Energetic and always rearing to go, Inder Dugal is passionate about travel and curating new experiences. Born in Delhi, Inder studied in the US, and has vast experience working in the financial sector, and outsourcing space. He move to India when he relaised that travel was his true calling. Today as Operations Director for Amber Tours, Inder lead tours, curates novel experiences, narrates untold stories about India, and travels regularly with clients. He is also involved in recceing news sports and creating amazing experiences as part of his job. The blunt of process rigor and creativity keeps him motivated to follow his passion relentlessly everyday.
Director Operations, Amber Tours Pvt Ltd
With years of experience working in the leisure, travel and tourism space, Rajesh Ohja has deep roots in the field of Indian Adventure travel. He founded Banjara camps way back in 1993 during which he opened Kinnaur;s first dwelling for travellers: a campsite with Swiss Cottage Tents in Sangla Valley and thus pioneered the concept of luxury camping in India. An ardent advocate and practitioner of sustainable and responsible tourism, Rajesh is a founding member of the Eco-Tourism Society of Himachal Pradesh. He has served on the board of the ATOAI and lso runs a food company that aims to preserve and celebrate traditional cusine and heirloom recipes form kitchens across India
Partner, Banjra Camps & Retreats
Managing Director, Luxury India Holidays Pvt Ltd
A well-known name in the adventure travel fraternity, Vishwas Makhija has spent over two decade in running one of India’s most successful adventure travel companies. India insight tours which he started in 1996, since 1988. Vishwas has worked in the field of adventure tourism starting from the grassroots level as a camp boy, camp assistant, and even a trekking guide. He set up a second company Luxury India Holidays Pvt. ltd in 2004 with a special focus on the high-end travel seeking niche travel experiences. An avid trekker he currently serves on the board of the adventure tour operators association of India along with several other positions in the Indian tourism industry. Apart from travel, he enjoys soccer and cooking
Founder Director, Panache World
A keen adventurer and explorer, Ajeet Bajaj has many firsts to his credit. He is the first Indian to have completed the Polar Trilogy which entails skiing to the North Pole, to the South Pole and across Greenland. He is also the first Asian to have rafted and kayaked some of the world’s most challenging rivers spanning six continents. A winner of several medals in national and international rafting and kayaking competitions, Ajeet is a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified rescue diver and qualified as a mountaineering instructor from ENSA, French National School of Skiing and Alpinism. He has several awards to his credit including the prestigious Padma Shri which was awarded to him in 2012.
Managing Director, Snow Leopard Adventures Pvt Ltd
Director Duurbeen Bespoke (P) Ltd.
After 17 years of journalism, Ritu Goyal took her love for travel one step further when she started Ease India Travel, a Pune-based start-up in 2017. Ease India offers personalized holidays to select destinations and specializes in tours that are quirky, offbeat, fun, and filled with a ‘surprise’ element. Ease India firmly believes in compassion and inclusion. Ritu describes herself as an Eco-Travelpreneur and she is an avid trekker, adventure-seeker, investigative journalist, former lecturer in Pone’s Symbiosis University, and a mother of two teenagers. She is a specialist in destinations like Bhutan, Bahrain, Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Bastar (Chhattisgarh), and Coorg.
Founder, Ease India Travel
Managing Editor, India Today Magazine
A long time and well-known journalist and writer, Kai Jabir Friese is currently managing editor of India Today which is India’s leading English news magazine. Over the years, Kai has authored several op-eds, columns, essays and features for a variety of publications including The New York Times and International New York Times, GEO (France), N+l, Tank magazine, Scroll.in, GQ (India), National Geographic Traveller (India) and GEO Saison (Germany). An old friend and supporter of the Siang Rush program, Kai loves adventure, travel and music.
Managing Director, Creative Travel
CK Bliss, Itanagar