For real Indian experience there is nothing than “Get away from all”. In the hinterland of India, the initiated traveler will come, face – to – face with reality and diversity of real Indian encounter. Rural India provides a natural landscape, which could vary from a tea plantation to fishing village. From the hardy mountaintops in Ladakh to the natural backwater of Kerala, the
possibilities are endless. The local folklore, the performing artistes, the social milieu are also diverse and breathtaking that for the tourist, the experiences unique.
There is peace and tranquility in Indian countryside, music and dance, and cuisine is authentic and richly varied.
Some of our tour itineraries include one or two villages to get glimpses of the rural India and some of those are:
Alchi – tucked away along the left bank of Indus in Ladakh, lies this monastic village. Its Buddhist Monastery
goes back nearly a thousand years, predating the Tibetian influence that was to become a major force in the mountain desert. Descending from a vehicle, one sees smiling faces framed in low-slung mud brick houses.
Orcha – in the heart of Bundelkahnd lies a fortified cluster of dwellings, temples and shrines bearing testimony to a medieval legacy in stone. Created by the Bundela Rajput Chief Rudra Pratap in the 16th Century lies in Madhya Pradesh on the left bank of River Betwa. A visit to Orcha is a journey back in time.
Bhalukpong – on the edge of the luxuriant forest of the Pakhui Game Sanctuary, along the Kameng River lies this village, the gateway to exotic Bomdila and Tawang monasteries of Arunachal Pradesh. Nature’s generosity is evident here. And in its mystical wonderland, straddling India’s northeastern corner, the village of Bhalukpong holds a special place.
Rungli Rungliot – “thus far and no further” – a literal translation of the pious benediction. This charming village in the Darjeeling region boasts some of the best tea in the world. As the story goes, that peripatetic monk’s search for the ultimate tea ended here. For he had evidently covered great distances over unpaved tracks, and traversed valley after valley.
Khetri – a profusion of typical frescoes, lies in the shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Just as a local lore is redolent of heroic deeds, Rajashtani painting displays decorative forms vividly composed in colourfull schemes. Be they forts, havellies, cenotaphs are temples, nowhere, is such a profusion of frescoes to be found as in Shekhawati.
Betul – life centers around fishing and coir production in this rural haven on the estuary of the Sal River. Also, sample the gourmet Goan delights while you are there. Away from the bustle of the main tourist routes in South Goa is a gem of a village that any discerning visitor would love to reach. Beneath an attractive canopy of coconut palms, banana, jack fruit and papaya village remains busy in fishing and coir production.
About Indian Tribes
India has second largest tribal population of the world next to African countries. As many as two hundred tribes live in different isolated, hilly regions and constitute 7.67 percent of the total population of the country.
The largest number are found in Madhya Pradesh with 12 million / 23 percent of the total tribal population of the country. The other predominant tribal states are Orissa, Bihar and Maharashtra each with over population of 5 million. The smaller tribes are found in Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and South India.
India has more than two hundred tribal groups and many more sub-groups. Nine major or large tribes are the Bhil, Gond, Ho, Khond, Mina, Munda, Vaga, Oreon and Santhal, they constitute more than 25 percent of the total tribal population and the most predominant are three i.e. Bhils, Gonds and santhals.
Most predominant are three i.e. Bhils, Gonds and santhals. The tribal economy is by and large based on activities around the jungle. Food gathering, hunting and fishing continue to be the main source of livelihood, though some of the larger tribes such as the Santhals, Mundas and Gondas have become agriculturist