It is our aim at Indian Experiences to showcase the real India, we seek out experience providers who are passionate about their particular destinations and who are determined to show you the true essence of these over and above the more obvious monuments, those any guide can show you! The experience providers we work with show you the city from a very different perspective, whether an early morning cycle tour to see the city waking up or a street food tour to discover these best kept secrets. There is no one better than a local, and a passionate one at that, to ensure you discover what really makes a destination tick.
However, we are also passionate about supporting experiences that are operated by NGOs, these not only give a unique insight into a destination, but also work to make a difference to disadvantaged people or animals. We were recently asked by a regular traveller to India to suggest some different experiences for a group she was traveling with, they wanted to see beyond the monuments, to meet the people of this country and to incorporate a feel good factor into their trip. They wanted to showcase India as well as make a difference to the lives of the people they met, and so that’s exactly what they did.
We introduced them to some of the NGOs Indian Experiences support and they replaced the more obvious monument visits with the following experiences:
Rasoi on Wheels:
The group spent a morning distributing over 1000 meals to the homeless and school children of Delhi with this amazing NGO who make a difference to thousands of lives in Delhi on a daily basis, and who welcome volunteers to help with their distribution drives.
Pink City Rickshaw Company:
The group had loads of a fun shopping in Jaipur with the ladies of the Pink City Rickshaw Company. This NGO trains and employs ladies from disadvantaged families and slums in Jaipur as drivers and guides of their super-funky customised pink e-rickshaws.
The group discovered Mumbai on the Mumbai Local Tour which employs former street kids who have been educated, trained and empowered to lead group tours and have the opportunity to showcase their city on this brilliantly curated tour.
They visited the Wildlife SOS Elephant Rescue Centre, sadly they didn’t have time for the Bear Rescue Centre on this trip, but they got to hang out with the elephants which have been rescued from circuses and temples, including Laxmi a begging elephant who was 1.8 tons overweight when she was rescued – that’s something to think about when planning getting ready for the summer diet!
“Having traveled throughout India for two months as a twenty-something backpacker a few decades ago, I experienced the richness of the place: its people, culture, food, religions and enduring traditions. Oh, and – of course – the iconic Taj Mahal. But India is SO much more than a monument, SO much more peaceful and attractive than her traffic-choked cities, and SO much greater than the Golden Triangle. Having sent travelers to India for more than a dozen years, and in my opinion Indian Experiences are the only industry resource who think outside the norm. Their love for their adopted country is evident in their recommendations of places and properties that are relatively undiscovered treasures and reveal much about the “real” India. They know the best people and tour guides and are well respected and committed to responsible tourism. I returned a week ago from a journey I called, “India Done Different.” Indian Experiences helped design an itinerary that incorporated philanthropy, people, places and properties that reminded me why I love India – almost as much as they do.”
Marilyn Murphy, CEO WOW! Travel Club, USA
The feedback the agent received was heart-warming and they are now determined that this is the way to go for all their future clients.
“I have been incredibly impressed by the women we have met on this trip. Women who are changing the world one person at a time. Women who are feeding kids so they can stay alert for school, women who are training other women to be self sufficient and provide for their families, women who are providing specialized education opportunities for girls and boys, women who are keeping the classical arts alive by performing and teaching others. India gets a bad rap for a lot of things, but when you look at what women are doing in this country you leave with not only hope for India but hope for the world.” Scott Gibb