Spend Summer Cooking Indian Recipes & Travelling Through
Historical Markets While Helping NPO's Deliver Relief


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Our Annual New Delhi Summer Tour
16 - 27 July

 Summertime Dreams & Cooking Delights

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.

Summer with Soul New Delhi beats the sizzling summer heat with a personal cooking class that takes us through a historical market while highlighting Hindu traditions. We spend time learning from experts in the development sector and give our time and assistance to various organisations in New Delhi who are working on solving challenges of poverty, education, human rights, social justice,  health and basic hygiene.


​​​​​​​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.  Some of the organisations that you will visit work 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.
 
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. Spring in India is the temperate season, mainly a transition between Winter and Summer. Have morning yoga and then a picnic brunch in Lodi Gardens, as many locals often do. 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. Then enjoy our authentic market and cooking experience in Hauz Khas - we’ll shop for our ingredients and learn how to cook a delicious meal which we’ll enjoy together for dinner.
 
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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Summer in New Delhi
ITINERARY

16 - 27 July
Day 1 | Welcome
We look forward to welcoming you to New Delhi. Our airport collection service will meet you and at arrivals and  take you from Indira Gandhi International Airport to your comfortable accommodation where we shall all be staying.
 
As arrivals are likely to be somewhat staggered, we’ll spend this day unwinding after long flights and relaxing. Those of us who are feeling more ready for a preliminary explore of New Delhi can venture out to one of the local markets with a member of our team.
 
In the evening we invite you for your first-time experience of Indian hospitality with a special welcome dinner prepared specially for you.
Day 2 | Language Lesson / Chandni Chowk / Jama Masjid
After a leisurely breakfast, we 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’ll also share some health and safety protocols and give you an insider’s guide to transport and navigating the city.

We’ll then go to Chandni Chowk (the moon light 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 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, peaceful and most special bird hospital treats all types of birds and believes in the freedom of all living beings, no matter how small or insignificant they are. It’s 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 Chandni 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 - after which you shall have the evening to explore your surroundings independently.
Day 3 | Lotus Temple / SPYM 
After breakfast we’ll depart for the magnificent Lotus Temple, a Bahá'i House of Worship that welcomes those of all creeds. The marble petals that form the nine sided structure reflect peacefully in the ponds surrounding the temple.  We then head out to visit SPYM, 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 have a tour of the facilities and 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.

The evening is yours to explore the city.
Day 4 Gandhi Memorial Site / Red Fort
After breakfast we go back to our hosts at SPYM. We’ll meet the director and learn about more the meaningful interventions they offer and then spend some time with the children and youth that the organisation supports.  

We then 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. 

For lunch we head back to the vibrant Chandni Chowk to sample delicious, freshly prepared local street food 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 these ramparts that the prime minister of India delivers a national broadcast annually on independence day).

This evening over dinner we’ll speak to one of our respected thought leaders, who is the director of today’s host organisation and has vast experience in the development sector in India and working with non-profit organisations.
Day 5 | NAZ Foundation
After breakfast we visit with our next host organisation, the NAZ foundation.

This organisation was started by the same inspirational woman who heads up the host organisation we visit tomorrow!  Here we find out about how they work with girls’ empowerment, community capacity building, HIV and Aids education, and Advocacy for the rights of those marginalised by the disease. 

In the afternoon we’ll spend time with some of the children in the project, playing ball games and interacting with them.

Your evening belongs to you to discover the nightlife of New Delhi on a weekend. Pack an overnight bag as we’ll be staying with our hosts tomorrow evening. 
Day 6 | Animal Sanctuary / Thought Leader Talk
After a late breakfast, we’ll depart for our hosts for today usually a two hour drive from New Delhi. This is a fascinating drive off the beaten track to the picturesque green, rural area of Haryana through a landscape very different to the urbanised Indian capital of New Delhi.  This is a chance to leave the city for a breath of fresh air and experience a remarkable animal sanctuary

All Creatures Great and Small is an animal sanctuary situated on a farm, they give animals in distress a home when no one else will - they’ll take us on a guided tour of the farm to meet the animals and learn more about their animal care and rescued animals. 

