Xtreme India Experience

Discover India safely on our guided adventure



Imagine visiting ancient temples, royal palaces and world heritage sites from centuries long gone. Imagine exploring a new and exciting country by immersing yourself in the local traditions and culture of the people. Imagine working with local communities to help improve the lives of its residents. Imagine all this and more with our incredible ´Xtreme India Experience´ programme.

With Xtreme Gap Year´s new ´Xtreme India Experience´ programme, you will visit one of the worlds most unique and exciting countries, while immersing yourself in the culture, volunteering on local projects, working with local communities and travelling through various parts of the country. This incredible 4-week programme takes you from desert plains, to beautiful beaches, into busy markets and quiet temples, from the heart of India´s buzzing cities to the serene beauty of her tiny rural villages. You will explore four vastly different and stunning parts of the country; Delhi, Himachal, Rajasthan, Goa; each with varying sub-cultures, landscapes, cuisines, and traditions providing you with constant new experiences.

From a range of Cultural immersion projects in schools  and environmental conservation work, the Xtreme India Experience is the ultimate in rewarding overseas experiences and there is no better place to dedicate your time that in the incredible and fascinating country of India. Not only will you be able to make a positive difference in the lives of Indian people with your volunteer work, but you will also get to travel the country visiting some of the most iconic sites, such as the Taj Mahal, the breath-taking Himalayan foothills, the colourful state of Rajasthan and the popular beaches of Goa.

There are also lots of adventurous activities to keep your thrill-seeking side satiated.  From Mountain hikes to camel rides, exploring ancient palaces and historic temples, the Xtreme India Experience is a bounty of remarkable experiences, that will leave their mark on your for a long time. Sharing moments like these with other like-minded travellers and volunteers on the programme creates a strong bond between you, which will no doubt continue once you get back home.


Xtreme India Experience: Trip Highlights


  • New Delhi Sightseeing and cultural intro
  • Joining a group of fellow travellers to Explore this incredible country
  • Visit the Taj Mahal and learn all about its history
  • Rajasthan weekend camel desert safari
  • Mountain Hiking in the Himalayas
  • Visit the home town of the Dalai Lama and learn more about Tibetan culture
  • Visit the historical Sights of   Udaipur
  • Soaking up the sun on the tropical beaches of Goa
  • Sampling some amazing Indian food (all food included)

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Xtreme India Experience: Full Details


The programme is designed with three key objectives in mind;

Educational Journey: By working with local communities, our trained staff and experiencing the fascinating culture of India first-hand, you will be taken on an immense educational and insightful journey. From teaching English, introducing new sports activities to local kids and showcasing interesting aspects of your home country and culture, you will broaden and excite the minds of these young children and make lifelong friends. Not only will you be educating a new generation, but the educational experience you will receive in return will be priceless. With our trained staff always on hand to help you out, you can rest assured you will always have assistance and guidance should you need it.

Cultural Expansion: There is nothing quite like living in a local community, sharing meals and laughter with new friends and working alongside the local people to broaden your experience and give you a deep understanding of the culture, traditions and people. Entering a culture, where everything from the food, the weather, the landscapes, the religion and the clothes are completely different to your home country, can be a big learning curve, so we do our best to provide you with supportive introductory classes, tips and advice to help you understand this vast and varied new culture. By observing and partaking in another culture, it can also, in effect, provide you with a deeper and new understanding of your own culture.

Travel Experiences: Physical travel, as well as an inner spiritual journey, will help you to experience the best of what India has to offer.  From the colourful markets, to the grand temples, and rural villages, India is a huge country with a new surprise around every corner, and in each locale. Travelling by train, bus, rickshaw, taxi, bicycle, camel, and maybe even an elephant, will help you to see the country from the ground, instead of missing out by flying above the clouds. To keep in tune with our environmental ethics, we choose to travel by the most eco-friendly methods, which means travelling like a local for an authentic and enriching experience of India.

With exciting outdoor adventures, powerful inner journeys, deep cultural exploration and rewarding local interactions, our India programme   is the perfect way to spend four weeks in this enchanting country.

So, let´s take a closer look at a more detailed itinerary for your 30 day Indian experience.


Itinerary


Week 1: Day 1: Delhi, Shimla & Dharamsala

Travel from Delhi to Shimla: After your arrival to Delhi on Sunday you stay overnight in a guest house to be relaxed for when the program starts on Monday.

