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Rajasthan Package Tours (7)

Rajasthan Package Tours

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Day 1 Arrival at Delhi
Welcome to India! Today begins your tour through this incredible country. Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport you will be warmly greeted by one of our representatives who will then assist by transferring you to your hotel. Get a good night’s sleep to start your tour tomorrow well rested.


Day 2 Delhi to Mandawa
After breakfast we’ll have a group briefing from our tour guide, who will outline the incredible itinerary that awaits over the coming days. Following the briefing we will depart Delhi and begin our drive to the town of Mandawa. Here, we'll be staying at the stunning Desert Resort – a colourful oasis set amid the stark desert landscape. The architecture is typical of a Rajasthani village and captures the mystery and romance of the surrounding desert. After checking in take the rest of the evening to relax and enjoy the charm and luxury of this boutique resort.


Day 3 Mandawa to Bikaner
This morning, spend some time exploring this amazing town, which is often referred to as an outdoor museum. Mandawa is famous for its ornate havelis (townhouses, or mansions). You’ll notice that some are faithfully restored, and others are crumbling. The havelis of this particular part of India are recognised around the country for their lavishly painted walls and artwork.
This afternoon we depart Mandawa and head to the town of BIKANER, where we will stay at the sparkling red jewel that is the Gaj Kesri Hotel. This small but elegant hotel houses a beautiful collection of art and handicrafts and does an incredible job of fusing the modern with the traditional. After check in, spend the rest of the day at leisure.


Day 4 Bikaner to Jaisalmer
This morning, after breakfast, we will visit one of the most impressive fort complexes in India: Junagarh. Junagarh Fort was built by Raja Rai Singh in 1588 CE. Junagarh is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan that is not built on a hilltop. One of the most impressive structures in the fort complex is the Anup Mahal, or Privy Council Room – this elaborately decorated space features walls covered in brilliant red and gold with coloured glass inlay.
In the afternoon we will depart Bikaner and transfer to Jaisalmer, where we will check in to Hotel. The city of Jaisalmer is a former medieval trading center that lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the 'Golden City', Jaisalmer is famous for its yellow sandstone architecture.


Day 5 Jaisalmer
This morning we will explore the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort. The fort's towering honey-coloured sandstone walls are the perfect camouflage, allowing it to blend in perfectly with the golden hues of the desert and thus avoid attack. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jaisalmer Fort was built in the 12th century, and is believed to be the very last 'living fort' in the country – nearly one fourth of the old city's population still resides within the fort's walls. The rest of the day is yours to use as you please: explore the city on your own or participate in an optional tour to enhance your experience.

Excursion to Desert Camp for Camel Ride and Dinner on the Dunes – Experience the romance and mystery of the desert as the sun sets over the golden sand, enchanted by the melodies of the desert musicians. Traditional folk artists such as the langaas and kalbelias will mesmerise you with their music and dance, passed down through generations. Relax on large, comfy Indian-style beds named charpais, which are woven using natural materials, and enjoy an array of delectable chargrilled dishes as you dine under the stars.


Day 6 Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
This morning we will depart Jaisalmer and drive to Jodhpur, otherwise known as the 'Blue City', or the Gateway to Thar, due to its position right on the edge of the eponymous desert.
Jodhpur we'll take a guided tour of the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, built in the 15th century. Situated on a high rocky outcrop that overlooks the walled city, from here you can see the iconic azure shade that the city's buildings have been painted. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and is still run by the Jodhpur royal family. Within its thick, sturdy walls lie numerous palaces and courtyards, as well as an 18th-century Rajput garden.


Day 7 Jodhpur
After early Break-fast we will start a excursion to Bishnoi`s village.
After morning break-fast we will leave for half-Day excursion to Bishnoi Villages: A jeep drive through the countryside-a conducted tour of villaged inhabited by a unique comminity-Bishnois!
Meet them in their homes and talk to them. The vegetarian community the best friend and protector of the flora and fauna conceding spiritual allegiance to twenty and nine tenets of the 15th century legendary Guru Jambheshwar (Jambhoji)- Spot the herds of black buck around the Bishnoi`s settlements freely and fearlessly running about. Gorgeously clad womenfolk and head geared charming men are compellingly and invitingly interesting for a dialogue.
Opium ceremony is a unique customary feature besides the cottage craftsmanship of the potters and weavers.


Day 8 Jodhpur to Udaipur
We will begin our drive to the beautiful city of Udaipur. Set around a series of stunning artificial lakes, Udaipur is known as the 'City of Lakes' and is also recognised for its lavish royal residences.


Day 9 Udaipur
Today, we will visit the awe-inspiring City Palace. Well known as one of the biggest palaces in Rajasthan, the palace is a grand building set on the banks of Pichola Lake. Though construction began in the late 1500s, under the orders of Maharana Udai Singh II, the palace was added to and tinkered with for a further 400 years, as his successors came and went. Today this monumental complex consists of 11 palaces surrounded by courtyards, balconies, towers and gardens, and is famed for its intricate peacock mosaics. After our tour here, you may spend the rest of the day at leisure, or participate in an optional tour to enhance your experience.  Lake Pichola Boat Ride – Enjoy a cooling breeze as you sail across this freshwater lake, enjoying an uninterrupted view of Udaipur’s palatial splendor.

