We have 2 unforgettable adventures in India in 2017! Travel with us…


Group Cycle in Kerala >>> 11-20 October 2017

If you are keen to get #onyabike for a cause, Forget Me Not has a most worthy cause for you to consider. All funds raised by our pedal-powered heroes will assist our exceptional team in Delhi to create life-changing opportunities for families living in Kalyanpuri Slum to raise their children to be vibrant, thriving and connected to family, community and opportunity. The goal is for every child to attend school, be in good health and have safe and secure housing. You can help make this happen.

Dates: 11-20 October 2017

Cost: $1600 (covers 9 nights accommodation, all meals, support vehicle, 2 massages/Ayurvedic treatments, bicycle hire, airport transfers, any entrance fees to sights on the route, **does not cover alcoholic drinks)

Fundraising goal: $1000 – every cent fundraised by you goes directly to the cause

Contact: enquiries@forgetmenot.org.au

Itinerary

~timing & inclusions subject to change~

Wednesday 11 October
Day 1 Kochi | 6.30am Ready in hotel foyer | 7am Official welcome – Puja & offering to Ganesh (symbolic as the remover of obstacles, Ganesh is always worshipped before starting something important) | 8:30am Breakfast | Free Time | 11.30am North Indian cooking workshop | 6:30pm Dinner | 8pm Sitar & Tabla music performance | 9pm Diwali fireworks celebration

Thursday 12 October
Day 2 Kochi | 8:30 Breakfast | 10am Cycles arrive & individual cycle fitting | 11.30am Cycle tour of Fort Kochi | 1.30pm Lunch | Free Time | 7:30pm Full Banana Leaf Sadhya

Friday 13 October
Day 3 Kochi to Alleppey | 5:30am Be ready downstairs with luggage for yoga stretches to prepare for cycling | 6am Let the cycling begin! | 6:30am Fruit/coconut water (as available) | 8am Breakfast | 12pm Arrive in Alleppey | 1:30pm Lunch – Kerala style meal in village then explore Alleppey or relax on beach | 6pm Small party & dinner on the beach

Saturday 14 October
Day 4 Alleppey | 8am Breakfast in town | 10-12pm Massages in hour sessions – explore town/coffee & chai shops on the canal before/after your session | Lunch & Dinner on boat – tour of Alleppey Backwaters | 8pm Relax & sleep!

Sunday 15 October
Day 5 Alleppey to Amritapuri | 5:30am Be ready with luggage for yoga stretches | 6am Start cycling | 6:30-7am Fruit & coconut water (as available) | 8am Breakfast | 12pm Arrive & check-in at Ashram | 12:30pm Ashram style lunch (get there early!) | 2pm Free time in the Ashram – option to do Seva (selfless service) | 6:30pm Meet for bhajans (singing) | 8:15pm Meet for Ashram style dinner

Monday 16 October
Day 6 Amritapuri to Varkala | 4:50am Morning chanting in Main Hall followed by chai (optional) | 5:30am Be ready with luggage in car park for yoga stretches | 6am Start cycling | 6:30am Fruit & coconut water (as available) | 8am Breakfast at small roadside food shack | 12pm arrive Varkala & check-in at hotel | 1pm Lunch at hotel & free time for the afternoon | 7pm Meet at Gods Own Kitchen for dinner & live music!

Tuesday 17 October
Day 7 Varkala | 8am Breakfast with the group or breakfast at hotel in your own time as the day is free for you to swim, shop & relax – massage times will be allocated throughout the day – optional group visit to temple – lunch is available at our hotel | 7:30pm Dinner

Wednesday 18 October
Day 8 Varkala | 8am Breakfast with the group or breakfast at hotel in your own time as the day is free for you to swim, shop & relax – massage times will be allocated throughout the day – optional group visit to temple – lunch is available at our hotel | 5:30pm Visit to scenic location for sunset view & group meditation | 7:30pm Dinner

