It is hard to imagine that Delhi harbors so much unnoticed talent in its midst. The potters in this village in west Delhi produce some of the finest work in India - it is sold in malls, trade fairs, and in countries like Australia. And soon, you’ll be able to visit this place as part of our “Delhi Untravelled” itinerary!
The Rann (Hindi word for desert) was originally part of the Arabian Sea. A geological rising of the seabed disconnected it from the sea, forming a vast lake. The lower reaches of the lake gradually dried up, leaving a salty marshland. The marshland becomes this spectacular white salt desert in the dry months.
Mahatma Gandhi once said “India’s way is not Europe’s, and India lives in seven hundred thousand villages.” To know India one has to know it’s villages, the way of life there – the culture, the traditions and the festivals. The kind of diversity that exists is unimaginable. With the new wave of rural tourism, these villages have become accessible to the uninitiated urban folk who have never had a chance to see village life at very close quarters. A new initiative in this space here to give you a whiff of rural life is India Untravelled, an enterprise aiming to bridge the gap between socially responsible rural tourism offerings in India and travelers looking for indigenous and offbeat experiences.
“I learn about the early adventures of the Fernandez’ in the forest. When they first moved here 31 years ago, the dirt roads leading to their settlement would get flooded during the monsoon, leaving them to live off the forest for three months every year. The lady learnt to identify edible wild mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and other forest plants with the help of young lads from a tribal village nearby. Many years later, they would drive to what they affectionately called Phone Hill, to establish connectivity with the world outside and welcome travellers into their humble abode.”