With No Barriers Youth
No Barriers Youth offers a wider variety of activities and options in India than any of our competitors. Participate in girls’ empowerment projects, study Tibetan Buddhism in Dharamsala and possibly meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama or:
- Learn what modern-day followers of Gandhi are doing to promote peace and non-violence
- Support an all-girls school with educational outreach and job-skills opportunities
- Work with a grassroots, rural development non-profit in Rajasthan
- Travel to Agra and tour the world famous Taj Mahal
- Study world religions in a land where people of different faiths and cultures live and worship in harmony
India is a country of incredible contrasts and extremes. From the snowcapped Himalayas in the north to sun-drenched beaches of the south; from its decrepit colonial buildings to its high fashion designer boutiques; from peaceful yoga ashrams and Buddhist monasteries to the glamour and glitz of Bollywood; from ramshackle rural villages to high-tech global call centers – India has it all; making it one of the most popular student travel destinations at No Barriers Youth.
Evening: Depart in the evening for your international flight to New Delhi.
- Arrive in New Delhi and meet your No Barriers Expedition Leader at the airport.
- Transfer to hotel for check in and a good night’s rest.
- After breakfast, visit a Hindu Temple and participate in a Puja Ceremony
- Then, learn about the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi by exploring a few different sites devoted to his work; the Gandhi Memorial, the Raj Ghat, and the Birla House
- Explore Delhi with your expert guide, starting in New Delhi and finishing in the old town
- Visit to the India Gate, a memorial commemorating those who lost their lives during the Indo-Pakistan war.
- Stop by Dilli Haat, a large open air market that is popular amongst local citizens
- Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Delhi
- After breakfast, transfer to Jaipur
- Spend the rest of the morning and afternoon exploring Jaipur with your expert guide.
- Visit the Maharaja’s City Palace and Observatory and Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds
- Bollywood film production this evening
- Transfer to Pushkar for a desert adventure after stopping along the way in to explore the famous Amber Fort, overlooking the village.
- Drive the rest of the way to Pushkar where you will visit the Brahma Temple
- Travel by Camel Safari into the Thar Desert
- After returning to camp from your orientation to this desert, engage in a reflection activity
- Overnight in a tent in camel camp
- After waking up early to get a spectacular vantage point of the sunrise atop the sand dunes, eat breakfast and transfer back to Pushkar via camel.
- Transfer to Ajmer and visit the Jain temple before catching the train to Agra
- Arrive in Agra and check into hotel before getting dinner
- Begin your adventure in Agra by exploring Fatehpur Sikri, a small town just west of Agra that was founded by a 16th century Mughal emperor.
- Then, make your way to the Agra Fort, an important UNESCO Heritage Center.
- Guided reflection and discussion at hotel in Agra
- Spend the morning and early afternoon exploring the Taj Mahal with your expert guide!
- Then, transfer to Anupshahr (3 hrs)
- Evening visit to Pardada Pardadi School, a nonprofit dedicated to the academic, economic and social empowerment of girls & women in this area of the country
- Have dinner and overnight at Pardada Pardadi School
- Spend the day at the local trade school, engaging in hands on learning with the students
- Walk to the local village with the girls and meet their families to help with afternoon chores
- Return to PPES to watch a traditional Indian dance performance by PPES students
- Dinner together as a group followed by a reflection activity
- Overnight at Pardada Pardadi School
- Morning boat ride on the Ganges River to visit the New Lord Shiva Temple
- Final lunch at the school
- Depart for Delhi by bus
- Farewell dinner and Closing Ceremony with you NBY Expedition Leader
- Transfer to airport for your last evening/early morning flight
Depart and make your way home reflecting on your extraordinary expedition and all that you learned!
Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.Rachel W., Student
There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.Saul S., Student
I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.Amanda W., Trip Leader
“Every journey starts with a single step.”
Facts & Figures
Capital: New Delhi
Avg Annual High Temp(F): Jan – 69° July – 104.5°
Special Note: Only 46.9% of Indian households have toilets in the home while 63.2% own a mobile phone
English - official
41% of the population speaks Hindi and there are 14 other official languages including Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu
Below Poverty Line
Carbon Emissions (%)