Day 10 Udaipur to Pushkar
Pushkar is a holy town in the state of Rajasthan famous for the Pushkar lake, various Ghats and temples spread all around the lake.The word 'Pushkar' means lotus flower, which is said to be the seat of Brahma, one of the Hindu holy trinity, who is worshipped as the creator of this world.


Day 11 Pushkar to Jaipur
After Break-fast at leisure, we will start our another great journey to Jaipur. 'The "Pink City" capital of Rajasthan. We will have lunch on highway Motel and late afternoon check- in at hotel. In the late evening we will witness Bolly Wood Cinema to watch a movie at Raj Mandir.


Day 12  Jaipur
After The morning breakfast, we will Set Forth to a visit to Amber Fort. A Lake at the entrance of The Fort gives It a heavenly feeling. Those who want to enjoy a Maharaja Style Trip, can take a Ride of the Elephants decorated with colors and other ornamental Items. The fine use of the marble carvings, mirrors, and other decorative Items. In the Architecture of the Fort make It all the more attractive & appealing. The delightful colored artwork on the walls, pillars and ceiling of the Fort make It an artist's heaven. We then move to the Palace Areas of the City, Taking a halt at the JalMahal on the way visit the impressive City Palace,begun in 1729 and still inhabited by the royal family.
We would visit the Jantar Mantar, a fascinating medieval observatory. The afternoon is left free for personal exploration or to arrange a visit to one of Jaipur's justly famous gem stores.
Highlights:-  • Obesrvatory   • Wind Palace   •Amber Fort

Day 13 Jaipur to Agra
Today is a Drive to Agra and lunch on the way. Later Check-in Hotel we will visit
You will visit the largest fort in India, Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within its red sandstone walls lives an extinct civilisation of the Mughal rulers. It is said that the emperor who built the Taj Mahal, after being imprisoned by his son,
After this you will visit the Taj Mahal. This bright white marble mausoleum stands in a huge garden on the right bank of the Yamuna River. It was built at the request of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to immortalise his love for his wife Mumtaz.
Renowned for its perfection, harmony, symmetry and aesthetics, you will discover one of the seven wonders of the world and one of the greatest architectural jewels of Indo-Muslim art.
In the evening, you enjoying the sunset over the
beautiful Taj Mahal.
Highlights:- • Taj Mahal  • Agra Fort

Day 14 Agra to Orcha
After early break fast we will take again experience to India's best train know as "Shatabdi express" .a journey by air-conditioned train from Agra to Jhansi (approximately 3 hrs). Upon arrival in Jhansi, travel through traditional rural Indian landscapes to reach the beautiful town of Orchha on the banks of the Betwa River (approximately 45 minutes). Here you'll have the opportunity to uncover a very different side of India. Initially a hunting area, Orchha has changed very little over the centuries. Despite its small size it is filled with many beautiful temples and palaces, build here in the 16th century by the ruling Bundelas clan. When we arrive, take an orientation walk in rural areas untouched by modern life and meet the very friendly locals. This evening witness the Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony at the shrine at the heart of the city.

Day 15 Orcha to Khajuraho
Today we will move by surface to Khajuraho. The Khajuraho Temples. contrary to the popular tradition of temples, This particular group of temples Is containing some of the beautifully carved sculptors of Gods, Goddesses, Deities, mythological characters and animals, but these represented In an erotic manner. These temples were built by the Chandela Rajputs In around a millennium ago. Though there Is no particulars evidence as to Why this type of Temples was built, But there are a lots of stories and folklores that were Interwoven In and around these Temples. Thus a visit to the Khajuraho group of Temples presents altogether a different experience to Its visitor. After spending a whole day In Khajuraho, We return  back to our Hotels to take rest For the Night.

Day 16 Khajurao to Varanasi
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before our evening visit to the local ghats to witness the aarti ceremony. Taking its name from the Sanskrit word for homage and devotion, aarti takes place every evening on the banks of the River Ganges. During the ceremony, small diva (candle-lit lamps decorated with flowers) are floated down the river as an offering to the Goddess Ganga, accompanied by a spellbinding chorus of hymn-chanting, drums and temple bells.

Day 17 Varanasi
We begin early this morning with a sunrise boat tour on the Ganges, where you can watch the light gradually illuminate the many ghats and temples along the river as you pass. Later this morning we take a trip to nearby Sarnath, one of the four main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. This site is where Buddha spoke of the path to enlightenment, and it features a number of stupas and museums to explore. Alternatively, you may wish to spend your morning exploring the laneways and alleys behind the ghats, or picking up some examples of the excellent local silk industry.
After a buffet lunch at the hotel, we’ll take a walking tour of the old city. We’ll wander through narrow laneways packed with interesting stalls and shops, past the dhobi wallahs (clothes washermen), burning ghats, and the endless temples that echo with bells and the aroma of incense. We’ll witness pilgrims performing ancient bathing rituals and ceremonies and learn why Varanasi is considered the spiritual capital of India.


