• Odyssey Tours and Travels

    Interactive Virtual Experiences

    Get ready to travel all over the globe
    from the comfort of your home.

  • Odyssey Tours and Travels

    Interactive Virtual Experiences

    Get ready to travel all over the globe
    from the comfort of your home.

  • Odyssey Tours and Travels

    Interactive Virtual Experiences

    Get ready to travel all over the globe
    from the comfort of your home.

  • Odyssey Tours and Travels

    Interactive Virtual Experiences

    Get ready to travel all over the globe
    from the comfort of your home.

We started our interactive virtual experiences in June last year, in the middle of the lockdown with the objective to keep the keep the spirit of travel alive. To quench our client’s thirst for wanderlust. To discover our world virtually and maybe add a destination or two to our clients bucket list when travel resumes. We conducted close to 50 virtual experiences in six months which was only possible thanks to the encouraging support and positive feedback from our clients. Click here to read what our clients have to say.

It has been quite a journey for us, more so in these tough times. We have learned so much, met some wonderful new people and most importantly connected with our clients who have actively participated in our virtual experiences and encouraged us along this journey of discovery. Scroll below to see the list of virtual experiences that we conducted from June to December 2020

VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES in 2020-21: JUN & JUL, AUG & SEP, OCT & NOV, DEC & JAN, FEB & MAR, APR, MAY

Virtual Experiences in June & July 2020:

Wildchild: Being a Ranger

Wildchild: Being a Ranger

Ever wondered what it would be like to become a Park Ranger? Join us on this exclusive Live session to learn some of the important skills the rangers use in the field and enjoy a mission challenge at home. Get that big safari smile on and join in, Wildchild!

The Old City of Jerusalem

The Old City of Jerusalem

Walk through 5000 years of architecture, religion, history and beautiful sites in Jerusalem. To enable you to take in the beauty of the city, in collaboration with talented guide Itamar Ben David, we bring you the city’s wonders through rich interactive virtual tours where you can witness the city’s historical sites and stories and feel the atmosphere as if you were there.

North East India: Tribes & Culture

North East India: Tribes & Culture

Grab comfortable seats and get ready for a heart-warming session about the culture and customs which make the North East of India so unique. Its people, its textiles, festivals and much more. Join Julie Kagti, an entrepreneur, designer and teacher in the textile industry, as she tells us what inspired her imagination and taught her just how vital it was to experience new cultures while young. Julie’s passion and understanding of the Northeast makes for a magical session.

Dutch Masters - Art Tour of Amsterdam

Dutch Masters - Art Tour of Amsterdam

Art lovers rejoice! Get ready for an amazing virtual tour of the Rijksmuseum with art historian Rolf. Admire the masterpieces of the best Dutch Masters. Listen to unknown Rembrandt and Van Gogh's stories and learn about the latest news & recent discoveries about their work from a passionate art historian.

Quirky Stories from India: for Children

Quirky Stories from History:
For Children

Eccentric maharajas and nawabs, bizarre tales and hilarious twists come together in this first book of the Quirky History series. From the Nizam who hid a priceless diamond in a shoe to the Nawab who got his dog married in brocades and pearls and many more quirky, unusual stories. Get ready for history to pop right out as you join us for an amazing book reading session by Mini Menon, award-winning journalist and author. You don’t want to miss this one!

The Magic of The Northern Lights

The Magic of The Northern Lights

While nothing can be as exciting as seeing the Northern Lights in person in all its magical glory, we believe the next best thing to actually seeing it, is to see it virtually. Chad Blakely, photographer extraordinaire, who will show us his live footage of the Northern Lights, how to photograph it and stories of what this phenomenon means. Chad is based in Abisko in the Swedish Lapland and his passion for the star filled skies and Aurora hunting will help re-create this magic for us.

