One of The Most Vibrant Cities in The World
A Life Changing Christmas In New Delhi
You'll get 10 amazing and fulfilling days of volunteering and exploring that pairs development immersion with our partner Nonprofit Organisations and the sights, tastes and wonders of India. Giving you the opportunity to make hands-on contributions while discovering the city. New Delhi will inspire and delight you with every new temple, food cart, yoga class and good cause. It’s an adventure not to be missed.
Your Christmas with Compassion New Delhi experience will provide you with a meaningful insight into the cultural and religious diversity of India. Attend a traditional Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican City Embassy Sacred Heart Cathedral. Then enjoy Christmas Day with a group of children from local orphanages. While for most people, Christmas is a time for family get togethers and celebrations, it is usually the complete opposite for children at orphanages. Christmas with Compassion is about focusing on the true spirit of Christmas... the spirit of giving.
Don't Just Travel - Travel With Purpose!
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When do I need to arrive in New Delhi?
Our itinerary indicates specific dates of arrival and you should plan to ensure you arrive on these dates to ensure you join each trip timeously. We don’t want you to miss out on any part of this amazing development immersion experience.
Where should I fly into and out of?
You will fly into and out of Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is in New Delhi.
Who will fetch me from the airport?
One of our team members will personally collect you from the airport and will be waiting at Arrivals to meet you. Look out for the if i could… sign and a friendly, welcoming face.
What about transport while I’m there?
We provide trusted, reliable, comfortable transport and transfers to all our listed activities and outings. We also give you a quick how to with public transport for the time you’ll have on your own. We recommend Uber as very reliable in India. Also some of the local transport (like Tuk-Tuks and Rickshaws) are unique travel experiences and we encourage you to experience India in as many unique travel ways as possible.
I want to sign up now. How do I pay?
We accept payments through PayPal. Click here to select your accommodation package then hit the BOOK NOW button. This will reroute you to our payment facility page which is a PayPal Secured checkout page. Complete the form and click purchase. With one click you will sign into your PayPal account and proceed to the payment. PayPal accounts are free and easy to sign up to. If you do not have a PayPal account, you will be routed to a page where you can sign up instantly and then seamlessly rerouted back to our order page to complete your booking. Let us know if you prefer a different payment method and we will be happy to assist. Click here to mail us. Debit/credit card options available shortly.
What vaccinations do I need?
You’ll be pleased to know that you won’t need any vaccinations when visiting New Delhi and Agra. We are not travelling far off the beaten track - that is saved for your next trip with us ;-)
How can I be sure I get the room I want?
Room reservation is taken on a first come, first served basis. If you have a preference, we recommend booking now! We have various options, ranging from shared dorms, to private rooms with own bathroom. We try to cater to all needs and budgets.
If I want to travel with a friend and book a single or private room to share do we get a discount?
Yes, if you want to share a single or private room with a friend and you both book together at the same time, click here to request special pricing. This does not apply to the dorm room.
What’s the weather like in New Delhi?
May is the hottest month in New Delhi with an average temperature of 33°C (91°F) and the coldest month is January at 13°C (55°F). The wettest month is July with an average of 180mm of rain. We recommend having a look at a reliable weather site to get an overview of the temperatures over your intended travel dates. We like AccuWeather.
I am interested in Christmas in New Delhi. What is the weather like over December? Must I pack a sweater?
Nights can sometimes be very chilly so do pack warmer items. Days are mostly sunny though. Winter starts in late November/early December and peaks in January, with average temperatures between 12–13 °C (54–55 °F). Although winters are generally mild, New Delhi's proximity to the Himalayas results in cold waves, leading to lower temperatures and sometimes a chilly wind.
What else should I pack?
We provide a detailed itemised list of what to pack as part of our welcome pack.
What is the dress code in India?
When visiting temples, mosques and religious sites it is very important to make sure that you don’t offend. For women, a head covering such as a scarf is recommended. Also make sure you don’t wear short skirts, nor very revealing tops. India is home to many religions and so it’s expected that you will make sure you are respectful. Generally a good idea for everyone is long sleeved cotton shirts or t-shirts to protect you from the sun and light, soft trousers for comfort. Comfortable walking shoes are a must!
What do I do about health insurance abroad?
We request that you arrange comprehensive health insurance before you travel. We recommend www.travelguard.com or suggest you talk to your health insurer at home.
What happens if I get sick?
Please bring with you a small medicine kit of key medications for common ailments. Pack medication you’re familiar with for possible ‘Delhi-belly’ - most people experience a slight shift in their gut when traveling to a new place. It’s always good to have a familiar medication on hand. We have a list of vetted local doctors and hospitals we can refer you to should the need arise, but we trust this won’t be necessary.
Can I drink the water?
It’s highly recommended that you only drink bottled water. Some bottled water will be provided.
Should I bring traveler’s cheques?
We do not recommend that you bring traveler’s cheques, as there are limited providers who accept these cheques so it can be difficult to convert them to cash. We recommend that you use ATM and credit cards from your local bank, but please remember to notify your bank that you will be traveling internationally prior to your departure. Your bank card will work and you can withdraw cash in the local currency from a number of ATMs conveniently located.
What is the local currency?
Indian Rupees are used in India and for currency conversions click here.
How much spending money do I need?
Almost all of your costs are covered as part of our offering. You just need extra spending money for gifts, laundry, some meals, tips and souvenirs. We recommend $200-$300 spending money, depending on your taste and shopping stamina.
What is country etiquette?
It’s important to be aware of country etiquette beforehand and as part of our Welcome Pack we will share with you more information on India specifics. You’ll receive the Welcome Pack before your departure, as part of getting you 100% ready for your Incredible India trip. This is part of our offering to you to ensure that your experience is as authentic and as meaningful as possible.
