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Road to the Himalayas

Your destinations: Delhi, Shimla, Manali, Kullu, Dharamsala, Amritsar and Agra.

Become completely enveloped in a cultural, historical, social and culinary experience. From playing to teaching and meditating to learning, this trip undertakes a religious, educational, adventurous and spiritual flavor.

Includes

  • Round Trip International Airfare From Designated Departure Airport
    *Supplements may apply for USA Domestic Air to Designated Departure Airport.
  • Ground Arrangements
  • All Meals

ADVENTURE

Challenge yourself and experience personal growth as you:

  • Explore the hustle and bustle of New Deli’s streets by bicycle powered rickshaw
  • Hurtle down Himalayan mountains in a thrilling Zorb Ball
  • Take an adrenalin fuelled, white knuckle ride on a White Water Rafting trip

EDUCATION

Learn about different cultures and traditions as you:

  • Discover the secret of inner peace with Tibetan Buddhists
  • Teach local students vital English and IT skills and join community projects at the Golden Temple
  • Work side by side with locals to improve school facilities during a unique People to People experience

CULTURE

Connect with locals as you:

  • Unearth the truth behind British colonial rule and its long lasting effect on the region
  • Immerse yourself in India’s political history at a specially arranged visit to the India Gate War Memorial
  • Marvel at one of the seven wonders of the world, The Taj Mahal, on a specially arranged visit
  • Day 1

    Overnight flight to India
    Board your overnight flight to Delhi.
  • Day 2

    Explore the capital
    Welcome to New Delhi—the capital city of India! This city is a fusion of the ancient and the modern.
  • Day 3

    Ride in a rickshaw
    Visit the Jama Masjid or “Friday Mosque.” Rising from the crowded medieval streets of Old Delhi, the Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India. Explore the streets of Old Delhi by bicycle powered rickshaw! Visit Raj Ghat Memorial, commemorating great leaders including Mahatma Ghandi, the father of the nation. Stop at the India Gate War Memorial and pass Parliament as you discover India’s modern political history. Experience the Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Day 4

    Meet local students
    Explore new levels of service learning at Deepalaya Gram, Gusbethi Village. An exclusive day-long program specially designed to build lasting relationships through cultural exchange. Students assist in a variety of roles from teaching English to helping with typing and computer skills.
  • Day 5

    Step back in time
    Learn about the colonial history of the British Empire during your visit to Shimla, the capital of British India. Stroll through the town to visit Christ Church, Gaiety Theater and the Vice Regal Lodge.
  • Day 6

    Shimla & Manali
    Enjoy a mountain drive and the dramatic scenery of the region.
  • Day 7

    Ride a cable car
    Begin your mountain adventure! Explore rural Manali villages. Here, you will experience the lifestyles of residents in this remote mountainous region. Keep your eyes open for passing yaks! Meet a local family and receive a warm welcome over tea. Ride by cable car to experience the snow and majestic views of the Himalaya Mountains. Enjoy some mountain trekking and try Zorbing!
  • Day 8

    Experience white water rafting
    Drive to Kullu and gear up for your river rafting adventure. White water rafting is all about team work. Prepare to get wet as you cross the river!
  • Day 9

    Manali & Dharamsala
    Visit a local market before departing for Dharamsala. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the region as you cross mountain passes along the way.
  • Day 10

    Help a local school
    Work alongside students in Dharamsala to improve school facilities. Try your hand at cricket, playing a friendly match against students at the school.
  • Day 11

    Learn about Tibetan Buddhism
    Interact with the children of the Tibetan Children’s Village. Participate in an educational workshop at the Norbulinka. Tibetan Cultural Center. Take a Kora-walk starting at the Dalai Lama’s Temple and learn about the practice of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Day 12

    Understand other cultures
    Depart the mountains of Himachal Pradesh for the Punjab! Take part in a community service project at the “Golden Temple,” a spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion.
  • Day 13

    Visit the royal apartments
    Depart for Agra via Delhi. Embark on an orientation of the medieval city of Agra, visit the Agra Fort and wind your way through the royal apartments.
  • Day 14

    Take a selfie at the Taj Mahal before departing
    Set out on a sunrise visit to the most romantic monument in the world, the Taj Mahal, a lasting impression and memory before heading for home.

Why This Itinerary?

  • Adventure : Challenge yourself and experience personal growth
  • Education : Learn about different cultures and traditions
  • Culture : Connect with locals as you