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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 stop off quickly at Alibag to see Colaba Fort in the distance, we’ll then visit several local industries such as brick-making and rice processing where depending on the season, you might get involved if you wish! We’ll also visit a school, where you will learn about education in the villages.
On arriving in Chinchoti we’ll be treated to a delicious lunch with a local family. Then, we will chat with the residents in the community and further explore the surrounding area including its farms, a Hanuman temple as well as an Adivasi (tribal) village. There is an option to go trekking to see some great views of the village.
Learn about how the majority of Indians in the village live: spend time with the community members, visit their houses, wander around the village, enjoy the peace of the surroundings.
Depending on the season, you may help plough a field, harvest rice, make bricks, fish and even go for a swim. Whatever day of the week it is and whatever the weather— you’ll be invited for a game of cricket.
Food is an essential part of Indian culture, so the home-made lunch in a villager’s home is undoubtedly a highlight! You will eat what the locals eat—rice, scrumptious vegetable dishes, fresh fish and even chicken curry. Get comfortable for a feast, sitting on the floor and eating with your hands.
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.
Witness the enthusiasm of rural Indian youth and get a deeper understanding of the education system.
To get to the village, we have to catch a boat/bus to Alibag and then we catch a rickshaw.
Boat Ticket office (See “A” in Map below)
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 Alibag, a coastal town South of Mumbai.
First we will take a one hour ferry to Alibag 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.
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.
We eat a simple, traditional vegetarian lunch consisting of dal (lentils) roti, rice and vegetables. This is included in the price of the tour
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.
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.
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 labourers on other people’s farms.
Definitely. We facilitate village visits for several study trips and we would love to help you group too. Please contact us for more information