meet the women of india on 2 wheels
Celebrate Bathukamma in Telangana
There is no better way to meet the women of India than to attend a festival! Bathukamma is all about women getting together and celebrating for over 9 days with different flowers everyday showing unity in diversity. These flower compositions are then immersed, acting as natural water purifiers cleaning up the lakes. This 1500 kms ride will mainly cover the rural areas and allow us to live with several communities. This experience will bring us back to the roots of womanhood and sisterhood, reconnecting with our powers as the mothers of humankind, strengthening our bongs across cultures and generations
• Gain a deep understanding of the Telangana culture with Jai, who is originally from there, and meet local women weavers and artisans. Learn about the Handloom Dying process.
• Discover Warangal, famous for its 1000 pillared temple carved in stone and its temple dedicated to feminin gods, dated from the 7th century. In Indian mythology, they are associated with power.
• Meet the families of Adilabad, the land of tribals and their artworks, where about 100 families keep alive the 4000 years old metal craft work in lost wax and clay techniques.
• Have breakfast with the girls from the Tribal & Social Welfare college, where tribal village girls gets free education and where MoWo conducts some of its motorcycling trainings, Inspire and get inspired.
• Interact with the local Women police teams of Hyderabad, and learn about their work in ensuring a safe environment for women.
This 12 days tour will start and end in Hyderabad. We will go to Pochampally, Pembarti & Cheriyal, Warangal, Adilabad, Nirmal, Vikarabad, Narayanpet, and Gadwal. We will sleep in women homestays and take part in Bathukamma, one of the oldest festival by and for women – a grassroot women emancipation celebration. Through this tour, we will contribute to several local organisations such as Women co-operative societies and shop directly from the weavers & local self help groups.
Price and Bikes
Starts at USD 1990, including:
bike rental for 10 days: Royal Enfield Classic 350cc, and fuel
entry tickets at local tours
support vehicle for repairs and bags
English-speaking local woman guide
Accommodation (twin share)
all classes/activities in communities
one traditional outfit
-need to add:
personal travel insurance
personal expenses and tips
credit card fees and/or bank transfer fees based on your bank’s regulations
Challenge level: 2
We will mainly ride tarmac or cement topped roads but sometimes unpaved when going through more remote areas. Overall, the ride will be relax and we won’t face any major challenge, though the crazy Indian traffic can be one in itself! Awareness and safety will be of utmost importance as usual, and our support vehicle will make sure nobody is lost on the road
Food and Accommodation level: Basic
The trip is all about going off the beaten track and contributing to the rural communities, while experiencing the local way of life. So accommodation will really vary from one place to another, with a strong emphasis on homestays. We will spend a few nights in hotels in Hyderabad, while we will stay in local guesthouses in the rural villages. Rooms might be very simple but with hot shower and Wi-Fi access in most of the places. Accommodation is on the basis of twin sharing.
We have included all meals since options can be limited in certain areas. Most our meals will be simple and locally made, with plenty of vegetarian and healthy options. The base will often be bread with lentils or rice and vegetables in different gravies. Indian food can be quite spicy but we’ll make sure everyone has something tolerable to ones palate.
This trip with be led by Jai Bharathi and facilitated by Alison Grun. Jai is an avid motorcyclist from India, leading Bikerni Hyderabad, a regional chapter of ‘The Bikerni’, an all-women motorcycle club. She has led multiple motorcycle trips to Ladakh, Kashmir, and a cross-country expedition across six nations in Southeast Asia covering 17000 km. Her passion for her motorcycles and inclination towards social issues inspired her to set up Mowo Social Initiatives Foundation which works towards empowering women using mobility as a tool. When Alison starting FreeW, she reached out to Jai for inspiration and they decided to collaborate. With their common values and passion for women self-empowerment through mobility, their partnership came as a no brainer.
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