Narmada Parikrama

#1 Jan 26th, 2011, 20:38
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Hi

I'm planning to walk the Narmada Parikrama, but I'm having a hard time finding information concerning logistical matters ... I found several sites on the internet describing the religious aspect of the walk, but I'm graving practical stuff
Has anyone done the walk?
Are there maps available?
Where to sleep? Do I need a tent?
Do I need to carry food for several days?
Any practical information is appreciated!
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Hi Bongo,

You have probably already come across this thread:

Walking across India

I can offer no helpful advice, just encouragement!
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#3 Jan 26th, 2011, 20:49
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Yes, yamdancer, I've seen it, but thanks anyway!
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Perhaps you might have seen this

http://akn-narmadaparikrama.blogspot.com/

Though the blog is not complete. May be the guy can be contacted.
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Narmada Parikrama

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Originally Posted by Bongo View Post Hi

I'm planning to walk the Narmada Parikrama, but I'm having a hard time finding information concerning logistical matters ... I found several sites on the internet describing the religious aspect of the walk, but I'm graving practical stuff
Has anyone done the walk?
Are there maps available?
Where to sleep? Do I need a tent?
Do I need to carry food for several days?
Any practical information is appreciated!
Hello, my sister (54yr old) is currently walking it. She left mid October and is expected to be back at end of May. Here is what she had learnt from others who had completed it.
Don't take ANY valuables such as, cash (may be 100 rupees), camera, mobile, computer, tent or expensive clothing, they ALL get stolen. You sleep on a small blanket you carry with you in a crumy backpack. Food will get stolen too, people who live on this path usually take care of your food which would be very simnple. One small thin blanket, a water bottle a pair of shoes and a change of simple clothes is all she has taken with her in a small backpack. Also, a good sun hat, and a walking stick. It's over 2600 km and I have heard that you need more mental strength than physical one. You will travel through a thick jungle full of tribals and thugs and will need to take care of you while crossing it. She went with a group and they all crossed the forest with no problem. She calls home from villages when she gets access to a phone. She says she is doing very well and has walked 1200km already. Not sure of a map. I think you will get that info by googling a LOT. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Bongo View Post Hi

I'm planning to walk the Narmada Parikrama, but I'm having a hard time finding information concerning logistical matters ... I found several sites on the internet describing the religious aspect of the walk, but I'm graving practical stuff
Has anyone done the walk?
Are there maps available?
Where to sleep? Do I need a tent?
Do I need to carry food for several days?
Any practical information is appreciated!
Hi, my sister (54yr) is currently walking the path. Here is what she learnt frm a lotof others who had previously completed it, some even twice. Don't take ANY valuables, no camera, computer, food, tent, expensive clothing, flashlight, cash (except may be 100 rupees), they ALL will get stolen (again, this is what we heard from experience people). She sleeps on ground whereever she reaches at sundown, and start walking at sunrise. There are some people that are walking with her, but it seems you don't walk in a group, but at your own pace. Food is offered (if at all)by people who live on the way. She has taken with her one simple change of clothes, one apir of shoes, one walking stick, one water bottle and a sun hat... that all. She took less than 50 rupees with her. She calls us once in a while from a village when she has access to a phone...borrows someone's phone. Has walked 1200 km since mid-October and says she is in great health and with a group of people who walk together. She had met many who had walked, I think you will need to do that too. There is a BAD forest which has tribals (with bow and poison tipped arrows) who take everyting you have, and other looters hiding in it is what we had heard, she had no problem crossing that forest without incidence. We heard one needs more strength (and lots of FREE time) to walk this path, and physicial one. Beyond this I do not know anything. There is a book in Marathi (a Mumbai language)called Narmada Hare, Hare, Not sure if it is translated in English. Good luck.
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I'm getting very mixed reports about the Narmada Parikrama. Some say it's perfectly safe and that I shouldn't worry about a thing, others - like Tanvisha above - that there are problems with dacoits, looters, tigers...
Frankly I don't know what to think, but I'm not much interested in doing the walk without my camera and with people pilfering. Secondly, I would not walk the trail with only 50 or 100 rupees, because; well for obvious reasons:-)
Is there anyone who can confirm the picture in Tanvisha's post - or the opposite?
Thanks again for all the reply's!
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Arrow humility and receptivity is the key for a successful parikrama

Hello! You should go through a good website on the Narmada which will offer you practical advice about the Narmada parikrama: www.narmadasamagra.org. If you have any questions, just write to the creators of the website, although I am not sure if you will receive a reply.

But it is best to do the parikrama in a group, even a small group of 3-4 people, as going all alone could land you in trouble. As you will be walking through forests and farmland, you will probably not be able to buy much along the way. So taking a whole lot of money on your person is not necessary. Essentially, you will have to depend on the hospitality of the people and the villages/settlements you come across. No money is asked for a simple meal or for a place to spread your blanket and go to sleep for the night. What is needed is an attitude of gratitude, the ability to flow with the current and to take things as they come along.

The Narmada parikrama like other parikramas in the Indian subcontinent is first and foremost a journey of faith and trust. Lacking these, you will soon run into various problems and will have to abandon the parikrama.

Just wait for Tanvisha's sister to complete the parikrama and then write to her for further advice. Hope you can do the parikrama. More power to you! Cheers! Tulsi
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please visit http://www.narmadasamagra.org/parikrama.htm and http://www.maanarmada.org/lit7.php?a..._id=NFF-01.pdf to get more details, specially the pdf file is good.
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a bit late, but i hope it helps. One of my colleagues did the parikrama by car in jan 2011 (not by foot). he had travelled along with his parents. He has blogged about the entire journey at http://narmada-parikrama.blogspot.com. He has given lot of info though it may suit if you plan to drive around.
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Hi,
Please go through Book written by Mr. Jagannath Kunte, titled 'Narmade Har'. He has completed parikrama thrice on foot.
Patwardhan.

Hi,
Whatever Tanvisha has written is 100% true.
Patwardhan
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I was not aware that "tourists" did this walk. I have never done it but I have spent time in villages in the valley and it is certainly a deeply rooted tradition to offer hospitality to parikrama walkers. My understanding of the parikrama is that one who walked it would depend on the hospitality of the villagers and within means comparable to theirs, very much along the lines of what Tanvisha described above. If one was walking like that I imagine one would receive the respect and hospitality normally given to a parikrama walker, whereas if one looked more like a tourist with tent, camera etc then maybe not.

Narmada Valley is one of the most hospitable places I have ever visited, people really take pride in saying that no one leaves here hungry.
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Hi, narmada parikrama is more of a pilgrimage and not a leisure tour. So devotion and faith are the companions. Why you need camera, money, etc. You also need to register before starting on foot. There is a great video done by Chitale family who did this pilgrimage on foot in 2008. Let me know if you need their contact, I Will try for it. Best luck.
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Originally Posted by Shankarh View Post Hi, narmada parikrama is more of a pilgrimage and not a leisure tour. So devotion and faith are the companions. Why you need camera, money, etc. You also need to register before starting on foot. There is a great video done by Chitale family who did this pilgrimage on foot in 2008. Let me know if you need their contact, I Will try for it. Best luck.
Hi,
can you kindly let us know about the availability of this video???
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Tanvisha, Your post on the Narmada pilgrimage is very helpful. I am planning to do this pilgrimage myself albeit a smaller patch of 5 days due to time constraints. I would really like to learn about your sister's experience from the journey. Unfortunately the link www.narmadasamagra.org. is not working and I am not able to access any relevant information from the internet. Would you or your sister know if people do the pilgrimage in smaller patches?

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