Journey to Bhutan

Journey to Bhutan

Explore the stunning natural beauty of Bhutan as we walk and talk you through Buddhist traditions, the culture of Bhutan and the local people and never-told stories coupled with stunning photos and videos. In addition, Rishi Sarma, who’s been resident there for the last 5 years and an avid trekker and birder, will give us plenty of tips on unique experiences in this Himalayan kingdom. This storytelling session will leave a powerful impression as you get to interact with our speaker, who is also heading the fabulous &Beyond Punakha Lodge due to open in July 2021.

Zen & Wanderlust

Zen & Wanderlust

As the world resets, it gives the opportunity to do the same. Join us on a session with Nikhil Kapur and Dr. Manoj Kutteri as they help us gain a broader understanding of how we move forward through mind, body, and spirit by committing to a healthy lifestyle. Nikhil is founder of Atmantan Wellness, a leading fitness expert, recipient of two Iron Man recognitions and one of the 50 most influential Young Indians! Dr. Manoj Kutteri is a wellness expert with over 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge in the mind-body medicine, nutrition and general wellness. This is our chance to experience a good dose of zen and a little shot of wanderlust!

Wildlife Photography: An Introduction

Wildlife Photography: An Introduction

Sachin Rai, an award-winning wildlife photographer whose work has been featured in several national and international publications, will introduce us to the fine art of wildlife photography. His insight and knowledge will go a long way in helping you get the best foundation in your journey to becoming a wildlife photographer! Or simply to get the best wildlife photographs!

St. Petersburg & the Hermitage Museum

St. Petersburg & the Hermitage Museum

Russia’s greatest historical and one of its most beautiful treasures is St Petersburg. The decadence, the ornate beauty and its fascinating history from the Russian empire of the Tsars to the Soviet Union. Let us introduce you to the stunning city of St Petersburg and her colourful culture as we uncover her past. Sit back and wander through the beautiful sights of this city as our expert guide regales you with wonderful stories.

Climbing mt. Kilimanjaro

Climbing mt. Kilimanjaro

There are only a few things as exciting as climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. Renuka Natu has an infectious passion for adventure and Africa and a gift for storytelling. This is your opportunity to hear about her journey to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. Hold on to your seats, this is going to be a fun ride!

Journey to Sri Lanka

Journey to Sri Lanka

Writer, photographer, conservationist, guest lecturer, expedition leader & recipient of the Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award. These are just a few hats Toby Sinclair, our host for our Journey to Sri Lanka, wears. Be enthralled as he regales us with his amazing stories of a country he loves and knows so well. From nature and wildlife to its history and vivid green plantations, from its colourful culture to its amazing food. There’s much to learn, all from the comfort of your couch!

Virtual Experiences in Aug & Sep 2020:

The Potter Trail

The Potter Trail

Discover the magical locations that inspired characters and scenes from the book, visit the places where JK Rowling wrote the books, and even learn a spell or two along the way. Set in Edinburgh, the tour is full of locations that inspired her to write the internationally beloved books, including the café where she wrote the first ever book. An enthusiastic potions master or witch will enlighten you on this ultimate virtual experience designed especially for Potter fans. The more Muggles, the merrier!

For Adults & Children

Leopard Spotting

Leopard Spotting

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Arguably the best place in the world to spot a leopard. However, this magnificent, elusive cat is difficult to spot and individual leopards are even harder to identify. Through wonderful stories, our naturalist will talk to us about the exciting techniques used to identify leopards, revealing details of their secretive lives. Get answers to burning questions like why leopards mate more than 25 times a day on this educational and informative interactive experience.

For Adults & Children

History & Heritage of Delhi

History & Heritage of Delhi

Delhi is one of the legendary capital cities of the world, its origins dating back to prehistoric times. Join us as Dr. Swapna Liddle, an acclaimed writer and historian, walks us through a wonderfully interactive session on how Delhi came to be and the natural, historical and cultural factors that have contributed to making it what it is today. She vividly traces the story of our capital through the ages and its layers of history that have made Delhi what it is today.

