Come immerse yourself in the colour and culture of Maharashtra, India.
Travel with the community and see India the way the locals do.
Start: Mumbai, India
Finish: Mumbai, India
Group size: minimum 6, maximum 12
Length: 10 days/ 9 nights
Next trips departing
Saturday, January 27th 2019
Saturday, September 29th 2018
- Experience the incredible story of the Mann Deshi Bank
- Learn to cook with your own travelling chefs
- Understand the culture & the environment with a local biodiversity specialist
What is included?
- 3 nights stay in luxurious big family-style houses
- 3 nights stay in gorgeous organic farmhouse in the Western Ghats Mountain Range
- 3 nights in comfortable homes
- Optional 1 night comfortable camping in the Western Ghats Mountain Range
We know that some people want to do everything whereas others want to experience a few particular things. Throughout the journey there will be multiple options for you to tailor your experience to exactly what you want. You can see what options are listed in each day below.
- 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
- Cooked and prepared by our own local cooks from locally sourced ingredients and the opportunity to learn from and cook with the chef.
- Airport transfers and all on-ground transport.
- Flexible car arrangements allow everyone to get the most out of their trip.
- Airfares not included
All activities including;
- Ancient Elephanta Caves
- Discover South Mumbai Cycling Tour
- Dharavi Slum Tour
- English speaking guides both local and Australian including the Founder of Atma, Alex Carpenter.
- Indian government service tax of 4.5%
Day One - Mumbai
27th January & 29th September
Welcome to India! The tour begins with a meet and greet at 6pm. Throughout the day your fellow travellers will be arriving. You can stay at the accommodation and settle in or wander around and explore the city. Get your first taste of what this majestic country has to offer.
Day Two - Mumbai
28th January & 30th September
It’s time to start exploring. Enjoy a free day in Mumbai. We recommend you use the day to experience the city. You can participate in a cycling tour of South Mumbai, explore the Ancient Elephanta Caves, or take a tour of the Dharavi Slums. This is also an excellent opportunity to check out the Mumbai markets, Mosques and the UNESCO World Heritage Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.
Day Three - Mumbai
29th January & 1st October
Enjoy a free day in Mumbai. We recommend you use the day to experience the city. You can participate in a cycling tour of South Mumbai, explore the Ancient Elephanta Caves, or take a tour of the Dharavi Slums. This is also an excellent opportunity to check out the Mumbai markets, Mosques and the UNESCO World Heritage Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.
Day Four - Mhaswad
30th January & 2nd october
It’s time to move on from Mumbai and travel out to Mhaswad. On the way from Mumbai to Mhaswad we have the option to stop by Pune and explore Aga Khan Palace, Osho Teerth Gardens, Jungli Maharaj Temple or Shaniwar Wada Fort.
Day Five - Mhaswad
31st January & 3rd october
Our time in Mhaswad is all about meeting the locals and experiencing their lives. We have the unique and rare opportunity to meet with one of the most inspiring organisations in the world, Mann Deshi Bank & Foundation, whose work has been recognised by the World Bank, Barack Obama and Harvard University. The Mann Deshi Bank is a micro-enterprise development bank which supports and develops women from low-income backgrounds and the Foundation supports local development in programs such as Athletics and the Mobile Business School.
This is the opportunity to meet and greet the local community- who are also responsible for building this itinerary!
Day Six - Chasing the Monsoon
1st February & 4th october
This is an extremely rare chance to meet with the nomadic shepherds of the area and experience their way of living. These shepherds were featured in the recent BBC documentary Wonders of The Monsoon. We will be spending the night in Mhaswad.
Day Seven - Bamnoli
2nd February & 5th october
Today we move on to Bamnoli, deep within the Kas area of Maharashtra. We’ll be at the top of the Western Ghats, the oldest mountain range in India, with some of the best biodiversity in the world. Enjoy the grandeur and peace as our travelling specialist shares his knowledge of the unique species and local stories of the range.
Day Eight - Panchgani
3rd February & 6th october
Today we move on to Panchgani, a well kept secret outside of India. Locals know this place but foreigners very rarely get eh change to take in its majestic sights. Placed at the top of the Western Ghats mountain range this area has a huge amount to offer. Stay in locally run organic farmhouse and enjoy the fresh food and remote peace. Enjoy the opportunity to practice Yoga in the mountains, visit Parci Point, Wilson Point and the Dhobi Waterfall, try white water rafting, and explore the local wilderness.
Day Nine - Panchgani
4th February & 7th october
Enjoy a free day in Panchgani. Enjoy the opportunity to practice Yoga in the mountains, visit Parci Point, Wilson Point and the Dhobi Waterfall, try white water rafting, and explore the local wilderness.
Day Ten - Return to Mumbai
5th February & 8th october
It’s the end of our trip. Today we return to Mumbai. Flexible car arrangements will allow you to leave Panchgani at a time that best suits you. You can stay in the mountains until later in the day or head back to Mumbai early. Your car can take you directly to the airport or back to a hotel if you wish to extend your trip for a few more days.
Throughout the trip you will get a genuinely immersive experience. This includes all the accommodation. Some nights we will have our own rooms with an ensuite and other nights we will be sharing a room with one other. Rest assured all the accommodation has been selected in order to give you the best nights’ sleep.
We’ll be staying in locally owned accommodation to ensure the money you spend on tour stays with the locals. This means big houses with lounge areas and open kitchens so that you can relax and chat at night and learn to cook with our travelling chefs.
Where is the money going?
If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact us using the contact form below.