Spend a night watching fireflies in the jungle, sleep under the stars in the desert, learn puppetry under an ancient banyan tree or read next to an old, abandoned boat in a coastal village... Do yourself a favour. Take that trip.
Where: Petrichor Farms, Gorubathan, North Bengal
When: December 21 and 22, 2019
How long: 2 days
How much: Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000
If you ever wanted to experience natural living in a community first hand, then this is the weekend for you. Participants get to experience the best that Petrichor has to offer, like natural farming, slow food cooking, baking ancient grain bread, brewing kombucha and ferments, evening yoga on the sunset deck, sleeping in natural homes and hanging out under the stars on gorgeous movie nights. There’ll be plenty of downtime too providing you an inspired space to reflect, ponder and laze.
Where: Kerala (Thattekkad, Pala, Alleppey)
When: All through the year
How long: 5 days
How much: $660 (around Rs 47,000); includes accommodation, all meals, vehicle and motor boat support, multi-geared bicycles, accompanying guides, water and refreshments during cycling and all applicable taxes.
This rural cycling and backwater kayaking tour in Kerala is a multi-activity adventure for those in search of an active short holiday in Kerala and for those who enjoy the flavour of rural Kerala. The highlights of the tour are the back road cycling, staying at a working farm in a village and the thrill of kayaking through the tropical maze of the backwater waterways of Kerala!
Where: West Sikkim District and Darjeeling
When: December 20 to 27, 2019 and January 25 to February 1, 2020
How long: 8 days
How much: Rs 25,000; includes cost of food, travel and accommodation. Airfare is not included.
This is a road trip through the unexplored side of South-West Sikkim and Darjeeling. The eight day long journey takes travellers to the homes and hearts of the locals who have who have turned their homes into homestays. This is your chance to experience authentic local hospitality as you travel through places like Yuksom, Ravangla, Khecheopalri and Martam.
Where: Divar Island, Goa
When: Throughout the year
How long: 4 hours
How much: From Rs 2,000 per person; includes service of local English-speaking guide, entry to ancient churches, a traditional Goan meal with a local family, entry to a traditional Goan bakery etc. Does not include hotel pickup and drop.
Catch a ferry and cross the Mandovi River to Divar Island to experience a gem of old world charm, paddy fields, ancient temples, pretty churches, hidden caves, small houses and winding roads in this Divar Island Tour. The tour lets you experience a slice of Goan village life in Goa. Visits to ancient temples and churches, witnessing traditional fishing, picking up a few Goan recipes and enjoying a local meal with a family are all highlights of this tour.
Where: Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh
When: September to November and April to June
How long: 14 days
How much: Rs 63,000 per person (minimum of 4 persons in a group); includes all transport from and to Chandigarh, accommodation, all trek logistic support like porters and cooks, all meals, an English-speaking birding guide and all entrance fees.
The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is considered the most pristine mountain landscape in the Western Himalayas. It is home to about 215 species of birds including pheasants like the Western Tragopan, Cheer, Monal, Koklash and Kaleej along with other birds like the White Throated Tit and the Lammergeyer plus a large number of animals. The Tragopan is locally known as jujurana—the king of birds. The people of the region believe that God created the Tragopan with feathers from all the other birds. The trekking expedition will be focused on spotting this bird, but will also provide ample opportunities to just enjoy the great Himalayan outdoors.
Where: Pench and Kanha Tiger Reserves, Madhya Pradesh
When: November 28 to December 2, 2019
How long: 5 days
How much: Rs 54,000 per person; includes accommodation at Kanha Earth Lodge and Pench Tree Lodge and one night of camping, all meals, safaris, mountain bikes, backup transport and support and services of expert Naturalists.
Jungle Book Cycling Experience, organised by luxury safari lodge operator Pugdundee Safaris, takes you to Central India’s famous Pench and Kanha Tiger Reserves. The wildlife, forested landscape and tribal communities in these areas make it a fascinating region to cycle. There will also be a small tour to Rukhad Sanctuary. Rukhad is an eco-tourism destination rich in wildlife and scenic natural beauty. Apart from the wildlife, the tour provides an opportunity to experience rural life in India and meet local people who live in harmony with wildlife.
