INDIA EXPLORER 2018
Open all year, starting on Mondays, participation fee 350€ for 3 weeks.
- Code : G/IND/IE2018
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 98
The Green Lion
This is an Eco – travel project that lets you visit 5 distinct states in India in a month. Letting you experience everything from its amazing culture to its sublime cuisine by travelling through a cross section of this vast sub-continent. Keeping with the values of our organisation, this program is environmentally friendly. This travel tour starts from Goa which boasts of pristine beaches and Indo-Portuguese culture and into the ancient temple kingdom of Hampi to marvel at its stone architecture and ancient cultures. From here we go down South to the backwaters of Kerala and hike in the tea plantations of the blue mountains as it is called. Travel to the Southwestern part of Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu to visit magnificent ancient Hindu Temples and also witness ancient form of dancing. Your tour then takes you to North of India to the foothills of Himalayas in Sikkim where you can help the local Himalayan communities by teaching at local schools and in renovating Buddhist Monasteries. You will have the most memorable experience visiting local markets, tasting various Indian cuisine, temple visits, nature experience and taking part in community service in many ways will be the norm for these 21 days. The program also focuses on a variety of community engagement projects. You will have the opportunity to work alongside local people at our renovation projects at our community schools and also take part in environmental initiatives. We encourage our participants to take the initiative to build, renovate and beautify Buddhist monasteries or public schools as most of the schools in India and community centers are not very attractive, do not have the learning atmosphere and excellent infrastructure for children. We are working to make such type of centers attractive with children friendly aspects
About the Accommodation : Along the route you will have overnight stays in hotels/guest houses, busses and trains. More information can be found inside the schedule. Food Arrangements : Mostly Indian style dishes (vegetarian and chicken) will be served during the trip.
A route takes you from Goa to Hampi and then we head south towards Mysore. We travel down again to Kerala and towards the east to Chennai. From here we travel to the North eastern region to Sikkim.
Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required. This program should be booked at least 4 weeks in advance. Participants below the age of 18 should have parental consent. Participants above the age of 65 should have medical clearance. Additional Equipment : Shoes suitable for hiking Some warm clothes for when you are in the northern, cooler parts of Himalayas (November to February) Rain Jackets during the months June to September Please bring a rucksack (backpack), avoid trolleys and suitcase Mosquito repellents/mosquito nets.