BE A NOMAD WHILE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

APPLY FOR OUR FIRST EXPEDITION TO INDIA

Who ARE WE?

 

our values

 

POSITIVE CHANGE THROUGH TRAVEL

EMPOWER EVERYONE INVOLVED

UNCOVER THE UNKNOWN

SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

IMMERSIVE CULTURAL EXCHANGE

be part of the first chapter

and start a movement

 

FIRST EPISODE

UNCOVER

INDIA

PRICE£1200 £930

DURATION : 3 WEEKS

DATE : 19TH JULY TO 9TH AUGUST

(CATEGORYTRAVEL)

FINAL EPISODE

REBUILD

HAMPI

PRICE£1200 £970

DURATION : 4 WEEKS

DATE : 10TH AUGUST TO 7TH SEPTEMBER

(CATEGORYVOLUNTEERING)

ENTIRE

CHAPTER

BOTH

PRICE£2310 £1640

DURATION : 7 WEEKS

DATE : 19TH JULY TO 7TH SEPTEMBER

(CATEGORYTRAVEL AND VOLUNTEERING)

upcoming chapters

 

BHUTAN

NEPAL

SRI LANKA

 

 

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.

ENTIRE JOURNEY FILMED

Show off and make friends and family jealous through social media.

PRICE

We have worked hard to get you the lowest price for this trip and this trip only.

FUTURE DISCOUNTS

15% discount on all future trips for you and your friends and family.

SURPRISES AWAIT

We have so much in store for you. You will make all sorts of new discoveries along the way.

CONTINUITY

For your invaluable prior contributions,we shall continue to consult you for your views,throughout the life cycle of our business.

WHY CHOOSE US?

 

TRAVEL ACTIVISM

Our experiences are designed to address issues faced by individuals and communities

CULTURAL EXCHANGE

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 step  outside your comfort zone for an even greater adventure

WE LEAD

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

MEET PEOPLE

Our group experiences aim for you to make lasting connections and friends for life

BUDGET TRAVEL

We strive to offer you the most competitive prices for all our experiences

faq

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?
We highly encourage travelers to purchase travel insurance, including coverage of trip cancellation. World Nomads have an incredible reputation and you can easily type in your dates and get a quote instantly too
What vaccinations are essential for your trip to India?
You should always talk to your local health professional about which shots you may or may not need for visiting specific destinations. Your health professional will be able to give you the most up-to-date information so that you can make the right choice.

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 buy a SIM card if you have an unlocked phone. You need to bring documents to do this in India like a copy of your passport, a copy of your eVisa and a proof of address in the U.K. (utility bill or official government document i.e. drivers’ license). They may also ask you for a proof of address in India (where you are staying).

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?
International air tickets are not included in our travel packages. However, we would love to help you at the moment of buying your flights.
How strenuous is this trip?
Your journey is considered moderate touring. Moderate touring includes full days outside the hotel, with drives up to 3 or 4 hours on mainly well-maintained, paved roads. When possible, for longer journeys we try to schedule in a free afternoon or a 2-3 hours break in scheduled activities for free time.
What will the weather be like?
As such a vast country with an incredibly diverse landscape, it should not come as a surprise that the climate can differ too from region to region. As a general rule, however, the climate in the north of India is cooler, central India is hot and dry, and the south is hot and humid.
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?
It is highly recommended to carry a backpack or duffel bag, as the suitcases are not practical because they are not only heavier but hard to carry on trains and buses. Keep in mind that normally you will have to manage your own luggage and find a space on buses and trains, and also carry it up every hotel stairs. Besides that, wheeled suitcases may not be useful on dirt floors nor cobblestone streets. Travel right and light is more than a slogan, it is a philosophy for the more experienced travelers and you will not regret. Make sure you leave some space for all you shopping during the trip.

What to Wear
Casual clothing is the order of the day. Hard wearing, easy to wash travel clothes are ideal. Laundry service will be available at all the places we stay. Our tour leaders will keep you informed in case you need to wear appropriate clothes for religious sites.

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
Before creating your packing list, check out our recommendations and tips in order to have all the essential items for having a great time in India.

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.
-Quick-dry towel.
-Money belt.
-A daypack and/or a small-ish bag you can carry very safely.
-Water bottle and small thermos.
-Mesh laundry bag.

Refund policy

Unfortunately we have a strict no refund policy

key notes

Responsible Travel VS Sustainable Tourism
Although both the words are often used interchangeably, there is a key difference. While responsible travel is a short term activity, sustainable tourism is a long term planning process. We understand that when you travel, you cannot be completely sustainable as you will be required to use means which are not sustainable for our planet. But you can travel responsibly, and in this way you help us get closer to the goal of 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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