On the morning of your first day in India, we take an early morning bus to Shimla. An 10-hour bus journey where you can observe beautiful and ever changing Indian landscape, regular day to day life on the streets, and finally a 2 hours drive into the amazing Himalayan mountain landscape. After reaching Shimla, we check into a guesthouse located with a great view of Shimla.

  • New Delhi to Shimla – Bus (Air conditioned with recliner seats)
Day 2: Tuesday

The day begins with an early breakfast followed by an orientation session with our local guide/program coordinator. This session also includes briefing on aspects such as culture, safety and health precautionary measures, transportation, money, etc. Then we head off into the misty mountains. The first part of the trek involves hiking through the beautiful pine and rhododendron forest spread out in mountains. As this is primarily a rocky terrain, we suggest you to wear hiking boots or trainers that will protect your feet from the rocks.

Carry an extra set of clothes and drinking water in a light backpack. The coordinator will arrange for you to leave your other bags that you may be travelling with, at a safe place from where you can collect them after the trek. A local family in the mountains will host you for the night.

Trek: Distance (First day 10 Km Trek). Difficulty Level 2 – Uphill and downhill. Altitude: Approximately 900 meters to 3100 meters. Terrain: Rocky, gravel, river crossing and winding tracks. Duration of Trek each day: 4-6 hours

Day 3: Wednesday

Begin very early in the morning with a light breakfast. Today’s hike includes the more challenging element of the trek which culminates at 3100 meters offering a picturesque view of the Himalayan range. You will be allowed to rest here for a while and eat your packed lunch. Please remember to carry sufficient amount of drinking water as none will be available on the climb.

The coordinator will help you get safe drinking water at the start of the trek. Packed lunch will be provided during the trek. The trek through the mountain will be approximately 6 hours long. After lunch you will head back down to the village and catch a bus to Shimla, overnight stay is at a guesthouse at Shimla

Day 4: Shimla to Dharamshala

Shimla city visit. Today we visit the famous monkey temple (Hanuman Temple) which is situated at the top of a hill, it is a 30 minute up-hill walk and brings you to the highest point of Shimla city (2250 mts). After lunch we visit the local market in the city for shopping, you can also take a relaxed evening walk around Mall road taking in the sights and sounds of Shimla. After dinner, travel overnight by bus to Dharamshala.

  • Shimla to Dharamshala – Bus (non air conditioned with recliner seats)
Day 5: Tibetan Culture

Dharamshala – Experience Tibetan culture, visit the heritage site Kangra Fort, visit a tea garden, Kangra temple and a traditional Tibetan market.

Arrive in Dharamsala early in the morning and check-into a hotel where you will be allowed to rest. After breakfast, visit McLeodGanj and walk into the beautiful Buddhist monastery and then take a 20 minute walk to a wonderful waterfall located in the mountains. Your walk through the markets will give you an outlook into traditional Buddhist shops selling various interesting ornaments and Tibetan traditional and cultural clothing. The evening will be spent walking around McLeod Ganj and treat yourself for a traditional Tibetan dinner.

Day 6 : New Delhi

Begins with breakfast and take a Holy walk to the Buddhist monastery. You will also visit St. John’s Church, Kangra Fort and a tea garden. We then have lunch at a scenic restaurant and relax. After dinner, travel overnight via bus back to Delhi. The bus journey will be approximately 12 hours long.

  • Dharamshala to New Delhi – Bus (Air conditioned with recliner seats)
Day 7: Tour of Delhi

Experience Delhi. On arrival in Delhi you will be taken to the guest house where you may rest for a while and have breakfast. This day will consist of a tour around the city of Delhi where you will have the opportunity to see the India Gate, the Indian Parliament House and the President’s House, Lotus temple, Gandhi Museum and the Birla temple. Overnight stay at Delhi

Week 2: Agra & Rajasthan Day 8: To Udaipur

The highlight of the India Road Trip is on Day 08, where you will take a 4 hour Indian train ride from Delhi to Agra to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World – The Taj Mahal. Spend the entire day in Agra and then get on an overnight train to Udaipur “the city of lakes” in Rajasthan.

