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The Tarzan Way

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About

The Tarzan Way is a travel based start-up envisioning to showcase the Indian culture, and simplify travel through its innovative, interactive, and constantly improving means.
We curate and create "Experiences", which are excursions, trips, volunteering programs, and events based on experiential travel.
Currently we're offering programs all over India, ranging from 1 week to 6 weeks, starting from $10 per day. We've a wide range of cities, states, and even the most remote villages all over India. All Experiences usually have an Experience Captain to look after the overall support along with many local coordinators.
We also offer "Travel Support" service to the participants, where we provide travel itineraries, bookings and on-chat/on-call customer support for any personalized or tailored trips they want to take part in all over the country.

Founded
2017
Headquarters

The Tarzan Way Office
12/37, Punjabi Bagh West
Delhi 110026
Delhi
India

Reviews

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Nirama
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I traveled to India during my summer break and it was my most memorable part to be in a small village of Rishikesh. I spent 1 month only but stying there and teaching English and other subjects to children from age 5 to 12 was something new to me and my friends. The children and teachers were happy to see us indulge in their school and teaching their kids.
The fresh air and atmosphere of the village gave comfort to my soul and body. I will really miss the place and children in the coming days of my life. Thanks to the Tarzan way for all and I would be happy to recommend to others also.

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kaga Jigme
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was one of the most memorable tours of my life in the Himalayas, I feel lucky for myself to volunteer at the village school and share my experiences with the students about traveling in Uttrakhand. The place is of the beautiful places I have visited, And I was lucky to witness the beautiful Ganga river, all thanks to the ttw team. surely I will travel with you guys in the future also. If you follow the project rules and house rules, respect others and just be happy and kind for all projects then you’ll make it an awesome experience!

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Steph
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My trip to Delhi was amazing. I had an opportunity to teach street children in Hauz khas village for 2 months. Teaching them was a challenging task and satisfying for me. This was what I was looking for and this time it became true. The kids were very kind and happy to learn new content and games. My stay in Delhi was nice, I also visited many places, monuments and had a variety of food in Old Delhi. Also, people working at TTW were nice and helful. I would recommend TTW for any trips in India.

What would you improve about this program?
Traveling with the TTW was amazing. They became my companion throughout the trip. I wouldn't like to improve anything in this program.
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Steph
10/10
No, I don't recommend this program

The TTW team was amazing. I am a solo traveler came to Delhi to visit monuments of Delhi and wanted to experience Mughal history. I was guided by the program of the Tarzan Way. Their tips and tricks were really helpful to travel in Delhi. The people working there were really nice and helpful. I really enjoyed the time spent in Delhi, the food was really satisfying for me The trip was most enjoyable thanks to the services provided by our travel agent of this tour company. Our agent was very attentive to our wishes and interests, and arranged a schedule to meet our needs. He was very patient and made the adjustment to our schedule as interest.

What would you improve about this program?
TTW team curated individual trip for me according to my wish. They nicely organized my travel. I'm very satisfied with the money I spent.
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Judy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thumbs up Tarzan Way for your support. Right from the pick up at the airport, you were a constant companion in my journey. You guys made my stay worthwhile. I was privileged to provide my services to the old folk at the old age home. 15 days seemed less for my stay as I got deeply engaged in my daily activates with the people there. I will be coming again to this beautiful country and people. Visiting Taj Mahal was awesome and the tour of the Delhi street food trail was lip-smacking. I really enjoyed every time of my stay. Thanks, Tarzan Way.

Programs

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Affordable Volunteer Programs in Delhi
India
9.82 •11 reviews

Delhi, the capital of India is one of the most culturally and...

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Social Travel: Volunteer and Explore 16+ cities in North India
India
9.78 •9 reviews

6 Weeks. 16 Cities. A lifetime of memories. India is often referred to...

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Affordable Volunteer Programs in Rishikesh, India
India
9.83 •6 reviews

Rishikeshi, is also known as the yoga capital of the world. Lying...

