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GANEVE'S GADABOUT

Travels to exciting destinations with Ganeve, chasing a season, an idea, a festival, some seasonal delicacy – a mango or chutney – or simply “gadding about”! She is the owner of Nexxtop India Tours and a partner in Himalayan River Runners and Himalayan Hideaway. She has about 20 years of experience in the travel industry but is a wanderer at heart who loves to explore with an open mind.

These travels are very broadly structured and don’t follow an itinerary other than a beginning and an end date which can be extended.

These are the places Ganeve wants to explore over the next 12 months or so and you are welcome to join her:

Kangra Region of Himachal Pradesh - 14th to 22nd March 2020

I am surprised that I have never travelled in this culturally rich Western Himalayan region, spread out over the foothills of the mighty Dhauladhars. On this Gadabout I am likely to include some ancient Devi temples like Jwalamukhi, Chintpurni and Chamunda as well as the unique rock cut temple of Masroor. Also on the cards is a visit to Garli (a World heritage village), Andretta (studio potters' village), Billing (paragliding), Khajjiar and Dalhousie (scenic beauty) and finally the holy city of Amritsar. We will have an opportunity to see paintings from the Kangra School on the walls of some Historic Forts and pass through a landscape connected to the Puranas and Hindu mythology. We will also be able to immerse ourselves in a syncretic culture and language that has attracted the attention of invading forces since ancient times and been subject to conquest by Rajput, Mughal and Sikh forces in recent centuries.

Gadding About with Pradip Krishen is always enjoyable! His arm got twisted again and here is what we are planning between 29th August and 7th or 8th September 2020

Pradip has spent the last 15 years restoring degraded habitats in Rajasthan, and we thought it would be great to visit 2 such habitats in Jaipur and Jodhpur with Pradip along as Guide. In between or along the way, we will drive through the beautiful Aravali ghatis via the stunning granite landscape of Sendra hills, and Kumbhalgarh wildlife Sanctuary and Jawai before moving deeper into the Thar towards Jaisalmer and Barmer. August / September is well intor the rains and it will be spectacular to see the desert come alive!

Exploring the Caucasus : Georgia & Armenia : 22nd Oct to 3rd Nov 2020

This Gadabout has taken more than a year in planning, conceptualising, finding the right local person. Tweaking, re tweaking and re-re tweaking the itinerary. Having spoken to quite a few people from Armenia and Georgia and others who have travelled there either on work or for a holiday, I hope that I come up with a nicely balanced itinerary between sight-seeing of the extremely ancient churches and monasteries to hiking through some amazing landscape and spending equal time on wine tasting, eating and inter acting with locals.

Gadding About in the heart of Shekhawati 7th to 12th Dec 2020

Surprisingly yet another area that I have never travelled in. The ancient Havelis with frescos are still standing. Some of them abandoned or locked up. The Shekhawat area is not only intriguing because of its art but there is quite a rich rural landscape that needs exploring. I have chosen as our guide none other than Mallyka of Dundlod who is bubbling with knowledge and anecdotes about her ancestral region.