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On the way to Dharavi we drove through the red-light district where young girls and women work the sex trade. This gave us the opportunity to talk about the reality of prostitution in India, about sex trafficking children and women here from Nepal, Bangladesh and elsewhere. It's important that we as travelers raise awareness and support organizations working to break up human trafficking by providing support for children and women to find safe harbor, break the sexual exploitation cycle and find a better life. Jen and Heather, our Yoga instructors, with Twist Vinyasa Yoga Edmonds came to this part of Mumbai before our yoga group met up in Goa and brought toys for the children of working prostitute mothers. Wildland Adventures is a signator to the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct and supports ECPAT - the international campaign to end child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual...

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Mumbai: More Than a Stopover Mumbai is becoming a more frequent stopover for international arrivals on trips to India, like our connection through Dubai on Emirate Air. Also when traveling between northern and southern India domestic flights often connect through Mumbai including our flights between Goa-Delhi-Varanasi. But Mumbai is much more than an overnight connection. While Delhi is India’s political capital, Mumbai is its commercial and financial capital with more industry and export than any other city of India by far: With over 12 million registered residents (and there are always many more people living in Indian cities who are not officially registered), Mumbai is the largest city in India, the center of Bollywood, and contains one of the largest slums in the world. If you’re flying through Mumbai you can simply stay overnight at the JW Marriott on the coast not far from the airport or at any number of comfortable brand hotels near the...

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I was interviewing someone today for a position in Wildland Adventures and when we asked the candidate what are two of the most important elements of meaningful travel experience she replied, "One is the accommodations." Where we bedded down was not so important when we started 30 years ago; that would not have been the right answer many years ago when "the experience" was considered more about the "adventure" itself and the associated cultural encounters. Today the experience is so much more. As this prospective candidate explained her answer: "...space is a reflection of the culture we are in and has, even though at times quite subliminally, an everlasting impact on how we remember our time in a place." Samode Palace is one of India's truly great palace hotels. Picking the right accommodations is important as to how it reflects the local culture and landscape through design, architecture, cuisine and...

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Our Indian family has grown! We welcome Siyana Sankhala, daughter of Amit and Jessika, to the Wildland family of the far east. Siyana, the newest member of our Indian family at Wildland Adventures. Siyana is an Arabic name. They expect to call her "Siya" for short which is close phonetically to "Sita", wife of Rama in Hindu theology, esteemed as a standard-setter for wifely and womanly virtues for all Hindu women.   Sita is known for her dedication, self-sacrifice, courage and purity. Little does Siyana know what an amazing life she has to look forward to. Her dad, Amit, was about as close to a modern day real life characterization of Kipling's Jungle Book character, Mowgli, that you can get: Born the grandson of a forest officer and son of  a renowned wildlife tour operator, Amit rambled in the remote forests of India since he was a baby. Not unlike...
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