Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Locally Hosted

Northern India Culturally Immersive Journey (9 days)

ME to WE

New Delhi, India To Udaipur, India

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
New Delhi, India
The Leela Palace New Delhi None

Late evening arrival in Delhi

Collect your luggage and proceed through customs, where you will be welcomed by your in-country facilitator in the arrivals hall. Enjoy a comfortable ride to your boutique hotel.

Check-in at the Leela Ambience Gurgaon

Welcome to Delhi! From the same architects as India’s first “green” hotel, the Leela Ambience Gurgaon has been designed to combine India’s rich cultural past with its modernity. Overlooking the rising technological hub of Cyber City, the Leela Ambience Gurgaon provides a sanctuary of rest and relaxation amidst the densely populated burgeoning metropolis.

Day 2
Udaipur, India
Araveli Cottages & Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Acclimatize in Delhi

Use the morning to rest and relax, as you acclimatize to India time!

Late morning flight to Udaipur

Transfer from your hotel to your commercial flight to Udaipur, known as the Venice of the East.Enjoy the stunning landscapes of Rajasthan, the royal state of India, as you drive to Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp. The drive takes about 2.5 hours.

Welcome to Araveli!

Settle in to your private tent or cottage and tour the generous shared spaces and garden. Become acquainted with Araveli, discuss the trip itinerary and what to expect, and learn some key introductory phrases in preparation for your meeting with the community.

Learn about WE Villages’ empowering Pillars of Impact that lead communities to true independence:

•Quality primary education

•Health care services

•Alternative income projects

•Safe, clean drinking water and sanitation systems

•Agriculture and food security

Day 3
Udaipur, India
Araveli Cottages & Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning yoga

Begin your day like thousands of others in India with yoga, the discipline that first originated in ancient India, at sunrise. Discover your Dosha! In this session you will learn about the three fundamental bodily humours (doshas).

Language lesson

Have some fun and get ready to learn key phrases in Hindi. From “Namaste” to “Aapkaiseho?” you will be communicating with community members in no time! You will soon be testing out your new skills as you head into the village for the first time.

Community welcome

Experience the warmth of a community welcome as you gather with students and villagers who will be directly impacted by the work you are doing. In accordance with Hindu tradition, you will partake in a Poja–a traditional Hindu prayer ceremony to mark the beginning of an auspicious event. Every new initiative begins with a blessing to ensure the success and prosperity of the work being undertaken. Learn about the village and the school that you will help to rebuild; and how your efforts and the work of WE Villages will make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and their families.

Project building

Roll up your sleeves and start volunteering at the build site. There is a meaningful role for guests of all ages and abilities, as we help build a needed facility for the community –whether it is a school, latrine, or simply a wall! You will be contributing to the project that community needs most at that time. All projects help break down the barriers to education and contribute directly to WE Villages.

Lunch and Jhapki

“Jhapki” is Hindi for “siesta.” In keeping with local tradition, we will take a short rest from the hot midday sun at Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp before returning to the day’s activities in the cooler afternoon hours.

Dinner and dance performance from local dance troupe

End your day with a colorful performance that will showcase local folk dance traditions.

Day 4
Udaipur, India
Araveli Cottages & Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Village walk

Rise early as you help local women with their morning activities. You will walk through the village where you will experience shared communal responsibility, frugality in response to limited resources, and sustainability defined by the renewable and functional use of resources. You are invited to accompany women in making chapatti in their homes, haul water from the local well, and in feeding the animals.

Lunch and Jhapki

Mewari art class

Under the guidance of a local artist, try your hand at Mewari art, which is one of the most influential schools of Rajasthani style of miniature painting originating from the 17th and 18th centuries developed in the Mewar region.

Project building

Return to the project site and continue to build. Track your progress from the day before as you get comfortable with the various roles and work together as a team.

Dinner

Day 5
Udaipur, India
Araveli Cottages & Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning yoga

Project building

Continue the progress you are making on your project tasks!

Lunch and Jhapki

Bollywood dancing

Dust off your dancing shoes, and get ready for a Bollywood experience! Spend the evening with a professional Bollywood choreographer who will share the glamour (and some of the tricks) of one of the largest centres of film production in the world as he teaches you to dance. Share in a good laugh as you try to keep up!

Indian artisan activities

Next, pick your fancy as you choose to participate in age-old customs that will immerse you in the local culture. Experience the various artistic forms of henna, tie-dying and block-printing.

