North India Adventure Trip Notes

North India Adventure

Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016
North India Adventure
Trip code: HHSYC
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Rose-hued cities, time-worn desert forts and holy rivers – North India is the subcontintent’s showpiece, a place where ancient ruins punctuate peaceful countryside and everyday life is a riot of colour and noise. From the gleaming walls of the Taj Mahal to Delhi’s chaotic streets, India’s energy will leave you giddy with excitement and sporting a smile that’s wider than the Ganges. Spiritual, yet never afraid to entertain – the sites of North India are as alive as a crowded laneway, as vast as the Thar Desert sands, as humbling as a Varanesi dawn and as intricate as the Amber Fort. So give your senses a well-earned kick and delve into a North Indian adventure that ticks all the boxes.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationEmergency contact
ThemesAccommodation NotesVisas
Is this trip right for you?Meals introductionWhat to take
Why we love itMealsClimate and seasonal information
MapMoney mattersHealth
ItinerarySafetyTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerJoining pointA couple of rules
Physical ratingJoining point descriptionResponsible Travel
Included activitiesJoining point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Important notesFinish pointFeedback
Group sizeFinish point description
Your fellow travellersFinishing point instructions
Style
Original
Themes
Explorer
Is this trip right for you?
- Old Delhi can be very busy and crowded. While it’s an exciting place to see local life moving around you, be aware that on the walking tour you’ll need to navigate through people, tight spaces and walkways.
- - Rajasthan can reach extremely high temperatures in the summer. While we aim to do our walking tours early in the morning when it’s cooler, remember to keep hydrated and to bring a hat, sunscreen, a long-sleeved shirt and anything else that will protect you from the sun.
- - We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees
- - This trip involves some long train journeys and an overnight train, which can be tiresome. Entertaining chaiwalas (tea vendors), food vendors and conversations with the locals make this a rewarding experience. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage on the sleeper train journey.
- - The local train between Bikaner and Jaisalmer is a quintessential Indian adventure (don’t be surprised to share a samosa with a local), but conditions are basic with no air conditioning or reserved seats. The overnight train from Jodhpur to Delhi is long, but should allow you to catch up on some sleep at the end of your trip.
- - If you decide to spend the night camping in the desert, be aware that there are no structured toilet or shower facilities. Please bring along water, face wipes, hand sanitizer or other essentials you feel you may need.
Why we love it
- - A chance to float among the clouds over Jaipur and watch an Indian sunrise from the basket of a hot air balloon as an optional activity
- - The Taj Mahal is not only an sumptuous masterpiece of Indian architecture, but also a truly meaningful stop on any traveller’s journey
- - Old and New Delhi fuse to create a city that pays homage to past empires, while wrestling with its modern identity
- - Experience the wonder of camping on the banks of the Ganges near Varanasi.
- - The world famous Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary is home to hundreds of bird species.
- - The Rat Temple in Bikaner is a place even the squeamish will appreciate.
- - India is famous for its great sleeper trains and you’ll be tucked up nicely in your own padded bunk
- - Have the chance to take a guided camel ride into the sunset and sleep under the stars
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Delhi
Namaste! Welcome to India.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
India's capital is an exciting, busy, and often chaotic city but it's also one of the most interesting in the world with historical sites from different eras, museums and galleries, shops and endless bazaars!
There are plenty of things to see and do in free time. Visit the World Heritage-listed Mughal masterpiece of Humayun's Tomb. This was the first garden tomb in India, built way back in 1570. Wonder at the tall brick minaret of Qutub Minar, which was started back in the 1100s. Explore the mighty Red Fort of Delhi. Part palace and part fort, it plays an integral part in the history of the city with former residents ranging from royal families to British soldiers.
Optional Activities
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR260
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR260
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR250
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2200
  • Delhi - City Food Crawl Urban Adventure - INR3000
    Accommodation
    Hotel (1 nt)
    Day 2 New Delhi
    Join your group leader on an excursion into the sights and sounds of Old Delhi! Set off on the city's modern metro system, then get a taste of India's famed public transport with an option for a cycle rickshaw ride through chaotic streets, such as the famous Chandni Chowk. Make a visit to the Jama Masjid, Delhi's oldest mosque and one of its most impressive buildings, then visit the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) to learn about the Sikh religion.
    This afternoon is free for further exploration or jump on an Urban Adventure.
    Included Activities
    • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
    • Delhi - Jama Masjid
    • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
      Accommodation
      Hotel (1 nt)
      Day 3 Agra
      Leave Delhi early to catch the Shatabi Express to Agra (departs approx 6am - 3 hrs). This comfortable train is one of India's fastest.