Day 18 Varanasi to Delhi
Over Night at Delhi


Day 19 Back to Home

 
Colors of Rajasthan - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
WILDLIFE TOURS
The tour takes you to the famous national parks of India which are rich in varied wildlife especially tigers viz Kanha National Park often called 'Tiger Land' and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. One can also enjoy the taste of Royal Caravan chasing the big cat on the elephant's back at Corbett National Park.
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ITINERARY
Day 1 : Arrival in Delhi
On arrival you will be received by our representative with the Indian Welcome and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 2 : Delhi to Jabalpur by Night Train
Morning sight seeing tour of Old and New Delhi which includes visit to Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, India Gate, President's House and Lotus Temple. Evening on board to Over Night a.c. Train to Jabalpur.
Day 3 : Jabalpur to Kanha by Road
4Hr Drive - After the breakfast drive straight to Jabalpur and on arrival check-in your hotel. Move out for the jungle gypsy safari in the evening.
Day 4 : Jungle drive Morning and Evening
taken for elephant ride to see the wild tiger roaming freely in the Kipling's country. After lunch move out once again for the jungle gypsy safari.
Day 5 : Game Drive Morning and Evening
After morning game drive / tiger safari you will be taken for another adventure and education trip of Village safari wherein you will be visiting the villages around Kanha and will get an opportunity to meet with the local tribal villagers and see their way of life & muddy houses.
Day 6 : Kanha to Bandavgarh by Road
(04 - 05 hours drive) Drive straight to Bandhavgarh National Park and on arrival check-in your hotel. Move out for the jungle game in the evening.
Day 7 : Morning and evening drive to jungle
Set out for the early morning jungle jeep safari, After lunch move out once again for the jungle - safari.
Day 8 : Morning and evening drive to Jungle
After morning break-fast once again ready for the early morning game - ride, After lunch move out once again for the jungle gypsy safari.
Day 9 : Bandhavgarh to khajuraho
Morning, after breakfast drive to Khajuraho. Stunning and inspiring in the way they fuse the sacred and the erotic in their architecture, the famous temples of Khajuraho with beautiful sculptures of Western Group and Jain Temple of Eastern Group. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 : khajuraho to Varanasi by Flight
Khajuraho / Varanasi by flight. on arrival meeting and assistance at airport followed by check in hotel followed by evening boat ride on river Ganga for evening prayers on the banks of river Ganga, overnight in hotel.
Day 11 : Varanasi
After break-fast commence sightseeing of Varanasi & Sarnath, Sarnath is almost a suburb of the holy Hindu city of Varanasi. At Varanasi visit the local colorful market, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Banaras Hindu University and the Ghats, There are many picture-postcard ghats lining the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi and these have become major tourist attractions in their own rights. Locals and pilgrims regularly frequent the ghats, often coming down to the waterfront to bath and relax. However, tourists are not advised to bathe in the River Ganges, as the water quality is very poor, despite attempts to clean it up. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 : Varanasi to Agra by train
Early in the morning visit the river Ganges, river trip, he majority of tourists actually choose to enjoy a cruise as early as 05:30 or 06:00 in the morning, when the dawn light is very special and the temperature pleasantly cool. Late evening, after dinne, board train to Agra. Overnight on train.
Day 13 : Agra
Visit of Taj and red fort - Upon arrival meet to our city guide follow the morning Agra fort and It-Madud-Daula and late after noon visit the world famous Taj Mahal during sun set, Akbar started the construction of the Agra Fort, also known as Red Fort, in 1565, built by primerally as a militery structure, Shahjahan upgrade it as a palace, which later became his prision for eight years. The only points for entering through the Amar Singh gate, It is the most important fort in India. The great Mughal Emperors lived here. The Taj Mahal(sometimes called "The-Taj" is generally considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements of Indian, Islamic and Persian architectures. The Taj Mahal has achieved special note because of the romance of its inspiration. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar part of the monument, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures. After enjoy the evening drive back to hotel for overnight.
Day 14 : Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast drive to Delhi via Fatehpur Sikri, or the City of Victory, is located 36 km from Agra. It was founded in 1569 by the Mughal emperor Akbar to honor the Muslim saint Shaikh Salim Chishti, who had foretold the birth of Akbar's son and heir, Jahangir. The city was Akbar's capital until 1584. By 1605 it was largely deserted because of the inadequate water supply. Fatehpur Sikri is a World Heritage Site. On arrival at Delhi check in hotel, rest of the time visit local market.
Day 15 : Delhi
Time leisure for individual activities. And Fly back.
 
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HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTH INDIA
Highlights North India - 15 Days
Every part of Rajasthan has its own tale of chivalry and history to tell, it is equally fascinating to feel and experience its culture, heritage and traditions, moreover be a part it. Off-Beaten Track Tour takes you on a journey where you can explore the real Rajasthan and know more about the daily life of the people. Our tour offers you an opportunity to experience the warm hospitality of Rajasthan which will be filled with vibrant colors and memories that you can cherish for a lifetime.
ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi by International flight. Met on arrival and escorted to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Udaipur
Transfer to airport for flight to Udaipur. Evening enjoy a boat ride on the Lake Pichola. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Udaipur
Morning tour of the City Palace and the Jagdish Temple. Afternoon free to explore the old town and the market.Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Jodhpur
Morning drive to Jodhpur (6 hours) .Enroute visit Ranakpur Jain Temples. Evening visit the Sadar Bazaar and the Clock Tower markets. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Jodhpur
Morning take a jeep tour of the Bishnoi Villages in the countryside. Afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort.Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Jaipur
Morning take a jeep tour of the Bishnoi Villages in the countryside. Afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort.Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Jaipur
Sightseeing tour of The City Palace, JantarMatar, HawaMahal, Amer Fort. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Ranthambhor (Tiger)
Drive to Ranthambore(04 hours )- Evening Jeep Safari in the Park. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Ranthambhor
Morning and afternoon enjoy jeep safaris in the park. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Karauli
Drive to Karauli( 03 Hours)- Explore the City Palace, the temple and the village of Karauli. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Agra
After early breakfast drive to Agra (4 hours) Visit Agra Fort &Tajmahal. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Khajuraho OR Orcha
Morning train to Jhansi (3.5 hours) and drive to Khajuraho (3 hours), enroute visit the palace and temples at Orcha - Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Varanasi
Morning sightseeing tour of Khajuraho temples. Fly to Varanasi.Evening aarti at the ghats.Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Varanasi
Early morning boat ride at sunrise followed by a walk through the bylanes of Varansi.Sightseeing tour of Varanasi and Sarnath.Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Fly to Delhi
Transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. Connect to International flight.
 
