It all started with the Tribes of the Indian district of Bastar and led to a life between France and India
Travel closer to the People and Culture
About Stephanie Langlet
Hi! My name is Stephanie Langlet. I’m the French little solo traveller and trip planner often featured by the Indian medias for her love and respect for the country, its people and culture.
My French readers call me “Indie”, the female Indiana Jones.
I help people to travel closer to the people and culture, and to feel comfortable outside of their comfort zone.
I’ve been travelling the world since 2004 and land for the first time on my favourite continent, Asia, in 2007.
I spent 4 weeks with the minorities of Northern Vietnam, stood alone in front of the Colossuses of Ramses II in Abu Simbel, celebrated the cremation of a monk leader died 6 years before with a group of Burmese monks for 3 weeks in Thailand, enjoyed a wedding party, travelled and experienced corruption with a famous Khmer singer and TV speaker in Cambodia, was invited to eat a hot dog pot in China and tarantulas in Cambodia, slept in a jungle of Kerala, danced with the men in a trance in a remote village of Java, learned the animist oral beliefs “Aluk Todolo” of the Torajan people in Sulawesi…
But the trip that really changed my life was in 2012 when I met the tribes of Bastar during the World’s longest festival.
The trip in Bastar that changed my life
I reach the Indian district of Bastar in the State of Chhattisgarh after crossing the tribal State of Odisha.
I absolutely didn’t know what to expect as there were only a few lines about the area in the Lonely Planet.
Even the members of my Indian forum didn’t know Bastar Dussehra.
When I woke up on my first morning in Jagdalpur, I didn’t know it was the first day of Navratri and the beginning of the 10 most important nights and days of the World’s longest festival.
Bastar Dussehra is a 75-days long Tribal festival, involving both the Adivasis (Indian tribes) and the Maharaja.
I fell in love with the Bastar Tribal people, the kindness of the population and their incredible and fascinating culture.
They gave me so much during the three weeks I spent with them that I absolutely wanted to find a way to help them.
How this website will help you and the minority people
If you ever wanted to travel the World in an ethical way and help the local population at the same time,
If you ever wondered if a sustainable tourism is possible,
If you don’t know if travel and tourism can go with ecotourism,
If you dream to travel for the first time but think you can’t do it individually and close to the population,
If you’re afraid to go out of your comfort zone,
You are in the right place.
I will show you:
How to give the locals the hope in a better future,
How to help them without falling into the trap of giving a handout,
How to act with them without feeling like a voyeur,
How to become an ethical traveller who preserves the local culture and acts for the ecotourism,
How to help the preservation of their culture through awareness.
I will also show you:
How to travel close to the people,
How to feel comfortable outside of your comfort zone,
How to avoid the common scams.
Together, we will carry out some concrete actions for a sustainable tourism.
Thanks to this website, you will travel closer to the people and culture.
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It wouldn't have been possible without...
Without all these amazing people I met all around the World and the fantastic readers and friends who encourage me each day through their lovely words and support, nothing would have been possible.
Special thanks to Srinivas Pillalamarri, Sunil Panday, Awesh Ali, the Singh Thakur family, Shivesh Mishra, Shailendra Thakur, Venkatesh Birkurwar, Shakeel Rizvi, Ganesh and Sharma Kumar Swami, Debayan Sarkhel, Avinash Dhurve Gond.
Without their help and support, I wouldn’t learn so much each day and wouldn’t be able to act for the tribes and minorities.
So, you want to work with me?
Fill the form below with the topic of your request.
Here are a few tips to contact me:
- Be precise and concise. Explain your project and what you’re expecting from me.
- Explain why you want to do it and how it will help others.
- Give the calendar of the project.
I’m sorry, but I won’t be able to answer the evasive requests as I receive several ones each week.
The opportunities I'm open to
Trip planning or guiding. From November to May, I’m in India and can easily guide you there or in the neighbouring countries. I’ll organise your trip according to your wishes, needs and knowledge on travel. From May to October, I’m in the south-west of France and do the same here and around.
Speaking to your conference. I have been a lecturer for 14 years, on different topics: conflict management, trip planning, ethical tourism, tribes and minorities, hospitality, prevention and repression, innovation, management.
Brand ambassador campaign (if it fits my brand).
Accommodation, tours and activities reviews.
Travel and dog products reviews (westie Jahan is often featured by my brand Travels France).
Contests and giveaways.
Sponsored articles (the articles will be featured on the blog for a limited time only).
Association on a business project. See the tips above and be as precise as possible.
Hospitality / Management consulting. Includes quality audits, actions plan, training, depending on your needs.
The main projects I'm working on
I own a guesthouse in France. I provide the accommodation in a private flat of my house. It allows me to easier propose a personal experience of the south-west of France to the English-speaking travellers visiting me. You can find all the information on my website Travels France.
During my next 5-months trip in India, I’ll propose some customised tours in Bastar / Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan to help people to travel closer to the people and culture.
I’ll also work on a social guesthouse project in Bastar, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan with my Indian associates. We want to help the travellers to get a good European standard at a reasonable price. More important, we want to keep some free rooms for a few local people in need, providing them the food also.
I started a consulting service to help the Hospitality’s professionals to improve their service and management: Stephanie Langlet consulting
Thank you for your interest, and don’t hesitate to contact me if we can manage a project for the tribes and minorities together.
See you soon!