      Visit the Taj Mahal - a masterpiece of shimmering white marble set amid beautiful formal gardens. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz, this 'teardrop on the face of eternity' (as it was described by writer Rabindranath Tagore) lives up to all expectations.
      Built in 1565 by Emperor Akbar, Agra Fort was originally designed to be a military structure. It was converted to a palace in Emperor Shah Jahan's time with mighty sandstone walls enclosing the beautiful white marble pearl mosque, palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains. The fort eventually became the emperor's prison after he lost power in 1658.
      Included Activities
      • Agra - Agra Fort
      • Agra - Taj Mahal
        Accommodation
        Hotel (1 nt)
        Day 4 Chanderi
        Drive to Chanderi (approx 5 hours/250 km).
        Chanderi is a small medieval town - home to Muslims, Hindus and Jains. Still off the beaten track, Chanderi is a place where you can experience the life of a movie star - the moment you stroll into town, you instantly become the centre of attention.
        Enjoy dinner in at the home of our local guide, a great chance to meet his large family.
        Included Activities
        • Chanderi - Home cooked dinner & family visit
          Accommodation
          Guesthouse (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 dinner
          Day 5 Chanderi
          Visit Chanderi Museum which boasts objects dating from the 10th to 12th centuries.
          Join our guide for a look around Chanderi's temples and mosques, and walk out to ruins beautifully situated in the fields.
          Included Activities
          • Chanderi - Guided village walk
          • Chanderi - Traditional music performance
            Optional Activities
            • Chanderi - Museum - INR120
              Accommodation
              Guesthouse (1 nt)
              Day 6 Orchha
              Drive to Orchha (approx 5 hours/173 km).
              Situated on the banks of the Betwa River, Orchha has changed little over the centuries. Originally a hunting area, it became the capital of the Bundela rajas and, as a result, Orchha has more temples and palaces than any town of this size deserves.
              Experience an evening puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple.
              Included Activities
              • Orchha - Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony
                Accommodation
                Deluxe permanent tent (1 nt)
                Day 7 Orchha
                See the stunning Orchha Palace, built by Bir Sing Deo for his friend Jehangir, the great Mughal ruler.
                Visit Taragram, one of Intrepid's Responsible Tourism projects. This unique papermaking plant was set up to give tribal women from the area a chance to work outside the traditional areas normally afforded to them. All the paper is made from recycled clothing and wood pulp.
                Take the chance to experience the local flavours at a cooking demonstration by our local friends.
                Included Activities
                • Orchha - Taragram visit
                • Orchha - Orchha Palace
                  Optional Activities
                  • Orchha - Cooking demonstration - INR400
                    Accommodation
                    Deluxe permanent tent (1 nt)
                    Day 8 Alipura
                    We depart Orchha around 9am for a 3 hour drive to Alipura
                    we arrive around midday and after checking in and a freshen up its time for a guided village walk. this evening we enjoy a group dinner at Alipura Palace.
                    Included Activities
                    • Alipura - Village Walk & Palace Dinner
                      Accommodation
                      Heritage Property (1 nt)
                      Meals
                      1 dinner
                      Day 9 Khajuraho
                      Drive to Khajuraho (approx. 3 hours).

                      Far from any major population centres, modern or historical, Khajuraho's remote location saved its stunning 1,000-year-old temples - infamous for their explicit carvings depicting the entire Kama Sutra - from destruction by foreign invaders.

                      Khajuraho's 'Kama Sutra' Temples were all built during the Chandela Dynasty 1,000 years ago, most within a 100 to 150-year time frame. These temples have baffled foreigners and Indians alike since their rediscovery by the British in the late 19th century. What they were built for and what the delicate and erotic carvings mean is open to wide interpretation. Some believe that these intricate designs, all located on the exterior of the temple, were meant to symbolise the leaving of sexual desires before entering the holy sanctuary within. Others argue that these carvings were a way of teaching young boys in the hermitage about life outside of religion. We take a tour of the western temple complex.

                      Visit a local Hindu family for a home-cooked vegetarian meal and gain an insight into the life of middle-class Indians.

