India Explorer

Experience incredible India

Join the India Explorer and visit beaches, experience culture, go hiking, walk through temples and renovate Himalayan Buddhist monastery. Take back the best experience that India has to offer in 21 days of travel!

Fast Facts

Start Date 2018: 5 February, 5 March, 2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, 3 December
Arrival: Goa International Airport on Sunday
Duration: 3 weeks

Goa

Hampi

Kerala

Madurai

Sikkim

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India Explorer

Visit beaches, experience culture, go hiking, walk through temples and renovate Himalayan Buddhist monastery. Take back the best experience that India has to offer in 21 days of travel!

You will travel across the beaches of the west coast to an ancient kingdom, walk into Palaces of Maharajas, row your way in the coconut fringed backwaters, hike into tea plantations, immerse yourself into ancient temples and give back in the abode of the Himalayas.

This is an Eco – travel project that lets you visit 5 distinct states in India in a month. Letting you experience everything from its amazing culture to its sublime cuisine by travelling through a cross section of this vast sub-continent. Keeping with the values of our organisation, this program is environmentally friendly.

This travel tour starts from Goa which boasts of pristine beaches and Indo-Portuguese culture and into the ancient temple kingdom of Hampi to marvel at its stone architecture and ancient cultures. From here we go down South to the backwaters of Kerala and hike in the tea plantations of the blue mountains as it is called. Travel to the Southwestern part of Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu to visit magnificent ancient Hindu Temples and also witness ancient form of dancing. Your tour then takes you to North of India to the foothills of Himalayas in Sikkim where you can help the local Himalayan communities by teaching at local schools and in renovating Buddhist Monasteries.

You will have the most memorable experience visiting local markets, tasting various Indian cuisine, temple visits, nature experience and taking part in community service in many ways will be the norm for these 21 days.

The program also focuses on a variety of community engagement projects. You will have the opportunity to work alongside local people at our renovation projects at our community schools and also take part in environmental initiatives.

We encourage our participants to take the initiative to build, renovate and beautify Buddhist monasteries or public schools as most of the schools in India and community centers are not very attractive, do not have the learning atmosphere and excellent infrastructure for children. We are working to make such type of centers attractive with children friendly aspects.

Our program does not cover any liability and does not insure participants. Participants must have appropriate insurance before joining the program.

The local staff is there to support you and to guide you and make your trip memorable, we request you to kindly follow their instructions at all times.

You will not be allowed to bring outsiders inside our centers, guest houses or hotels

Please provide your mobile phone number during the time of booking, as this will be useful for us to contact you at the Goa Airport as this is quite a crowded airport, and we would not want to lose you!

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this program is to bring you closer to the authentic India from the south to the north. Through different projects and activities, you will get to truly immerse yourself in various diverse culture, ancient architecture, different customs and lifestyle.

Program Requirements

Participants need to be 18 years or over to join
You need to have your own travel insurance
Participants must have a clean criminal background check, click here for details

Schedule

Week 1

Day 1: Monday

After your arrival at Dabolim Airport in Goa on Sunday. Upon arrival, our coordinators will receive you at the airport and transfer you to our base in North Goa which is about 45 minute drive.

This day you will be introduced to your fellow travelers and other participants working on various social projects. Begin with an orientation session which will take you through Indian culture, do’s and don’ts as a traveler in India, and safety precautions during your travel. We then go out to visit the famous colorful Goan market and visit the North Goan beach to watch the sun go down the Arabian sea.

Day 2: Tuesday

Today we begin our day to visit old Goa, the part which was previously a Portuguese colony. Admire the beautiful Portuguese architecture and visit the beautiful spice plantation hidden away in the mountains and enjoy some great spread of Indian food in the pristine location. Later in the evening, we go for a Bollywood movie.

Day 3: Wednesday

Today you will learn cooking Goan food and visit the beach for a few hours.

Day 4: Thursday

Today in the morning we will give you a hindi language class,teaching you few word which will be helpful for you through your travel in india, in the afternoon after lunch you will go and visit the fort Aguada before taking an evening bus to Hampi on a journey back in time, ruins of an ancient Hindu kingdom and an world UNESCO heritage site.

