In this India Adventure, you will get to experience the Maharashtrian diversity through food, culture, nature and art. We will take you on a tour that includes a visit to one of the biggest intra-city national parks in the world, we will explore a cave that is over 2,000 years old and contains various Buddhist sculptures, cycle along the northern coast of Mumbai, hike in one of Maharashtra’s most scenic destinations, visit famous landmarks in the city, unwind in India’s top campsite, kayak in a lake, visit a waterfall, meet & interact with villagers that live a very rudimentary life, visit two village schools, explore the labyrinth-like alleys full of markets and local food and of course dance the night away at a Bollywood style club.

This Indian Adventure will surely keep all of your senses aroused. Just be open-minded and enjoy the ride!

INTRODUCTION

Maharashtra, India

Located in the West region, Maharashtra is the third largest state of India by size and the second largest by population. It stretches from the west coast to the interior regions which are separated by a mighty mountain range known as the Western Ghats. Maharashtra sees a varied climate on account of its varied geography. Maharashtra contains India’s most industrialized region with extremely hospitable people who are well connected with their roots and tradition.

ABOUT YOUR GUIDE

Johann Daniels 

Johann Daniels is the founder of Jack & Hill Adventures – an outdoor adventure company that he founded in Mumbai, India in 2015 out of pure love and passion. He is a Certified Mountaineer, Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and an Endurance Cyclist.

His adventure expertise made its way to April’s Lonely Planet Magazine India, adding to his credibility even more. To top this off, he is extremely outgoing, fun and will make you feel comfortable from the get go.

THIS TEN-DAY TRIP FEATURES

DAY 0

Arrival to Mumbai International Airport, check-in to hotel and meet everyone.

DAY  1

Walk through Sanjay Ghandi National Park, a city park that is home to the highest density of wild leopards in the world

This visit will be guided by Mr. Nikit Surve, who is the wildlife scientist responsible for the park’sleopard census. The park boasts the highest density of leopards in the world.

Explore the local alleys and street food!

For dinner, we will visit Johann Daniels’ residence for tasty and lcoal homemade food, cultural interaction with grandma and family and a night of merry. 

DAY 2

Bicycle ride across the northern coast of Mumbai that passes through fishing villages of the city and a beautiful temple.

At night, we set the night on fire – Bollywood Style.

We will enjoy the night dancing to the tunes of Bollywood music & experiencing Mumbai’s night-life.

DAY 3

Experience Mumbai in its true element. This is the day we aboard the lifeline of Mumbai – the beloved local train. We will visit the historial part of Mumbai where you can appreciate many of the city’s most iconic monuments. 

DAY 4

(Garbett Plateau during the monsoon season and Kalavantin Durg during the winter time)

Garbett Plateau was featured as India’s Top Trek to do in Lonely Planet Magazine India’s April 2019 issue. The unending scenery of the green meadows on this trek is a surreal visual treat and much more than we can put in words.

Hike Kalavantin Durg (ONLY during winter time), a beautiful and iconic location in Maharashtra. You should know that Buzzfeed” has ranked this exotic destination at #11 in their blog on the most beautiful abandoned places in the world!

DAY 5

This is the day that we relax and take leisure time at India’s top campsite. This place is surrounded by beautiful lakes, green and lush hills, and home to some of the best sunsets we’ve seen in India. 

DAY 6

Today we visit a nearby tribal village. The purpose of the visit will be to meet school children and village folks, participate in farming activities, learn about their art, culture and humble life.

In our bid to further soak in the village life, we visit the local village school. This is where you can choose how you would like to build a bond with the children – play a game or through an activity like songs, dance or anything fun. The choice is yours.

Then we leave for our next adventure at a neighbouring stream. This is something we like to call Stream Scrambling.  It is a group activity and is a lot of fun in the rain.

DAY 7

 Today in the morning we leave towards the winery, five hours north of the camapsite. We will be spending three days, two nights out here. 

