INDIA DETAILED ITINERARY
IN-COUNTRY ORIENTATION (Days 1-8)
Your South Asian journey sets off in an adventure camp nestled in the rocky hills outside of Bangalore. Nights sleeping in huts beneath a vast and starry sky complete days spent getting up close and personal with this incredible landscape through hikes, obstacle courses, parallel rope walks, or the ever-unique jummering. Cool off in the afternoon by taking a dip in the waters of the camp’s cool pond. Next, move from the quiet of the natural outdoors to the bustling spiritual and cultural center of Mysore. Take a pilgrimage to the famous Hindu temple of Chamundi Hill. Meander at dusk through the illuminated grounds of the Maharaja’s palace and enjoy classes in yoga or traditional dance. Speak your first words of Kannada, taste the delicacies of South Indian rice dishes served on banana leaves and purchase sweet guavas in one of the world’s most colorful fruit and vegetable markets.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE (Days 9-23)
From the vibrancy of India’s wilderness, temples and cities, you now travel into its rural heartland. For the next two weeks you and your group live with families of a small agricultural village in Karnataka State. Here the homes are simple and rustic and the people warm, welcoming and generous. Learn to play cricket, wear the traditional sari or dhoti, and engage in rituals of daily life that resonate with ancient spirituality. Teach arts or sports to local children, plant trees to support sustainable fuel production, participate in a needed construction project, paint a mural, or give community performances to promote important health initiatives. Share your energy and creativity with children who are sure to inspire you, humor you and warm your heart.
TRAVEL ADVENTURES (Days 24-29)
Your village sends you off with a farewell party and a tearful goodbye before you travel to the serene state of Kerala. Wander through the beautiful city of Cochin, home to India’s oldest church and a 500-year old synagogue, watch a traditional Kathakali dance, and plunge into India’s backwaters on a white water raft. Your last days are spent relaxing on the beach, watching fisherman cast nets into the distant sea, and preparing for your return home.