India Gap Year

India is an amazing country to visit on a gap year, expect a vibrant culture, tradition, tasty food and friendly local people. India needs little introduction, this has long been a popular destination for people taking gap year or going backpacking and we have some fantastic travel opportunities available to join all year round. Each region of India offers something different, there are destinations to suit all interests. Highly recommended destinations include the Golden Temple and the Taj Mahal which is also known as the monument of love and was built by Emperor Shahjehan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. You will learn so much if you join one of our India gap year programs. Enjoy the rich Indian culture and travel like a local and journey to the very heart of India with One World 365. 


India Travel Guide

India Travel Guide

  • Population - 1,200,200,000 (approx)
  • Currency - Indian Rupee (INR) $1 = 53INR / £1 = 83INR 
  • Capital - Delhi (Population: 18,000,000 approx)
  • Language - Hindi + local languages
  • Area - 3,300,000 sq km (approx)
  • International Calling Code +91
  • Transport - India is a large country and there are lots of options for getting around including buses, trains and flying 
  • Tourist Visa - Most nationalities can get a tourist visa on arrival
  • Transport: Buses and trains are the cheapest way to travel around the country but also the slowest, flying in-between places is recommended if you are on a tight schedule. If you are worried and want to enjoy the most easy experience consider joining an organised trip
  • What to Know: Crime can be an issue in India, local people are very friendly but female travelers have faced notable issues, there have been some well documented problems recently so always check travel advice before departing
  • Language: If you want to mix with local people and fully immerse yourself in the culture you might want to join a local language course to pick up some basic phrases. 
  • Culture: India is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for travellers but there are a number of basic cultural differences that it is important to be aware of. Of course, the most obvious culture difference for gap year travellers in India to be aware of is that of religion. Hinduism and Buddhism are the most commonly practised religion in the country. 
  • Budget: This is one of the best value destinations in the world your money will go a long way here compared to other countries.
  • Food: India is largely vegetarian, and sometimes it is a good idea to avoid eating meat, but make sure you keep up your protein intake by eating plenty lentils and nuts. There are lots of Western food available throuhgout the country too
  • What to Read Before Departing: Travel writer William Dalrymple has written several fascinating and often very funny books on India, including "The Age of Kali", "The White Moguls", and "City of Djinns: a year in Delhi" which you might want to read before departing.


India Gap Year Advice

Introduction to India

When visiting India you should expect culture, beaches, temples, mountains, rivers, history, wildlife, waterfalls, diverse landscapes and various excursions and activities. Whether you are looking for a break or a different experience or looking at stretching your hard earned cash, we all appreciate taking a holiday in a country that offers affordable day to day living. And if you can get there cheaply too then it's an absolute bonus! That's why India is such an appealing country to explore and visit. On our website you can really find unique and special opportunities in locations throughout the country. We recommend attending one of the colourful festivals throughout the year or joining a structured overland holiday. You can incorporate a variety of experiences like eco tourism and beach breaks in the South. India just happens to be one of the most wonderfully mad, beautiful, exciting and 'not quite like anywhere else' places you can find. It has it all! We have got hundreds of ideas for what you can do here too. So if you're up for a wonderful attack on all the senses and an extraordinary adventure view our featured opportunities today.


Health & Safey

India gets millions of visitors every year and is a really safe country to travel and explore, one thing if you hire a moped or motorbike please always wear a helmet and don't drink and drive. We recommend staying well away from drugs, the punishments for being caught are very severe and you don't want to end up somewhere like the notorious local prisons. You can have just as good a time without drugs and it really isn't worth the risk. During beach parties please try to stay with someone and don't drink too much, there are occurrences of drinks being spiked. Please respect all local customs and do not get into arguments with local people, Indian people are very friendly by nature and you shouldn't have any problems with them but still aim to be a responsible tourist. Always get official taxi's, this is to avoid any dangerous situations or getting ripped off. Avoid flashing expensive goods like ipads, phone and laptops in public be discrete.


