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Your adventure starts in Delhi where you will have the chance to immerse yourself in a culture with a unique place in the Indian tradition. Memories of the glorious past rub shoulders with soaring skyscrapers, upmarket residential colonies and bustling commercial complexes.
For the volunteer project you will travel to Palampur in the foothills of the Himalayas where you will become a part of the local community through your charitable work. Rural India faces many challenges, through our project partners you main focus will be on education supporting the local schools and children. Your work could span a wide range of contributions from redecorating and refurbishing to leading sports, drama and arts & crafts activities. This is your chance to volunteer abroad and make a real diﬀerence to the lives of those less fortunate.
You then have the option of extending the adventure travelling around India’s famous Golden Triangle. The highlight for many will undoubtedly be exploring the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra, which is one of the world’s most spectacular buildings! Other highlights include Jaipur, better known as the ‘Pink City’, Agra and Amritsar.
On arrival in Delhi you will be met at the airport by a Challenges Abroad Australia rep. You will have some time to freshen up and see a little of the city before going to the train station for the overnight journey to Palampur.
Arriving into Una early in the morning, you will from there travel to Palampur and your accommodation. Today you will have time to rest after a long journey. In the evening a welcome meal with our local staff will provide an induction as preparation for the start of volunteering the next day.
As an international volunteer you will have a fantastic opportunity to give back by supporting the local children and schools in Palampur. Your work could span a wide range of contributions from redecorating and refurbishing to leading sports, drama and arts & crafts activities. This is your chance to volunteer abroad and make a real diﬀerence to the lives of those less fortunate. Volunteers support the work of the FutureSense Foundation around the world. The foundation was established with the aim of making a real and sustainable difference to underprivileged communities. By supporting the FutureSense Foundation today, you are supporting the development of stronger communities for tomorrow.
Today you can either transfer back to Delhi for the journey home or continue your Indian Adventure on a fantastic extension trip.
The extension week takes you on the most spectacular travel adventure in India – the Golden Triangle tour! Busy street life, tranquil havens, culture shocks and architectural splendours await as you tour Delhi, Agra and Jaipur to see some of India’s greatest cultural gems. You will discover Delhi, the sprawling, fascinating Indian capital, experience Agra, which boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal and explore Jaipur, capital of the desert state of Rajasthan, and home to some of India’s most historic forts and palaces and some of Asia’s best bazaars.
Optional Travel for $875
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Palampur and transfer to Amristar. From the city you will then travel on to the Wagah border (between Amristar, India and Lahore, Pakistan) in time to witness the famous ‘lowering of the flags’ border closing ceremony.
Today is full of sight-seeing around Amristar. After breakfast you will start at the Golden Temple, considered the cultural and spiritual centre of Sikhism. From there you will move on to the Durgiana Temple, an important Hindu temple renowned for its carved silver doors. To round off the day you are free to explore the local markets! In the evening you will continue to soak up the local atmosphere by getting the chance to sample some traditional Punjabi cuisine.
Today you will be traveling by train from Amristar to Agra. On arrival you are then free to explore the city as you wish!
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Its finally time to see the Taj Mahal! An early morning trip to India’s most famous landmark won’t disappoint, and new profile pictures will follow! Following the Taj Mahal you will go onto the historic and enormous Red Fort.
Today will start by visiting the Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, south west from Agra. Purpose built as the capital of an empire, it was then abandoned shortly after completion in the 16th century. You will then take the overnight train to Jaipur for the final stop on your Golden Triangle tour.
Arriving by elephant at the Amber Fort Palace will be a stunning start to your time in Jaipur. Its extraordinary hill-top location overlooking the Maota Lake makes it a fantastic experience. You will then return into Jaipur to visit the City Palace, where you will discover why it is known as the Pink city!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Your final day in Jaipur will allow you to take in some rather more unusual sites at the Jantar Mantar and the Hawa Mahal. The afternoon will give you more time to do some last haggling in the local markets to ensure you have got all the souvenirs you need.
Today you will transfer back to travel back to Delhi by train ready for your flight home the following day.
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