This November, we're walking for water. With our partners at Holidays in Rural India, we've built a tailormade four night tour of India's Chhattisgarh that includes some of the very best sights and sounds that the country has to offer. Along with beautiful, comfortable and friendly accommodation, knowledgeable, enthusiastic hosts and fabulous food, the short trip includes time spent in villages that FRANK Water has worked with, and a chance to find out more about life in rural India.
The trip is popular and there are already ten people taking part. And it's a group with a difference - ranging in age from 7 - 73 years old and mostly women, it's set to be a lively, interested and interesting bunch who'll make great travelling companions.
In the first of a series of blogs, we caught up with Gwen, 46 who's taking part with her mother, Ann, 73.
We chatted to Gwen as she made her final preparations for a trek up Mount Snowdon which she hopes will help fundraise the £250 donation to FRANK Water that every participant is asked to contribute as part of the trip. She told us what she was most looking forward to and explained how India continued to surprise her.
“I’m one half of Indian Experiences – we help market small, experiential travel companies – and we’ve just recently started working with Holidays in Rural India. Having spoken to Sophie and heard more about the Walk for Water trip – just one of the many that they offer, I thought it sounded perfect – not only could I raise funds for FRANK Water and give something back, but also it’s an opportunity to see a part of India that I’ve never visited.
My Mum was immediately interested too – she’s a big traveller and she and I went to India last year for the Jaipur literary festival. She was keen to go back but she’d had enough of the busyness and chaos of cities and wanted to see a quieter side of the country. She loves walking too – so this trip was made to measure.
What I’m most looking forward to is meeting the people that live out there – looking at monuments and visiting museums is one thing but India’s people are what makes it. Although I’m a veteran traveller to India, it’s never ever repetitive. Every time I go, I see something different and unique. And this trip will be no different – meeting some of the tribal communities that live in Chhattisgarh will be a highlight – those that I’ve met before were completely unused to tourists and amazingly friendly. I want Mum to see a different side to the country too.
For anyone who’s not sure about taking this trip, or who’s never travelled to India before, my advice would be to ignore any negative impressions you have – whether of the poverty or pollution – go there and find out how warm the people are and how poverty is often relative."
FRANK Water has partnered with Holidays for Rural India to offer this walking tour of India’s Chattisgarh. For the full itinerary, click here
or contact Holidays in Rural India for more information and bookings.