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India Road Trip

Would you like to visit and explore your chosen country in depth? Are you looking for people, challenges and new experiences that will broaden your life and your perspective? Our road trip tours are an amazing combination of travel, sightseeing, adventure, experiences and volunteering abroad. Join our India Road Trip, the amazing experience that includes Travel, Adventure, Culture, and Volunteer Experiences with Abroad Escape.

A Trip of a Life Time!

Our Road Trips are a great way to broaden your horizons, meet interesting people from all over the world, and get to know a country from a different perspective. By actively participating in our road trips, you can not only experience the diversity of different places but also gain valuable experience and develop yourself personally.

New Experiences

Round trips offer a wide range of experiences that allow you to experience different aspects of a culture, be it history, nature, cuisine, or local traditions.

Cultural Insights

Visiting different cities and regions provides a comprehensive insight into the diversity of a country’s cultures and ways of life.

Making a Difference

This is your chance to come into direct contact with the locals during the trip, on the road, and when volunteering. This enables authentic interactions through which you can develop a deeper understanding of the way of life, beliefs and traditions of the local people.

Overall, round trips offer a comprehensive and enriching opportunity to immerse yourself in the diversity and beauty of a culture and a country.

Why Join With Abroad Escape

Abroad Escape is committed to providing you with the highest-quality and most meaningful travel experiences possible. With our 133 international programs in 21 countries, you’ll have the chance to make a real impact in the lives of local communities. With our immersive volunteer programs, you’ll have the chance to engage with local communities and make a real impact in the lives of those around you. But that’s not all – you’ll also be creating lifelong friendships with fellow international travelers who share your passion for travel and making a positive impact.

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Welcome to India

India, a kaleidoscope of colors, cultures, and contrasts, beckons travelers with an unparalleled tapestry of experiences. From the bustling markets of Delhi to the serene backwaters of Kerala, this vast subcontinent unfolds like a living chronicle of history and tradition. Ancient temples whisper tales of dynasties long gone, while vibrant festivals ignite the spirit of celebration. The majestic Taj Mahal stands as an enduring testament to love, while the Himalayan peaks challenge adventurers to reach new heights. In India, flavors dance on the palate, from the fiery spices of street food to the delicate aromas of biryani. Amidst the chaos of cities, discover moments of tranquility in ashrams and the banks of the Ganges. Every corner resonates with the harmony of diversity, where modernity meets tradition and where the heart of the nation beats with warmth and hospitality. India, a land where the journey becomes a lifelong story, and every step unveils a new chapter in the grand epic of exploration.

This route takes you from Delhi to Shimla and then we head north towards Dharamshala. We travel down again to Delhi and Agra and move further to the Western India to the state of Rajasthan. Then we head down south to Mumbai and finally into Goa.

About Shimla

Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh which translated means ‘The Land of snowy mountains’ is situated 2,205 metres (7,234 ft.) above sea level. The city is adorned with forests of pine, rhododendron and oak and is infamous for the monkeys that frequent it. Blessed with warm flowery summers and snowy winters, it was declared the summer capital of the British Rule in India in 1864. The city is famous for its Tudor and Neo-gothic architecture styles which date from the colonial era. However this does not rob it of its ‘Indianness’ as local markets and street vendors are present everywhere.

Shimla is home to Asia’s only natural ice skating rink. The handicraft of this area in the form of weaving, embroidery and regional jewelry is renowned not only throughout India, but the world over. Due to its pleasant climate, it attracts a favourable blend of Indian and International tourists throughout the year.

About Udaipur

Udaipur, commonly called the Venice of the East and nicknamed ‘the city of lakes’ is located in the princely state of Rajasthan. Primarily known for its art and architecture, it has temples dating as far back as 950 AD and palaces dating back to the Rajput era. The Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) located in the middle of Pichola Lake is an architectural and cultural marvel. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above enhances the beauty of this magnificent city. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, crafts and its famed miniature paintings.