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4 Day Life in a Pahadi Village, Starting from $235
India
9.8 •5 reviews

Join us for a week to experience a lifestyle we all have seen on big...

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Affordable Volunteer Programs in Jaipur, India
India
10 •2 reviews

Rajasthan is one of the most colorful and flashiest states in all of...

Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Christina Beita

Christina is a final year business student with a love for mythology and historic tales. This passion has lead her to travel for every summer in the past few years to a different country. She hopes to save up and travel across India again, but this time for an entire year.

Why did you choose this program?

India has always fascinated me. I took up a course online about Indian mythology and that pushed me even more to visit the place. In the summer of 2017, I was finally able to make this happen by saving up for it in the months leading up to it. My biggest reason was that it was the cheapest project that I could find and along with that it was providing almost everything like meals, stay, activities during evening and weekends.

Being a student, having a budget program was very important for me.

Along with this, the person allotted to me, who got in touch over a Skype call, was really sweet and helpful.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

They provided me with a pre-arrival booklet which had all the information I needed about booking flight tickets, visa, etc. Although I made all the arrangements, like visa, tickets, vaccination, myself; their booklet guided me and I was in touch with my coordinator, Aman, over Whatsapp, who helped me alongside.

Once I reached India, all the things were taken care off, so I didn't have to worry much after I reached.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

My biggest advice would be to join a trusted travel company for a volunteering program. I joined through The Tarzan Way and I would definitely recommend them, but research and choose the one suitable to you.

I met quite a few travellers in India who had decided not to travel with any support and they faced quite a lot of problems, ranging from small issues, like having bad rooms, to bigger issues, like being cheated, etc.

If planning on travelling to India, make sure you have a trusted travel company with you. India is a very safe country, but having someone you trust and has your back makes all the difference. TTW allotted a coordinator to me in India who was always available on text or call and lived quite nearby, so I always felt secure.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

My day would begin really early since the other girl I was sharing a room with was a fitness nut. So she would end up waking me up at like 5-6 AM for a morning job and fitness session.

Our breakfast would generally consist of Indian food (alu paranthas, which are heavenly - they have potato stuffed inside, curd, pickles, etc., was the general thing; there would be variations at time too, like poha which is basically indian cereal and so on).

After breakfast, on weekdays we would go for volunteering work. I was working with children and taking care of their sports activities, so I would mostly spend the entire day in the field handling class after class of over-energetic children. My roommate had a bit easier job of teaching the kids Maths in class, but she said that they were as energetic in class as in field.

Afternoons would generally be spent taking part in some activity that TTW arranged, such as cooking class, Hindi class, sightseeing trip, etc. We are provided the itinerary before we sign up and they have quite a lot of such activities included in the project during evening and weekends.

Evenings and nights would generally be spent resting after the tiring day, although we did often go out for shopping and dinner.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

India is a country which does not have the best reputation when it comes to travellers and that is what scared me the most. How was a prepared to face such a chaotic country?

Truth be told, it is nothing like what people believe it to be. There are bad elements everywhere and that is what is shown everywhere else in the world, but Indians were actually one of the most helpful and kind-hearted people I have met out there.

The biggest change that I had happened in me because of this is that I no longer believe what is feeded to me by social media and news channels.

Any final thoughts?

Travelling Abroad is a scary thing to do, specially if you are a young, solo, female traveller like me, but there is nothing to be scared of. Just put faith in yourself and take the leap. I can promise you that the memories you make and places you see will change you and your perspective about everything around you.

You are stronger than you think!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Aryen Negi

Job Title
Head of Operations
Being born into an Army household, Aryen spent most of his childhood travelling and living in cities all across India. This nomadic lifestyle gave him a better understanding of the diverse culture that exists in India and, although not an avid traveller, he enjoys visiting historic sites and finding out more about their historical and cultural impact.

This love and appreciation for India's diverse culture lead him to start a new journey called The Tarzan Way along with some similar minded people through, which he hopes to showcase the diversity in India through immersive travel experiences.

