In about ten days, you’ll be touching down in India. Are you excited? We are!
We’ve enjoyed reading your introductions and getting to know a little bit about each of you before we meet in person in Delhi. If you haven’t yet posted an introduction, please do so!
In this yak, we wanted to give you a taste of our itinerary. Keep in mind that travelling in India is a dynamic process and things can change. Although our location and dates are fixed, our day to day schedule can and does shift depending on student interests, availability of NGOs or guest speakers and a myriad of other ways life in India can alter our plans. We know this can be challenging for some travelers, so we will do our best to let you know about schedule changes as soon as we do. Yet often some of the most profound and magical times for students can happen during these random, unplanned moments!
4 January: You leave the US!
5 January: You arrive in Delhi, India at night. Uttara, Hemant and Rebecca will be there to meet you at the airport and take you to our guest house in Delhi where you can rest.
6 January: After breakfast and an introduction to India, we will get into cars and leave Delhi for Rajasthan. While on the road, we’ll listen to Bollywood music and keep our eyes peeled for the camels and brightly painted trucks. In true India road trip style, we will stop on the road for lunch and cups of steaming hot chai. We will arrive at Vatsalya School by evening and settle into the dorms there. http://vatsalya.org/
7-9 January: We will fall into the daily life at Vatsalya School, eating meals alongside the school, helping with various projects and spending time playing games and talking with the students. You’ll also get a introduction to India with an eye to our course theme of “Gender and Empowerment”.
10 January: We’ll say goodbye to our friends at Vatsalya and move to Jaipur where we will spend the day exploring the palaces and markets of Jaipur.
11 January: We will drive to Pushkar for our Camel Village Safari. We’ll ride camels through the villages and countryside of Rajasthan the spend the night in tents and/or rustic cabins.
12-13 January: We will return to Jaipur for two days of exploring Jaipur and the surrounding areas, including the world famous Amer Fort. We will also potentially have the opportunity to meet with local NGOs or learn more about traditional Rajasthani handicrafts.
14 January: We take an early morning train to Agra, where we will settle into our guest house, then head out for an evening visit to the Taj Mahal.
15 January: We will have an option for an early morning Taj Mahal viewing. Later in the day, we will visit Wildlife SOS for a tour and to learn how they are preserving India’s biodiversity.
16 January: We will take taxis back to Delhi and get together with a Harpath alum and family for dinner.
17 January: We will get a walking tour of Old Delhi by Salaam Balak http://www.salaambaalaktrust.com/and explore more of Delhi and/or meet with local NGOs. We will also begin the process at Dragons know as “transference” reflecting not just on our experience in India but how we want to bring it back home with us.
18 January: Our final day in Delhi will see a delicious lunch, potentially a visit to a craft museum and/or religious site and some time for souvenir shopping. Your instructors will drop you off at the airport in the evening for your flight back to the USA.
Please reach out to your instructors if you have any questions about the itinerary or packing list (which has also been posted). Feel free to post your question to the yak board or you can reach out to Uttara ([email protected]) or Rebecca ([email protected]) directly.
See you soon!
Your Instructor Team
Uttara, Hemant and Rebecca