Tips for Female Travelers

Don't be put off by some horror stories involving female travellers in India, although there have been some very high profile news stories this country is safe to visit and it is very rare bad things happen. When abroad please use common sense in a lot of situations, your surrounds overseas might be different but the same rules and things to watch out for are probably the same as back home. Always try to be respectful of local customs, it is not a good idea for women to walk around in bikinis unless you want to attract unwanted attention. Try to dress conservatively and cover yourself up unless at the beach. One thing you might not have thought about is a fake ring, when men see this it might act as a deter-ant and ward off advances from local men. In India men can be quite forward and overly friendly, when this happens you can always flash your ring and then try to beat a retreat. Also if you are travelling with another guy you could always pretend he is your husband.


Map of India


India Travel Highlights

  • Seeing the Taj Mahal in Delhi which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture. It is now also listed among the New Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Relaxing on gorgeous beaches in Goa which are some of the best in the continent
  • Seeing exhiled Tibetan's in Dharamasala which is a spectacular setting
  • Taking a boat ride down the Ganges River - very tranquil and allows you to see a different side to the country
  • Head to the hills and sample the local tea in Darjeeling
  • In the Kanha National Park you can go on a wildlife safari
  • Pay a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage Site ruins in Hampi



Recommended Cities to Visit

  • Delhi is a huge city to explore, from modern shops to ancient forts this city will leave to captivated
  • Jaipur in Rajasthan is a good place to visit, you will see pink buildings which make Jaipur often refered to as the Pink City
  • Mumbai (Bombay) home to Bollywood, celebrities and culture
  • Varanasi is situated on the banks of the Gangees and is a great place to see and understand Hindu culture
  • Kolkata is one of the biggest cities in India, we highly recommend hiring a tuk tuk to see more of this area


Responsible Tourism

One of the main attractions of India is the opportunity to ride one of the elephants, for as little as seven hundred rupees, you are allowed a ten minute ride but please avoid these experiences! There are lots of projects where you can actually help elephants and wildlife, if you sign up you can help with tasks like washing elephants in rivers, collecting food or generally assisting.


Tours to the Taj Mahal

Best Places to Visit in India

Travelling is as important in life as the food, water and air. Exploring new places broadens the mind of a person and rejuvenates his soul. Life is so limited, so you should discover more and more places that you can cover. For this purpose, no other destination can be better than the enticing land of India. So don’t wait and pack your rucksack to embark on some of the most entrancing destinations in India. India has turned out to be a well-liked tourist destination with hordes of people visiting different parts of this country all the year round.  It is a land of high peaks, plains, plateaus, rivers, deserts, forests and beaches. You could visit places like Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan, Mumbai, Goa and Dharamasala on small group, adventure and cycle adventures. There are other places which might appeal to you too, for example Kochi where you can get off the beaten track, see how rural communities live and see spectacular waterfalls.



Agra: The Land of Taj!

Agra is renowned for its palaces with plethora of fascinating architecture. Even the tombs are richly bejeweled. It is the ideal spot for a sightseers and history freaks alike. The inheritance of the Mughal realm has left a wonderful fort and a liberal smattering of intriguing tombs and mausoleums. There is a great fun to be in the lively chowks or marketplaces. Visiting Agra makes the tourists relish the spellbinding sightseeing. One may extend his trip to magnificent and ancient city Fatehpur Sikri and a great Hindu Pilgrimage site Mathura.  Agra sits on a huge curvature in the sacred Yamuna River. The Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal, just 2km apart, overlook Yamuna on different divisions of the curvature. Taj Mahal located here is counted among the wonders of the world and symbolizes the love. It was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. The incredible architecture of Taj and Agra Fort elates the mind of every tourist.  


Kerala Tours


Kerala, also known as the “Gods Own Country”, is counted among the prominent tourist destinations of India. This astounding state of South India is an ideal place for vacations. It is not only famous for natural beauty but for its amazing beaches, backwaters, and scrumptious food as well. The backwaters of Kerala are the wonderful complex of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals. These backwaters are the significant fraction of tourism in Kerala. The expedition through whirling and winding backwaters is an utter experience of nature’s exquisiteness. Beaches of Kerala are again something that you can’t afford to miss. It is also a great place to enjoy the adventures like trekking, rock climbing, mountaineering, wildlife tour, wind surfing, etc. 


