Delhi Metro is a 10 minute walk from home-stay. Use of Delhi Metro public transportation system, auto rickshaws, and bicycle rickshaws. Extremely crowded market in Old Delhi. Jama Mosque has approximately 30-40 steps without handrails. Steps are steep and wide. Shoes and shorts not permitted; gowns provided for women. Mainly flat level walking at Qutub Minar.
The breakfast buffet includes beverage choices of coffee, tea, water.
Orientation: Our Study Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Road Scholar Service Learning programs are short-term experiences that engage participants in volunteer projects to benefit the common good. These projects utilize the skills and energy of participants to meet demonstrated needs of the local and/or broader community. In addition to a significant amount of time in the specified Service Learning project and activities, participants will learn about relevant aspects of local history, culture, nature, etc., within the available time and as appropriate to the themes and settings. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Our adventure begins as set out and walk to the nearby Delhi metro and transfer to Old Delhi. Once arrived, we will board auto-rickshaws and explore Old Delhi, with its narrow dirt roads, its myriad of people and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. We’ll ride on bicycle rickshaws that will take us into the heart of Chandni Chowk, a centuries old and very crowded market bazaar. We’ll end up at the Jama Masjid, the largest Muslim mosque in India, which we will explore.
Transfer by rickshaw to local nearby restaurant for lunch, buffet includes beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
After lunch, we will board auto-rickshaws and take a field trip with our Group Leader to Qutub Minar, a “tower of victory” and great masterpiece of Mughal architecture, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tall minaret, made of red sandstone and marble, was constructed in 1192 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, and later completed by his successor Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture that has survived the ravages of time impressively. It is the tallest minaret in India, with a height of 237.8 feet and 379 stairs to reach the top! Board auto-rickshaws and return to our homestay.
At the B&B, we’ll have a buffet 'Welcome Drink and Welcome Dinner' with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. All our meals during the program will be buffets, allowing you to choose what you like.