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It was a nice trip to go back to the village days of my childhood. Full of energy and enthusiasm. It was great fun to take part in the village activiti...
Wow!!! What a fantastic place. People were so curious to see us yet they were very friendly. We a group of 10 students from a college in Mumbai went to...
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Travelling by ferry, local bus and tamtam (a large rickshaw), we’ll explore the countryside to the south of Mumbai. On our way to Chinchoti, we’ll visit several local industries and activities as well as a school, where we will learn about education in villages. In Chinchoti we’ll stop for lunch with a local family and then walk around the village and the surrounding area. In the afternoon we’ll visit an indigenous village, the original inhabitants of Maharastra. Your guide will explain their history, religion, the challenges they face and how they fit into Indian society today. Throughout the tour, you will be able to talk with locals through our guide.
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Rated : 5.0
It was a nice trip to go back to the village days of my childhood. Full of energy and enthusiasm. It was great fun to take part in the village activities like ploughing and all. Such a nice feeling at the end of the day. Tasty village food too. I did not want to come back. But I think, the cost of the package was more than I expected. Still, it was a good package with a lot of things to do. It will be a great thing for you too guys to have a day with the tribal people living in these villages. You will feel so calm and peaceful. Try this tour once.
Rated : 5.0
Wow!!! What a fantastic place. People were so curious to see us yet they were very friendly. We a group of 10 students from a college in Mumbai went to this village as a part of our project. But it was almost like a picnic. Nice coordinators. We felt that those tribal people were waiting for people to come and meet them. Truly blissful.
Rated : 5.0
What a village guys!!! But one day is not enough and transportation could be better. Everything else was fine and neat.
Rated : 4.0
Nice guide and staff members…helped us understand the core facts about the village…it was almost like a study tour…happy that we have done it…
Rated : 4.0
Amazing scenery…village life is something adorable…wanted to spend some days…nice package…
Where do we go? How far is it from Mumbai?
It will take about 2 hours to get there in total, but it is an exciting journey involving a ferry and a rickshaw and some outstanding views! The villages we visit on the tour are located about an hour by rickshaw to the South of Alibagh, a coastal town South of Mumbai.
2 How will we travel there?
First we will take a one hour ferry to Alibagh and then we will take a rickshaw south for one hour to Chinchoti. There are toilets on the ferry and snacks are available for purchase.
What will I see in the village?
It’s a little different every time, that’s what’s so exciting about this tour! But in general, we will visit farms, a rice mill, a brick making community a lake for washing, a school, a lake for swimming, a local home for lunch, a local temple and an Indigenous community.
What will we do in the village?
Depending on the season, different farm activities will be going on that guests are welcome to try if they should wish. And at any time of year, we can swim, eat lunch with a local family, visit an indigenous community, hike the nearby village mountain or enjoy a game of cricket.
What will we eat for lunch?
We eat a simple, traditional vegetarian lunch consisting of dal (lentils) roti, rice and vegetables.
Is the lunch hygienic?
Yes, absolutely. We make it a priority to work with families with clean kitchens and we use bottled water when water is required. We’ve had hundreds of satisfied guests, so no need to worry! We can also cater to most allergies if required.
What does the school visit involve?
We are careful not to disrupt any ongoing classes. Depending on timing, we typically try to see a classroom, meet some students, see the school prayers and play with some kids during their break.
What is the difference between Chinchoti and the indigenous village?
Chinchoti is a typical Indian village that was formed in the past 100 years or so. The indigenous community, however, is comprised of the original inhabitants of Maharashtra and is much, much older. They only moved down from the hills into permanent homes about 60 years ago, after Independence. As a result, they don’t own any land themselves and often work as laborers on other people’s farms.
Do you offer private tours? How many people does that include?
Yes, private tours are available on request for groups of 4 or more people.
Do you run tours for larger groups or study tours?
Definitely. We facilitate village visits for several study trips and we would love to help you group too.
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