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BookBusThe Book Bus, UK -  crews in India

The Book Bus is a small British based charity which aims to promote literacy in rural areas of developing nations. It already works in Africa and South America and now it is expanding to India, using Mandore as its base. March and April 2013 saw a 6 week pilot project which will be extended to a full 6 month program from October 2013.The Book Bus and Mandore Guest House have the same aims and passion to help the children in rural areas have access and exposure to books and English. We are working together with 5 schools in the surrounding villages. Volunteers from all walks of life have been to take part in the project which involves teaching children English in a creative and joyful way, utilizing small group work and English books.The project has been warmly welcomed by teachers, pupils, parents and communities in the villages we are visiting.

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 Girl Guiding IndiaGirl Guiding, North West England

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good.

'Girlguiding' is an operating name of The Guide Association which is incorporated/governed by Royal Charter, and a registered charity (number 306016). View the video below to hear about Girlguiding and the benefits our organisation offers.

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3Short summary about first week of volunteering work in Jajival rural school

Name: Silke Lohmar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

I came to India at the end of September, with the aim of doing volunteering work and to visit this amazing country (which is very far from my world). It was a long journey, but travelling for three days (including lost connection flight) was worth the effort and I am very happy to be here. The reception at the Guesthouse was very cordial and I felt at home after a few days (I have to say that I knew this would happen since the photos of the garden which I saw on the webpage reminds me the guesthouse my parents ran in Southern Chile during more than 15 years).

The first day at Jajival school was very special: The chief of the village came to welcome me, the third eye was drawn on my face and a necklace made of flowers was put around my neck. That was very significant for me.

The teachers (Neelam and Saroj) are very friendly.

My background is not in teaching (I am a geologist and had never taught children), so it has been a challenging experience for me. After being a little nervous at the beginning, I try to make the teaching entertaining for the children (it is easy to notice when they get bored or are not interested). Contents of this first week of teaching have been: ABC, colors, numbers, animals, How are you? What’s your name?, How old are you?, How is the weather? I think the children are enjoying the class. Some of them understand easily, others need a little longer (which is normal), some suffer a little bit (I can tell from their faces and I try to make them laugh), but all are always very motivated, friendly and try to do their best, so I feel very grateful.

Support from Sanjay was crucial to communicate with the children at the beginning (I do not speak Hindi) and is still very important in difficult situations (when we do not understand each other), so a big thank you for them too! My next goal is to improve teaching through playing little games.

All the best,Silke


JessicaMy experience – The volunteer program

The two week volunteer program that I participated in was an amazing experience, both as a volunteer and as a teacher. I found teaching English in the village school to be very challenging, mainly because of the language barrier but also due to resources at the school being limited. It was essential to be creative, lively and dynamic within the classroom in order to achieve maximum results. By the end of the two weeks, the progress of the children was visible both academically and in terms of self confidence. Even though I came to teach I feel that I actually learnt so much more from the children, the children's motivation, participation, and immense show of affection that I received just filled me up with such self satisfaction every day. In a way it left me feeling that the whole experience was slightly unfair, because I came here to give but no matter how much I gave I always felt that I was receiving so much more. Apart from teaching at the school, my time at Mandore Guest House was like finding a new home and family. Everyone who works there makes you feel like you are part of the family, whether you come for two nights or two weeks. I have the warmest memories of the beautiful place and the people, both of which I hope to see again.     

Thanks
Jessica Amsellem


veronica2Veronica and Rodrigo
 

This three weeks we spent together were really special. To work with the village kids was such a different, and great, experience for us.

We don't have words to describe how amazing the kids are, so eager to learn, smart, alive, curious and at the same time so lovely. It was really hard saying goodbye, but very reconforting to see that in just 3 weeks they learnt so fast and we could perceive a difference.

The guest house is beautiful, and the garden so peaceful and inviting that was a daily inspiration to prepare the classes. We really felt like home! The restaurant food was fresh and delicious.We would like to thank each and every one of your family and the people that work over the guest house for such great warmth we received and the way we were treated.

We really enjoyed!Keep on with it! It's a beautiful project! Best,

Veronica and Rodrigo



DaleI would like to tell you that the three weeks that I had as a volunteer with your NGO, teaching English in the local school in Mandore, was an extremely significant experience in my life.  Teaching English to the children was not only a benefit to them but, I believe, was good for all of humanity.  We, as members of this human race, gain so much when we just care and share with one another.  These types of sharing bypass the political rhetoric and posturing that we are so bombarded with, by the world's governments, on a daily basis.  As you and I talked about, one on one, all of us deserve peace, love and happiness.  Your efforts most certainly foster the most positive ways to do this.

