American Born Connected Desi

Connecting to India

An inaugural two-week experience for rising seniors in high school to rising sophomores in college, IndiaRooted will expose, immerse, and challenge preconceptions of India and Indian culture.

Detailed Itinerary

From New Delhi to Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, and concluding in Mumbai, this pioneering cohort of students will directly engage their peers, entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers and politicians, educators and artists, all solving problems and identifying innovative options for a growing, diverse, and complex India.
Jun 10th - Mon - Delhi

Arrival & Intro

Introductions, Expectations & Current Understanding of Contemporary India. Heritage walk through Mehrauli Park. Fun, early dinner activity as our global travellers acclimate.

Jun 11th - Tue - Delhi

Gandhi, Politics & Art

Your exploration of Delhi continues with conversation about India’s British occupation and a visit to Gandhi Smriti, a solemn tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

From there, you’ll journey to the iconic India Gate and Rastrapathi Bhavan and meet with a politician to share a perspective on the large democracy that is India.

Shifting gears this day, we will visit the capstone Lodhi Art District. You’ll channel your own artistic expression in an engaging art workshop, before capping off the day with an evening of dining and entertainment in South Delhi.

Jun 12th - Wed - Delhi

Religion & Spirituality

This day offers a glimpse into the spiritual and religious tapestry of Delhi, beginning with a breakfast talk about the various religions influencing India’s past and present.

Then we visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. You’ll have the opportunity to volunteer at a communal kitchen serving free meals to all. From there, you’ll be transported to the marvel of Akshardham Temple, a testament to India’s rich cultural heritage.

Then we will embark on understanding the Indian origin of yoga and meditation that is the foundation for a healthy life. Enjoy a fun evening activity possibly with peer teens.

Jun 13th - Thu - Delhi

Companies Large & Small

This day begins with getting a glimpse into the corporate world of India. Visit with a multi-national coporation leader. Then, we meet with entrepreneurs to unravel the economics and fashion of Indian weddings.

Next, you shop for souvenirs before indulging in the sensory delights of Old Delhi’s street food scene and visiting landmarks such as Chandi Chowk and the Jama Masjid. The day draws to a close with a mesmerizing sound & light show at the Red Fort.

Jun 14th - Fri - Agra

To Agra

Transfer to the home of the iconic Taj Mahal. Enjoy a unique team-building activity upon arrival.

Jun 15th - Sat - Ranthambhore

The Taj

Experience a sunrise tour of the famous Taj and hear the stories surrounding the magnificent building.

Next we head to Ranthambhore where we will learn how sustainability and nature conservation work in India while also tracking some wild tigers

Jun 16th - Sun - Ranthambhore

Tigers, Tigers

Situated in Eastern Rajasthan, Ranthambhore National Park was once the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Ranthambhore National park is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. Our day is dedicated to exploring the park and learning how to track tigers in the wild.

Jun 17th - Mon - Jaipur

Stopover at the Pink City

We transfer to Jaipur as a short visit en route to Mumbai. Here you will have lunch at a heritage property and discuss the unique cultural impact of Rajasthan.

Before departing for Mumbai, you will take part in a unique artisan activity. Upon arrival, you will check in to your hotel and enjoy a glimpse of Mumbai with a dinner out.

Jun 18th - Tue - Mumbai

The Big City

This day we begin by exploring Mumbai’s top highlights that you cannot miss on your visit to the city. Starting from the Gateway of India, you see the Dabbawalas, the 6 sigma workers of Mumbai deliver over 5,000,000 boxes of lunch with extreme precision.

Then, you experience the Dhobhi Ghat. You will see the Dhobhis at work, flogging and beating the clothes tirelessly to ensure it is devoid of any stain. It is a remarkable feat. Enjoy the culinary delights of Mumbai with your fellow travelers.

Jun 19th - Wed - Mumbai

Entrepreneurs of Mumbai

This day you will also see the entrepreneurial spirit of corporate India as you visit the vibrant offices of a growing company and see how business is done in India and discuss the comparisons to the US.

Next, you visit Dharavi – The true essence of Mumbai’s most exceptional business ideas lies not within corporate boardrooms but inside the modest 100 sq. ft. homes of Dharavi.

We also visit the bazaars of Mumbai – Lalbaugh’s Spice Market and the legendary Thieves Market, also known as Chor Bazaar. You’ll discover a world of treasures. This evening, enjoy the culinary delights of Mumbai with your fellow travelers.

Jun 20th - Thu - Mumbai

Cricket & Bollywood

Learn the ins & outs of cricket, why it is a global phenomenon and see (maybe even participate in) a backyard “gully” cricket match. Indian Cinema especially Bollywood is like a religion in India.

Go to a Bollywood studio and see filming in action, talk to a Bollywood director and producer and learn how movies are made here. You will also engage in fun activities like Bollywood singing, dancing and acting. This evening you will see a concert or performance in Mumbai.

Jun 21st - Fri - Mumbai

Day of Service

Participate in a meaningful day of service. Exposure to how they have the ability to make a difference globally.

Jun 22nd - Sat - Mumbai

Panel & Last Night Farewell

Engage with a panel of Indians to speak to the interests you have such as tech entrepreneurs, or artists or founders and funders that speaks to the innovative spirit of India and Indians. Closing Party for the group to celebrate new friendships and newly found cultural understanding.

Jun 23rd - Sun - Mumbai

Heading Home

Late-morning dialogue on the experiences had and the long-lasting cultural impact you have had. Followed by optional excursions: shopping, movies, museums, connecting, enjoying their last day and evening before departing to head back home.

*Itinerary is subject to change, but the vision will be maintained*

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