Children’s Smiles – This tour is specially designed for travelers who are interested to learn about children in India – their education, lifestyle and future. If you wish to participate in activities related to child protection, children rights etc., this is a great option as you will get to visit social organizations, understand the education system and live with families, in cities as well as villages in Rajasthan.
Days 1 & 2
Delhi, the capital of India, is an impressive concentration of diversity, between traditions and modernity. You will discover the main monuments, and will enjoy a walk in the city with local guides empowered by a non-governmental organization. They support street children, and will introduce you their work and their orphanage. You will also have the opportunity to meet an organization working to preserve the Indian traditional childbirth knowledge,
Agra is known all over the world for the jewel of India located there: the Taj Mahal. Symbol of love and pure beauty, this impressive construction attracts all the people visiting India. After this mesmerizing visit, you will take the way to Jaipur.
Days 4 to 7
The capital of Rajasthan, the Land of the Kings, is also known as the Pink City. The traditions are still very present in Jaipur, both in the life style as well as in the crafts. The visit of the splendid forts and one heritage walk in the old city will show you the past glory of Rajasthan. You will also discover a craft district. In Jaipur, we will take time to see different child situations: you will visit a government school and a program for education in slums, meet children who support their parents for craft fabrication at their home, and visit a vocational training centre where children learn jewellery to make a living out of it. You will spend time with children, learning Indian games and sharing some traditions of your country.
According to the Hindu culture, a person should visit it once in his life to be eligible for paradise. You will find there a temple for Bhrama, one of the single temples for this special God. Children played important roles in Hindu epic stories. It is a perfect place to learn about mythology and Hindu rituals.
Days 9 to 11
The Venice of the East is well known for its two lakes and the beauty of the piers surrounding them. City of the performing arts, Udaipur will please the amateurs of traditional dance and music, as well as the admirers of the precision of miniature painting. The luxuriant gardens also offer peaceful breaks and create a natural atmosphere. You will meet one of the biggest NGOs of Rajasthan, organizing programmes around education, vocational training, support to mothers, and healthcare.
Days 12 to 14
Located in the Thar Desert, in the Western part of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer, the Golden City, is entirely made of yellow stone. The façades of ancient palaces were carved by hand, adding to the beautiful colour of the walls. After having strolled in the Fort and admired the leather craft, you will go for a safari in the desert, discovering the life of communities in this arid area, visiting one government school, and then spending a magic night under the stars.
Days 15 & 16
Jodhpur has two nicknames, the Blue City, referring to the walls of the old houses, and the Sun City, due to its incredible exposure to sunlight. The main attraction is the Fort with its history and impressive water management system. You will visit the campus of one organisation giving access to water to poor desert communities, and especially to schools.
Days 17 to 19
The Shekhawati is a rural region of Rajasthan, having kept all its traditions. You will discover the rural life, the traditional crafts and see the practice of organic farming. The city of Nawalgarh hosts incredible frescos that you will have the opportunity to admire. You will spend time in a village school, where children do not have many opportunities to open their minds to other countries, and we will organise some creative workshops for them.
Days 20 & 21
Back to Delhi for a last shopping session, a walk in the city at night, and the end of this tour!
Home-stay, Guest houses
Visit of shelter homes for street children, visit of one artist slum, meeting with one NGO working for the national Child line, visit of schools
Jewellery, Block and screen printing, Blue Pottery, Hand-made paper
Rural life, Life in desert, Education System