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 Antarctica.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 completed Manali - Leh - Srinagar Solo Cycling Expedition in 2015. Abhishek handles adventure & wildlife camps at 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.
Shambhavi is a truly versatile member of the dynamic team foliage. She holds a bachelor's degree in commerce and has 4 years of experience in the travel and tourism field. She is an avid trekker, having traveled all over Maharashtra in search of her next vertical challenge, she has tested her grit right from meandering through the gentle slopes of Torna to dealing with the treacherous ridges of Harihar Fort. Her love for mountains has also lead her to the massive peaks of the Himalayas. When she's not climbing hills or exploring forts, you’ll find her browsing through some delicious recipes to try them out at home. She's ever smiling and always happy to help anyone plan their holidays and, if not at office, she just likes binge watching her favourite television series! Currently Shambhavi handles back office operations at 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.
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!
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.
Sumedh holds a bachelor's degree in business management but has his heart railed over by the love for travel. Sumedh is passionate about biking, horse riding, trekking, traveling, and participating in plays & historical tours. You can most certainly expect to see him exploring places around the country. He also happens to be an expert horse rider and horse riding instructor, and has been a part of various horseriding expeditions. Being an adventure lover, pushes him to conquer new peaks and mountains, while his love for animals invariably leads him into the wild. Sumedh also plays the role of Henry Oxenden and Chatrasal Bundela in the famous mega play Janta Raja. Friendly and outgoing by nature, Sumedh is known for his 'let's do it' approach and that is what helps him shine in life. Sumedh handles Foliage Outdoor's bookings and marketing operations. If not on-field, you are certain to find him in Foliage Outdoor's Front-office
Vikram got educated to be Civil engineer but because of interest in Travel and IT, changed his field and started working full time for his passion. Completed master’s in marketing to use those concepts and the creativity in travel business, photography and wildlife conservation. He is into herpetology and any sort of wildlife conservation activities and makes sure that he conveys the idea of wildlife conservation to everyone he is in associated with. He loves interacting with travellers and sharing their experiences on digital platforms. When he is not in office you will find him capturing something in nature and exploring new destinations around.
Prasad Danve, better known as ‘Fit Pashya’ in his friend circles, is our very own Elvis Presley in Hiking Boots. Holding a Master’s Degree in Zoology, his interests vary right from trekking in the himalayas to dancing on his favourite jazz tunes. He also holds an NCC ‘C’ Certificate and has had the privilege of being a part the Republic Day camp in Delhi back in 2002. To top it all up, he has 10 years of experience in the Bio-energy research and project management field. He also has been an aerobics instructor for 2 years. He has travelled extensively in the Sahayaris on a mission to collect valuable knowledge of the cultural heritage and traditions of the local communities. A health and fitness addict, you’ll find him cycling around the busy pathways of Pune city as well. Being a trekking and traveling enthusiast, his passion led him to join the awesome team at IJPL to follow his dreams. Currently, Prasad manages offbeat operations at IJPL.
One of the most eccentric members of team Foliage, Varun Mokasdar has been a part of the Foliage family since the inception of its volunteers' training programs back in 2011. An avid follower of the Indian classical music scene, Varun has been practicing classical music since the last 15 years. Apart from this, an interest in travel, photography and wildlife made him enter the tourism industry at a very early age. He has roamed around some of the most prestigious and wildlife-rich patches around the country which include the Ladakh plateau, Bharatpur, Jim Corbett, Bandhavgarh, Tadoba & Kenya to mention a few. Apart from this, his confidence, jolly attitude an ever-welcoming smile have made him a favorite amongst a lot of travelers and storytellers alike. Currently Varun handles operations at Foliage Outdoors.
Kishor is a fan favorite amongst kids and corporate clients alike. Holding a unique skill of using his charms to gell with people of various age groups, Kishor actually joined the travel industry at a very early age. A history buff, he has also participated in numerous plays, one of which is the very famous ' Mrutyunjay Amavasya', a play about Sambhaji Maharaj. He has also participated in various theatre workshops to hone his varied skill sets and utilize them whenever on field. The travel bug bit him when he trekked to Rajgad for the first time and experienced the traditional, cultural and biological richness of our country first hand. Since then he worked and volunteered with various travel and tourism organizations to get more opportunities to explore India's rich culture and history. A passionate trekker, he has also completed a backpacking trek marathon to cover seven forts in three days using the most basic resources. At Foliage Outdoors, Kishor is a part of the operations team.