Departure to India
Enjoy the overnight flight to India. Board your flight from respective cities.
Namaste!! Welcome to India. Your adventure begins with a welcome by Expedition 2 India's local representative at the Airport with fresh flower garlands. After the warm welcome you will be escorted in air-conditioned car/van to your hotel. Here you have time to relax, refresh and make yourself comfortable. Depending on your arrival time of flight we will schedule activities same day. In the evening you will all have welcome dinner and get a chance to know one another.
Today will be packed with lots of activities. You will visit old and New Delhi. After breakfast you will be transported to Metro station and guided to city's metro system, during all times you will have English speaking guides. After reaching Old Delhi hop on a rickshaw & visit once water filled square of Chandani Chowk. Discover Jama Masjid, Delhi's oldest Mosque, before learning about history of Sikh religion at the Sheeshganj Gurudwara. Enjoy sit down authentic India lunch at Gurudwara. Visit Raj Ghat Memorial, commemorating great leaders including Mahatma Ghandi, the father of the nation. Stop at the India Gate War Memorial and pass Parliament as you discover India's modern political history. Experience the Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy a scrumptious pizza dinner in a young and happening part of city.
Today is designed around learning, sharing and teaching. After breakfast you will visit local School and NGO in Delhi. Interact with local students. Explore new levels of learning and share your back home teaching technique and methods too. This will be an exclusive day-long program specially designed to build lasting relationships through cultural exchange. Students will be assisting in a variety of roles from teaching English, reading stories, playing games, helping in tech and teaching computer skills.
Lunch will be at School and enjoy burgers at dinner time.
Delhi - Shimla
Today morning after breakfast you will fly from Delhi domestic airport to Shimla. After reaching check in at hotel and wear your walking shoes, as Shimla is all about walking amidst beautiful paths and mountains. You will visit Old church made by Britishers and learn about the colonial history of the British Empire. Shimla is also called Capital of British India. Stroll through the famous Mall area which is filled with youngesters and visitors during evening, visit Gaiety Theater and The Vice Regal Lodge.
Today we will be tasting authentic mountain food followed with pasta/chowmein for dinner.
Shimla - Manali
Wake up and enjoy scrumptious breakfast served like British would eat. After that enjoy a mountain drive and the dramatic scenery of the region. Arrive at Manali, enjoy dinner and rest.
Visit The Majestic Himalayas
Today is filled with fun Activities and Adventure. Ride a cable car, begin you mountain adventure! Explore Rural Manali Villages. Here, you will experience the lifestyles of residents in this remote mountainous region. Keep your eyes open for passing Yaks! Meet a local family and enjoy warm tea and home made snaks and goodies. Ride by cable car to experience the snows (during winter) or greenry and majestic views of Himalaya Mountains. Enjoy mountain trekking and try Zorbing!
Manali - Kullu
After breakfast get ready for a scenic short drive to Kullu and gear up for your River Rafting experience. Experience White Water rafting and ride as a team. Prepare to get soaked, please wear quick dry clothes and water resistant boots/sandals.
Kullu - Dharamsala
After a restful night enjoy a delicious breakfast at local market before departing for Dharamsala and then take yet another scenic drive and enjoy the beauty of lush green mountains, breathing fresh mountain air, gazing at river flowing, animals wandering freely along the way.
Today will be filled with education, sharing, technology and playing Cricket.
Visit local school and interact with kids, visit their classrooms, understand how they study, sharing your experience and learning their techniques. After lunch you all will play Cricket together, you all will be spilt into two teams, each team will have Local and kids visiting from USA. Learn how to communicate and have fun with locals.
Today will be cultural and religion learning experience. Learn about Tibetan Buddhism. Interact with the children of the Tibetan Children's village. Participate in an educational workshop at Tibetan Cultural Centre. Take a Kora walk starting at the Dalai Lama's Temple and learn about the practice of Tibetan Buddhism.
Dharamsala - Amritsar
Understand culture difference in modern Delhi, mountain simple living and lively Punjab.