  • New Delhi to Agra (Non air conditioned Indian Railways)
  • Agra to Udaipur (Air conditioned Indian Railways)
Day 9: Rajasthan

Experience Rajasthan – Udaipur “the city of lakes” and Jaisalmer. While in Udaipur, you will be hosted at our house. Fans of The Jungle Book and James Bond films may recognize Udaipur as the birthplace of Bagheera and the location for the Roger Moore starrer Octopussy. You will spend the next 2 days visiting among other sites in India’s second largest state, visit the beautifully architecture palace, enjoy a boat ride in the lake Pichola, and watch a traditional Rajasthani dance and music concert. Overnight stay in Udaipur

Day 10: Wednesday

Your day will begin with a relaxed morning. After breakfast, go out shopping for vegetable and fruits at the market, return back with the vegetables and sharpen your Indian cooking skills. After lunch, we then proceed to visit a model desert village setup called Shilpgram where you will witness traditional Rajasthani art and handicraft shops and music. We then proceed to monsoon palace to catch the sunset. A nice spread of Indian dinner awaits you back at our center. Overnight stay in Udaipur.

Day 11: Temple Tour

Today we go on a temple tour in the morning. You will be taken to visit 8th and 10th century ancient temples on the outskirts of Udaipur. We return back to our center and then in the evening, we taken an overnight bus to Jaisalmer which is approximately 12 hrs for the next highlight of our trip – The Desert experience.

Day 12: Sleepover in the desert

“The experience of a lifetime” Sleeping in the Desert. Once in Jaisalmer, you will have a bit of time to refresh at the guest house. We then go sightseeing of Jaisalmer to a 11th century fort and then take a jeep safari and a camel ride into the Thar desert, where you will stay for the night. Please remember to pack your sleeping bags and water bottles for this part of the trip. Your coordinator will inform you of anything else that may be necessary. Tonight we camp in the desert under the stars.Overnight stay in the desert which will be one of your most memorable moments in life.

Day 13: Saturday

You will return from the desert to the guest house and spend time in the city of Jaisalmer, visiting a beautiful authentic Haveli and a lake which is considered to be the largest in Jaisalmer and other tourist attractions. Later this evening, we take an overnight bus back to Udaipur.

  • Udaipur to Jaisalmer to Udaipur – (Non air conditioned sleeper bus)
Day 14: Udaipur

Arrive at our Udaipur center and relax. There are no activities scheduled for the morning. You will have the entire morning to yourself and in the evening, visit the theater to watch a Bollywood movie. Overnight stay in Mumbai.

Week 3: Mumbai & Goa: Overnight to Mumbai

You will spend the entire morning for yourselves and go out for shopping into the city of Udaipur. We will then take an evening bus which is an overnight bus to Mumbai.

  • Udaipur to Mumbai – Bus (Non air conditioned sleeper bus)
Day 16: Mumbai

After getting to Mumbai early in the morning, you will be taken to the guest house to freshen up and then to the markets of Mumbai. Visit the Gateway of India, Jehangir art gallery, Haji Ali Dargah which is an ancient mosque, and walk on the famous marine drive which the locals regularly do. Overnight stay in Mumbai.

Day 17: Goa

After breakfast and after an hour’s boat ride into the Arabian sea, visit the Elephanta caves. A good Indian lunch will be provided at the island and in the evening catch an overnight bus to Goa.

  • Mumbai to Goa – Bus (Non air conditioned sleeper Bus)
Day 18: Anjuna Beach

After reaching Goa early in the morning, we take you to our house where you will be hosted for the remaining days of your travel. Once at our center in the morning, you can relax and freshen up and meet other participants at the house. Our project coordinator will brief you on the activities scheduled for your days in Goa. After a good spread of Goan lunch, we take you to the famous beaches of Anjuna, where you can spend your time at the beach. Overnight stay in Goa.

Day 19: Waterfalls

Today we begin early and visit a beautiful waterfall and then we travel to a spice plantation where you will be shown various spices and how they are grown and processed before they reach your plates. After a sumptuous lunch, we spend sometime at the plantation before driving back to our center. After dinner, you are free to go out for the evening on your own. Overnight stay in Goa.

Day 20: Goa Sites

Today, you will spend these two days taking in the sights and sounds of Goa including Panjim – the capital city of Goa, Fort Aguada which is a 17th Century Portuguese fort and the village of Anjuna with its beaches and markets. You will spend the entire day in Old Goa visiting its several Churches and Cathedrals. Old Goa, previously a Portuguese colony, formed the capital of Portuguese India. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight stay in Goa.

