About Us

Infinite Journeys & Foliage Outdoors
  • Our Story
  • Vision & Values
  • Why Us?
  • Our People
Our Story

Back in the year 2000, when Infinite Journeys first took root, our office was limited to a single room, two computers and excursions limited to return on the same day. Fast forward to the present year and the single room has now expanded to a well equipped office with services being offered by us to practically each continent of the World and to guests from across the globe. 

Today, we cater to customized tours- ranging from one-day excursions to wildlife and adventure camps across India right up to International Tours to Africa and Europe. Our latest feather in the cap is a visit to Antarctica!!!

There is something for everyone at Infinite Journeys, because we hate to disappoint!

  • YEAR 2000 : THE START

    Four students from a Management College in Pune, a Science Post Graduate and a Commerce Post Graduate came together to form a Start Up. They called it Foliage Outdoors. The idea was to turn their hobby of Wildlife, Birdwatching and Traveling into a Business.
  • YEAR 2000 : LAUNCH OF ONE DAY EXCURSIONS

    One Day Excursions around Pune were announced. 24 outings successfully conducted within 12 months. The average attendance in each of the outing was 40 participants. The beginning was modest and response very encouraging.
  • YEAR 2001 : LAUNCH OF WILDLIFE CAMPS

    Egged on by the encouraging response to the One day Excursions, longer duration Wildlife Camps were announced to premier National Parks and Tiger Reserves of India like Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Ranthambhore and Corbett National Park.

  • YEAR 2003 : LAUNCH OF TREKKING DIVISION

    Foliage Outdoors launched Trekking Division. Soft to Moderate treks and hikes were announced throughout India ranging from Sahyadris in Western Ghats to Himalayas.
  • YEAR 2004 : LAUNCH OF ADVENTURE DIVISION

    Foliage Outdoors launched Adventure Sports Division. The adventure activities like White Water Rafting in various rivers of India, Skiing, Para-gliding and Scuba Diving came to be offered under this division.
    by the end of 2003, Foliage Outdoors was successfully conducting Tours to Wildlife, Trekking and Adventure Destinatinations across India.
  • YEAR 2005 : LAUNCH OF FIT DIVISION / INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS DIVISION

    With an aim to provide Independent Holidays to discerning travelers, FIT (Free Independent Traveler) division was formed. All the travel related enquiries right from a simple railway ticket to a complex World Tour could now be offered to travelers on their dates, their duration and as per their ideas. The clients who do not subscribe to “pre-costed” or “fixed departure tour packages” gave an enthusiastic response to the concept of Tailormade-Holidays.
  • YEAR 2006 : SURVEY OF DESTINATIONS AND RESORTS IN INDIA

    (Beginning Year 2003) Survey of 14 key States in India was completed and the (photography) database of key Resorts across India was collected. This continues till date as new experiences and hotels/resorts get introduced each year. This initiative got good response from the Market as they could see the authentic images of the Resorts providing an credible alternative to (sometimes misleading) information available on the website of the respective hotels.
  • YEAR 2006 - 2008 : DIVERSIFICATION OF DESTINATIONS PORTFOLIO

    The portfolio was further broadened with inclusion of less-known / offbeat places like Valley Of Flowers, Lahaul Spiti, Rann of Kutch, Andaman Islands, Ladakh etc. in India.
    FIT Division strengthened its offerings to India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, South-East Asia and Gulf.
  • YEAR 2008 : LAUNCH OF INBOUND DIVISION

    Inbound Division established. This division was established to cater to the Foreign Tourist coming to explore India. Since then we have been customizing holidays for our Foreign Guests.
  • YEAR 2008 - 2010 : DIVERSIFICATION OF DESTINATIONS PORTFOLIO (continued)

    More International destinations added to the Portfolio like Kenya, Tanzania, Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. Good response to Everest Base Camp.
  • YEAR 2010 : RESTRUCTURING

    Status of the company changed from “Partnership Firm” to “Private Limited”. Consolidation of each division. The company crosses a turnover of Rs. 10 Cr in 2011.
  • YEAR 2011 : INTRODUCTION OF NICHE PRODUCTS

    Niche products like “Photo Tours – International” ( targeted at Photographers from India wanting to travel abroad ), “Photo Tours – India” ( targeted at Photographers from abroad ), “Wildlife Photo Tours to India”, “Birding Tours to India” were introduced.
  • YEAR 2015 : APPROVED AS "INCREDIBLE INDIA" PARTNER

    Infinite Journeys is recognized by Department of Tourism, Government of India. We now proudly represent India under "Incredible India" Programme. 

  • YEAR 2016

    We provide services to :

    INBOUND MARKET : The foreign guests who wish to explore India.
    OUTBOUND MARKET : Indian travelers who wish to explore International Destinations.
    DOMESTIC MARKET : Help Indian travelers explore various parts of this diverse country.
    CONDUCTED TOURS / FIXED DEPARTURES : Offered under our brand name of Foliage Outdoors in India and abroad to Wildlife, Adventure and Trekking destinations.


    Recognized by almost all Govt State Tourism Development Corporations of India namely :

    KTDC : Kerala Tourism Development Corporation
    RTDC : Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
    KMVN : Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam ( Uttarakhand )
    GMVN : Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam ( Uttarakhand )
    MPTDC : Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation
    HPTDC : Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation
    JLR : Jungle Lodges and Resorts Limited  (A Govt of Karnataka Undertaking)

    Recognized by Reputed Chain of Hotels in India namely :

    Taj Group of Hotels
    Oberoi Group Of Hotels
    ITC Hotels
    Sarovar Group of Hotels
    Citrus Group Of Hotels
    Fortune Group Of Hotels
    Pride Group Of Hotels 
    Royal Orchid Group Of Hotels
    Sinclairs Group Of Hotels

    Recognized by Reputed Chain of International Hotels namely :

    Taj Group of Hotels
    Oberoi Group Of Hotels
    Amari Group Of Hotels (Thailand)
    Four Point Sheraton (India and Abroad)
    Marriott (India and Abroad)
    Centara (Thailand)
    Marina (Singapore)
    Bayswater Inn (UK)
    Hyatt (India and Abroad)

    Membership of Associations :

    TAFI : Travel Agents Federation of India
    ADTOI : Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India
    ETAA : Enterprising Travel Agents’ Association
    TAAP : Travel Agent Association of Pune
    IAAI : IATA Agents Association Of India

Our Vision
The vision of Infinite Journeys Pvt. Ltd. is to be recognized as a credible name that offers an unparalleled holiday experience across the globe. We wish to be recognized as a Travel Agency that's passionate about Traveling, Exploring and Holiday Planning, to whom the knowledge of offbeat, less traveled destinations and unique travel experiences come naturally.
Our Values
Service

We strive to maintain the highest operational standards in order to exceed the expectations of our clients.

