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BeachFest at the Candolim Beach

Gomantak Times, 10 Apr, 2017

Candolim opens its arms for the disabled

The Goan, 09 Apr, 2017

Candolim hosts first of its kind wheelchair accessible beach fest

Times of India, 08 Apr, 2017

The five-day BeachFest2017 will transform the Candolim stretch into a completely accessible beach permitting wheelchair users to indulge in water sports including beach bowling, wheelchair cricket, kite flying, sand castle competitions and wheelchair dancing, along with their able bodied family members and friends, in a completely inclusive experience.

Wheelchair-bound visitors hit the waves at Candolim

Times of India, 07 Apr, 2017

The five-day wheelchair accessible beach festival, BeachFest2017 that kicked off on the Candolim beach on Wednesday with a special ramp leading to the beach and a floating wheelchair made this possible.

An Inclusive Beach Festival in Goa Is Allowing People with Disabilities to Have Some Beach Fun!

The Better India, 06 Apr, 2017

Everyone harbours a desire to travel, but for people with disabilities, it is mostly because of the lack of infrastructure that they cannot fulfil their dreams. Taking this into consideration, some organisations have come forward to spread awareness about the issue.
The Better India is supporting the initiative, led by UMOJA, the first platform for accessible travel in India, the NGO ADAPT (Able Disabled All People Together) and the Goa Tourism Department’s organisation Drishti, which has made Candolim beach in Goa wheelchair-accessible!

Beach Fest

Lokmat, 04 Apr, 2017

Candolim Beach holds first Wheelchair Accessible Beach Fest

Goa Times, 03 Apr, 2017

Beach fest for the differently-abled at Candolim Beach

Goan Varta, 02 Apr, 2017

BeachFest2017 launched in Goa for differently abled to take part in water sports

Firstpost, 31 Mar, 2017

Have you ever thought how those who are differently abled feel about not being able to take a dip and enjoy themselves in the water like the able bodied? Umoja, an online travel platform for accessible travel (, has announced the launch of #BeachFest2017. To be held in Candolim beach from 31 March 2017 to 9 April 2017, #BeachFest2017 is a novel initiative to provide wheelchair users and their families an opportunity to enjoy a completely accessible experience on the beautiful beaches of Goa.

A fun BeachFest for the differently abled

Navhind Times, 29 Mar, 2017

Umoja, in partnership with Disability Rights Associations of Goa, ADAPT (Able Disabled All People Together) and Drishti Life Services is hosting #BeachFest 2017 to provide wheelchair users and their families an opportunity to enjoy a completely accessible experience on the Candolim beach. It is also an innovative campaign to raise awareness about Umoja’s online petition to the Goa Government and PMO office to make at least one beach easily accessible for the differently abled.

Beach Fest for differently-abled at Candolim Beach

Goan Vartha, 26 Mar, 2017

Festivities at Candolim beach await wheelchair users

Times Of India, 25 Mar, 2017

Wheelchair users who have not experienced Goa's beaches and will soon feel the wind in their hair and sand in the toes. The first of its kind wheelchair accessible beach festival will transform a stretch of Candolim to a completely accessible beach organized by UMOJA, an online travel platform.

Beach Fest organized by UMOJA at Candolim Beach

Pudhari, 24 Mar, 2017

Beach Fest at Candolim from March 31

Dainik Herald, 23 Mar, 2017

Candolim Beach In Goa Becomes The First Indian Beach To Be Accessed By People With Disabilities

India Times, 22 Mar, 2017

India is on the verge of getting its first wheelchair-friendly beach that will give hundreds of people with disabilities the opportunity to frolic under the sun, in the water and on the sand just like everyone else. Candolim in Goa is going to become accessible for 10 days during the Umoja Beachfest, which is going to take place from March 31 to April 9.

