QSI Shenzhen: India Service Learning Adventure

QSI Shenzhen: India Service Learning Adventure

Trip Highlights

  • Ride in a rickshaw through the bustling bazaars of Old Delhi
  • Immerse yourself in the colour and commotion of the Pink City of Jaipur, the Gateway to Rajasthan
  • Behold the iconic Taj Mahal and Fatepur Sikri
  • Tour the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal
  • Service at Bal Ashram

Trip Summary

This itinerary combines the “Golden Triangle” cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with two days of meaningful service learning at Bal Ashram in Virat Nagar. We book-end this adventure with sight-seeing tours of New and Old Delhi, India’s fascinating capital. In the days between we visit many of the impressive forts, palaces and colourful bazaars that define Jaipur, the Gateway to Rajasthan and spend time in Agra, admiring the Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and the incomparably beautiful Taj Mahal – arguably the most famous building in the world.

Sample Itinerary

Upon arrival at Delhi airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Once you have settled into the hotel your guide will hold a trip briefing in the hotel lobby. Depending on the time of day that your flight arrives into Delhi, we may have some time to take a tour of Delhi. Accommodation: Hotel Amrapali Grand (or similar)

Meals:  D

We spend the day sight-seeing around New Delhi – the British-built side of the city. Key monuments we hope to visit include the India Gate (a memorial arch honouring soldiers who were killed in WW1), Lakshmi Narayana Temple, Rashtrapati Bhawan (the president’s house) and Humayun’s Tomb –an exquisite example of Mughal architecture, set in a magnificent formal Persian garden. Accommodation: Hotel Amrapali Grand (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we journey by private coach to the famed 'Pink City of Jaipur (approx. 270kms 6-7 hrs). Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) and is the capital of Rajasthan. Upon arrival you’ll check in your hotel. In the afternoon you will visit to old city and famous Bapu bazaar market. Accommodation: Hotel KK Royal (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today after breakfast you’ll visit Amber Fort, the former capital of the royal family of Jaipur, taking a jeep ride to the top. Another highlight is the City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The palace houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and Mughal and Rajput weapons. Accommodation: Hotel KK Royal (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,D

The drive from Jaipur to Bal Ashram takes appox. 92kms / 2 hours. Bal Ashram established in 1998, is the rehabilitation and training center of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) catering for the special needs of victims of child labor. It provides rescued children with the compassion, education and vocational training they so desperately need. It helps them to become confident and skilled enough to overcome their past and lead dignified lives. Bal Ashram aims to transform children who have seen the worst, so that they become agents of change against exploitation and abuse. The underlying objective of the Bal Ashram is to impart formal education along with vocational education to those children who had been caged in the age old evil of child labor. The Ashram also tries inculcate a deep sense of social justice, gender equity, environmental concern and an understanding of India's rich cultural heritage. Bal Ashram does not only offer rehabilitation to children rescued from exploitation. It also generates awareness in the community of the social injustice of trafficking and forced labor. It educates and empowers communities to stand up for the elimination of child labor, encouraging leadership for social justice, equity and peace in village communities. The work you’ll engage in while at Bal Ashram will be confirmed once the group has been confirmed. Accommodation: The 2 nights that your group spend at Bal Ashram is in dormitory accommodation, all students will be accommodated in a hall, sleep on floor with mattress , pillows and sheets.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we travel by private coach to Agra (approx. 227kms / 5-6 hours), home to the Taj Mahal. On the way we visit Fathepur Sikri, the ghost city built in honor of Saint Salim Chisti, who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar. Built during the second half of the 16th Century by Emperor Akbar, this so-called City of Victory was only the capital of the Mughal Empire for ten years, but it bears exceptional testimony to the great vision of Akbar, and the architects of his day. Accommodation: Hotel Taj Vilas (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,D

In the early morning we have a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan's mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Many pundits would argue that this is, indeed, the most famous building in the world. It is certainly the most extravagant monument ever built for love – utilizing the skills of 20,000 artisans; taking 22 years to complete. The Taj Mahal really is as spectacular as many of you may have envisaged - exquisite from every conceivable vantage-point. The attention to detail up close - the filigree, the calligraphy and the inlay – is simply mind-blowing. So too, the symmetry of the building when viewed from afar. We continue to Agra Fort, a fitting testimony to the Great Moghuls – Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan – during the era when Agra was the capital of the Moghul empire. From the Red Fort we'll have more views of the Taj Mahal before driving back to Delhi (approx. 220kms / 4-5hours). This afternoon we tour Old Delhi on a rickshaw. Accommodation: Hotel Amrapali Grand (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today after breakfast you will be transferred to international airport for your flight to home.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners
  • 02 nights dormitory accommodation at Bal Ashram – Virat Nagar
  • 06 nights comfortable hotels on triple share basis
  • Sightseeing and site entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Sightseeing and site entry fees as listed in itinerary, including rickshaw ride in Delhi (Old Delhi )
  • Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • Airport transfers on (days 01 & 09)

What's Not Included

  • International and domestic airfares, airport and departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa fees
  • A group donation of USD$1500.00 to Bal Ashram to cover the costs associated with the service work the QSI Shenzhen students will participate in.

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:9 Days
Countries:India
Starting Point:Delhi
Activities:Adventure Touring
Service Learning
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5409