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The Altaghat Quest - A Rainforest Expedition with Kadars

The Altaghat Quest - A Rainforest Expedition with Kadars

The Papyrus Itineraries

  • Tamil Nadu
  • 1 Day
  • Under 5000

Where: Valparai, Tamil Nadu
When: June to January
How long: 1 day
How much: Rs 4,500; includes all three meals of the day, naturalist fee, guide fee, trekking, birding, herping and other activities and taxes. 

What to expect:

This is a guided walk in the remote rainforests of Anamalais in the Southern Western Ghatsto experience and explore by foot and to understand the lesser known wildlife and forest landscapes, led by native indigenous Kadar tribes of the region. A group of conservationists acquired 175 acres of erstwhile coffee plantations in the Anamalais, named it Altaghat and re-wilded it. Travellers, who want to take back only memories and leave nothing behind, are allowed to explore this land under the watchful guidance of members of the Kadar tribe who have called this land their home for generations.

Read more: https://www.thepapyrusitineraries.in/

From Bundi with Love

From Bundi with Love

The Bucket List Tales

  • Rajasthan
  • 2-5 Days
  • 10000 to 20000

Where: Bundi, Rajasthan  
When: February 26 to March 2, 2020
How long: 5 days
How much: Rs 16,700 (+ 5% GST); includes accommodation for 3 nights on twin-sharing basis, all meals, transportation from Delhi to Delhi, guided tours as per itinerary and services of experienced trip leaders. 

What to expect:

Bundi is a beautiful little town tucked away in the foothills of the Aravalli Range. This town has been an inspiration to personalities like Rabindranath Tagore and Rudyard Kipling! This trip is for those who love art, culture, photography, food, serenity and slow travel. On this trip you will see 15,000-years-old rock paintings, visit the Chitrashala - Bundi School of Art, explore a 14th century fort, try pottery making in a village, witness the beauty of one of the most stunning grand canyons in India, stay at a heritage haveli by a lake and eat as much Rajasthani food as you can!

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/thebucketlisttales/

Walk with the Pardhis

Walk with the Pardhis

Last Wilderness Foundation

  • Madhya Pradesh
  • 1 Day
  • Under 5000

Where: Panna, Madhya Pradesh  
When: All year round
How long: 1 day
How much: Rs 250 per person

What to expect:

Reconnect with the wilderness and learn how to ‘read’ the forest with some of the most expert trackers in Madhya Pradesh. The Pardhi community were traditionally hunters, but now with support from the Last Wilderness Foundation they have become forest guides and use their age-old knowledge of the forest and the skills of identifying animal tracks and signs to offer guests a forest experience unlike any other. They share their knowledge about the forest, its trees, animals and birds, and are also fantastic mimics, mimicing the calls of different birds and animals in the wilderness. The walk also allows you to enjoy the raw beauty of Panna and listen to breathtaking stories of the forest from the Pardhi guides.

Read more: http://thelastwilderness.org/contribution-to-conservation/

Kareri Lake Trek

Kareri Lake Trek

Holiday Moods Adventures

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 5000 to 10000

Where: near Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
When: March to June and September to December
How long: 3 days
How much: Rs 6,600

What to expect:

Adventure travel company Holiday Moods Adventures offers the Kareri Lake Trek as a weekend getaway from Dharamshala. The trekking route is through gorgeous alpine forests and follows theKhauli River. The trek covers 29km and sees participants climb up to 3,000m to the Lake that lies below the Minkiani Peak. This trek is lets travellers to Dharamshala escape the town’s crowds and explore pristine Himachali mountainscape in all its glory.

Read more: https://www.holidaymoods.in/trek-to-kareri-lake-new-route

Rural Sindhudurg Experience

Rural Sindhudurg Experience

Swadesee

  • Maharasthra
  • 2-5 Days
  • 5000 to 10000

Where: Sindhudurg, Maharashtra
When: February 28 to March 1, 2020; March 27 to March 29, 2020; May 1 to May 3, 2020
How long: 3 days
How much: Rs 9,990; includes all local transport from and to Kudal station, guided walks around villages, forts, beaches and forests, cultural immersions such as culinary workshops, local dance and games, overnight stay at neat and clean village homes and local Konkani meals during the stay.

