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The Tarzan Way

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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Anam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Travelling to a new country especially a country like India can feel very overwhelming. I am glad that I took up a project with TTW because they made sure I had a very smooth experience here. Right from the moment I got out of the airport, I was received and taken to the host family. After I had rested, I met up with all the other volunteers and we had an orientation session. The next 6 weeks flew away so quickly with us always travelling to different places. I visited so many places that I can not even count them on my fingers. I met another girl from my very same city through the project and we became the best of friends. Over all it was such a different and amazing experience and totally different from what I have seen other companies provide. Totally worth it and specially at such a low price. Just amazing! :D

What would you improve about this program?
It was perfect for me at such a low budget with so much to do and included. So it was perfect for me
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Anam
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Although I am Indian, I have never really lived here. I was born in the US and came to visit Delhi only a few times where my relatives stayed. When I decided I wanted to spend my summer break exploring my home country, I wanted to stay in a place away from the crowded cities, somewhere quiet where I could get the true essence of my home country. I found this place in Rishikesh with its beautiful valley and friendly people. It is like a small town with everything at a walking distance! I was hosted by Ramesh and worked at a small school run for poor children. Teaching them Maths and English was like therapeutic for me. Rishikesh will always hold a very special space in my heart and I will always remember it in my heart. Really thankful for TTW for giving me such an amazing opportunity.

What would you improve about this program?
The airport of arrival was Delhi which is almost 6 hours away from Rishikesh. The transfer from Delhi to Rishikesh was pretty tiring although I was provided with a cab. They should maybe look for better options.
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Jake
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would’ve never thought that I would ever travel to India. I had often thought about travelling abroad after school but it had always ended with thoughts of partying in Europe. I would have never thought that I would go for a volunteering program in India and I am really glad that I did. The things that I learned through this experience were immense. Humility, understanding, respect for other religions, cultures - the list just goes on and on. I learned to respect the things that I had taken for granted for life. The children I worked with in the school didn’t even have a quarter of what I often took for granted and were still so happy, always enjoying life. Even after facing so many hardships they harboured no resentment or hate. They just spread love wherever they went. It was really a life changing experience and I will look back to these weeks in India even when I grow old. A huge thanks to Ramesh, my host during my stay in Rishikesh. You are a really amazing person and I hope you stay blessed. Also appreciate all the effort put in by TTW to make sure my project went smoothly and I never faced any issue from my arrival to departure.

What would you improve about this program?
My only regret with this program is that I could not stay for a longer period.
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Eddie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was such a crazy and memorable experience. India is a beautiful country. My project was in Rishikesh but I spend my weekends travelling to all corners of Uttrakhand, Delhi and Rajasthan. There is so much to see that I think it will take me a lifetime to explore the whole India. There are so many things to see and to do. I could just go on and on and on. It might sound crazy but you will have to actually visit this country to find out the real beauty about it. There is no other way about it at all. Once you arrive in this beautiful country only then will you understand what I am talking about. There is so much to do and try that you will never get have to repeat the same activity twice. Things such as trekking, rafting, kayaking, camping etc are in abundance in Rishikesh. The place is also known for its yoga, being hosts to the Beetles and a lot more.

What would you improve about this program?
Not much that I can think of.
It is an amazing project and I fully recommend it.
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Yang
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have been to India twice before having been to a yoga course and for a music festival in Goa. This time I wanted to do something very different. I spend 4 weeks in Jaipur which is Rajasthan. I had heard a lot about Rajasthan before with its beautiful cities, forts, sand dunes and handicrafts. The tales were much less than what I saw, The culture that I experienced during my volunteer work and travel in this state was amazing. Huge, century old forts, the most beautiful and creative handicrafts, delicious food, friendly people. This state is probably the most varied and beautiful place in the world. I visited a lot of cities including Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ajmer while I was hosted in Jaipur where I undertook volunteering work. Overall it was an amazing experience and even better than how I envisioned it. Lots of thanks to everyone in the ttw team and the friends I made who made this experience so good.

What would you improve about this program?
The project I was a part of didn't really involve much of travel. They should try making more projects like their Social travel project which has both travel and volunteer work. Other than that, I don't feel there is much to improve. I appreciate that they include a one day city tour for free.

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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.

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