Welcome to my family, welcome to Real India.
India is a very diverse country with very diverse cultures and people. During your travel in India you will experience many aspects of this diversity and one special experience that Adventure Holiday Tours offer is a private tour to the village of the Sharma’s extended family in Dandi near Haridwar where you will meet Tarun’s aunt and his three cousins. The oldest, Jyoti, speaks good English and the two boys are learning.
This is a small rural village with 16 houses. Not more than 60 people live there and most are related. Everyday life in the village is simple and based on agriculture. You can wander around the fields and, depending on the season watch the local people as they go about their work. They grow sugarcane, mustard, wheat, rice and many different fruits & vegetables.
The house has been recently reconstructed. You might choose between a double bed or a single traditional hammock type bed placed under the verandah or the roof-. Much more comfortable than it sounds!
Indian and Western style toilets are available. There is shower but no hot water.
The food is always vegetarian and Indian style. It is cooked by Jyoti, and while very simple, it is very good and plentiful, most grown locally. You may wish to help with the food preparation, or perhaps interact with the children who are always keen to try out their English and enjoy a game of cricket.
This is ‘Real India,”an experience as authentic as it gets, and something that you will remember for a lifetime. You will be made very welcome by the family whether you stay for a few hours or a few nights.
Your private tour to this village is a four hour drive from Delhi. You will travel the back road along the banks of the Ganges getting an interesting look at rural India, the sort of ‘off the beaten track’ travel that shows you the real India. In conjunction with the village visit you may like to also visit Haridwar and Rishikesh which are close by.
Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus. Hundreds of pilgrims come here to bathe in the Ganges and every evening floating offerings are released onto the river. It is here that you can see the religious side of Indian culture.
Rishikesh is another holy city about an hour further north, beside the Ganges in the Himalayan foothills. Rishikesh is known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ and a centre for spiritual studies in India. If you are interested in doing yoga during your travel in India, Adventure Holiday Tours can arrange this for you. The water in the Ganges at this point is very clean and it is here that your private driver will show you where you can swim in it.
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