We are happy to announce our new Western Campus at the foothills of the Sahyadris in the Karjat region of Maharashtra. It is about 100 km from either Mumbai or Pune (about 3 hrs drive).
The campus has everything that is required for an Experiential Learning Program in the outdoors. It is nestled in the woods, surrounded by beautiful hills, waterfalls, streams, and a lake.
What participants will like best is how wonderfully all of nature’s bounty comes together in one place. It is a rare opportunity for participants to experience our outdoor learning programs in such wonderful settings.
About our outdoor learning programs:
For families: These are specially designed programs to bring about empathy, understanding and sensitivity within the family. The impact and the transformations achieved are very deep.
For Schools: The programs are designed towards these outcomes: Build endurance, get students accustomed to hardship, make them resilient. It also enhances observation skills, arouses curiosity and increases independence. Further the programs are designed to build confidence, learn cooperative skills and develop empathy.
For Professional Institutions: The programs are designed to help learn Collaborative Leadership skills. It needs some explanation. For more information, head over to this page.
This western campus is going to be the hub of our experiential learning programs as well. These are programs we run for students of colleges, schools as well as for corporates.
We will have exclusive Indiahikes treks and experiential programs. We will also be collaborating with Vijaybhoomi Liberal University for a host of different experiential programs.
These will be announced as and when we schedule them, on this page.
If you are an Institution interested in experiential learning programs in the outdoors while camping and trekking do get in touch with us!
We are happy to invite you to our Family Trek at our Western Campus this February!
We know this will be special because when a family treks together with their children, the positive effects are greatly magnified. Working together with your family and with others doing the special activities that has been designed leaves a very big impact on everyone. We have seen transformative changes within the family.
We have had several family treks in the Himalayas and seen this effect on families. This time, you’re invited to come and experience it at our new western campus.
It’s a two and a half-day programme, starting on February 5th. We will be trekking and camping for two nights, along with specialised experiential learning activities. Given that it is a sprawling campus spread over 210 acres, with forests and lakes all around, expect all the activities to be based in the midst of this wilderness.
| Short itinerary of the programme
Day 1 (Feb 5th): Reach our Western campus by 4 pm in your own vehicle (here is the exact location for your reference). Meet the Indiahikes team at the Western Campus and start your program. You spend the night camping.
Day 2 (Feb 6th): A full day trek to Kothaligad / Bhimashankar based on the age group of the team. The evening is at the lakeside with a few learning activities.
Day 3 (Feb 7th): Trek to the lake along with a special learning activity. Leave the campus and head back home at around 11 am. This is going to be an exclusive experiential learning program designed for families coming to our Western Campus.
Whom is it suitable for?
We have room for around 6 families in this group. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 can also join the program unaccompanied by their parents.
It’s suitable for anyone in Pune, Mumbai and surrounding cities, as our Western Campus is almost equidistant from these major cities (about 100 km).
Even if you don’t live around Maharashtra, you can opt to do this program. Any outdoor lover will love the campus and the programme we have.
What happens after you sign up?
Once you register for the programme (you can do this by clicking on the date in the calendar and proceeding with the online process), our Experience Coordinator will get in touch with you over email. They will guide you on how to prepare for the trek and give you an idea of what to expect.
We will also create a Whatsapp group, so that the team that’s going on the trek gets familiar with each other before going. Use this group to coordinate with each other in case you’d like to carpool as well.
Weather to expect at Karjat
Even during the coldest months of December and January, the Karjat region is fairly hot, hitting temperatures of around 27-31 °C during the day.
Even the nights are warm at around 19 – 24 °C.
You would only need one jacket for early mornings or in case of rain.
What to bring with you
Given this is just a three-day outdoor programme, with very comfortable weather, we advise you to travel light.
Here’s a list of things you must bring along with you on the trek.
- A 20L backpack – A small comfortable backpack will suffice for the whole programme.
- 2-3 t-shirts – Expect to get sweaty, you will need a change of clothes after your trek
- An extra pair of trekking pants – Avoid shorts at all costs, there are thorns along all the trails.
- Shoes with good grip – Even sports shoes will work, as long as they have a good grip
- Trek poles – Day 1 involves a good, challenging trek. Trekking poles will be helpful.
- One jacket
- Sun cap
- An extra pair of socks
- A light towel
- Two 1 litre bottles
- Your own cutlery (lunch box, mug, and spoon)
- A small toilet kit
- 2 light single sheets to lie on and cover yourself with.
