Spend Christmas Giving Back While Exploring
One of The Most Vibrant Cities in The World

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Our Annual New Delhi Christmas Tour
19 - 29 December

 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!

CHANGE LIVES BY MAKING MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTIONS
India has a robust civil society with many non-profit organisations actively involved in efforts to reduce poverty and improve the living conditions of the most poor. The organisations that you will visit work in the areas of community development, human rights, prevention of cruelty to animals and education. They all provide valuable life-changing services and care to some of the most marginalised people of India. In order to fill this gap, organisations like us offer internship and volunteering opportunities to young talent, from around the world. Spend Christmas day with a group of children from these local orphanages.
 
EXPLORE HERITAGE SIGHTS & SEE THE ANCIENT WONDERS
Explore The Hauz Khas Complex - an ancient complex that houses a tomb, a mosque, and a water reservoir as well as a village that dates back as early as the 1300s. ​​​​​​Visit Jama Masjid - a magnificent mosque which accommodates 25 000 people and was commissioned in the mid 1600s by the emperor Shah Jahan. Do a Day trip to The Taj Mahal in Agra - see the sun rise over this magnificent wonder.  Built by Shah Jahan to immortalise his love for his favorite wife. Tour the Red Fort and its museums - another architectural feat commissioned by Shah Jahan – this one in 1659, as the fortified capital of his city Shahjahanabad.
 
DELIGHT YOUR SENSES WITH NEW SIGHTS, SOUNDS & TASTES
New Delhi is a very green city, decorated by wide, leafy boulevards; and it’s the country’s cultural heart and political centre. New Delhi is also known as a gastronome’s pleasure garden and a shopper’s paradise. We will lead you on a journey that will tantalise your senses and elevate your spirit. We'll be dining in Chandni Chowk (the moonlight square) which is one of the oldest and busiest markets in old Delhi. It is filled with people, fabric, bric-a-brac, spices, and most importantly to us on this day – the most delicious street food. Attend a Traditional Christmas Eve Mass at The Vatican City Embassy Sacred Heart Cathedral.
 
WHY CHOOSE US

Development Immersion Travel experts

if i could... is invested in providing cultural immersion programs making travel fun and meaningful. With over 14 years experience, we achieve this by partnering with organizations that empower their local communities, combining learning and practical interactions with sightseeing activities. We empower individuals to give responsibly and sustainably. We recognise the beauty and history of our host country and we share it with enthusiasm with others. We are a community of purposeful travelers with a common goal - work toward the greater good. Our vision with the Development Immersion Programmes is to contribute to better growth and progress of India by exposing young and skillful people to organisations in need. 


Changing Lives Through Purposeful Travel


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LINDY BRIGINSHAW
- Founder & CEO -
Lindy Briginshaw, Founder and CEO, is passionate about development, social justice and travel.  She dreamed up if i could...  to create personal and professional development opportunities for others through curated travel immersion, community giving and volunteering. She has more than 25 years professional experience in the development sector. Her passion is to develop and engage with projects that offer sustainable solutions, change lives of communities and inspire others to give back, through social giving campaigns, community volunteering, immersive travel and social entrepreneurship.

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Christmas in New Delhi
ITINERARY
19 - 29 December
Day 1 | Welcome
We look forward to welcoming you to New Delhi! Our airport collection service will pick you up from Indira Gandhi International Airport and take you to your guesthouse. We will spend the day unwinding after long flights, and relaxing as we wait for fellow travellers to arrive.

Those eager to start exploring New Delhi can enjoy a wander through a local market in the afternoon. In the evening we invite you to experience Indian hospitality for the first time with a special welcome dinner, prepared just for you.
Day 2 | Language Lesson / Lotus Temple / Hauz Khas
After a leisurely breakfast, we shall engage in the orientation programme prepared for you by our New Delhi and India experts. We’ll give you a taste of the language and some pointers on how to respectfully interact within the rich, diverse culture of India. We shall also share some health and safety protocols and give you an insider’s guide to transport and navigating the city.