WIC (Wine Information Center) is founded by Mr. Vikrant HOLKAR, born and brought up at Nashik, son of a farmer with a vision to promote and educate on Indian wines. He has completed his wine studies and worked in wine sector in France, New Zealand and South Africa.

Once we arrive, we will have a winery tour and a grape to glass session.

DAY 8

After a local breakfast at the winery, visit Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary Park. This place is a hub for thousands of beautiful migratory and resident birds. The reservoir filled with water creates a panoramic view and it’s amazing fauna entertain the tourists throughout the year. 

After lunch we will head out to Yeola town to spend an afternoon with deaf and mute students to do some activities together and to play some games. They are beautiful and with spirits so high that it touches your soul.

DAY 9

After breakfast we will visit Nashik, an ancient holy city in the northwest region of Maharashtra in India. Situated on the banks of Godavari River (Ganges of the South). Nashik is best known for being one of Hindu pilgrimage sites, that of Kumbh Mela which is held every 12 years.

We will head towards Mumbai after lunch. The ride is about 4 hours. 

When we arrive to Mumbai, this Pacha Mama adventure is officially over. 

DAY 10

If you didn’t manage to get a flight out the night before, then this is the day that you might find better deals. 

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PRICE: 1,230 USD / 8,499 RMB

*290 USD / 2,000 RMB deposit (included in the price) is required upon signing up. The full payment is to be made in cash upon the start of the adventure in Mumbai. 

In case of a cancellation, the deposit paid is not refundable after the 12th of July, unless a replacement is found.

A MINIMUM of 5 participants is required to organize this trip. Should the trip be cancelled due to a low number of participants, changing weather conditions or other unforeseeable factors, all guests receive a full refund.

MAXIMUM group size: 15 guests

  • This allows us to give you a more pleasant and intimate experience.

Accepted payment methods:

  1. Wechat Pay

  2. Alipay 

  3. Paypal

  4. Transfer/deposit to Bank of China

INCLUDED:

Meals consits of typical indian dishes. Some might be spicy. Most dishes will be vegetarian since the country has a huge selection of wonderful vegetarian and vegan dishes. Beef will be hard to find.

  •  9x Breakfasts
  • 9x Lunches
  • 8x Dinners
  • Private vehicle to areas around Mumbai
  • Private vehicle to area where hike begins
  • Private vehicle from campsite to Winery (5 hrs)
  • Private cars around the Winery (bird sanctuary, Yeola town, Nashik)
  • Private vehicle from Nashik to Mumbai (4.5 hrs)

***NOTE – To and from airport transportation will not be provided as people are coming at different times. We could help you arrange it if you need, although Uber located at the airport will be much cheaper. 

***NOTE – Except the night of the 7th of August if you decide to stay longer

  • Hotel in Mumbai
  • Dorm rooms at campsite
  • Two nights in a comfy tent at winery

One per tent, unless you want to share 

  • Guidance by Wildlife Scientist/Expert
  • Outdoor technical assistance by certified Mountaineer
  • Safety assistance by certified Wilderness First Responder
  • Sanjay Ghandi National Park
  • Khanheri Caves
  • Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary Park
  • Nashik town
  • Winery (Wine Information Center)

NOT INCLUDED:

The morning of Tuesday, July 30th is the start of our adventure. Your flight must reach Mumbai International Airport no later than midnight on July 29th, otherwise our schedule will be delayed. Please refer to the suggested flights section at the bottom.

Insurance is obligatory for this trip. You are responsible to adquire your own insurance for the whole length of the trip and send us a proof of it. We recommend “World Nomads” for traveling insurance as we’ve used it before personally and it has great reviews online. But, you are welcome to find your own.

“The center for Disease Control recommends that all travellers be up-to-date on routine vaccinations -measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), polio, flu, chickenpox – before every trip. But, travelers going to India should also get vaccines for hepatitis A and typhoid too.”

***This is not enforced before you travel, but it’s a recommendation. You know your own body and health. 

You must apply for an Electronic Visa (e-visa) online before you trip. Apply online at least one week before your arrival in India (before is better). 

