Overview: Travel through various regions of India: Kerala, Jaipur, Agra and the Taj Mahal, and the North, Amritsar, and the Himalayas around Dharmsala. Build a community travelling together, learning how the threads of spirituality, culture and history are woven together in the experience of India. Visit temples, historical sites, beaches, eperience auyervedic massage, projects that are making a difference to people in India, spend an afternoon on a houseboat in the Kerala backwaters, the beauty of the palaces of Jaipur, visit an elephant refuge, and the Dalai Lama’s temple in Dharmsala and hear about the struggle of the Tibetan people today. See many interesting sites, projects and people! Meet Indian guides and friends, sharing their lives, joys and challenges. Build a community with fellow pilgrims, expand your worldview, open your heart. Travel making a difference for yourself and the communities you visit.
Feb. 19 Arrive in Cochin, Kerala, India.
Feb 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 Programme in Kerala based on a small island on the backwaters just outside of Cochin. (5 nights)
Feb. 24 Fly to Jaipur from Cochin.
Feb. 24, 25, 26, 27 Jaipur, Rajastan, explore the ancient city and Rajastani culture. (4 nights)
Feb. 28 Over night in Agra for a visit to the Taj Mahal. (1 nights)
Feb. 29 Drive to Delhi airport and fly to Amritsar and visit the Punjab and the Golden Temple.
Feb 29, Mar 1, 2, Amritsar. (3 nights)
Mar 3 Drive from Amritsar to Dharmasala.
Mar 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 in Dharamsala, exploring mountains and the culture of the Tibetian people in exile (5 nights)
Mar. 8 Morning flight from Dharamasala to Delhi and flight home or continue the journey.
Cost: All-inclusive in country costs are $4650 Canadian, GST included for shared accomodation. Single accommodation price is: $5175.
- accomodation, 18 nights
- all meals and non alcoholic drinks
- 24 hour a day guided tour by 2 guides, and connections and guiding with three local guides who will be with us for portions of the tour
- all in-country transportation including 3 flights, from Cochin to Jaipur, from Dehli to Amritsar, from Dharamsala to Dehli
- all entrance fees to sites, museums, parks etc.
- donations to the organizations and projects we will visit
Not included in the fee: spending money, ayurvedic treatments, passports and visa costs, immunizations, alcohol during the trip. The flight costs to India are also your own responsibility; however, we will let you know which flight we recommend or you can use your own travel agent.
You will fly into Cochin on Feb. 19 and fly out of Delhi on March 8. This trip is designed for those aged 18 and up.
Hotels: All accommodation has AC.
Cochin: Bens Homestay www.benshomestay.com Staying at Bens home and surrounding homes on a small island close to Cochin, peaceful and beautiful on the backwaters.
Jaipur: www.shahpura.com Gorgeous Heritage Hotel with beautiful architecture and a pool.
Agra: www.hoteltajresorts.com 500 Meters from the entrance to the Taj Mahal, pool.
Amritsar: www.hotellegolden.com Directly across from the Golden Temple in the Old City of Amritsar.
Dharamasala: www.norbulingka.org/norling-house Tibetian style accommodation on the grounds of the Norbulingka Institute, the centre of Tibetian Arts and Culture.
For application forms, tour information and to assess whether this trip is for you please contact:
Doris at firstname.lastname@example.org 604.341.2724
This is World Pilgrims third journey to India! Doris is the founder of World Pilgrim and has been travelling with groups since 1997 when she took a group of Youth to Guatemala for the first time. She speaks English, German and Spanish and her great passion is helping people experience the world as it really is and make connections globally. Julio is a Maya Quiche from Guatemala and has been travelling and guiding with World Pilgrim for the last 7 years. He is a human right activist working with the women in his community to help them and himself overcome the trauma of the civil war. This will be his second trip to India. World Pilgrim has been building up networks of friends in countries like India, Thailand, Europe, Guatemala and Cuba where they work to create meaningful travel that makes a difference to the communities visited and for the travelers themselves. Come join us!