Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Locally Hosted

Northern India Culturally Immersive Experience (4 days)

ME to WE

Udaipur, India To Udaipur, India

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2019

Northern India Culturally Immersive Experience (4 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Udaipur, India
Araveli Cottages & Tented Camp Dinner

Make Your Way to Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp

Enjoy the stunning landscapes of Rajasthan province enroute by road to Araveli, be met by your ME to WE local guide.

Introduction and Orientation

Settle in to your private cottage or luxury tent and take a tour of the glorious gardens throughout this pristine property. Your ME to WE guide will help you become acquainted with Araveli, discuss the trip itinerary and start getting excited. Your journey has only just begun!

Learn about the WE Villages development model. Our local staff work with rural villages and regional governments to support, teach and empower people within five pillars of impact:

1. Education: Quality primary education

2. Water: Safe/clean drinking water and sanitation systems

3. Health: Sanitation & health care services

4. Food: Agriculture and food security

5. Opportunity: Alternative income projects

Hone Your Hindi

Learn some key introductory Hindi phrases in preparation for your interactions with the community members. From “Namaste” (a respectful greeting) to “Aapkaiseho?” (“How are you?”), 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 community project that you will be helping with, and discover how your efforts and the work of WE Charity will make a meaningful impact on the lives of children in the community and their families .

Welcome Dinner

All of our food is local to the area and western options will be available at every meal.

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

Light Sunrise Yoga

Begin your day as many locals do with some (optional) light morning yoga. The discipline first originated in ancient India, and is an invigorating and refreshing way to start each day. See how your postures and meditative abilities improve along the course of your stay! We will also offer a great alternative activity: Discover Your Dosha! In this session, you will learn about doshas: the three fundamental bodily humours.

A Day in the Life

Spend the morning connecting with local women. Join them on a walk through their village to share in their daily activities, such as collecting water, feeding animals and making chapatti.

Lunch and Jhapki

Return to Araveli for a delicious, freshly prepared lunch followed by Jhapki, which is Hindi for “siesta.” In keeping with local tradition, we will take a short rest from the hot midday sun before returning to the day’s activities in the cooler afternoon hours. Take in the sights and sounds of your beautiful surroundings while enjoying a cup of chai, engage your local guide in meaningful discussion. You can also ask us about optional activities available during this time.

Farm visit and Volunteering

In the afternoon, meet a local farmer to explore agriculture projects in the region and the challenges they're addressing. Next, join local community members to volunteer on a sustainable development project, such as laying the foundation for a new classroom.

Dinner and Dance Performance From Local Dance Troupe

End your day with a delectable meal and colourful performance that will showcase local folk dance traditions.

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

Optional Nature Hike

Take in the beautiful foothills of the Mewar region by exploring the flora and fauna on foot with an expert local guide.

Project Building

Continue your work volunteering on a WE Villages project.

Lunch and Jhapki

Indian Artisan Activities

This afternoon, take time to unwind as you participate in age-old artisinal traditions, immersing yourself in the local culture. Under the guidance of local artisans, try your hand at various art forms, such as tie-dying and block-printing.

Women’s or Men’s Circle

Gather with local community members 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 interact with one another.

Dinner

Day 4
Udaipur, India
Araveli Cottages & Tented Camp Breakfast

Light Sunrise Yoga

Farewell Breakfast

Say alavida (“goodbye”) to your new friends at Araveli. Indulge in a special farewell breakfast before setting off for your final day in the region.

Optional Activities

Ask your guide about our selection of activities and excursions available for you to enjoy during your final day with us, such as a visit to Kumbhalgarh Fort, a local cooking class or a walk in a neighbouring village.

Depart Araveli

Transfer to your onward journey.

āpaaura surakṣitayātrādhan'yavāda—thank you, and have a safe journey!

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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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Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions vary by program. Details will be provided upon booking/request.



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Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2018

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