Discover India

March 19th - April 2nd 2018

15 Days

Dates: March 19th to April 2nd

Price: $1599 + $300 project fee

Highlights

  • Refurbish and modernise our partner school’s classrooms, and help us install the school’s first ever playground for the 250 impoverished kids in a community on Delhi’s outskirts.
  • Help us borrow our partner school kids for the day, and join us with spoiling them on a day out like no other. But sssh, don’t tell them. They don’t know yet!
  • Soak in the wonder of a sunrise at the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.
  • Get lost in the winding backstreets of India’s ‘Pink City’, Jaipur
  • Watch the sun go down on Jodhpur from Rajasthan’s most impressive fort, Mehrangarh
  • Optional safari to sneak a peek at India’s illusive Bengal Tigers.
  • Zen out in the holy town of Pushkar and muster up the courage to join locals bathing in the Ghat.

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive in Delhi anytime. Then dinner and drinks in one of Delhi’s local favourite haunts.

DAY 2

Spend the day with our local guide, listening to Delhi’s colonial history as we move

From Jama Masjid, Delhi’s famous Mughal-style mosque, to the Qutb Minar and the impressive ‘India Gate’. Tonight we throw ourselves into India’s favourite mode of travelling with a night train to Jodhpur.

DAY 3

Arriving in Jodhpur for a late breakfast, we’ll check into our hotel and shower off the night train, then get ready for our private yoga lessons with one of Jodhpur’s leading gurus. Then get ready to feast on some local delicacies at the thriving Sardar Market for dinner.

OPTIONAL: Sunset Paragliding

DAY 4

Explore the city and surrounding area with ancient temples, forts and cenotaphs. In the evening we’ll catch sunset from the Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan's oldest fort.

DAY 5

A morning drive to the holy town of Pushkar, pluck up the courage to bathe with the locals in the Ghat, and enjoy a veggie curry in this enchanting booze-free, meat-free city.

DAY 6

Early start to do the small hike up to Savitri Temple for a stunning sunrise. We’ll enjoy a healthy meal before making our way to Jaipur, with a free evening to explore the city.

DAY 7

Time to explore the jewel of Rajasthan in the pink city of Jaipur.  The breathtaking Hawa Mahal and Jaipur Fort are particular highlights of one of India’s most alluring cities.

DAY 8

Enjoy a leisurely day in Jaipur. Shop, explore or take the option of visiting the nearby Sariska tiger reserve. You’ll have the chance to see monkeys, exotic birds, deer and the illusive Bengal Tiger.

DAY 9

A morning drive from Jaipur to Agra, but not before a stop at the spell-binding architecture of the Chand Baori stepwell in Abhaneri. Once we arrive in Agra, we’ll have a couple of sundowners with your first glimpse of India’s most famous site, the Taj Mahal!

DAY 10

An early start this morning. We’ll be at the ticket counter in the dark of night to ensure we’re among the first few people to enter the grounds of the majestic Taj Mahal. We’ll (almost) have the place to ourselves, so it’s worth the sleepy heads! The rest of the day we’ll explore Agra, with stops at the Baby Taj and Agra Fort amongst the journey.

DAY 11

Today we head back to Delhi were we will get acquainted with our partner school. We’ll meet the students and teachers at the Shiksha Bharti School, where we’ll have a full debrief about our partners, and the great work they’re doing with the kids there.

DAY 12

Time to get your hands dirty! We’ll be helping with the final construction of the playground, sprucing up the existing buildings, painting every surface you lay our eyes on. Hot, sweaty and wholly rewarding!

DAY 13

Time for the kids surprise! Our partner school educates the poorest kids in the community, with daily salaries of $1 are a reality. We want to treat the kids to an awesome day out, so in conjunction with the head teacher, we’re going to do just that! We might even sneak them some ice-cream when the head mistress isn’t looking too!

DAY 14

Our last day at the Shiksha Bharti School, we’ll wrap up our work there with an opening ceremony and then have a final dinner and night out together.

DAY 15

Time for those teary goodbyes, and we’ll hopefully see you guys in Manila on April 15th for the Philippines project next month!

About The Project

Shiksha Bharti School, (SBS), was established by two retired officers, both interested in the field of education. During the course of their various discussions, they decided to augment the Government’s efforts under the Right to Education Act and help in educating poor and underprivileged children who have no access to even primary education.

An unused Government School Building was identified, appropriate permissions acquired, and with the help of the then DC Gurgaon and the MCG, SBS was inaugurated on November 14, 2009. Three trained and qualified teachers joined the effort as volunteers.

The next task of getting children to enroll seemed herculean and initially children were rounded up and transported to the school daily. Word spread and SBS now boasts 250 children on the rolls with over 100 on the waiting list. The School is currently till Class 5 and the foundation has plans to build additional classrooms to first accommodate the children on the waiting list and then increase the number of grades, funds dependent.

All the beneficiaries of SBS are children of BPL (below poverty line) families and the unorganized migrant labour in Gurgaon. Education provided is free of charge. In addition, the children are given lunch daily. Initially lunch was provided using personal funds (pension) of the promoters and donations from the community. From 2013, ISKON is providing the daily noon meal, under the mid-day meal scheme.

Currently all the children who have graduated from SBS have been accepted by the Government School in the same locality, which is till Class 8. The SBS teaches and volunteers keep in constant contact with the SBS alum and help them with their education and other life questions as necessary. They regularly receive top grades in their current school and excellent reports from the teachers. The SBS family is committed to their education and will continue to monitor their progress.

What's Included

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Accomodation

All Accommodations in comfortable hotels with wifi, air-con and hot water as a minimum.

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Breakfast

All breakfast included on tour.

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Day Trips & Excursions

All group group day trips, group group excursions and group entrance fees into temples and forts.

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Transportation

All group in country transportation.

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Project Donation

Feel good know 100% goes directly to our project partner.

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Experienced Guides

Two experienced guides that will be there for you 24/7.