Rome: Mysteries of the Vatican

Rome: Mysteries of the Vatican

Get ready to explore the many masterpieces and treasures the fascinating Vatican museum with a knowledgeable art historian from Rome. The Sistine Chapel ceiling, the School of Athens and more! Whether it is your first time visiting the museum or you are reliving your experience, this unique tour will give you an up-close and personal encounter with 3D and high-resolution images as you embark on a virtual journey and enjoy the treasures of this museum has to offer. Welcome to an online Vatican experience!

India: Forgotten Treasures from History

India: Forgotten Treasures from History

Journey with us through time as we tell you the lesser known stories of the Indian Subcontinent - Tracing the trail of the famed Black Gold from the west coast of India, to the precious diamonds that made their way across the world. The Ships that lined up on Indian ports and the Indians who ruled the seas. As India marks its 74th year of Independence - we tell you how India left its mark on the imagination of the World for thousands of years, before. Catch a special session to understand India - & its “Other’ History with Mini Menon, lover of all things historic and Akshay Chavan, one of India's foremost experts on Princely states who together are the founders of the online platform Live History India.

Paris: A guided tour of the Louvre museum

Paris: A guided tour of the Louvre museum

Visiting the Louvre can be a long day. There is so much to see and it is hard to cover in a day! This is a golden opportunity to appreciate one of the world’s largest and most beautiful museums without visiting it in person, as we have a licensed guide from the Louvre showing you behind-the-scenes photos and videos and entertaining you with wonderful stories of the key works of art and masterpieces of the museum, without you having to waiting in line! This interactive session is great for both first-time and repeat Louvre visitors and lovers of art.

Whisky Tour & Tasting

Whisky Tour & Tasting

Our interactive whisky tasting experience allows you to explore and experience the tremendous Paul John Single malts. The international award-winning Indian whisky now opens its doors to you – virtually. Witness the craft and time-honoured process behind the making of Paul John single malts on this tour from the visitor centre down to their underground cellars. Regardless of whether you’re an amateur or an enthusiast, there’s something here for everyone. The highlight at the end of the virtual tour is a live tasting, conducted by a Paul John tour anchor and brand ambassador, of 3 distinct Paul John Single malts - Brilliance, Edited and Bold. Come and join us on a virtual whisky tasting from the comfort of your own home. (Bangalore residents only) *** (please see notes below)

Istanbul: East meets West

Istanbul: East meets West

Explore Istanbul’s timeless sights and stunning historic places. We will virtually stroll through this magical city & hear the stories behind its powerful sultans, courtiers, and generals. Spot the distinctive tiles of the Blue Mosque, see the Byzantine mosaics and minarets of Hagia Sophia and the beauty of the Topkapi Palace. We will virtually explore its old town and bustling Bazaars. This city is a magical meeting place of East and West as it bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. Together with our expert guide we will enjoy the best of Istanbul.

The Dabbawallas of Mumbai

The Dabbawallas of Mumbai

Get ready for an immersive talk with one of the Dabbawallas of Mumbai and journey with him and their extraordinary team of 5000 dabbawallas as you get to know the intricate details of the magnificent tiffin service which has been have been part of Mumbai for almost 130 years! Harvard Business reviews called them “Mumbai’s Models of Service Excellence”. Listen to stories of the origins and their legacy of perfectly aligned service. Spend an hour with these superheroes of Mumbai and get to hear their life story.

The Old Town of Jerusalem

The Old Town of Jerusalem

Walk through 5000 years of architecture, religion, history and beautiful sites of Jerusalem. To enable you to take in the beauty of the city, in collaboration with our talented guide Itamar, we bring you the city’s wonders through rich interactive virtual tours where you can witness the city’s historical sites and stories and feel the atmosphere as if you were there. We will hear all about the ancient traditions in Jerusalem, see the magnificent buildings on the Temple Mount and experience the magic of this town.