Integrity and Transparency

We deliver what we promise and only promise what we can deliver.

Respect

We respect the trust that you have bestowed on us. We listen to you to understand your requirements and go to any lengths to exceed your service expectations. Occasionally we could disagree with you and would then come up with options that would better your travel experiences.

Courtesy

We have an excellent corporate culture and working environment that makes our company a pleasant place to work in. This makes it easier for us to treat you with courtesy, with a friendly smile on our face and in our voice. We strive to ensure that your travel planning experience is as memorable as the travel itself.

Fair Pricing Policy

With us, you will not be required to "compare" or "cross-check". We operate on honest margins and would like you to come back to us again for value for money services and experiences that we offer.

Why Us?
Our Strengths Our Travel Planners are passionate travelers

Our team is made up of experts for whom work is passion. Each one is a traveler first, a travel consultant later. So you can be rest assured that all our tours have been assembled with utmost detailing.

Travel Surveys

Itineraries that we suggest and the Hotels/Resorts that we recommend are a result of thousand of kms of journey that we undertake every year to reassure ourselves that the options that we offer to you are nothing but the Best. We inspect the hotels, taste the food and work towards ensuring you an experience that's tried, tested, well researched and surveyed. We also maintain a photo record of the destinations and the accommodation facilities to assure you that 'what you see will be what you get'.

We are Selective

We suggest Hotels/Resorts that have a "character". Our suggestion could vary from a Homestay to a 5 Star / Boutique Resort. Whatever it may be, do stay assured that the same will have a unique character.

24 x 7 Assistance

While our systematic approach ensures that there would be no problem while you would be on Tour. Still, should a problem occur, we remain available to you 24 x 7.

Our Holiday Philosophy

In today's hectic world, taking a break is a luxury. So when you finally get the chance to unwind, we want you to make the most of it.

  • At Infinite Journeys, we believe that each Guest is different and unique set of preferences. While each guest could choose from our carefully drafted itineraries, we encourage the guests to give us a detailed idea of the Holidays that they are looking at. We will make the necessary changes to suit their tastes.
  • You can then ask questions and suggest changes till you have a Holiday Plan that you are looking at. Ask 100 questions and we will try answering them all
  • At Infinite Journeys, we believe in giving you "Off-The-Beaten-Path Holidays" and "Unique Travel Experiences". In case you want Popular/Typical/Conventional Holidays, we could do that as well.
  • We DO NOT patronize any Hotels. We suggest only those Hotels that we think are right for you.

We at Infinite Journeys respect your individuality and preferences and we strive to give you a holiday that comes closest to your idea of holidays at a fair price.

Our Pricing Policy

"Our Rates cannot be beaten. If there is a lower rate that's being offered to you, it perhaps isn't an honest quote."

  • We have the most honest pricing for our Conducted / Fixed Departure Holidays.
  • We offer you the best possible rates from our side which can be crosschecked from the official websites of the Resorts.
  • We are a Reasonable Big Size Company and are hence privy to best possible rates that a Resort or an Airline can offer. We operate on honest margins making our offered Rates very difficult to beat.
  • Nonetheless, should you find discrepancy in rates, do point out the same to us and we will try to match with the lower quote.
  • If at all there is a difference in the cost, it is because of:
    • Different Resort selection.
    • Different vehicle provided.
    • Mode of exploration (Seat-in-Coach / Private Transport)
    • Type of room (Standard / Delux / Suite / Valley Facing etc.)
    • Varying duration of stay
    • Hidden Costs / Fine Print
  • Hidden Cost / Fine Print are often used by many Web Portals / Travel Agencies which are often misguiding in nature. With us, there are no unpleasant surprises.
  • Hidden Cost / Fine Print often is "taxes to be paid at the Resort", "Government Service Taxes is not included in the cost", "Interstate taxes and toll charges extra" etc.

We at Infinite Journeys respect the trust that you have bestowed on us and for us, giving you a honest and fair cost is our obligation as well as a choice.

Affiliations Infinite Journeys Pvt. Ltd., India is an Active / Affiliate / Allied member of following Associations
  • TAFI : Travel Agents Federation of India.
  • ADTOI : Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India.
  • ETAA : Enterprising Travel Agents' Association.
  • TAAP : Travel Agent Association of Pune.
  • IAAI : IATA Agents Association Of India.
Management
Rahul Rao

Rahul Rao

Abhay Ghanekar

Abhay Ghanekar

Rahul Bhusari

Rahul Bhusari

Gaurav Purohit

Gaurav Purohit

  • Rahul Rao
  • Director - Operations
  • Foliage Outdoors

One of the founder members of Infinite Journeys and Foliage Outdoors, Rahul is an exceptional naturalist and a bird-watcher par excellence. Having travelled across the length and breadth of India for more than 20 years, he is very well-versed with flora and fauna of the forests. Gifted with sharp senses and powerful instincts, his birding skills always leave a person amazed.

In a lighter vein, it is said that he can spot a bird even with his eyes closed. It is certainly a case of being born with binocular vision. Rahul has extensively traveled in Indian Subcontinent, African Wilderness and has also been to Antartica. 

  • Abhay Ghanekar
  • Director - Marketing
  • Foliage Outdoors

Abhay is one of the founders of Infinite Journeys and Foliage Outdoors and has a vast experience of more than 20 years of roaming in the wild. An excellent leader, Abhay is an expert bird-watcher and an equally good naturalist. Abhay has extensively traveled in Indian and African Wilderness. His recent exploration includes visit to Arctic Circle. 

A self-confessed foodie, you can be rest assured to have a blast having him around. A strict disciplinarian and with strong belief and emphasis on being on time everytime. He is also famous for his pranks as well as sharp cynicisms.

  • Rahul Bhusari
  • Director - Leisure Holidays
  • Infinite Journeys

One of the founders of Infinite Journeys and Foliage Outdoors, Rahul is regarded as an ace administrator in the Team. An Engineer and MBA by qualification, he feels equally at-home amidst the forests and the wild denizens. Apart from his administrative expertise and penchant for perfection, he is also well-known for his great sense of humor and original PJs.

  • Gaurav Purohit
  • Director - Leisure Holidays
  • Infinite Journeys

One of the founders of Infinite Journeys and Foliage Outdoors, Gaurav comes across, at a first glance, as a serious, brooding and reserved person. However, know him more and you would surely encounter the funny side of him. Gaurav is an experienced naturalist and an expert bird watcher. He is most sought after by discerning travelers for planning their Holidays as they are sure that he can suggest lesser known locales and Resorts that perhaps no-one else is even aware of.

A self-confessed music-lover, Gaurav is an amateur guitarist himself. In Pune, you will always find him in office, being the first to reach office and last to leave. A man of few words, Gaurav does not fail to impress you by his witty remarks.

Devendra Gogate

Devendra Gogate

Mayuresh Borse

Mayuresh Borse

  • Devendra Gogate
  • HEAD - WILDLIFE TOURS
  • Foliage Outdoors

With a degree of Masters in Biodiversity, Devendra is a gifted naturalist as well as good leader. He has been exploring wilderness since his college days and has visited various wildlife sanctuaries and Tiger Reserves across the country. A die-hard cat lover, Devendra adores cats in all sizes :-) You can see his heart melt upon a cat's purr, a tiger's roar or a leopard's stealthy walk !

He is a live-wire on camps, making him an instant hit among all his campers, young and old alike. He is well known for his interactive presentations and knowledge sharing sessions. 

Devendra is an acclaimed wildlife photographer as well. His photographic excellence has been acknowledged by Sanctuary Asia.

He also leads Photography Tours and workshops that are organized by Foliage Outdoors.

  • Mayuresh Borse
  • CEO
  • Foliage Outdoors.

Mayuresh, popularly known as Mayo is the work-horse of the organization. Those who meet him are always struck by his friendly smile and easy-going nature. Mayuresh is an engineer by degree and a hardcore wild-life enthusiast by choice. He is an avid birdwatcher and an absolute gadget freak. He 'minds our business' by scouting around for school trips that we customise. His crisis management skills are commendable and rest assured, any work entrusted to him is complete, well within deadlines and with the alloted resources.

Infinite Journeys Staff
Sujata Mendjogi Rai

Sujata Mendjogi Rai

Rupesh Ganbote

Rupesh Ganbote

Sachin Deshmukh

Sachin Deshmukh

Shravni Deshpande

Shravni Deshpande

  • Sujata Mendjogi Rai
  • Infinite Journeys

Sujata brings with her an experience of 5 years. She typically uses Amadeus GDS to keep a track of your air bookings.

Sujata has made a successful transition from Aviation to Hospitality Industry. An ex Air Hostess with Jet Airways, she’s flown over Singapore, Malaysia, China, Far East, U.K and the U.S. An adventure freak at heart, you will seldom find her in Pune. Sujata is also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer.

  • Rupesh Ganbote
  • Infinite Journeys

His love affair with the railways began in the early 90’s. Rupesh claims railway is the wife he’s never going to divorce. He is been with Infinite Journeys since its inception. He practically knows every train name, its route and train number by heart.

Indian Railways is known to have a skewed demand and supply ratio and the train reservations are known to get over within two minutes of Reservation Charts opening. Infinite Journeys depend on the experience of Rupesh to secure the Railway Reservations for our guests in this challenging and complex Railway System

  • Sachin Deshmukh
  • Infinite Journeys

A bachelor in Commerce, has extensively traveled in India and has practically seen all the Resorts that matter. Though he comes from a ticketing background he has taken travel planning under his wing. A keen explorer and traveler, Sachin is essentially a backpacker who loves meeting people as much as he loves exploring destinations.

When he is not busy designing holidays for clients Sachin, can be occasionally spotted on Stage enacting a role close to his heart. He also practices a Brazilian martial art, Capoeira.

  • Shravni Deshpande
  • INFINITE JOURNEYS

A graduate in Sociology. Shravni, has also done Post Graduation Advance Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management. She comes with an experience of 13 years in the field of air ticketing. Trust her to give you best prices for air travel; she’ll also help you secure your visas for different countries without much hassle.

Shravni is also a yoga enthusiast, practices and educates the art passionately.

Nitin Atmasiddha

Nitin Atmasiddha

Prajakta Bakshi

Prajakta Bakshi

Abhijit Ashturkar

Abhijit Ashturkar

Ajinkya Jadhav

Ajinkya Jadhav

  • Nitin Atmasiddha
  • Infinite Journeys

A man of few words, Nitin keeps track of all the money flowing in and out of the organization. His job responsibilities include interacting with banks, the Guests on matter of accounts and compliance with Government Authorities.

Infinite Journeys eats, breathes and dreams holidays…Nitin is the one who lets it do it.

  • Prajakta Bakshi
  • Infinite Journeys

Prajakta, or paraju as she is fondly called in the office, is a travel freak at heart. She has completed her Hospitality Management and has a 2 year experience in travel planning. Not only that, but she also has a creative side. Music and painting are her interests along with getting updated on the various adventurous activities. Blessed with a strong memory , trust her to suggest you the place or hotel you are looking for !

 

  • Abhijit Ashturkar
  • Infinite Journeys

A bachelor in Economics, Abhijit also has a certificate course in Tourism to his credits.  A veteran of ten years in the Hospitality Industry; has enviable “Contacts” throughout India and the World. With him, at helm of affairs as far as communication with suppliers is concerned, there will be no case where you will be stranded in the Middle of Nowhere because of miscommunication. Necessarily a “behind the curtains” man, you will hardly ever be required to speak to him though he would remain available to you 24*7 while you would be on Tour.

