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  • 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!
  • 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 - 4)

  • Camel Safari & Volunteering (Days 5-11 )

  • Taj Mahal, Waterfalls & Temples (Days 12-15)

  • Mountain Trekking & Yoga (Days 16-21)

  • Time to head south (Days 22 - 28)

The start of your Indian journey: Days 1 - 4

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Destination info

During your India experience you will discover the hustle and bustle of the second most populous nation on earth, along with its rich cultural history and 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 for you to discover.

  • Location: Delhi to Jaipur

Days 1-4

After arriving at Delhi airport (DEL) bright eyed and bushy tailed, you’ll be met at the airport and shown to your guest house where you’ll have the chance to get settled in for the night before heading off to Jaipur in the morning

 

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

 

After taking an early breakfast on Day 2, you'll drive to Jaipur which will take approximately five to six hours (260km). When you arrive at the camp there will be a short orientation and briefing about the rest of your trip

 

(Breakfast & Dinner included)

 

After breakfast on Day 3, you’ll have the day free to weave in and out of the amazing Bazaars of Jaipur, where you’ll be able to experience how the locals live and take in the buzzing atmosphere. You’ll also get the chance to either 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

 

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

 

Day 4: After taking an early breakfast, you’ll be visiting the famous Amber Fort*, where you’ll even get the chance to ride an elephant up to the site (optional activity)! 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’, and then you’ll have some more time to chill in the buzzing Bazaars

*Entrance fee not included

 

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

 

Camel Safari & Volunteering : Days 5-11

Next Leg

Destination info

During your India experience you will discover the hustle and bustle of the second most populous nation on earth, along with its rich cultural history and 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 for you to discover.

  • Location: Pushkar & Jaipur

Days 5-6

After an early breakfast, you’ll transfer to Pushkar which is 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, in the desert!

 

(Breakfast & Dinner)

 

After breakfast on day 6 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, you’ll transfer to Jaipur where we’ll stay for the night

 

(Breakfast & Dinner)

 

Days 7-11

For the next few days, you’ll be volunteering on one of our projects in Jaipur. Volunteering work will be in the local communities and you will be placed at whichever projects needs your help the most at that time. Day 9 and 10 are free days for your own activities 

 

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner throughout)

 

Taj Mahal, Waterfalls & Temples : Days 12-15

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Destination info

During your India experience you will discover the hustle and bustle of the second most populous nation on earth, along with its rich cultural history and 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 for you to discover.

 

 

  • Location: Agra, Delhi & McLeod Ganj

Day 12-15

After breakfast, you’ll transfer over to Agra where you’ll get the chance to see the amazing Taj Mahal - one of India’s iconic sights. Expect to be blown away, the Taj Mahal, the most famous of Indian heritage and an essential symbol of love, is amazing! You'll stay overnight in Agra

 

(Breakfast)

 

The next day (day 13) you’ll move on to the incredible city of Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi you will be transferred to Railway station to catch the overnight train.

 

(Breakfast)

 

On day 14, you’ll have an arrival transfer from the railway station to Palampur. Upon arrival, visit the office of the in-country team where you will be welcomed and have a small orientation with briefing of your next activities. After the orientation you will be transferred to your accommodation where you will stay overnight.

 

(Lunch & Dinner)

 

After breakfast on the following day, drive to McLeod Ganj and visit the waterfall and Bhangsunath Temple, which is located in Bhagsu Village (3km from McLeod Ganj) This tranquil medieval temple has plentiful pools which are considered sacred by Hindu devotees.


Later on, visit the local market of McLeod Ganj. The temple is the life-blood of the village and houses 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 will stay overnight in McLeod Ganj

 

(Breakfast & Dinner) 

Mountain Trekking & Yoga: Days 16-21

Next Leg

Destination info

During your India experience you will discover the hustle and bustle of the second most populous nation on earth, along with its rich cultural history and 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 for you to discover.

  • 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 snowcapped mountain peaks of Himalaya.
Tents will be provided.

 

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

On the following day, you will start trekking down McLeod Ganj after breakfast.

You will have lunch and then drive back to Palampur where you will stay overnight.

 

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

On day 18, there will be a 1 hour yoga and meditation session in camp.

 

After this, you will start your sightseeing tour visiting Baijnath Temple. According to the legend, it is believed that during the Treta Yug, Ravana in order to have invincible powers worshiped Lord Shiva in the Kailash. In the same process, to please the almighty he offered his ten heads in the havan kund. Afterward you will visit a monastery and Ashram, Adareta Museum & Tea Factory and stay overnight in Palampur.

