India

 
 

Destination – India

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

Summary

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.

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Culture & Service in India

11 Days | All Inclusive | Sample Itinerary | Inquire for quote

Day 1: Depart for India

Evening: Depart in the evening for your international flight to New Delhi.

Day 2: Arrive / Good night’s rest

Afternoon/Evening

  • 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.

Day 3: Gandhi / India Gate

Morning

  • 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

Afternoon

  • 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

Evening

  • Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Delhi

Day 4: Jaipur / Palace of Winds / More...

Morning

  • After breakfast, transfer to Jaipur 

Afternoon

  • 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

Evening

  • Bollywood film production this evening

Day 5: Amber Fort / Brahma Temple / Camel Safari

Morning/ Afternoon

  • 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

Evening  

  • After returning to camp from your orientation to this desert, engage in a reflection activity
  • Overnight in a tent in camel camp

Day 6: Jain Temple / Agra

Morning

  • 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.  

Afternoon/ Evening

  • Transfer to Ajmer and visit the Jain temple before catching the train to Agra
  • Arrive in Agra and check into hotel before getting dinner

Day 7: Fatehpur Sikri / Agra Fort

Morning/Afternoon

  • 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.

Evening

  • Guided reflection and discussion at hotel in Agra

Day 8: Taj Mahal / Economic Empowerment

Morning/ Afternoon

  • Spend the morning and early afternoon exploring the Taj Mahal with your expert guide!

Evening

  • 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

Day 9: Experiential Learning / Village Visit

Morning

  • Spend the day at the local trade school, engaging in hands on learning with the students

Afternoon

  • 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

Evening

  • Dinner together as a group followed by  a reflection activity
  • Overnight at Pardada Pardadi School

Day 10: Ganges River / New Lord Shiva Temple

Morning

  • Morning boat ride on the Ganges River to visit the New Lord Shiva Temple

Afternoon

  • Final lunch at the school
  • Depart for Delhi by bus

Evening

  • Farewell dinner and Closing Ceremony  with you NBY Expedition Leader
  • Transfer to airport for your last evening/early morning flight

Day 11: Shivananda Ashram / Suspension bridge / Ceremony of lights

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.”

– Confucius

Facts & Figures

India
Capital: New Delhi
Currency: Rupee
Population: 1,236,344,631
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
Languages:

English - official

41%
41% of the population speaks Hindi and there are 14 other official languages including Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu
Religions:

Hindu

80%

Muslim

13.4%

Christian

2.3%

Sikh

1.9%

Literacy Rate

Unemployment Rate

Below Poverty Line

Life Expectancy

HIV/Aids

Carbon Emissions (%)