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April 2012: Baisakhi celebration trip to Punjab!

About The Trip

In April 2012, we invited travellers to experience the spirit of India at the Baisakhi harvest festival in Punjab. We made merry with the people of Punjab as they celebrated the day with great exuberance, jubilant music, soulful traditional dances, and lots of delicious festive Punjabi food. We journeyed through the colorful street processions of Anandpur Sahib, reveled with the farmers in their music, and experienced the heart-warming Punjabi country hospitality we’ve all heard so much about.

Indulging in this farm festival, we stayed at a typical Punjabi farm in traditional mud & thatched-roof cottages & farm tents, savored farm-grown food cooked in traditional earthen vessels (think crisp paranthas dripping with homemade white butter, fresh dahi and Verka lassi), and went back in time with Punjabi Qawalli performances, open-air BBQs, night walks in the surrounding forest, refreshing dips in the tube well, and day treks to forest caves.

The revenues generated from the trip are being used to:

  • Sustain the efforts of Prakriti Farm in organic farming
  • Support the livelihoods of artisans in the nearby village of Rail Majra
  • Further the cause of socially responsible travel by India Untravelled

Pictures From The Trip:

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Trip Reviews:

 “There were many of my 'firsts' on this trip. My first (trip) with people I didn't know personally, my first stay alone in a tent, and my first night walk in a jungle. I loved every bit of it!”
~Ms Amandeep Kaur, works & studies, and travelled solo.

“Authentic trip with a feel of rustic India. The night hike, day hike and the tubewell were the highlights. Potential activities like milking a cow, working on the farm, etc should be included the next time!”
~Mr Deependra Ojha, works as a consultant, and travelled with a friend.

“Everything on the trip was well planned. Amazing countryside, amazing hospitality and amazing food. Trekking in the night & trekking to forest caves were among the best things on the trip. Nobody would believe that this was the first trip for India Untravelled. Kudos to you guys !!”
~Mr Divij Pasrija, working in the tourism industry, and travelled solo.

Media Coverage Featuring The Trip (New York Times): Celebrate Baisakhi 2012 in rural Punjab on this trip

The Alternative: Untravel - Celebrate Baisakhi in Rural Punjab

The Better India: India Untravelled: See The Real India

South Asian Times: A Baisakhi Special Trip to Punjab’s Countryside