My story with India

Namaskaram, Padharo ! I’m Mathini, a French woman who has been living in Rajasthan for the last 10 years. Despite being imbued with Indian culture from a young age it wasn’t until 2014 that my Indian adventure really began. I left everything behind in France (yes, absolutely everything!) and set off on a 6-year journey through the land of Gandhi, eventually settling down in Udaipur, the romantic city of lakes.

My trip to India is above all an enriching human experience (me with the Fakirani Jat nomads of Kutch, Gujarat – March 2023) – Photo: Rauf Mutva

These rich adventures are gathered in this blog and led me to create my own travel agency in India, MATHINI TRAVEL PVT LTD which specialises in tailor-made cultural trips throughout the Indian subcontinent.

During my explorations I met the one who would become my life partner!

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.

Subh Yatra on Magik India and beautiful explorations in the sacred land of Bharat… Namaskaram.

With love from India,



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4 Comments on “My story with India”

  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)
      Best regards

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