India offers an incredible spectrum of sights and experiences,
from spiritual sanctuaries to frenetic cities. This vast country will dazzle your senses
and reveal a happiness that is infectious. You will discover the best of India:
the majestic icon of the Taj Mahal, the Bollywood magic that has captured the world’s heart, and many more places and traditions that will redefine how you think of India.
Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to India special:
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
VISIT A BOLLYWOOD
STUDIO AND LEARN THE
ART OF INDIAN HIP HOP
Bollywood is India’s most enduring movie industry, the movies an extravaganza of music and dance. This afternoon you will visit a studio and you will have a lesson in Bollywood dancing and Indian hip hop. Your teachers will be experts in the field who train young aspiring actors and actresses. The session is vigorous and active and better than most workouts!
ADULT ONLY TRAVELERS
SPEND TIME WITH A
Spend with a master potter who will teach you make the famous blue pottery, originally of Turkish Persian origin. It is the eye catching blue that gives it its name.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12
SPEND THE EVENING WITH
HOW TO CARE FOR THEM
Spend an evening with elephants –
bathing and painting them and learning from the trainers how to take care of
them and ride them
GLOBAL COMMUNITY GIVE-BACK
The Salaam Balak Trust works with street children in Delhi providing them with a secure environment as well as health and education. SBT aims to provide a sensitive and caring environment to street & working children and other children on the margins of society. It seeks to dissolve the barriers that rob children of the opportunity to realize their rights. You will spend the day in one of the contact centers helping the volunteers with the children in the school.
The Salaam Baalak Trust City Walk is an English guided tour of almost 2 hours conducted by kids who used to live in the streets of Delhi before joining our Trust. Our guides are adolescents who have been fully trained as local guidea and who want to improve their communication and speaking skills. City Walk gets the children's stories heard, gives people a view of their world through their eyes. Those who take the City Walk tour through the streets of inner city of Paharganj and the area around New Delhi railway station, led by a child who was once living and working on the streets will experience special tour far from the tourist main attractions. City Walk is an example of how a volunteer's creativity can translate into a unique and enduring programme, which is both popular and economically viable. Over the last seven years, thousands have taken the Walk and empowered a number of children, helping them to join mainstream life.
Ages to Travel
It is recommended that your children be at least 8 years old at the time of travel for your trip to India. Any younger and they find it all too overwhelming, though we have had families with younger children (four and five years). We tailor the itinerary differently – more in-house and activities and avoiding very crowded areas. The ideal age is 12+. By this time, especially if they are travelers they are aware, curious and enjoy some of the more interactive activities such as walking with street children and participating in our Global CommUnity give-back opportunities.
Time of Year to Travel
The best time to travel to India is October through to mid March, avoiding February and late November both of which are peak travel times in India and hotels charge a premium.'
The least ideal times to travel are May and June. With temperatures well over 100F and very dry and dusty in the north and very humid in the South the weather can be uncomfortable. We also advise against traveling the period around the Pushkar Camel Fair which is usually in November and Indian summer vacation, (end May to early July)
Travel Documents Required
A visa and a valid passport and visa are required for entry into India. To apply for a visa or passport click this link.
Please note that passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry. Please note also that passports must be valid for six (6) months before departure and should also have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigrations stamps. Global CommUnity cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements.