Leisure And Travel
Kanha. The lengthening evening shadows. A cup of warm chai and never-ending conversations. This is how Footloose Journeys began.
Bablu, our driver in Kanha, was talking with unprecedented fervor. The jungle, traversed all day in the open-top safari, was coming alive once again. Bablu’s words were painting a picture unseen to the tourists. It was not that he had been reticent before. No one had bothered to ask.
The guides and drivers that unravel the mysteries of the forests often remain nameless. Hidden behind the veil of professional tourism, the real contributors to the forest perform a thankless job. It was the desire to repay their unspoken debt that got us started on Footloose. We are passionate travellers who believe that there is more to travelling than just “visiting” a place! We believe that travelling is more than just a bunch of tick-marks on the list of places you wish to visit. We believe that a traveller should try and understand the place rather than just be there. And with this credence, we aim at adding social values to tourism – for the benefit of both the visitors and the hosts!
We design and conduct creative itineraries that focus on generating authentic local experiences.
Co-founder and instructor at Footloose Journey, Paresh is a Naturalist! He believes that travelling or experiencing new places is not complete unless and until the local communities are understood, even lived. He strives to introduce everyone around him to the way of living of the inhabitants of the places. With his dare-devil attitude and jocularity, he is the life of the team! Having him around on expeditions is a time spent in mirth and wonder. Wildlife Photographer | Developing community oriented tourism models at various destinations in India. | People & conservation.
One of the first volunteers of the team. An avid nature lover, his keen interest in the natural world has taken him to some of the most remote places in India at a very young age. He has chosen environmental studies as his academic interest as well. He regularly volunteers with researchers and even regional Forest Departments for conservation related studies and surveys. Travelling has earned him quiet a handful of knowledge, and that shows on the camps! Since he loves to connect with people, he makes sure that he makes close friends wherever he travels!
If you want to know which big cat was spotted in which tiger reserve on any given day, this is the man to go to! A keen tracker of the big cats, his love for the wild has taken him on numerous journeys across India. However, don’t misunderstand him as a tiger maniac though! He is an equally avid birder and loves to spend his weekends exploring the areas around Pune looking for the winged beauties! A thoroughly joyous personality, campers love his company, be it on the camp, or over a cup of coffee after dinner!
Co-founder & instructor at Footloose Journeys. Over the years, she has taken several camps to the Northern and North-eastern areas of India to take part in the education campaigns there. Rich in experiences, her stories are worth an ear!. She is the organiser and the practical head behind the venture. One can always find her fussing after campers’ smallest needs! With her multi-tasking abilities she ensures that things run smoothly. She always carries the urge to help the needy in her heart.
A veteran naturalist and ornithologist from Pune. RaanGumphi is a montage of his experiences from the jungles gathered over a multiple years of travelling and exploring. Mr. Kiran Purandare is well known in the field of wildlife due to his vast experience in ornithology. He has been actively involved in field work associated with research and conservation for many years. He also conducts ecotourism activities in jungles, not only in India but globally. All these years of travelling in the wild has earned him his share of magical experiences. He has numerous exciting and enriching stories from the wild which he has beautifully sewn together in an interactive program - RaanGumphi.
My first camp with footloose and the experience was amazing! At every point all of our needs were taken care of. Not only did we have fun, we also learnt new things and met new people. AWESOME!! Looking forward to more trips with this talented team.
I went for Song of the Saplings event with Footloose Journeys. It was an incredible experience, getting knees deep in mud and planting rice. We even played around in a small waterfall. Footloose had organized the trip really well and did provide value for me. Definitely going to go on more trips with Footloose Journeys.
This was my first Camp with Footloose and it was fantastic... Very well organized, excellent location, perfect planning. It was a Beats & Barbeque Camping.... and everything was just perfect. Live Music, Good Food, Very good tents and stay arrangements, Fun activities all throughout... Definitely joining you guys for more and more camps here on... The organizers Paresh and Pooja made sure every minute thing is thought of and taken care of.... Thanks a lot... Way to go guys!!!!
Their process of building themselves and growing is so inspiring, that you can assure that they're full of amazing stories to tell. And they'll give you the most unique experiences ever!
Amazing experience!!! Tadoba Andhari tiger reserve. Still in transit back home couldn't even wait to give this journey a full five stars.
Thank you Footloose for arranging an excellent trip to Nagzira camp. Everything went very well and I had a great time.It was amazing to watch stars at night and hear Owl calls throught the camp. Great personalised tour , keep it up !
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