Since I have returned, so often, visions of being in the classroom, with the children, appear in my mind.  I can only smile when I "see" the faces of those children, in that classroom.  They certainly did learn to read, write and speak some English, but, I believe that they also learned that people can care for one another, and want to share.  Oh, how I wish that I could have stayed a bit longer.  Those children showed so much potential, and I was very pleased with how much progress that they made, in a short time.  I hope that the work that we did was the foundation for them to grow and progress, in so many ways.  It certainly would be very interesting to return, after some time, to see how well that the children progress from the "seeds that I planted" with them.  Maybe I can make that a future reality.

The opportunity to teach English at the school.  It was a very uplifting experience.  And, as I told you when I was in Mandore, don't be surprised when I write to ask to come back for another opportunity to volunteer.  It would be a pleasure to help your NGO again.

With Best Regards
from your friend and fellow caring human,

Dale Sniegowski - USA

The Voluntourism is the best way to see the world. Apart from giving an authentic experience of the destination, your holiday also benefits local people, preserve their cultural heritage, promote economic and the environmental development.
Tailor made itineraries combined with Volunteer Programs by Wild Eye Travels helps in bringing you closer to local cultures and environments by involving local people in tourism. It's about doing this in a fair way that helps learning about it rather than just looking at it. Responsible Tourism is capable of making significant contributions to the lives of others.
PROJECT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The projects are primarily aimed at improving the quality of education in rural areas. You can make a huge difference by helping the children hone their English skills. They have a strong desire to improve their conversational English, as they know that this can help put them in touch with the rest of the world, bringing better employment opportunities and securing a higher standard of living.
We bring people together through volunteering in rural villages in and around Jodhpur. The Projects we support is "Rajasthan Village Development Project" much popular as Mandore Project.
Philosophy
The Mandore Project is a secular, all-inclusive, nonprofit organization. It takes a grassroots approach by involving local communities and linking them with volunteers. The project has an unorthodox approach to the typical, hierarchical bureaucracy that drives India. There is no formal, centralized office, and the aim is to minimize paperwork and unnecessary planning. We believe, it is important not to make “false impressions” through the distribution of expensive color brochures and media materials (however, we do have a Web site). By streamlining the operational costs, more of the funds can go directly to the projects.
Gandhian Model
Mandore Project is based on Gandhi’s principles. The mission is to work with underserved people and strive for equality for all. The Mandore Project also seeks to work with people who have encountered discrimination (by race, sex, caste, addiction, etc.). Many of the schools set up by the Mandore Project have posters of Gandhi to remind the new generation about his principles
Services
There are a broad range of projects that focus on several different areas of community development, including:
  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Empowerment of Women
Education
We believe improved education is the key component for the ultimate solution to many of India’s problems. In underserved rural communities, the literacy rate continues to be much lower than in cities. The Mandore Project has a few basic goals as part of its educational initiative:
  • Increase the motivation for students to attend school
  • Address student drop-out, and keep students in school longer
  • Improve education for women
To address these goals, We takes a practical, “from-the-ground-up” approach. The schools in the villages around Mandore lack a very basic infrastructure that is necessary to ensure a proper learning environment. Many of the Mandore Project endeavors focus on creating or improving school’s infrastructure.
Volunteers have been linked directly with students to work together on making basic furniture for schools. This experience provides an opportunity for cultural exchange and an invested interest for the students.
The Mandore Project has also added basic toilet facilities at schools. By fourth or fifth grade, many female students walk home to use the toilet and do not return back to school. In a practical fashion, Mandore Project is addressing drop-out rates amongst female students by equipping the school with basic toilet facilities.
Health
The first priority when addressing health issues is to increase awareness amongst parents. Sometimes children do not receive proper medical treatment because the parents do not have basic knowledge about medical services. Thus, all Mandore Project initiatives occur in collaboration with parents. Services provided have included:
  • Free medical check-ups
  • Free distribution of medicine as prescribed by a doctor
  • Basic medical camps for minor issues and simple surgical procedures such as cataract removal
  • Dental health
  • Eye-Check up
  • Awareness Drives
Education about drug abuse is also a health campaign. Opium addiction is a common problem among villagers. The Mandore Project previously ran a detoxification center for 13 years, from 1992 until 2006. It closed due to problems associated with the space being leased.
Environment
The key components to Mandore Project’s environmental programs are to fully educate and engage the communities and to especially involve women. Drought and deforestation are severe problems in this part of India, and the use of resources makes an enormous impact. Some of the Mandore Project programs have been:
  • making kitchen stoves more efficient
  • planting trees and gardens, which were given to children to take care of, and
  • hosting discussion groups that address the role of environmentalism within the villages.
Empowerment of Women
The authentic culture of the villages lies within the homes. A critical piece of any initiative is to build trust and rapport, and the involvement of women is crucial. volunteers work on a project with the women of a village to modify cooking devices in every home. The project has many practical advantages, such as:
  • minimizing smoke and maximizing heat generation,
  • decreasing the amount of wood used (a small check on deforestation), and
  • improving family health (by protecting the lungs and eyes).
Mandore Project is not funded by government sources.
Part of the funding of projects also comes from the tourism and volunteer packages. Volunteers are asked to contribute for room and board, basic materials and transportation to the villages.
However, money should not be an obstacle for a volunteer. If someone wants to come and contribute, but lacks funds beyond the basic weekly cost, there will be work available.

