Day 1 – International flight to Delhi, India
You will depart as a group on your overnight flight to Delhi, India.
Day 2 – Arrive in Delhi, India
You will arrive at the Indira Ghandi International Airport in Delhi, India and be welcomed by your Tour Manager. You will travel together to your lodging, settle in for the night, and prepare for the adventures ahead.
Day 3 – Agra and the Taj Mahal
After breakfast you will depart for Agra, a city famous for its Mughal-era structures, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal. You will have a chance to explore this world renowned mausoleum and enjoy this symbol of eternal love built entirely of white marble. In the afternoon, you will check into your hotel and will have some free time to rest, relax and reflect before dinner.
Day 4 – Jaipur
After breakfast, you will head to the city of Jaipur. This capital city of Rajasthan state earned the name “Pink City” when it was painted pink to welcome Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth II in the 1800s. Jaipur has also been nicknamed the “Paris of India”, due to its wealth of heritage and well-planned city streets. In the evening you will visit Chokhi Dhani, a replication of an ethnic Rajasthani village. In this quintessential village you will learn about the Rajasthani culture and traditions.
Day 5 – Jaipur
After breakfast you will head out on a morning excursion to the commanding Amber fortress. There you will have the chance to experience a form of transport once reserved for royalty—a ride on an elephant! You will take a rickshaw ride into Old Jaipur city and have lunch. You will also have the chance to learn a bit of local dance at an Indian classical dance workshop. In the evening you will have dinner with an Indian family and the opportunity to learn more about local life.
Day 6 – Jaipur
After breakfast, you will set out for your service project. While rural areas of Rajasthan state are wealthy in terms of culture, its people are increasingly subject to social and economic challenges that demand intervention on comprehensive scales. In isolated regions of Rajasthan, particular groups of people are branded by communities as inferior and therefore undeserving of education, decent employment or personal respect. And even those who benefit from a higher social status suffer from relative poverty, illiteracy and ineffective social institutions. As a result, you will confront the social and economic challenges in Rajasthan through a service project that supports one or more of the following: general education, day care centers, women’s empowerment, health awareness campaigns, physical education, and construction and renovation of community buildings. After lunch, you will attend a presentation about Indian life and culture. You will have some free time in the afternoon before sharing a local dinner and reflecting on what you have seen and learned.
Day 7 – Jaipur
After breakfast, you will set out for your service project. You will return to have lunch and enjoy some free time before heading off to see an Indian “Bollywood” movie. The colorful Bollywood movies constitute the largest film industry in the world.
Day 8 – Jaipur
After breakfast, you will set out for your service project. You will return to have lunch and then head out to explore the Jaipur City Palace, Wind Palace and the colorful markets where you will have the chance to buy local gifts as souvenirs for friends and family.
Day 9 – Jaipur and Jodhpur
After breakfast, you will finish up your service project, enjoy lunch together and some free time to relax and reflect on a job well done. Later you will travel to Jodhpur by train. Jodhpur enjoys a great deal of sunshine and warm weather and has such been nicknamed “Sun City”. This vibrant city is also known for its palaces, temples and forts. In the evening you will have dinner and prepare for the adventures to come.
Day 10 – Jodhpur
After breakfast you will set out to explore the gigantic Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India, where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the city. In the evening you will venture out on a “tuk-tuk” ride to visit the famous Clock Tower Bazaar and the spice market of Jodhpur. Here you will have another chance to purchase local goods as souvenirs for family and friends.
Day 11 – Udaipur
After breakfast, you will depart for Udaipur, the city of lakes. You will pass through the Aravali Mountain range and visit the Ranakpur Jain temple, best known for its 1444 marble pillars, each one different from the next. You will have lunch on the road as you continue on to Udaipur, with a late afternoon arrival. You will have some free time to relax before dinner.
Day 12 – Udaipur
After breakfast, you will visit Udaipur City Palace for a firsthand look into the opulent life of the royal family of Udaipur. You will also have the opportunity to explore the Jagdish Temple, a typical Hindu temple located in the City Palace complex. After lunch, you will have some free time to relax and regroup before dinner. After dinner, you will head out for a peaceful sunset boat ride in Lake Pichola, where you will be afforded a great view of the palace.
Day 13 – Pushkar
After breakfast, you will depart for Pushkar, one of the oldest cities in India. Pushkar is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Once in Pushkar you will have the opportunity to experience another mode of transportation: a camel safari! After dinner, you will have time to relax and rest, at your campsite in the desert.
Day 14 – Pushkar
After breakfast at your campsite, you will head to your hotel in Pushkar and then will have a chance to explore the colorful markets of the city. After lunch, you will experience a traditional Hindu prayer ceremony on the banks of the holy Pushkar Lake.
Day 15 – Pushkar
After breakfast, you will head to Savitri Temple for a panoramic view of the desert landscape and Pushkar Lake. After lunch you will visit the town of Ajmer and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride to the holiest Muslim shrine of India, the resting place of Sufi Saint Moin-ud-din Chishti. In the evening you will depart on a train to Delhi. You will have dinner and check into your hotel.
Day 16 – Delhi
After breakfast, you will explore the Capital of India with a visit to the Gandhi Memorial, Lotus Temple, India Gate, President's House and Akshardham Temple. After lunch your India adventure comes to a close as you depart for the airport.