The influence of rice on humankind reaches far back in time. Rice has been grown in Asia for the last 7,000 years. Recent findings in China indicate that this may in fact be 10,000 years. From the terraces of China to the lowlands of Sri Lanka, it is cultivated on all continents except Antarctica. About half of the world’s population, most of whom live in Asia, depends on rice as a staple food. From its humble origins, rice has evolved into Asia’s most deeply-revered heritage. Local traditional rice varieties and ecological rice farming have sustained Asian rice farmers and consumers safely for most of foregone decades. There are thousands of rice varieties all over the world. Different cultures have different stories about how rice came to be. The Chinese believe that rice is a gift from the animals. Once upon a time, China was hit by very bad floods. The people ran up to the hills to stay. When the floods were over, they came down and found that all the plants had died. They tried hunting but there were few animals left. One day, some people saw a dog running across a field. Around its neck were bundles of stalks with yellow seeds. The people grew these seeds and called the plants “rice”. With rice to eat, they were not hungry anymore. This is why rice is considered more precious than jewels in Chinese culture.
Welcome to Bhatsai, Maharashtra, a small hamlet located just off Vasind town. This near perfect village houses that perfect campsite amidst nature just overlooking the Bhatsai River. A perennial river alongside some pictorial landscapes, with lustrous foliage, and splendid knolls, this river is truly blessed with an exquisite charm. A must see location which is endowed with many traveler assets; this river valley is an ideal place to explore the nature’s splendor. Camp midst that intense wood cover and the unsullied atmosphere which we assure will have the have the power to console the carcass and the mind.
Join us on this escapade and experience the story of Rice with hands on experience of planting and ploughing and even cooking on village chullahs.