It all started with the Tribes of the Indian district of Bastar and led to a life between France and India
I help you to travel closer to the People and Culture in India
How you will travel closer to the people and culture.
Hi! My name is Stephanie Langlet. I’m the French little solo traveller and travel planner often featured by the Indian medias for my love and respect for the country, its people and culture.
My French readers call me “Indie”, the female Indiana Jones, as I travel close to the people and culture. I can teach you how to do exactly the same thing.
But first, I’m sure you’d like to hear my story – I’ll make it brief.
I’ve been travelling the world alone since 2004 and land for the first time on my favourite continent, Asia, in 2007.
- 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, was invited for funerals in Cambodia,
- travelled and experienced corruption with a famous Khmer singer and TV speaker,
- 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,
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.
And if you travel with me, I’ll take care of you and make you feel comfortable outside of your comfort zone.
Thanks to this website, you will travel closer to the people and culture.
Read the testimonials page.
If you have a passion for travel and changing the World, this blog is for you.
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Some of my interviews and media coverages
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.
The main projects I'm working on
During my next trip in India, I’ll propose a free mentoring program in Rajasthan / Uttarakhand mainly, to help people to travel closer to the people and culture, learn about management, hospitality or social work. Here is the complete program.
I’ll also work on a fair trade guesthouses project in 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.
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I own a guesthouse in France. I provide the accommodation in a private flat of my house. It allows me to propose a personal experience of the south-west of France to the English-speaking travellers visiting France. You can find all the information on my website Travels France.
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!