Acorn in india
Visit the world famous Taj Mahal in Agra
Go white water rafting on the River Ganges
Immerse in local culture with a visit to a local village school, temples, spice markets and more
A school trip to India is truly inspirational with its culture, spirituality, history, wildlife, and vibrancy.
Our specialist guided trips in India give you and your pupils the opportunity to explore the depths of this exciting country safely, escorted by our expert `in country` guide and utilising decades of experience of organising school trips to this exciting part of the world.
8 day himalayan adventure
Our 8 day Himalayan Adventure offers your school a unique opportunity to immerse in Indian culture. The action-packed itinerary includes many highlights including exploring Old Delhi by rickshaw, white water rafting on the River Ganges, a day trip to the magnificent Taj Mahal and holy town of Rishikesh, set in the foothills of the Himalayas.
We will organise your flights, in country transfers, visits, expert guide and meals, making this a really way to experience India.
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Himalayan Adventure itinerary
Explore the wonders of Delhi
Delhi is one of the most bustling, vibrant and chaotic places you’ll ever experience and it is a truly remarkable place to visit and explore. Our expert guide will take you to some of the most exciting places including Old Delhi, with its alleyways, markets, rickshaws & temples. You’ll also have time to visit New Delhi to include Gandhi’s Memorial House, India gate, and Dili Haat craft market. There will be opportunities to experience the local cuisine with our guide on hand to recommend the best places to dine.
Visit the Taj Mahal
One of the greatest wonders of the world and top UNESCO sights, no trip to India is complete without a visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is a famous masterpiece of architectural style in conception, treatment and execution and has unique aesthetic qualities in balance, symmetry and harmonious blending of various elements.
Adventure & Relaxation in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is a wonderful place for adventure & relaxation, located at the foothills of the Himalayas and on the banks of the holy River Ganges. This spiritual town is home to the holy ceremony of Aarti. Aarti is the Celebration of Lights and is one of the most important Hindu rituals of worship. It is an incredible ceremony to see & be part of. Your time in Rishikesh will be spent exploring, white water rafting, enjoying yoga and visiting a local school and offers a more relaxing contrast to the hustle, bustle and vibrancy of Delhi.
8 day india itinerary
Arrive IGI Airport New Delhi (this is the closes airport to your hotel and where the tour begins). We will arrange an overnight flight to allow you time to get the most out of your first day of the tour.
Your guide leader will meet you at the airport and will transfer you to the Hotel Corus in Connaught Place or equivalent. Check in to your hotel and then depending on your arrival time, you’ll be taken for lunch (payable locally) and a tour briefing, followed by sightseeing around New Delhi to include Gandhi’s Memorial House, India gate, and Dili Haat craft market.
Evening- In the evening, you’ll be taken for an evening meal with time to relax and unwind.
DAY 2 - Sightseeing in Old Delhi & Visit to Local School
After breakfast, your tour guide will take you on a tour of Old Delhi, which is the oldest & most exciting part of Delhi with its bustling ancient streets, alleyways, all kinds of shops and spice markets. From cows in the street to rickshaws and mopeds, there is so much to take in and it really is a must see when you visit Delhi. You’ll certainly never forget it!
As part of your visit you’ll get to explore Chandni Chowk, which is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi and the ideal place to try out your haggling skills. A trip to India isn’t complete without a Rickshaw ride so you’ll travel by Rickshaw to visit a Jain Temple and Jain Trust School, which will enable you to really connect with the local culture. In the evening, your tour guide will take your group to a local restaurant for dinner and you’ll be briefed on your trip to Agra the following day. Then time to relax and unwind.
DAY 3- Day trip to Taj Mahal, Agra & Overnight Train to Dehradun
Today you’ll visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world and amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Your Tour Guide will take you to get the 06.00 early train to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. A packed breakfast will be provided (included). The Taj Mahal is a wonderful place to visit and will be one of the highlights of your holiday.
After your visit to the Taj Mahal, you’ll explore Agra, with a visit to the Red Fort and Marble Factory (time permitting and optional extras).
