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 India, is a vast and splendid land of divergent cultures and cuisines – or, as Paul William Roberts would say, to the “empire of the soul.” We’ll steer you through a spectacular labyrinth of sights and mysteries to bring out the wonders of this sub-continent: battlements of Rajasthan's opulent palaces, the Taj Mahal and Varanasi on the Ganges...

 India, is a vast and splendid land of divergent cultures and cuisines – or, as Paul William Roberts would say, to the “empire of the soul.” We’ll steer you through a spectacular labyrinth of sights and mysteries to bring out the wonders of this sub-continent: battlements of Rajasthan's opulent palaces, the Taj Mahal and Varanasi on the Ganges River in the north; wild jungles and tiger habitats of central India; and tropical Malabar backwaters and plantations of the Spice Hills in the south. You’ll be enveloped by the warmth and hospitality of India’s people: in the old city of Jodphur where you’re invited to the private home of the Sankahla family for lunch; in Bandhavharh and Kanha National parks when the local guides and conservationist detail passionately their struggle to bring tigers back from the brink of extinction; and in the rural villages of Rajasthan when we dine with royal family descendants who tell us about daily Indian life.

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Our Extended Wildland Family in India

Our Extended Wildland Family in India
How do you connect with 1.2 billion people? In India, our local connections all started with Amit and Jessika Sankahla years ago, now a new family with their little daughter Siyana. Meet the Sankahla family in Kurt's previous blog. They have introduced us to their extended family, friends and so many acquaintances in local communities throughout India. Amit’s grandfather was a leading tiger conservationist in the 1950s whose work was supported by Indira Gandhi. Today, Amit follows in his father’s path taking Wildland travelers to his jungle ecolodges on our Tigers and Travels in India where we have seen many tigers accompanied by some of the region’s most exceptional naturalist guides and in local trackers. At Khana Jungle Lodge, we are welcomed by Dimple and Tarun, Amit’s cousins who have been running the lodge for 20 years and host us like family. In between the morning and afternoon tiger safaris Dimple gives cooking lessons and teaches...
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It is a banner year for wildlife sightings in India

It is a banner year for wildlife sightings in India
Even before our travelers return home, we hear about their wildlife sightings. 2 couples spent a week in Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Satpura parks and according to their Indian escort, they saw “18 different tigers, 4 Leopard, 8 Wild dogs, 8 Sloth bear, 1 Rusty Spotted Cat and lot of different species of birds. I must say it was great sighting.”  They were on a custom wildlife trip to India that I designed for them based on our Tigers and Travels in India. Rusty Spotted Cat? Huh? I had to look that one up. Turns out it is the smallest member of the cat family and found only in India and Sri Lanka. 2 weeks ago, one couple spent 3 days at a new lodge in Pench National Park, Jamtara, and they also spotted “Tiger in her very first drive apart from Wild dog, Jackal and many other species of birds”. A third...
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Walking Through Dharavi Slum, Mumbai - Part II

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 purposes including...
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The Reality of Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India - Part I

There’s hyped up controversy about paying to go see poverty on a “slum tour” in India, but there shouldn’t be if you do it right and with the best of intentions.  In early February 2014 we went into the Dharavi slum on the edge of Mumbai with Reality Tours and Travel, a local walking tour company.  If you’re going to be a tourist of any sort, better to be a traveler interested in seeing the reality of the place and people, and to do it with everything open: mind, eyes, heart, and a willingness to share.Walking through Dharavi, I couldn’t help but think about what Gandhi pronounced: "Just because we may have a different lot in life, doesn’t change the fact that we are all, at our core, one and the same."What we learned first off is that a slum, by definition, isn’t poverty per se. In fact, life in Dharavi...
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For the love of God (and Goddesses and other living things)

For the love of God (and Goddesses and other living things)
Besides uniting our mind and body with Jen and Heather feeling more self-realization after getting over jet lag and doing a week of yoga, another wonderful benefit of yoga at the start of the trip was how Jen and Heather shared Hindu philosophy and religion with us. After all, Hinduism forms much of the ancient traditions of yogic life. Heather recounted stories of Brahma the lord of creation, Shiva and his wife Parvati, Hanuman the monkey god known for his strength and ability to fly which he used to save Sita when she was kidnapped, and Ganesh the elephant god of good fortune declared by Brahma to be the first god to be worshipped by Hindus. Jen explained the basics of Ayurveda, an ancient healing system translated in Sanskrit as “ayu” life and “veda” knowledge. Most commonly experienced as massage and body treatments, some of us went deeper to get medical...
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