Who ARE WE?
POSITIVE CHANGE THROUGH TRAVEL
EMPOWER EVERYONE INVOLVED
UNCOVER THE UNKNOWN
IMMERSIVE CULTURAL EXCHANGE
be part of the first chapter
and start a movement
PRICE : £1200 £930
DURATION : 3 WEEKS
DATE : 19TH JULY TO 9TH AUGUST
PRICE : £1200 £970
DURATION : 4 WEEKS
DATE : 10TH AUGUST TO 7TH SEPTEMBER
PRICE : £2310 £1640
DURATION : 7 WEEKS
DATE : 19TH JULY TO 7TH SEPTEMBER
(CATEGORY– TRAVEL AND VOLUNTEERING)
WHAT IT MEANS TO Be the FIRST NOVOTEERs?
YOU ARE IMPORTANT
Your opinion. You ideas. Your contribution. That’s what makes us what we are. You are our pride.
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We have worked hard to get you the lowest price for this trip and this trip only.
15% discount on all future trips for you and your friends and family.
We have so much in store for you. You will make all sorts of new discoveries along the way.
For your invaluable prior contributions,we shall continue to consult you for your views,throughout the life cycle of our business.
WHY CHOOSE US?
Our experiences are designed to address issues faced by individuals and communities
For people who are excited to delve into culturally enriching experiences instead of simple humanitarian relief.
TAKE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
We encourage you to
We design, initiate, and curate our own trips and projects. Nothing is outsourced to a third party
SKILL BASED VOLUNTEERING
Our volunteers are our agents for growth. We value your skills and your passion
EXPERIENCED TOUR AND PROJECT LEADERS
Your travelling and volunteering experiences will be guided by experienced and qualified professionals
INDEPENDENT AND GUIDED EXPERIENCE
While a part of your trip will be guided, we encourage you to explore places by yourself in your free time
WHEN WE SAY LOCAL WE MEAN LOCAL
We ensure the money you spend during your travel remains in the local community
Our group experiences aim for you to make lasting connections and friends for life
We strive to offer you the most competitive prices for all our experiences
You’ll need a valid passport and remember that it should have at least six months of validity when traveling. India will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.
How to obtain a Visa for India?
Travelers must apply for a tourist visa online or in person at the Indian Embassy or Consulate in their jurisdiction. If the traveler cannot go in person, in some countries, this can include representatives from third-party visa service companies. Government of India Services of e-Visa involves a completely online application for which no facilitation is required by any intermediary/agents etc. It is advised not to believe or fall in the trap of any such unscrupulous elements who claim a speedy/express grant of e-Visa and charge money for it. Typically, it takes about 5-7 business days to process the online visa. Visa applications should usually be submitted at least 60 days prior to departure.
If you have any question regarding the process to obtain the eVisa for India, please contact us and we will assist you.
Do I need travel insurance?
What vaccinations are essential for your trip to India?
At the time of writing, there are no required vaccinations to enter India, aside from Yellow Fever if you’re arriving from countries with risk of Yellow Fever Virus (YFV) transmission, but according to the wwwnc.cdc.gov website, travelers to India should at least have all routine vaccinations, as well as Hepatitis A and Typhoid. The latter is a real risk in India, as it can be contracted from contaminated water, which is not uncommon in the country.
Other vaccinations to consider include Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, and Yellow Fever.
How you will stay in touch?
You can purchase a SIM card at the airport and anywhere in the city. There are discussions over who provides the best coverage between BSNL, AirTel, and Vodafone, but to be honest they are quite similar. For less than 6 pounds, you can buy a SIM card which gave you 1GB data per day, 1000 SMS messages and unlimited calls to other Indian numbers.
Do we include international air tickets in our travel packages?
International air tickets are not included in our travel packages. However, we would love to help you at the moment of buying your flights.
Do we include international air tickets in our travel packages?
How strenuous is this trip?
What will the weather be like?
May and June are hot but dry. From July, the monsoon sweeps from south to north, bringing humidity. However, expect the weather to be hit. We recommend you to have water to keep you hydrated and carry an umbrella.
What type of luggage is the most appropriate?
What to Wear
We advise you to wear modest clothing. It is not really a good idea to wear scanty clothes in India, especially while visiting temples and mosques . In this country, clothes are inexpensive, colourful, comfortable and they suit the climate and the culture. Indians will appreciate your attempt to bridge cultures as a sign of respect.
Some Additional Tips and Information
First of all, if you are volunteering with us, do not bring expensive electronic devices to India. Novoto will give you access to its own equipment for you to have the work done.
Our staff will take loads of pictures and document the entire trip. We think you don’t need to bring professional photography equipment with you.
In our opinion, to travel light and right means to pack everything you need without exceeding 10 or 12 kilos on your backpack. And what you should put on it:
-Very comfortable sturdy shoes. The roads and sidewalks are a jagged obstacle course, and there is often an open sewer spilling its gruesome contents across your path.
-Flip-flops. For the beach, in the shower, around your hotel, and in other predictable settings. Don’t go barefoot in India.
-Small bottles of hand sanitizing gel and small kleenex packets.
-Deodorant, hair conditioner, tampons, sunscreen, Deet mosquito repellent, skin oil, and condoms. To keep as healthy as possible on the road, take heat-resistant probiotics (one per day), either oil of oregano or GSE (grapefruit seed extract), rehydration salts, tea tree oil and homeopathic remedies for digestion and respiration issues (Indian cities are highly polluted).
-Good quality suitcase locks and cable. You will need to be able to use the cable to lock your bag to your train or bus seat.
-Earplugs and music player, such as iPod. Don’t forget your electrical adapter.
-Headlamp or good-quality small flashlight (for reading on the train and power outages).
-Rest easy bed bug spray.
-A daypack and/or a small-ish bag you can carry very safely.
-Water bottle and small thermos.
-Mesh laundry bag.
Unfortunately we have a strict no refund policy
Responsible Travel VS Sustainable Tourism
Is this voluntourism
Lately, this word has attracted a lot of attention. And rightly so. Making a spectacle out of poverty has been used as a marketing tool too often. At Novoto, we neither promote voluntourism nor do we avoid it. We simply hope to transform the idea of voluntourism from the perspective of humanitarian relief to one of cultural exchange. We believe that if people utilize their skills and passion while volunteering, then voluntourism will have a new definition.
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