About Goa

Goa in south-west India enjoys a warm and humid climate throughout the year. It is known the world over for its pristine beaches, delectable cuisine, laid back lifestyle and it’s warm and friendly people. Consistently ranked among India’s top tourist destinations, it is the ideal place for first time travelers and adventurers alike to acclimatize to a different culture. From caves behind waterfalls to villages hidden in sandy coconut forests, there is always something more waiting to be rediscovered. The mountain ranges and spice plantations enhance the beauty of this glorious state.

Apart from its natural beauty, this former capital of Portuguese India and home to various UNESCO World Heritage sites has a lot to offer in terms of architecture with churches, cathedrals and forts abounding. Put together, it is all of these aspects and more that make Goa the ultimate travel destination.

Your Arrival

Get ready for a warm welcome! Your adventure begins the moment you arrive, with our airport pick-up on Sunday. To ensure a smooth transition, we’ll provide you with all the necessary arrival and contact details when you book your program. The local team will be waiting for you, ready to transfer you to your accommodation where you’ll meet fellow participants from around the world.

Your Accommodation

Your accommodation is included from Sunday night until Saturday morning of your last week, so you can rest assured that you’ll have a comfortable place to call home throughout your journey. You’ll be staying in shared rooms with other participants, giving you the perfect opportunity to make lifelong friends from around the world. You’ll be accommodated in single-gender rooms, ensuring maximum comfort and privacy. But that’s not all – we’ve got your meals covered too (as per itinerary below)!

Itinerary
India Road Trip

Embark on a 28-day India road trip and explore seven distinct regions of this exotic and diverse country.

From the capital to the Himalayan foothills, the Golden Temple, and the Taj Mahal, you’ll experience the country’s rich history and culture. Take a camel safari in the Thar Desert, hike in the Himalayas, visit palaces and UNESCO heritage sites, and engage with communities in Goa. Relax on the sandy beaches of Goa and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and stunning landscapes of India.

This is an eco-tourism travel program that gives you the opportunity to visit 7 distinct states in India in 28 days! Experience everything from its amazing culture, beautiful monuments, stunning nature, to its sublime cuisine by traveling through a cross-section of this vast sub-continent. Keeping with the values of our organization, this program is environmentally friendly.

Once you arrive in New Delhi, our tour leader will receive you. After checking into your hotel, you will receive an in-depth orientation regarding your travel program. On Monday, early morning, we will travel to Shimla by a unique train called the “Himalayan Queen,” which is also recognized by UNESCO.

Experience this wonderful heritage train journey through the Deccan Plateau and into the Himalayan landscape with splendid views of the Himalayan mountains. During your time in Shimla, experience hiking in the mountains, absorb breathtaking views, taste the local food with local people, stay in a beautiful guest house located in the midst of the mountains, experience the mountain village lifestyle, and walk around the Shimla town to view temples, monuments, and museums.

On the next part of your journey, you will go on a bus journey through the Himalayan mountains to dive into Tibetan culture in Dharamshala, the home of the Dalai Lama. Go on a walking tour through the monasteries, experience a holy walk the way locals do, visit marvelous waterfalls, and learn about Buddhist teachings and their way of life.

You will then travel to Agra to visit the “TAJ MAHAL” and witness its amazing grandeur. Walk into the Taj Mahal at sunrise, which is the best time to visit the Taj. Spend your time marveling at the beauty of the Taj. You will also be taken to the ghats of the Yamuna river to relax in the beautiful garden with the Taj as its backdrop.

You are just at the beginning of this real adventure! Next, you will be immersed in the colorful and vibrant culture of Udaipur. Witness an energetic cultural dance show and visit the beautiful Udaipur Palace, which is the second-largest palace in India. Your experience of a lifetime begins as you travel into the Thar desert. Go on a camel safari into the desert for an amazing camping experience under the starlit sky and experience a caravan lifestyle.

