Why should you go on a school trip to India?
26 Feb 2017 15:59
For those who have never visited India, you've probably heard a thousand different stories and been left full of curiosity. India is a wonderful and magical country made up of 29 states, each unique in their own special way. A trip to India can really open your eyes to a country with huge disparity amongst people, some living far below the poverty line while others enjoying riches hard to come by without heritage.
Despite the numerous stories and counts of various experiences, the one thing we all agree on is that no two experiences are ever the same - you really have to see it for yourself. Whether you decide to take a year out, grab your backpack and brave it alone, or book into a group tour with transport - it's time to create your story.
What do Voyager school travel do on our school trips to India?
Across our experienced travel team, we think we have seen it all (although this can't really be strictly true about India). We've been on educational school trips, soul-searching adventures, business travels and short holidays in sunny Goa. We've discovered the best temples, bazaars, royal buildings, holy festivals and taken trips into the distant sunset on the back of a camel.
We all agree that India needs to be visited by as many people as possible while it climbs its way up to becoming one of the worlds greatest economies. Working with teachers and party leaders, we created school tours of India which cover the biggest must-see's and contribute the most to any educational programme. Of course, our tours are bespoke to each group, but we've worked out the logistics of visiting all of the fantastic sights India has to offer in one simple and safe school trip.
If India can be this life-changing for so many soul-searching adults - wouldn't it be great for students to experience this before they really need to?
School trips to India - where can you go?
The Golden Triangle
This tour circuit known as "The Golden Triangle" incorporates Delhi, Agra (the home of the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur (the pink city). Students will be able to experience huge forts, hectic shopping bazaars, mosques, the Taj Mahal, explore the pink city and climb the Amber Fort amongst goats and monkeys.
The Holy Ganges at Varanasi
Situated on the River Ganges, Varanasi is a holy town where Hindu pilgrims come to bathe in the sacred river and perform spiritual and funeral rites. A walk along the Ganges on the edge of the town covers over 87 ghats (sections of the riverfront steps leading down to the water), most of which are ceremonial and bathing ghats, while a few are still used as open cremation sites.
Dharamshala - home of the Dalai Lama
Exploring Amritsar and then Dharamshala, students get to stay at the foothills of the Himalayas with astonishing views and fresh mountain air. Students can learn more about the Tibetan government living here in exile, headed by the Dalai Lama, in exile here for over three decades.
A quick stop in Sarnarth allows students to see the deer park where Gautama Buddha chose to preach his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Students will get a close insight into the concepts and teachings of Buddhism from its early founding.
Our school trips to India give students a comprehensive appreciation of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and the many sacred rituals still performed by the various cultures in India. India is so vast in landscape, culture, language, food, architecture and history that there really is something for every school party.
Voyager School Travel offers bespoke school trips to India, allowing you to tell us what is important to you so we can come up with the trip of a lifetime! Don't be surprised if one of our travel team hop along for the ride - we just can't get enough of it!
If you want to find out more about our school tours to India - get in touch!