My name is Mathini and I am French.
I went to India for the first time in 1993, and since then I have made regular trips there. But in 2014, my real Indian adventure began: I left everything behind me in France and began a journey that will spread over four years and cover the four corners of India. During these four years, I lived in the heart of India, totally immersed in its culture.
I wanted to share this rich experience, and especially show another face of India, far from the usual clichés. This led me to accompany small groups in off-the-beaten tracks with a special affinity for sacred sites, treks in the Himalayas and tribal areas (see below).
The travel escort is the guardian angel of your trip! She/he is totally at your service! She/he organises and promotes a tour or helps you in malking the trip of your dreams and, throughout the stay, she/he ensures that everything is going as smoothly as possible. She/he is in contact with the various local providers: hoteliers, guides, restaurants, transporters and she/he is the main intermediary in case of problems. But a travel escort differs from a travel agency because she/he is most often in self-entrepreneurship, has no office but works under the supervision of an official tourism structure.
India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world along with Egypt and Mesopotamia. This means India has one of the richest cultures in the world.
Few countries have such patrimonial heritage. India has no less than 36 World Heritage Sites and its monuments are incredibly diverse : Hindu and Jain temples, stupas, Buddhist monasteries, mosques, churches, palaces and very ancient archaeological sites.
In terms of nature, India has not been left behind: the country is surrounded by the breathtaking Himalayan range to the north, and hundreds of natural parks dot the country, sometimes harboring endemic species such as the Asian lion (Gujarat) or the one-horned rhinoceros (Assam).
The list of assets of India is still long …
As I mentioned above, I like to make you discover off-the-beaten-path places but I can be also a tailor-made trip according to your wishes.
I travel with small groups only, 5-6 people maximum and I chose authentic places with maximum contact with the local population.
I work with Indian partners such as guides and travel agents.
MY TRIPS :
Discovery circuit of Meghalaya, 8 days and 7 night , in the hills of Khasi East and Jaintia West renowned for the beauty of their landscapes and their tribal culture.
Meghalaya, literally ‘the abobe of clouds’, is one of the seven states of Northeast India also known as the ‘seven sisters’. This state, the wettest in India, is slowly opening up to tourism and an increasing number of nature lovers get mesmerised by its unspoiled landscapes. Whether during the monsoon, when the mist hangs over the highlands, or during the dry season, Meghalaya offers the traveler a wonderbox filled with natural treasures: lushy ancient forests, stunning waterfalls rolling down the mountains and surprising living root bridges ingeniously weaved by the tribal communities.CONTACT ME FOR THE DETAILED ITINERARY
Circuit of 8 days, 7 nights to discover the tribal region of Bastar and the exuberant festival of Dussehra.
Located 260 km from the capital Raipur, Bastar is the tribal region of Chhattisgarh.The adventurous travelers in search of change of scenery and authenticity will find there what they are looking for. Ancestral temples, dense forests, natural caves and exuberant tribal festivities will leave you with some unforgettable memories.
Dusserha is a festival celebrated throughout India, mainly in the North. But the one in Bastar is totally unique and it is surely the most amazing Dussehra you will attend. Dussehra is usually linked to the Ramayana, the great Indian Hindu epic, and with Lord Rama and the demon Ravana. Here, instead of celebrating the defeat of the demon king Ravana, the tribes honor the goddess Devi Danteshwari (the goddess of the Kakatiya family).CONTACT ME FOR THE DETAILED ITINERARY
In a pious country like India, the pilgrimage is one of the pillars of the faith. Every believer makes at least one of the subcontinent’s major pilgrimages in his or her lifetime. There are tens of thousands of pilgrimage centres in India. Most pilgrimages lead to a particular place – a temple, sacred river, church, gumpa or mosque – or make a tour round several holy places.
I have chosen two Hindu pilgrimages, the most famous, both located in the Himalayan range: Amarnath and ‘Chota Char Dham’.
Amarnath is considered one of the biggest Hindu pilgrimages and is located in Kashmir. During the month of Shravan (July-August), tens of thousands of Hindus undertake an arduous 50km pilgrimage through the scenic Himalayas to worship a very special symbol of Lord Shiva: an ice stalagmite-lingam that forms each year in the cave of Amarnath at the end of the Lidder Valley in The sacred Amarnath cave is regarded as one of the principal Hindu pilgrimages or yatra.
I will lead you through this pilgrimage of 2 to 5 days … but be sure to be fit and trained first! 🙂CONTACT ME FOR THE DETAILED ITINERARY
‘Chota Char Dham’ (the four small abodes) or the ‘Char Dham of the Himalayas’ are highly sacred places in the Garwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. These four places are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
This 12-day trip combines trekking and tours by car, the four places being several hundred kilometers apart.CONTACT ME FOR THE DETAILED ITINERARY