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We at Grassroutes, have been working as a community-based rural tourism enterprise for a decade. Our aim is to make travel sustainable and beneficial for the communities involved in offering their services, as well as the tourists, who are always on the lookout for new, enriching experiences.
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Anuja_Kothari wrote a review Jan 2020
Mumbai, India58 contributions40 helpful votes
Sometimes in life, you feel complete, in sync, whole, content. This trip makes you feel just that!! My husband and myself were looking for some quite time off during end of the year and I looked up on google for village experience where I got introduced to Grassroutes. The trip was just a call away, we got complete information regarding all nearby options from Mumbai – what activities, plan, no of days, cost, what would suit us, etc. And we choose to go to Dehene – which is about 3.5 hours away from Mumbai. Before the trip the team shared the guide’s name and other requirements. The guide should be contacted for the route – as the network is weak. The roads are nice and our google maps worked till the village. But it is advised to download the maps due to bad network. Once we neared the village, locals could guide us to the location. We had the option to stay in one of the villager’s home or in a tent. We opted for the tent option. It was a proper camping site and also there were clean washrooms provided outside the tents. We were worried whether our 10 year old would get bored as there was no network, but he managed to make friends in the village and in no time they were busy playing. You are allocated a local household who would provide local home cooked food. Our meal would include rice bhakri (bread), dal (lentil), 2 Sabjis (veggies), Rice, pickle, papad. It was a fulfilling, satiating feeling, to have home cooked local meal in a villager’s home. Food was good and we could always advice if we found it spicy etc for the lady of the family to know if any changes needs to be done as per our taste. Generally rick bhakri is served, but I heard another tourist asked for wheat roti and dahi and same was provided for the next meal. We need to let them know in advance as all supplies comes from a different town. We were also allocated a local guide who would plan our itenery and be with us for all the activies. We had Aruna Tai, she was so bubbly and talkative, made us feel at ease. When we would finish our activities, she would tell us to sit / rest inside her house making us confortable. Our mobiles she would charge in her house. There was a place outside her house (like a bench…cemented one) where we would just be sitting / spending our time after activities were done, which is right in the centre of the village. Our activities included : - Day 1 : Walk to the nearby lake. Very serene and beautiful. And the lake had those pedicure fishes which we pay in cities for. - Walk to the sun set point. Little uphill but day 1 we couldn’t see the sun set due to cloudy sky. But we sat there on stones and smelt fresh eucalyptus leaves - Day 2: Morning trek – of about 2 hours – steep and nice treak to the Valmiki Ashram. (Rishi who wrote Ramayan). We carried our breakfast there and to our surprise there were others friends (monkeys) waiting up there for the same. Then we decended down a bit and had breakfast on way down. Overall a nice treak. - Evening we went to nearby Adivasi village. (you could give this a miss) - Followed by walk to the lake and sun set. The sun set was mesmerising! - After dinner – we did star gazing welcoming 2020! It was beautiful sky with stars spread across, making it feel like a twilight all acround. - Day 3: Rice jouney – from removing the husk of the rice by pounding, then making aata – chakki peesna, then making aata (dough) for rice bhakri (bread), roasting it on wood chulha and finally enjoying it with chutney, aachar and sabji!! It was one of the most enjoyable experience. We had a old grandmother taking us through the whole process, very inspiring at that age to be able to do these physically challenging jobs. I would like to conclude by saying that villagers are so helpful and welcoming that their attitude made the whole difference to our stay. From our guide Aruna Tai offering us to stay at her house (as it was very cold in the tent) to giving us lunch at the end of our trip (which was just out of worry that we wouldn’t get anything to eat on way … look at the innocense) to locals giving us their phone for making calls …. The list was endliess .. Im walking away with thoughts in my mind that world is a beautiful place 😊
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Sheldon Fernandes wrote a review Sep 2019
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Dehne is a beautiful village about 120kms from Mumbai which we decided to go to for a weekend getaway. We were welcomed by the villagers who were so kind to have us eat with them in their houses. It was a truly wonderful experience for us living all our lives in the city, to try our hand at various activities like ploughing the field, extracting the rice from the husk, grinding it and making our own rice bhakris. We also got a an opportunity to hike to a beautiful waterfall Grassroutes has a lot of villages which are unique in their own way. Visiting these villages is great to understand rural life. It is a one of a kind experience. Great going.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sachu_gavde wrote a review Aug 2019
Mumbai, India73 contributions129 helpful votes
I visited purushwadi thru Grassroutes in early June with my family including kid - main draw was Fireflies festival. Grassroutes claims community help centric responsible tourism in remote areas of India. Overall experience was good but there are few suggestions to both Grassroutes and future travellers basis our experience - 1) place is bit hilly and roads can be bad in pockets. Be prepared for a rough ride. 2) you do see efforts on engaging locals in tourism. All your guides are locals and they are good. Treat them well and they will reciprocate. 3) we selected home stay and it was good. It’s rustic so don’t expect convenience and comfort. It’s rural life experience. Electricity supply can be challenge so carry battery chargers and manuals fans. 4) weekend plan involves small trek as a choice. Fireflies of course is key attraction post dinner- which is great experience 5) wear sports shoes and cover your feet. My sister was bitten by a Scorpio during night walk and we had rush to doc - who is 10-12 kms drive from purushwadi. So do take care of yourself and be mindful. 6) toilets are good. But do carry your personal hygiene products like sanitizers. 7) next day morning you can have fun in water at dam waters. Some bit swimming is possible. Overall good weekend trip. Staff is helpful. Be mindful and have fun.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Nomad Govind wrote a review Aug 2019
