Trip Details

Welcome to the city of Lakes! This program is individually designed to immerse you into the culture of Rajasthan and to experience the lifestyle and culture of this beautiful city of Udaipur. This will be a very important step that will prepare you for your stay in India. Loads of new things will be introduced to you and it will be the time to ask all your questions about the programs, the organisation, the country, the culture and anything else that might come to your mind.

Immerse yourself into the culture, surroundings and more of this rich and colourful state of Rajasthan.

This action-packed week in the Royal city of Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan will be filled with language lessons, markets and sightseeing! Through these activities, you will begin to get acquainted to this country and its culture, an important step into making your experience more enriching.

To make your week memorable and informative we have lined up a list of activities. There will be language lessons, cooking classes, yoga sessions, sightseeing tours, visits to authentic Indian restaurants, workshops that will introduce you to the culture, visits to our project locations and much more!

Aims & Objectives
The purpose of this program is to help you get an understanding of the manners, norms, and etiquette that is inherent in Indian society as well as show you around and introduce you to your new surroundings.

Trip Itinerary

The purpose of this program is to help you get an understanding of the manners, norms, and etiquette that is inherent in Indian society as well as show you around and introduce you to your new surroundings.

Monday

  • 7:00 – 8:00 Yoga
  • 8.30 – 9:00 Breakfast
  • 9:30: 12:15 Overview of TGL program cultural shock. Introduction to India including culture, caste system and religions in general (PowerPoint presentation). including Do’s and Don’ts (House Rules).
  • 13.00 – 14:00 Lunch at the Centre
  • 15.00 – 20:00 City Centre , Visiting city place, a famous temple, and witness a local dance performance
  • 20.20 – 20:50 Dinner at the Centre

Tuesday

  • 7:00 – 8:00 Yoga
  • 8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast at the centre
  • 09:30 – 12:30 Hindi Language Lesson (Alphabets, sentences, phrases, names of fruits and vegetables, numbers). A short break to learn making Indian Chai (tea)
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch at the Centre
  • 15:00 – 18:00 Go on an a heritage walk in the old city of Udaipur then visit a Rajasthani Art School to learn traditional painting
  • 18:30 – 19:15 Dinner at the Centre
  • 19:30 – 20:30 Workshop introducing previous participants to new participants

Wednesday

  • 8:00 – 8:45 Breakfast at the Centre
  • 9:00 -10:15 Visit a local vegetable Market & vegetable Shopping
  • 10:30 – 12:45 Join a practical session of Indian Cooking
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch at the Centre
  • 14:30 – 18:00 Visit Badi lake and Fatesagar Lake
  • 18:30 – 19:15 Dinner at the Centre
  • 19:30 on wards Enjoy a Bollywood movie at the Centre

Thursday

  • 7:00 – 08:00 Yoga
  • 8:00 – 08:45 Breakfast at the Centre
  • 9:30 – 12:30 Bollywood dance
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch at the Centre
  • 15:00 – 17:00 Go on a scenic boat ride in Lake Pichola and witness the panoramic city view of Udaipur from atop a hill
  • 18.30 – 19:15 Dinner at the Centre

Friday

  • 6:00 Today, will be an exciting day. Hop onto an Indian train to travel to the amazing town of Chittorgarh to witness the beautiful fort and temples.
  • 8:30 Breakfast in Chittorgarh
  • 9:00 Visit ancient monuments and temples
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Authentic Rajasthani Lunch
  • 14:30 – 16:00 Sightseeing
  • 16:30 Depart to Udaipur
  • 20:00 Dinner at the Centre

Saturday & Sunday

Weekends are free for you to explore incredible India! 🙂

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

The Royal city of Udaipur located in the state of Rajasthan is 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. 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. Drawing several million tourists a year, it has loads to offer in terms of art, architecture, culture and cuisine. With all of this and more, Udaipur is one of the cities everyone should visit at least once in their lives.

Accommodation & Food

There is a mini library where you can read, a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow participants. Rooms are shared on a single gender basis 4-8 people per room. There is an option to reserve a private room, this is subject to availability, and must be requested before booking at an additional cost.

 

Food Arrangements
The meals are a mix of Western and Indian food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants.There is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.

Facilities
Our house is located five kilometres away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need.

The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.

Sights & Surroundings
Jaisalmer, a gigantic sandcastle that remains inhabited and has mesmerized people from all over the world. With ninety nine bastions, the castle encircles shops, a palace and more.

Pushkar, a Hindu pilgrimage town that is set around a holy late and home to one of the few Brahma temples, over fifty bathing ghats and over 400 temples. The main street is a long bazaar, where you can find any souvenir you can think of to bring back home.

Jodhpur, dubbed “The Blue City” for its blue-tinted edifices, Jodhpur is considered an architectural masterpiece due to its ever-photogenic streets and Mehrangarh, a magnificent fort that towers over the town.

Jaipur, a colourful and flamboyant city made famous by the Hawa Mahal, a pink-toned building that towers over the main bazaar and was historically built for royal women to be able to see festivals without being on the streets.

Ajmer, famous for its Islamic heritage and for containing one of India’s most important Muslim pilgrimage centres. In Ajmer, you’ll be able to find examples of Muslim architecture such as the Jain golden temples.

Trip Country Info

India

Capital: New Delhi
Language: Hindi, English and 22 other officially recognized languages
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

India is known for its pyramid-like temples, its colorful streets and it’s crowded cities. This country represents one of the most vivid and the largest cultures in the world. From the golden triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra to the coast where Ayurveda medicine was born, India offers a 360 degree journey through the most magical of lands. Known for being the second most populated country in the world, India will show you the faces of thousands of Hindu gods in its very vast collection of temples all throughout the country. The land of colors and smiles is ready to take you on your next adventure whether road tripping or helping out in local communities, this sub-continent will amaze your senses. India will shift the way you see the world.

India’s literacy rate is around 60% for women and 80% for men. The principal language is Hindi and English is also commonly used in all major cities. New Delhi, the capital of India, is what many would call the real deal when travelling through the country. It is one of the biggest and most populated cities in the whole world with up to 25 million citizens. New Delhi is known for its amazing cuisine and its new modality of “street food”, which means restaurants with every specialty you can imagine are available to you all throughout the city! Chennai is another of the biggest cities in India, known as the “Detroit of India” for its automobile industry. If you are looking for a quieter spot Kerala is the centre of lifestyle, art, architecture, language and literature in all of the country!

Gap year travel to India is enjoyed in a country with wonderful history that dates back several thousand years. In particular, one of the most incredible historical points of India is how four separate world religions originated here – Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism. Beyond this, however, India has only truly been independent as a nation since 1947, just a couple years after World War 2 concluded.

In that time, India has grown to be the eleventh largest economy in the world as well as the second most populous nation, second only to China. This isn’t particularly surprising when you consider that India has been an economic powerhouse for trade routes in the past, but it is very impressive to consider that India has almost reached the status of superpower over the course of 66 years.

The geography of India has been a target for nature lovers for many years but is finally becoming an easy place to visit and explore for foreign tourists. With the Himalayas to the north, the desert in the centre and the luxurious beaches to the west, India has a type of climate that suits the desires of just about anyone. Even if you have a soft spot for snow, you can easily embrace that love by visiting some of the northern mountains which are nearly always capped in snow and ice!

With thousands of years of history and an incredibly diverse climate, India is not a place you can simply read about and understand. You have to visit and immerse yourself within the various Indian cultures before you get an idea of just how amazing India really is. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch now to find out more about our amazing gap year holidays in India or browse the latest experiences below;

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

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What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • Meals
  • Orientation
  • Project coordinator

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa