Over meaningful interactions with the Warli tribe, take home deep learnings about a unique way of life – savour delicious organic meals, paint and create your own souvenirs, discover alternative methods of education, get an intimate glimpse into ancient tribal dances and ceremonies and listen to traditional folk tales; while in the calm and peaceful environs of Palghar district, surrounded by pristine lakes, rivers and forests.
The Warlis have always been deeply connected with nature owing to their beliefs and strong sense of community. They have been living a sustainable lifestyle before the term found a meaning in the modern world.
You will understand the art and crafts of the tribe by participating in a hands-on workshop with our team of local experts, which includes bamboo crafts making workshop with Vansha ji, a skilled artisan who makes finely crafted organic, bamboo based handicrafts; and a Warli art painting workshop with the highly talented Sanjay Parhad, whose artwork is displayed in galleries around the world.
You will be staying in private, comfortable rooms with attached toilets in a leafy green compound adjacent to an experimental school initiated and managed by a non-profit organisation called Grammangal. The school provides free education to rural and tribal children through alternate, constructive methods where children are encouraged to move beyond the four walls of learning. You will not only learn about this alternative enriching style of education, but will also contribute to the foundation via this visit.
Meeting point: Vangaon railway station, Maharashtra
Experience timings: 9:30 am on 4th January to to 2:30 pm on 5th January
Arrive at Vangaon by train or private car, where you will be picked up by our local expert. We will then visit a traditional Warli house and have delicious traditional breakfast followed by a brief introduction about the Warlis. You will then move to your accommodation at Grammangal, where you can freshen up.
Shortly after, you will be taken on an interactive visit of the school by one of their faculty members and learn about their innovative methodologies of teaching.
The school visit will be followed by a hearty vegetarian lunch, post which we will proceed for a bamboo crafts workshop. Our expert, Vansha ji will teach you how to cut and process bamboo to create a useful product out of it. Feel free to take your newly crafted bamboo product home!
After an eventful afternoon, we will have tea and move to a beautiful traditional house in a neighbouring village surrounded by palm trees, organic farms and floral plantations. As the sun sets, a local dance group will engage us with the traditional tarpa, gaurinath, tiprinath dance forms. These ancient dance forms are being lost with every generation, and the community-run rural tourism model we are implementing is ensuring their survival.
You will end this fabulous day full of cultural learning with an authentic Warli-style dinner cooked over a traditional fireplace.
Wake up to the sound of birds and take a small walk around the trees and ponds on the campus. After breakfast, you will head to Sanjay Parhad’s village for an interactive Warli art painting workshop. En route, stop by the panoramic Sakhare dam.
At Sanjay’s traditional house, you will learn the significance and story behind the art and learn how to paint it directly under the guidance of an internationally acclaimed Warli artist. You can also choose to purchase paintings and handicrafts directly from the talented tribal artists.
We will end with a delicious home cooked organic lunch and say goodbye to and thank our lovely hosts for the two days spent with them.
- Transport from the start and end points
- Interactive bamboo art workshop
- Interactive Warli art workshop
- A visit of an experimental tribal school
- Immersive tribal dance and folk tales performance
- Overnight stay at neat and clean private rooms (two to three people in a room)
- Local Warli Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on Day 1 and
- Local Warli Breakfast and Lunch on Day 2
Note: Non-vegetarian food will only be served for dinner on day 1 for those who request it and will be prepared in a separate kitchen.
- Transport from Mumbai to Vangaon and back
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions
How to get to Vangaon station:
- By local train (recommended): You can reach there in under 2 hours from Andheri by taking the 7:38 AM Dahanu Road Fast, which also stops at Borivali, Bhayander and Vasai. Get off at Vangaon station at 9:24 AM.
- By car: Around 130 km from Mumbai (BKC) via the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway. Total time taken to reach is approximately 2-2:30 hours in the morning.
- Comfortable clothes and footwear – please avoid formal clothing
- Warm sweater during the months of December, January and February
- A towel
- Cap or hat
- One bottle of drinking water – please avoid single use plastic and bring reusable bottles
- Personal toiletries and medications, if any
- Camera – optional
- Curiosity and energy – compulsory!
Level of physical activity: Easy
We will be engaging in workshops and cultural performances and take slow paced walks around farms and villages.
Part of the booking fees will both directly and indirectly sponsor two NGOs – AYUSH (Adivasi Yuva Shakti) and Gramangal. While AYUSH protects tribal communal property and intellectual rights, Gramangal is helping children in tribal education receive a world class education.
Being run by the community, activities are spread across a variety of guides, artists, craftsmen and dancers, all of whom will benefit from our visit to the area. Over twenty different families will benefit from our visit.
This will further help us check unskilled migration of the tribe to big cities and industrial areas and help them preserve their incredible cultural heritage. Our shared heritage!
- No alcohol consumption will be permitted on this experience. Nature will provide all the intoxication you require.
- All minors will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Cancellation charges are applicable on actual full tour price.
60 days prior to the experience – Full refund (minus transaction fees of 2.5%)
Between 60 – 30 days prior – 80% of the tour cost will be refunded (minus transaction fees of 2.5%)
Between 29 – 10 days prior – 50% of the tour cost will be refunded (minus transaction fees of 2.5%)
Less than 10 days prior – No refund