Journey to India

Join Just Like My Child and Athma Tours for a Once in a Lifetime Tour of India’s Holy Sites and Girl Power Project® Immersion

We’ve put together A Tour of Unparalleled Color and Experience

Step into a world where every corner brims with vibrant hues, ancient traditions, and boundless spirit. Join us on an extraordinary journey through India—a land where the magic of the past seamlessly intertwines with the present, and the mystery of the unknown beckons you at every turn. This is more than a tour; it’s an opportunity to explore the issues and solutions facing women and adolescent girls and immerse into the soul of India, hosted by Just Like My Child, curated by Athma Tours led by the savvy Indian-born entrepreneur, Jai Varadaraj, renowned for leading Deepak Chopra’s 5-star tours to India. 

Travel with JLMC founder Vivian Glyck and program director, Tessa Davis and take the trip of a lifetime to meet the girls we serve and witness the impact of the Girl Power Project® in Meerut, India. Together we will travel throughout India with a group of conscious activists who are committed to changing the world—while having an unforgettable experience along the way. 

India is a living kaleidoscope. From the bustling bazaars of Old Delhi to the azure lakes of Udaipur and the golden sands of Rajasthan, every destination tells a story through its colors. Witness the riot of reds, blues, greens, and golds during the festivals, where the air itself seems to celebrate with bursts of color. 

No journey to India is complete without experiencing the sacred Ganges River. In Rishikesh, watch as pilgrims perform time-honored rituals along the ghats. Witness the mesmerizing evening aarti, a ceremonial worship with lamps and chants that illuminate the night with a divine glow. Here, the Ganges is not just a river; it is a lifeline, a spiritual cleanse, a symbol of purity and hope. 

Here’s a brief sampling of the itinerary. This tour starts and ends in New Delhi. More detail and add on excursions are featured on the downloadable PDF.

Itinerary Overview:

Day 1: Feb 9, Sunday – Arrival in Delhi
Check in to your hotel @ 2.00 pm. The afternoon is at leisure or embark on a short city tour and shopping trip. Return to the hotel around 6 pm followed by a group meeting / orientation at dinner. Overnight Delhi

Day 2: Feb 10, Monday – Delhi
Embark on a full day of sightseeing in Old and New Delhi. Begin with a drive past the iconic Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Jama Masjid, one of India’s oldest and largest mosques. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Old Delhi with a rickshaw ride through its bustling bazaars, immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and aromas of this lively market. After lunch, visit Humayun’s Tomb, another UNESCO World Heritage site and a stunning example of Mughal architecture. Conclude your day with a shopping trip, where you can discover local treasures and unique souvenirs. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Delhi.

Day 3: Feb 11, Tuesday – Delhi -Meerut
After breakfast, drive to Meerut (2 hours). In the afternoon, we will visit one of the schools where we are implementing the Girl Power Project India, offering a unique community experience. Overnight Meerut 

Day 4: Feb 12, Wednesday – Meerut Engage with JLMC and Girl Power Project India team members, advocates, and mentors at Camp Girl Power. This day-long workshop will empower 100 girls to become trained mentors for their peers. We’ll also have a special dialogue with the girls, sharing our experiences with them and witnessing the impact of human rights education and empowerment training on the community. The day will conclude with the Camp Girl Power Graduation Ceremony, where girls will graduate as Peer Mentors, equipped with toolkits to spread knowledge through Girl Power Clubs. Overnight Meerut 

Day 5: Feb 13, Thursday – Meerut to Rishikesh
After breakfast, depart for Rishikesh. Explore Rishikesh on the banks of the Holy Mother Ganga River with visits to world-famous ashrams like Parmarth Niketan and the Beatles Ashram. Participate in yoga and meditation sessions, and soak in the spiritual ambiance that inspired the Beatles and countless others. Stroll along the iconic Laxman Jhula bridge and enjoy the river’s tranquility. Overnight in Rishikesh.

Day 6: Feb 14, Friday – Rishikesh and Haridwar
Visit the 8th Century Bharat Mandir, one of the most significant temples in Rishikesh. Nestled in the heart of the city, this 8th-century temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and offers a glimpse into the region’s rich spiritual heritage. Next, explore the enchanting Beatles Ashram. This unique site is perfect for photography, meditation, and profound music history. Drive to Haridwar. Stroll along the bustling ghats and vibrant local markets, observe pilgrims & sadhus bathing, offering prayers and meditating by the river. As the sun sets, witness the enchanting Ganga Aarti, a mesmerizing ritual filled with chanting, the lighting of lamps, and the ringing of bells. 

Day 7: Feb 15, Saturday – Jaipur
Fly Rishikesh to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely lunch. Embark on a walking tour of the old city, exploring vibrant bazaars and historic homes.  After the tour, take some time to shop for Jaipur’s renowned jewelry, gemstones, intricately crafted ornaments, textiles, and handicrafts.  Return to the hotel for a delightful dinner.

