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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 Rishikesh 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 into the desert (Days 5-6)

  • Volunteering in Jaipur (Days 7-11)

  • Delhi and the Taj Mahal (Days 12-16)

  • Time to head south (Days 17 - 28)

The start of your Indian journey: Days 1 - 4

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: 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 (no meals included).

 

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).

 

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 (no meals).

 

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 (no meals).

*Entrance fee not included

 

Camel Safari into the desert: Days 5-6

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 to the Bollywood sets of Mumbai and on to Darjeeling for a taste of the British Raj, 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, Thar Desert

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 and 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 and dinner).

Volunteering in Jaipur: Days 7-11

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 to the Bollywood sets of Mumbai and on to Darjeeling for a taste of the British Raj, 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: Jaipur

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. You will usually get the chance to sample a bit of each project! 

 

We think schools and day centres should bounce with personality - and in Jaipur we've been decorating and renovating the learning centres so the children have a fantastic place to learn. Fancy getting arty? This is the place.

We've also started up 'fun fairs' for the children- which involves lots of play, play, play! The children aren't always given the chance to in their small villages, so this project is really fun. (breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout)

 

Days 9 and 10 are the weekend and will be your days off from volunteersing and are free for you to do your own activities. 

Delhi and the Taj Mahal: Days 12-16

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 to the Bollywood sets of Mumbai and on to Darjeeling for a taste of the British Raj, 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 & Haridwar

Days 12-16

After a hearty 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 is amazing! You'll overnight in Agra (breakfast).

 

The next day (day 13) you’ll move on to the incredible city of Delhi where you’ll have free time in the evening to get to grips with the city and explore a little (breakfast and dinner).

 

On Day 14, the day will kick off with a guided tour of New Delhi, where you’ll get the chance to drive through the India Gate, pass by Parliament House and the President’s Palace. Later we’ll see the building which was built in memory of Gandhi - Raj Ghat, and learn more about his life. The last point of call for the day will be a visit to a Sikh temple- Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, where you’ll learn about the youngest religion in the world whilst soaking up the atmosphere of the area (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

 

You’ll spend the next day transferring to Haridwar by road (250km), where you’ll get some time to kick back and relax at the hotel (breakfast.

 

The following day provides the perfect opportunity to visit the local temples, including Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi, along with a several others. You’ll then transfer over to Rishikesh which is known for having a fantastic view of the Ganges and the main bathing that takes place! (breakfast)

*Entrance fee not included

Time to head south: Days 17 - 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 to the Bollywood sets of Mumbai and on to Darjeeling for a taste of the British Raj, 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: Rishikesh, Goa

Days 17-20

Days 17 and 18 showcase the perfect opportunity to relax around Rishikesh. You’ll have an hour of yoga and meditation each morning, and in the afternoon you’ll get the chance to see the town in all its glory. Rishikesh also hosts the perfect terrain for trekking, so on days 19/20 you’ll spend your time lapping up the amazing views while you trek; you’ll spend the night in a tent (breakfast). Day 20, you'll return to Rishikesh to enjoy some free time (breakfast).

 

Days 21-28

This morning we’ll transfer back to Delhi (300km) to stay overnight before catching a flight on day 22 to Goa where your volunteering work will start. Projects vary depending on their needs at the time, but you’ll be staying in shared accommodation with other travellers for the next five days. During this time you'll also get the chance to attend yoga sessions, attend a Goa indian cookery workshop, go on a boat cruise, watch classic Bollywood films in the  famous cinema hall and visit a spice plantation.

 

When you're not volunteering or taking part in some of the additional activities, in the afternoon/weekends you'll also get the chance to kick back and relax on Goa's beautiful beaches; you couldn't ask for a better way to end the last week!

 

Unfortunately on day 28 it’s time to say your goodbyes. You’ll transfer back to Goa airport, and then you’ll catch your flight home or onwards (and then you can tell the world about your amazing experience!).

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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. There are 27 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners included during your 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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Ayshea Baker - May 2014

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!"