You’ll catch the 17.40 train from Agra to Delhi, arriving at 19.30 (est). Here you will be taken to a hotel to refresh and have dinner. After dinner you’ll travel to the station and board the overnight train to Haridwar (where you’ll travel 2nd class with beds, bedding and air con). The sleeping area has 2 x bunkbeds next to each other with a curtain for privacy.
DAY 4- Sightseeing in the Holy City of Rishikesh
Today you will arrive in Dehradun and transfer by coach or taxi to the holy city of Rishikesh. Located at the foot of the Himalayas, Rishikesh holds deep cultural and spiritual significance for the local Hindus and is a wonderful place to visit. Made famous by the Beatles, they got in touch with their Eastern spiritual side here, writing several songs during a 1968 stint at a local ashram.
Once you’ve checked in to your hotel and had time to relax, you’ll enjoy a leisurely local walk to explore the area and enjoy some free time to enjoy the markets and ghats.
In the evening you’ll enjoy an evening meal and will be briefed on your white water rafting trip planned for the following day.
DAY 5- White Water Rafting on the River Ganges & The Holy Ceremony of Aarti
Today you’ll travel up river and after safety training, will raft back to Rishikesh on the holy River Ganges. With its rapids and scenery, this is a fun and exciting activity.
In the afternoon you’ll have time for lunch & local sightseeing followed by attending holy ceremony of Aarti. Aarti is the Celebration of Lights and is one of the most important Hindu rituals of worship. It is an incredible ceremony to see & be part of. In the evening you’ll enjoy an evening meal overlooking the River Ganges.
DAY 6- Yoga & School Visit
After breakfast you will get to participate in a traditional yoga session (if you wish) followed by a relaxed trek through the countryside to visit to a local village school.
In the afternoon, you’ll travel to Haridwar where you’ll get the 6pm train which arrives back into Delhi at 10.30pm. Dinner will be provided on the train. You’ll then transfer to your hotel in Connaught Place, Delhi.
DAY 7- Delhi Sightseeing & Shopping
On your final day in Delhi, you’ll use the very efficient metro system to visit Sikh Gurudwara and/or the Lotus Temple.
Have a relaxed afternoon of shopping in CP or Khan Market to purchase souvenirs and gifts. Your guide will recommend places for lunch depending on your preferences, payable locally (there is a McDonalds if you want a break from the more traditional food). Your final evening meal will take place at the Revolving Restaurant where you can enjoy a complete panoramic view of New Delhi. The perfect way to end your school trip in India.
DAY 8- Flight Home
Today is your day of departure. After breakfast transfer to IDI Airport for lunchtime return flight to UK (depending on your timings)
what makes this trip special?
Visit the taj mahal
On the bucket list of many, you’ll visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world and amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It really is a spectacular place to visit & something you'll never forget.
white water rafting
White Water Rafting on the Holy River Ganges is the experience of a lifetime, safely guided by expert instructors. You'll finish the activity in Rishikesh, made famous by the Beatles.
visit local schools
We've built up some excellent links with local schools and so as part of your visit, you'll get to visit a local school, one of the many highlights of this trip.
soak up the indian culture
India has so much to teach us all, but especially young people. We know, from the feedback that we receive, that our school trips to India can have a profound and life-changing effect on your students.
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Years of Experience
We totally understand that travelling to India on an expedition with students may seem a little daunting at first. Rest assured, we have many years experience taking groups to India and we pride ourselves on the support & expertise that we offer teachers.
Our Own Local Team
We have our own team and office in New Delhi, who will take care of every detail of your tour. They don’t work for anyone else, and we don’t work with any ground handlers or ‘middlemen’. This allows us to ensure you receive attention to detail, the best value, and experience the ‘real’ India.
Our Safety Management System is adapted to every trip we arrange and is designed to help you understand and manage the risks associated with every part of your tour.
We operate to BS 8848, The British Standard for Adventurous Activities Outside the United Kingdom.
There is no substitute for going out and meeting the world head-on, and for those who want to encounter variety, challenge, and literally awesome moments, our school trips to India provide the perfect opportunity.