Experience one of the oldest and most culturally diverse lands in the world with this spice-filled feast of travel through the colourful, exotic and enchanting subcontinent of India.

How about these AMAZING tour highlights?

Feast your eyes on one of THE wonders of the world - the Taj Mahal
A guided tour through the frenetic streets of Old Delhi
Discover the history of Agra Fort
Get up close to elephants & sloth bears at a world-famous wildlife rescue centre
Marvel at Jaipur - the Pink City (you'll soon understand the nickname!)
Spend a night under the stars in the desert of Pushkar
Discover new taste sensations with real Indian food 

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TOUR COST

With 16 persons per group MAX! The exact cost of this tour is US $2497. This goes towards covering everything from in-country transport and accommodation to project fees and tour related activities (we really do cram it in!). Please note that your international flights are not included.

READY TO BOOK?

To secure your spot there are 2 simple payment options.

Option 1: Pay a US$250 deposit today and the remainder is due 90 days before your tour starts (you will also have the option to pay the rest of your balance in instalments). Just click here to make your booking!

Option 2: If you are not sure of what date you wish to travel then you might be interested in a Bamboo Travel Voucher that matches the amount you pay. Pay $50 get a $100 voucher, pay $250 get a $500 voucher, pay $500 get a $1000 voucher. It's valid for 3 years so you have time to consider the tour or date in your own time. Click here to find out more and purchase.

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FAST FACTS

Locations: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Pushkar
Tour Length: 14 days
Tour Cost: $2497
Finish Date: The tour ends on Friday, 14 days after your start date.
Volunteer Work: Working with elephants and sloth bears 
Arrival Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
Departure Airport:  Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
Group Size: Maximum 16
Minimum age: 18
Going Solo?: Over 70% start off as solo travellers
Available dates: Click here for dates

AVAILABLE DATES


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7 September 2019 (6 spots left)
5 October 2019 (5 spots left)
2 November 2019 (7 spots left)
7 December 2019 (10 spots left)
4 January 2020 (9 spots left)

1 February 2020 (full)
22 February 2020 (8 spots left)
7 March 2020 (2 spots left)
4 April 2020 (10 spots left)
4 July 2020 (16 spots left)
19 September 2020 (15 spots left)
10 October 2020 (16 spots left)

31 October 2020 (15 spots left)
28 November 2020 (16 spots left)
9 January 2021 (16 spots left)
23 January 2021 (16 spots left)
6 February 2021 (15 spots left)
6 March 2021 (16 spots left)
3 April 2021 (13 spots left)

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

- All accommodation
- An airport meet and greet
- All in-country transport
- 24/7 support from our award-winning guides
- All tour activities
- Heaps of meals
- Full pre-departure support from our ace travel coordinators
- A flashy Travel Hack packed full of helpful advice

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ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Pushkar: Twin rooms with breakfast, A/C, hot showers and western bathrooms.

Agra Volunteering: Twin to quad rooms in a shared volunteer house, A/C, hot showers and western bathrooms. All meals provided throughout volunteering but the house is also equipped with a fully operational kitchen.

Pushkar Desert: Twin or double luxury tents with western toilets and cold showers.

Internet: WiFi is available in all hotels. No WIFI in the desert.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN DELHI

Welcome to Delhi, a city where lost empires intersect with futuristic skyscrapers, a city with a larger population than the entire country Australia, and the first city on your Discover India tour.

Our guides will pick you up from the airport—provided you arrive between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.—and whisk you off to your hotel.

From there, feel free to shower, change, nap, or immediately jump into the chaos.

Day 2: NEW DELHI

Dating back to 3,500 CE, Delhi is a caught between the ancient and contemporary. Woven next to glitzy malls and towering superstructures are ancient temples, tombs, and centuries old bazaars where sellers continue to trade the same spices that put this metropolis on the map. It’s a city that assaults the senses, with unseen colors and smells and ungodly noise. It’s Delhi.

Our day begins with a detailed orientation of the city and tour. We’ll discuss how you can make this tour the best decision of your life while simultaneously easing all worries and concerns—we get it: the food’s insanely spicy, squatting toilets are terrifying, and the honking doesn’t stop.

From there, we’ll hop into a rickshaw and zip through the streets no wider than an arms-length, past the old women carrying fruits, stacked a meter high, on their head and through the turmeric-smelling bodegas. Be sure to grab your camera for the exploration because we’ll also venture to the iconic India Gate, parliamentary building, and into Old Delhi, an ancient city within a city.

The tour concludes back at the hotel, where you can either relax until dinner or, if you’re still energized by the city’s pulse, walk through the colorful alleyways into Delhi’s heart.

