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: 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
When: January 4 to 5, 2020
How long: 2 days
How much: Rs 1,850 per person.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Where: Arunachal Pradesh
When: February 8 to 15, 2020
How long: 8 days
How much: Rs 34,000 (+GST); includes accommodation, meals, local transport, permits and services of an English speaking guide.
Kipepeo’s East Arunachal Tour takes travellers to lesser-explored parts of the state. It covers the mega bio-diverse Dibang and Lohit valleys that are inhabited by the Mishmi and Khamti tribes. The tour allows travellers to understand the way of living of the tribes who have lived here for centuries. It also lets them take in the stunning landscapes of this region. It also includes such adventures like day hikes to remote villages and an overnight trek in Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary.
Where: Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
When: February 9 to 22, 2020
How long: 14 days
How much: Rs 95,300; includes accommodation, trip transport, meals, sightseeing and activities as per itinerary and services of expert trackers and spotters.
It is during the winters in Spiti that rare Himalayan wildlife like Snow Leopard, Siberian Ibex, Blue Sheep, Tibetan Wolf, Red fox, Lammergeyer, Golden Eagle, and Tibetan Snowcock can easily be spotted. During this adventure trip, participants use local home stays, wildlife spotters and guides to gain an insight into the hard lives of the mountain people who call this gorgeous but tough region their home along with breathtaking landscapes. This one is for those ready to brave the winter cold of Spiti to have an experience of a lifetime.
Where: Himachal Pradesh (Naggar, Manali, Manikaran, Kasol, Kullu)
When: December to February
How long: 4 days
How much: Rs 6,000 for stay (double occupancy). Activities and travel costs are additional
Experience the magic of snowfall in the Himalayas in Naggar, Himachal Pradesh. Go for walks on the snow, view the snowy landscape from inside a cable car or by paragliding, whiteout on powder with skiing, sled, tube or go zorbing downhill, go off-roading on snowy flats and, of course, indulge in snowball fights. Warm up later in cozy cottages or in front of tandoor with hot cups of chai.
Where: North Sikkim
When: April 4 to 11 and April 12 to 19, 2020
How long: 8 days
How much: Rs 25,000 per person; includes cost of food, travel and accommodation.
An unforgettable experience of travelling around the high-altitude Himalayas. It’s an eight-day long experience of the culture, hospitality and spectacles of bucketlist destinations in Sikkim that include Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, Zero Point and other lesser-known gorgeous places on the way.
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When: October 3 to 11, 2020
How long: 9 days
How much: Rs 1.96 lakh per person; includes contribution to the cost of the solar panels and batteries for electrification of the village, local logistics and transport, accommodation (hotels, homestays and camping on shared basis), permits, airport transfers in Leh and all meals as per the itinerary
The Women Leaders Expedition is a unique journey that will bring together highly passionate and driven change makers who are champions of sustainability and are creating positive impact with their decisions. Spanning across nine days, the expedition will push participants of diverse backgrounds to strengthen their leadership, strategy and innovation skills through on-site activities. The team will rally together to bring Solar Energy to a remote Himalayan village, creating a tangible social and environmental impact.
Where: Tural, Maharashtra
When: April to May 2020
How long: 5 days
How much: Rs 9,500 per child all Inclusive
Rustic Holidays, a homestay in Konkan, has been organising summer camps for children under the name Mamachya Gavala Jaauya for the past 10 years. These summer camps make participants understand the symbiotic relation that humans share with nature. The children also have loads of fun and great home-cooked food.