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A Day in the Countryside around Mumbai
Tour Time: 12 hrs
(We will depart Mumbai at 6:30 a.m.)

This is a visit to a rural area in the Palghar district, around 4 hours away from Mumbai. This area is stunningly beautiful, especially in the monsoon season.

Agriculture is the main occupation in the area. Since there is no irrigation, farming is done the old-fashioned way and crops are primarily rain-fed. Rice is cultivated in the monsoons. A second crop of some lentils, pulses and vegetables is also grown after the rice harvest. People supplement their incomes in the non-farming months by working in nearby towns. This region is famous for its chikoos and different varieties of bananas. Fruits such as mangoes, guavas, jackfruits, wild berries and litchis are also grown here.

In this tour, we will drive through the district, enjoying the natural beauty of the area. The people of the area are tribal agriculturists, who live simply and frugally. We will walk through some of their farms and fields. You can participate in some agricultural activities if interested. Depending on the season, these activities include planting and transplanting of paddy, harvesting, winnowing, threshing, fruit plucking, etc. We will stop at a village hamlet, where you will be able to enjoy a traditional rustic Maharashtrian meal at one of the homes. The cuisine is authentic and local, with rice and nachni as the staples. The women of the village make excellent papads and pickles. We will walk around the village and take a look at some community welfare projects that we are currently supporting. If you are interested, you can go on a bullock-cart ride (please let us know ahead of time, so that we can arrange the cart). We will also visit a local bazaar where people from nearby hamlets come to shop.

About 20 minutes away from the village there is a pretty cottage with all modern conveniences, where you can relax, freshen up, have a cup of tea and then return to Mumbai.

Best time to visit: June to March

Cost:

  • INR 3500 per adult for a minimum of 2 adults

Includes:
Knowledgeable person to accompany you from Mumbai and explain the rural economy, breakfast at a local restaurant, tour of the village and bazaar, visit to village home, lunch, contribution to village community welfare project, bullock cart ride if interested, tea and biscuits, bottled water and all taxes.

Excludes:
Transport from/to Mumbai. You can bring your own vehicle from Mumbai if you wish. Alternatively we can provide transport at additional cost. Please let us know how many people you are so that we can provide you with transport costs.

Note:
The Warli tribe who live in this area are known for their artistic skills. If you would like to learn the basics of Warli art from a family of traditional artists, please let us know and we will send you the costs. You can choose to stay overnight.