India's First heelchair Accessible Beach festival at Candolim Beach Goa from March 31

Gomantak Times, 21 Mar, 2017

Umoja, India's first and the largest online travel platform catering to over 180 million differently-abled people in India in association with the Disability Rights Association of Goa and ADAPT for the Beachfest 2017 will organise "BeachFest2017" , India's first wheelchair accessible beach festival at Candolim Beach rom 31st March - 9th April 2017.

Goan beach experience on offer for wheelchair users

The Hindu, 20 Mar, 2017

UMOJA has joined hands with disabled persons ’organisations, local shacks, water sports operators and hotels to transform Candolim beach into India’s first completely wheelchair accessible beach, Avelino de Sa, president of Disability Rights Association of Goa, told The Hindu.Hundreds of wheelchair users from across the country are expected to visit Goa to participate in #BeachFest2017, organisers said.

Website makes disabled people’s travel plans a reality

Times of India , 03 Dec, 2016

When planning a holiday, most don't bother to find out if the hotel entrance has a ramp at a gradient of 1:12 or below or the height of the restaurant table or whether the height of the bed mattress is between 43cm and 48cm. But that's the kind of information that is being collated and studied for an untapped segment of Indian tourists—travellers with disabilities.

Umoja: A Travel Booking Website For The Differently-Abled

Little Black Book, 01 Dec, 2016

Umoja, an online portal, is looking to make travel for the differently-abled much easier by giving them access to information and deals that give wings to their wanderlust.
Travel For All : The Swahili word Umoja translates to ‘inclusive’ and it is inclusiveness that Yeshwant Holkar and Ben Musgrave want to bring to travel. Having packed in over seven years of experience in analysing and investing in businesses, Yeshwant Holkar was forced to change course after a conversation with a wheelchair-bound aunt.

The website making travel more accessible to all

Easy Voyage, 26 Aug, 2016

UMOJA's platform provides differently-abled people with accommodation guides that cater to their specific travel needs. Yeshwant Holkar and Ben Musgrave initially founded UMOJA as an easy-to-navigate website covering hotels in 12 destinations throughout India, home to the world's largest disabled population.

This website is giving wheelchair users a shot at a free holiday

Condénast traveller, 03 May, 2016

Wanderlust can take you, your wheelchair and your family on an all-expenses paid holiday in India. A contest organised by travel portal UMOJA is inviting wheelchair users across the country to share their travel dreams.To participate in #WheelchairWanderlust, log on to the UMOJA website and describe your dream holiday in India that ‘you always wanted to take but didn’t think was possible’. You can either type out the answer or upload a short video clip.

Travel service launches #WheelchairWanderlust competition

Mid-Day, 16 Apr, 2016

Founded by Yeshwant Rao Holkar, Umoja (Inclusion: Swahili) claims to be the country’s first online travel platform which makes finding accessible hotels easy for travelers with disabilities. “Our mission is to unlock the world of travel for over 1.1 billion persons with disabilities (PwDs) by providing detailed, dependable information about the accessiblity of hotels.

Umoja, A New Travel Company Catering To India’s Handicapable Travellers

HomeGrown, 01 Apr, 2016

Taking a step in the direction of progress is a company called Umoja, which as stated on their website is the Kiswahili word for inclusive, and that’s what they aim for–making travel inclusive for all. In short, Umoja is an online portal that provides helpful knowledge for the differently-abled community to ease their travel plans with all necessary information about how disabled-friendly and accessible hotels and restaurants are in the region they’re planning to visit. It all began for CEO and co-founder of Umoja Yeshwant Holkar after a friendly conversation with his aunt.

Enabling India: Travel Website for People With Disabilities

NDTV, 20 Jun, 2015

A newly launched website,, aims to create an online travel platform for people with disabilities. Umoja is like a search engine for people to find hotels that can meet their accessibility needs.

India Matters: Enabling India

NDTV, 12 Jun, 2015

While accessibility is the rising travel trend, finding critical information regarding accessible travel is tough. To meet this need, Mumbai entrepreneur Yeshwant Holkar has launched the country's first online travel platform for people with disabilities. is like a search engine for people to find hotels that can meet their accessibility needs.