                      View a classical dance performance.
                      Included Activities
                      • Khajuraho - Kama Sutra temples
                      • Khajuraho - Home-cooked lunch & family visit
                        Optional Activities
                        • Khajuraho - Traditional dance performance - INR550
                        • Khajuraho - Sound & light show - INR500
                          Accommodation
                          Hotel (1 nt)
                          Meals
                          1 breakfast, 1 lunch
                          Day 10 Bandhavgarh National Park
                          An early start this morning as we head to Bandhavgarh National Park (approx. 5 hours). Make sure your music player is charged and you have your book at hand.
                          Bandhavgarh National Park is truly one of India's most magnificent wildernesses with a relative abundance of tigers compared to other national parks, so our chances of spotting some are high.
                          This evening head into the park and enjoy a jeep safari. As well as tigers, this fine park also boasts leopard, jungle cats and sloth bears. Keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready.
                          Included Activities
                          • Bandhavgarh NP - Evening Wildlife Safari
                            Accommodation
                            Resort (1 nt)
                            Day 11 Overnight train
                            Another early morning, but this time to head back into the National Park on a jeep safari to search out more wildlife. Afterwards drive to Katni (approx 5 hours.) Around 5:30pm we board our overnight train for the 15 hour journey to Varanasi. Your tour leader will help you purchase snacks at the station and ensure you stock up on water. Its never a bad idea to stock up on toilet paper for long train trips.
                            Included Activities
                            • Bandhavgarh NP - Morning Wildlife Safari
                              Accommodation
                              Overnight Sleeper Train (1 nt)
                              Meals
                              1 breakfast
                              Day 12 Varanasi
                              We arrive around 11am this morning (barring train delays - more common in the winter months of Jan-Feb)

                              The ultimate destination for all Hindu pilgrims, Varanasi is full of temples, shrines and devotees. It is truly one of the world's most amazing cities.
                              Visit the Ram Nagar Fort which lies about 14 km from Varanasi on the opposite bank of River Ganga. Built by Maharaja Balwant Singh in the 18th century, it's the ancestral home of the Maharaja of Banaras.
                              Spend the evening soaking up the magical atmosphere of a candle flower ceremony, serenaded by traditional musicians on a Ganges river cruise as the sun sets.
                              Included Activities
                              • Varanasi - Sunset Candle Flower Ceremony
                                Optional Activities
                                • Varanasi - Ram Nagar Fort - INR150
                                  Accommodation
                                  Hotel (1 nt)
                                  Day 13 Varanasi
                                  Start early with a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, passing the many ghats and temples along the river. This boat ride is one of the highlights of any trip to Varanasi. Watching the sun rise over the Ghats is a spectacular sight and one not to be missed. the rest of the day is free to wander the laneways and ghats. find a sunny spot and watch lifer and death along with cricket games, haircuts, religious lessons and the comings and goings of life along the Ganges.
                                  Included Activities
                                  • Varanasi - Sunrise Boat Ride
                                    Accommodation
                                    Hotel (1 nt)
                                    Day 14 Delhi
                                    Enjoy a free day in Varanasi
                                    We have day use rooms today for a freshen up.
                                    We depart Varanasi this evening around 7pm on the overnight train to Delhi. This is another long journey (approx. 12 hours). We travel in 3 AC class, where each bunk is made up with a sheet, blanket and pillow.
                                    Accommodation
                                    Overnight Sleeper Train (1 nt)
                                    Day 15 Jaipur
                                    Train arrives early this morning into New Delhi station. (approx 9am) We have day use rooms available to freshen up. (Please note that train delays are more common due to weather conditions in winter (Dec-Feb) but can happen at any time of year.)

                                    We then transfer to the airport for a quick flight to Jaipur. An Intrepid representative will transport you to the airport. This flight will be unaccompanied. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel.

                                    After some time to freshen up, take a quick orientation walk in Jaipur.