Mumbai, India353 contributions119 helpful votes
We were looking for a rural trip from Mumbai for a night stay and after search landed with grassroutes (grassroute was already known to us ) Out of the available options we opted Dehene village some 45 kms off Asangaon and 140 kms off south Mumbai and it was a good decision we took The grassroute team waa excellent helpful and transparent. We discussed everything through whatsapp not a single call yet much clarity and arrangement. The whole purpose of the trip is to empower the rural people through rural tourism and authentic rural experience. We were taken through the rural tour and also how the old rural life was. For us, it was not a new thing but for our kids, definitely When we reached campsite at Dehene village, we were welcomed by the project manager and team in a traditional maharashtrian style nothing less than a 5 star treatment and yes , good tea and snacks. The whole purpose of the trip is served well. We had village tour , visiting nearby water bodies and enjoy. We were served with authentic village maharasthrian cuisine and house allotted with sleeping mattresses, as clean as our home. On our request next day we were taken tk Rishi Valmiki samadhi a 5 kms one way easy trek which we thoroughly enjoyed. In short, its a must have trip in your itinerary. Only request to grassroute, make cancellations policy flexible as you lose nothing even if it is cancelled on the same day. Our 3 + 1 member dropped for inevitable reason and we believe you don't incur any cost even if it is cancelled same day.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Explorer75 wrote a review Jul 2019
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We had taken a day trip to Dehne and it was a lovely experience. Very insightful, especially for kids who live in fast city life and dont get to experience the serenity and peace of village life. The villagers were also very coorperative and we really enjoyed it.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Shraddha wrote a review Jul 2019
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Felt calm and relaxed. Away from city , cool and peaceful place. It was an amazing experience.Also the homemade food was delicious. Food combined with natural beauty made us to live the rural life to the fullest.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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localfeet wrote a review Jul 2019
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It was my first solo trip on my birthday. l spent quality time with myself and with talented kids of this village, who work as a partimer travel guide and also doing their study. I enjoyed the riverside, trekking, chatting with little ones, learning their tradition and culture, food and stay. It was overall a good trip for me. Thanks to grassroute for organising this lovely trip for me! I would love to visit Dehene again:) Thanks, Mayuri
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Neha M wrote a review Jun 2019
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We really liked the experience. The mango plucking, karwanda plucking, the walk, the fireflies experience was good. But the food was really really disappointing. It was served cold during lunch, dinner puran poli was not edible, again very cold. The breakfast we changed to boiled eggs (we paid 100 rs. For 5 eggs) n upma. That was good. The canvas tents, were good. But one of the tents had massive number of big ants (red ones) , our guide sprayed something but by evening it had tripled n it was scary. So we preferred shifting to the valley view tents. So apart from the stay and food, we had a good village experience. Thank you!
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Shivalva wrote a review Jun 2019
Mumbai, India5 contributions3 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Purushwadi to see the fireflies.We were a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids aged 4 and 2.5). My kids loved the whole experience and would strongly consider doing another Grassroutes trip. What we liked 1. Interaction with Grassroutes staff during the trip planning stages and 2. Setup and Infrastructure at Purushwadi 3. Ample Firefly sightings 4. Simple basic home meals at the villagers house and our interactions with them 5. Activities arranged around the village What can be better 1. We weren’t too thrilled with our guide Laxaman. He didn’t take us to the right spot for fireflies sightings late at night and left us close to campsite to look for fireflies on our own. We figured this out when we talked to the other guests the next day . We were also told we could buy wild honey from the village before we leave, but he seemed lazy or disinterested in making the arrangements and we didn’t end up buying any. I feel bad writing the above , but I hope it is looked constructively .
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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bearded traveller wrote a review Jun 2019
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This was unlike any other trip that i've taken so far in my life. You get to experience not just the villagers hospitality and their traditions but also their food, which just keeps getting better with every bite you take. There's something magical about that place, the scenic beauty, the fresh air, the stars, the fireflies or maybe just the awesome company that you have, etches the beautiful memory in your brain. 15/10 would recommend.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Grassroutes
Is parking available at Grassroutes?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Grassroutes?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ratangad Fort (15.6 km).