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What's This About?
Join The Western Routes in November to witness the social projects run by Dr. Prakash Amte and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte at Hemalkasa in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. On the tour learn about the vision of Dr. Baba Amte at Anandvan in Warora along with the Lok Biradari Prakalp (LBP) at Hemalkasa for the development of the Madia Gond tribe in the area. The project also runs an Animal Orphanage which is worth exploring. We will also get a chance to go on a safari at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Hemalkasa, Maharashtra, India
- Learn about the inspiring work done by Dr. Prakash Amte and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte at Hemalkasa & Somnath
- Visit the Baba Amte founded Anandvan
- Safari at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
• All Travel from Nagpur to Nagpur in AC Bus
• 1 Night stay on Twin Sharing at a resort in Tadoba
• Night stay at Hemalkasa and Somnath in dormitories
• All Meals
• 1 Jungle safari in open gypsy with experts
• Entrance fees wherever needed
• Travel to Nagpur and back from home destinations
• Personal costs (cold-drinks, shopping, etc)
• Travel Insurance
• Any further customization of the itinerary mentioned above
Visit to Anandvan
Project of Anandwan
- Arrival in Nagpur from home destinations.
- Post breakfast, proceed for Anandwan in Warora. Lunch en-route
- Post lunch we visit the project of Anandwan.
- Depart for Mohurli village near Tadoba.
- Dinner and stay overnight stay at Tadoba
Tadoba & Hemalkasa
Morning Jungle Safari
- Early morning Jungle Safari in open gypsy. Breakfast in the forest.
- Lunch at resort in Tadoba.
- Post lunch depart for Hemalkasa. Dinner and stay at Hemalkasa.
Projects run at Hemalkasa
- Day started early. Learn about the projects run at Hemalkasa. If available, we can interact with Dr. Prakash Amte at Hemalkasa
- Post lunch, depart for Somnath project near Chandrapur.
- Dinner and stay at Somnath
Project at Somnath
- Explore the project at Somnath.
- Post Lunch depart for Nagpur. Some sightseeing and shopping.
- Depart for home destinations
Things To Carry
• Carry a photo identity proof which you have given us for train and safari bookings – Passport, Adhaar Card, driver’s license etc. • A water bottle which can be refilled too • It will be cold during our stay on all 3 nights. In November the day temperatures range from 20ºC -29ºC while night temperatures drop to between 3ºC -10ºC. So, please carry enough winter wear - Sweaters, woollen cap, gloves and a muffler. Thermals or inners would be a good idea too. • Also, there are chances of intermittent rains, hence carry a raincoat or an umbrella. • We suggest that you wear Earth colored or dark clothes while on safari. Avoid bright colours and perfumes. • Carry sun protection - Sun glasses, caps, sun screen as the afternoon/evening safaris might get warm and sunny • We will have a basic medical kit, but if you require a particular type of medicine which suits your body then we suggest that you carry them. • Carry a mosquito repelling ointment or gel if you are prone to insect bites. • Binoculars if you own a pair • Sports or walking shoes along with Torch. • Some snacks for everyone to share.
Tips while at the resort/homestay • Night falls abruptly in the forest and it is safest to be in and around the resort/homestay by then. It is not advisable to roam around outside the resort/homestay premises after sunset. • We urge you to make minimum noise. Respect and listen to the silence and the symphony of the forest. Tips while on a safari • Walking is prohibited in the park. Do not get off your vehicle unless approved by the forest department guide. • The quieter you are, more is the possibility of your watching the wildlife. Avoid making loud noises and whisper if you need to make necessary conversation. • Smoking and consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited on the safari. • Maintain a safe distance from the animals and keep their life undisturbed. Do not try to herd animals into a better scene, by cornering or chasing them or by throwing objects or making loud noises. This may trigger aggressive behaviour from the most timid looking animals. • Tigers are shy and elusive creatures. Do not be disappointed if you do not see a Tiger. There numerous other small, yet beautiful, rare and interesting living and non living things to see in the forest. Responsible Travel Tips • We urge you to interact with the locals to better acquaint yourself with the people and the culture. This would enable you to understand the ethnicity of the place, increase social awareness, and respect the native culture. • India is a country with diverse religious groups. We recommend that you regard people's sentiments such as mandatory removal of footwear in the temple premises, wearing a head gear in a mosque, and so on. • As responsible citizens and educated travellers, let us ensure that we don't get any new items with us that would litter the place. We will be carrying garbage bins. • Please ask for permission whenever you are going to click photos of people in villages. Make sure that you do not offend or distract anyone.
About Your Hosts
The Western Routes
The Western Routes was founded in 2011. It started as a concept that found its roots in the love for the state of Maharashtra and its native culture. Since 2015, we have ventured into curating itineraries across the country which are themed around history, culture, wildlife or food. We are determined to provide an experience of India, free of cliches and bias; an experience encompassing the warmth, beauty and culture which our country has to offer.
I am a true-blue Punekar at heart. Travel has always been a passion. So after completing masters degrees in environmental science and responsible tourism management, I worked and traveled extensively in India and abroad, exploring unique destinations, their culture and most importantly their local food. Combining my two passions - food and travel, in 2012, I launched my own travel company, The Western Routes which focuses on creating culinary and cultural itineraries across India. Rustic and local flavors is what excites and inspires me while on my food & travel explorations. I firmly believes in the famous quote by James Michener, “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home."
Somshekhar or Som for short, is a mechanical engineer who gave up his run-off-the-mill 9-5 job to experience the unexplored. His jolly nature brings the spark in the group, keeping it lively. He has a lot of stories about his solo travels and treks. Always cheerful & helping, he can tackle any kind of situation on the way. He is a budding photographer, loves nature and knows his part of protecting it. It literally takes minutes to make good friends.
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