 

(Breakfast & Dinner)

 

Day 19, will also start with an early morning 1 hour yoga and meditation session in camp, followed by breakfast.

 

You will then be transferred to the town of Kangra by train and visit Kangra Fort, the torrential Banganga river, deep in the valley forming a formidable sheer and Kangra Fort lurking atop of the flat mountain range.

Later on, you will visit Brajeshwari Temple and return back to Palampur where you will stay overnight.

 

(Breakfast & Dinner)

 

An early morning 1 hour yoga and meditation session will take place in Camp on day 20. After this, you are at leisure to explore the city on your own.

 

At lunchtime, drive down to the railway station to board your overnight train to Delhi.

 

(Breakfast & Lunch) 

 

On day 21, you will have an arrival transfer that will take you to your accommodation. After breakfast, you will have a sightseeing tour of New Delhi including a visit to some important cultural symbols of India. You will drive past the impressive India Gate, Parliament house and presidents palace. You will also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial built in honour of Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation.

 

Later on, visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahin, a Sikh temple to learn about the youngest religion of the world. You will stay overnight in Delhi.

 

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) 

 

Time to head south: Days 22 - 28

Destination info

During your India experience you will discover the hustle and bustle of the second most populous nation on earth, along with its rich cultural history and 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 for you to discover.

  • Location: Goa

Day 22

You will be transferred to Delhi airport to catch the flight for Goa. On arrival, you will get pickup assistance from Goa airport and will be transferred to your shared accommodation, where you will have an induction before getting settled.

 

(Dinner)

 

Days 23- 27

The morning after, you will have breakfast and then start your volunteer work in the local communities as per the current requirement of the projects. Weekends are free on the beach for your own activities.

 

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) 

 

Day 28

On day 28, you will be transferred to Goa airport after breakfast, where you will get your flight back home.

 

(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 trip requires minimum numbers to operate. Do not book flights until your departure date has been guaranteed.

 

Accommodation

During your stay in hotels you will be staying in twin share 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.

 

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 will have a more in depth orientation prior to taking part in the volunteering aspect of your Experience.

 

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

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. Are the day trips mentioned included in the cost?

The following is included: trip to Jaipur, a Bollywood dancing class, an Indian dressing workshop, a Henna Painting workshop.

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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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This trip requires a Police Check to be carried out - please contact us for further information on how to do this. 

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Lisa Maisey - October 2014

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Ayshea Baker - May 2014

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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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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.

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Would you recommend us?

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Mercedes Wilson - May 2014

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Unreal, fantastic, cultural, fun-filled, colourful, & all-round enriching experience!

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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!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

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Alice Parmiter - April 2014

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Unforgettable, amazing people, lifetime memories, fun, life changing, incredible, special

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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

Would you travel with our company again?

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Would you recommend us?

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Krista Dament - March 2014

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This trip has made me speechless. I fell in love with India!

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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!

Would you travel with our company again?

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India Experience2014-03-31

Chantelle Detchon - September 2013

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

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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!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2013-09-06

Bonnie Nguyen - August 2013

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

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

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2013-08-26

Tess Page-ratcliff - August 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
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Great experience, made new friends

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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(7/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(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.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2013-08-25

Shannen Garner - August 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Incredible experience, India is a whole other world!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(8/10)
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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.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2013-08-24

Laura Wagstaff - August 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing country, made great friends, experienced all aspects of India

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(5/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(9/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
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

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2013-08-22

Thomas Pearce - August 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Great people, great laughs, glad I went, extremely profound culture.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(5/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(8/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(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). 

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

No

India Experience2013-08-22

Samuel Lewin - October 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

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

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(8/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(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.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2012-10-05

Sophie Smith - October 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

An amazing cultural experience, great people and a great atmosphere. An incredible place!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(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 :)

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2012-10-03

Nicholas Burton - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Hectic but amazing, great company, wonderful country, absolutely amazing experience.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(6/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(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.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2012-02-24

Ilka Winner - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Agra - Taj Mahal - Camel Ride Elephant Ride Goa

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2012-02-24

Hannah Mitchell - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

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

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(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.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2011-10-11

Laura Goldthorpe - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(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!

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2011-10-11

Kate Goulding - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Met awesome people, did things i wouldn't have dreamed of!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(5/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(6/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(6/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(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

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Challenging, thought provoking, humbling experience, new friends

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(7/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(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

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Eye opener to a new culture, unforgettable expriences, amazing people.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(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!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2011-07-04

Emma Dayman - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

An eye-opening, amazing, worthwhile and unforgettable trip with fantastic people

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(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!!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2011-07-04

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