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This itinerary combines the cultural and natural highlights found in India’s Golden Triangle, with a school project to improve learning facilities in Nawalgarh. Highlights include the historic cities of Jaisalmer and Jaipur, discovering India’s magnificent wildlife searching for tigers, a desert camel trek, and a visit to India’s most iconic site, the Taj Mahal.

Groups will begin their adventure in Delhi, before travelling to Agra and visiting the iconic Taj Mahal. After experiencing this architectural wonder, the itinerary continues to Ranthambore National Park for some incredible wildlife encounters. After a tiger safari, the group will then take the train to the historic city of Jaipur, famed for its beautiful architecture. 

From Jaipur, students will move on to their school project in Nawalgarh (we suggest a minimum of four days), where the aim is to improve learning environments for the children there. Your school can choose from a number of worthwhile activities, such as painting classrooms, improving libraries or building recreation facilities. There will be plenty of time to interact with the school children through organising after-school English lessons or perhaps arranging a cricket match. Time spent at the project will develop pupils’ understanding of a different culture, as well as providing much needed support to the school.

After saying goodbye to newly found friends, the trip continues to Bikaner for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Here students can visit the camel farm before an adventure into the Rajasthan desert for a camel trek to an overnight desert camp. Finally, the group will travel by overnight train back to Delhi to explore the old and new parts of India's capital city, and a final night before returning home.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK

    Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Delhi.

  2. Day 2: Arrive Delhi, orientation walk

    On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to a city centre hotel. Later in the day, your tour leader will provide a briefing, followed by an orientation walk. Return to the hotel for dinner.

  3. Day 3: Drive to Agra

    It is approximately four hours' drive to Agra, where the group will get to visit Agra Fort and the Mehtab Bagh (a beautiful garden just north of Taj Mahal complex) and the Agra Fort. Students will then get an opportunity to view the stunning Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. 

  4. Day 4: Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, train to Ranthambore

    This morning the group will enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, before transferring to Bharatpur in the afternoon to catch the train to Ranthambore where they will overnight. En route the group will also have a chance to see the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. 

  5. Day 5: Ranthambore National Park

    Today students can enjoy morning and afternoon vehicle safaris in Ranthambore National Park, famed for its frequent tiger encounters. 

  6. Day 6: Train to Jaipur

    This morning, take the train to Jaipur where the group will have an afternoon city tour, and then spend the night here. The 'pink city' of Jaipur is famed for its beautiful architecture and stunning buildings.

  7. Day 7: Morning excursion to Amber Fort, drive to Nawalgarh

    This morning the group will have an excursion to the magnificent Amber Fort before driving to Nawalgarh (just over three hours) in the afternoon for a project orientation.

  8. Days 8-11 : Project

    The next four days will be spent working at the school project. Working as a team, pupils will aim to complete the tasks set out in the project brief. Each afternoon there will be opportunities to interact with the school children, teaching English or arranging team games (a cricket match is often a popular choice).

  9. Day 12: Drive to Bikaner

    After bidding farewell to the teachers and children at the project school, move onto Bikaner (approximately four hours' drive). In the afternoon, visit a camel breeding farm and Junagarh Fort. 

  10. Day 13: Drive to Jaisalmer & the Sam Sand Dunes

    Today, the group will head into the Rajasthan desert for a camel trek to an overnight desert camp. In the evening, students can enjoy some traditional Rajasthan folk music with a visit from a dance folk group, followed by dinner cooked in the desert. 

  11. Day 14: Jaisalmer sightseeing, overnight train to Delhi

    In the early morning, transfer to Jaisalmer and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Golden Fort and carved havelis. After lunch, board an overnight train to Delhi.

  12. Day 15: Delhi

    After arriving in Delhi this morning on the overnight train, the group will check into their hotel and, in the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. 

  13. Day 16: Fly back to the UK

    After breakfast, leave the hotel early to transfer to Delhi Airport and the return flight to the UK. 

Key info

This suggested itinerary is based on personal recommendation and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Destination: India
  • When to go: Feb to Oct
  • Duration: 16 days
  • Trip type: Explorer
  • Itinerary highlights:
    • See the Taj Mahal
    • Explore Jaipur’s Amber Fort
    • Look for tigers in Ranthambore National Park
    • Desert camel trek
    • Challenge your project school to a cricket match
  • Related project: India: Community School Development
  • Activities:
    • Camel trek

    • City tour

    • Safari

  • Accommodation: Hotels, overnight train, desert camp & safari lodge
  • Ideal for: Ages 15 to 16
  • Travellers will need:
    • High level of fitness
    • Appreciation for outdoor adventure
    • Interest in encountering new cultures

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Delhi

Colourful spice market in Delhi

India’s capital city, Delhi is the cultural and political hub of the country and the site of several interesting ancient monuments and archaeological sites, as well as bustling streets and markets.

Taj Mahal

View of Taj Mahal with reflection and red hue

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture in the world and an iconic highlight of many students’ exploration of India.

Ranthambore National Park

Tiger resting and looking through the trees

Known for its tiger populations, Ranthambore provides an excellent opportunity to learn about these majestic endangered mammals in their natural jungle habitat.

Jaipur

Top of the colourful Palace of the Winds

The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur offers a wide variety of sites to explore. From colourful festivals to magnificent palaces and temples, this city is buzzing with history and culture.