He loves catching up with his friends and travelling new places is an added interest. 

  • Ajinkya Jadhav
  • Infinite Journeys

Ajinkya handles the Air Divison in IJPL front office. A BTec in Aviation, Hospitality and Travel Management and has to his credit  the experience of working with India's leading Airlines, Indigo and Spicjet. 
You will find him dealing with all your Air bookings, be it for Camps or Independent Travellers. He will deal with every Travel Assistance, Visa and Passport with the utmost patience and is well versed with the requirements. 
A shy person at first, he is comfortable with handling the clients and developes a good rapport with them !! 

Dipti Kulkarni

Dipti Kulkarni

Vinita Kumbhar

Vinita Kumbhar

Chinmay Tapaswi

Chinmay Tapaswi

  • Dipti Kulkarni
  • Infinite Journeys

A bachelor in commerce, Dipti has also completed a certification course in IATA. She loves working in travel planning and execution. With her good experience of 7 years in the industry, she can solve issue regarding the travel on a single phone call.  She loves to talk and so has best power to communicate with people and explain them the required information. She loves to explore new places and also likes to interact with people from different parts of the world. Apart from travelling, Dipti likes to Dance and she also makes creative items for decoration.

  • Vinita Kumbhar
  • Infinite Journeys

"An event manager with extensive experience in managing corporate events and dealing with clients, Vinita took up this job purely for the love of travel. In training for business communication management, she currently manages bookings and queries for Kundalika Rafting. 

Sociology graduate from Fergusson. An avid tennis player and yoga enthusiast, you'll mostly find her exploring and munching on different cuisines around Pune."

  • Chinmay Tapaswi
  • Infinite journeys

Chinmay, or as he is fondly known "Pahadi Chinya" is the a new addition to our dynamic team. He is an outdoorsy person and loves travelling to new and exciting destinations. He has trekked to various forts in Maharashtra and has even won 2nd Prize in the K2S Night Trekking Competition and the Skylark Challenge Pune.

He is an ardent admirer of the Indian Army and aspires to join as an Officer some day. He has had the privilege to be a part of the Guard of honour to Vice President of India, Prime Minister of India, 3 Chiefs of  Armed Forces, Defense Minister of India, and CM of Delhi in 2014! When he isn't finding new places to explore, he can be found eating at his favorite cafes!

Chinmay currently handles Kundalika Rafting.

Foliage Team
Puja Naik Nimbalkar

Puja Naik Nimbalkar

Nikhil V Patil

Nikhil V Patil

Abhishek Narvekar

Abhishek Narvekar

Sanket Deshpande

Sanket Deshpande

  • Puja Naik Nimbalkar
  • Sr. Manager - Sales
  • Foliage Outdoors

Puja is one of the oldest employees at Infinite Journeys. She started her multifaceted career in 2009 after graduating in Sociology and completing a IATA-UFTAA Foundation Course. During the course of her career she has worked with Kundalika Rafting, Domestic and International Air-ticketing, has dabbled in Corporate services and is now working in Foliage Outdoors as the Senior Manager for Sales. 

She is our in-house multi-talented mischief maker and is in the funny habit of "glass-breaking". She is the one everyone turns to for help and her warm demeanour and vast experience ensure that your problem will be solved and you will leave with a smile! She is a movie buff and shopping is her favourite past time! 

Once in a while she likes to travel to exotic destinations and enjoy beautiful resort stays and yummy food!

  • Nikhil V Patil
  • Head - Operations
  • Foliage Outdoors

Nikhil Patil is a Hotel and Business Management professional by qualification. He  strives to bring innovation in every aspect of work. He loves Off-Roading, biking and never misses a chance to participate in it. A nationalist at heart, he takes every step possible to help us remember the important events in Indian History. To sum up, Nikhil is someone who comes across as a friendly and easy going person and never fails to impress you with his abundant source of information and enthusiasm.

Nikhil handles Operations at Foliage Outdoors. 

  • Abhishek Narvekar
  • HEAD - ADVENTURE
  • Foliage Outdoors

With an academic qualifications of Degree in Commerce, Abhishek is an exceptional naturalist and as well as avid trekker. At the age of 15, his love for wildlife emerged from his hometown, Amboli. With more than ten years of experience in wildlife, last few years he is working with India's leading scientists & naturalists for new discoveries in Western Ghats. On the field you can spot some amazing Flora & Fauna by his sharp & vigilant eyes. Fascinated with Reptiles & his love for flora drives him to explore various area's of Sahyadri & Himalayas. To his credits he has trekked up to several forts in Maharashtra.

An active cyclist who recently completed Manali - Leh - Srinagar Solo Cycling Expedition 2015.

Abhishek handles treks and adventure camps at Foliage Outdoors.

  • Sanket Deshpande
  • SR. MANAGER - OPERATIONS
  • Foliage Outdoors

A Science graduate by qualification, Sanket has walked down the travelling path since 2012. He is a photography freak at heart, who did a stint in photojournalism not so long ago. For Sanket, travelling presents a myriad of opportunities to explore new destinations, experience new cultures and meet new people. He is always on his toes to set off on the path less travelled and explore new trek routes. A self-confessed foodie, you will often find Sanket at restaurants, trying out different cuisines.

Sanket handles wildlife and adventure camps at Foliage Outdoors.

Bishwajit Bezbaruah

Bishwajit Bezbaruah

Sheetal Shelke

Sheetal Shelke

Apurv Mokashi

Apurv Mokashi

Shambhavi Naik

Shambhavi Naik

  • Bishwajit Bezbaruah
  • Head - Offbeat Tours
  • Foliage Outdoors

An explorer who is soft-spoken and a simpleton at heart, Bishwajit represents the true flavour of North East India. "Jit Da" as he is fondly known as, hails from the Brahmaputra valley in Assam; and feels most at home amidst the hills - be it the Sahyadris or the Himalayas. A graduate in Computer Science, his love for adventure sports saw him complete Basic Rock Climbing and Mountaineering Course right out of college! He worked as the scriptwriter and narrator for All India Radio in the Adventure segment! Bishwajit helped create documentaries on Tribal culture of the North Eastern states for the Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture.

