This journey is being put together by an amazing team of passionate travel professionals who feel that its time to bring authentic cultural experiences with genuine social benefits back into travel.
At the same time, travel is also about having fun, meeting people, learning from each other, seeing the incredible sights and locations on offer, as well as giving something back to the communities who host us.
This program is a carefully curated combination of exotic locations and community workshops. Working together with the Smokeless Cookstove Foundation, we travel from our base in Udaipur to surrounding villages to learn about and help facilitate a training program on making smokeless cookstoves (chulhas) with the families who need them in their homes.
These training programs have been ongoing since the conception of the project in 2016 and over time have evolved into a form that has a wonderful impact and truly helps the villages we can reach. You get to be a part of this by joining us in the field, experiencing life in the villages and supporting our expert trainers in sharing skills that have the power to change and even save lives.
Over the course of our 3 weeks together, we will balance field work with time in stunning Rajasthan, staying in carefully selected guesthouses, home-stays, hotels, and even a Haveli! Day trips to a range of scenic wonders are included and the field stays are structured to be less challenging but still meaningful.
Start Sunday Nov 4 2019
Day 1: Arrival – Land Delhi, transfer to hotel in the Aerotel District near airport – meet your group leader
Day 2: Transfer to Udaipur – morning domestic flight: Transfer to guesthouse, have lunch, settle in, evening briefing session
Day 3: Transfer to Abu in morning (2hrs drive) – Lunch at hotel, visit a local dairy farm cum smokeless cook-stove sight – introduction to smokeless cook-stove methods and see one in use; village site visit and talking to local households. SCF team to get a few donuts ready
Day 4: Workshop Day 1 – Introduction to SCF through AV, raw materials gathering and making donuts; Our impact group leaves around 2:00 pm for lunch and the workshop continues.
Day 5: Workshop Day 2 – training local village people, assemble cook-stoves, start firing. This will be Diwali evening. We will enjoy a traditional Diwali celebration with Indian culture in a local setting.
Day 6: Workshop Day 3 – training local village people, assemble cook-stoves, continue firing
Day 7: Transfer to Mt Abu (drive 45mins) stay in hotel – explore Mt Abu – excursions
Day 8: Transfer to Udaipur (3hrs drive) stay in Hotel
Day 9 – Heritage tour of Udaipur old town and palace
Day 10 – Transfer to next village (TBA) (drive 1 hour) – stay in NGO hostel – Workshop Day 1 – making donuts – village site visit and survey – training includes local NGO staff
Day 11: Workshop Day 2 – training local village people, assemble cook-stoves, start firing
Day 12: Workshop Day 3 – training local village people, assemble cookstoves, continue firing – transfer to Udaipur in evening. Stay at Hotel (Udaipur)
Day 13: Checkout; Travel to Kumbhalgarh (see the fort), transfer to Kotari Raola Old Haveli
Day 14: Haveli stay, relax : Optional- Impact group can make their own SC stove at the Haveli.
Day 15: transfer to Jodhpur – Mehrangarh Fort in evening
Day 16: Cultural programme/ shopping – Check out from Jodhpur hotel/ Desert camping and safari
Day 17: – Breakfast at campsite, check out and Return to Jodhpur. Lunch at Jodhpur and early dinner. Depart for Agra by train at 8:30 pm (Jodhpur Howrah Superfast)
Day 18: – Arrive in Agra in morning. Evening visit to Taj Mahal – Dinner
Day 19: check-out from Agra, Transfer to Delhi – Check in to Hotel;
Day 20: Delhi – Metro to Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Jama Majid, shopping
Day 21 – Departure Day
End Saturday Nov 24 2019
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