IMPACT: Delhi, Village Exchange & Taj Mahal (3 nights)

KOC 412-201
  •  Two half days of service and learning in Bandhwari Village
  • Interact with school children and women in the village
  • Visit TERI Retreat for environmental awareness and training
  • Enjoy tours of New and Old Delhi
  • Explore the famed Taj Mahal
Program Overview
Country: India
Depart: 03/02/2017 0930
Return: 03/05/2017 0100
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min 20 / Max 34

IMPACT Opportunity

Program Fee
$1396 (early booking: $1338)

Field Work Conflicts
  • MGT 340 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • HDFS 101 Individual and Family Development

Want to see the Taj Mahal but also want to have a meaningful experience and give back while you’re in India? On this program, you will have the unique opportunity to work with children and local women in a village outside of Delhi while still getting to see the major sites of Delhi and tour the famed Taj Mahal.

Day 1 (March 2): Fly to Delhi.

Day 2 (March 3): Bandhwari Village, located 15kms from Gurgaon, is the location where SAS’s partner, Incentive Foundation, is working on a combined project to promote education and health services in that village. You have the unique opportunity to be welcomed into this village, a true off-the-beaten-path experience. Your visit to Bandhwari village will include meeting with school children, for whom you assist in learning English language basics, and women of the village community center. This partnership between Incentive Foundation and the village also provides a very interesting case study to discuss Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable tourism.

On the way back from Bandhwari Village, you will stop at TERI Retreat for an environmental awareness training. TERI has successfully built this habitat, which integrates various renewable energy sources, and it is an ideal example for architects and builders to promote renewable energy technologies in the country.

In the afternoon you will proceed on a tour of New Delhi visiting Qutub Minar, the famous minaret of Delhi. The soaring conical tower is a Tower of Victory, built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron has not rusted throughout all of these centuries. Drive through the streets of New Delhi, past the architecture of British India – the imposing President’s House, the North and South Blocks, the government offices, Parliament House, India Gate, and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier. End the tour with Humayun’s Tomb. Built in the 16th century, this tomb is architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. Commissioned by the widow of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, it was subsequently used as a burial place for members of the royal family.

Day 3 (March 4): After another morning in the Bandhwari village, proceed on a tour of Old Delhi. Visit the Raj Ghat, cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi. Drive past the Red Fort as you proceed towards the Chandni Chowk market. Explore the living legacy of the Indo-Islamic culture & lifestyle in Old Delhi. Moghul emperor Shahjahan transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi and laid the foundations of Shahjahanabad, the seventh city of Delhi. Today it is popularly called Old Delhi.

There is no better way to explore this bustling part of the city in the afternoon than on a cycle rickshaw. Ride through the narrow lanes and experience the daily activities of the merchants, the little food and merchandise stalls, and the teeming population busy with life. Visit Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market, and meander through its busy lanes. Here hundreds of spices and condiments are arranged in neat colourful piles, making it a visual treat. Also visit the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India’s largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan.

Day 4 (March 5): Wake up early to catch the Shatabdi Express to Agra (2 hours) where you will visit the magnificent Taj Mahal – the finest architectural achievement of the Moghuls. Built over a period of 22 years by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World. Later you will also visit the Agra Fort, which was built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD. It is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, Khas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas, and Musamman Burj, where the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan died as a prisoner. Later, after an early lunch, you will be driven back to Delhi (4 hour drive) to connect you for your flight to Kochi.

*Please note! The Taj Mahal is currently undergoing cleaning and will likely have scaffolding surrounding parts of the famous monument while you are there. Though it won’t affect your itinerary, it will affect your photos and we don’t want you to be surprised by this.  See this article for additional details. 


Day 1

*Please note times, activities, and accommodations are subject to change.

March 2: Fly from Kochi to Delhi via Hyderabad (Lunch served on board)
– Check in at hotel in Delhi.
– Overnight at hotel.


Day 2

March 3: Bandhwari Village and afternoon tour of New Delhi

– After an early breakfast proceed to Bandhwari Village
– Visit school and women self-help group in the village
– Lunch at a local restaurant
– Afternoon tour of New Delhi
– Overnight and dinner at the hotel



Day 3

March 4: Bandhwari Village and tour of Old Delhi.

– After an early breakfast proceed to Bandhwari Village
– Visit school and women self-help group in the village
– Lunch at a local restaurant
– Afternoon tour of Old Delhi
– Overnight and dinner at the hotel


Day 4

March 5: (note, this is a long day!)

Very early in the morning check out and proceed to train station
– Train departs for Agra, Packed breakfast on board. (~2 hours)
– Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
– After early lunch drive back to Delhi (~4 hours)
– Flight to Kochi from Delhi – Dinner on board
– Arrive Kochi and transfer to the Ship

Meals Included

All meals included