Throughout this vast planet, you will find no greater diversity of culture than in India. Every region, every village, every corner of India will charge your senses with a rainbow of shades and hues, smells both delicious and arresting, and sounds unidentifiable and melodious. To visit India is to encounter a country and people, who despite all odds, live in a perpetual state of mirth and mystery.
India is monumentally transforming for any who make the journey. This country of over a billion souls has great needs. A pilgrimage or missions trip to India would not be complete unless you experience the people Mother Theresa fell in love with and gave her life for. Will you visit the high risk girls of Kalipong or the orphanages of Orissa? Would you serve in a leper colony or help with a medical clinic to an unreached tribe? India will give you the opportunity to explore a colossal culture and make a monumental change in lives of those in great need.
- Seize the opportunity to really understand what it means to serve ‘the least of these.'
- Join in a vibrant celebration of faith and worship with a local congregation.
- Follow in the footsteps of Mother Theresa, agent of change for our world.
- Travel to the foothills of Mount Everest and partake in the unique Kalipong culture.
- Enjoy a daily taste explosion of Indian cuisine.
- Engage in a celebration of song, dance, and music.
- Raise the funds to build an orphanage and then go and be labourers in the process.
- Take on a cultural exchange program for children, which include arts, song, drama or sports.
- Help eradicate the crime of sex-trafficking of girls in northern India.
Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.
- Day 1 – An Exotic Land
Your first introduction to India will be your arrival into the bustling city of Delhi. We will ease into our pilgrimage with a great meal and a time of conversation before we dive headfirst into this unique culture.
- Day 2 – Old and New Delhi
We begin our exploration in Old Delhi. You will see how Delhi has transformed as we head into New Delhi to visit Humayun’s Tomb, Quatab Minar, the Rastrapthi Bhawan (the Presidential Palace), and two different temples. In the evening we will discuss these wonders and how they reflect the transformation our hearts go through when we encounter God.
- Day 3 – Elephants in the Pink City
After a leisurely breakfast, we will make the morning drive to Jaipur, also known as the Pink City. Get ready for a wild ride! We will ride on the backs of elephants to the Amber Fort and spend the first half of our day exploring. You will see The Palace of the Winds, City Palace, the Jantar Mantar Observatory, and the Royal Gaitore. In the afternoon we will spend time at some of the oldest continual markets in the world. The sights, sounds, and smells of these bazaars will awe you.
- Day 4 – Teardrop on the Ocean of Time
Today, en route to Agra, we will visit Bharatpur (Bird’s National Park) and the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. These explorations will be like nothing you have ever seen before. We will end our day with a sunset view of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. It was a palace built from love, a teardrop on the ocean of time. This you will not soon forget.
- Day 5 – The Ganges
This will be a long journey, but it will be worth it. The holy city of Varanasi will greet us as we observe an Aarti ceremony on the Ganges River. The Aarti is one of the most central acts of worship in Hinduism and the Ganges is considered the lifeblood of the gods. We will tour the city and travel to Sarnath, where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma.
- Day 6 – Sikkim and Darjeeling
To get to the state of Sikkim we must board a flight in Varanasi. Sikkim is a landlocked state in the Himalayan Mountains. Nepal is to the west of it , China’s Tibet Autonomous Region to the North and East of it, and Bhutan to the East of it as well. This is a unique opportunity to see a totally different culture within India. You will also have to chance to taste what Darjeeling is known for�� tea!
- Day 7 – The Dream Center
Wonder Voyage works with an incredible non-profit in India. You will meet the director, whom has dedicated his life to rescuing children from poverty and human trafficking. You will see how a few local Christian pastors and this organization are making a tremendous impact on the future of India. Be careful, because you might end up wanting to change a few lives yourself!
- Day 8 – Back to Delhi
After one final leisurely morning in the foothills of the Himalayas, we will drive down the mountain and catch a flight back to Delhi. Tonight we will feast on traditional India cuisine at the Lord’s Table. We will spend time in deep discussion as we recall the wonder we have experience during our time in India.
- Day 9 – Homeward Bound
As you head to the airport, our hope is that your exposure to the people of India has put a face to one of the most amazing places on the plant. Your stories of divine encounter will go on for the rest of your life. Until next time, Namaste.
Legacy in India
India is monumentally transforming for anyone who makes the journey. This country of over a billion souls has great needs. India has over 12-million rural children living in bonded slavery. We work Good News India, which is the largest 24/7 child rescue organization in the world, as they provide education and care to as many children as they can rescue from this hopeless position. Take a moment to watch the award winning documentary Wonder Voyage founder Shawn Small produced for GNI. Will you visit the high risk girls of Kalipong or the orphanages of Orissa? Will you serve in a leper colony or help with a medical clinic to an unreached tribe? Through our partnership with GNI you have the opportunity to explore a colossal culture and bring immense change to the lives of those in great need.
- *This is the base cost of the trip. Your cost may differ depending on housing, activities, etc.