After lunch we’ll depart for the magnificent Lotus Temple, a Bahá’i House of Worship constructed from 9 marble petals. Once we’ve explored this beautiful, more modern space (the building was completed in 1986), we’ll take you to explore Hauz Khas Complex- an ancient complex that houses a tomb, a mosque, and a water reservoir as well as a village that dates back as early as the 1300s. This ancient space is at the centre of the Hauz Khas neighbourhood and is the antipode to the modern houses and businesses that are built around it. Hauz Khas is the heart of New Delhi’s creative energy – the area is a network of lanes on which one can find modern art galleries, antique shops, excellent coffee shops, restaurants serving both local and international cuisine, and quirky shops selling Bollywood posters.

Dinner in Hauz Khaz shall end our first foray into the exquisite juxtaposition that is India.
Day 3 | Youth Org Meeting / Chandni Chowk / Jama Masjid
We’ll breakfast at home and then head out to visit our first partner organisation. This organisation works closely with youth who are in conflict with the law. The organisation provides medical assistance, counselling, legal help, residential accommodation, meals, a literacy and education programme, skill-set development, and extracurricular activities. The organisation is also extending their outreach and providing a drop in facility for homeless street-based children who are prey to drugs and crime, with the ultimate aim of reintroducing them back to mainstream society.

We’ll meet the director and learn about the meaningful interventions they offer and then spend some time with the children and youth that the organisation supports. From here we’ll move on to Chandni Chowk (the moonlight square) which is one of the oldest and busiest markets in old Delhi. It is filled with people, fabric, bric-a-brac, spices, and most importantly to us on this day – the most delicious street food We’ll have lunch here before we visit the incredible Jama Masjid.

Commissioned in the mid 1600s by the emperor Shah Jahan (who also commissioned the Red Fort and Taj Mahal), this magnificent mosque has the capacity to accommodate 25 000 people and, in keeping with Shah Jahan’s detailed aesthetic, is constructed from white marble and red sandstone and beautifully detailed with black marble inlays.

Opposite the Red Fort (which we shall visit tomorrow) and right next to Chandni Chowk is the Jain Charitable Bird Hospital. It was founded in 1956 on the Jain principle of aversion to killing and this unique Bird Hospital treats all types of birds and believes in the freedom of all living beings, no matter how small or insignificant they are. Its fascinating to see all the ‘patients’ and especially the care taken as injured birds are brought in, both tame and wild, with more than 60 birds being admitted and treated each day.

Dinner is back in the bustling Chandi Chowk with it’s incredible sights – the brightest colours, magnificent patterns and enthusiastic vendors all illuminated by matted bundles of cabling and electric bulbs hanging overhead that somehow provide light to the activity below them – afterwhich you shall have the evening to explore your surroundings independently.
Day 4 | Gandhi Memorial / Raj Ghat / Red Fort
Breakfast at home to prepare us for another day with our hosts. Today we shall spend some time engaging in a professional discussion with an expert in the field learning about positive behaviour change interventions that are practised with the youth in the care of this organisation.

Prior to lunch we visit the Gandhi Memorial site, Raj Ghat in Old Delhi, with a brief history of the humanitarian work that Mahatma Gandhi carried out.The Gandhi dynasty has had a profound impact on India’s political history and we’ll provide detailed information on the Gandhi family and the role they have played in India to date.

We shall head back to the vibrant Chandni Chowk to sample delicious, freshly prepared local street food for lunch while being led on a cycle rickshaw tour of the vibrant spice market. We’ll then visit the Red Fort (another architectural feat commissioned by Shah Jahan – this one in 1659 as the fortified capital of his city Shahjahanabad. It was plundered of treasure in the 1700 and nearly destroyed by the British Raj, yet the fort still stands. The red sandstone building now houses museums and it is from the ramparts that the prime minister of India delivers a national broadcast annually on independence day).

We plan an early dinner as tomorrow is a full day!
Day 5 | Yoga / Lodi Gardens / Animal Organisation
After yoga we shall picnic brunch in the gardens, as many locals often do and then have time to explore. The gardens were originally landscaped in 1936 during the British Raj by Lady Willingdon, wife of the Governor-General of India and renamed Lodi Gardens after independence. The site of the gardens dates back to the 1400s and one can visit ancient tombs and more modern architectural marvels.