  • Goa – Sightseeing and Projects (our jeeps and cars)
Day 21: Chilled Sunday

This is a day off and you are free to spend it on the beach or spend time with other participants. Overnight stay in Goa.

Week 4: Community engagement week in Goa: Day 22-26: Monday to Friday

Participate at our construction and renovation project during the first half of the day and the second half of the day spend educative and quality time with migratory children at our outreach program. Overnight stay in Goa.

Day 27:

On this day you can go out shopping and get ready for your departure. Overnight stay in Goa.

Day 28: Sunday

Day 28: Departure

Day 28: Sunday

Departure.


Accommodation


During your travels, you will stay at various guest houses, hotels and home stays. In the hotels enroute the rooms are shared between 2 people and single gender. During the volunteering and adventure parts, participants will stay in our centres, which are based in the community.

All will have access to the basic conditions. Centres have 3-4 bedrooms, which can house 12 people maximum. Rooms will be single gender in either the twin or dorm style with 4 to 6 travellers sharing.

All are comfortable and clean with adequate toilet and bathroom facilities including hot running water and showers.

Our centers have: A DVD player, a fridge and a TV with SKY, and a computer with Wi-Fi are readily available for use. The centres provide both Indian and Western food mainly vegetarian food like rice, pulses, vegetables and rotis with some meat dishes (chicken) on alternate days. The Xtreme Gap Year coordinators will be staying here with you. Sleeping bags required during winter (Nov.-Feb.) Hot water is available.

Hand washing your clothes will be a necessity. We ask that you try to be environmentally conscious, and use resources such as water and electricity with restraint. Alcohol and cigarette use should be limited at all times.

A Rough Idea of Price

All of our gap year holidays are completely customised to your needs and prices will therefore vary based on things like the time of year and level of accommodation; but we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.

4 Week - 

USD 2019




What's Included?


  • Airport Pickup in New Delhi.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Delhi (standard room).
  • Logistical management
  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • 3 good meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
  • Shared accommodation in a standard room (2-6 persons per room)
  • Local transport during the project
  • Access to the DVD player, TV with SKY and Wi-Fi facilities also hot running water and bathroom amnesties
  • Entry Fees for most places

What's Excluded?


  • Alcohol or Cigarettes (no drinking at the centre)
  • Special Food
  • Phone Calls
  • Flights/ Visas/ Insurance etc.
  • Airport Drop Off

Frequently Asked Questions



    • Please be back at the center or guest houses by 22:30 everyday
    • Participants will not be entertained to hire any vehicles on their own

    • Consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited at all our Centers
    • Respect and adhere to our code of conduct
    • Our staff are there to support you and to guide you and make your trip memorable, we request you to kindly follow their instructions at all times.
    • You will not be allowed to bring outsiders inside our centers, guest houses or hotels.
    • Please provide your mobile phone number during the time of booking, as this will be useful for us to contact you at the Delhi Airport as this is quite a crowded airport, and we would not want to lose you!

  • Arrive at New Delhi Airport. Upon landing please walk outside to find our contact person displaying a board with your name printed on it. Our contact person will take you directly to our center in Assonora, in North Goa; the drive is about 90 mins from the airport


  • Arrival day is Sunday (A day before the start date) Arrival Location: New Delhi. Arrival Time: Sunday 6 am to 10 pm
    Departure Date: Saturday (4th week). Departure Location: Goa. Departure Time: Anytime on Saturday.


  • Delhi Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport. Delhi Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
    Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is connected to all of the important cities of the world with almost all of the major international airlines operating from it. One of our coordinators will receive you at the Airport with a board displaying your name to ensure that the process is simple and relieving.


  • Enroute we eat in little restaurants and you can pick your own food, in the centres during the volunteering you will be served breakfast and 2 vegetarian meals a day. Lots of rice and vegetables.


  • All kinds, it will be one big adventure and you really get to know India, that is the exciting deal with this trip. we travel in buses, taxi´s tuk tuks etc.


Xtreme India Experience Trip Dates


2018 on Sundays

05.08.2018
19.08.2018
02.09.2018
16.09.2018
30.10.2018
18.11.2018
02.12.2018
16.12.2018

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