Volunteering in India would be more satisfying than you probably can imagine! Whether you are volunteering with women in Delhi or teaching kids in Palampur, every day will unfold a stunning chapter.
Your weekdays will pass with the blink of an eye, as you’ll have so much to do and you’ll feel like living every moment to the fullest.
And if you are thinking what to do on the weekends, then Volunteering India has a solution for that as well. Here are 7 amazing weekend trips for volunteers in India:
1. Jaipur Weekend Tour
The capital of the princely state of Rajasthan, Jaipur still upholds the royalty and extravaganza to its fullest extent. For volunteers in Delhi, Jaipur would be a good weekend road trip option and Volunteering India coordinators will plan for your journey.
Famous as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur has the best of the old world charm blended with the buzz of new world vibrancy. Create a treasure-trove of memories during your trip to Jaipur by exploring the Amer and Nahargarh forts, monuments, bazaars, and cafes.
You can also go for an elephant safari, experience Rajasthani culture at the village resort in Chokhi Dhani, pick up Rajasthani clothes and trinkets at the bazaars and enjoy mouthwatering delicacies on your trip to this majestic city.
2. Taj Mahal Weekend Tour
It is mandatory for every traveler to visit the Taj Mahal while in India! No trip to India can ever be complete without witnessing the epitome of love. Taj Mahal weekend tour is a must for all our volunteers, and Volunteering India will make sure that you have an unforgettable trip to Agra.
Known as the ‘City of Love’, Agra was once the capital of the Mughal Empire, and the city still portrays the grandeur. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taj Mahal is visited by millions each year and hardly anyone returns back disappointed. The monument of love still holds its beauty and charm, the way it did when it was built!
You can also choose to see the Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb and Fatehpur Sikri, which are other astounding examples of Mughal architecture. The gateway to Fatehpur Sikri, Buland Darwaza, is considered to be the highest door in the world.
3. Golden Triangle Tour
Guess how would it be if you get the above-mentioned trips together in one weekend? Yes! That’s an option too! Volunteering India brings the adventurous ‘Golden Triangle Tour’, where you can explore Jaipur and Agra together, in one weekend.
Explore India’s past by walking down the lanes of Rajput history in Jaipur and Mughal history in Agra!
4. Manali Weekend Tour
Want to escape the chaos of the city and explore a hill station? If you are a mountain lover, then the weekend trip to Manali would be absolutely perfect to suit your interests.
Located at an altitude of 6,727 ft (approx) in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a little hamlet on the banks of the river Beas. You can indulge in shopping at the Mall Road, visit the Hadimba Temple and Manu Temple, talk a walk through the pine forest or just sit and relax at any of the cafes in Old Manali.
A weekend tour to Manali will refresh your mind and you’ll be fully energized for the week ahead, at your volunteering destination!
5. Amritsar Weekend Tour
Considered as a sacred destination by the Sikhs, Amritsar houses the Golden Temple – a place visited by thousands each year. You may be a believer or an atheist – but the aura of the Golden Temple will definitely make you bow down once!
You can also visit Jallianwala Bagh, the garden where hundreds of Indians were shot dead by the British in 1919. The walls of the garden still hold the bullet marks from the past.
Take a trip to Wagah border, which is around 40 km from Amritsar. It is the India – Pakistan border from Punjab side, and every evening, there’s a cultural ceremony that’s absolutely worth watching.
Volunteering India coordinator will provide you with all the information while you visit these places of immense historical importance.
6. Trekking in the Himalayas
If you have always dreamt of trekking in the Himalayas, then fulfill it while on your volunteering journey. Go for the Triund trek and also explore the land of Dalai Lama, Mcleodganj.
Also known as ‘Little Lhasa’, Mcleodganj has the largest Tibetan population in India. Visit the monasteries and binge on some local food. Then go for the trek and soothe your senses with the Himalayan freshness! You will get to see the snow capped peaks at a distance, shining as the sunrays fall on them.
You will also get to camp at Triund and enjoy some music and bonfire!
7. Varanasi Weekend Tour
Colorful and spiritual – these two words can best describe this place. A holy shrine for the Hindus, Varanasi (or Benaras) is a city on the banks of Ganges. It is said to be one of the oldest cities in the world, and you should totally go for the Varanasi weekend tour.
The ‘aarti’ by the Ganges in the evening is something that you can’t afford to miss, and you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. Also take a boat ride on the river, as you gaze at the banks and the series of temples, and the sadhus taking a dip in the holy water.
The best time to enjoy the boat ride of the Ganges River is from 5:30 am to 8 am. This is when the color and glamour of the place will enthrall you.
Take a day trip to Sarnath, the place where Gautama Buddha first came and taught about the concept of Dharma.
If you are planning to buy souvenirs, then the local markets will absolutely cater all your interests and make sure that you return back with a bag full of goodies!
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” – We have all heard this saying, and Volunteering India strongly believes in it. Therefore, we ensure that all our volunteers can have a great travel experience while volunteering for the community.
Make the most of your weekends, and book the tours of your choice – we shall be happy to show you around! Drop us an email at [email protected] to get started.