Available: pre-tour extension to Ajanta & Ellora Caves
& Post-tour extensions to Varanasi and Calcutta
Do remote jungle palaces, tribal markets & colorful festivals sound exciting? Join us on an eye-opening journey through India’s cultural heartland. Itinerary attached.
2017 & 2018
2017: Oct 15 -Nov 2
2018: Feb 22 -Mar 14 & Oct 7-25
Tribal Bonda women, Photo by John Watson
Morning prayer ritual, Orissa Photo by Kathleen J. Kravitz
Muria dancer, Madhya Pradesh Photo by Joyce Birkenstock
Escape to Orissa’s living temples, vibrant tribes, rich diverse art forms and pristine shoreline. Marvel at some of India’s best-preserved temples. Meet the shy Bonda (naked) women covered with colorful beads and little else. Seek out the Gadaba, Maria, and Bhattra tribes in their distinctive costumes bartering at local markets. Continue to the unexplored Chhattisgarh region of Madhya Pradesh– a living museum of tribal culture. Visit a weekend market where few westerners have ventured, to join the Murias in their dances, complete with bison horned masks.
Oct 2017 celebrate Diwali - the festival of lights.
Feb 2018 join the Bhil Bhagoria Festival,
Oct 2018 enjoy Dusshera festivities with the tribes!
Photo by Pierre Odier
Join the maharaja's family to celebrate this colorful, fun-filled festival where good conquers evil. During Diwali all of India joins in the festivities. They buy new clothes, gamble, exchange gifts and sweets, light firecrackers and oil lamps to show the path into their homes to Lakshmi -- the goddess of wealth!
Prayer offering, Orissa Photo by Kathleen J Kravitz
Special Custom Tours
(call for details)
- Deluxe Art, Culture & Cuisine of Japan
(offered year round)
- Nov 2017, Borneo & Bangladesh Adventure
- Jan 2018, Tawang Monastery Festival
Arunachal Pradesh & Nagaland, India