India Beach Experience
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From $849, 1 week, India Trip code: INBE

  • Adventure 1 out of 5
  • Relaxation 5 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Kick back and relax on some of India's most beautiful beaches
  • Experience India's rich culture with yoga sessions, cooking classes and henna and Bollywood workshops
  • Find a bargain in Margao's bustling markets
  • Weekend optional trips to Dandeli, Mandrem Beach or Anjuna Beach

Trip Summary

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Renowned for its beautiful beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is popular with travellers and tourists alike. On this program we’ll show you the best beaches in the area as well as allowing you to explore the marvels of Indian culture. Goa isn’t just about the beaches though, there is also rich flora and fauna owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.

 

To kick things off, the first week will be a cultural week to ease you into Indian life and give you an insight and understanding of the rich culture. You’ll be taking part in yoga sessions, Indian cookery classes, Bollywood dancing and henna making to name just a few! You’ll also get a tour of North Goa and dinner on a boat cruise, a definite highlight of the trip. Oh yeah…did we need we mention the time spent lazing around on the endless miles of sandy beaches!

 

If you choose to stay for longer there are endless activities to keep you busy from water sports, shopping and sightseeing. Not forgetting you’ll have plenty of free time to top up your tan chilling out on the beach.


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What will I be doing?

  • Welcome to India (Days 1 - 3)

  • Culture Week (Days 4 - 5)

  • The Weekend (Days 6 - 7)

  • Following Weeks (Days 7 - 21)

Welcome to India: Days 1 - 3

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Destination info

India is the second most populated country in the world, just behind China. Its slogan, ‘Unity in Diversity’ sums up the country rather well, and its citizens are deeply proud of this fact. All of the world’s major religions put in an appearance here, the best represented being Hindu (hence the many ‘sacred’ cows causing traffic jams in the capital, New Delhi!) as well as Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. The hustle and bustle is virtually constant, but there are always peaceful, spiritual spots that you can escape to easily. With a population of over 1.1 billion (2007 est.) it’s not really a surprise that it’s a bit noisy!

 

Goa, India’s smallest but richest state is famous for its beaches, churches, temples and architecture. It was ruled by the Portuguese for more than 450 years so has a very different feel to other parts of the country.

  • Location: Goa, India

Day 1 Monday

You’ll be met at the airport and taken to your accommodation to relax after your flight. There’s no activities arranged for today so you can chill out and get settled in. Your dinner is included in the evening and it will be a chance for you to meet your fellow travellers and guides.

Dinner included.

 

Day 2 Tuesday

Make sure you’re up early, ready and raring to go as you’ll have a morning yoga session.  After you’ve worked up an appetite you’ll have some breakfast followed by your orientation. You’ll find out more about your trip, learn a bit about the history and culture of India and you’ll also be able to ask any questions you might have.

In the afternoon you’ll learn about traditional Indian dress before visiting Margao and its famous market.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 3 Wednesday

Rise and shine nice and early again for your final yoga class at 6:30am (yes, that time does exist!) After yoga you’ll be feeling revitalised and ready to take on North Goa as you have a full days sightseeing.

Your day will finish with dinner and a boat cruise.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

 

Culture Week: Days 4 - 5

Next Leg

Destination info

India is the second most populated country in the world, just behind China. Its slogan, ‘Unity in Diversity’ sums up the country rather well, and its citizens are deeply proud of this fact. All of the world’s major religions put in an appearance here, the best represented being Hindu (hence the many ‘sacred’ cows causing traffic jams in the capital, New Delhi!) as well as Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. The hustle and bustle is virtually constant, but there are always peaceful, spiritual spots that you can escape to easily. With a population of over 1.1 billion (2007 est.) it’s not really a surprise that it’s a bit noisy!

 

Goa, India’s smallest but richest state is famous for its beaches, churches, temples and architecture. It was ruled by the Portuguese for more than 450 years so has a very different feel to other parts of the country.

  • Location: Goa, India

Day 4 Thursday

Today you’ll have several organised cultural sessions to give you more of an insight into the Indian culture. Start off learning to shake your hips with Bollywood classes! After you’ve burned off loads of calories learning some Bollywood moves, it’s only right that you put them all back on again with a cooking workshop on Indian curries. You’ll try your hand at making some of the region’s best loved dishes as well as sampling them for yourself!

 

Your final activity for the day will be learning the traditional art of Henna, an Indian tattoo of intricate designs usually on the hands and feet.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 5 Friday

Flip flops at the ready, today you’re going on a beach tour! You’ll be shown some of the region’s best beaches and you’ll have the chance to kick back and relax or go swimming in the crystal clear waters.

When you’ve topped up your tan you’ll have to drag yourself away from the beautiful beaches and come inside for a cooking workshop on Indian dessert…yum!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

The Weekend: Days 6 - 7

Next Leg

Destination info

India is the second most populated country in the world, just behind China. Its slogan, ‘Unity in Diversity’ sums up the country rather well, and its citizens are deeply proud of this fact. All of the world’s major religions put in an appearance here, the best represented being Hindu (hence the many ‘sacred’ cows causing traffic jams in the capital, New Delhi!) as well as Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. The hustle and bustle is virtually constant, but there are always peaceful, spiritual spots that you can escape to easily. With a population of over 1.1 billion (2007 est.) it’s not really a surprise that it’s a bit noisy!