He is the living breathing link between the beautiful North Eastern states and the mainland. Always ready to help anyone with a smile, Jit Da is known for his friendliness and never-say-die attitude.

Bishwajit handles Offbeat Tours for Foliage Outdoors.

  • Sheetal Shelke
  • OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE
  • FOLIAGE OUTDOORS

A Graduate in Zoology and Masters of Bio-Diversity, Sheetal has one of the most interesting resumes.

Sheetal has to her credit 2 research papers on Butterflies and an unpublished research on Frogs. She has been freelancing as a Naturalist for more than five years and has to her credit even The Everest Base Camp Trek. She is basic certified practicioner of Neuro Lingustics Program in her multi-feather cap. She is experienced in Corporate programes as well as Children's Camps. An avid photographer, she also is an athlete and has conducted swimming coaching classes, has a flare for Painting, flute-playing and Rope Malkhamb! 

With a few Marathons in Goa and Pune, she is the person to run to when in need of information at Foliage Front Office. 

  • Apurv Mokashi
  • Operations Executive
  • Foliage Outdoors

Apurv Mokashi or ‘Moka’ as fondly called by his friends is an avid trekker. He is a bachelor in Commerce. He loves trekking, photography. He is a foodie and loves biking. He has completed a basic course of Scuba Diving. He is a workhorse who works behind the curtains and does his work sincerely. On weekends you’ll find him hiking on his favourite Sinhagad fort. Ever ready to go on hiking. Other than trekking he loves swimming. Apurv has been working with Foliage Outdoors since the last 5 years. Outside office you’ll see him trying different cuisines or exploring different places on his bike.

Currently Apurv handles Corporate services and operations for Foliage Outdoors.

  • Shambhavi Naik
  • FRONT OFFICE EXECUTIVE
  • FOLIAGE OUTDOORS

Shambhavi is the newest member of the dynamic Team Foliage! She has a commerce background and 2 years of experience in the travel field. She loves adventure and travel both, and has roamed around Maharashtra extensively.

When she's not climbing hills, exploring forts or eating something yummy at a cafe, you will find her at the Foliage Front Office.

She's ever smiling and always happy to help anyone plan their holidays!

Salil Ekbote

Salil Ekbote

Arjun Chavan

Arjun Chavan

Malay Vispute

Malay Vispute

Kshitij Gambhir

Kshitij Gambhir

  • Salil Ekbote
  • OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE
  • FOLIAGE OUTDOORS

Salil has a BSc in Photography from Ferguson College and his love for nature and adventure brought him on the field in 2007. He is our mischief-maker and our in-house "professional" photographer and media expert! He is a work horse who works both behind the scenes and on the field to make camps a success. His jokes or his laugh are sure to make you smile.

Currently Salil handles Corporate services and operations for Foliage Outdoors.

  • Arjun Chavan
  • OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE
  • FOLIAGE OUTDOORS

Arjun is our personal gentle and silent vault of knowledge! He worked with the Team as a volunteer for many years before officially coming on board as a part of the operations team. He is a birder who has been all over the country in search for his next sighting; from the great plains of Kutch to the dense forests of central India, up to the lofty and beautiful Ladakh plateau and into the marshes and wetlands around Pt.Calimere in Tamil Nadu.

He is a brilliant photographer with a knack for capturing the beauty of the wild and the atmosphere of a place. Arjun has a mind that is a repository of knowledge; he is a book lover, a potter-head and a self confessed foodie. He is a happy soul, always ready with a smiling face and willing to help with anything! 

Currently Arjun handles operations at Foliage Outdoors.

  • Malay Vispute
  • OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE
  • FOLIAGE OUTDOORS

Malay started out by studying commerce, but discovered that his great and all encompassing love was for the outdoors! 

He has roamed almost all across the length and breadth of India. He is a wildlife enthusiast, an adventurer at heart and a snake lover. He has been involved in studying new colouration morphs of Vipers, and has been working with the Andaman Nicobar Environmental Trust (ANET) for many a year. His interests in all things wildlife and adventure related mean that he has traveled across from the loftily situated Ladakh to the sultry islands of Andaman, and everything in between.  

A talented photographer, he loves capturing his subjects in macro mode. With an astute eye for detail, he is your go-to person when you need any help with wildlife related things. When not in the office, he can be found exploring and enjoying all that nature has to offer! 

Currently Malay handles operations at Foliage Outdoors.

  • Kshitij Gambhir
  • Foliage Outdoors

With a background in zoology and anthropology, Kshitij is our all rounder who has skills both on land and in the water! A gold medalist in sailing, swimming, kayaking and yachting, he has also guided landscape bike tours and marshaled for MKCC-2 : 520 km cycle race Manali to Khardung-La! He is a naturalist, conversationalist researcher, a wildlife enthusiast and an avid birdwatcher. He has worked as a Naturalist and an Animal Rescuer in the Tiger Reserves of Madhya Pradesh for 3 years. He is a great asset to our Operations Team!

He is the person to go to when you have any questions about wildlife. He will answer with his signature smile and wealth of knowledge!

Gaurav Nalkur

Gaurav Nalkur

Rutu Chilakwad

Rutu Chilakwad

Sanket Shitole

Sanket Shitole

  • Gaurav Nalkur
  • Foliage Outdoors

Gaurav has completed his Master's degree in Biodiversity from The University of Pune. He is an avid birdwatcher, and an ornithologist by profession. Even though his first love is for bird-watching, he enjoys wildlife of all shapes and sizes in general. Gaurav loves to travel and loves to share his experiences with people.

Gaurav has spent his entire childhood in Africa, and has visited Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Uganda, and Egypt in pursuit of winged wonders. He has also traveled to Papua new guinea to see the famous birds-of-paradise. After his return to India in 2003, he has visited Corbett, Ranthambore, Little Rann of Kutch and Point Calimere. 

Currently Gaurav handles operations at Foliage Outdoors.

  • Rutu Chilakwad
  • Front Office Executive
  • Foliage Outdoors

A hospitality graduate, travel freak, creative mind, is what describes Rutu. She has been working in the hospitality industry for a while now and has a lot of experience in handling clients from all sorts. With a BScHMCT degree, she is a hotel management graduate by education and an explorer by passion. Her liking towards travelling has led her to Foliage Outdoors, first as a camper then as a volunteer and now as a Front Office Executive. Her love for interacting and meeting new people of every age makes her a human magnet.

