Exploring The TeePee Culture


Exploring The TeePee Culture

TheVibe Editorial | TheVibe Experiences

This Dusshera season, as a large part of India turns to celebrations of night and light, a new curated experience promoted by a few enterprising adventurists, is calling for a move to the great wild instead. The TeePee Culture — as the founders of the concept like to call it, is a curated “Wilderness Festival” for thrill-seekers and sustainable adventurers, that’s planned to come together (between October 19-21) with an intention to evangelise living symbiotically in the wild.


The small eco-village that’s set to come alive for a span of 3-days, will also feature a host of adventure activities, experience-led survival and natural trails, multiple wilderness spots that recreates a quasi-experience of “living in the wild.”

Says Arnob Banerjee, founder of TeePee Culture, “We had earlier run the Backpackers Summit, which was a short TEDx-styled formatted event aimed at travellers and adventurists. That’s when we got a lot of interest and thought of first developing the format.” Soon the team thought of a way to integrate bush culture and bring the “back to roots” movement to the larger fore.


Just a two-hour ride away from Mumbai, the Sabharwal Farms on the scenic Kalote Lake Kholpoli becomes a landscape dotted with teepee tents during the Festival. The event further courts true adventurers who’d like to learn the tricks of the trade from survival gurus and real-world conservationists.

A three-day extravaganza, the Fest caters to a large audience base who would like to venture out to experience the great outdoors at this undiscovered campsite. The place features an open amphitheatre and camping with the convenience of private restrooms.


For the adventure aficionados, there’s much on offer with guided walkthroughs by experts no less. Activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, tree-climbing, aqua zorbing, slack-lining, mountain biking, archery and kayaking are being planned. Each activity is headed by an expert trainer who shows the nuances of the activity.

A fun road trip experience is also planned by the organisers, on Friday. On Saturday, a long distance touring and safety session is being organised by veteran Sachin Nair. There are also some great walkthroughs by experts such as bushcraft and survival expert Monish Dave and Nature photographers Kedar Bhide and Dr Caesar Sengupta and reptile expert Kedar Bhide. Talks by Dr Simha Shastry, the founder of Adventure and Wildlife Magazine, and Last Wilderness’ Vidya Venkatesh, and a special rock climbing training by Siddhi Manekar, are other discussions to look forward to.

The three-day event also features jungle games, wellness, spirituality, tribal music, community cookouts, and sky observations. A special mention must be made of the participation of NatSkies Observatory which will be organising sky observations with its telescopes to explain the wonders of the night sky as witnessed by the naked, but trained eye.

All in all, the Festival promises to be the best bang for the money if you are looking for something fun and adventurous to do over the long weekend. We recommend a short break at the Festival. It’s the perfect recharging you’ll need in the lap of nature, as you rediscover a lost way of life.

You can pick your event passes here: https://insider.in/the-teepee-culture-oct19-oct20-oct21-2018/event

To learn more about the event: Log on to www.theteepeeculture.com

Photo Credit: The TeePee Culture.
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