as all the rooms are equipped with mosquito nets.

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    8. Will there be a safety deposit box/safe available?

    There is locker facility at all the Camps where you will be able to keep your valuables & you will be responsible for the key.

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    DBS

    You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.

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    Tim Rogers - August 2016

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    Fantastic experience, really different but amazing culture

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    Real authentic experience of India - packed itinerary with lots of variety in activities. Himalayan trekking was a highlight, and the in country team (Priya and Rinku) were great throughout

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    Be prepared for all weathers, the chaos of the Indian cities and embrace and enjoy the local culture

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    Paul Walker - August 2016

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    Dhal, Veg and rain. Embrace and enjoy it!

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    Rinku was my highlight. I love rinku I wish i could package her up and take her home!

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    Prepare to sweat Prepare to get wet Prepare to eat Dhal

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    Lydia Beeken - August 2016

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    Great to learn more about the true India

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    Camel safari and night in the dessert

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    Pack light Warm clothes in monsoon season\ Be prepared for a very different culture

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    Joanna Warren - June 2016

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    Amazing

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    I really enjoyed sightseeing Delhi and Pushkar

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    Bring something to do in the car, suncream, and don't be surprised by people asking for photos

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    James Rodgers - June 2016

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    Had an amazing time meeting new friends and seeing new things!

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    The Taj Mahal was amazing as well as trekking up to Triund

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    Say yes to new opportunities whenever they arise, Don't get a tattoo, Eat street food

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    Harriet Lane - June 2016

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    Incredible travelling experience, saw some truly amazing things.

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    Some highlights of the trip were seeing the Taj Mahal, the Himalayas and riding a camel in the desert.

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    Elliott Phillips - May 2016

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    Volunteering and general chaos of the main cities.

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    Remember to write down the address of your guest house! Even though you complete your e tourist visa you need to write it down again at arrivals.

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    Elliott Phillips - May 2016

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    Ruth Jackson - December 2015

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    An amazing, all round, cultured experience. Always on the go. Always something to do.

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    What were the highlights of your trip?

    The North of India was better than the south. Loved the Taj Mahal. Looking at the temples. The camel ride! Doing some yoga and seeing the waterfalls! The night market. White water rafting!

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Clothes to cover up in. Mosquito spray. Trainers for trekking.

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    David Symes - December 2015

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    Amazing country, awesome adventure, great memories!

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    (9/10)
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    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Trekking in the Himalayas. The beaches of Goa.

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Go to India with an open mind. Don't be afraid to travel alone. Pack as little as possible.

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    Veronica Clarke - July 2015

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    (8/10)
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    Really great trip. Camel safari was amazing. You really see a lot of India and realise how amazing the country is.

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    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Camel safari. Volunteering in Jaipur.

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Don't bring too much because you'll want to buy more. Hand sanitiser is your best friend.

    India Experience2015-07-18

    Lisa Maisey - October 2014

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    India Experience2014-10-31

    Ayshea Baker - May 2014

    How would you rate your overall experience?
    (9/10)
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    Being half Indian I feel like it's my second home now! Surreal, surprising, fulfilling, exciting, breathtaking and a truly beautiful country. I will keep in contact with the people I met out in India and the people I went to India with for life.

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    (10/10)
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    (7/10)
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    (8/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Pushkar camping in the desert under the stars and the camel safari, Bollywood cinema trip in Goa, our amazing guides throughout the trip- Bhagi and Surendra, the food was always excellent, white water rafting, the monkey temple, shopping in the markets in Rishikesh, volunteering with the children in Jaipur.

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Be careful what you eat out there as I got food poisoning just from eating an ice cream but it's part of the learning experience! You will get stared at, photos taken etc but cover up and you will be fine. I wish I'd learnt some Hindi phrases before I went as the locals love to chat to you! Bring a camera, gopro as you cannot forget this experience in the years to come. Be open to the unexpected and try every opportunity offered to you.

    India Experience2014-05-04

    Mercedes Wilson - May 2014

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    (8/10)
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    Unreal, fantastic, cultural, fun-filled, colourful, & all-round enriching experience!

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    (6/10)
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    (6/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (8/10)
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    (8/10)
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    (8/10)
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    (7/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Pushkar (camel trip into desert), Money Temple (the tour guide took us to after the amber fort), Trek/Camping overnight in Rishikesh, White water rafting (although rather dangerous!), Visit to the Ganges, Bollywood cinema experience, and Volunteering in schools of course!

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    As Geeky & Tedious as it sounds.. Write a 'must-take' list before going away + be sure to pack it all. (I forgot to bring some medication with me and it made inconveniences to the trip that I would not have otherwise had to endure!). Also do a bit of research on the country you are going to (for your free days, as there is only so much sitting around you can do!). Buy & bring a 'phrase book' to help you integrate with the locals/kids!