                                    Discover the extravagance of a Bollywood blockbuster, with all the Hollywood-style elements of action, romance, drama and music (sometimes all rolled into one), at the spectacular Raj Mandir Cinema.
                                    Accommodation
                                    Hotel (1 nt)
                                    Day 16 Jaipur
                                    For many travellers, a hot air balloon experience is one of the highlights of Jaipur. Ballooning can be done over the city this morning between September and June. For additional information, please see the important notes section of the Essential Trip Information.
                                    Visit Jaipur's Royal City Palace and/or one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. In the early afternoon, we’ll visit the Amber Fort. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture. Entering the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is also a particularly memorable experience.
                                    Tonight is free for further exploration,
                                    Included Activities
                                    • Jaipur - Amber Fort
                                      Optional Activities
                                      • Jaipur - City Palace - INR330
                                      • Jaipur - Observatory - INR220
                                      • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD250
                                        Accommodation
                                        Hotel (1 nt)
                                        Day 17 Mandawa
                                        In the morning, head to Mandawa by private vehicle (approximately 3.5 hours). A remote town in the centre of the Shekhawati region, this was once a trading outpost on the ancient caravan routes from China and the Middle East. Enjoy a guided tour of Mandawa's ornate havelis (private residences), with some of them crumbling at the foundations and others well preserved. There’s plenty of time to explore this thriving market town and its surrounds before spending the night in a beautifully restored haveli.
                                        Included Activities
                                        • Mandawa - Haveli tour
                                          Accommodation
                                          Heritage Property (1 nt)
                                          Day 18 Bikaner
                                          Take the four-hour journey to Bikaner via a combination of private jeeps and buses. Once an important staging post on the great caravan routes, the city still contains many bazaars, palaces and a historic fort within its impressive walls. Visit Junagarh Fort, which was built by Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner (AD1571 to 1612). In the evening, travel to a nearby farmhouse and enjoy an evening of traditional Rajasthani food, music and dance.
                                          Included Activities
                                          • Bikaner - Junagarh Fort
                                            Accommodation
                                            Hotel (1 nt)
                                            Meals
                                            1 dinner
                                            Day 19 Bikaner
                                            After an early morning walking tour of Bikaner, spend free time exploring bazaars before visiting the city’s famous ‘Rat Temple’. Travel out to the 600-year-old rat kingdom of Karni Mata Temple, which is believed to be home to the reincarnated followers of the Hindu goddess, Durga. Locals believe that it's particularly favourable if one of these rats takes a shine to you and scurries over your bare feet. For the squeamish, just stand still or view from afar.
                                            Included Activities
                                            • Bikaner - Karni Mata Rat Temple
                                              Accommodation
                                              Hotel (1 nt)
                                              Day 20 Jaisalmer
                                              Catch an early morning local train from Bikaner to Jaisalmer, which may take up to six hours. We travel in general class, where seating is unallocated and carriages are fan-cooled only. Stock up on plenty of food and water beforehand, as temperatures can get fairly warm on this long trip. The standard of the train is pretty basic, but it can be a fantastic way of meeting the locals and like-minded travellers. Once there perhaps explore the markets, ornately carved houses and museum before the sun goes down.
                                              Included Activities
                                              • Jaisalmer - Orientation Walk
                                                Accommodation
                                                Heritage Property (1 nt)
                                                Day 21 Jaisalmer Camel Safari
                                                To get a taste of nomadic life, take a three-hour camel ride into the desert to watch the sunset behind sand dunes. Sleep under the open sky on cots with a mattress and blankets. The camel drivers will cook up a typical Rajasthani meal while you relax and maybe share stories around the campfire. If desert camping isn’t your thing, then alternative accommodation can be provided in Jaisalmer. There are no structured bathroom facilities on this desert camping experience, so it’s important to bring toiletries, including hand sanitizer.


                                                Notes: During the winter, this experience may be changed due to weather conditions; however, we’ll still ride camels into the desert, but will ride back to Jaisalmer to sleep.
                                                Included Activities
                                                • Jaisalmer - Camel safari & overnight desert camp
                                                  Accommodation
                                                  desert camping or similar (1 nt)
                                                  Meals
                                                  1 dinner
                                                  Day 22 Jaisalmer
                                                  Head back into Jaisalmer by camel in the morning and enjoy a free day. The city is one of the oldest Rajasthan capitals and dates as far back as AD1156, so it’s teeming with history. Perhaps explore the Jain Temple, the Jaisalmer havelis or Folklore Museum. With imposing parapets and towers at every turn, the Old Town is full of intricate stonewalls that lead to the havelis. These private mansions once homed Jaisalmer’s nobility and resemble small palaces. Tonight we sleep in a haveli-converted hotel; a comfortable base after a long day.
                                                  Optional Activities
                                                  • Jaisalmer - Folklore Museum - INR10
                                                  • Jaisalmer Haveli Entrance - INR150
                                                  • Jain Temple-Jaisalmer - INR30
                                                    Accommodation
                                                    Heritage Property (1 nt)
                                                    Meals
                                                    1 breakfast
                                                    Day 23 Jodhpur
                                                    In the morning, travel to Jodhpur by private vehicle and local bus (approximately 5.5. hours). The city is known for its antique shops and the best lassi in India. Enjoy an orientation walking tour around the ‘Old City’ and visit Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in India. It’s built around a clock tower amid spice and vegetable markets, juice sellers and sari materials. This is a great place to test your haggling skills. The evening is then free to do as you wish.
                                                    Included Activities
                                                    • Jodhpur - City walk
                                                      Accommodation
                                                      Heritage Property (1 nt)
                                                      Day 24 Jodhpur
                                                      This morning explore the colossal Mehrangarh Fort and take in the views from its ramparts, which dominate the city's skyline. Afterwards, possibly visit the nearby Bishnoi villages where you’ll find a welcoming, nature-loving community. Perhaps take a village safari tour, where you’ll come across wildlife and learn why the Bishnoi are so protective of their land. This evening, board an overnight train to Delhi for a comfortable trip of around 11 hours.