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. 

This evening we’ll have dinner at the homestead with their founder, Anjali Gopalan - a highly respected activist, an internationally recognised speaker and passionate about a variety of causes.
We’ll stay the night here and leave for a wonderful host organisation in the morning. 
Day 7 Karm Marg / Kheri Khalan
After a simple farm breakfast we visit our hosts, Karm Marg 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’ll have lunch with our hosts and then explore the village of Kheri Khalan and the deserted Haveli 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. 

We then head back to New Delhi where the evening is yours.
Day 8 | Lodi Gardens / Hauz Khas
Today we rise very early for our early morning yoga retreat in the historical Lodi Gardens.
 
After yoga we’ll have a 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 take you to explore Haus 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.

Our authentic market and cooking experience is here in Hauz Khaz - we’ll shop for our ingredients and learn how to cook a delicious meal which we’ll enjoy together for dinner. 
Day 9 | Free School Under The Bridge / Chandni Chowk
This morning we visit a very special organisation that focuses their efforts on teaching children from an impoverished area in Delhi.  The Free School Under the Bridge uses the simplest of resources and relies on volunteer teachers, this space is incredibly special and provides educational opportunities for children who would otherwise have no access to education.

We’ll then pop over to Chandni Chowk for you to have a bit of time to shop, photograph the bustling market,  and have lunch. Then we visit another special education organisation, Parth Education and have an opportunity to contrast the interventions employed by these organisations. 

The late afternoon and evening are yours to explore.
Day 10 | India Gate / Parliament / Connaught Place

After breakfast at home we 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 Triomphe 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 then explore Connaught Place (abbreviated to CP) - the largest business, financial and commercial centre in New Delhi. Building of this 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 and it’s a must visit destination when in New Delhi.

After lunch in CP we’ll travel to Agra - home of the iconic Taj Mahal.  We’ll overnight in Agra, ready to experience the Taj Mahal at sunrise.

Many people think that seeing the Taj is the seminal Indian experience and it’s on many travellers bucket-list. There is something truly 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. 
Day 11 | Taj Mahal at Sunrise / Agra Fort
The Taj Mahal at sunrise is an experience that continues to enchant us - no matter how often we visit. Sunrise at this iconic location is a highlight of your trip with if i could... 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’ll 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 12 | Farewell
Today we say goodbye to you. As your departures are likely to be staggered, our team is 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.
PODCAST
Listen to Shamillah Wilson discuss her thoughts and views on differential power relations in the sphere of social justice. Social justice is the recognition, engagement and understanding of the capabilities and opportunities a particular social situation lends itself towards. 
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Summer in New Delhi
ACCOMMODATION
16 - 27 July
A stylish yet cosy boutique hotel located in popular Connaught Place, which
is ideally centrally located and near to many restaurants and markets.
(below prices may be subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations)

- Free Wi-Fi
- Includes Breakfast
- Electronic Safe
- Air Conditioning
- LCD With Satellite TV
- 24 Hour Room Service

- Fully Stacked Mini-bar
- Air Conditioning
- Smart Card Room Key
- Tea/Coffee Maker
- Laundry with Dry Cleaning​​
- Doctor On Call​​​
EARLY BIRD SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 1 NOVEMBER
  • 30

    DAYS
  • 14

    HOURS
  • 29

    MINUTES
  • 44

    SECONDS
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 -
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 boutique hotel, called Hotel Palace Heights. Ideally located in bustling Connaught Place (aka CP).  We stay here each Summer Tour and it’s super comfortable. The staff are helpful and it is home to the highly acclaimed Zaffran Restaurant. The offering is for single or double rooms with own ensuite bathroom attached. Click here to mail us if you have any specific requirements and we will do our best to assist.

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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