By nightfall, meet up for our famous welcome dinner, where you’ll dine on a traditional northern Indian meal and unwind after your first full day in India. Come morning, the adventure heightens.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: DELHI - AGRA

This morning begins with some recovery coffee—or a roti from the market if you’re feeling adventurous. You’ll have the morning to explore anything you missed yesterday, which, considering the size of the city, is a lot. History buffs will love the Agrasen ki Baoli. The Lotus Temple is an architecturally stunning house of worship. And the Museum of Toilets is, well, home to a different type of worship.

By afternoon, we’ll meet for lunch and transport you (a four-hour journey) to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.

We should arrive by early-evening, enough time to chill out before heading into Agra for an encounter with the Mughal empire.

Meals Included: Breakfast 

Day 4: AGRA

Standing along the holy Yamuna River, the Taj Mahal symbolizes the legacy of India’s Mughal empire as a “tear drop on the cheek of eternity.” Built in 1653 as a memorial to Shah Jahan’s third wife, the Shah’s gesture of love is celebrated by millions of tourists every year…and now you, too.

We’ll spend the day touring the famous monument, learning about red sandstone mosque, embarking on the pristine marbled floors shipped from throughout Asia and Europe, and taking far-too-many selfies.

Once Taj’d out, we’ll head towards the Agra Fort in India’s Golden Triangle. Designed by Emperor Akbar in 1565 as a military fortress, the Fort was later repurposed into a palace by the mid-1600s. The building’s white marble represents the extravagance and wealth of a long-lost kingdom. Today, though, it’s returned to its military glory, featuring even a crocodile-infested moat. Our tour—provided you promise not to invade India—includes an exclusive outlook into this historic and beautiful post.

By evening, it’s your night to enjoy the atmosphere of Agra. Just rest up tonight because the hard work begins in the morning.

Meals Included: Breakfast 

Day 5 - 8: AGRA

Rise and shine bright and early this morning. Make sure to get in those morning stretches—remember those arm stretches from P.E. class? Do some of those—because our long days volunteering begins.

For the next four days, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work alongside some of India’s most endangered species: Sloth bears and elephants.

As a volunteer, you’ll spend your days building hammocks, climbing frames, and enclosures for the cute, messy-haired bears. In addition, you’ll venture to our elephant rescue center and help with the existing elephant population, including building bathing banks, preparing foods, and, of course, feeding these magnificent mammals.

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If you’re concerned about safety don’t be…unless you somehow try to wrestle a bear, in that case…umm…please don’t, and we don’t allow physical contact with the bears, anyways. Experienced animal keepers and volunteer coordinators will keep an eye out on you—along with providing a safety course.

Every day here is a tad different, but, rest assured, the two projects will have you sustaining India’s desperate wildlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: AGRA - JAIPUR

Leaving our volunteering days, we’ll say goodbye to the dear elephants—shedding some ele-tears.

Today, we arrive in Jaipur, India’s infamous—and Insta-famous—Pink City.

We’ll quickly shuttle you to your hotel where you’re free to explore the city by night. Hint, some of the best shopping experiences can be found in the city’s ancient bazaars. It’s a place to buy aromatic curries or haggle your way to a sapphire—up to you.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10: JAIPUR

More relaxed than Delhi, Jaipur’s colorful chaos erupts in a brew of old and new. Speeding rickshaws dodge dawdling camels, and, in the middle of this mayhem, Jaipur somehow maintains a relatively relaxing charm.

Venturing into the pulse that’s sustained this city for centuries, we’ll tour the city’s most well-known sights like Hawa Mahal and the Pink Palace. Our guides will also dive into the famous lanes past the numerous bazaars where you can find nuggets of literal gold…and the fake stuff—actually, mostly the fake stuff.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11: JAIPUR - PUSHKAR

Covering 77,000 square miles, the Thar Desert, a.k.a. The Great Indian desert is a sight out of an Indian dreamscape.

Once we arrive in Pushkar we will put our bags into a safe location and take a short tuk tuk ride to see the amazing work that happens in a nearby Animal hospital.

By late afternoon we’ll jump on board a jeep and transfer you into the desert (of course, if you don’t want to head into the desert, we’re happy to arrange a night in a hotel for you) we'll ride into the sandy desert during sunset to our home for the night, a tent-like gazebo in the middle of nothingness.

Sleeping beneath the stars, we’ll wonder how on earth we ended up here and experience what life was like just a century ago in India.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 12: PUSHKAR

Perhaps the most important pilgrimage site for devout Hindus is the Rajasthani town of Pushkar. Curling around a holy lake—said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower—Pushkar hums and marches to the beats and chants of Hinduism. This holy town contains roughly 400 milky-blue temples and vibrant, packed markets with statues of Shiva and Parvati.

