Celebrate Holi While Bringing Colour to 
The Lives of Those Who Need It Most

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Our Annual New Delhi Holi Tour
26 Feb - 9 Mar

 Experience Colour Like You Have Never Before

You'll get 11 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. Enriching your New Delhi experience through workshops and visits to development organisations. 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.

Holi with Heart in New Delhi is the perfect opportunity to experience the vibrant festival of colour that marks the start of Spring and is lauded as a time of love, forgiveness, and new beginnings while sharing your time meaningfully with children in need. You will have the beautiful experience of spending the morning with a group of underprivileged children and the afternoon will be followed by immersing in an all-day outdoor festival. Our curated visits to non-profits give participants exposure to the challenges faced within India and how our wonderful partner organisations are working toward a sustainable solution.   

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. We’ll have a morning of Holi colour play with the children and enjoy their mischievous fun - the festival of Holi is believed to have been popularised by Krishna playing pranks on the other gopis (cow herds) and smearing their faces with bright colours. It is a time to play, and allows a chance for people to forgive others while celebrating the start of spring (a symbol of new beginnings and fresh opportunities the world over).
 
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
We will lead you on a journey that will tantalise your senses and elevate your spirit. Experience Holi Dahan - the ritual bonfires that are lit in remembrance of the death of Holika, the sister of a demon King. The Holi Dahan is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil and a reminder of the protective love of Lord Krishna. Head to the famous Holi Moo festival where we’ll enjoy local and international music and continue with colour play with a diverse group of people. This festival is an annual event that brings together friends, artists, and musicians to celebrate Holi in a new and innovative way and highlights local and international artists on  multiple simultaneous stages and has excellent food and drink stalls.
 
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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New Delhi
Celebrate Holi While Bringing Colour to 
The Lives of Those Who Need It Most
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Holi in New Delhi
ITINERARY

26 Feb - 9 Mar
Day 1 | Welcome
Day 2 | Language Lesson / Chandni Chowk / Jama Masjid
Day 3 | Yoga in Lodi Gardens / Red Fort
Day 4 Lotus Temple / Hauz Khas / Holi Dahan Festival
Day 5 | Famous Holi Moo Festival
Day 6 | Haryana Rural Village
Day 7 | Haryana Animal Sanctuary
Day 8 | Trip to Kheri Khalan / Visit School & Orphanages
Day 9 | Spend The Day with The SPYM Youth Organisation
Day 10 | India Gate / Parliament / Connaught Place
Day 11 Taj Mahal at Sunrise / Agra Fort
Day 12 | Farewell
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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Holi in New Delhi
ACCOMMODATION
26 Feb - 9 Mar​​​​
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.
(below prices may be subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations)

- Free Wi-Fi
- Breakfast Included With Your Stay
- Safe & Secure
- Fully-Equipped Kitchen Facilities
- Baggage Storage
- Daily Housekeeping

- Hot Water
- Air Conditioning
- Restaurant With Personal Cook
​​- 30 Min From Airports​​​
- 10 Min Walk From Metro Lines
​​​​​​​- Close To Tourist Centers

Below Prices Include Full 11 Day Tour Itinerary
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Balance only Payable by 31 January

 

Dorm Room
$1,750
per person 
  • Communal Bathroom
Single Room
$2,050
per person 
  • Communal Bathroom
Private Room
$2,150
per person 
  • Private Ensuite
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8 Bed Dorm Room
$1,550
per person 
  • Communal Bathroom
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Single Room
$1,850
per person 
  • Communal Bathroom
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Private Room
$1,950
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  • Private Ensuite
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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.

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.

What is your cancellation policy?

●    Anytime from more than 4 weeks before departure date — 20% of total trip cost will be charged
●    Between 2-4 weeks before departure — 30% of total trip cost will be charged
●    Between 1 day to 2 weeks before departure — 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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