  • Sanket Shitole
  • JR. EXECUTIVE - OPERATIONS
  • FOLIAGE OUTDOORS

With an academic qualification in Mechanical Engineering, Sanket is an avid trekker and loves to explore. His passion for exploration has led him to explore several forts throughout the Western Ghats. He is also a state level gold medalist in volleyball.

Sanket has been exploring the great outdoors for the last 9 years, since he was in 8th Standard. He has been associated with Foliage Outdoors for the past 3 years and has led various age-level groups from Kids Camps to open-age treks. 

Currently Sanket handles operations at Foliage Outdoors, and works in corporate services.

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TERMS OF USE

The website www.infinitejourneys.in is owned by Infinite Journeys Pvt. Ltd.. All bookings here are made with Rnfinite Journeys Pvt. Ltd and the booking terms mentioned herein below constitutes the entire agreement between the customer and Company. By making a booking with us and/or depositing payments with us for tour and travel services you confirm having carefully read, understood and accepted the below mentioned ‘Terms of Services’.

1. BOOKINGS

Visitors on our website are kindly requested to fill the Enquiry Form with all necessary fields mentioned there and submit the same to be sent to our office. Upon receipt of the booking request or travel enquiry a travel expert from our office will get in touch with you with the best available information and offers for the desired tour package or travel services. In the event the travel requirements are not clear in the booking form submitted by you to us, our team may contact you via email or phone no. provided by you in the booking form. No booking is considered as ‘confirmed’ unless a tour confirmation letter is sent by us to the customer after receiving the initial advance payments in our account.

2. PAYMENTS
I). Deposit

Our tours are subject to availability. To make reservation for a tour with us, the customer requires depositing advance payments as may be conveyed by our travel consultant during the course of correspondence. No booking is treated ‘confirmed’ unless a confirmation letter is received by the traveller from our office after depositing the advance payments for the trip.

II). Balance Payments

It is the sole responsibility of the customer to make the balance payments at least 90 days prior to the start of the tour or as may be agreed / conveyed by our travel consultant during the course of correspondence. In the event of non-receipt of balance payment by the cut-off date, the Company will retain the right to treat the tour bookings as cancelled and the advance payment may be forfeited.

III). How to pay for your travel bookings

To reserve tour package or travel services with us upon demand from our office our customers may deposit the payments in our Yes Bank Ltd. account under intimation to our office. The bank account information may be received from our office via email or phone. Our customers may also avail the benefits of paying by their credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) using our ‘Secure Online Payment Gateway’. For more information on security of your private information please read our ‘Privacy Policy’.

A) Swift Bank Payments

Our customers may send the payments to us using our SWIFT bank account information. This is the responsibility of the sender to provide us with a copy of the telegraphic transfer report (Bank document) for necessary check and follow ups with our local bank in India. While paying the deposits via SWIFT for the tour bookings kindly ensure that you have filled all correct information in the payment form and have also paid the intermediary bank fee which is normally US$35 approx for each payment. We will only credit in your tour account the amount which we receive in our bank and we take no responsibility of intermediary bank fee/charges.

B) NEFT/RTGS

The customers may also pay through NEFT/RTGS for the bookings made with us. Please forward us a copy of the NEFT/RTGS payment advice made by you. Upon receipt of the payments in the bank, our travel consultant will confirm the same to you via phone or email.

C) Cheque / Bankers Cheque

The customer residing in India may deposit a local cheque / draft in our bank account (please ask for the bank details from our office). A copy of deposit slip duly stamped by the bank may kindly be sent to our office for our records. The receipt of the payment slip will not be considered as ‘receipt’ of the payment. The payment will be considered as ‘received’ only once the same has arrived and settled in our bank account. The booking confirmation process will effect accordingly therefore the customers are advised to deposit the cheque payments well in advance to avoid inconvenience.

D) Cash payments

Our customers residing in India can also deposit advance payments in ‘cash’ in our bank account. A copy of the payment deposit slip may kindly be sent to our office for their follow up and records. Our office issues a ‘Cash Receipt’ against all cash payments received by us and it is the responsibility and right of the customer to ask for a ‘customer copy’ of such receipt after the payment is settled in our account.

E) Credit Card Payments

Our worldwide customers can avail the benefits of our ‘100% secure’ online credit card payment gateway (Visa and MasterCard) managed by Pay u. We accept payments in US$, GBP, Euro, YEN, INR and other renowned international currencies. It is advisable and requested to our customers residing outside India to make the payments in US$, GBP, Euro, YEN or their local currency (if listed in our payment gateway). Please note that the online payments attract online bank fee/charges of 3% (it may vary case to case) and the same is payable by the credit card holder in addition to the tour payments while making the transaction. For certain credit card payments, on the instruction of the bank to ensure genuine card entry our office may ask the credit card holder to fill and sign the ‘Credit Card Payment Authorisation Form’ and send the same to our office along with the identity proof (passport copies etc) and/or front copy of the credit card. It is mandatory for the customer to provide us with such details / document if demanded by our office. Credit card security code (CVV/CV2 no. mentioned on the ‘back’ of the card) is case sensitive and not to be shared by the card holder or filled in the authorisation form or written in email etc.

F) Invoice and Taxes

A service invoice is issued for all tour bookings which are usually inclusive of all applicable taxes except the Govt of India Service Tax. It is not only the liability of the Company to charge Service Tax to the customer but also the responsibility of the customer to pay the same without fail. All our quotes and offers are ‘exclusive’ of GST until specified in the quote unless.

G) Money Exchange rates

The customers may refer to the Reserve Bank of India website www.rbi.org.in to check the current exchange rate of major foreign currencies to INDIAN Rupees

H) Late Bookings

We may need full or higher percentage of amount for ‘Late Bookings’. Kindly ask our travel consultant at the time of making bookings with us. The payments received for such bookings are ‘non-refundable’.