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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(9/10)
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.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

In Goa the Bollywood Cinema trip and other activities should have been added to the itinerary and included as there weren't enough activities in Goa, white water rafting and monkey temple were great!

Any other comments?

I Will Never Forget This Experience And Would Recommend This To Everyone Who Seeks Adventure And Culture.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

9

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Mercedes Wilson - May 2014

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

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

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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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!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Monkey temple should be compulsory part of trip, was so much fun! More structure and enthusiasm about day trips/volunteering project in latter part of the 'experience' (last week lost focus/excitement). The cooking class and Bollywood cinema trip should have taken place (as promised in the itinerary) - the cooking class never happened, even though all of us in the group were eager to do it!! And the Bollywood cinema trip only happened because we asked and pestered the staff in Goa on numerous occasions in order to ensure we went!

Any other comments?

The Main 2 Suggestions Of Improvement Are: 1)Communication: Names Of The People The Driver Was Collecting From The Airport Should Have Been Given To Driver (as He Did Not Seem To Know Who He Was Picking Up). 2) A Proper Introduction/orientation Should Have Taken Place When We Arrived (we Never Got One). 3) The Last Week (in Goa) Didn't Feel Like It Was Part Of The Trip. I Understand That This Was The Chance To Have Some 'free Time', But The Staff Down There Did Not Seem To Care About What We Did - They Didn't Really Recommend Anything Nor Did They Inform/support Us On The Volunteer Aspect Of The Week. We Were Very Much Left To Figure Things Out Ourself.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

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Alice Parmiter - April 2014

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

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

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Not that I can think of

Any other comments?

I Absolutely Loved Rishikesh I Think It Might Have Been One Of My Favourite Places But The Only Criticism I Have Was That We Stayed In An Ashram For 5 Days - We Were A Group Of 7 18-21 Year Old Girls And Boy And We Loved To Chat, Laugh And Play Cards In Our Free Time But In The Ashram We Had To Be Silent So We Often Got Told Off For Being To Noisy And The Beds Were So Uncomfortable That It Put A Bit Of A Downer On Our Time There Which Was A Shame. I Think It's Good To Experience For Maybe 1 Night But No More.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

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India Experience2014-04-03

Krista Dament - March 2014

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!"

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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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!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

The entire india experience was absolutely incredible however, I must mention the time period when we are in Rishikesh at the Ashram was mine and my groups lowest point. I highly recommend reconsidering that as an accommodating option for us travellers. I believe that takes very specific type of people to enjoy that kind of atmosphere. For people like us who were far to lively for that place it became our biggest challenge. Rishikesh was fantastic but we definitely did not need five whole days there! Maybe adding some more time in volunteer projects in Jaipur could be considered!

Any other comments?

My Eyes Are Sore From The Tears I Have Shed. My Heart Has Never Felt So Warm. Having The Opportunity To Experience First Hand How An Under Privileged Country Can Be So Beautiful, Inspiring And Rewarding. My Heart Swells For How Those With So Little Can Still Live In Happiness Even With Presence Of Trouble. Whether My Time Was Spent Teaching English To The Muslim Children Of The Elephant Village, Assisting With Those Of Special Needs Or Playing With The Kids Of An Orphanage. My Eyes Were Open On Numerous Occasions. My Real India Experience Wasn't Seeing The Taj Mahal, Riding An Elephant Or Camel Safari Into The Desert. The True Love Lays With The Children, Women And Families I Have Met Along The Way. My Appreciation And Outlook On Life Has Changed Tremendously. India You Are Unforgettable!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

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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!!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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(10/10)
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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!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would have liked to explore Delhi a bit more.

Any other comments?

