If you are keen to explore the Buddhist Temples, caves, ancient Hindu temples built in Vedic architecture, and village life in central India, come with us on this tour.


You start from Mumbai and travel through the length of India by air, road or train experiencing the local life first hand.


The best time to visit is from September to March, and this tour can be customized according to your preferences and budget by adding other destinations in India.


Clean Travel believes that our innovative approach to tourism has the power to revitalise communities and provide financial security for its inhabitants. Find out more about Clean Travel here.

12 days
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Mumbai / Delhi
  • Return Time

    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.

We support you right from your first mail to us, to the planning stage till the time you arrive at the airport in India. Although it’s a custom-designed tour the planning usually does not take more than 2-3 exchange of emails.


Be assured that we will take care of you completely so that you can spend time doing what you are really here for – To enjoy your holiday in India.


Once you arrive at the airport, we will receive you and be with you at various stages of this tour. It will be not just a guide but a person from the local village who has good knowledge, passionate about his work and is friendly.

We will provide comfortable accommodations which will include hotels or homestays. All the accommodations will have sufficient clean bedding, warm water, and either family or staff to take care of you.


The food is vegetarian or non-vegetarian, hygienic and safe.


You will have clean western washrooms. WiFi or TV may or may not be available at most of these places are away from city life. However, you can always depend on the 3G connection.

5% of the money is directly given back to the community.


Our guides and custodians of knowledge are from the local community, thus we support their families.


We are discouraging use of plastic bottles on our trips.


We urge you to refrain from giving gifts or money to children or young adults in the village.


All the raw material for meals is sourced from local markets and villages thus reducing the carbon emission by transporting it from a distant city.


The taxis you use will be BS-IV carbon emission standard.


The performing artists and singers are handpicked from the local community rather than being invited from another city.


Your trip has been designed as per the international standards of responsible tourism – Cape Town Agreement 2002. Therefore it ensures that the money you pay has a direct social, economic and environmental benefit locally.

Many parts of central India that were once thriving centers of Buddhism were lost and forgotten for many years after India was invaded by foreign armies. They were then re-discovered and restored beautifully.


The caves like Ajanta, Ellora, Elephanta and many more are full of wall art that tells stories from Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.


These temples are also architectural marvels where entire mountains were chiseled without using any modern machine to carve a temple.


On the other hand, the temples of Khajuraho are well known for the erotic wall carvings that show stories from the past.

This experience is designed to be executed at a leisurely pace so that you can experience the local culture of central India.


This is suitable for all age groups including senior citizens. In winters, we will provide you with the necessary heating as it gets quite cold.


Most of the tour will involve regular walking or travel by AC Sedan, SUV or minibus.


Day 1 - 2: Mumbai

Settle down with your hosts and start your tour from the city of over 18 million people having their own dreams and stories. You have many options to spend your days in Mumbai. You can choose to do an outdoor experience visiting the magnanimous and ancient rock-cut caves of Hindu and Buddhist deities. You can also do a Bollywood trail, Dharavi slum trail or visit the lesser known Dawoodi Bohra and Parsi communities of Mumbai. Explore the handicrafts or learn authentic Maharashtrian cooking. You may also choose to go on short tours to explore the glitzy south Mumbai and old Portuguese colonies. Tell us your taste and we will customize the experience in Mumbai for you. One of the unique things is that we do storytelling which gives you an insiders view of this city. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel

Day 3 - 4: Aurangabad

Spend the next few days in Aurangabad which is northeast of Mumbai and has ancient rock-cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora that were incorporated as UNESCO world heritage sites in 1983. Leisurely explore these incredible works of art from 2 century BCE and stay with your hosts. Stories from Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism are narrated on the walls of these caves through artwork. We also highly recommend that you visit Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, also called the mini Taj Mahal. Get to know the stories behind these places, the people who made them and how they played an important role in shaping the history of central India. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel

Day 5 - 6: Orchha

Travel by train to the heart of India, Bundelkhand in Madhya Pradesh. Travelling on a train is a unique experience in India. Our first stop is the little historic town of Orchha that was established in the 16th century and ruled by Bundela kings. Go on a storytelling tour where we visit the palaces and temples of erstwhile kingdoms of Orchha. Visit a local family, explore clay handicrafts, village life, local dances and music, and Betwa river around which Orchha was built. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel

Day 7 - 8: Khajuaraho

Travel for few days to Khajuraho which is famous for its nagara style of architecture and erotic sculptures over its temple complexes that were built after 950 AD by kings of Chandela dynasty. Although such erotic art exists in almost every corner of India in its temples, the one in Khajuraho is considered to be among the most well known. Know the stories, history and the important role this art played in Indian society before foreign invaders arrived. Clear many misconceptions and cliche beliefs about the erotic sculptures of Khajuraho. Get to know how these Hindu and Jain temples were made and the science behind constructing them in traditional Vedic design. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel

Day 9 - 10: Agra

You may choose to spend two days with us in Agra not only visiting the Taj Mahal, but exploring the life as an insider. Visit the countryside around Agra away from the crowd of the main city, the artisans, shopkeepers, goldsmiths of the old city, old forgotten heritage buildings and cuisine that is known only among the locals. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel

Day 11 - 12: Delhi

End your journey in the capital city of India which is an amalgamation of cultures, cuisines, crafts and stories. Spend few days here exploring the literature, poetry, dances & music, handicrafts and artisans, textiles and history of Delhi. Delhi is a busy city, but in the midst of it are the unique experiences worth exploring. Visit a traditional joint Sikh family and spend an evening with them cooking, dancing and merrymaking. Spend time indulging in a traditional dance performance or a poetry recital. Go on a culinary experience or the ever famous tour of UNESCO heritage sites of Delhi. Let us know if you want to experience anything else in Delhi and we will customize it for you. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay/ Hotel

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The Folk Tales

The Folk Tales India's travel experiences in rural India are handcrafted with special emphasis on making a positive social, environmental and economic impact.


When you take one of our travel experiences, you contribute to local communities in preserving their cultural and environmental heritage, and in living a better life.


Through our storytelling, you experience a deep connection with the place and its people. We do not provide a sightseeing tour, but a culturally immersive experience through the hands-on activities and meaningful conversations.

Their Social Focus

We design all of their tours with the local community in mind. They ensure that they are directly benefiting, economically, socially and environmentally. All of our tours adhere to the guidelines of United Nation's Cape Town Agreement 2002 for Responsible Tourism.


Finalist in the Indian Responsible Tourism Awards for 2016 and affiliated with the WTM Responsible Tourism network.