What to expect:

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and bucolic natural beauty of rural Sindhudurg on this three-day long experience, entirely led and operated by local Konkani women. Guests get to explore virgin beaches, spot diverse marine and bird life such as dolphins and hornbills, visit massive sea forts and understand Konkani culture and traditions directly from local villagers. Also, eat delicious home cooked Konkani meals.

Read more: https://swadesee.com/product/footsteps-in-the-sand-a-weekend-in-rural-sindhudurg/

Rolla-Shilt Thatch Trek

Rolla-Shilt Thatch Trek

Sunshine Himalayan Adventures

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 2-5 Days
  • 10000 to 20000

Where: Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh
When: All year round
How long: 5 days
How much: Rs 3,000 per person per day head. Includes Kullu-to-Kullu transport,food , trekking arrangements, stay and GST.

What to expect:

This programme is one of the classics of Sunshine Himalayan Adventures in the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), a UNESCO World Heritage site. The trip includes treks from Rolla to Shilt Meadow and to Rakhundi Top. These treks take participants through amazingly thick jungles full of Monal Pheasants (a large plump pheasant with a loud, ringing call), deer and other wild animals like Himalayan Tahr and Black Bear.

Read more: http://www.sunshineadventure.com/shilt-thatch-trek.php

Bishnoi Village Safari

Bishnoi Village Safari

Village Safari Day Tours

  • Rajasthan
  • 1 Day
  • Under 5000

Where: Bishnoi villages near Jodhpur, Rajasthan
When: All year round
How long: half-day or 1-day
How much: Rs 1,200 to Rs 3,700 per person

What to expect:

The Hindu Bishnoi sect is known for their practice of environmental and animal protection as part of daily life. This village tour lets guests interact with members of the Bishnoi community in their villages and learn about their culture. Guests are picked up in Jodhpur and taken to multiple villages like the Gudha village that is known for its wildlife and other villages known by the trade of the villagers, like the Shepherds Village, Potters Village, Salawas (Weavers Village) and Kankani (Block Printers Village). The tour is organised by the local family that runs Chhotaram Prajapat’s Homestay in Salawas and guests on this tour get to enjoy an authentic Rajasthani meal here.

Read more: http://www.bishnoivillagesafari.org/bishnoi_village_safari/villagefasafari.html

Rayalaseema – Discover the land of Krishnarayalu

Rayalaseema – Discover the land of Krishnarayalu

Mystical Palmyra

  • Andhra Pradesh
  • 2-5 Days
  • Above 20000

Where: Rayalaseema (stay in Kadapa and Prodattur), Andhra Pradesh
When: February 26 to 29, 2020
How long: 4 days
How much: Rs 36,000 per person on single occupancy; includes local transporatation from Kadapa, accommodation, all meals and water, entry tickets and taxes.

What to expect:

Rayalaseema is a land known for its extreme heat. But not many know of its storied history as a land of great dynasties, who have since vanished but have left behind striking architectural structures. Mystical Palmyra's trip to this region covers many of its stunning but less known heritage and natural wonders. Travel here will not be easy considering the heat and distances, but the rewards are many. There’s the stunning Gandikota Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of India, and its namesake Fort, ancient temples like the Pushpagiri Complex, Vaithyanatha Swamy Temple, Chenna Kesava Temple, the Vishnu shrines at Ahobilam, the Bugga Ramalingeshwara temple and Chintalarayaswamy temple at Tadipatri and Vontimitta Kodhandarama Temple, the Ameen Peer Dargah, the Siddavattam Fort and the Belum Caves, one of the largest cave systems in the country. Be sure to bring your hat, sunglasses, refillable water bottle, sturdy walking shoes and loads of energy!