Day 5: Friday

Check into a beautifully located guest house close to the river Tunga. We then go on a bicycle tour of this ancient kingdom to visit amazingly carved temples and witness breathtaking views of the kingdom. In the evening, experience Yoga at Sunset on a hill overlooking the mountains.

Day 6: Saturday

Begin your day with Yoga at Sunrise and meditation and go on a coracle ride in the river Tunga and witness this kingdom through another perspective. This evening, we depart to another destination called Mysore which was the capital of South India centuries ago.

Day 7: Sunday

Check into a beautiful guest house and visit the famous Mysore Palace and an impressive Indian temple situated on a hill. In the evening we visit the Palace light illumination.

Week 2

Day 8: Monday

Visit the famous Mysore Devaraj Urs market and taste a spread of south Indian food. We then visit a silk factory where you can witness the making of silk saree.

This evening we take a bus to the backwaters of Kerala.

Day 9: Tuesday

Arrive in the morning. After breakfast get an Ayurvedic massage and later check into a boathouse. Here you will cruise the whole day in the backwaters, and enjoy dinner on the boat and an overnight stay in the boathouse. You will also get a chance to visit markets along the backwaters.

Day 10: Wednesday

Later in the morning, we depart to Munnar also called the blue hills of tea plantations, one of the biggest in south of India. Munnar is a hill station in the Western Ghats located in the state of Kerala. Munnar, a hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, is set within rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the 19th century.

Witness traditional art of Kalaripayattu and kathakali dance at Punarjani traditional village. Stay overnight at a guest house situated in the mountains overlooking the plantations.

Day 11: Thursday

Departure to Madurai.

In the morning, we walk through a nature trail through the tea plantations in the mountains of Munnar. And enjoy the beautiful landscape.

As the third largest city of Tamil Nadu, Madurai is a city known for its historical and cultural significance, the first association with the city being the acclaimed Meenakshi Amman Temple. In fact, the city has been constructed in the form of a lotus around the Meenakshi Amman temple. An ancient city with a rich cultural and architectural heritage, it is called the ‘Athens of the east’; but Madurai, arguably, has as much as history as Athens itself. The Greeks traded with the then Pandya kingdom from the 3rd to the 10th century B.C.

Day 12: Friday

Madurai. Sightseeing in Madurai where you will visit 3 iconic temples, witness a Carnatic music and take in a temple concert in this ancient city.

Day 13: Saturday

We take a flight to Bagdogra and by road to Gangtok the capital of Sikkim.

Sikkim is a small state in northwest India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape including India’s highest mountain, 8,586m Kanchenjunga. Sikkim is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wildflowers. Steep paths lead to hilltop Buddhist monasteries such as Pemayangtse, which dates to the early 1700s.

Day 14: Sunday

Rest Day in Gangtok, Sikkim. Evening we go to explore the town of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.

Week 3

Day 15-19: Monday to Friday

Help in renovation activities at the Buddhist monastery of Sikkim

Day 20: Saturday

A day for you to relax and go on shopping if you choose to.

Day 21: Sunday

Departure

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
** Mode of transportation could change due to unavoidable circumstances.

Additional Requirements

Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.
This program should be booked at least 6 weeks in advance.
Participants below the age of 18 should have parental consent.
Participants above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.

Additional Equipment

Shoes suitable for hiking
Some warm clothes for when you are in the northern, cooler parts of Himalayas (November to February)
Rain Jackets during the months June to September
Please bring a rucksack (backpack), avoid trolleys and suitcase
Mosquito repellents/mosquito nets

Prices of the Program

Price in Pounds
3 weeks : 995 Pounds

Price in US$
3 weeks : 1310 US$

Price in AU$
3 weeks : 1835 AU$

Price in Euro
3 weeks : 1145 Euro

What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information

Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses

How to Book your Program

Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!

Application Form
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.

Deposit
Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: £95, US$135, AU$185 or €125.

Remaining Fees
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.

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