We’ll go back to our accommodation to pack an overnight bag to set off to our next host organisation which is l usually a two hour drive from New Delhi. We’re visiting New Delhi during the Wedding Season, so it’s prudent to factor in a little extra travel time incase we are lucky enough to see some magnificently theatrical wedding processions on our journey.

Our hosts in have an incredible animal sanctuary situated on a farm – they give animals in distress a home when no one else will. Currently housing over 250 dogs, they also care for (amongst others) rescued cats, cows, donkeys and emus. We shall be lucky enough to share our time and labour with them on improving their facilities and engage with an animal rescue expert who shall talk to us about the challenges of working with rescued animals in Indian society. Ideally we will also meet their founder who is a highly respected activist, an internationally recognised speaker and passionate about various causes.

We’ll have dinner with our hosts and settle down at their accommodation for the night.
Day 6 | The Vatican Embassy Chapel / Live Music
We wake to a simple breakfast at the homestead on the farm and then go on a guided tour of the farm to meet the animals and learn more about their animal care and rescued animals.

We depart back to New Delhi after our farm experience. We’ll have lunch in the city and then have some free time before we embark on the evening’s plans.

As it’s Christmas eve, we invite you to attend a traditional Christmas Mass at the Vatican City Embassy Sacred Heart Cathedral. All are welcomed to this mass, said in the chapel which is built in the classic Roman style. Join in with carol singing and stay a little afterwards for the Christmas bonfire.

Those that would prefer to explore New Delhi’s Christmas Eve night life are invited to accompany one of our team to listen to live music at a local venue.
Day 7 | Christmas Day At Local Orphanage
We invite you to contribute mindfully and meaningfully today and spend some time at a local orphanage with children in need. This will be a unique way of celebrating Christmas with the spirit of sharing and giving back as the central theme.

Later in the afternoon you’ll have the time to explore the city yourself or accompany one of our team on a mall excursion – the mall culture in India is unlike anywhere else in the world and it’s a real cultural eye opener to experience.
Day 8 | Day Trip to Kheri Khalan / Visit Orphanages
Today we visit our final hosts in rural Faridabad. This organisation works with orphaned and at risk children and houses them in a village with real love and a sense of community. The children of school going age are sent to schools in the surrounding villages and the older children mentor the younger children in life skills and homework support. All children help where they can in the kitchen or on the farm and caring for the environment and being creatives helps them to develop much needed nurturing skills and a sense of responsibility. At this organisation we shall see how the philosophy of many hands make light work is put into practise and speak with the resident experts about the challenges that they face and the innovative solutions to they have implemented.

We shall have lunch with our hosts and then explore the village of Kheri Khalan and the deserted Haveli therein with its incredible, fading frescoes painted with painstaking intricacy. This is a unique opportunity to explore a very old rural village, walking through the streets and chatting to local villagers.

Having had a long, and busy day we return to New Delhi.
Day 9 | India Gate / The Home of The Taj Mahal
After breakfast at home we get ready to visit India Gate and Parliament. Pack your overnight bag before we go, ready for our trip later today to Agra.

India Gate is similar to the French Arc de Triumphe and commemorates the more than 70, 000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the first World War. Stand with your back to this impressive structure and you’ll see the beautiful circular building of the Indian Houses of Parliament.

We shall then explore Connaught Place (abbreviated to CP) – the largest business, financial and commercial centre in New Delhi. Building of the business centre began in 1917 and it is a magnificent example of a Raj imposed concept that has been completely owned by India. It is a hub of Bollywood films and high end tea houses. It boasts a bustling night-life and interesting local cuisine.

After lunch in CP we’ll travel to Agra – home of the iconic Taj Mahal.

Many people think that seeing the Taj is the seminal Indian experience. There is something magical about this place that was constructed for love. Before we go into the building we shall see it from the river that runs behind it – watch as the turrets catch the sunset and reflect in the waters and the white sands.

