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Aged 16-18 in July 2020?

Why not complete the Explorer Belt of a lifetime by discovering and travelling through the wonderful and vibrant country of India. Our Himalayan Adventure will allow you to travel to Delhi, Agra and Rishikesh.

You’ll discover India’s culture, visiting sights including the Taj Mahal and take part in activities including, yoga, water rafting descent and trekking.

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  • Overnight flight to Delhi


  • Flight arrival in Delhi
  • Transfer to accommodation. Introductions and lunch on arrival.
  • That afternoon , explore the contrast and culture of this fascinating city, visiting Gandhi’s Memorial House & Exhibition, Dilli Haat Craft Market and India Gate.


  • Train journey to Agra,
  • Visit the Taj Mahal in all its glory.  After lunch you’ll be guided through the elaborate and fascinating Agra Fort, former residence of the Mughal Emperors.
  • Return train to Delhi in the evening, with dinner on the train


  • Relaxed breakfast before a day discovering Old Delhi
  • Visit temples, spice markets and Chandni Chowk with its narrow streets. Take a rickshaw to Father Ravi’s shelter to see the great work carried out to help homeless children. Learn games, join in with songs and dance with the children.
  • After dinner transfer to Delhi Railway Station for the overnight train to Dehradun.


  • Arrive Dehradun, transfer to Rishikesh, Breakfast and introductions on arrival. Time to relax and settle in.  After lunch enjoy a trek along the Ganges to the Beatle Ashram and then shall return to Rishikesh.
  • Dinner, evening campfire and activities


  • Day of activities, yoga and trekking.
  • Dinner, evening campfire and activties


  • Morning of activities, can include yoga, water rafting descent.
  • Followed by a traditional afternoon, learn Indian cooking, local crafts. In the evening visit Triveni Ghat for the holy ceremony of Aarti


  • Visit to local school
  • Explore Rishikesh
  • Transfer to Dehradun train for overnight train to Delhi.   


  • Arrives Delhi, transfer to accommodation.
  • Visit ‘Gurudwara Bangla Sahib’ Sikh temple where you can provide help in the community kitchens.  In the afternoon enjoy ‘Free time’ in Delhi, you decide where you would like to go and what you would like to do. 
  • Presentation and farewells


  • Transfer to airport
  • Return flight


Expected Price £1800

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FAQ’s for parents and explorers - infomation from travel partner



The programme starts in Delhi. The group will typically spend two to three days exploring this magnificent city, with all its history and cultural diversity. There are numerous attractions in New Delhi such as Mahatma Gandhi’s house and garden, Indira Gandhi’s house, which is a museum and exhibition centre, the parliament buildings and presidential palace and India Gate. The first three days are very busy, very tiring but hugely rewarding. During the time in Delhi we will ensure that all members of the group are trained in safety and hygiene measures. All members of the group will be given a test to ensure that they have understood what part they must play in keeping themselves and each other safe.

On the second day you will explore further the wonders the capital city has to offer. Travel is by cycle rickshaw, motor rickshaw, taxi or coach. You will see the chaos and vibrancy in the ancient streets of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, with its teeming narrow lanes, markets of every kind and the famous Red Fort, the impressive Jama Masjid Mosque. Also, and potentially the most memorable, is the visit to Father Ravi’s shelter for children and the destitute.

On the third or fourth day the group will venture off with their Guide Leaders and responsible adults to follow their group specific programme. If you would like further information as to what your/your child’s itinerary involves please ask the unit leader.

Passport & Visa Requirements

In December 2015 the Indian Government changed the entry requirements for foreign nationals travelling with non-machine readable passports arriving into India.  Foreign nationals who arrive at an Indian port holding non-machine readable passports will be denied entry.

You need an Indian Visa ($60 in January 2018)

To get an Indian tourist visa valid for 6 months you must hold a valid passport with at least 6 months unexpired.


We suggest that you choose the following referee

The School Travel Company Delhi Operations   

Mr Kapil Bali, D271 Anand Vihar, New Delhi, 110092  +91 (0) 98 111 64 333

The address of your first accommodation stop is

YHA of India, 5 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021 +91 78279 99000


Medical Matters

Every member of the unit will need an appointment at their local doctors’ surgery or travel clinic in order to make sure that they have the necessary inoculations. It must be clear that the person travelling is responsible for making sure that they are medically fit and prepared for India and that they have taken all the correct precautions. You must declare all pre-existing medical conditions to both The School Travel Company and the insurers. The School Travel Company needs to check that any pre-existing conditions do not affect your ability to take part in the programme safely and if you don’t declare pre-existing conditions to the insurance company you may not be fully insured to travel.


