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Escape the hustle and bustle of Mumbai and get a glimpse of rural life in India.

Travelling by ferry, local bus and tamtam (a large rickshaw), we’ll explore the countryside to the south of Mumbai. On our way to our partner village, 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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    Experience Village Life

    Learn about how the majority of Indians live, spend time with our friends in their houses, wander around the village, and enjoy the stunning views.

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    Farming and Other Activities

    Get hands on! Plough a field, harvest rice, make bricks, and carry water on your head. You can also fish, swim and play cricket.

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    Homecooked Lunch

    Food is an essential part of the trip and the lunch in one of the villager’s homes is a highlight! You will eat what the locals eat - rice and a few vegetable dishes (possibly fish or chicken if you would like). Be prepared to eat with your hands!

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    Travel by Boat and Rickshaw

    The travel to and from the village is much more than just getting from A to B. See country life unfold across the stunning countryside as you bump along in a rickshaw. And get an unobstructed view of some of Mumbai's most iconic sights as we return by boat.

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    School Visit

    Witness the enthusiasm of rural Indian youth and get a deeper understanding of the education system.

Availability

Daily

8am - 8pm

Offered September - May

Price

Rs 4,000 per person

Private tours for groups of 4 or more available on request

Start/End Points

Boat Ticket Office at the Gateway of India

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Group Size

Minimum: 3 people

Maximum: 5 people

(For larger groups, please get in touch)

Testimonial

"One day village tour is fantastic. Our guide, Krishna, was one of the best tour guides that we've had on any tour. Overall, tour was eye opening, providing a glimpse into the lives of people who live on very little."


Travis C. via TripAdvisor



No Photography Policy

  • During the visit to the indigenous village. This policy helps ensure that our tours are done respectfully and that we maintain our strong relationship with the community.

Meeting Point

Boat Ticket Office at the Gateway of India

End Point

Boat Ticket Office at the Gateway of India

Timings

8am - 8pm



We meet at 8am at the boat ticket offices in front of the Gateway of India in Colaba. (Photo)

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What will we eat for lunch?

We eat a simple, traditional vegetarian lunch consisting of dal (lentils) roti, rice and vegetables.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Please get in touch for more information: info@realitytoursandtravel.com

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Are you interested in a shared or private tour?