Day 8: Feb 16, Sunday – Jaipur
After breakfast, embark on a journey to the magnificent Amber Fort, a stunning example of Rajput architecture and the original seat of the kingdom before Jaipur. Following lunch, visit the exquisite City Palace, the jewel of Jaipur and the residence of the current Maharaja. Explore the Jantar Mantar Observatory, a remarkable collection of 19 astronomical instruments built by Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. This site showcases the scientific advancements of the era and provides a unique insight into India’s astronomical heritage.

Day 9: Feb 17, Monday – Jaipur to Agra
After breakfast, begin your journey from Jaipur to Agra by road. En route you will have lunch and visit Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is a magnificent fortified city built in the 16th century. Spend a couple of hours exploring its rich history and stunning architecture. Upon arrival in Agra, check into your hotel and rest. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Agra

Day 10: Feb 18, Tuesday – Agra to Delhi and departure
Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, a stunning testament to love and one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, just a few days after Valentine’s Day! The tranquil ambience and the stunning reflection in the adjacent pools make it an unforgettable moment. Explore the majestic beauty of this UNESCO world heritage site and one of the seven wonders of the world. After lunch drive to Delhi for evening departure or extended tour.

Join Us

Come, be a part of this incredible journey. Open your heart and let the unparalleled colors, the enchanting magic, the deep mysteries, and the sacred waters of the Ganges transform you. Discover India with us—a land that promises to leave you with memories that last a lifetime.

Embark on the Journey to India with JustLikeMyChild.org and uncover the true essence of this captivating land, guided by Jai Varadaraj and the expertise of Athma Tours.

PRICE: 

$8,600 Double sharing
$9,300 Single occupancy
Includes a tax-deductible $5,000 donation directly to Just Like My Child, supporting our work with adolescent girls in India and Uganda.

INCLUDES:

  • 4-star / 5-star hotels in Delhi, Meerut, Rishikesh & Agra; Heritage hotel in Jaipur.
  • All meals during the tour
  • Accompanying escort throughout the tour
  • Guides at all sightseeing locations
  • Transport in luxury AC coach

Optional Extension Tours described in attached PDF include:

  • Option 1: Explore the Spiritual City of Varanasi
  • Option 2: Experience God’s Own Country, Kerala
  • Option 3: Tiger Safari in Bandhavgarh

For inquiries, please contact us.

2025 Trip Itinerary

Visitor’s Policy & Waiver

Visitor’s Guide to India

How to apply:

Please complete the application below if you are interested in joining us in February. As soon as we receive your application, we will follow up with you to confirm your attendance and process your payment.

Journey to India Application

How to pay:

The cost to attend is $8,800 for double or $9,500 for single occupancy non-refundable donation to Just Like My Child Foundation due by September 30, 2024. Airfare not included. $5,000 of your contribution is tax-deductible. If you prefer to split your donation into installments, you can make a $5,000 deposit upon completing your application and the remaining balance is due by September 30th, 2024.

Payment options include:

  • Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover). Submit your payment online using the link below.
  • Mail a personal check to Just Like My Child Foundation at P.O. Box 22025, San Diego, CA 92192-2025.
  • In lieu of a check, you can send a wire transfer to Just Like My Child Foundation’s Bank of America Account #026009593.

Please note that airfare is not included and trip dates do not include travel time.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.

Prepare for your trip:

Please follow the steps below to prepare for your trip. We encourage you to carefully review the Frequently Asked Questions below if you have any questions or concerns. If you need additional information or have a question that is not already answered, please contact us. Click the topics below for more details:

Apply Online for a India Travel Visa

Below we have listed both private and government agencies who can assist with securing your visa for travel to India.

Many travelers choose to hire a private agency to obtain their visas due to difficulties uploading photos and making online payments through the Indian Government website. Note that the visa costs vary with this option and tend to be higher than directly applying through the Government of India.

Private Visa Agencies

www.ivisa.com

www.vfsglobal.com

Government Visa Agencies

Please ensure that you apply for a visa at least 45 days in advance of your departure date.

Review and Return JLMC's Visitor's Policy & Waiver

Review and Return JLMC’S Visitor’s Policy. The review and completion of this form prior to your departure is required. Please complete and return the last page to us by September 30, 2025.

Book Your Travel Arrangements

Review the Trip Itinerary for details to consider when booking your flights. If you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to start looking into booking your flights for the best price. Emirates, Qatar or Delta airlines have some of the best options if you are departing from a major hub (Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Seattle).

Please plan your flights accordingly:

— Arrive in Delhi, India (DEL) on Sunday, February 9, 2025

— Depart Delhi, India (DEL) on Tuesday, February 18, 2025

After booking your trip, please send your flight itinerary to us so that we can coordinate your ground transportation upon your arrival in India.

Review Packing List and Prepare

India is warm and dusty during the day, with cold / cool early mornings and late evenings in Northern India. We recommend that you bring loose comfortable clothing and a light jacket and shawl. Recommended baggage is one medium suitcase (weight less than …..) + one hand bag. Inexpensive suitcases (below $50) can be purchased to accommodate shopping.

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