Do I need a visa?
Depending on which country you come from you may require a tourist visa. It’s important to find this out well in advance. If you do require a tourist visa you should please allow at least 3-4 weeks for this application process. However emergency, short term visas can also be secured. The online service that the Indian government uses for visa application is very user friendly!
What are the laundry facilities?
Laundry facilities can be arranged.
Can I use my mobile while I am in India?
Yes you definitely can use your mobile whilst in India. Mobile connectivity is great in India. You can buy a local SIM card when you arrive at the airport. You should arrange to have your mobile unlocked from your mobile company back home. Do this before you depart if you wish to receive and make calls.
What size is the group that I will be travelling with?
If i could… offers specially curated travel immersion experiences. This means we only accept a limited number of travel participants to come with us on our journey. Group size could range anywhere between 4-13 travellers and our itinerary guides our journey. We like to keep it small and intimate so we can all get to know each other. To be one of the select few we encourage you to book early to secure your space!
Will I have any free time to explore on my own?
We may change something on the itinerary and there is quite a bit of freedom to also explore by yourself. Most of the time though is spent with our group to optimise the experience and ensure a unique development immersion opportunity.
Who will be leading our group and showing us around?
Our in-country team leaders are just the best and we can’t wait for you to meet them! Vidushi Malhotra, is from New Delhi and is a development practitioner and social entrepreneur who has studied Social Development and travelled widely. She knows all the places to visit and the do’s and don’ts of travel in New Delhi and Agra. Chloë Liebenberg has travelled widely in India, South America and South-East Asia and is passionate about working with adults and creating experiences for social development. She has qualifications in education and leadership and both Chloë and Vidushi are passionate about development and travel with purpose and both are super excited to accompany you and share this experience. Our founder, Lindy Briginshaw, has travelled throughout India and has carefully developed and guided the team on growing our if i could… programme since founding Creative Consulting & Development Works way back in 2003. It’s her vision to create and facilitate development immersion experiences for travellers who are fascinated with getting off the beaten track, through more meaningful travel with a purpose and with heart. For more info on the founding organisation visit www.developmentworks.co.za.
What is development immersion and how will this trip make a real difference on the ground in communities?
Our programme engages directly with nonprofit organisations and communities in a very real, sustainable way. We have long-established partnerships with our partner organisations and, in addition to our volunteers visiting, we also facilitate the placement of internships in New Delhi with our partner organisations who host them. We also only work with reputable, credible organisations which we have personally vetted. A percentage of the profits from our program are given back to the nonprofits we work to assist them with their meaningful work and so contribute to local community development in India. We also encourage those travelling with us to identify other more personal ways, of contributing to development in India, perhaps through a donation, or a crowdfunding endeavour, or just through telling your friends what an amazing and inspiring destination “Incredible India” is. Tourism is a great contributor to growing the Indian economy and promoting local economic development.
What type of accommodation is provided?
We will be staying at a wonderful Guesthouse, called Bed & Chai. We stay here each tour and it’s our Home away from Home! The accommodation offers three options, (i) sharing in an 8 bed dorm room, (ii) your own single room with a shared bathroom, (iii) or your own single room with a private ensuite bathroom attached.
If I share a room, will it be girls only or boys only?
Dorms are generally not split by gender. The other rooms we have available are all private rooms - if you’d like to share with a travel partner or friend, you’ll have to let us know upfront so we can arrange that for you and book, twin or double beds. It is possible subject to availability and on a first-come - first -served basis.
What if I have specific dietary requirements?
We’re able to cater for vegetarians, as most restaurants we visit do offer numerous vegetarian options. Indian cuisine has many different flavours and types, depending on what part of India one visits. Rajasthan, in North India, offers a lot of dhal and vegetable dishes and if you are a vegetarian your taste buds will be positively challenged with some amazing new dishes and tastes. If you have other specific dietary needs please let us know.
Is there age limit to participating?
No not at all! We welcome all ages as long as you are fit, healthy and ready to experience India with us!
How fit must I be?
You don’t have to be super fit but you must be comfortable to explore and keep up. It’s definitely not hiking, nor trekking, but we would like to explore the different sites and experiences together and so require a relative degree of fitness.
Is it safe to travel to India?
Our trip is carefully curated and supported with trusted partners. We will be experiencing New Delhi and Agra in a small group so you will be fully supported. We do NOT travel to any unsafe locations and our Team Leaders are very knowledgeable about the locations we visit and have experience working with small groups of travellers. This trip is for adventurous travellers who would like to experience India in a small group, to connect more with community and experience the heart of India through purposeful development immersion.
Why is a deposit of $400 required?
Because this is such a unique offering we only have so many spaces available. If you want to travel with us you need to book and secure your place ASAP. Also the accommodation needs to be pre-paid and secured. The deposit forms part of your total trip cost and you are required to pay the remainder due in good time to confirm your booking. The deposit of US$400 is non-refundable should you cancel your trip with us. Your place is provisionally booked once we have received your deposit and we will provisionally secure your place, specially for you. Once your remainder fee is paid your booking is confirmed and this should be paid before 30 November 2017.
What is your cancellation policy?
Should you need to cancel before the start of our tour we do have a cancellation policy in place and the following charges apply:
● Anytime from now up to 20th November 2018 — 20% of total trip cost will be charged
● Between 20th and 30th November 2018 — 30% of total trip cost will be charged
● Between 1st and 18th December 2018 — 50% of total trip cost will be charged
● If you don’t show up in New Delhi — 100% of total trip cost will be charged