When the weather’s gloomy at home, it’s only natural to start dreaming up all the adventures you could be having in a nice warm, sunny climate instead, which is exactly what we’ve been thinking recently, and this month we’re thinking India is looking like a rather appealing destination for our next travel adventure. So, let us tell you about our awesome Himalayan Volunteer & Yoga Experience – it’s ticking all our daydream boxes at the moment.
An excellent two-week India trip to the foothills of the Himalayas, where you'll practise the art of yoga in front of some spectacular natural backdrops, and get to experience the 'real' India by volunteering at a fantastic project in Palampur. You'll fly into Delhi and get to explore the jostling capital and spend a bit of time sightseeing before catching a flight to Dharamsala, ready to start your volunteer placement the next day. You'll get involved in making repairs and renovations to a local daycare centre, and helping provide childcare assistance where necessary. In the evenings you'll get to channel your inner yogi with yoga and meditation sessions in beautiful surroundings. You'll also get to go on an incredible Himalayan trek though the spectacular mountain range, and visit local tea plantations, temples, and monasteries.
You'll be based in the pretty town of Palampur, which is nestled at the foot of the Himalayas. Known as the tea capital of North India, you'll find plenty of tea gardens in the area, as well as fresh-scented pine forests and views of breathtaking snow-capped mountains as far as the eye can see. The rolling landscape surrounding the town is dotted with colonial architecture and Tibetan temples, and offers plenty for travellers to see and do.
This trip is suited to anyone looking for a unique travel experience in India. You don't need any qualifications or prior yoga, teaching, or renovation experience, just the enthusiasm and ability to work with others. The one thing you will need before heading out to this programme is a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, as you'll spend some of your time working with children at your volunteer placement.
This trip is a unique opportunity to travel North India whilst doing something really worthwhile and giving back to the community as well as learning about the deep culture and practising ancient methods of meditation in yoga's homeland. The people in India will capture your heart – so embrace their hospitality and spirituality and you'll be rewarded with much more than just brilliant holiday snaps.
India is a beautiful country to visit any time of the year, and the Himalayas are spectacular come rain or shine, but to get the best weather, plan your visit between October and March. April and May are generally monsoon-free months, but edging towards the rainy season means hot and humid temperatures, sometimes reaching up to 40°C!