Florence with Flair

Florence with Flair

Florence, arguably one of Italy’s prettiest cities, has had a continuous connection with the history and culture of the world. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance and this is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the history and charming atmosphere of this lovely town. Discover its stories and secrets as we explore Florence with a passionate local guide. We will discover its famous sights, museums, traditions, and legends on this virtual experience of Florence.

Old Town of Dubrovnik

Old Town of Dubrovnik

Discover the history of Dubrovnik on this live walking tour as we learn about the magnificent buildings and churches, historical and recent anecdotes and discover some well-hidden secrets. Discover how in a little over 300 years it became a maritime superpower boasting the 3rd largest merchant fleet in the world. This virtual tour of beautiful Dubrovnik conducted by an enthusiastic local guide will also include numerous Game of Thrones filming locations. Sit back and enjoy this one!

Travel Photography

Travel Photography

Learn the secrets to travel photography in an online workshop with an award winning professional photographer and passionate traveller. Sachin will share the best tips and tricks to take cool photos with your phone or camera. Learn how to take better and original photos with your phone camera, what editing programs to use, how to pose, and how to work with light and composition. It will help you focus on your skills with photo examples in this highly interactive experience.

Amsterdam: Dutch Masters Art Tour

Amsterdam: Dutch Masters Art Tour

Art lovers rejoice! Get ready for an amazing virtual tour of the Rijksmuseum as well as the Van Gogh museum with art historian Rolf. Admire the masterpieces of the best Dutch Masters – Rembrandt, Vermeer & Vincent Van Gogh. Listen to unknown Rembrandt and Van Gogh's stories and learn about the latest news & recent discoveries about their work from a passionate art historian. Its going to be a wonderful, informative and highly interactive session.

Whisky Tour & Tasting

Whisky Tour & Tasting

Our interactive whisky tasting experience allows you to explore and experience the tremendous Paul John Single malts. The international award-winning Indian whisky now opens its doors to you – virtually. Witness the craft and time-honoured process behind the making of Paul John single malts on this tour from the visitor centre down to their underground cellars. Regardless of whether you’re an amateur or an enthusiast, there’s something here for everyone. The highlight at the end of the virtual tour is a live tasting, conducted by a Paul John tour anchor and brand ambassador, of 3 distinct Paul John Single malts - Brilliance, Edited and Bold. Come and join us on a virtual whisky tasting from the comfort of your own home. (Pune & Mumbai residents only) *** (please see notes below)

Peruvian Journey

Peruvian Journey

Climb to the top of Machu Picchu without leaving your comfy couch as we walk in the steps of the ancient Incas and bring you details of the Classic Inca Trail. If you’re aching to get into the great outdoors, enjoy delicious food, and would like to explore some ancient wonders, you can’t go wrong with a virtual visit to Peru. Our experts will regale you with stories about this wonderful country and give you details on its world famous locales, its history, and if you’re lucky, an up-close look at some local alpacas. This is a fantastic way to ‘experience’ Peru.

Expedition to Antarctica

Expedition to Antarctica

You are about to embark on a journey to the end of the Earth. To the coldest and windiest continent on the planet, where temperatures have dropped as low as nearly -90 °C and winds rage in excess of 100 mph. Don’t let this put you off! Visiting Antarctica is perhaps the ultimate escape from reality: Time zones don’t exist, there are more penguins than people, and its snow-covered tundras, peaks, and valleys are equal parts alien and majestic. It offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Unique, remote, hostile and yet beautiful, Antarctica is well worth a visit on this virtual trip of a lifetime.

Wonders of Petra

Wonders of Petra

Explore the beautiful ancient Rose City of Petra from the comfort of your home. Our expert will walk through on a live tour as he explains the history of the Nabatean and their culture, the obelisk tomb and then onwards from the Gateway to the Siq, through the mile-long gorge and colourful canyons, to the magnificent Treasury, which will leave you in awe of mankind’s artisanship. This is a wonderful live experience for anyone who may already have been to or would like to visit Petra, Jordan.