    India Experience2014-05-01

    Alice Parmiter - April 2014

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    (10/10)
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    Unforgettable, amazing people, lifetime memories, fun, life changing, incredible, special

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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Camel safari was amazing, Taj Mahal was one of the most incredible things I've ever seen, loved some of the fun activites such as yoga, white water rafting, riding elephants, bollywould dance and sari workshops but my favourite bit of the trip was our volunteer work at a school in the elephant village in Jaipur. It was so rewarding and the kids were amazing, constantly smiling and laughing. All the staff were so helpful throughout the whole trip, I always felt safe and that I could ask them anything. It was really nice to end the trip in Goa and spend some time relaxing on the beach as the trip is none stop (which is a good thing). I think this was one of the most amazing months I've had and I would reccomend the trip to everyone.

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Definately under pack because the markets are amazing and I bought lots of clothes and jewellery. Always try and pack as much into the day as you can because the trip goes so quick There is A LOT of curry and spice so if you're not that big a fan of it bring some dried fruit and cereal bars - came in handy at time

    India Experience2014-04-03

    Krista Dament - March 2014

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    (10/10)
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    This trip has made me speechless. I fell in love with India!

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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Participating in the volunteer projects were without a doubt my favourite part of the trip. But obviously riding an elephant, camel safari into the desert and seeing the Taj Mahal were top lifetime experiences!

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Soak up the culture, ask millions of questions.. nobody knows better then the locals! Be open minded to everything and enjoy enjoy enjoy! The trip flies by so use every second wisely!

    India Experience2014-03-31

    Chantelle Detchon - September 2013

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    (10/10)
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    Unforgettable experience, lifetime friends, incredible history/culture. Time of your life!!

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    (9/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Meeting the other people on the trip, the temples, volunteering, visiting the little remote communities, the food, I really enjoyed the whole trip. It was fantastic to experience another culture and really makes you appreciate what you have. I felt like we got to see the real beauty and incredible culture of India and also see the intense poverty. It really opens your eyes and I am so glad I went :)

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Don't expect 5 star hotels and restaurants. You will get dirty and work hard, but it is so worth it. It really is a fantastic experience. The men will stare at you and take your photos, you get use to it but it does get annoying. The kids also will want to touch you a lot. Just be polite and careful and you'll be fine. It is a major culture shock so be prepared to see a lot of poverty. Rubbish and cows are everywhere. You will get stared at a lot but it is so worth the experience. It will open your eyes and make you appreciate what you have. However you will also experience the history and yummy food, the colour and beauty of the people and country. Truly worth every penny!

    India Experience2013-09-06

    Bonnie Nguyen - August 2013

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    What were the highlights of your trip?

    volunteering in Lalsot, visiting Taj Mahal, camel ride in pushkar

    India Experience2013-08-26

    Tess Page-ratcliff - August 2013

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    (8/10)
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    Great experience, made new friends

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    (10/10)
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    (8/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Amber Fort, Taj Mahal, Udaipur (optional trip & it should be made part of the itinerary), washing elephants in Goa (again, optional) and Goa.

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Travel Light - clothes are so cheap out there & you'll be amazed how little you need. Girls - Pack lots of long sleeved t-shirts and light trousers - you have to cover up nearly all the time as part of respect to the India Culture. TAKE LOTS OF SANITISER! You'll use it wherever you go & take a travel pillow. Lots of bus journeys to very useful. Also - don't expect 5* accommodation because it's not going to be! Expect a few 'bucket showers' and if you have warm water & an overhead showers it's a huge bonus! You get very used to the bucket showers within a few days.

    India Experience2013-08-25

    Shannen Garner - August 2013

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    (10/10)
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    Incredible experience, India is a whole other world!

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    (9/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Visiting the snake charmer community, elephant shower and the Taj Mahal.

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Don't pack too much, everything is soo cheap out there! Keep an open mind. Prepare yourself for being constantly on the go.

    India Experience2013-08-24

    Laura Wagstaff - August 2013

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    (8/10)
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    Amazing country, made great friends, experienced all aspects of India

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    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Elephant ride at Amber Fort, camel safari in Pushkar, snake charmer in Lalsot

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Pack light, buy clothes there, try everything

    India Experience2013-08-22

    Thomas Pearce - August 2013

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    (7/10)
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    Great people, great laughs, glad I went, extremely profound culture.

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    (10/10)
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    (6/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Taj Mahal, Camel trek and camping overnight, Trek into the Himalayas, the food, the festival held on the Ganges.

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Make the most of every extra excursion or opportunity offered to you. Take more money than is advised by Real Gap if you really want to be able to do everything on offer (it is a once in a lifetime opportunity). 

    India Experience2013-08-22

    Samuel Lewin - October 2012

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    Great experience, unforgettable, culturally enriching, made new friends, lifetime memories

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    (9/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (10/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    The Taj Mahal was fantastic along with the Elephant and Camel rides! The cultural experiences are also a trip highlight!