We’ll overnight in Agra, ready to experience the Taj Mahal at sunrise.
Day 10 | Taj Mahal at Sunrise / Agra Fort / Fatehpur Sikri
The Taj Mahal at sunrise is an experience that continues to enchant us – no matter how often we visit. The white marble turreted and domed structure was built by Shah Jahan to immortalise his love for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. She never got to see the completed monument, constructed by 20, 000 workmen over 22 years and was laid to rest there upon its completion in 1653.

We shall take the time to walk the passageways and wander in the beautiful gardens, absorbing the view of the city below us as the sun begins to light it.

We then head to the Agra Fort, commissioned by Akbar the Great in 1565. This fort is carved from red sandstone and was reworked during Shah Jahan’s reign to include marble inlay. The forbidding exterior hides a paradise within including the Pearl Mosque and some beautiful reception halls.

We then visit Fatehpur Sikri. It’s in Agra and considered Akbar’s greatest feat – he included houses of worship for every faith and invited scholars from around the world to educate him and his children. He had a real thirst for knowledge and his library has become one of legend with the array of literature that must have been included (it was destroyed in a fire) The city is now abandoned as there is no water – but remains eerily beautiful and a world heritage site.

After we have feasted our senses in Agra we head back to New Delhi for a special farewell dinner.
Day 11 | Farewell
Today we say goodbye to you. As your departures are likely to be staggered, our team shall be available to advise you on where to go for last minute shopping or perhaps experience a Bollywood film before you journey home.
Your New Delhi Team
VIDUSHI MALHOTRA
- Experience Facilitator -
Born, but not bred in New Delhi, Vidushi moved back to the capital a decade ago and has since had many serendipitous encounters in the wonderful city. She is an unabashed lover of shopping and food and swears that there is no other place in India that has as much to offer as New Delhi. A self-proclaimed globe trotter, Vidushi has traveled to 29 countries across Asia, Africa, and Europe and hopes to be India's first woman to have visited every country in the world. 
SHAMILLAH WILSON
- Experience Facilitator -
Shamillah is a social entrepreneur and an activist. Her work over the years includes civil society organizations, social justice movements and also development organizations in advancing social justice, and more in particular women’s rights. She is committed to unleashing the power, purpose and potential of young people, entrepreneurs and leaders. She is also a qualified Life Coach as well as a Design Thinking Coach. 
LINDY BRIGINSHAW
- Experience Facilitator -
Lindy is passionate about development, social justice and travel.  She has more than 25 years professional experience in the development sector. Her passion is to develop and engage with projects that offer sustainable solutions, change lives of communities and inspire others to give back, through social giving campaigns, community volunteering, immersive travel and social entrepreneurship.
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Your New Delhi Mentors
DR. RAJESH KUMAR
- Youth Defender -
Founder & Executive Director of Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses (SPYM), a nonprofit established in 1986, focusing on youth, community mobilization, health care & socio-economic development. His accolades include; The National Youth Award (1999), Delhi Gaurav Award (2001), The Commonwealth Youth Award (2001) and the National Youth Award by the Ministry of Youth Affairs.
SHOIKAT ROY
- Education Transformer -
Top Consultant for Government Organisations working on systemic transformation of school education in Jharkhand covering organisational & governance reform, teacher & school availability, tribal education and pedagogical intervention systems in classrooms. He personally negotiated a UNGA resolution on behalf of India, while working at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN.
ANJALI GOPALAN
- Social Activist -
Founder & Executive Director of the Naz Foundation Trust. She began working on issues related to HIV/AIDS and marginalized communities in the United States and on returning to India in the early 90s was frustrated at the lack of government response to the burgeoning HIV epidemic. She continues to push the boundaries in the field of HIV/AIDS. In 2012 TIME placed Anjali on its list of 100 most influential people in the world.
SHREYASI SINGH
- Women's Rights Advocate -
Author & former Managing Editor of Inc. India. She also headed a team at Vedica Scholars and is Co-Founder of The Foundation For Working Women. Her career began with Asian News International (ANI), and she then went on to help launch Headlines Today and was the associate producer for the current affairs programme HardTalk India on BBC.
GAURAV MEHTA
- Green Energy Pioneer -
Founder and CEO of Dharma Life / Gajam India. He initiated General Atlantic’s clean energy efforts in Europe and was appointed advisor to the Commonwealth Business Council Clean Energy Initiative for India in 2008. Prior he spent three years at General Atlantic where he focused his efforts on opportunities in the consumer and healthcare sectors across Europe.
VIJAY CHATURVEDI
- Green Business Entrepreneur -
Vijay Chaturvedi is the Director and CEO at SCORE Livelihood Foundation. He was the Vice President at TARA. His responsibilities included design, promotion, and implementation of projects for strengthening sustainable livelihood systems and incubation of Green Business models. His key area of work has been Aggregation and Market Development for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as well as Social Enterprises.
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Christmas in New Delhi
ACCOMMODATION