The Best Thing I Have Ever Done. It Has Changed My Life Going To India. I Have Made Amazing New Friends, Seen How Another Part Of The World Lives. Experienced A Crazy Adventure With Fantastic People, In An Incredible Country. You Wont Forget This Trip And There Is Nothing Else Like India. India Was Never High On My Travel List (and This Was The First Time I Have Been Overseas) But I Am So Glad I Chose India. Truly The Greatest Thing That I Have Done In My Life So Far!!! Just Do It, Have No Regrets. You Will Have A Great Time! I Can't Explain How This Trip Has Changed My Life, It Is Just The Greatest Experience!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Bonnie Nguyen - August 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
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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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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

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

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

A few more days in the capital city Delhi would have been better

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Tess Page-ratcliff - 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!"

Great experience, made new friends

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(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?

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.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I feel that we were not in Delhi for long enough - we were there for 20 hours in total. We didn't get to explore Old Delhi & I would have really liked to.

Any other comments?

It Was An Amazing Experience And I Feel That I Learnt A Lot From It - My Only Criticism Would Be That Real Gap Do Not State How Many Bus Journeys There Are On The Trip. Obviously There Is Going To Be A Lot Of Travelling As You Do Go To A Lot Of Different Places In Such A Short Space Of Time But Some Of The Bus Journeys Are Up To 9 Hours So Be Prepared.

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)
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Incredible experience, India is a whole other world!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(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.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More days to explore Delhi.

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)
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(9/10)
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(8/10)
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

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

An extra day In Delhi, our one day there felt a little rushed and it would have been nice to see Old Delhi too.

Any other comments?

I Travelled Alone But Met Lots Of Great People On The Trip. Lots Of Other People Were Also Travelling Alone. We Had A Great Guide Who Took Care Of Us And Made Sure Everyone Was Happy And Enjoying Themselves At All Times.

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)
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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)
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(5/10)
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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
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). 

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More time in Delhi, didn't see many of the main tourist attractions. Seeing the attractions highlighted by books such as Lonely Planet etc as many of the main attractions are missed by this itinerary.

Any other comments?

The Accommodation Is Rarely In The Location You Are Told Before Departure. For Example, The Delhi Accommodation Isn't Actually In Delhi But A Completely Separate State, Meaning Many Hours Are Wasted Travelling To Delhi To Only Have Sightseeing For Very Little Time. This Is The Same In Most Areas. In Goa We Were A 1 Hour Drive From Any Activities Or Entertainment. This Left You With Very Little To Do Or An Expensive Trip To The Lively Areas. Be Prepared To Be On A Coach For Hours On Many Days. It Is Difficult To Appreciate The Size Of India And How Far Apart The Places On The Itinerary Are. There Is Much Time Devoted To Travelling So Be Prepared For This So As Not To Be Disheartened. Despite Some Obvious Drawbacks, India As A Country Is A Fascinating Place With A Strong Culture And Amazing Things To See And Do. For The Most Part The People Are Friendly And Will Do Anything To Help You Out. I Do Recommend Going To India To Experience It, But Choose Carefully Which Trip You Take - Whether It Is Real Gap Or Another Company.

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)
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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)
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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.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Hampi! I think some time in Goa should be taken out of the 28 days and supplemented with a short stay in Hampi. It may cost slightly more but would definitely be worth it!

Any other comments?

Go For It And Grasp It With Both Hands!

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)
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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
(10/10)
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 :)

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

During indepedent travel after the programme I visited Hampi. This was an amazing place with a great vibe for tourists. In the last week of the programme instead of 9 days in Goa a couple of these days could have been spent in Hampi.

Any other comments?

The Local Team Were 10/10 - They Make You Feel Very Comfortable In Their Country And Go To Great Lengths To Ensure Your Stay Is Amazing!

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

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

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)
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(8/10)
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(9/10)
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(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)
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(7/10)
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(8/10)
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(8/10)
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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!

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

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(5/10)
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(6/10)
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(6/10)
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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

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
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Challenging, thought provoking, humbling experience, new friends

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
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(7/10)
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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

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Eye opener to a new culture, unforgettable expriences, amazing people.

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(10/10)
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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?

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

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(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!!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

India Experience2011-07-04

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