Virtual Experiences in Oct & Nov 2020:

Weaves of India

Weaves of India

India is home to a plethora of weaves. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Gujarat to Assam, every region has its own handloom techniques and the timeless art of each fabrics’ weave has its own story to tell. Join Mini Menon from Live History India as she regales us with stories of exquisite weaves from around the country. The importance of our handlooms needs to be recognised more in these times with many of them out of work. This session is a tribute to the ultimate weaver, Gandhi, a day after his birth anniversary.

The Magic of the Northern Lights

The Magic of the Northern Lights

While nothing can be as exciting as seeing the Northern Lights in person in all its magical glory, we believe the next best thing to actually seeing it, is to see it virtually. Chad Blakely, photographer extraordinaire, will show us his live footage of the Northern Lights, how to photograph it and stories of what this phenomenon means. Chad is based in Abisko in the Swedish Lapland and his passion for the star filled skies and Aurora hunting will help re-create this magic for us.

Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun

Lets take a look around Tuscany – its beautiful medieval towns, its wonderful food and world-famous wines. We will virtually experience the marvel of Tuscany visiting the ancient city of Siena and the stunning hilltop village of San Gimignano. We will learn about the beautiful Chianti vineyards and what makes them different, and hear about the local cuisine of Tuscany while our guide regales us with her stories from under the Tuscan sun.

The Potter Trail

The Potter Trail

Discover the magical locations that inspired characters and scenes from the book, visit the places where JK Rowling wrote the book as you venture into a magical wizarding world. Set in Edinburgh, the tour is full of locations that inspired her to write the internationally beloved books, places from which she drew her inspiration and the shops that found their way into a now famous Alley! An enthusiastic guide will enlighten us on this ultimate virtual experience designed especially for Potter fans. The more Muggles, the merrier!

Hitler's Berlin and WWII

Hitler's Berlin and WWII

This unique virtual experience transports you to a time when Berlin was the heart of Nazi Germany – the capital city of a dictatorship that waged a war that destroyed swathes of the European continent. Learn about how the Nazis came to power in 1933, virtually visit the former SS and Gestapo headquarters, Hitlers bunker and the Holocaust memorial. Learn the story of Georg Elser, who came within 13 minutes of killing Adolf Hitler and changing the course of history.

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Trekking to see the endangered mountain gorillas, of which there are only 700 remaining on earth, in Rwanda, Uganda & the Congo is an experience not to be missed. Set against the backdrop of its endless green hills and soaring mountainsides, we aim to bring this special bucket-list experience to your homes. Our subject expert on Africa, Renuka Natu will talk us through her experience and knowledge on her magical encounters with these extraordinary creatures.

Anne & Amsterdam

Anne & Amsterdam

Take a virtual bike tour with Sebastian as he cycles through the city of Amsterdam highlighting the life of one of the city’s most famous young figures - Anne Frank and how she became an iconic symbol of the brutality of suppression. Sebastian will tell us the story of how she wrote her diary and how it came to be published. He will also talk about life in the city during the German occupation, all the while showing us key sights like the Jewish Cultural Quarter, locations the Dutch resistance offered as secret hiding places and of course the outside of the Anne Frank house itself.

An Introduction to Wildlife Photography

Stories From The Wild

Experience nature and wildlife’s most extraordinary and revelatory sights, reflecting the beauty and diversity of our planet and highlighting the variety of wildlife we hope to have the opportunity to see. Through our session on stories from the wild, experience a photo essay from an award-winning wildlife photographer who will showcase his inspiring images from the wild to catch your imagination, along with amazing stories of unforgettable encounters.

Budapest & the Blue Danube

Budapest & the Blue Danube

This virtual tour of Budapest covers the key sites of Buda and Pest as well the Danube that divides the two. It offers a great opportunity for all travellers to see Budapest as they've never seen it before. From the beautiful Parliament building on the Pest side of the Danube river to the magnificent Royal Palace in Buda, we will explore the city’s rich history and culture. Hear all the local stories and visit must-see spots in Budapest without the crowds!