Depart the mountains of Himachal Pradesh for the Punjab! Visit Golden Temple, made with pure 24k Gold. Take part in a community service project at the "Golden Temple", a spiritual and cultural Centre of the Sikh religion. Enjoy the beautiful architecture of Golden Temple and enjoy a scrumptious authentic Punjabi sit down meal.
Amritsar - Agra
Depart for Agra via Delhi. This long trip you will enjoy in train. Wake up early morning to board the train and continue napping in train if you desire. You will have airconditioned compartment and enjoy chirpy stations every time train makes a stop, food & drink vendors and not to forget change of scenery as you pass every junction or city. Reach Agra late in the afternoon, after checking in a hotel and getting refreshed visit local markets of Agra and later enjoy royal Mughal dinner.
Rest well in your hotel room as tomorrow morning we will be visiting one of the Seven Wonders of The World.
Today is a Memorable day as you will be visiting the astonishing Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen. Perhaps, this is the most perfect architectural monument in the World, built of White marble and precious stones over a 22 year period - considered the finest example of Mughal architecture in the world.
Afterwards, a stop at Kalakriti Marble. Marvel at the museum quality workmanship as you watch a demonstration of the timely process of marble carving, filigree and stone inlay. Later browse Kalakriti's home furnishings and decorative items, perfect place to pick gifts for back home and collect souvenirs. In the late afternoon visit red sandstone Agra Fort, with it's incredible maze of walled courtyards, mosques and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire, this monument has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a relaxing sandwich or pizza dinner.
Agra - Delhi
In the morning take a guided tour along the banks of the Yamuna River to the iconic Agra Fort, originally designed by Emperor Akbar in 1565 to be a military structure, it was converted into a palace during Emperor Shah Jahan's reign and later became his prison.
You will start driving back to Delhi and 2 hrs before Delhi you will make a stop at another Old Fort build in 16th Century named Neemrana Palace now converted into 5 Start hotel, you will enjoy lavish buffet lunch in outdoor at the palace itself. From there you will drive to your day room or straight to the Delhi International Airport depending on time frame.
Midnight is your flight back to USA. We hope this was the best experience ever. Fly back with fond memories. Namaste!
* International Flight + Domestic Flight + Train + Bus/coach Included
* 14 Nights + 1 day room Accommodation in 4/5* hotels on Twin Sharing Basis
* All meals included
* Unlimited supply of water
* English speaking guide all throughout the tour.
* River Rafting, Adventure Sports , Zorbing (one- time)
* Monument Visit Included
* Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi (one-time)
* Tonga Ride in Agra (one-time)
* Anything not mentioned in the package
* Portage at Hotels and Airports, tips, insurance, laundry
* All items of personal nature
WOW, just simply wow was my experience on this tour, I was so scared to begin my journey but my chaperons were awesome, my guides were simply amazing and my experience beyond words could express. I made lifelong friends and memories and got to push myself outside my comfort zone every day. I'm so thankful I got to have this experience and got to accomplish so many of my dreams.
My son travelled during freshmen year. He has always been fascinated towards new countries, colors, cultures, history, historical monuments and friendly people and he experienced all that and much more on this wonderful trip. He saw much modern India and old palaces, forts & monuments enriched his curious mind with immense knowledge. After 15 days he said he wanted to stay more and he is going again next year.
We could not have found a better company, Expedition 2 Inc. team was always available to answer all questions, we had a departure party before the trip and got a chance to meet other parents and kids travelling. My son made 29 friends as the group was of 30 kids.
Expedition 2 India is a awesome company where they treat my kid as their own, guides were knowledgeable, warm and friendly, food was awesome, mix of India and American food, lots of pizza, burger, sandwich, pasta too so my son absolutely did not miss food back home.
I encourage everyone to travel, it will change you forever!!
I came away with friendships I know will last a lifetime, a greater appreciation for different cultures, and the yearning to learn and explore more and see what more world has to offer.