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Volunteering In Rajasthan - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes

Day 1 Delhi
Welcome to India! Today begins your tour through this incredible country. Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport you will be warmly greeted by one of our representatives who will then assist by transferring you to your hotel. Get a good night’s sleep to start your tour tomorrow well rested.

Day 2 Delhi to Jaisalmer
This morning, after breakfast, we will fly to Jaisalmer and transfer to Hotel, where we will check in to the hotel. The city of Jaisalmer is a former medieval trading center that lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the 'Golden City', Jaisalmer is famous for its yellow sandstone architecture.

Day 3 Jaisalmer
This morning we will explore the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort. The fort's towering honey-coloured sandstone walls are the perfect camouflage, allowing it to blend in perfectly with the golden hues of the desert and thus avoid attack. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jaisalmer Fort was built in the 12th century, and is believed to be the very last 'living fort' in the country – nearly one fourth of the old city's population still resides within the fort's walls. The rest of the day is yours to use as you please: explore the city on your own or participate in an optional tour to enhance your experience.

Excursion to Desert Camp for Camel Ride and Dinner on the Dunes – Experience the romance and mystery of the desert as the sun sets over the golden sand, enchanted by the melodies of the desert musicians. Traditional folk artists such as the langaas and kalbelias will mesmerise you with their music and dance, passed down through generations. Relax on large, comfy Indian-style beds named charpais, which are woven using natural materials, and enjoy an array of delectable chargrilled dishes as you dine under the stars.

Day 4 Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
This morning we will depart Jaisalmer and drive to Jodhpur, otherwise known as the 'Blue City', or the Gateway to Thar, due to its position right on the edge of the eponymous desert.
Jodhpur we'll take a guided tour of the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, built in the 15th century. Situated on a high rocky outcrop that overlooks the walled city, from here you can see the iconic azure shade that the city's buildings have been painted. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and is still run by the Jodhpur royal family. Within its thick, sturdy walls lie numerous palaces and courtyards, as well as an 18th-century Rajput garden.

Day 5 Jodhpur
After early Break-fast we will start a excursion to Bishnoi` s villages.
After morning break-fast we will leave for half-Day excursion to Bishnoi Villages: A jeep drive through the countryside-a conducted tour of village inhabited by a unique comminity-Bishnois!
Meet them in their homes and talk to them. The vegetarian community the best friend and protector of the flora and fauna conceding spiritual allegiance to twenty and nine tenets of the 15th century legendary Guru Jambheshwar (Jambhoji)- Spot the herds of black buck around the Bishnoi’s settlements freely and fearlessly running about. Gorgeously clad women folk and head geared charming men are compellingly and invitingly interesting for a dialogue.
Opium ceremony is a unique customary feature besides the cottage craftsmanship of the potters and weavers.

Day 6 Jodhpur to Ranakpur
Leisurely morning snacks, we  start Our Journey to Ranakpur. Overnight Stay at Hotel
This 15th Century Jain Temple is an important pilgrimage For the Jain followers. Inside The Temple, there are around 1444 Pillars, Each of which has different carvings. This massive Temple was built during the reign Of RanaKumbha Of Mewar. The beautiful marble stone carving on the Ceilings, Walls and Pillars of the temple is a real delight To The Art Lovers.
Day 5 Ranakpur to Udaipur
We will begin our drive to the beautiful city of Udaipur. Set around a series of stunning artificial lakes, Udaipur is known as the 'City of Lakes' and is also recognised for its lavish royal residences.

Day 6 Udaipur
Today, we will visit the awe-inspiring City Palace. Well known as one of the biggest palaces in Rajasthan, the palace is a grand building set on the banks of Pichola Lake. Though construction began in the late 1500s, under the orders of Maharana Udai Singh II, the palace was added to and tinkered with for a further 400 years, as his successors came and went. Today this monumental complex consists of 11 palaces surrounded by courtyards, balconies, towers and gardens, and is famed for its intricate peacock mosaics. After our tour here, you may spend the rest of the day at leisure, or participate in an optional tour to enhance your experience.  Lake Pichola Boat Ride – Enjoy a cooling breeze as you sail across this freshwater lake, enjoying an uninterrupted view of Udaipur’s palatial splendour

Day 7 Udaipur to Bundi
On arrival in Bundi, transfer to hotel. In the evening, visit the town. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Highlights:-  • Step well, Old Market and Bundi Fort

Day 8 Bundi to Ranthambore
After breakfast in the morning drive to Ranthamboree . Ranthamboree is known all over for it's Ranthamboree National Park that offers more opportunities of sighting of tigers and other fast depleting animals. Enjoy an afternoon canter safari to spot tigers(at additional cost). Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 9 Ranthambore
Morning, Evening Safari
Highlights:-  • Tiger Safari

Day 10 Ranthambore to Jaipur    
After Break-fast at leisure, we will start our another great journey to Jaipur. 'The "Pink City" capital of Rajasthan. We will have lunch on highway Motel and late afternoon check- in at hotel. In the late evening we will witness Bolly Wood Cinema to watch a movie at Raj Mandir.