                                                      Notes: Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned, and are a great way to travel long distances so maximum time can be spent in each place. Beds are padded berths and sheets, pillow and a blanket are provided, but you may prefer to bring your own sleeping sheet. Please be aware that you may be sharing with locals in a same gender/mixed gender situation.
                                                      Included Activities
                                                      • Jodhpur - Meherangarh Fort
                                                        Optional Activities
                                                        • Jodhpur - Village Day Trip - INR500
                                                        • Jaswanthada - Jodhpur Entrance - INR30
                                                          Accommodation
                                                          Overnight Sleeper Train (1 nt)
                                                          Day 25 Delhi
                                                          Arrive at the Delhi train station early in the morning. There are no activities planned for today and you’re free to depart once we’ve arrived. Train delays can occur so please don’t be surprised if we’re late. Due to potential delays, we recommend booking any international flights for after 2 pm today.
                                                          Optional Activities
                                                          • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2200
                                                          • Delhi - City Food Crawl Urban Adventure - INR3000
                                                            Itinerary disclaimer
                                                            ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                                                            OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
                                                            Physical rating

                                                            Included activities
                                                            Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
                                                            Delhi - Jama Masjid
                                                            Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
                                                            Agra - Agra Fort
                                                            Agra - Taj Mahal
                                                            Chanderi - Home cooked dinner & family visit
                                                            Chanderi - Guided village walk
                                                            Chanderi - Traditional music performance
                                                            Orchha - Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony
                                                            Orchha - Taragram visit
                                                            Orchha - Orchha Palace
                                                            Alipura - Village Walk & Palace Dinner
                                                            Khajuraho - Kama Sutra temples
                                                            Khajuraho - Home-cooked lunch & family visit
                                                            Bandhavgarh NP - Evening Wildlife Safari
                                                            Bandhavgarh NP - Morning Wildlife Safari
                                                            Varanasi - Sunset Candle Flower Ceremony
                                                            Varanasi - Sunrise Boat Ride
                                                            Jaipur - Amber Fort
                                                            Mandawa - Haveli tour
                                                            Bikaner - Junagarh Fort
                                                            Bikaner - Karni Mata Rat Temple
                                                            Jaisalmer - Orientation Walk
                                                            Jaisalmer - Camel safari & overnight desert camp
                                                            Jodhpur - City walk
                                                            Jodhpur - Meherangarh Fort
                                                            Important notes
                                                            1. This trip finishes in Delhi on Day 25 by 12pm midday. Please see further details in the trip notes.
                                                            2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

                                                            As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change

                                                            Group size
                                                            Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
                                                            Your fellow travellers
                                                            GROUP TRAVEL
                                                            As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

                                                            SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                                                            Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
                                                            Accommodation
                                                            Camping (with basic facilities) (1nt), Deluxe permanent tent (2nt), Guesthouse (2nt), Heritage Property (5nt), Hotel (9nt), Overnight sleeper train (3nt), Resort (1nt)
                                                            OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
                                                            The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

                                                            TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS
                                                            Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.

                                                            CHECK-IN TIME
                                                            Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

                                                            PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
                                                            If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

                                                            SLEEPER TRAINS IN INDIA:
                                                            Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned (fan-cooled at times), a great way to travel long distances and still get maximum time in each place. Beds are padded berths, sheets, pillow and blanket are provided but some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. There are basic toilet facilities at the end of each carriage, but no showers available on overnight trains. Please note you may be sharing with locals in a same/mixed gender situation. Most trains have a dining carriage or a food/snack cart that is brought through the carriages. There are also plenty of vendors selling tea, coffee, water and snacks during the journey.
                                                            Meals introduction
                                                            While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
                                                            Meals
                                                            3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
                                                            Money matters
                                                            The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR).

