Imagine if somebody asked you to explore England, Europe or America in two weeks. Would that make you an expert? We don’t think so, either. There is another factor, too. Like many other companies we promote responsible tourism. Unlike many other companies, we take it one step further and greatly contribute to various charities in the countries in which we operate. And then one step further still, when we create lovely, exclusive safaris and luxury holidays, where one can visit the places we assist. Either way, you can have the most wonderful time on your holiday, knowing that you are making a difference. Now that makes sense to us!
In addition, Hashim Tyabji who heads up our Indian department has written several definitive books on tigers and he has his own wildlife lodges in India, recognised as being some of the finest in the country. He was chief warden of Bandhavgarh National Park and director of operations of Tiger Tops in Nepal. He also did the scientific research for the BBC’s Land of the Tiger. Nicola Shepherd was born in Calcutta and is simply an Indophile. She has great knowledge and enthusiasm for this diverse subcontinent, and loves to share her passion with you.
The joy is that we can offer so many permutations. Luxury safaris and holidays, wonderful adventurous family holidays, or learning about wildlife, history, culture and architecture with the ultimate professional guides. There are also some amazing boat trips along the River Hooghly as well as on the River Bhramaputra in Assam, which we thoroughly recommend! For those interested in antiques, we can assemble a fantastic antiques trail through Tamil Nadu. Perhaps go on an art trail through Rajasthan looking at Rajput paintings with an art historian who loves to share her knowledge with you. Perhaps have a day in Delhi being taken on a tour by well-known author, William Dalrymple.
Whether it is learning about Buddhism in Bhutan, taking luxury walks through the Himalayas with your Sherpa guide, rafting down the rivers in Ladakh or seeing snow leopard with the director of the snow leopard conservancy, having a private cookery lesson in Kerala and going down to the market with the owner to select your ingredients, seeing tiger, leopard and sloth bears in Madhya Pradesh on safari, taking a boat down the Bhramaputra river in Assam, cycling through Madhya Pradesh with your guides, horse-riding in the Aravalli Hills or camel-trekking in the desert, having dinner with a maharajah, flying around Mount Everest, walking the cobbled streets in Kathmandu with your guide, seeing tea plantations and blue sperm whales in Sri Lanka, spending time with orangutan or finding rafflesia flowers or relaxing on gorgeous beaches in Borneo, sailing down the River Irriwaddy in Burma, or scuba diving in crystal clear water in the Maldives.
We create extraordinary journeys into regions where The Explorations Company has first-hand experience. We have slept in the beds, tasted the food and, most importantly, looked for sites that are unusual and often off-the-beaten-track, as well as finding the very best guides who will unfold these worlds to you. Much of our knowledge comes from having lived in these regions, having inside information that transforms your holiday from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Some of the excursions are not available to the general tourist, and we have developed these ideas over time with a handful of carefully selected guides.
Confronted with such an array of choices, even the most independent of travellers needs a helping hand, a word of advice, a pointer in the right direction. Especially if you wish to wander off the well-trodden trail. This is what Asian Explorations specialises in. Bespoke holidays to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Borneo, Burma and the Maldives – all completely tailored around you!