"The soul of India lives in its villages" - Mahatma Gandhi
Most travelers come to India and visit the usual suspects. How about experiencing something different - how about experiencing the REAL India. She is beautiful, diverse, culturally rich, nature's wonderland. How about having a chance to witness this magic in a safe, welcoming and pure environment!
Grassroutes has scoured literally hundreds of villages. We ride around for days on motorcycles, meet long forgotten tribes, live with hunter gatherers... to bring you the best. Our locations are all hand picked for their beauty, culture, uniqueness, and most of all - their people.
A short film by award winning Photographer / Director David Boni
David was at Purushwadi to shoot for a film on social enterprise, and went back with some amazing footage. Over the 3 days we had a mix of torrential rainfall and beautiful sunny blue skies.
David has shot films for Manchester United and Andy Murray, and as a photographer and traveler with over 20 years experience, said that Grassroutes villages have some of the most beautiful natural lighting, landscapes, people and scenery... and that a visit to Puruwhadi is a very special!
We agree!! And invite you to experience some of these amazing moments. The Village showcases some snippets into the lives of the people at Purushwadi and the scenes are typical of a Grassroutes experience. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.
The Grassroutes Experience - Traditional, Authentic Rural Living
Ploughing, Harvesting, Sowing, Chaffing, Plucking...
Live the Rural Life
Draw Water from the Well, Milk a Goat, Chop Wood, Plaster cow dung...
Rural Games and Sports
Kabaddi, Kho Kho, Wrestling, Lagori, Slingshot, Tyre Race, Marbles...
Authentic Village Experience
Experience local Cuisine, Sleep in Village Homes, Village Festivals…
Yoga, Photography, Fitness Boot Camp, Cycling Tours...
Forest Walks, Nature Trails, Bio-Diversity Tours, Sunrise and Sunset Treks...
Bird Watch, Stargaze, Meditate in the Hills, Swim in Rivers, Bonfires at Night, Crab Fishing, Climb Trees, Campsight Fun...
Interact with local NGOs, Warli Art, Resource Optimization, Simple Natural Living...
Recharge & Rejuvenate
No Cars, No Horns, No Crowds.. Just Nature and Hospitable Caring People...
Come... wander... experience...
15-22 October 2016
Located in Akole block of District Ahmednagar, Village Purushwadi is situated 220 km from both Mumbai & Pune en route to Nasik. This tribal village is inhabited by the ‘Hindu Mahadeo Koli’ tribe, renowned as rice cultivators and skilled animal herdsmen. These villagers are warm, simple & full of wonder.
Dehna, the home of the most hospitable village community is both rejuvenating and refreshing. Located at 130km from Mumbai, Dehna falls in the highest rainfall region of Maharashtra. Embark on an adventure set in the midst of India’s heartland nature’s basket. Two days filled with an amazing blend of games, rural activities and rejuvenation, perfect for those looking for a holiday with a difference!
“The Greatest treasures often found in our backyards… Often go unnoticed” goes an old saying. The ancient art form of Warli is one such hidden treasure. Warli is the name of the biggest tribe found in Thane district North of Mumbai. The word “Warli” come from the word “warla” which means ‘piece of land’.
Blending interactions with warli tribesmen, dining in their homes, participating in their daily chores, sharing stories and aspiration; the Grassroutes Warli Journey reaches a climax when renowned practitioners of this ancient art form share their most intricate facets. Valwanda is located around 125 kms from Mumbai.
Connecting Rural and Urban India
Complete Off-Grid, Eco Friendly Rural Experiences
We are committed to helping the urban world meet and discover rural India. Off-grid, rustic and authentic holidays with rural people and tribes - so that people from across the world can experience Indian villages in their most authentic forms.
Through our holidays, we want rural communities to celebrate their lifestyles, traditions and environments.
Outlook Business 2009 considers Grassroutes as one of the Top 50 social ventures in India.
For our Guests
Unveiling the Real India
Ever wondered what life is like, just 200kms or less from the city center?
Do you know how glorious and age-old Indian traditions and lifestyles are still very much alive and working even in today's age?
Do you sometimes feel like just getting away, blending into nature - surrounded by simple, beautiful people.. where phones dont work, your laptop wont charge and wi-fi is just not an option?
This is what we provide. Amazing experiences, stories and a choice of 101+ rural activities.
What People Say
We have had the pleasure of hosting several Bloggers and Journalists in the past. Here's what they have to say about their experiences and adventures!
At Grassroutes, we combine our efforts with a social mission - to create 1 million livelihood opportunities in rural India.
25% increase in average
annual household income
6,000 - 8,000 days of employment created annually per village
Reduced migration to cities due to creation of livelihood opportunities
Conservation of bio - diversity
Revival of local arts & crafts
Change in aspirations - of villagers
Nothing has quite prepared us for the childlike awe and mystery that can strike even the most cynical person surrounded by fireflies.