                                                            The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), which are readily available in most towns.

                                                            Look for Bank of India or ICICI ATM's. Our experience has shown they are the most reliable ATM's to use for withdrawals. Your tour leader should be able to direct you to these banks.

                                                            Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange, so please bring clean bills, and small denominations are most useful.

                                                            The use of credit cards can be restricted, mainly to major hotels, shops and establishments.

                                                            SPENDING MONEY
                                                            When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

                                                            Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members.

                                                            If you are happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.

                                                            The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

                                                            Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest INR20. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.

                                                            Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest INR100 per day for local guides.

                                                            Porters: Throughout your trip you may at times have a porter in addition to your leader. We suggest INR50 per day for porters.

                                                            Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group however a base of INR100-INR150 per day is generally appropriate.

                                                            Local transport: For a half day city tour we suggest INR50 per day. For a full day city tour we suggest INR100 per day.

                                                            Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $US 5-7 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

                                                            All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

                                                            Budget for meals not included: 180.00

                                                            EMERGENCY FUNDS
                                                            Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
                                                            Safety
                                                            Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

                                                            We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                                                            Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                                                            For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:

                                                            http://www.intrepidtravel.com/safety

                                                            SAFETY FOR WOMEN TRAVELLERS:
                                                            Women should exercise caution when travelling in India. Reported cases of sexual assault against women are increasing; recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas and cities show that foreign women are also at risk. While the risk of an incident occurring on your trip is very low, below are some things you can do for your safety and peace of mind when travelling:

                                                            - Respect local dress codes and customs, perhaps dressing more conservatively than you do at home
                                                            - Avoid isolated areas, including beaches, unlit city streets and village lanes when alone at any time of day
                                                            - Avoid travelling alone on public transport, or in taxis or auto-rickshaws, especially at night
                                                            - If you have to use a taxi get them from hotel taxi ranks and use pre-paid taxis at airports. Try to avoid hailing taxis on the street. Some cities (including Delhi and Chennai) have special taxi services for women with women drivers
                                                            - If you’re being collected at the airport by a driver make sure they have properly identified themselves before you set off.
                                                            - When leaving your compartment on overnight trains (ie. going to the bathroom), ask a male travel companion to accompany you where possible

                                                            For further information and advice, visit:
                                                            www.gov.uk/government/policies/supporting-british-nationals-overseas/supporting-pages/advice-for-women-travellers
                                                            www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/women.html

                                                            TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
                                                            Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

                                                            PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
                                                            While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

                                                            FESTIVALS - HOLI & DIWALI:
                                                            Travelling in India and Nepal during Holi can at times be unsafe - drinking and drug use is more widespread during this holiday. Your leader/guide will advise your group on what places to avoid on the day.
                                                            It may be necessary to alter your itinerary for the day.

                                                            Diwali (a lunar festival generally held from mid October to mid November every year) is celebrated by local people letting off fireworks in the street. It can be very noisy for several days with extra pollution caused by fireworks. As there are no restrictions on buying fireworks in India there are often injuries caused by people exploding them inappropriately.
                                                            During this festival your leader/guide may be required to alter your itinerary to avoid large crowds gathering and using fireworks.

                                                            HERITAGE HOTELS:
                                                            On this trip you will be staying in some heritage hotels and traditional guesthouses - these are one of the charms of this trip, but occasionally their staircases, balconies and passages etc don't always comply with western safety standards. Please don't expect elevators in these properties as they are preserved in their original state.
                                                            Joining point
                                                            Hotel Pooja Palace
                                                            15A/11 WEA Puja Park
                                                            Karol Bagh
                                                            New Delhi
                                                            110005
                                                            INDIA
                                                            Phone: +91 1125745275
                                                            Joining point description
                                                            Located in the Karol Bagh market area, surrounded by a mix of local stalls, shops and restaurants, as well as some western shops. It is only a 25 minute ride by auto rickshaw (INR70-80 with bargaining) to get to the heart of Delhi, Connaught Place. Rooms are equipped with AC, TV, fridge and telephone. There is a restaurant and 24 hour room service. Luggage storage and safe deposit facilities are also available at the hotel.
                                                            www.hotelpoojapalace.com
                                                            Joining point instructions
                                                            Delhi's Indira Gandhi's International Airport is approximately 25km from Karol Bagh. One of the biggest airports in the world, it can be quite chaotic and can take some time to process your visa and collect your luggage.

