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On a tribal journey

india Updated: Jan 26, 2011 15:02 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times
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This weekend, try something different and learn how tribals live in Maharashtra. Grassroutes, an organisation promoting rural tourism, is organising a tribal trail on January 28. The trail takes a walk through four different tribal villages in Jowar (which is about 130 km from Mumbai) and includes a visit to the Warli village of Khuded. Here, city dwellers will have the opportunity to learn the ancient Warli art form and also get home some of the handicrafts made by the local artists.

“The trip is an attempt to showcase the lifestyles of these tribals and will enable people to partake in their unique way of living,” says Darren Lobo of Grassroutes. “It is by discovering, celebrating and promoting local cultures, traditions, knowledge systems, environments and lifestyles that we can bring about their conservation.”

City slickers can ride the Virar-Dahanu shuttle at 9 pm from Virar station on January 28 and will arrive at Palghar at 9.40 pm. A jeep will pick you up from Palghar station and drop you off at Walvanda at midnight, where staying quarters for the night will be assigned.

Beyond the art walk
Early next morning, head to Sadakpada village to sight the milking of goats, chopping of firewood and have breakfast with Gaoti Tea. Then set out on a one-hour hike for Shiroshi village and learn some brick making (if available), plastering of the floor with cowdung as well as fetching water from the river. Spend some time at the riverside or take a short dip.

After that, walk to the Warli village of Khuded. At Khuded, learn the Warli art form and be treated to a tribal performance. Those who may want of purchase some handicrafts from the artisans can do so. In the evening, a jeep will pick you up and drop you off at Walvanda. At night, gather around a bonfire and talk about the experiences of the day. Catch the train back to Mumbai next morning.

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