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Trip Highlights
Trip code: LAYETH

  • Live in a beautiful house in the Himalayan foothills, overlooking the snow-capped mountains
  • Learn the art of yoga and feel the bliss after meditation
  • Explore the tea gardens, tea factory, and monasteries in Palampur
  • Volunteer for underprivileged kids at a Child Care Center
  • Go for trekking from Bir to Billing in the Himalayas

Tour Details

Wish to ditch the chaos and cacophony of the city life and experience the bliss of being around the snow-capped Himalayas? Then choosing this tour would be the best decision for you! Designed for all those adventure seekers, gap year travelers, nature lovers and fitness freaks - this Yoga Tour in Palampur, India, would take your mind and soul to another new world.
The pristinely beautiful town of Palampur is located at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains and surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests. Rightly named as 'The Tea Capital of North India', Palampur will fill your lungs with the adequate freshness and soothe your senses like nothing else can ever do.

This tour is aptly recommended for budget backpackers and gap year travelers looking for a perfect amalgamation of volunteer work, trekking & adventure activities, yoga and meditation classes. There's also the option to go for a Paragliding Tour at the World's Second Highest Paragliding Spot in Bir- Billing, Himachal Pradesh. As a part of volunteering service, you'll have to spend some quality time with underprivileged kids at the Child Care Centers in Palampur.
Designed to accommodate a perfect balance of adventure, peace, and philanthropy, this tour will be absolutely perfect for you, if you are looking for a retreat amidst nature.
 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to India

Namaste, hello and welcome to one of the most beautiful countries in the world. One of our team members will be there at the Indira Gandhi International Airport to greet you and then, you can head towards your accommodation to relax and get over your jet lag. You'll also get to meet your fellow travelers today.
 

Day 2 - Fly to Dharamsala

You'll have to take a short flight to Dharamsala (nearly 1 hour). You will be received at the airport and taken to Palampur accommodation, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. You can spot the peaks covered with snow, from the accommodation itself. Then, you can take some rest, and later you’ll have an orientation session which will help you know about the upcoming days’ schedule. In the evening, you can go for a walk to the nearby market.

Day 3 - Volunteer work during the day and Yoga Sessions in the evening

The real feel of the trip will begin today, as you'll head out for the volunteering at the Child Care Center in Palampur. The day care centers are in extremely poor condition and you'll get to use your creativity while renovating the space and adding some colors to it. It's gonna be fun to work with a bunch of like-minded folks and meet the chirpy little ones at the centers.
In the evening, there will be a Yoga and Meditation Class for you to relax and unwind in the lap of Mother Nature. This session will surely make you feel lighter and happier than before.
 

Day 4 - Project work, Yoga Session as well as Palampur Tour

In the morning, you'll go to the center to carry on with your project work of renovation. Later, in the afternoon, you'll be taking a tour of Palampur, exploring the Himalayan hamlet and its beauty. Visit the tea gardens and the factory, before heading towards the Tashi Jong Monastery.
In the evening, you'll have your Yoga class as usual.
 

Day 5 to Day 7 - Continuation of Project Work and Yoga Sessions

Your mornings will have the regular work at the Daycare Center and evenings will bestow you with more peace through Yoga and meditation.
On Day 7, you'll have a briefing session about the upcoming trek during the weekend.
 

Day 8 - Trekking in the Himalayas

Post breakfast, you'll pack a small bag with essentials, and head out for a thrilling trekking experience in the Himalayas. You'll set out for Bir, a small town famous for its huge Tibetan population, apart from its serene beauty.

Your trek will start from Bir, and you'll have to trek for about 4-5 hours until you reach Billing which is also a famous Paragliding site. The chilling breeze will definitely make you feel the bliss, you can feel your adrenaline soaring up and the majestic Himalayas will keep accompanying you all along!

In case you wish to fly like a bird, go ahead and try out paragliding (additional costs).
 

Day 9 - Travel back to Palampur

Enough of adrenaline dose! It's time to get back to Palampur accommodation and take some rest. On your way back, you'll get to visit some of the Buddhist Monasteries as well.
 

Day 10 to Day 13 - Continuation of Project Work and Yoga Sessions

You will continue with the renovation work, and you can also get involved in teaching and playing with the little ones at the daycare center. The regular yoga and meditation classes will be held in the evenings.
On Day 13, bid 'Goodbye' to the kids at the center, while giving them a loving hug!
 

Day 14 - Shopping at Palampur, Return to Delhi

Of course, you want to pick up some souvenir for your friends and family, and today is the best time to head out for some shopping! Use your bargaining skills and get all that you want.
After returning back to Delhi, wind up all things, have a hearty farewell dinner with your fellows and try to figure out which has been your best moment from this trip.
 

Day 15 - Fly back home

We can arrange for an airport drop and you can board the flight for home.

Surely, these 2 weeks will be one of the best travel experiences you've ever had and the Himalayas, Palampur, the adorable kids and the charm of meditation will leave a mark on your memory.

Note: In the above itinerary, transfers to and from Palampur have been proposed by flight, cost of which would be separate. We can book it for you, or you can arrange for it by yourself. Transportation can also be arranged by land through vehicle transfer.
 

Dates & Cost

Price Includes
  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from staff
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  • Pick up from the airport
  • Orientation 
  • Food (2-3 times a day as mentioned in the itinerary)
  • Accommodation shall be provided in our Volunteer house or guest house accommodation
  • Yoga and Meditation Classes
  • Adventure Activity – Trekking Trip
  • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
     
Price Excludes
  • International/Domestic Airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
  • Entry fees at monuments
  • Local transportation to and fro program location
  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)
  • Vaccinations
  • Any personal expenses
  • Optional Paragliding activity in Bir-Billing
     

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GDA has a fantastic range of voluntours, adventure tours, internships, work abroad opportunities and responsible traveling options which will surely add a new meaning to your gap year. Pick whatever suits your interests and book your flight tickets for your dream destination. It's time to tickle your wanderlust cells! Calling out all backpackers, gap year students, solo travelers and adventure seekers - it's time that you take the leap and Go, Discover Abroad!

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