Use the following website for more info:

     indianvisaonline.gov.in

***NOTE: some people find the official application a bit confusing and long (sometimes pointless questions). There is a service that we have used that charges you a bit more, but you will be so thankful you did it through them. It’s a third party website that helps you with visas aroudn the world. Ask us about it if you are interested)

As of June 2018, these are some of the visa costs depending on country:

  • China 80$ USD
  • USA & UK 100$ USD
  • European Union 80$ USD

These are some of the countries that DO NOT pay a visa fee (still have to fill out the application though):

  • Argentina
  • South Africa
  • Uruguay
  • Indonesia 

Some drinks, especially alcoholic ones, are quite expensive in India. Buy at your own expense.

We can help you arrange a private driver at a cost, but it’s much cheaper to use the Uber kiosk located outside airport and we help you arrange an Uber to go back. 

SCHEDULE:

  • Arrival to Mumbai International Airport
  • Check-in to hotel
  • Meet all the other guests

Morning – Sanjay Ghandi National Park

  • Khaneri Caves

Evening – Explore local alleys and street food

Morning – Biking Mumbai’s hidden coast

Evening – Dance Bollywood style

Morning

  • Visit central Mumbai
  • Visit Flora Fountain
  • Visit Jehangir Art Gallery
  • Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahara Terminus 

Afternoon

  • Visit Gateway of India
  • Visit Taj Mahal Palace
  • Walk at Marine Drive

Morning

  • Drive to hiking location

Afteroon

  • HIke the famous Grand Garbett Plateau 

Late afternoon

  • Drive to campsite

Morning

  • Relax at campsite (read, walk around)

Afternoon

  • Kayak
  • Swimming
  • Nature walk
  • Rock Climbing

Morning

  • Village visit
  • Visit local school and do activities with the children

Afternoon

  • Go stream scrambling 

Evening

  • Games and talk by campfire

Morning

  • Drive 5 hrs to Winery

Afternoon

  • Winery Tour
  • Grape to glass session

Evening

  • Campfire

Morning

  • Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary  

Afternoon

  • Yeola town visit
  • Visit a school for deaf and mute students. Get to know them, interact with each other and play some games together. 

Morning

  • Nashik, ancient holy city

Afteroon

  • Drive 4.5hrs back Mumbai

Evening

  • Fly out only if flight is late at night

***NOTE – Our India Adventure officially ends this evening. 

Find the most convenient flight back to your country or stay longer in India to enjoy different regions on your own. 

Q & A

This trip doesn’t have any activities that are physically tough. The hike is lower intermediate level and the bike ride is quite easy, not mountainous. All the other activies are doable no matter your fitness level

Many people do experience disconfort when they come to Inida. We will go to places where our guides think it’s pretty safe to eat. Food has many spices and if you eat in the wrong places, food and water can make you sick. If you are not used to eating a lof of diverse foods, Indian food might hit you harder. Take something with you to aliviete stomach aches. In India we can buy if necessay. 

Please do not drink tap water. Always make sure you buy at the store. 

Teenagers are allowed to come with at least one parent, younger than that we will have to speak to parents first to know if their children would be interested in all the activities. Parents have complete responsibilly of their children.

Becuase this trip is open to anyone internationally, then the flight costs will be very different. Also, you might take direct flights or go in first class if you desire. How much you want to spend on the flight, is totally up to you. What’s important is that you are thery by Friday night. 

Visa costs will depends on which country you are from too. A few countries are free, most countries are 80$ USD and some even 100$ USD. Google your country’s requirement to enter India.

You can bring a luggage or a backback. We will not hike or do activities with our heavy backpacks or luggage so you may bring as much as you want (although it’s nicer when you don’t overpack). You should bring a small day pack though to put the essentils that you’ll use that day.

A couple of weeks before we will make a group and then we will make a list of the things we do recommend for the trip.

July and August is the rainy (Monsoon) season in southern India. Temperatures will be an average of 30 degrees with humidity. Most likely it will rain too. Bring light clothes, especially those that dry fast. 

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