Twoandahalfweeks in India – on the way to rural villages

At 4 am I leave Mumbai and go with a small travel group, organized by a foundation that has more than 30 projects running in India, to Dharawadi, about 200 km from Mumbai. In Dharawadi there is a learning and a social center. Here we will stay some days and visit from there villages, farmers…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – Elephanta island

The trip starts at the Gate of India, from 8.30 am onwards. It takes more or less an hour before arriving at the island. The ferries are often crowdy, it is hot sitting at the upper deck. But the journey – once the ferry starts – is relaxing. When you arrive you can take a…

A perfect day in Mumbai

The day starts with a visit at a traditional fish market. Unfortunately, after the terrorism attacks in 2008 it is forbidden to take photos. But this market is quite impressive. Crowdy place, huge amount of fish I have never seen before, women and men carrying huge baskets with fish on their heads, many young girls…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – Contrasts and challenges

When I arrive at the airport the streets are empty. 3 a.m. in the morning. Everything works well: Visa check, changing money, meeting the pre-ordered taxi driver at the arrival meeting point, getting into the hotel. I feel welcome in India. People here are very kind, without any doubt. The first adventure? Just take a…

A travel to India – Ready to go

The backpack is ready.  The hours before starting a travel are always spcial – when you pack and unpack, reorganize and reflect if you have thought of all necessary things. You get the basics into the backpack, then you start thinking that one or another detail could be added unless you find that it is…