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Pack light! you will not need as much stuff as you might imagine, clothes are also very cheap in India if you find you need more. Get a Caxton Fx card, it has many great benefits for travelling anywhere. Don't expect anything like home, it might sound obvious but some people expect 5* treatment and accommodation...not going to happen in India.

    India Experience2012-10-05

    Sophie Smith - October 2012

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    (10/10)
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    An amazing cultural experience, great people and a great atmosphere. An incredible place!

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    (7/10)
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    (9/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (8/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    The Taj Mahal experience was fantastic! Photograh's can never portray the real beauty! It was amazing. The camel safari was also a brilliant experience and surprisingly relaxing with an amazing view.

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    1. Expected the unexpected. 2. Don't expect 5* accomodation - take it in your stride and enjoy the cultural experience. 3.Don't curry to taste like it does at home, experience different foods :)

    India Experience2012-10-03

    Nicholas Burton - February 2012

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    (9/10)
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    Hectic but amazing, great company, wonderful country, absolutely amazing experience.

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    (6/10)
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    (10/10)
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    (2/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Trek to Turiund Waterfall in Goa Amber Fort in Jaipur Taj Mahal McLeod Ganj Camel Safari

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Get a visa before you go (one of our guys didn't and had to cancel), that's kind of important. Research the country before you go. Be patient - especially in India.

    India Experience2012-02-24

    Ilka Winner - February 2012

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    (6/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Agra - Taj Mahal - Camel Ride Elephant Ride Goa

    India Experience2012-02-24

    Hannah Mitchell - October 2011

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    (10/10)
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    A fantastic trip to India which allowed me to see so much of the country within a short space of time, understand the culture and enjoy working in local communities. It was truly a trip of a lifetime and one that I will never forget. The in-country team were superb and the trip could not have been better organised. I felt safe with the group and every guide that we were with showed the greatest amount of courtesy and respect. I would recommend this trip to anyone. My favourite location was Amber Fort just outside of Jaipur and this was closely followed by the Taj Mahal - a magnificent structure. I wish I could have stayed longer!

    India Experience2011-10-11

    Helen Rowe - October 2011

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    (7/10)
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    (10/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    The Taj Mahal, Red Fort + Elephant Ride, Camel safari, experiencing new foods and Indian culture, making new friends, amazing markets.

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Make the most of every experience, try everything and be positive.

    India Experience2011-10-11

    Laura Goldthorpe - October 2011

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    (5/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    The fort at Agra and the people I travelled with. The river in Bundla. The trains!

    India Experience2011-10-11

    Kate Goulding - July 2011

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    (9/10)
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    Met awesome people, did things i wouldn't have dreamed of!

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    (8/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Meeting some lovely people, going to the Taj Mahal, visiting beautiful places, helping the local community and relaxing for a week in Goa!

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    1) Be open minded (Asian toilets and cold showers are not THAT bad) 2) Relax and enjoy the experience 3) Make the most of opportunities given

    India Experience2011-07-04

    Morgan Welsh - July 2011

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    (8/10)
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    Challenging, thought provoking, humbling experience, new friends

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    (8/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Visiting the Taj Mahal, going on an elephant, riding on a camel through the desert, going to beaches and meeting like minded people that I got on really well with.

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Take a rucksack not a suitcase, as I have learnt from first hand experience! Take a bum bag as they are really handy I drank a Yakult a day for a month before I went and I didn't get Delhi Belly.

    India Experience2011-07-04

    Kate Fox - July 2011

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    (10/10)
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    Eye opener to a new culture, unforgettable expriences, amazing people.

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    (10/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Taj Mahal, Amber Fort in Jaipur and our volunteering experience. It was great having only 7 of us as we all became really close friends by the end. It was great to see so much of India. The camel safari in the desert was one of the best parts of the trip.

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    Emerse yourself in the culture of the country. Go with an open mind. Experience everything!

    India Experience2011-07-04

    Emma Dayman - July 2011

    How would you rate your overall experience?
    (9/10)
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    An eye-opening, amazing, worthwhile and unforgettable trip with fantastic people

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    (9/10)
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    (9/10)
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    (8/10)
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    (8/10)
    What were the highlights of your trip?

    Travelling to Pushkar - I loved the camel safari and camping in the desert. The markets of Pushkar were gorgeous too Mcleod Ganj is a fascinating place and I throughly enjoyed the trek as part of the adventure option The Spice Gardens in Goa were really interesting and Dudhsagar waterfall was so much fun!

    Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

    1. Expect the unexpected! Not everything will always go as planned especially in a country such as India 2. Just go with the flow! Stay calm and take everything as it comes! You'll enjoy is so much more if you just think 'what will be, will be!' 3. Definitely, Definitely, Definitely take a camera & diary!!

    India Experience2011-07-04

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