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School Expedition to Central India

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Your school expedition to central India will see your group visit Delhi, Agra and Kanha. Your students will have the opportunity to visit a number of community projects in the cities, including a café run by acid attack survivors and a shelter for homeless children. By visiting these projects, your students will learn more about the issues affecting the urban population in India.

You’ll also have the chance to experience the rural side of India, as you visit tribal villages, meet the locals and spend time in a local primary school. The highlight of your tour will be meaningful exchanges with locals which will help your group to better understand the realities of life in India.

And you’ll also get the chance to volunteer at the Kanha Tiger Reserve, where you’ll learn more about these majestic, endangered animals.

And, of course, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy some of the cultural highlights of India, including the Taj Mahal and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort.

Suggested Itinerary (10 days/8 nights)

Bangla Sahib Gurdwara

Bangla Sahib Gurdwara

This Gurdwara is one of the most prominent in Delhi and is famous for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishnan who stayed at the bungalow that once stood there in 1664.

The Gurdwara complex also houses two schools, a museum, a library and a hospital. And make sure you take a moment to admire the temple’s Sarovar, or pool of holy water. The water is considered by Sikhs to have healing powers.

You’ll be able to see the Langar hall and kitchen, where volunteers feed thousands of people daily.

Did you know? In Sikhism, Langar refers to the community kitchen run by a Gurdwara and staffed by volunteers from the Gurdwara’s community. Free vegetarian meals are provided to all visitors, regardless of their faith, race, gender, caste or anything else. Everyone sits on the floor to eat, symbolising their equality under God.

Sheroes Hangout

Sheroes Hangout

Just half a mile from the iconic Taj Mahal, the Sheroes Hangout Community Café is run by survivors of acid attacks.

With many of the victims of such attacks being young girls and women, the effects of an acid attack can go much further than the physical, it can also affect their education and future careers, and make them want to hide away.

This café helps the survivors to learn new skills and to build their confidence. Opened by a team from StopAcidAttacks, the café provides a safe space for discussion around feminism and women’s rights in India. Profits from the café go towards the rehabilitation of survivors of acid attacks.

Did you know? In India, at least 72% of reported acid attacks include at least one female victim. Around 300 cases are reported each year, with another 700 believed to go unreported.

Deepalaya

Deepalaya

Deepalaya is a non-governmental organisation in Delhi that works on issues affecting the urban and rural poor in India, with a particular focus on children.

The organisation believes that ‘every child deserves a chance’ no matter what their gender, economic status or physical abilities. It runs projects in education, female empowerment, healthcare, institutional care and vocational training.

You’ll be able to visit the Deepalaya Children’s Home, which cares for around 150 underprivileged children, many of whom come from the city’s slums.

Did you know? Deepalaya is the largest operational NGO in Delhi and has helped around 50,000 children.

Day 1

Morning

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Afternoon

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Evening

Overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2

Morning

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon

Tour of central Delhi including a visit to the Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple to see its community kitchen, which feeds thousands of visitors daily. 

Evening

Evening meal and overnight in Delhi.

Day 3

Morning

Early morning cycle tour of the walled section of Old Delhi, through bazaars and past temples and old colonial buildings. 

Enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant.

Visit Deepalaya's school and shelter which looks after around 150 children from the local slums.

Afternoon

Visit the brick minaret of Qutab Minar.

Evening

Evening meal and overnight in Delhi.

Day 4

Morning

Depart for Agra by coach.

Afternoon

Visit to Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before continuing to the beautiful Taj Mahal. 

Then, visit the Sheroes' Hangout Community Cafe for a cup of coffee. The cafe is run by women who have suffered some form of injury through acid attacks.

Evening

Evening meal and overnight in Agra.

Day 5

Morning

Return to Delhi to fly on to Raipur.

Afternoon

On arrival transfer to Kanha and your jungle lodge.

Evening

Evening meal and time to relax.

Day 6

Morning

Spend the morning vounteering with Lantana weed removal - the weed is posing a major threat to native plant species.

Afternoon

Lunch at the lodge before enjoying an afternoon jungle safari in the reserve. Here you can enjoy the many birds, butterflies and mammals that live in this jungle. And if you're really lucky, you may even spot a tiger!

Evening

Evening meal and overnight stay in Kanha. 

Day 7

Morning

Another morning of Lantana weed removal. 

Afternoon

A well-earned lunch followed by a visit to a tribal village. Meet the local families and see them making baskets and alcohol from Mahua flowers. 

Evening

Evening meal and overnight stay in Kanha. 

Day 8

Morning

Enjoy a second jungle safari and visit the Forest Interpretation Centre. 

Afternoon

Enjoy lunch at your hotel before joining in plantation work that supports habitat management for the animals of the national park. 

Evening

Evening presentation on the tiger census and the methods used. 

Evening meal and overnight stay in Kanha. 

Day 9

Morning

Visit a local primary school supported by the forest department. Spend time playing and interacting with the students and teachers. 

Afternoon

Enjoy a jungle safari in the Tiger Reserve.

Evening

Enjoy a tribal dance performance before your evening meal. 

Day 10

Morning

Depart for Raipur for internal flight back to Delhi, before you fly back to the UK.

Afternoon

Return flight to the UK.

Evening

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  • tick icon8 nights' accommodation - 3 nights on a half-board basis and 5 nights on a full-board basis
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  • tick iconEnglish-speaking guide
  • tick iconEntrance to visits and attractions as per itinerary
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Educational activities and visits

Agra Fort

Agra Fort

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is just 2.5km from the Taj Mahal and was the main reside… Read more

Bangla Sahib Gurdwara

Bangla Sahib Gurdwara

The Bangla Sahib Gurdwara is one of the most important in Delhi. This is a tranquil haven… Read more

Cycle Tour of Old Delhi

Cycle Tour of Old Delhi

The best way to see all the sights of Old Delhi is on a bike. You’ll cycle through… Read more

Qutab Minar

Qutab Minar

In 1199, Qutbuddin raised the Qutab Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the… Read more

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, built under the Mughal Emperor Shah… Read more

Accommodation

Chitvan Jungle Lodge
Hotel Africa Avenue
Hotel Royale Residency
Chitvan Jungle Lodge

The hotel offers some great facilities, including a library, swimming pool, WiFi and a great on-site restaurant. The food showcases the best of Indian cuisine a lot of the produce is sourced from an organic farm just outside the city.

Hotel Africa Avenue
This popular, modern hotel offers elegant, tranquil accommodation with excellent facilities, making this the ideal base from which to explore New Delhi.

Close to many of the city's key historical sites and just 15 minutes from Delhi (Indira Ghandi International) Airport, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout. There is also a lovely restaurant serving both Indian and international cuisine.

All guestrooms feature an en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning, as well as a flat screen TV. Reception provides a 24-hour service.
Hotel Royale Residency

The Hotel Royale Residency is a three star hotel in Agra. The hotel boasts large and spacious rooms, all decorated with a somewhat regal elegance befitting the home of the Taj Mahal. There's also a lovely large lawn and a great on-site restaurant serving international cuisine.

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