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 recently completed Manali - Leh - Srinagar Solo Cycling Expedition 2015. Abhishek handles treks and adventure 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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
A Mechanical Engineer by qualification, Shubham was always drawn to travel-tides. By profession he is a Digital Marketer. He is a graduated blogger and has previously run a number of blogs on a varied range of topics. To add to his leisure credentials, he has been writing and marketing content, ironically; ever since his first year of Mechanical Engineering. Besides, his love of travel keeps his travel traits in check, you’d find him backpacking his way to seemingly offbeat yet divinely, reel flared places, across the country and abroad in times to come. Currently Shubham handles SEO and Digital Marketing at Foliage Outdoors.