Driving to Pushkar and settling, we’ll then meander our way through the town’s holy sites—it is one of the five holy places for Hindus in India—and enliven a certain spirituality within all of us, whether it pertains to Lakshmi or the far-too-delicious Dal Baati Churma.

Our day concludes on a rooftop overlooking the holy lake. We’ll enjoy our last hurrah meal and toast to a life-changing adventure in India—and promise to return.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 13: PUSHKAR - DELHI

The trek back to Delhi begins in the morning and will take almost all day—probably around 8-hours in total. Sit back and relax in the air conditioning because, with India’s insane traffic, who knows how long this journey could take.

Once back in the capital, we’ll get you settled at the hotel for your last night.

Go ahead and grab some last-minute souvenirs and one final Mutton Korma or Paneer Tikka. You surely won’t experience anything like this for a while.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14: GOODBYE

So long. Farewell. Auf Wiedersehen. Adieu. It’s been an amazing two weeks, right? Well, we hope so. Remember your days with Bamboo and the life-changing journey you took across one of the most beguiling countries in the world.

Hugs.

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FAQ

1 - What isn't included?
In short - anything that's not on the "What's included?" list in the info pack! The main things you'll absolutely need to get that aren't included are:
International flights - we have people join us from all over the world so we leave these flexible so you can choose the departure airport and airline that suits you best.
Travel insurance - you can choose your own travel insurance or we can organize this for you. You can find details on the travel insurance here and will be able to add this on to your booking when you pay your program fee
Visas - All non citizens visiting India will require a visa. This needs to be applied for BEFORE you arrive in the country. Please see below for more details.

2 - How should I book my flights?
There are great online resources like www.skyscanner.com or google.com/flights. If you'd like to speak to an agent, you can contact our friends at STA Travel by completing an online form here: https://www.wearebamboo.com/tours/sta-flights.php

ARRIVAL: You need to book a flight that lands into Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) on the Saturday that the tour starts, between 6am and 8pm. Providing you arrive between these hours on this day, one of the team will then be there to meet you on arrival and take you to the hotel in the city. If you arrive later than 8pm on the Saturday start date, we will organize an airport pickup for you without a Bamboo representative to meet you, dont worry our guide will greet you at the hotel.

If you arrive before your Saturday start date, you will need additional accommodation. We can book this for you and you will just need to make your own way there from the airport and pay on arrival.

DEPARTURE: This tour will end on the Friday two weeks later in Delhi, our team will be available to help with travel arrangements to get you back to the airport. (This transfer is not included)

3 - Do I need a visa?
All non citizens visiting India will require a visa. This needs to be applied for BEFORE you arrive in the country. An application for an E-Visa must be made at least 4 calendar days before your date of arrival and can be made as early as 120 days in advance. This visa is valid for 60days from your date of arrival. Once received you need to print and keep a copy with you for inspection on arrival into Delhi. 

4 - How much spending money will I need?
This largely depends on you. All breakfasts throughout the tour are included, along with a couple of dinners, as are all meals whilst you are volunteering. The rest of the meals are up to you. If you are having local meals it will cost a couple of dollars, if you prefer western food it will be more depending on where you eat.

You can not get Indian Rupees before arriving in the country however there are money exchanges in the airport and ATM's available in all major cities. 

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5 - Do I need vaccinations?
This depends on your home country and your vaccination history. You should visit a local travel clinic and see what they recommend.

6 - What are the Payment options?

To secure your spot there are 2 simple payment options.

Option 1: Pay a US$250 deposit today and the remainder is due 90 days before your tour starts (you will also have the option to pay the rest of your balance in instalments).

Option 2: If you are not sure of what date you wish to travel then you might be interested in a Bamboo Travel Voucher that matches the amount you pay. Pay $50 get a $100 voucher, pay $250 get a $500 voucher, pay $500 get a $1000 voucher. It's valid for 3 years so you have time to consider the tour or date in your own time. Click here to find out more and purchase.

7 - Is India safe?
Like any country in the world, there will always be some dangers (even when in your home country!) and it is important to exercise common sense, particularly when in major cities and tourist destinations. However, India is a safe country to travel in and around. You'll also be with one of our experienced team members throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group.

8 - What currency is the tour in?
All of our prices are in USD. If you would like to see what this is in your local currency you can use a conversion site such as www.xe.com  which will give you the current exchange rate. Please bear in mind that the amount will be taken in USD when you pay and exchange rates will fluctuate.

9 - How can I be sure this is not a scam?
We have been operating for over 15 years, have placed over 25,000 volunteers and have an experienced team with a wealth of knowledge and passion! But don't just take our word for it - if you visit our website Verification Page you can see our accreditation and recommendations for different worldwide organizations. You can also visit our Facebook page to see reviews from previous travellers and volunteers.

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