3. TRAVELLER’S INFORMATION

To make reservation and also for our file records our travel consultant retains the right to ask you for providing him/her with the copy of passport, personal details such as name, date of birth, gender, address, phone no., email etc., the customer is kindly requested to provide the same if and when asked.

4. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN PRICE

Most ‘tour packages’ offered by Round the World Vacations are inclusive of accommodation in hotel/guest house/resorts, transportation in a private car (for private trips) or in a coach/bus (for group tours), breakfast, services of local tour guides (where available) for visiting historic sites and basic entertainments for the trip. The same may vary on case to case basis and is conveyed to the customer by our travel consultants during the course of correspondence.

I) Accommodation

Our ‘independent tours’ includes accommodation in handpicked hotels selected by us based on the market report and/or recommendation of our past travellers. Based on the demand of the customer and type of requirements or budget mentioned by them, our travel consultants ensure to provide a comfortable and clean hotel for stay (for independent trip) during the trip. Also for our guaranteed departure ‘India group tours’ we have a select list of handpicked hotels and guest houses which may also be changed if situation demands. In the event of non-availability of hotel/s listed by us in our offer, our team retains the right to reserve another similar standard hotel for the travellers. All our hotels are subject to availability. We request the travellers to check on the internet about the standard of the hotels offered by us, before making the deposit for the trip.

II) Vehicles and drivers

We provide comfortable vehicle (bus/coach/car/jeep) in good condition with customer friendly English speaking drivers (basic knowledge of English). Some of our tourist drivers are highly recommended by the travellers and they are serving to international itinerants for many years now.

III) Tour Guides/Escorts

Most trips are inclusive of assisted airport/railway station transfers. For sightseeing trips, we use only Govt of India licensed ‘Tourist Guides/Escorts’. Most of our tour packages are inclusive of services of local English speaking tour guides at historic sites. Other than English we also have tourist guides who are expert in more international languages such as German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Turkish, Farsi, Chinese etc.

IV) Meals

Most trips are inclusive of hotel breakfasts. Some trips also include special lunches and theme dinners etc. in the hotel of stay or outside in a city restaurants. Some of the tours are even inclusive of all meals (jungle lodges and camps mainly) which is mentioned in the list of inclusions and/or will be conveyed during the course of correspondence.

V) Others

Many of our tour packages also includes basic entertainments and activities such as traditional rickshaw rides, decorated Elephant ride, Camel ride, Boat tickets, cultural events etc. Please check with our travel consultant about this while making reservation with us. A list of some important ‘not to be missed’ visits /rides etc can be viewed in ‘Unique Travel Experience’ section and can be included in the trip on demand, at an additional cost.

5. NOT INCLUDED

Usually our tour packages does not include international air ticket price, domestic flight tickets, travel insurance, visa (please check updates on India’s new VOA - Visa on Arrival policy), tips, camera/video camera fee at monuments and museums etc, personal expenses such as drinks/laundry/telephone/mini bar bills etc and the same are payable by the travellers in addition to the package price. Our services also does not include any additional expense incurred due to any unforeseen circumstances or situation such as riots, strikes, political closure, natural hazard, technical failure, flight or train cancelation and delay etc or any other reason/situation beyond our control.

6. FLUID PRICING

As per the common practice of the trade Round The World Vacations operates tours on fluid price basis. The offers are subject to the limitations imposed by hotels, airlines and other service providers and the same may change without prior notice in case of hike in the air ticket price, tax structure, major fluctuation in currency exchange rate or any other reason. Round the World Vacations retains the right to change its price and offers without prior notice, if the case occurs. It may also cause different price charged to different clients travelling in the same group/period. It is totally at the discretion of the Company to decide upon the same.

7. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Once you have booked and paid for the tour our operation team will issue and provide you with a copy of travel documents for your trip. You are kindly requested to check the details mentioned in the travel documents and in case of any error found the same may please be reported to the our concerned travel consultant for further corrections. The original travel documents shall be sent to the traveller at the port of his/her arrival in India. The travel document kit also carries a Feedback Form with an envelope which may please be filled by the traveller and sent to our senior management for their reference and our office records.

8. HOTEL CHECK IN/OUT POLICY

In India most hotels now offer 12.00 hrs check out and 14.00 hrs check in system. All our trips are based on the same policy of the hotels and the travellers are requested to adhere with the same. Any early check-in or late check-out is absolutely at the discretion of the hotel management and based on the availability of rooms at the specific day and time. We neither guarantee nor do we accept the liability of providing early check-in or late check-out without additional charges. Our travel consultant may only request the hotel to extend this gesture to the customer and as stated the same will be the decision of the hotel only. For any early check-in or late check-out facility the travellers may kindly write to our office.

9. AMENDMENT OR EXTENSION IN TRIP/STAY

If there is any amendment requested by the customer after finalizing the trip/travel bookings with our office, the same may be subject to availability. For any amendment the customers are requested to immediately contact our head office and share the details of amendments with respective travel consultant in writing. Our team will try its best to make the desired amendments in the trip, but we neither guarantee nor do we take the liability of confirmation / availability of the travel arrangements as per the new date or schedule announced by the customer. Any additional expense incurred due to the amendment shall be payable only by the customer.

10. CHANGE IN THE PRICE OF THE TRIP

All our tours are subject to availability and our price/deals are subject to change without prior notice. We retain the right to cancel/amend or withdraw any price/deal/offer without assigning prior notice. Our ‘India Group Tours’ are based on minimum participants on each trip. In the event of non fulfilment of minimum participants for the group, we shall guarantee the trip with minimum possible supplement cost which will be announced to the traveller before the commencement of the trip.

11. EXCLUSION FROM THE TOUR

At any given time if the client engage himself/herself/themselves in illegal or undesirable behaviour, do not comply with the reasonable instructions and policy of our trip and services or if he/she/they jeopardise the safety of other clients, guides, drivers etc. they may be excluded from the trip immediately at our discretion and will be entitled for possible refund of the unutilised services, subject to the policy and decision of airline, hotels etc. The refund will not be immediate but will be done as per the policy of the Company through reliable banking channels only.