After that, you will travel to Mumbai, where you will visit its crowded streets, go on a boat ride into the Arabian Sea to visit an ancient island temple called the Elephanta Caves, and explore the city. You will also have some time to explore on your own in the evenings.

Your adventure does not end here. You will travel to the most exotic location of Goa, where you will be met by other participants taking part in various community engagement programs. In Goa, you will be introduced to various UNESCO sites and taken to the most famous beaches of Goa to unwind. We will also introduce you to yoga and an Ayurvedic massage, which will relax your body and prepare you for the project phase.

From Goa, you will be traveling to the magical ruins of Hampi, the capital of the ancient Vijayanagar Empire. This destination was the heartbeat of a powerful dynasty in its heyday. The ruins, spread over 16 sq miles, have temples, mandalas, sacred and religious structures that will inspire your imagination. This architectural splendor was reduced to ruins by marauding sultanate armies that razed the city to the ground, leaving back only the ruins in Hampi that you see today.

In the last week of your trip, you will have the splendid opportunity to take part in a variety of community engagement projects. You can work alongside local people at our women’s empowerment project, community school, renovation project, animal shelter, or participate in interacting with senior citizens at an old age home. The choice will be yours to find the best project that suits you and become a part of an ever-expanding community.

Aims & Objectives India Road Trip

This program aims to immerse you in authentic Indian culture and provide opportunities for community engagement to better understand local lifestyles.

Itinerary India Road Trip

Week 1: Delhi, Shimla & Dharamsala

Day 1: Sunday

Arrival at Delhi Airport. Our Coordinator will be at the airport to welcome you into India & direct you to your accommodation. Soon after your arrival and overnight stay at New Delhi on Sunday.

Day 2: Monday

Travel from Delhi to Shimla

On the morning of Monday, your first day in India, hop into a UNESCO heritage train ride to Shimla. On this vibrant train journey, observe the beautiful and ever-changing Indian landscape, regular day-to-day life on the streets, and finally a 5 hours ride into the amazing Himalayan mountain landscape. After reaching Shimla, we checked into a guesthouse located with a great view of Shimla.

New Delhi to Shimla – Train (Air conditioned with recliner seats Delhi to Kalka, Toy Train Kalka to Shimla)
Travel Time: 10 hours travel time

Day 3: Tuesday

The day begins early with an orientation session with our tour leader. This session also includes a briefing on aspects such as culture, safety and health precautionary measures, transportation, money, etc. Visit the famous monkey temple also called “Hanuman Temple” which is situated atop a hill, it is a 30-minute uphill walk and brings you to the highest point of Shimla city set at 2250 mts. Spend your afternoon, soaking into the views of the beautiful hill town, visit the local market and get acclimated to the Himalayan environment. Late afternoon, we proceed for a 2-hour bus ride deeper into the misty mountains of the Himalayas for an overnight stay at a local Himalayan village. A local family in the mountains will host you for the night.

Carry an extra set of clothes and drinking water in a light backpack. The tour leader will arrange for you to leave your bigger backpacks that you may be traveling with at a safe place from where you can collect them after the hike.

Day 4: Wednesday

Today is the best! to experience the Himalayan ranges. Hike into the Himalayan mountains which is also quite a challenging element of your trip which culminates on top of a hill at 3100 metres offering an amazing picturesque view of the Himalayan range. You will rest here while having your lunch in the ambiance of the outdoor Himalayan setup. Head back down to the village and drive back to Shimla, overnight stay at a guesthouse at Shimla.

The coordinator will help you get safe drinking water at the start of the trek. A packed lunch will be provided during the trek. The trek through the mountains will be approximately 7 hours long.

Trek Distance: 7 Km Trek
Difficulty Level 2: Uphill and downhill
Altitude: Approximately 3100 meters
Terrain: Rocky, gravel, river crossing and winding tracks
Duration of Trek: 7 hours.