Read more: http://www.mysticalpalmyra.com/forthcoming-experiences-details.php?i=24

Print off the Block: A Hand Block Printing Workshop in Jaipur

Print off the Block: A Hand Block Printing Workshop in Jaipur

Breakaway

  • Rajasthan
  • 1 Day
  • Under 5000

Where: Jaipur, Rajasthan
When: Every day until March 2020
How long: 5 hours (starting at 9am or at 1pm)
How much: Rs 3,000 per person; includes lunch. 

What to expect:

If you are travelling to Jaipur and are looking for a unique but authentic and culturally enriching experience, then this one is for you. This is an interactive workshop at an art residency with a block printer. You get to witness the different stages in the printing process, with the help of swatches—from grey cloth to the final finished product. After a quick demo, you get to craft your own personalised creation by choosing from a variety of designs on wooden blocks and a range of colors. An authentic Rajasthani lunch is the icing on the cake!

Read more: http://www.break-away.in/breakaways/64/print-off-the-block%3A-a-hand-block-printing-workshop-in-jaipur

Ujjani, trek and farmstay

Ujjani, trek and farmstay

TheTrippers.in

  • Karnataka
  • 2-5 Days
  • Under 5000

Where: Karnataka
When: January 4 to 5, 2020
How long: 2 days
How much: Rs 1,850 per person. 

What to expect:

This trip offers Bangloreans a chance to escape from pollution filled environs. This lakeside rustic getaway is within a short drive from city limits. An exhilarating experience awaits you at the farm where ample activities abound, from volleyball and mud sports to swimming in a natural pond. Relish fruits plucked directly from plants here. The stay options that include a tree house, a room open to the sky and rustic huts will make the trip more memorable.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/TheTrippers.In/

Rainforest trek at Munnar

Rainforest trek at Munnar

Kalypso Adventures

  • Kerala
  • 2-5 Days
  • Above 20000

Where: Munnar, Kerala
When: Anytime of the year except June and July
How long: 5 days
How much: about Rs 37,000; includes services of guide and cook during the four days of trekking, accommodation in dome tents/cottage tents, all meals and refreshments and forest entry fees. 

What to expect:

Rainforest Trek at Munnar is an exciting and challenging trekking route that begins in Suryanelli, Munnar. It traces a path through the Cardamom forests of Santhanpara and Chaturangapara, where you get to stay within the forest.You also get to visit a tribal village. You will get to see farmers at work and various tea and spice plantations that are the backbone of the economy here. This trek is for those who want to be surrounded by the beauty of nature but also want to challenge themselves.

Read more: https://www.kalypsoadventures.com/itinerary/rainforest-trek-at-munnar

ChaloHoppo to a Frozen Dzukou Valley

ChaloHoppo to a Frozen Dzukou Valley

ChaloHoppo

  • Nagaland
  • 2-5 Days
  • 5000 to 10000

Where: Nagaland
When: January 10 to 12, 2020 and February 21 to 23, 2020
How long: 3 days
How much: Rs 7,500; includes accommodation in Dzukou in the dormitory and in tents at Camp Yedhika in Jakhama village, all meals as per itinerary, services of guide for Dzukou overnight trek, local transport and other facilities like common bathrooms and charging points.

What to expect:

The scenic villages of Jakhama and Viswema serve as the base for this short but truly life changing experience that involves an overnight trek over a frozen landscape to Dzukou. You will have the surreal experience of seeing your entire surroundings freeze at night, with the river from which you drew water in the day turning into solid ice come night fall! You will also enjoy one of the best views Nagaland has to offer from the camp ground. Wake up to a view of never ending terraced paddy fields and dine on fresh cooked Naga cuisines, including varieties of smoked and fresh meat infused with local herbs and generous portions of bamboo shoot. Sing around a bonfire and fall asleep counting stars in the clear night sky!

Read more: https://www.chalohoppo.com/product/chalohoppo-to-frozen-dzukou-valley/