Trip Details

While Rajasthan is most commonly known for its picturesque deserts and beautiful palaces, not too far from Udaipur lies a biological park, preserving a natural and sustainable ecosystem for many endangered species. Our Menagarie for Education on Wildlife and Habitat Preservation program aims to provide opportunity of first- hand experience to work directly in the park with the likes of park Veterinary Doctor, forest rangers and other staff, in an endeavour to contribute towards improvement in wildlife data collection and research, promotion of environmental and animal- friendly practices for the local villagers and tourists as well as basic care of wild and rescued animals. There are a wide variety of opportunities offered in the program that may include feeding and bathing of the animals, cleaning of enclosure and surrounding, medical treatment of concerned animals, recording seasonal changes in behavioural patterns of animals, functions with flora and fauna in the park like weeding and tapering, analysis of visitor behaviour, trend studies in terms of demographics, safety and vulnerability checks, risk analysis, redesigning of enclosures, maintenance of visual history of animals with the help of camera and study of biodiversity in general, to name a few.

You can also be a part of myriad of other activities like awareness programs, signboard preparation and maintenance activities, exhibitions and assistance in lectures for school groups and what not. In collaboration with the park, we print simple handouts in the Manbuddhi School Vocational Centre in Malatalai. These can be distributed by you in various tourist hotspots in Udaipur in order to increase the footfall of visitors to the park. You can contribute to local human settlements and other communities in Joint Forest Management by Construction of basic sanitation and hygiene facilities, medical health awareness and immunisation camps.

Aims & Objectives
The aim of this program is to emphasise on the conservation of endangered species and native regional species of the Aravalli ecosystem providing equal importance to large and small organisms.

Trip Itinerary

Monday
On your first day of the program, you will have an orientation, to better understand your new environment and program. Our coordinators will take you to an energised authentic Rajasthani cultural dance concert, visit the local market, and a few supermarkets located close to our centre. You can also utilise this time of the day to exchange your currency or purchase any of the essential items you might need during your stay.

Tuesday
On the second day of your first week, introduction to the local projects and program will be given through an observation time at the project site. Our coordinators will also theoretically orient and train you on the project activities onsite so as to introduce you to the project in a step-by-step manner.

Wednesday to Friday
Your time on the project will commence on Wednesday.

You will be working along with the staff and the forest guards on various activities as per the requirement from 9:00 to 12:00. Return to our center for lunch and for relaxation. Then depart again at 14:00 and continue with other activities scheduled for the day.

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

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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!

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Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

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

What's not included

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