Koalas in the Wild

Koalas in the Wild

We’re heading east and taking you to the land Down Under where we will show you Koalas in the wild. This is a live virtual tour with local guide and koala whisperer Wendy Bithell. Wendy will walk us through a wild koala habitat and will search for wild koalas helping us get as close up and personal as possible with these amazing creatures while helping us learn about the biology and habitat of the Koalas and threats to this iconic Australian animal.

Sharks & the Deep Blue Sea

Sharks & the Deep Blue Sea

Dive (virtually) into the clear warm waters of a marine reserve, home to some very large fish, and even larger sharks. We'll uncover fun facts on the personalities and behaviours of the bull shark, their shark cousins, and their favourite food. Through this virtual online experience, you’ll venture under the water to tag and track large sharks and learn the logistics of filming them in the water. Most importantly, you’ll become part of the efforts to protect and restore marine ecosystems and understand how you can have a positive influence on the world around you.

Twits & Turns

Twits & Turns

Here’s a Golden Ticket to the Scrumdiddlyumptious world of Roald Dahl! A world where daring children take the cake and nasty adults all the flak; where a child’s love for adventure opens up a world of magical wonder! Saunter around in this delightful world, reading, enjoying and making the rules. Meet the bizarre and brilliant stars of his booked in this splendiferous interactive storytelling session where you are in for the most marvellous, the most FANTASTIC treat of your life!

Game of Thrones Virtual tour: Dubrovnik

Game of Thrones Virtual tour: Dubrovnik

Discover the ‘Game of Thrones’ film sites of Dubrovnik on this virtual walking tour that takes in the real-life attractions used for some of the show’s locations. As you explore the city’s World Heritage-listed Old Town we will visit the most memorable scenes from the TV show. Follow in Joffrey’s footsteps at Lovrijenac Fortress, stand where Arya Stark stood, and hear behind-the-scenes stories about filming in the city with Michael, who himself was an extra on the show and has many inside stories of filming to share with us!

Journey to Morocco

Journey to Morocco

From busy medieval cities to the stunning Sahara Desert; from relaxed beach towns to scenic mountain ranges, Morocco is a wonderful combination of Arabian, European and Berber cultures. On our virtual experience of Morocco, our subject expert will take us through the colours, contrasts and hidden treasures of what makes Morocco so special, whether it be camel trekking in the Sahara, basking in Roman ruins in Volubilis, experiencing the blue hues of Chefchousen, meeting local Berber women in the Atlas mountains, discovering the tanneries in the Fes medina, or tasting traditional Moroccan food at DJemaa El Fna in Marrakech. It is an experience for all your senses.

Imperial city of Kyoto

Imperial city of Kyoto

This virtual experience brings to life one of Japan’s most beautiful and historical cities – the imperial city of Kyoto. We will see and learn about the lovely Kinkakuji temple, Arashiyama Bamboo grove and Togestu bridge, Fushimi Inari Shrine, the iconic Kiyomizu temple and the traditional streets of Gion district on this lively, interactive tour. We will virtually explore Kyoto and enjoy little stories from a local guide.

Antarctica Adventure

Antarctica Adventure

*Complimentary session

Antarctica is beyond the boundaries of civilization and often beyond the limits of imagination! We would like to take you to the end of the Earth and explore the vast wilderness of the great white continent of Antarctica. We invite you to join us as we virtually explore our planet’s most remote continent with its unspoilt, awe-inspiring beauty and incredible wildlife encounters.

ST. PETERSBURG & THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM

ST. PETERSBURG & THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM

Russia’s greatest historical and one of its most beautiful treasures is St Petersburg. The decadence, the ornate beauty and its fascinating history from the Russian empire of the Tsars to the Soviet Union. Let us introduce you to the stunning city of St Petersburg and her colourful culture as we uncover her past. Sit back and wander through the beautiful sights of this city as our expert guide regales you with wonderful stories.

