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Experiencing real India

Now, take a trip to the tribal villages of Maharashtra and live like the villagers do!
Hindustan Times | By Naomi Canton, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2010 03:49 PM IST

Want to make the most of your hot summer break by getting away from the sweaty city and enjoying some fresh air? Grassroutes, a social enterprise based in Mumbai, is organising a six-day trip to rural Maharashtra from Tuesday, May 11, to Sunday, May 16.

Drive through
The trip will start from Dadar station, where guests, accompanied by a Grassroutes guide, will take a train to Kasara and from there, they will drive in a jeep to the first village. After a four-and-a-half hour journey, they will reach Purushwadi.

The trip then takes visitors to three different tribal villages of Maharashtra: Bhandardara, Kohane and Shendi. Guests will stay the night in three of them, either in cottages with cow dung floors, or in tents. They will eat their meals with the villagers’ families in their homes.

Several activities
During the day there will be chances to milk cows, swim and fish in rivers and take part in light trekking. They will also get the chance to see a village haat (fair).

The trip will also include visits to sites of interest, such as temples, caves, an ashram and a famous tree, spread over an acre that the locals worship. At night, there will be tribal dances, bonfires and moonlit walks. “This is the first time we have done a six-day trip like this,” says Darren Lobo, manager operations at Grassroutes.

“We want to show people the real India and anyone who comes will return home with lots of stories.”

The next trip that Grassroutes plans to organise will be to Purushwadi in June to watch the fireflies.

The price is Rs 8,000 per person including travel, food, and accommodation.
Call: 098108133016

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