Day 5: Thursday

Our tour leader will take you on a beautiful heritage walk through the deodar forests to visit historical monuments and temples. Afternoon, we take a bus to Dharamshala, the abode of the Dalai Lama.

Shimla to Dharamshala Bus ride: 9 hours

Day 6: Friday

Dharamshala – Experience Tibetan culture, and visit the traditional Tibetan market.

After a relaxed breakfast, visit McLeod Ganj and walk into the beautiful Buddhist monastery and go on a 20-minute walk to a wonderful waterfall located in the mountains. Your walk through the markets will give you an insight into traditional Buddhist shops selling various interesting traditional ornaments and cultural clothing. The evening will be spent around McLeod Ganj and treat yourself to a traditional Tibetan dinner. Night stay in Dharamshala.

Day 7: Saturday

Dharamshala – Experience Tibetan art Visit Norbulingka Monastery to learn thangka Painting and wood carving.

The Norbulinka Monastery is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan art & has 300 artisans with traditional masters passing these skills down to coming generations. Housed within the monastery the art of statue making, metal craft, thangka painting, tailoring and woodcraft are some of the heritage skills that are honed by aspiring artisans.

Day 8: Sunday

Spend your day in Delhi to visit the Lotus Temple, Gandhi Museum, and Red Fort. Overnight stay in Delhi. New Delhi is the Capital city of India and contains the best of modern India fused with a rich history that spans centuries. The Lotus Temple is a marvel that serves as a monument that embodies the true nature of a country with a myriad array of faiths & religions. Delve into the architectural wonder of the Red Fort which was once the capital of the Mughal empire exhibiting Mughal-style buildings with the influence of Hindu design. The Gandhi Museum will serve as a window to one of the most influential personalities in Indian and world History.

Week 2: Agra & Rajasthan

Day 9: Monday

Taj Mahal (Agra)

Today we have an early start, we take the morning train from Delhi to Agra. Arrive in Agra and check into a hotel just next to the Taj Mahal. A stunning architectural triumph that was inspired by love.

The highlight of the India Road Trip is today, witnessing one of the Seven Wonders of the World – The Taj Mahal. Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise and spend the day by the river Yamuna to marvel at its beautiful architecture and its surroundings. Later in the evening, hop into an overnight train to Udaipur “the city of lakes” in Rajasthan.

Agra to Udaipur (Air conditioned Indian Railways).

Day 10: Tuesday

Experience Rajasthan – Udaipur “the city of lakes”. 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. Spend the next 2 days visiting India’s second largest state, visit the beautifully architectured palace, enjoy a boat ride in Lake Pichola, and watch a traditional Rajasthani dance and music concert. Overnight stay in Udaipur.

Day 11: Wednesday

Today we went on a temple tour in the morning. Visit the beautiful sculptured 8th and 10th-century ancient temples on the outskirts of Udaipur. We return to our center and then in the evening, we take an overnight bus to Jaisalmer which is approximately 12 hrs for the next highlight of our trip – The Desert experience.

Day 12: Thursday

“The experience of a lifetime” camping in the Desert. Once in Jaisalmer, you will have a bit of time to refresh at the guest house. We then go sightseeing in Jaisalmer to an 11th-century fort and then take a jeep safari and a camel ride deeper 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. Our tour leader 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 is guaranteed to be one of your most memorable moments in life.

Day 13: Friday

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 that evening, we took an overnight bus back to Udaipur.

Day 14: Saturday

You will spend the entire morning learning the art of Rajasthani puppetry and painting. We will then take an overnight bus to Mumbai.
Udaipur to Mumbai – Bus (Comfortable air-conditioned bus)

Day 15: Sunday

After breakfast, visit the Gateway of India and go on a boat ride into the Arabian Sea to visit the ancient Elephanta caves. A good Indian lunch will be provided on the island. Return to the mainland and spend the remaining part of the day exploring the sights of Mumbai. Overnight stay at Mumbai.