                                                            The taxi ride from the airport to our starting point hotel takes approx 1 hour and costs between INR 500 - 600 (prepaid traffic police booths).
                                                            IMPORTANT: Please avoid taxi touts who tell you that they have a metered taxi parked outside the airport. Previous passengers have complained that they have been charged hefty amount for the transfers.

                                                            The Delhi metro is another option from the airport. Trains depart between approx 5am and 11:30pm, the trip takes approx. 45 mins and costs around INR100. Please refer to the metro map for lines, changes and directions to Karol Bagh where most of our hotels are located. http://delhimetrorail.info/delhi-metro-map

                                                            Intrepid offer a pre-arranged transfer service option. Enquire with your agent and advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your trip departure. If you have purchased an arrival transfer you will be met in the arrivals hall after clearing customs, your representative with sign board will be standing near the Costa Coffee next to gate no 5.

                                                            Please do not exit the gates, Costa coffee is just before the exit gate no.5.

                                                            If you have any problems and cannot locate our representative, or if your flight is delayed please call the following 24 hour numbers:
                                                            +91 9911 972 636
                                                            +91 9999 916 229

                                                            If you do not have a mobile phone, there are public phones next to Costa Coffee. Calls cost 1 rupee per minute

                                                            Failing the above please take a taxi to the hotel (using the instructions below) and advise your group leader. When you walk out of the exit door, you will easily be able to spot popular metered taxi counters such as Meru Cabs/Mega Cabs or Easy Cabs, show them your drop location and pay them as per the meter once you get to your hotel.

                                                            Check in time at hotel is 12 midday.
                                                            Finish point
                                                            Hotel Pooja Palace
                                                            15A/11 WEA Puja Park
                                                            Karol Bagh
                                                            New Delhi
                                                            110005
                                                            INDIA
                                                            Phone: +91 1125745275
                                                            Finish point description
                                                            Located in the Karol Bagh market area, surrounded by a mix of local stalls, shops and restaurants, as well as some western shops. It is only a 25 minute ride by auto rickshaw (INR70-80 with bargaining) to get to the heart of Delhi, Connaught Place. Rooms are equipped with AC, TV, fridge and telephone. There is a restaurant and 24 hour room service. Luggage storage and safe deposit facilities are also available at the hotel.
                                                            www.hotelpoojapalace.com
                                                            Finishing point instructions
                                                            A pre-booked departure transfer to the airport is available if arranged at the time of booking. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 15 days prior to your trip start date. If you plan to stay longer, this departure transfer can only be offered in conjunction with post-tour accommodation booked through Intrepid.

                                                            Delhi's Indira Gandhi's International Airport is approximately 25km from Karol Bagh. One of the biggest airports in the world, it can be quite chaotic.

                                                            A taxi to the airport takes about 1 hour and should cost between 450 -500INR. Hotel reception or your leader can help you arrange a taxi.

                                                            A local social enterprise, Sakha Wings, runs an all-women taxi service which provides extra peace of mind and security for solo women travellers. To book at taxi with them, call +927 870 8888 or register on their website http://sakhaconsultingwings.com/hire-a-cab.php

                                                            Before check in you must have your check in luggage x-rayed and sealed. Also ensure at check in that your hand luggage is tagged. (This is a mandatory in order to clear security.)

                                                            Check-out time from the hotel is 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.
                                                            Emergency contact
                                                            For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us

                                                            For transfers and accommodation issues, Intrepid's India office can be reached on their 24 hour numbers:
                                                            +91 9599 914 852 or +91 9999 005 019

                                                            In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local operator on: +91 9599 914 852

                                                            While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                                                            We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                                                            You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                                                            Intrepid Emergency contacts: +91 9599 914 852 ; +91 9999 005 019

                                                            India Ops: +91 9599 914 852, +91 9999 005 019
                                                            Visas
                                                            Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                                                            INDIA:

                                                            An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) Facility is available for holders of a passport for a number of countries. This facility allows travellers to pre-register and pay for their visa prior to travel to India. The Visa is collected upon arrival at one of 16 designated airports in India. Please note strict guidelines on the below website.

                                                            https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

                                                            An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) visa on arrival is available for select nationalities including but not limited to the following

                                                            Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, German, UK and USA passports.

                                                            Passport holders from these countries can apply for an E-Tourist Visa (eVT) to have their visa issued upon arrival at 16 major airports in India.