Apart from working at The Tarzan Way, he enjoys trying different cuisines, watching superhero movies, reading fantasy fiction novels like Dan Brown & George R. R. Martin, along with spending time with his family and best friends.

What is your favorite travel memory?

This is around the time I was around 15 years old. It was just the beginning of my summer vacation and, although a heavy sleeper, I woke up really early one day around 4 in the morning when I heard my mom, dad and brother discussing something rather loudly in the other room.

They were apparently planning a road trip all the way to Badrinath, a pilgrimage site around 1000 km away from our home at an altitude of 3,300 m.

We left the same morning staying in our car or cheap roadside motels, returning almost 7 days later with our tired bodies and satisfied souls.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

My growth every since I joined The Tarzan Way has been immense. By hosting various travel experiences for people from different corners of the world, it opened my eyes to the diverse culture that exists everyone while also allowing me to understand how similar we are from each other irrespective of the country or race we belong to.

The Social Travel experiences that we run which enable international travellers to volunteer for different social causes made me connect with various NGOs and people who are doing some really amazing work in uplifting the way of life of those around them. These people definitely had a huge impact on me as well, I have become more aware of the social issues plaguing our society and I feel, through this particular program and my weekly community service, I am doing my part in bringing about a change.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Mohamad Zaghloul from Egypt was one of the first international students that we hosted in India. Since this was when we had just started the company, I used to act as the local coordinator for the travellers we hosted.

Something really interesting that I noticed about this guy was that he would ask a million questions about everything he saw, holding conversations with anyone he met, irrespective of who they were, and often times the people he interacted with didn't even know English. He would then try to communicate with them using gestures and broken sentences (he even picked up quite of lot of Hindi slang words).

This habit of his had made him extremely knowledgable about a lot of things; in fact, by the time he returned home, he had extensive knowledge about the Indian mythology, religions, local dialects, food etc.

One story that portrays how quickly he adapted to India was when he asked us for an opportunity to guide the new set of participants who had arrived a few weeks after him. Looking at his enthusiasm, we asked him to lead the group while another coordinator of ours just accompanied the group for safety.

The way he hosted the new group was extremely surprising. No one would ever believe that this person had just landed in India a few weeks back. He showed the group around local streets, making them taste food from his favorite shops, helped them do shopping and actually bargained better than any other Indian could've. He even took them to a local temple telling them about each and every god whose idol was present their.

In fact, on getting this feedback from our coordinator who had accompanied the group, we asked him to stay back after the project and he ended up extending his stay in India by two months working as an Experience Captain (coordinator) and also helping us set up the groundwork for a lot of projects that we had planned to launch in the future.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

The program that I would opt for would be the "Life of a Villager" travel experience. This is a really unique experience that I personally set up in a village in the lower Himalayan ranges.

This program enables the participant to live in a village in the homestay of a local villager. You'll really get to experience the beautiful culture and hospitality that is prevalent in the region. Along with this, you'll be getting the opportunity to participate in their daily activities like farming, taking care of cattle, fetching water from the stream, etc., which is very exciting and different from the kind of life that I have experienced so far.

The most amazing thing about this travel experience is not the culture or the beautiful scenery around the village, though. This program has been sent up with a local organization ensuring that through the travellers hosted in the program a regular stream of revenue in generated for the villagers helping them lead a better quality of life along with decreasing migration from villages to cities.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I believe our empathy towards travellers along with a mutual love for diversity in India makes us an amazing company for anyone who wants to travel or explore India.

Along with this the fact, we try to run all our experiences in the most sustainable way possible, having aligned most of them with the Sustainable Development Goals established by the UN is something to be really proud of.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The Customer (family for us). The most important factor for any successful company is the customer and his happiness, irrespective of what the company does. The company might be a travel company like us or a simple book store, but until and unless it tries to understand the customer and provide the best possible service, it'll never be a success.