India – a different planet! That’s a commonplace, but it is true that the more you immerse yourself in Indian culture the more ungraspable the country seems. A perceptive Indian friend once said to me that one can understand Western culture within a few months but that it takes several reincarnations to plumb the soul of India.

Long relegated to a background role on the world stage, India is now increasingly present on the international scene. It would seem that it is finally reconnecting with its thousand-year-old roots and its glorious past, a melting pot of many foundations of our current society.

My journey into India is above all an enriching human experience (me in the company of the Fakirani nomads of Kutch, Gujarat – March 2023) – Photo credit: Rauf Mutva

My story with India

Despite being imbued with Indian culture from a young age it wasn’t until 2013 that my Indian adventure really began. I left everything behind in France (yes, absolutely everything!) and set off on a 5-year journey through the land of Gandhi, eventually settling down in Udaipur, Rajasthan, the romantic city of lakes.

This rich experience led me to create my own travel agency in India Mathini Travel, specializing in customised cultural trips throughout the Indian subcontinent.

During my explorations in India, I met my future husband

Although my story does not end there! During my explorations I met the one who would become my life partner … So now, here I am, totally immersed in the heart of Indian culture!

This blog aspires, in an intentionally positive spirit, to bear witness to India’s remarkably diverse and multifaceted cultural heritage. It serves as a platform from which I am able to express my passion for this incredible country which has whole-heartedly adopted and bewitched me.

If this website sparks a desire to pack your bags and set off for an Indian adventure, it will have achieved its purpose.

Have a good trip around MAGIK INDIA and pleasant wanderings in the sacred land of Bharat! Namaskar!


4 Comments on “About”

  1. WOW!! Thanks for your help. This was very helpful to my assignment and I am proud to be an Indian.

  2. Dear Mathini
    What a marvelous discovery of your travel agency as I was looking up Osian. Im watching the BBC 4 part train 2018 Great Indian Railway Journeys and they had a day there.

    In January this year I started to research a 2 month trip to India for Sept 2020 as I had hoped to be in Brisbane babysitting my grandchildren and it was a relatively cheaper flight from there to New Delhi then from Vancouver Canada. Sadly, COVID 19 arrived and Im still waiting to see if I can get into Australia. India will need to be in 2021 Fall I think.

    Any info you can provide re: when India will open for travel will be most appreciated. Ive completed solo round the world x 2 with backpack and as a 69yr old lady my next big trip solo is India. Look forward to your blogs and newsletters.

    Kind regards
    Diane Clements
    Victoria BC Canada

    • Dear Diane,
      Thanks for your kind message. It’s nice to get news from BC Canada, I used to travel quite a lot there! Just loved that part of Canada.
      Regarding India and when it will be open to travel, it’s the big unknown for the moment. The COVID currently peaks in India and I don’t think international flights will be resuming before mid-August. So I do hope in October or November, India will be able to welcome tourists again. 🙂
      Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly by email for further piece of information: mathini(at)orange.fr
      Best regards

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