                                                            Please follow the instructions at - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html and complete the application for your E-Tourist Visa.

                                                            - Please be aware of strict conditions regarding application and travel (check under ELIGIBILITY section).

                                                            - E-visas are only available for entry of up to 30 days. If you plan to be in India longer you will need to apply for a tourist visa at an Indian visa application centre in your home country.

                                                            - Please note that travellers entering India overland from Nepal are required to apply for a visa in advance their home country. Visas will not be issued on the Nepal/Indian border.

                                                            - The E-Tourist Visa DOES NOT apply to travellers entering India overland. Please check your trip notes if you are crossing a border between India and Nepal.

                                                            - Indian visas are difficult and time consuming to obtain in Nepal.

                                                            Tourist visas are available in Single and Multiple Entry. Be sure to check the date you require a visa from and the length of time you will need to cover, especially if you change countries during your trip.

                                                            For your visa application you need to include the following information under the local contact section towards the end of the application. :

                                                            PEAK India
                                                            25/3 East Patel Nagar
                                                            New Delhi 110008
                                                            Phone: +91 11 4500 6400

                                                            Please note that this information can change at any time. Please always refer to https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html . This is the official visa online site. There have been reports of other non-official websites that travellers should be aware of.
                                                            What to take
                                                            What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).

                                                            Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

                                                            Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:

                                                            http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf

                                                            TRAVELLING ON LOCAL TRANSPORT
                                                            It's important that your bags can be locked, as on local transport it may be necessary that your luggage gets stowed separately (and unattended). The smaller your bag the better for you and other passengers, for when it comes to travelling on local buses and trains it's often only the smaller bags that will fit into the storage areas inside the bus or your cabin. To ensure maximum comfort, try to pack small and light.

                                                            LUGGAGE STORAGE
                                                            Where Intrepid covers the cost of luggage storage during included day trips, we allow for one bag/backpack only, so it's advisable that you travel lightly and keep luggage to a limit of one item (plus your day pack). Extra luggage storage will be at your own expense.

                                                            WATER BOTTLE:
                                                            Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

                                                            SLEEPING BAG:
                                                            While a sleeping bag is not compulsory for this tour, many travellers have found one useful for camping, overnight trains and poorly heated hotels, particularly during the winter months of Dec/Jan when temperatures are low.

                                                            IMAGES FROM HOME:
                                                            During our trip there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. One way to start any conversation is with pictures. We recommend that you bring some photos / postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country etc.

                                                            PASSPORT COPY:
                                                            Please bring a photocopy of your passport main page and airline ticket if you will require airline reconfirmation at the end of your trip.

                                                            WARM CLOTHING:
                                                            It comes as a surprise to many travellers that India can be cold (ie. below zero!) during winter (particularly Dec/Jan), even in some cities and even when not at high altitudes. Make sure you are prepared for the weather during these months by bringing adequately warm clothes with you, including thermal underclothes and an appropriate jacket. Many hotels in India do not have central heating, so a warmer set of clothes to sleep in has also been recommended by our past travellers.
                                                            Climate and seasonal information
                                                            COMBINATION TRIP
                                                            This is a combination of two of our most popular trips, your group leader and the composition of your group may change on day 15 in Jaipur.
                                                            Health
                                                            All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                                                            You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
                                                            Travel insurance
                                                            Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                                                            When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

                                                            If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

                                                            http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
                                                            A couple of rules
                                                            Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

                                                            Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                                                            Responsible Travel
                                                            We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

                                                            http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

                                                            LOCAL DRESS:
                                                            Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees by wearing sleeves and long trousers. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in areas of predominantly hot climate. In many rural areas women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.

                                                            The Intrepid Foundation
                                                            Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                                                            The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

                                                            http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

                                                            Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in India include:

                                                            * Pollinate Energy is a social business with a simple mission – to improve the lives of India’s urban poor by giving them access to affordable, clean energy products. Pollinate identifies and trains local people, their Pollinators, who have provided solar lights and cook stoves to over 8,000 families and counting.
                                                            pollinateenergy.org

                                                            * Asha Ka Jharna (AKJ) provides services to disabled children and adults. They run three special schools, currently assisting around 160 children, and an old-age home for the short-stay of elderly people. AJK also provides vocational training, participates in diagnostic camps and distributes aids and appliances to physically disabled persons.
                                                            ashakajharna.org/

                                                            For more information, or to make a donation please visit: www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/?projectcountry=india

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