Thursday 19 October
Day 9 Varkala to Pallachallor | 5:30am Be ready with luggage in main entrance for yoga stretches | 6am Start cycling | 6:30am Fruit & coconut water (as available) | 8am Breakfast | 12pm Arrive at accommodation | 1pm Lunch & afternoon free to enjoy backwaters and beach – Ayurvedic doctor consults, treatments & massage available (own cost) | 6pm Final celebration

Friday 20 October
Day 9 Pallachallor | 8am-10am Breakfast is available in your own time | 12pm Check out – Homeward bound or onward to Study Tour in Varanasi & Delhi


Study Tour in Varanasi & Delhi >>> 20-25 October 2017

Here’s your opportunity to journey to the Holy River and experience the deliciousness of India in the safe company of FMN Herd. This trip is especially perfect for those who donate regularly to FMNs Remarkable Teachers Fund, which covers the wages and on-costs of qualified teachers working in our pop-up schools and Brighter Futures Study Centres. For the first time, our Study Tour includes a visit to Matt Brice’s Terracotta Cafe in Varanasi. The Cafe is a remarkable social enterprise providing employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged young people keen to improve their business and culinary skills through exceptional customer service and friendly hospitality.

This tour will fill your soul and make you feel proud as punch that you’re part of the magnificent Herd making the world better for this and future generations.

Dates: 20-25 October 2017

Cost: $1500 includes: accommodation in Delhi & Varanasi; all tours, excursions and day trips mentioned in itinerary; hotel transfers within India; private transfers, entry fees and 3 meals each day. Alcohol not included.

Fundraising goal: $1000 – every cent fundraised by you goes directly to the cause

Contact: enquiries@forgetmenot.org.au

Itinerary

~timing & inclusions subject to change~

Friday 20 October
Welcome to India! We will meet you at the airport on your arrival into Varanasi! Once settled into your accommodation, the ancient holy city of Varanasi awaits you. Though we are only here for 3 sleeps it’s going to be an incredible adventure in sights and sounds and soul. First stop this afternoon is to Sarnath – an ancient pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Sarnath is the site where Buddha gave his first sermon. After a quick refresh at the hotel we will head out into the streets of Varanasi and a visit to the Ganges. Tonight we will be on the water in a private riverboat to witness first hand the spectacular devotional ceremonies on the banks of the holy river.

Saturday 21 October
Good morning! This morning we will be taking in a beautiful breakfast at The Terracotta Café for delectable fusion of Aussie Indian tastes to fill you for an action-packed day starting with hitting the streets for a walking, sight seeing tour. Opportunities to understand local customs and rituals will leave you spellbound and hooked. Tonight’s dinner delights will be local and mystical to cap off an incredible day.

Sunday 22 October
Today we will rise early for a sunrise on the Ganges experience. After breakfast we will head to local artisan markets and indulge our senses and shopping needs. Tonight we will sample traditional delights and the ancient city by night.

Monday 23 October
Good Morning! It will be a later start today for those who may have partied a little hard the night before or who just need a sleep in. After breakfast we are off to explore Mini India (Dilli Haat) – a wondrous marketplace filled with artisans and craftspeople, sights, sounds and flavours – soak it in, and let it smother your soul. We will enjoy great food and traditional treats today and a visit to famous temples of Delhi to learn some of India’s spiritual history. This afternoon and evening we will visit the incredible Akshardham Temple experiencing the magic of a breathtaking spiritual multimedia water show. We will fall into bed tonight, well fed in both body and soul.

Tuesday 24 October
After breakfast we will be ready to hear about the work of Forge Me Not first hand. Enjoy a brief presentation about our work in Delhi before heading out to visit the Brighter Futures Study Centre. Here you will see first hand how your financial support is hard at work providing for children! Dress comfortably and be prepared for dancing – there’s always dancing! This afternoon we will be heading into Old Delhi by rickshaw. This experience is quintessential Delhi with dinner somewhere lost in the paths and byways of the ancient bazaar. Tonight it’s time to eat together and reflect on our experiences and prepare for our departure onward to our next destination tomorrow.

Wednesday 25 October
Homeward bound (or onward to Nepal)