Day 16: Monday

Today, we took an early morning superfast train to Goa. Arrive in Goa early at noon. Check into our house where you will be hosted for the remaining days of your travel. Once at our centre in the afternoon, after a good spread of Goan lunch, you can relax and freshen up and meet other participants at the house. Overnight stay at our centre in Goa.

Day 17: Tuesday

Explore the rich history and impressive architecture of Old Goa, the former colonial capital of the state. The convents and churches are stunning, and the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the relics of St Francis Xavier.

Visit the interesting spice plantation, learn about various Indian spices, and how they are grown before reaching your plates. After a sumptuous lunch at the plantation, spend some time at the plantation and on the way back visit a small yet beautiful waterfall. Later in the evening, take your time out on your own. Overnight stay in Goa.

Day 18: Wednesday

After breakfast spend the morning with a hands-on session in preparing a typical Goan lunch. We then visit the mangroves of Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary to get a glimpse of local & migratory birds in the afternoon. We trek up a small hillock to witness the ruins of a Portuguese seminary before getting back to the centre & get packed up for the next leg of our adventure. We board a bus & head out for Hampi after dinner

Day 19: Thursday

Arrive in Hampi early morning where we check in to our rooms & freshen up. After breakfast, we take a guided tour into the ancient realm of the Vijaynagar empire. Your guide & the exquisitely carved structures will take you back in time to an ancient civilization at its peak. The sprawling complex of Hampi is a UNESCO heritage site. We then lunch at one of the finest eateries in Hampi & resume our tour. We also get a glimpse into one of the rituals carried out by the main temple in Hampi. Dinner & a well-deserved night’s sleep.

Day 20: Friday

After breakfast, you are free to explore this amazing destination dating back to the 14th Century, at your leisure. Hampi is truly a photographer’s paradise where you can capture elements of a bygone age that still endures within these ruins. We then meet for lunch & board a bus & head back to the beaches of Goa. On reaching Goa we get back to our centre for the night.

Day 21: Saturday

Experience an authentic Ayurvedic massage to relax your body. After lunch at our centre, spend your time at one of the beautiful beaches of Goa to return to the centre for dinner. Overnight stay in Goa.
Day 22: Sunday
Day to relax, breathe in, and catch up with your new friends at the guest house in Goa

Week 4: Community Engagement Week in Goa

Day 23-27: Monday to Friday

During this week, participate in our community engagement program which consists of many projects such as the community school or a renovation project an animal shelter or even participate in interacting with senior citizens at an old age home. The choice will be yours to suit yourself into a project to become a part of an ever-expanding community. During the second half of the day spend educational and quality time with migratory children at our outreach program. Overnight stay in Goa.

Day 28: Saturday

Departure.

* The schedule and mode of transportation can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Starting Dates 2024

4 March
1 April
6 May
3 June
1 July
5 August
2 September
7 October
4 November
2 December

Arrival is on the Sunday before the start of the tour.

Program Price

4 Weeks: 2495 Euro

 

What’s included
Itinerary as describer
Airport Pickup
Your program coordinator throughout your travel
24/7 in-country support
Pre-departure support
Some meals are included
Accommodation in shared single gender rooms
Transportation as per itinerary
Entry fees to all places on the itinerary
Community project

What’s Excluded
visa, flight, travel insurance, vaccinations, criminal background check, return trip to the airport, 5% international banking fee, personal expenses, this program does not cover any liability and does not insure participants, participants must have their own insurance before joining the program

Requirements to join
Participants need to be minimum 18 years old
Participants are required to provide a criminal background check (if unable to obtain a criminal background check, you can provide two character reference letters instead)
Participants are required to have their own travel insurance
Participants need to be able to speak and understand at least basic English

Testimonial Sarah Snook

A testimonial from Sarah Snook the famous Hollywood actress who joined our program.