Day 11 Jaipur
After The morning breakfast, we will Set Forth to a visit to Amber Fort. A Lake at the entrance of The Fort gives It a heavenly feeling. Those who want to enjoy a Maharaja Style Trip, can take a Ride of the Elephants decorated with colors and other ornamental Items. The fine use of the marble carvings, mirrors, and other decorative Items. In the Architecture of the Fort make It all the more attractive & appealing. The delightful colored artwork on the walls, pillars and ceiling of the Fort make It an artist's heaven. We then move to the Palace Areas of the City, Taking a halt at the JalMahal on the way visit the impressive City Palace begun in 1729 and still inhabited by the royal family.
We would visit the Jantar Mantar, a fascinating medieval observatory. The afternoon is left free for personal exploration or to arrange a visit to one of Jaipur's justly famous gem stores.
Highlights:-  • Obesrvatory   • Wind Palace   •Amber Fort

Day 12 Jaipur to karoli
Explore the City Palace, the temple and the village of Karauli. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 Karoli to Agra
Today is a Drive to Agra and lunch on the way. Later Check-in Hotel we will visit
You will visit the largest fort in India, Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within its red sandstone walls lives an extinct civilisation of the Mughal rulers. It is said that the emperor who built the Taj Mahal, after being imprisoned by his son,
After this you will visit the Taj Mahal. This bright white marble mausoleum stands in a huge garden on the right bank of the Yamuna River. It was built at the request of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to immortalise his love for his wife Mumtaz.
Renowned for its perfection, harmony, symmetry and aesthetics, you will discover one of the seven wonders of the world and one of the greatest architectural jewels of Indo-Muslim art.
In the evening, you enjoying the sunset over the beautiful Taj Mahal.
Highlights:- • Taj Mahal  • Agra Fort

Day 14 Agra to Delhi
After Breakfast we will visit the Agar fort and drive to delhi
Gateway to north India, Delhi, known locally as Dilli, is the capital of India and its major political and cultural center. Located on the banks of the River Yamuna, Delhi has been continuously inhabited since at least the 6th century BCE.

Day 15 Delhi Sightseeing / Back to Home
Today begins with sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Strctching back into history. there have been seven citics constructed around Delhi. stretching way back into history. The latest was built in the 1920's, designed by british architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Make a visit to its most imprcssive cdificc, the grandiose RAJPATH and also learn of India’s Mughal past at the TOMB OF THE EMPEROR HUMAYUN. Make a stop at the GANDHI MUSEUM,     scene of the ‘Great Soul’s assassination in 1948. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant and departure for airport.
Highlights of Delhi :-    • Gandhi Memorial  • Humayun's thomb  