Virtual Experiences in Dec 2020 & Jan 2021:

Christmas Markets of Europe

Christmas Markets of Europe

*Complimentary session

Twinkling lights and mulled wine, glittering baubles and advent songs. Embrace a festive flavour this December and let’s light up the lights with a joyful & informative virtual event to learn more about the magical Christmas Markets of Europe. With so many Christmas markets sadly being pushed back this year, we want to get you in the holiday sprit with our interactive, informative virtual experience of the Christmas Markets of Europe.

The Trans-Siberian Railway Journey

The Trans-Siberian Railway Journey

*Complimentary session

Undoubtedly the world's greatest railway journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway is an epic journey spanning two continents and seven time zones. Let us give you a glimpse of this magnificent bucket-list journey and give you a taste of discovering the 12 wonderful regions and 87 towns that one passes through including a journey alongside the shore of the world's largest freshwater lake. Grab a glass of wine and go on a virtual adventure with us on the Trans-Siberian journey!

Monuments of Mahabalipuram

Monuments of Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram was the capital region during the reign of the Pallava Dynasty in the 7th century AD who were popular for their inclination towards Tamilian art and culture and immortalized their glories with wonderful architectural treasures. The monuments at Mahabalipuram are their witness to their architectural splendour and cultural knowledge which left a huge impact, making them a Unesco World Heritage site today.

Virtual Experiences in Feb & Mar 2021:

Nagaland - Textiles of Identity

Nagaland - Textiles of Identity

Nagaland is India’s final frontier, landlocked between India and Myanmar, at the north eastern edge of the Subcontinent. It is home to a proud and independent people, whose self-sustaining way of life is rooted in their land. Here textiles signify identity, and communicate age, status, wealth and power. Traditional patterns are coded with symbolic meaning - from Konyak royalty to Angami and Chakhesang elders. Utilitarian textiles are emerging as today’s prestige-cloths. Highly skilled women weave these on back-strap looms, in a fiber-to-fabric journey that is often completely local. They are made from stinging nettle that is foraged from the wild, and plied into yarn soft enough to be worn! Join Radhi Parekh, founder director of ARTISANS’ Centre as she brings alive the textiles of Nagaland.

Hoysala Temples: Poetry in Stone

Hoysala Temples: Poetry in Stone

The Hoysalas were supreme rulers of the southern Deccan in the 12th and 13th centuries. Together with their queens, ministers and commanders they sponsored a series of magnificent temples the most famous of which are those at Belur, Halebidu and Somanathapura. The complicated layouts elaborate wall treatments and spacious interiors of these monuments testify to the genius of Hoysala designers and builders. In this illustrated lecture Kamalika Bose provides a comprehensive introduction to the architecture and art and ends with a commentary on the current use and state of conservation of these historical sites.

An Ode to Love and Life: Mandu

An Ode to Love and Life: Mandu

The city of Mandu is adorned with spell-binding Afghan architecture surrounded by baobab trees native to Africa. The grand palaces are still alive with a royal romance while the gateways (darwazas) speak of a history of imperial conquests. A walk through Mandu will leave you awe-struck. Sohail Hashmi will take you through a virtual Visual tour of Mandu in an hour, something that requires three days in real time.

Virtual Experiences in Apr 2021:

Stories behind the Taj Mahal

Stories behind the Taj Mahal

Through this experience, Amita Baig Executive Director of World Monuments Fund in India, will take us to Shahjahan’s view of the Taj Mahal, circumscribed by his limited access to the monument. We will explore his intent, his grand design and how it was used then, from the sacred mausoleum to the Moonlight Garden, beyond his love of Mumtaz Mahal. He was an Emperor of stupendous ambition and even conceit. The transition from a sacred space to a civic monument is of particular interest as the sacred takht of the Emperor became the dance floor for British soldiers. The stories are myriad, as are the interpretations, the flowers in perpetual mourning and gardens which transformed in every season.