Where: Nagaland and Assam
When: October 5 to 9, 2019
How long: 5 days
How much: Rs. 28,200 per person; includes accommodations on twin sharing basis, transport from and to Dibrugarh airport, all permits (including Inner Line Permits), services of English speaking guides in Hongphoi and Longwa and all meals.
Live your dream of living the past in the present. From conversing with the last surviving face tattooed headhunters of Nagaland and buying unique Konyak handicrafts to sipping tea in the green mountains of Northeast India and stepping into Myanmar, you can do it all in this trip of a lifetime.
Where: Old Goa
When: Throughout the year
How long: 1 day
How much: Rs 499, includes service of guide, snacks and Soul Travelling goodies
Along with its beaches, Goa is best known for its churches. However, not many tourists realise there is more to these churches than meets the eye! These magnificent monuments have astounding works of art on their walls - from simple child-like drawings made with vegetable dyes and mineral pigments to the ancient art of Kaavi, which involves a paste of soil and charcoal filled into an etched design. Experiential travel company Soul Travelling takes guests on a unique tour of the churches of Santa Monica, Our Lady of Rosary, Royal Chapel of St. Anthony and the ruins of St Augustine to listen to these ancient art walls speak.
Where: Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
When: September 25 to October 1st, 2019
How long: 7 days (4 days of camping)
How much: Starting from Rs 10,000 per person; inclusions like camping, transport and meals depend on package chosen.
The Ziro Valley in Arunachal remains quiet throughout the year but come September it reverberates with music as one of the most unique outdoor music festivals in the country gets underway. The beautiful location, a variety of music on offer and an amazing camping experience makes the Ziro Festival of Music extra special. Good things such as the Ziro festival don’t come easy and the journey, many would tell you, is the toughest part of the trip. ChaloHoppo’s packages include those that take care of all the arrangements right from Guwahati to Ziro and back to Guwahati after the festival. So all you have to do is to enjoy the natural beauty and the wonderful muic at Ziro.
Where: near Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
When: December 13 & 14, 2019
How long: 2 days
How much: From Rs 10,650 per adult participation fee for the race depending on the race format. Fee includes relevant meals, local transfers and equipment. Accommodation is extra.
The Himalayan Adventure Challenge (HAC) is a multi-disciplinary, adventure race in which your skills are tested in three outdoor sports—Mountain Biking, Hiking and White Water Rafting. If you live on adrenaline and love the outdoors, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. You could enter as a team that may be a group of friends, colleagues or family members; if you do not have a team, the organisers will help you become part of one.
Read more: https://www.hacrace.com/
Where: Mhadei River near Valpoi, Goa
When: July to September
How long: Half day
How much: Rs1,890; includes rafting, guide, safety equipment, transport to the river and taxes.
Goa Rafting offers two river rafting trips a day (9.30 am and 2.30pm). The trip is a 10km run on class 2 and 3 rapids on the River Mhadei. The big and bouncy waves of the Mhadei are easy enough for beginners and are a great experience for a family, if the kids are over 10 years of age. A river rafting trip is an ideal means to see a different side of Goa that very few tourists explore.
Read more: https://www.goarafting.com/our-trip-2/
Where: Western Ghats of Goa and Karnataka
When: June 14 to 16, 2019
How long: 3 days
How much: Rs 18,000 per person, includes accommodation on twin sharing basis at field stations and homestays, meals, field travel, basic equipement, community fees and sessions on conservation photography, rainforest ecology and conservation science.
This photography expedition will take a small group of 4 to 5 enthusiasts through the dense rainforests of the Western Ghats in Goa and Karnataka during the monsoons to see and photograph the many amphibian and reptile species that call these forests home. The expedition will include hands on-field classes on rainforest ecology and conservation photography by herpetologist and conservation photographer Nirmal Kulkarni and his team.