 
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Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Meet on arrival at Delhi airport. Welcome with flower garland and transfer to the hotel. Nothing has been scheduled for today, since most of the flights arrive in the night.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02 : In Delhi
Morning after breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.
The visit of the old city includes the Great Mosque (Jama Masjid) and the Red Fort. Later enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride into the narrow streets of Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest market of Asia. Raj Ghat, the burial place of Mahatma Gandhi.Continue the new part of Delhi, doing the panoramic visit of Parliament and President House. Then, visit Mausoleum of Humayun,. Qutab Minar.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 03 : Delhi – Varanasi (By flight)
Morning after breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport in time to board flight for Varanasi. Varanasi, one of the oldest sacred cities of the world, is the capital of Hinduism and a centre of education, culture, music, and civilization since ancient times. Meet on arrival at Varanasi airport and transfer to hotel. The city of Varanasi is famous for its Ghats, river bank covered with stone steps that allow devout Hindus down to the river to practice ablutions and pujas. After a short rest proceed for an excursion to the ancient Buddhist site of Sarnath, a centre of Buddhist worship built by the emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. Evening experience aarti ceremony on the Ganges along with the boat ride.
Overnight in Varanasi
Day 04 : Varanasi – Khajuraho (By flight)
Early morning boat ride on the Ganges, one of the highlights of a trip to India. You will see the multitude of pilgrims who come near the holy river to pay homage to the God of the sun, an incredible experience. After the visit, return back to the hotel for breakfast and then proceed for the city tour of Varanasi visiting Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva, Durga Temple and Benares Hindu University. Later in time transfer to Varanasi airport to board flight for Khajuraho. This city is famous worldwide for its temples, which represent life, love and joy. Meet on arrival at Khajuraho airport and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Khajuraho.
Day 05 : Khajuraho – Orchha (180 Kms / apporx. 04 hours) + Drive Orchha – Agra (By train)
Morning after breakfast set for the sightseeing tour of the spectacular ninth to thirteen century temples of Khajuraho, built by Chandela Kings. The temples are beautifully carved with graceful statues of Gods and Goddesses. Later in time transfer to Jhansi railwaystation to board train for Agra enroute visiting a beautiful village Orchha. There are temples and palaces well preserved small shrines and memorials everywhere, each with its own history, contributing to the nostalgic beauty that characterizes the village of Orchha. After the visit, transfer to the railway station.Meet on arrival at Agra railway station and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Agra
Day 06 : In Agra
Early morning, sunrise visit of the world famous Taj Mahal - the first Mughal structure completely in marble and the fusion of several architectural styles. After the visit, return back to the hotel for breakfast. Then, visit the impressive Red Fort of Agra, situated in the heart of the city. The Agra Fort houses many beautiful palaces and mansions. Then visit tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daula (Tomb of Mirza Ghyas Beg), built by his daughter Nurjahan. Mirza Ghiyas Beg, an officer in the court of Jehangir who was honored with the title of Itmad-ud-Daula.
Overnight in Agra
Day 07 : Drive Agra – Jaipur (250 Kms / approx. 05 hours) en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri – the city of red sandstone which was the capital of the Mughal Empire during Akbar's reign. You will discover an impressive public monuments and exquisite private residences etc. After the visit, continue your drive towards Jaipur. The Pink City of Rajasthan, whose downtown streets are lined with bazaars, full of color, music, art and history.Arrive Jaipur and check in at hotel.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 08 : In Jaipur
Morning after breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Jaipur.
Excursion to Amber Fort en route photo stop at the Hawa Mahal "Palace of the Wind ". Then, visit - The City Palace in the heart of the old part of Jaipur. The observatory of Jai Singh II Spend rest of the day at leisure visiting the colorful bazaars of Jaipur.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 09 : Drive Jaipur – Pushkar (145 Kms / approx. 03 hours)
After breakfast drive to Pushkar, a little town situated right on the edge of the desert, and is one of the few places in the world where a temple is dedicated to the Lord Brahma. Pushkar is perhaps best known for its Camel Fair, which takes place on the full moon of Kartik Purnima. On arrival in Pushkar, check into hotel. Later sightseeing tour of Pushkar visiting the only Brahma Temple in the world and Pushkar Lake with its bathing ghats and temples.
Ovenight in Pushkar
Day 10 : Drive Pushkar - Udaipur (300 kms / approx. 06 hours)
After breakfast drive to Udaipur, reputed to be the most romantic city in Rajasthan, the many palaces reflecting in the waters of lakes with different backdrop of high hills of the Aravalli chain. On arrival in Udaipur, check into hotel. Later spend rest of the day at leisure walking around or enjoying the hotel facilities.
Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 11: In Udaipur
Morning after breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, the former palace of the Maharana of Udaipur, which stretches along the lake Pichola. Built in the 18th century, this palace, part of which is still inhabited by the descendants of Udai Singh of Mewar Prince (16th century), overlooking Lake Pichola. It is a maze of marble halls, lounges decorated course, many ceramics and gardens. Then visit Superb Jagdish Temple, popular for its elephant carving. Then continue with Sahelion Ki Bari or "Garden of maidens.The day ends with a boat ride on Lake Pichola to admire the magnificent facade of the palace of Udaipur and stop at the island palace of Jag Mandir.
Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 12 : Drive Udaipur – Jodhpur (270 Kms / approx. 06 hours) via Ranakpur
Morning after breakfast drive to Jodhpur. With the Mehrangarh Fort in the background , Jodhpur is an ideal stopover on your journey in India. Located west of Rajasthan, this city , rightfully called the blue city , was founded in 1459. The traveller will love getting lost in the maze of narrow streets with blue shades of the old town and leave the hubbub of the center to stroll the bazaars of spices, fruits , money and craft west of the famous clock tower . On arrival in Jodhpur, check into hotel. Later proceed for the visit of Jodhpur and visit impressive Mehrangarh Fort. Then visit Jaswant Thada, white marble memorial dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II offers a peaceful location and stunning views of the blue city .Spend rest of the day at leisure visiting the clock market of Jodhpur.
Overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 13 : Drive Jodhpur – Jaisalmer (290 Kms / approx. 05 hours)
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer, a fascinating city rising from the heart of the Thar Desert . Nothings else in India are remotely similar to this enchanting city, which is also called « The Golden City »because of its honey color. A visit to Jaisalmer is a must for any traveler in India, with the possibility of camel trekking through the magnificent sand. Jaisalmer Fort is the world’s only living fort and about quarter of the city’s population still live in the Fort. On arrival in Jaisalmer, check into hotel.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.
Day 14 : In Jaisalmer
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer visiting - Jaisalmer Fort, the only alive fort which you will not see anywhere in India. There are homes and hotels hidden in the laneways and shops. Within the fort walls there are beautifully carved Jain temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries followed by a visit of Gaddisagar Lake and impressive Havelis around the Fort. In the evening drive to Sam where you are received by the camels. visit to the " Sand Dunes of Sam," and ride camels on the sand at the time of sunset- which would be one of the highlights of your trip to Rajasthan.
Overnight in Jaisalmer.
Day 15 : Drive Jaisalmer – Bikaner (285 Kms / approx. 05 hours)
Morning after breakfast drive to Bikaner. Bikaner is a royal fortified city with a timeless charm and medieval glory. It is located in northern Rajasthan, amongst the sand dunes. This desert town popular for its temple and Forts, which shows the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the city. On arrival in Bikaner, check into hotel. After a short rest proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Bikaner discovering Junagarh. Visit the Temple of Karni Mata Deshnok -built 600 years ago and dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of the goddess Durga. The temple has huge doors, carved in silver, a gift from the Maharajah Ganga Singh followed by visit to a breeding center and research on camels, the only institution of this kind in India. Bikaner is a complete unique experience.
Overnight in Bikaner.
Day 16 : Drive Bikaner – Mandawa (190 Kms / approx. 04 hours)
After breakfast drive to Mandawa, situated in the heart of the Thar Desert. This beautiful village still has some beautifully preserved houses of medieval Indian traders built in a typically Rajput style having original paintings showing religious scenes or objects.On arrival in Mandawa, check into hotel.
Overnight in Mandawa.
Day 17 : Drive Mandawa - Delhi (275 kms / 06 hrs) & Depart Delhi
Morning after breakfast walking sightseeing tour of Mandawa visiting the Havelis, Anandilal Poddar, Bansidhar Bhagat and Chokhani etc. and later in time drive to Delhi International airport to board flight for onward destination.
 
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