Dinner and evening of musical entertainment

The musical traditions of India are rich and varied and remain an integral part of daily life. You will spend a relaxing evening enjoying the different sounds of Indian and Rajasthani musical instruments.

Day 6
Udaipur, India
Araveli Cottages & Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Project building

Roll up your sleeves and continue the progress you are making on the build site.

Lunch

Volleyball & cricket

After lunch spend a leisurely afternoon at Araveli. Relax, reflect or pick up a game of cricket or volleyball with the staff or other guests.

Dinner

Day 7
Udaipur, India
Araveli Cottages & Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning yoga

Project building and community farewell

Take a break from working on your project to say a final farewell to your new friends in the community.

Lunch and Jhapki

Women’s and men’s Circle

Gather in gender specific circles to gain fuller insight into what is important to women and men of rural Rajasthan. Discover the parallels and differences with your own lives as you learn about one another.

Opportunity

Meet women involved in our Opportunity program and learn about their daily economic challenges and struggles to support and care for their families. WE Villages provides women with limited resources the opportunity to generate income and to improve the food security of their families through the distribution of productive resources, such as goats.

Dinner

Day 8
Udaipur, India
Araveli Cottages & Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning yoga

Final project building

On your final day working on your project, make sure to put any finishing touches on your work and take a break to enjoy the scenery around you.

Lunch and Jhapki

Visit Kumbhalgarh Fort

Visit this dominating fort, which boasts the second largest wall after the Great Wall of China. The Mewar fortress was built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, and enlarged through the 19th century. Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great king and warrior of Mewar. Occupied until the late 19th century, the fort is now open to the general public as a museum and boasts an incredible number of temples, as well as a permanent community within the fortress walls.

Dinner cart extravaganza

What better way to celebrate your journey and bid farewell to Araveli than with a selection of colourful stalls serving some of India’s most gastronomic dishes!

Day 9
Udaipur, India
New Delhi, India
Araveli Cottages & Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch

Early morning yoga

Farewell breakfast

Indulge in a special farewell breakfast before setting off on your final day in India. This is your chance to say goodbye to your new friends at Araveli.

Sightseeing in Udaipur

Explore the splendour of the old city of Udaipur, known as the Venice of the East, by boat and by foot. Take in the morning light at the City Palace and Lake Palace.

Lunch on the shores of Lake Pichola

Enjoy lunch on the shores of the beautiful Lake Picholain the shadow of City Palace and Lake Palace, both world-famous architectural attractions. The majestic City Palace was built almost five centuries ago on a hill that gives stunning views of Udaipur, and you might recognize the Lake Palace from a 1980’s James Bond film!

Market shopping

Visit an authentic Indian market and experience urban Indian life. Take in the hustle and bustle around you –the motorcycles, cows, shopkeepers and people teaming along the streets. Practice your bartering skills and bring home some souvenirs from your adventure!

Depart Delhi for your flight home

Transfer to Udaipur’s Maharana Pratap airport in time to catch your evening flight to Delhi.

Exclusively for Virtuoso Guests

As our goal is to ensure our guests’ experiences last a lifetime, ME to WE will include a gift bag including a selection of the following amenities available exclusively to Virtuoso clients–

  • An autographed copy of Marc & Craig Kielburger's New York Times’ bestseller, Me to WE.
  • A credit voucher that can be redeemed for a variety of handmade, fair trade items at the on-site ME to WE shop (where available)
  • A special gift that is reflective of the destination they visited. In India, each traveler will receive a custom-fitted, locally crafted garment to take home with them.

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Description

Surround yourself with the sights and scents of a culture rich in history, traditions and beauty. Travel from the hustle and bustle of city life in urban Udaipur to the calm and serene rolling hills of rural Rajasthan. As you travel to your home-away-from-home at our bespoke Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp, you will see vibrantly coloured saris dotting the hillsides of the Aravalli Mountains. Find yourself immersed in in India's raw, untouched beauty.

About Us

ME to WE is an innovative social enterprise that provides products that make an impact, empowering people to change the world with their everyday consumer choices. ME to WE measures the bottom line by the people empowered and the lives transformed. Living ME to WE means working together to create sustainable change, and making a difference with everything we do—from choosing travel that leaves a positive footprint on the planet, to making purchases that give back. Our family and corporate trips focus on bonding, learning and growing closer to the group and the WE Villages partner community they visit.

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Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2018

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