Welcome, met & assisted by our representative at the airport and transfer straight to your hotel.
Meet and greet with the company representative and he will take you through what it’s going to be like at your project, do’s and don’ts, how to stay safe and it’s your prime opportunity to ask any burning questions that you haven’t yet had answered. After the orientation you’ll have some time to relax and prepare before your first day at the project tomorrow.
Today you will be shown the way to your new project in Amber. a small town about thirty minutes drive away from your accommodation. You'll meet the staff and the stars of the show – the elephants. Prepare to get stuck in and get messy as you get to grips with the day to day care of the elephants.
The elephants have a day job here! They travel each day to the nearby Royal Amber Fort and provide tourists with elephant rides and are the stars of photographs and videos for the morning. The elephants work hard and look forward to their return to the nearby village of Amber where they are cared for by their owners and you! The elephants are viewed as a means of income and the additional care and attention you can give is very important to both them and their owners.
The mahouts and locals that you’ll be working alongside have a deep bond and connection with the elephants at the project. They are extremely dedicated to what they do and although it provides a small income for them, they cherish what they earn. Take the time to get to know the background of this project to get settled in. it’s a lot of physical work and you get messy but we’ll bet the smile on your face at the end of the day has never been bigger.
Your main task will be to help the owner of the elephant by cleaning up after the animals, preparing their food and feeding them. After their return from their work you will be helping them to relax by massaging them and giving them the care and attention they need. You’ll be working alongside the local mahouts and helping them with their English skills which will help them at the royal Amber Fort. Try and learn a few words in Hindi before you travel to really impress the mahouts!
Overnight at forest guest house!!
Early breakfast at hotel.
Morning drive to Amber and its glorious hilltop fortress. You will ascend the fort on Elephant back. It is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking architectural mastery. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration. Within the complex is Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with the images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh. Pierced screen windows offer views from different vantage points, and shimmering mirrors encrust the walls of Sheesh Mahal.
Enjoy shopping experience along with carpet weaving / Gems cutting demonstration.
Later proceed to Pink city of Jaipur. Stop for a photo at the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds." This beautiful façade is probably the most-photographed in Jaipur, with its ornately carved windows designed so the ladies of the palace could look out onto the streets unobserved. Visit the City Palace Museum, which has a priceless collection of antiques, costumes and armory of the Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiseled handles. It also has an art gallery which displays a collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit.
Thereafter visit Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century.
This Morning, drive to Agra Enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri.
Continue drive to Agra - A Medieval city on the banks of the Yamuna River. It was founded by Sultan Sikandar Lodi in the year 1506. Agra achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal era buildings. Most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Upon arrival check in at hotel.
After breakfast, Proceed for city sightseeing visiting.
Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays) a UNESCO World heritage site. The 17th century Taj Mahal is often called a poem in stone. If so, the mausoleum is a love poem created by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by a Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. Also visit Agra Fort.
Enjoy a shopping experience in the Mughal city. Witness Marble Inlay work at a local workshop. Agra is known world over for its famous its Inlay work. The best example is Taj Mahal greatest monument of love.
Later drive back to Delhi - where empire rose and fell before the dawn of history; where citadels of emperors appeared and disappeared; a city of mysterious eternity whose old ruins proclaim a majestic and imperial past and whose present pulsates vibrantly with the ever flowing life of India. The city has witnessed the glorious and tumultuous 5,000 year old history. Amidst the tranquility of the splendidly panoramic environs, Delhi has always been intrinsically identified with power and imperial sway.
Breakfast at hotel.
Proceed for full day sightseeing of Old Delhi and New Delhi visiting. Begin your exploration in Old Delhi visiting Raj Ghat, where The Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Drive Past Red fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Built in red sand stone by Shah Jahan in 1648, this magnificent monument is laid out along River Yamuna as an irregular octagon.
The Jama Mosque, the royal mosque built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1656. It is one of the largest in the world - the main prayer hall can accommodate 20,000 people. We do a Rickshaw ride through the streets of Chandi Chowk, one of the oldest bazaars of India.
Proceed to India Gate (drive past) war memorial dedicated to the martyr’s of World War I, The President's Palace - former Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings - an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture Post lunch enjoy next visit Qutab Minar, a soaring tower of victory, 72.5m high with five distinct stories. This minaret is built on the foundation of a Hindu temple; many elements of the construction reflect their Hindu and Jain origins. Within the complex, are myriad monuments that combine both Islamic calligraphy and Hindu motifs.
Morning at leisure.
Afternoon proceed for a bicycling tour, hereby reducing the carbon footprints and volunteering for conserving the local environment.
A stimulating and ambitious introduction to the many lives of "Dilli" re-lived in true DelhiByCycle style: through the many lanes of Delhi - the Nizamuddin tour leads you through a city of mystics, saints, poets, rebels, forgotten Kings, English ladies, refugee colonies and nameless tombs - all buried in the giddying contrast offered by the up-scale South Delhi neighborhoods. Starting in the over-700-year-old settlement of Nizamuddin this tour hacks its way through the 21st century concrete jungle and flashy lights of South Delhi to show you a city alive in unimaginable fragments.
A Visit to NizamuddinBasti (Slum)with Hope Project, a worldwide known NGO, for some philanthropy cause, (You may donate your used apparels, stationary to school kids) interact with locals and how they live in between their daily social challenges.
A complete tour of Delhi, you can see the different social classes of Delhi starting from NizamuddinBasti (Slum) and Golf Link towards the end of tour.
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer intime to airport to baord flight for onward journey.
Volunteers need to be over 18 years old at the time they take part in the program and be able to Speak in English fluently. You also need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
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