Volunteering abroad is an activity which is mostly practiced by students from high school and/or college during their gap year. This makes a vital reason to rope in the angle of budget traveling when volunteering abroad.
Are you planning a volunteering trip to India and wondering what all you can do during your stay in the country?
Well, India has been a favorite destination for people from different parts of the world. Volunteering in India is an opportunity to not only help those in dire need of welfare and development but also to explore this incredible nation and its wonderful cities, savor some delicious spicy food and shop till the heart feels content!
Here are some of the amazing things that you can do under $500 in India:
Exploring the monuments and temples in Delhi
The capital city of India, Delhi, has been the capital since the earlier days when the Sultans, the Mughals and later the British ruled in India. The city has evolved beautifully with time. Qutub Minar, India Gate, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, Red Fort and Jama Masjid – all these can be visited on weekdays after you wrap up your work at the project site. Travel by local transport like auto or metro. Including the entry fee and transport cost, you can easily manage to see all these places within $100. You can seek help of the Volunteering India coordinator, who can help you in planning your excursions.
Shopping at the local markets
India can be termed as a ‘Shopper’s Paradise’ because there are affordable and unique kinds of stuff available at cheap deals at the local markets. If you are in New Delhi, then head towards Sarojini Nagar market, INA market, Janpath, Connaught Place and Chandni Chowk market to buy beautiful clothes, accessories, bags, and sandals. If you are in Palampur, you can shop woolens at very cheaper rates. The local markets usually have good varieties available – the only trick is that you need to know the art of bargaining! The vendors will usually charge a higher price, but then, if you bargain well, you’ll surely get the same thing for half the price. You’ll get to buy amazing souvenirs for the folks back at home, and they’ll surely love it! Within $100, you can have a bagful of goodies.
Weekend Trip to Agra and Jaipur
If you are volunteering in Delhi, then you can’t miss visiting Agra and Jaipur during the weekend. While Agra is popular for the Taj Mahal – one of the 7 wonders of the world, Jaipur is famous for the majestic Rajput forts, the Hawa Mahal and the amazing Rajasthani cuisine that it has to offer the visitors. Treat your eyes to the beauty of the Mughal architecture and meet the monkeys and elephants in the forts of Jaipur. This weekend trip will cost you something around $250, but your experience would be priceless!
Weekend trip to Mcleod Ganj and trek in the Himalayas
An advantage of volunteering in Palampur is that you’ll get a chance to visit the beautiful Tibetan town of Mcleod Ganj. Hundreds of Tibetan Refugees had moved to India and settled down in this Himalayan town, making it their permanent residence. Explore the Tibetan markets and the monasteries, eat momos and thukpa, and walk along the Bhagsu waterfalls. If you are interested in trekking, then climb up to Triund to get a panoramic view of the snowcapped Dhauladhar mountain range. Visiting Mcleod and the trek to Triund would all sum up to $100 approximately. For those who are in Delhi, this same trip would cost you around $250.
Spend a week in Goa
Who would love to relax by the beach at the Hippie Paradise of India? Yes, we are talking about Goa, and you can extend your volunteering trip in India by spending a week in Goa for just $400 approx. Our Travel Desk Manager will be glad to assist you in this, and you can just leave for a retreat that you will thoroughly enjoy! Visit the Portuguese churches, try some adventure sports like parasailing and banana boat ride and enjoy the flavors of the delicious Goan cuisine. This would be the perfect way to end your stay in India – that too within your budget!
So what are you waiting for? Start planning for your journey now and drop us a mail at [email protected]