Itinerary Social Enterprise India 2015


 This itinerary may vary slightly depending on local conditions. A full day-by-day itinerary is sent to all participants after acceptance of their application. The Program will run subject to minimum numbers and will have a maximum of 18 participants.

Proposed Itinerary for Social Enterprise India

25th October to 7th November 2015

Week 1:

We arrive in Chennai (the old Madras), India on the 25th October for a 2pm start. Settle into the comfortable accommodation that we have booked for you and meet the facilitators and your fellow travellers to begin your journey through Social Enterprise India. After general introductions Mike Dendle leads us in understanding a little of India and the context in which we will be travelling. Susan Black and Steve Williams will begin to unravel the many issues, complexities and delights surrounding the term Social Enterprise as we begin to build our own picture. During this week we will travel to Auroville and visit many of the handshaped enterprises and hear their stories. On our return we will visit a small upcycling weaving factory and also a group of village women who are producing and marketing their own brand of health products. While in Chennai we will visit an organisation which is turning trash into treasure and turning lives around.  After consolidating our learning experiences on this side of India we will fly to Mumbai the commercial capital of India and begin to understand some of the entrepreneurial spirit in one of Asia’s biggest slums.

Week 2:

100_1090This week begins with our visit to the Dharavi community and the many enterprises blooming in the slum areas. Next is a free day in Mumbai to explore the shopping and see some of the sights before jetting off to Jaipur the pink city of Rajasthan. There we will visit a world famous organisation to see their many solar and upskilling projects, especially with illiterate women. While in Jaipur we will also visit another organisation famous for its unique marketing arrangements and social impact. There will also be time for shopping in the famous Bazaars of Jaipur and visiting some of the amazing forts of Rajput culture. With our input sessions and discussions we will consolidate our learnings and experiences on Social Enterprise and start to produce our own action plan for when we return to Australia. a “Closing Ceremony” in Jaipur towards the end of the week will finish the formal part of our journey before making our way to Delhi. We will spend our last day enjoying the Capital city of India or taking an optional trip to the Taj Mahal.


The program finishes in Delhi the morning of Saturday the 7th November, however at additional cost an optional one day tour can be organised to the Taj Mahal in Agra from Delhi on that day or you are free to begin other travels in India or begin the journey home.

Snap Shot Itinerary

  • Chennai
  • Auroville
  • Mumbai
  • Jaipur
  • Delhi
  • Optional Taj Mahal Tour







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