12. UNUTILIZED SERVICES

Round the World Vacations, its staff, management, partners or representative do not bear the responsibility or liability of making refund for any unutilised service/s. It is to be noted seriously that after the start of the trip no refund is possible for whatsoever reason. In the event of agreement by any airline, hotel etc for refund against any unutilised part of the service or item etc Round the World Vacations shall take up the matter on the behalf of the customer and shall only offer its assistance to the customer in receiving the same from the other party. Such refunds shall be sent only to the bank account of the customer within 2-3 weeks after receiving the same from service provider/s.

13. SPECIAL SCHEMES, DISCOUNTS AND OFFERS

None of the two (or more) schemes/ offers / deals (including loyalty discount, last minute discount, early bird discount etc) can be clubbed with each other or any other offer. All such schemes and offers introduced by us are only promotional offers and the terms of the scheme/s can be changed anytime thereafter without assigning any notice. We also retain the right to withdraw or modify the offers/scheme anytime without notice. It is totally at our discretion to confirm or reject your booking under such schemes. These offers and schemes are not applicable for travel during New year or Christmas period, peak tourist season dates, festival dates, luxury train bookings etc. No discount or offer will be applicable for the trips already booked with us under a normal price. The discounts does not apply to air fares, train bookings, luxury train travels, permits, visa, travel insurance, monument/museum tickets, extra meals and/or pre/post tour arrangements. It applies to the bonafide customer only and not to other traveller on the same trip (unless they also hold the discount ticket). While making the query with us, you clearly need to mention the details of our special offer under which you wish to book the trip. Services and bookings for all schemes and offers are subject to availability only.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND

All cancellations must be intimated to our head office on phone followed by a written confirmation via email or fax. Telephonic cancellation will not be accepted as ‘cancelation request’. Cancellations for the independent/individual tour services should be made with a notice of not less than 7-30 days (According to Situation). The cancellation in case of group booking should be made at least 30 days prior to the date of commencement of the trip. For Christmas, New Year, Diwali, Pushkar Fair and other important festivals the normal cancelation policy does not apply and payments for against bookings during such busy period are considered as non-refundable. Please check with our travel consultants at the time of booking for such cancelation policy for special event tours.

Please view the information on cancelation policy and cancellation fee as below:
In the event of less than 8 travellers:

I) If the booking is cancelled 10 days prior to the start of the trip Loss of deposit will be full.

II)  If the booking is cancelled 20 days prior to the start of the trip 50% Loss of deposit

III) If the booking is cancelled 30 days prior to the start of the trip 70% Amount will refund

IV) If the booking is cancelled within 0 days prior to the start of the trip 100% Amount will refund

In the event of more than 8 travellers:

I) If the booking is cancelled 10 days prior to the start of the trip Loss of deposit will be full. 

II) If the booking is cancelled 20 days prior to the start of the trip 50% Loss of deposit

III) If the booking is cancelled 30 days prior to the start of the trip 70% Amount will refund

IV) If the booking is cancelled within 0 days prior to the start of the trip 100% Amount will refund

Please Note:

I) Amount will be refunded through Electronic Transfer or by the card (Debit/Credit).

II) Refund of amount will initiate after deducting the applicable cancellation Charges and service charge and both will be settled within 7 to 30 days of the day of cancellation request approved by Round The World Vacation.

III) Booking which is under no Cancellation/ No Refund, guest/client travelling or person/entity booked will have to pay the service charge to Round The World Vacations.

PRIVACY POLICY

For us privacy for our valued customer is very important. We strongly believe that the personal information of our customers should not be shared with the third party without the prior consent or request from the customer. Privacy is the right of an individual and at nfinite Journeys Pvt. Ltd he information of the customer such as contact no., email, addresses etc is used only for the internal purpose and not for sale. 
Your contact information is stored in our database and is only used to contact you during the course of your travel with us for sharing the status of your travel bookings with us and then after for announcement of our latest deals and news etc. We at Round the World Holidays condemn the unauthorised reach and misuse and/or discloser of the personal information of the customer and we have strict guidelines and high security features to prevent the same.
  Any changes in our ‘Privacy Policy’ will be posted here on the website. Should the customer require any further information on our ‘Privacy Policy’ please send us an email at info@foliageoutdoors.com with ‘Privacy Policy’ written in the subject field. We will ensure reply to the reasonable queries at our earliest possible time.

DATA SECURITY INFORMATION

We have extensive firewall and high end security system to monitor the traffic and financial transaction on our website/s. Any suspicious email, traffic on website and/or financial transaction will be investigated to ensure there is no breach of policy and security. Our customer care executive or other staff may contact you to verify the transaction made by you. The secure connection between your browser and our system for financial transactions uses 128 bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. This is a well-respected technology developed by Netscape, Microsoft and RSA Inc that is supported by most browsers.

SECURE ONLINE PAYMENTS

The visitor on our website please take a note that your name, email address and other personal information submitted on our website may be stored with us and may also appear on the website. Like other platforms our server log files also receives general information such as IP address of the visitor, cookie etc. For the financial transactions by credit card nfinite Journeys Pvt. Ltd uses a 3rd party secure payment gateway provided by “Pay u” and the credit card details are ‘not stored’ with Round the World Holidays, instead the information is securely stored and encrypted with Visa/MasterCard. The ‘online credit card payment gateway’ provided by us for our customers is fully PCI-DSS compliant and to transfer information between Round the World Holidays and credit card bank we use a 128bit SSL certificate powered by Dialect . It simply means that when the customer makes the transaction using our online payment gateway on our website, these details are being securely stored within Dialect’s fully secure vaults to ensure your information cannot be used by malicious 3rd parties. Round the World Holidays and/or its employees cannot view the credit card’s

CHILDREN

We do not suggest and allow person/s below 18 year of age to become a member of our website and other websites/social sites etc. By entering to our websites and using our services you confirm and warrant that you are 18 or older.

NO GUARANTEES

Round the World Holidays India Pvt. Ltd. will make all possible efforts to meet with the policies mentioned herein on the website, but we are not in a position to guarantee these standards as there may be factors beyond our control. As a consequence, we disclaim any warranties or representations relating to maintenance or nondisclosure of Data. 

Our ‘Privacy Policy’ does not cover or apply to the other entities that are not under our control or owned by us and/or person/s that are not our employees within our control.

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