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

Highlights

  • 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
Kas Plateau, which is known as the Switzerland of India within the Western Ghats mountain range. We visit this area on day seven. 

Kas Plateau, which is known as the Switzerland of India within the Western Ghats mountain range. We visit this area on day seven. 

What is included?

Reservation Deposit
200.00

Remaining ticket price of $2,690 due by two months prior to departure

Quantity:
Reserve Seat

Accomodation

  • 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

*Options

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.

Meals

  • 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.

Transport

  • Airport transfers and all on-ground transport.
  • Flexible car arrangements allow everyone to get the most out of their trip.
  • Airfares not included

Activities

All activities including;

  • Ancient Elephanta Caves
  • Discover South Mumbai Cycling Tour
  • Dharavi Slum Tour

Other

  • 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.

 

 
Discover South Mumbai by Cycling

Discover South Mumbai by Cycling

 
Explore the ancient Elephanta Caves

Explore the ancient Elephanta Caves

 
Learn about Dharavi Slum

Learn about Dharavi Slum


 

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.

 
Aga Khan Palace

Aga Khan Palace

 

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!

 
Mann Deshi Champions Athletic Tournament

Mann Deshi Champions Athletic Tournament

Community Meet and Greet

Community Meet and Greet

Learn about the Mobile Business School

Learn about the Mobile Business School

An economist, farmer, and activist, Chetna Sinha works for social change in some of the poorest and most drought-stricken areas of rural India. She is the founder and the current president of the Mann Deshi Mahila Bank, a micro-enterprise development bank. Mann Deshi's clients are from low-income group women with incomes averaging INR 40 (USD 1) per day.

In this talk, Chetna Gala Sinha talk about her how her love for animals got her to start a cattle camp, where farmers who are in need of water and fodder for their animals can bring their animals at the camp.
In her very personal and touching story, Chetna speaks about how she got involved in a community of powerful women who tought her how to be strong against a system. She was able to build a finance system for indian women that completely changed the narrative on the perception of self esteem, society with woman and being a female entrepreneur in India.
 

 

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.

 
 

 
 
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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. 

 

 

Accommodation

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.

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Where is the money going?

 
 
Reservation Deposit
200.00

Remaining ticket price of $2,690 due by two months prior to departure

Quantity:
Reserve Seat
 

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