IN & AROUND FARIDABAD

PMGY volunteer in India participants are based in Faridabad, a satellite city of Delhi located In the National Capital Region (NCR) of New Delhi. Just 25km from Delhi, volunteers are far enough away to enjoy a quieter setting (by Indian standards!) but close enough to absorb all the magic, mystery and mayhem that Delhi has to offer.

 

Faridabad is a comfortable, well-connected location to live and work in. There are a few tourist spots worth a visit such as: Baba Farid’s tomb (its believed Faridabad was named after him); Badhkal Lake and Raja Nahar Singh Palace. There are also some interesting temples and local parks for you to visit as well as markets and shopping malls, including a cinema if you fancy going to see some Bollywood flicks!

 

Our participants are situated in a great location to explore the local sites and also travel further afield.

The Lotus Temple, located in New Dehli, India

DELHI

Delhi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and home to 25 million people. Despite this it is a relatively easy city to find your way around in and made infinitely easier by its gleaming, cheap and efficient metro. The city is split into two parts: Old Delhi, a 17th Century walled city with narrow alleys, constant traffic and main tourist sites and the spacious, planned areas of New Delhi.

 

Old Delhi is littered with the relics of lost empires such as the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, the largest in India, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people! Nearby is Chandni Chowk, the main street of Old Delhi and a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls.

Volunteer in India

FURTHER AFIELD

TAJ MAHAL

The magical allure of the Taj Mahal draws tourists to Agra like moths to a wondrous flame. Widely considered to be the most beautiful building in the world, despite the hype, it is every bit as good as you’ve heard.

 

The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. The death of Mumtaz left the emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned grey virtually overnight. Construction of the Taj began the following year but the whole complex was not completed until 1653, 22 years later. Not long after it was finished Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort where, for the rest of his days, he could only gaze out at his creation through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz.

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
The fairy-tale grandeur of Amber Fort, Jaipur

’JAIPUR - 'PINK CITY'

Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ for its trademark building colour in the wonderful old city. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and is a feast for the eyes. Vegetable-laden camel carts thread their way through streets jam-packed with cars, cows, rickshaws, bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians frantically dodging the incessant traffic!

 

At the city’s heart, the City Palace continues to house the former royal family; the Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory, maintains a heavenly aspect; and the honeycomb Hawa Mahal gazes on the bazaar below. And just out of sight, in the arid hill country surrounding the city, is the fairy-tale grandeur of Amber Fort, Jaipur’s star attraction.

JAISALMER - 'GOLDEN CITY'

The fort of Jaisalmer is a breathtaking sight: a massive sandcastle rising from the sandy plains like a mirage from a bygone era. No place better evokes exotic camel-train trade routes and desert mystery. Ninety-nine bastions encircle the fort’s still-inhabited twisting lanes. Inside are shops swaddled in bright embroideries and a royal palace as well as shops, restaurants and places to stay. It’s hard not to be enchanted by this desert citadel. Beneath the ramparts the narrow streets of the old city conceal magnificent havelis, all carved from the same golden-honey sandstone as the fort – hence Jaisalmer’s designation as the Golden City.

 

Jaisalmer may be remote but it’s one of Rajasthan’s star attractions and few people come here without climbing onto a camel in the surrounding Thar Desert. You can enjoy a photogenic sunset camel ride before dinner under the stars and an overnight stay at a tented desert camp.

Birds eye view of Jaisalmer city from Golden Fort of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan India
Boats at river Ganga and people at holy ghats among ancient hindu temples in the morning in Varanasi, or ancient Benares city, India

VARANASI

One of Hinduism’s seven holy cities, Varanasi is one of the most blindingly colourful, unrelentingly chaotic and unapologetically indiscreet places on earth and it may just turn out to be your most memorable stop.

 

Also known as the Kashi (City of Life) pilgrims come to the ghats lining the River Ganges here to wash away a lifetime of sins in the sacred waters or to cremate their loved ones. It’s a particularly auspicious place to die, since expiring here offers moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death), making Varanasi the beating heart of the Hindu universe.

Golden Tample India

PMGY ORGANISED WEEKEND TRIPS

PMGY operate an amazing weekend trip in India.  Everything is planned for you and the group is accompanied by a PMGY member of staff who knows the country inside and out, which is the ideal way to travel. As with everything in life though it pays to be organised, so if you have your heart set on the trip below and would like to be guaranteed a place please book well in advance of travel.

 

If you’ve already signed up to one of our programmes and would like to book, click the book button below. If you haven’t signed up already, you can add the weekend tour onto your trip during the online application form. Please note places on weekend tours are non-refundable and non-transferable.

INDIA GOLDEN TRIANGLE WEEKEND TRIP - $270pp

INCLUDES - PRIVATE TRANSPORT, ACCOMMODATION, ALL MEALS INCLUDED & ENTRANCE FEES

This fantastic weekend trip will take you to the points of India’s Golden Triangle.

 

In just a few days you get to explore the Taj Mahal at sunrise, one of India’s most iconic sites, with an English speaking guide who will regale you with the sad story of how this beautiful monument was inspired.

 

Also included is a visit to the pink city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan with its star attraction Amber Fort before spending time feeding and riding elephants at a sanctuary.

GOA CHILLOUT WEEKEND TRIP - $375pp

INCLUDES - AIRPORT TRANSFERS, ACCOMMODATION, BREAKFAST & RETURN FLIGHTS

If you fancy swapping the buzz of Delhi’s urban landscape for some serious sun, sea and sand then Goa is the spot for you. In India’s most popular resort you’ll find a laid-back, relaxed, spiritual atmosphere with seemingly endless golden sand beaches fringed by coconut groves.

 

You’ll be based in a fantastic hotel resort in North Goa for 4 days and 3 nights, with 2 pools and lots of great facilities just off the beach. It’s all about chilling out on this weekend but if you can drag yourself away from the pool or beach there is plenty of gorgeous colonial architecture to explore, spiritual exploration to cleanse the soul, wonderfully scented, spiced Goan cuisine to tantalise the taste buds and lots of happy, optimistic locals to hang out with.

 

The PMGY team will arrange your transfers, flights and accommodation but please note this trip is unaccompanied and is an opportunity for some independent travel.

DUBAI RETURN STOPOVER TRIP (INDEPENDENT) - $300pp

INCLUDES - PRIVATE AIRPORT TRANSFERS, ACCOMMODATION, BREAKFAST & ACTIVITIES

If your flight itinerary includes a stop in Dubai, then grab an opportunity to spend 4 days and 3 nights in this powerhouse of a city with both hands.

 

Your trip includes a city tour, so you don’t miss any of the best bits as well as an exhilarating 4×4 excursion across the deserts of Dubai. You’ll be sandboarding down huge dunes, taking a camel ride and getting a henna tattoo! The day is topped off with a delicious barbecue dinner under the twinkling Arabian stars while watching a traditional tanoura dance performance.

 

The PMGY team will arrange your city tour, desert safari, transfers and accommodation but please note this trip is unaccompanied and is an opportunity for some independent travel.

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