Grassroutes: Maharashtra Discovery Tour: Authentic Traditions in Village Dehna

Maharashtra Discovery Tour: Authentic Traditions in Village Dehna

Shahapur,District Thane, India


Social Enterprise

8 hours
From$32 USDper person

Grassroutes is committed to the dual purpose of creating jobs in Indian villages and helping the urban world discover authentic, rural India.

Tour Highlights

  • Participate in a range of traditional village and nature activities while helping economically empower village locals.
  • Discover the culture, customs, and cuisine of Western India.
  • Depending on the time of year, learn how to plough the fields, tend to rice paddy fields, pick wild vegetables, and more.

Tour revenue will be reinvested in developing tourism infrastructure in the area and helping grow the local hospitality market.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment from June 15 - March 3

  • Start Time

    10:30 AM

  • Duration

    8 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families

  • Languages

    English, Hindi, Marathi

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 25

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Light shirt, Rain boots, Rain gear, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion, Warm clothes, Water, The weather varies dramatically based on the time of the year. dress appropriately

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

Grassroutes journeys are responsible holidays in Indian villages wherein local communities welcome you to partake in their lives. Discover the true essence of India: the richness of culture, the abundance of nature, the preserved and practiced ancient traditions, the colorful and diverse lifestyles, and above all, the kind and loving people.

Village Dehna is located in the city of Shahapur in the Thane district of Maharashtra, India’s third-largest state, and is home to a warm and welcoming Hindu Maratha community. 130 kms from India’s financial capital, Mumbai, Dehna falls in the highest rainfall region of Maharashtra. With Grassroutes, you can embark on an adventure set in the midst of India’s heartland in the proverbial land of a thousand waterfalls and enjoy an amazing two days of rural activities and rejuvenation—perfect for those looking for a different kind of vacation!

Discover daily life in Dehna as you participate in a variety of village adventures and nature activities including traditional rice and spice grinding, collecting water and chopping wood with locals, climbing trees, birdwatching, walking through the forest, and cooking tasty meals with village women. Depending on the time of year, you will also have the opportunity to learn from farmers how to plough the field (May), sow rice and wheat (June), separate the growing crop from wild weeds (July), transplant rice seedlings into paddy fields (July – August), pick wild vegetables (June – September), and harvest the season’s bounty (October).

Tour Start Address

Village Dehena, Shahapur,District Thane, MH, India

How To Get There

Visitors need to drive or hire a vehicle to reach the village. Village Dehna is 120 km from Bombay (3-3.5 hours drive time). Round-trip transportation from your hotel or the international airport in Bombay can be arranged.

More About Grassroutes


To improve livelihoods in rural India through hospitality services.

Main Programs

  • Develop villages as tourism destinations, which the local village communities own and operate

  • Develop market linkages for these village destinations

Awards & Recognition

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