It will be hot when you arrive in Delhi, around 25-35°c in Spring and Autumn and hotter still in summer. However it will be cooler up in the hills 20-25°c and cooler still at night.

What to take with you

You should have received a comprehensive kit list. There should not be a need to do any special shopping for this trip. You will basically need good footwear, comfortable and loose travelling clothes with one set of smart casuals.


Local food cannot be avoided. It is helpful if you like curry, but there will be a choice so that you can avoid particularly spicy food. At Pine Hills Camp nourishing and tasty meals are provided with plenty of vegetables. Part of your preparation for this trip is to get used to curries and if you are a fussy eater to extend your boundaries.


Towns & Cities - Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Rishikesh and Varanasi

Accommodation is in youth hostels or hotels. Participants are usually in dormitories triple or quad rooms and adults in twin bedded rooms. Rooms and dormitories are basic, with or without en-suite facilities.


Participants will be in two, three or four berth tents on mattresses (usually beds for adults) with sleeping bags OR sheets, blanket/duvet and pillows. There are plumbed WCs and water for washing. There are shower facilities and a limited amount of hot and cold water. The standard of hygiene is good. Showers are also available.


Accommodation is usually in cottages that sleep 2, 4 and 6 people each with en-suite facilities.

Aravali Eco Lodges

These lodges are eco-friendly made with an iron steel structure, fly ash bricks and local stone and glass. The lodges are very comfortable with good bathroom facilities.

Jim Corbett

Accommodation is usually in small, air conditioned, cottages with en-suite facilities.


Accommodation is usually in cottages that sleep 2, 4 and 6 people each with en-suite facilities.

Pine Hills

You will be in five or six berth tents on camp beds with sleeping bags OR sheets, blanket/duvet and pillows. There are plumbed WCs and water for washing. There are shower facilities and a limited amount of hot and cold water. The standard of hygiene is good.

Overnight Train

Here you will have a bunk (two or three tiered) in an air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned carriage. We try to book the entire group together but this is sometimes not possible but all participants will have a responsible adult close by. For your comfort you should carry a cotton sheet sleeping bag or single duvet cover.

Comfort Zone

Please remember that this is more of an expedition than a holiday. You will benefit and enjoy this trip more if you are prepared to stretch yourself. Accept that at times you will be tired. It is important that you make an effort to be a good team member.


India is prospering at the moment and its economy is booming, but it is nevertheless a developing country and there are still millions of extremely poor people, hardly surprising with a population of 1.2 billion. The squalor and poverty may come as a shock, the noise and pressing crowds may sometimes be hard to cope with, especially to start with. We will deliberately take you into busy areas early on. Our journeys in India will be demanding, but rewarding and the itinerary will include regular escapes to places of relative calm. The accommodation centres themselves are totally peaceful.

All our trips include enough of a mix of good food, shopping, sightseeing, travel and trekking to cover most people’s interests. The trekking will be organised so that anyone can take part but you do need to be able to hill walk and you need to be fit. 

Safety & Security

We will, in advance of the trip introduce the unit leader and all group members to the management of risk on this trip. Everyone will receive training in order that they can identify risks and take the necessary steps to avoid them causing harm. The School Travel Company has a very comprehensive risk management system in place which sets our tight procedures to minimise risks. We need you to cooperate fully at all times, and also to look for and control new risks which could cause an accident.

On any journey to foreign places you have to take your safety seriously. This means following ‘best practice’ advice such as not to travel alone and to avoid carrying valuables that could be mislaid or stolen. Travelling in a group is generally safe, but nevertheless you will be expected to keep your wits about you.

Personal Information Forms

These need to be completed by each member of the group in advance of travel. Importantly these forms require all group members to inform The School Travel Company and the travel insurers of any pre-existing conditions. You need to return this to your Party Leader along with a copy of your passport, visa, vaccine record and a passport photo.

This page was last updated on 6 May 2019 by Paul Amass