 

Goa, India’s smallest but richest state is famous for its beaches, churches, temples and architecture. It was ruled by the Portuguese for more than 450 years so has a very different feel to other parts of the country.

  • Location: Goa, India

During your weekends you’ll get to choose which activities you want to do…and there is plenty of choice!

 

Dandeli

If you’re into nature then this is the excursion for you! Dandeli is growing as a leading tourist destination for holidays near Goa and it offers a good mix of nature, adventure and wildlife. Travel through beautiful wooded trails and appreciate the rich diversity of plant and animal life.

 

Mandrem Beach

Located in North Goa, Mandrem Beach is a tranquil beach and one of the most beautiful in Asia. Serene and scenic, the beach is secluded and popular among honeymooners.

 

Agonda Beach

Agonda Beach is a tranquil and clean beach, ideal if you want to spend time meditating, catching up on your reading or simply, enjoying the sun, and it tends to be less crowded than other beaches. There is also the opportunity to take a boat trip or go dolphin spotting from here.

 

Anjuna Beach

Anjuna Beach is a favourite hangout of the hippies who used to organise the famous rave beach parties. It was in the late 1950s to 60s that hippies started visiting Anjuna Beach and since then popularised the wild rave parties with trance music which have now become the characteristic features of Goan Beaches.

Following Weeks: Days 7 - 21

Destination info

India is the second most populated country in the world, just behind China. Its slogan, ‘Unity in Diversity’ sums up the country rather well, and its citizens are deeply proud of this fact. All of the world’s major religions put in an appearance here, the best represented being Hindu (hence the many ‘sacred’ cows causing traffic jams in the capital, New Delhi!) as well as Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. The hustle and bustle is virtually constant, but there are always peaceful, spiritual spots that you can escape to easily. With a population of over 1.1 billion (2007 est.) it’s not really a surprise that it’s a bit noisy!

 

Goa, India’s smallest but richest state is famous for its beaches, churches, temples and architecture. It was ruled by the Portuguese for more than 450 years so has a very different feel to other parts of the country.

  • Location: Goa, India

One week is nowhere near long enough in Goa, so why not extend your Indian adventure and stay for an extra week or two? Your following weeks will mainly be free time for you to explore and relax on the stunning beaches. There are also loads of optional activities to keep you busy and the in-country team will always be on hand to arrange activities and suggest things to do.  

 

Water sports: water sports such as wind surfing and scuba diving can be experienced on most beaches in Goa. Banana boating, jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing and dolphin cruises are also on offer (at your own cost).

 

Nature: Goa isn’t all about the beach, it also has some amazing wildlife. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place to visit and you’ll have the chance to see Black Panther, Bengal tiger and leopards. The sanctuary is famous for its reptiles, particularly the King Cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world. The Dudhsagar Waterfalls are also worth a visit and are surrounded by beautiful natural scenery.

 

Visits to churches and historical landmarks: Churches built during the colonial period leave an everlasting impression on visitors. The most spectacular of them all is the Basilica of Bom Jesus with magnificent architecture.

 

Shopping: local marketplaces and flea markets offer a good opportunity for bargain hunters. Ingo Saturday’s night bazaar is popular with tourists and you can find ethnic wears, jewellery, souvenirs and many other things at this market.

 

Biking: Hiring a bike (at your own cost) is a great way to get out and see more of Goa, and there is loads to discover when you go away from the beaches. Goa is full of intricate little roads and intriguing pathways, paddy fields and rows of quaint village cottages.

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What's included?

  • Airport transfers
  • Shared accommodation (up to 4 people per room)
  • Orientation
  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • All learning workshops as per itinerary
  • Visit to local market
  • Sightseeing in Old Goa
  • Boat cruise with dinner

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any optional excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals at the weekend or during second week

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

18 years.

 

Accommodation

You will be staying in an old-style Portuguese house with a spacious recreation (hang out) hall, a dining area and computer centre. In addition, 3 wings of housing consist of spacious rooms that will comfortably accommodate up to 6 participants per room with private bathroom facilities. There is also a small cafe that will be run and maintained in the campus for volunteers to buy any additional things for their everyday need at the campus itself.

 

The campus is 3 km from the beautiful and tranquil Majorda beach, which is adjacent and very similar to Colva beach, which has been our “main beach” for all these years in Goa. A short distance from the camp, are cafes and utility shops that can also help volunteers fulfil their everyday requirements. 

 

Meals

Meals are all included during your first week and consist mainly of vegetable and sometimes fish curries, Indian breads, rice and fruit. You are required to be responsible for the up keep of your own room as well as helping out with washing up dishes after meals. 

 

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.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

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

 

FAQ

1. How much spending money should I take with me?

We recommend that you take around £70 per week

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2. 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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3. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

No, you don’t need to take a sleeping bag as the quilts & mattresses are provided at all the accommodation & during excursions.

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4. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

All the rooms at the Camps are equipped with mosquito nets.

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

There is locker facility at all the Camps where you can keep your valuables & the keys will remain with you.

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