What not to bring
- Disposable cutlery
- Packaged foods and snacks
- Wet wipes
How To Reach the Indiahikes Western Campus
The Indiahikes Western Campus is easily accessible from Mumbai and Pune. Here is the location on Google Maps.
The drive to it is quite scenic with the Western Ghats popping up at the horizon as you zoom fast on the Pune-Express Way.
Once off the Expressway, and on NH-48, you get close to the Maharashtrian country-side punctuated with houses and shops tightly clustered around the road.
Notice how you leave the civilization behind as the Vijaybhoomi campus draws near.
The only way to reach the Vijaybhoomi campus is via road, preferably through a private vehicle. This, because public transport is sketchy in this region. It’s best to not bank upon them.
Pro-tip: For budget travelers, take a local train/public bus to Karjat and take a local bus to Solanpada (Jambrung) from the Karjat bus depot. (Please confirm bus timings and frequency before taking this option).
Below are routes you need to take from Mumbai, Karjat, and Pune. It would be best to download an offline GPS map. As a back-up, jot down the landmarks listed below so that you stay on route even if your GPS network fails.
| From Mumbai
The Vijaybhoomi University campus is situated 90 km (2.5 hours) from Mumbai. There’s no public transport available to this location. So the best way is to drive down to the campus.
From Mumbai, take the Mumbai Pune Expressway till Chauk. Take the Borle exit/Panvel Bypass road and take a left from Machhi (Fish) Center onto NH 48. Move towards Murbad Road (watch out for Sai properties on your right). Drive straight past the Bhairavnath Jogeshwari Wadapav and turn left at Everlast Builders.
Pass the Ulhas river bridge on your right and continue straight on Murbad road. Take a right after Raigad Zila Parishad Primary School and after almost 4 kms turn right from Vanvihar Guest House.
You will reach Vijaybhoomi Campus a kilometer after passing Pramod Enterprises on your left.
| From Pune
This campus is 127 kms (around 3 hours) from Pune. Take the Pune-Mumbai Express Highway and take the exit to NH 48.
After 5 km turn slightly left after Sai River Resort. You will see this on your left.
In the final leg, turn right onto Karjat-Khopoli marg and turn right from Mahalakshmi Hotel. Now you are on the Karjat-Khopoli marg.
Continue straight (drive past Bhairavnath Jogeshwari Wada Pav) and turn left from Everlast Builders and Developers.
Since each Family batch has several families, the trek is going to be filled with lots of conversations, fun, and activities. The children, across families, work together in teams. Parents get to spend time with other parents while the children are engaged with their responsibilities. Reflection sessions every evening further enhances the entire experience.
Needless to say, they also get to learn about the mountains, rocks, seasonal changes, and their correlation with the flora and fauna. They get to see the immensity of space while gazing at the Milky Way – triggering their enthusiasm to understand the concepts of time and space and much much more!
We hope you join us soon!
If you have any doubts about this programme, drop in a comment below. We’ll help you out.
The trek fee includes:
- Accommodation: Stay on Day 1 and Day 2. You will be camping in tents.
- Meals: All meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3 are included. We provide nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
- Trekking equipment: High quality tents and sleeping bags
- Safety equipment: A full-fledged medical kit will be with the Trek Leader at all times during the trek.
The trek fee does not include:
- Transport to and from the Western Campus
- Anything apart from inclusions
Face No Cancellation Charges with Our Special Cancellation Policy
In light of COVID-19 pandemic, Indiahikes has waived off all cancellation charges if you register for a trek with us. This means you will not lose out on your trek fee when you cancel your trek. You will either get a complete cash refund (minus 4% transaction charges) or an Indiahikes Trek Voucher with 100% of your trek fee, valid for one year from the date of issue. Read the full cancellation policy here.
We've relaxed our cancellation policy, knowing that it helps you to register with peace of mind. We don't want you to worry about losing out through cancellations.
- What the colours mean
Available:Registration is on.
Waitlist:The group is full, but cancellations are likely to happen. We have 5 waitlist slots for every group. You may register for the group. Waitlist slots confirmation chances are high if booked more than 30 days in advance.
Last 'x' slots:Indicates the number of slots available in a batch.
Full:Indicates the group is full. No further slots are likely.
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