Ladakh - The Land of High Passes

Ladakh - The Land of High Passes

Ladakh is a land brimming with magic and mystery - a land of snowcapped mountains, vast barren plateaus and deep turquoise lakes. Remote, ancient and relatively untouched, a visit to Ladakh will leave you exhilarated and will stay with you forever. On our experience, explore some of the much-loved and some lesser-known destinations, taking in the best of it all. This is a land like no other.

Virtual Experiences in May 2021:

Chronicles of Intrepid Travellers

Client Speak: In these difficult times, we are all looking for inspiration and motivation to keep us going and dream of better days. After conducting over 50 curated, virtual experiences since June last year, we looked at how we could use our virtual travel platform to inspire our clients. We didn’t have to look too far as we have so many of our own clients and well-wishers who follow their passion and have incredibly inspiring travel pursuits and stories to share with us. These are people who went on personal quests to discover what they love. They will share their incredible journeys with us, keeping us hopeful and inspired in these times.

A Passion for Wildlife - Srikanth Sarathy

A Passion for Wildlife -
Srikanth Sarathy

Srikanth is an advertising & marketing professional whose career spanning 25+ years includes working with leading MNC firms like Leo Burnett, Disney, Advocacy Asia and more. He changed careers one year ago and is now a successful Life & Leadership Coach and co-founder of The Core Questin. At heart, Srikanth is a wildlife enthusiast and photographer. Srikanth took a year off in 2012 to pursue his passion for wildlife and travelled to most of the National Parks in India and continues to follow his passion. Tune in to listen to Srikanth’s fascinating journey through the forests of India and Sri Lanka as he brings it alive for us.

Grandeur of Hampi - Siddharth Raja

Grandeur of Hampi -
Siddharth Raja

An alumnus of NLS Bangalore, Siddharth is a serial entrepreneur who has helped co-found two successive pan-India law firms in the past and has now co-founded another one with Saakshya Law. History has been his passion ever since he was a kid and he has pursued that passion for several years now. After moving close to Nandi Hills in Bangalore, he started Nandi Valley Walks in 2015 offering informative historical walking tours at the base of Nandi Hills. His recent visits to Hampi have left him in awe and he will share with us his the history, perspective and experiences on the magical and grand town of Hampi, a UNESCO world heritage site.

El Camino de Santiago - Christopher Louzado

El Camino de Santiago -
Christopher Louzado

Christopher runs a wealth advisory firm. In his personal life, he is an avid fitness enthusiast, a photographer and a lover of life in general. He’s a cyclist, a marathon runner and a nature lover. He loves discovering new places with his family and their motto is to appreciate the moment more and understand its relevance to history, Exactly 2 years ago, he embarked on a 40-day walk from France to Spain across the Pyrennes on the El Camino de Santiago. Christopher will share with us his journey, the mini miracles that occurred and the magic of having accomplished what he set out to do.

The Audacious Project: Cycling from Mumbai to Bangkok Vijay Chidambaram

The Audacious Project: Cycling from Mumbai to Bangkok - Vijay Chidambaram

Vijay is a marketing professional and has been successfully running a consulting firm Centre of Gravity for the last 15 years. His company has been advising corporates like Asian Paints, Titan, Aditya Birla fashion to name a few. But at heart Vijays' first love has always been the outdoors, especially the mountains. He is a serious mountaineer, rock climber and lately a marathoner. Vijay and his friend undertook an audacious ride from Mumbai to Bangkok, the seed for which was sown on a rainy day in the city. They trained for a year and a half and eventually in 2017, cycled 5883 kilometers from Mumbai to Bangkok over 62 days. This is his story.

Date : 23rd May 2021 Time : 5pm IST Duration : 1 hr Price : Complimentary
Date : 23rd May 2021
Time : 5pm IST
Duration : 1 hr
Price : Complimentary

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