19 - 29 December
A cozy and modern guest house located in one of the most attractive areas of
South Delhi, with a rooftop garden overlooking Delhi's iconic landmarks.
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Your Free Welcome Pack Includes:

- A detailed list of what to pack
- Guide to travel in India, travel etiquette, safety tips & more
- Tour backpack
- Water bottle
- Travel diary and pen
- Travel keyring with important contact info
 
What Past Purposeful Travellers Had To Say
"During the course of my development immersion, I saw more than my eyes could contain,
smelt, tasted and experienced more than I ever had."

- Susannah Edwards -
"I have learned how to connect with people on a deeper level,
even when it seems like at first you might have little in common."

- Jessica Farnsworth -
"I would recommend this to anyone. It will enrich you, challenge 
you and give you a far more real perspective."

- Johnathan Adams -
POLA ALPER
Egypt
"On this tour in New Delhi I experienced things that I never imagined I would experience in my life. From an animal shelter to an organic farm, an orphanage to a bird hospital, it was all completely overwhelming but fascinating at the same time.  Our trip to the animal shelter made a poignant impression on me and made me think about the large number of animals who are neglected, helpless and in dire need of love. Seeing the pain that the animals go through because of our carelessness made me appreciate what the organisation does and their commitment to such a just cause. In summary the experience was a complete eye opener for me."
NATALY RULZ
Peru
"This experience was truly great. The highlight for me was the organic farm that grows more than 20 vegetables in a really small and tiny space and they do it in the most natural way possible. It was interesting to note that the organic-wave trend  is slowly growing more and more around the world. I was also inspired by the school where they teach and raise orphans and neglected children. It hit home that there are so many children the world over who are in desperate need of education and general love and care and this organisation really makes a huge effort to look after all these children as best they can.  I was moved by this experience and really hope I can come back and help more."
NAOMI RAISA
Indonesia
"The activities on this trip were inspiring & a lot of fun. We were taken to various interesting and different places around New Delhi and what we saw and experienced can only be described as beyond amazing. Every spot was awesome but for me the highlight  was the animal shelter - this space really touched me. I don't hate animals but I'm also no animal lover but being exposed to what this organisation does on a daily basis, reminded me that thinking consciously about  our day to day activities can have a meaningful impact on everything surrounding us even including the animals we see on the streets. I'm very thankful and was inspired by each activity we experienced."
SUSIANA WIJAYA
Indonesia
"This tour was an unforgettable experience. I had the wonderful opportunity to discover Indian culture as well as learning how to develop a better and more conscious  society. Sharing time with the children was an amazing experience that I’m so grateful for. In spite of all they face, they are all ready to give visitors their best smile. It’s completely inspiring and I'm already wishing to go back! Each day that we were there made me understand and discover myself more and has made me contemplate  what I can do better in my life."
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New Delhi: India’s Striking Capital City
Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds. Laid out by British architect Edwin Lutyens, the Indian capital is a striking modern metropolis. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In gracious contrast, the tree-lined avenues and stately buildings of New Delhi are rich with history and culture, from Gandhi’s Delhi home (and the site of his assassination) to the tomb of Humayun, a complex of Mughal buildings reminiscent of the Taj Mahal.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

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 — 20% of total trip cost will be charged
●    Between 20th and 30th November — 30% of total trip cost will be charged
●    Between 1st and 18th December — 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

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