Madurai Meenakshi Temple Tours


Madurai is among the oldest settled cities of India which exemplifyies fascinating architecture of prehistoric era. It is situated on the banks of Vaigai River. Madurai is counted among the most significant places for pilgrimage in South India. The renowned and splendid Meenakshi Temple is located in Madurai. This ancient temple dates back to the era 2000 years back and is one of the most remarkable displays of Dravidian style of architecture. Gandhi Memorial Museum is another site you should not miss on your trip. The names by which this city is famous among the tourists are Athens of the East, Malligai Maanager, Sleepless City, and City of Jasmine. 


Ranthambore National Park Tiger Tours India

Ranthambore National Park

An enticing protected area spreading 400 sq kilometers in Rajasthan, Ranthambore national Park, embraces intriguing assortment of wildlife incorporating rare and exotic species such as Asian elephants, tigers, Marsh Crocodiles, Niligai, Leopards, Jungle Cat, hyena, Langurs, Spotted Deer, jackal, Indian gazelle, Asiatic Stag, Sloth Beer, Wild Boar and porcupine. This is a paradise for nature lovers. The Ranthambore National Park is the first park of Rajasthan to come under the Project Tiger. It is the great place to encounter royal cats. Recently, tiger cubs were spotted in Ranthambore Park. This sight ensnared the eyeballs of wildlife lovers. Thus, undoubtedly, spotting tigers at Ranthambore is an amazing experience! The startling land of Ranthambore is carpeted with the belts of deciduous woodland including ancient pipals, banyan trees, palm trees, Ranj, Dhok, Ber and Ranj. Ranthambore National Park is tremendously panoramic biosphere with huge range of species of animals and birds. A number of which are extremely in danger of extinction. ranthambore is one such area where Tigers can also be witnessed during the hours of daylight


Bandhavgarh National Park Leopard Safaris

Bandhavgarh National Park

The Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh, this is definately a place to get one on one with wilderness. Lying almost within the splendid Vindhya Range, Bandhavgarh is sheeted with cliffs and forests. The plains of this park are sprinkled with lush verdant grasslands and reed covered marshlands. The arresting count of tigers makes Bandhavgarh National Park a great site to visit the regal wilderness. Besides it, a wildlife lover would also love to witness exotic wild species at Bandhavgarh like Chausingha, Leopard, Dhole, Nilgai, Sloth Bear, Chital, Rhesus Macaques, Hyena, Jackals, Wild boar, Sambar, barking deer and many more. Moreover there are huge assortments of avifauna species as well. It includes Steppe Eagles, Parakeets, Fantails, Blue Bearded Bee Eaters, Green Pigeons, White Bellied Drongos, Minivets, Paradise Flycatchers, and Woodshrikes. 



India Structured Gap Year Programs

India Gap Year Programs

India is diverse in culture, people, landscapes and tradition, there are so many places to visit too, this is a huge country a really popular gap year destination. Travelling in this destination can be a challenge but also a really fun and culturally diverse experience where you will learn a lot about yourself and the country. View our gap year programs, internships, adventures, read advice and get inspired to visit this country. On a gap year in India you can see some of most famous sights like the Taj Mahal, the Golden Triangle and also explore bustling cities like Delhi and Mumbai. We list programs for students, graduates, non-students and for career breaks - there are options for summer and all year round.

Depending on how much time you have its recommend to research options and make a list of the things which appeal to you. For example if you are seeking a cultural experience you might want to head North or for beaches go to the South. Expect to try lots of tasty food, viewing wildlife and spectacular scenery, seeing extreme poverty and shanty towns in contrast to huge modern cities and also meeting international backpackers from all over the world. Most gap year programs will require you to be aged 18+ to apply, there are some options for families and also 16 / 17 years olds though. When you apply you might be surprised to learn a fee might be involved to participate, the cost can vary depending on where you go, what you join and also how long you go for. 

Trips can be booked in advance through our website and joined most weeks of the year. In country help and support, being met at the airport by a staff member then dropped off to your accommodation, comprehensive orientation period, all transfers/ transport to project locations and overnight journeys, all accommodation and meals, assistance in setting up local support for the activities in coordination with the local staff and on site assistance and all materials for the activities. Where you stay really depends on if you join a structured program or if you apply independently. Accommodation can involve living with a host family on a cultural exchange programme, this is a brilliant way of enjoying the local culture, while improving your language skills and learning more about local people. There are also shared accommodation with other participants and also a wide range of budget/high end hotels and hostels. 



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