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WHO WE ARE

We live and breathe the joy of travel!

The secret to any enchanting trip are the people you meet throughout the planning and execution of your trip. Our destination knowledge is unsurpassable. Unlike most travel companies, we don’t use middle men. We have are our enchanting people on-the-ground, there to support you. Some of us are home grown in our destinations while others have migrated.

130Employees
17Nationalities
1Joy of Travel

Just like our destinations, our team is a mix of cultures with distinctly individual outlooks. Together we hold a varied career history, from corporate lawyers, journalists, teachers and bankers to event planners and hotel management, nurses and even dance instructors, yet what unites us is our true passion for travel.

We hold our values of professionalism, honesty, fairness and genuine care for our guests close to our heart and we share a vision for a more compassionate world through the joy of travel. We agree when our guests tell us we have dream jobs. We frequently test our hotels, routes and experiences to ensure you have the most seamless and superior trip.

Management

We believe in leading by example.

Management knows that leaders set the tone for the entire company. That’s why we make it a goal to create harmonious work relationships and a positive work environment for all teams. The enthusiasm our management team has for making your dream trip come true is infectious, to say the least. Having taken the roads both well and less traveled, we utilize years of knowledge and experience to guide and support our global team.

 Meet our Management

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Parik Laxminarayan

Managing Director

Background: Parik has an insatiable appetite for discovering amazing places. With genuine care and insider knowledge as his inspiration and founding philosophy, Parik and his friend Alex, crafted a business plan that became Enchanting Travels. Parik has lived and traveled through Europe and Asia as an international tennis player, America as an undergraduate at Ohio State University and with a consulting career in Washington, D.C. He completed his MBA at INSEAD in France and Singapore. With a hyperactive personality and an unparalleled zest for life, Parik travels around the various Enchanting Travels destinations seeking new experiences and places to share with our guests.

Most Enchanting Travel: 3am, May 21, 2005, Olakira Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania. As the roar of the lions became louder and louder, the instinctive and irrational human fears began to emerge stronger and stronger. Would the lions enter our tent? Is Ghost in the Darkness a true story? Would they eat us? How close are they? I could almost feel the breath of one of the lions. Curiosity overcame fear and we timidly walked towards the zipper of our window of our canvas tent and watched a pride of lions walk right through our camp that night. This exhilarating experience on my first safari in Africa had me hooked and instilled an even stronger passion for travel. I could only look up and thank my lucky stars for being able to live a dream - to travel the world and enjoy such special moments.

"There is no greater joy than travel, except that of sharing this joy and passion with other travelers!"

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Alexander Metzler

Managing Director

Background: Before joining INSEAD, where he completed his MBA with distinction and met future business partner Parik Laxminarayan, Alex worked as a project leader (specializing in marketing and sales strategies) at Monitor Group, a top-tier strategy consulting firm.

Alex has traveled extensively through Asia, Africa and South America and loves sharing his passion for travel.

"My aim in founding Enchanting Travels was to make rich culture and heritage accessible to travelers in a hassle free and enchanting way."

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Florian Keller

Managing Director

Background: Working at the Monitor Group, a leading strategy consulting firm, for more than eight years, Florian gained a wealth of experience in a wide range of emerging markets in South America and Africa and spent three years managing and coordinating strategy projects in several African countries.

During his tenure in Africa, he discovered that his true passion is exploring hidden and fascinating corners of our world and sharing his excitement about the many beautiful places with other people enabling them to experience facets of our world they didn’t know exist.

"Carpe Diem"

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Ingrid Vultorius

Destination Manager
Areas of Expertise: South America

Background: An Argentine with German ancestry, Ingrid embodies many of the characteristics that make Argentina a warm and welcoming country. Ingrid previously held the role of Marketing and Communications Manager at San Andres University in Buenos Aires and has traveled extensively throughout South America.

Most Enchanting Travel: Luckily, I have many enchanting travel experiences. It is difficult to highlight just one but there are many experiences in my heart. The amazing clean air and stunning views at El Barreal mud flats in the west of Argentina, the 5000 km driving to the remotest areas in the northwest of Argentina, the most beautiful service we got during our honeymoon at the Buthorn hotel in Bangkok, listening to the "Out of Africa" song while driving almost 7000 km in South America, the amazing storms at the Iberá wetlands, and traveling to the Galapagos islands to see the giant turtles and the iguanas.

A childhood dream? I remember we always went with my mother for a walk to the riverside (Río de la Plata). She told me that on the other side was Africa. I always tried hard to see if I was able to see the other continent and wondered if the African people could see me and how it would feel like to look from Africa to Argentina. For me it was such a happiness when I visited Africa and was standing at the Cape Point looking toward South America!

"I'm very proud and happy to share my country and continent with people from all over the world!"

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Kashif Azeem Arif

Global Travel Consulting Manager

Background: Kashif is probably a world citizen per se, having lived and worked in seven countries in Asia, Europe & South America and having visited more than 30 countries around the globe.

Born in Pakistan, he grew up in Germany, lived in South Korea, setting up and heading a joint-venture factory producing spectacles. He later led a team of software developers in Romania. After fulfilling his dream of studying International Business at ESB Reutlingen, Germany, Kashif initiated an award winning business in the food sector in Chile.

Kashif is a book author, enthusiastic jogger and enjoys horse riding. There has always been one staple binding Kashif’s diverse working and private life: Traveling.

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Ranjana Kishinani

Travel Consulting Manager
Areas of Expertise: Asia

Background: Having acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Ranjana’s career began with Mphasis and HSBC before making the transition into the travel industry. The daughter of avid travelers, she has followed their well-tread paths since childhood.

Speaking with guests, identifying their expectations, and providing superior service are just a few of Ranjana’s strengths. She ensures her team creates suitable itineraries so that our guests return from Asia with a satisfied smile!

Most Enchanting Travel: While on a road trip from Manali to Leh, we had a flat tire. So, we got out of the vehicle to get it fixed. While this was happening, rocks started falling from the top of the mountain due to landslides. We ran for safety but our vehicle got smashed. What followed after that was the most enchanting experience and we saw the concern and the hospitality of the locals. They let us into their houses, gave us coffee and food. They called the army to move our vehicle. The hotelier nearby gave us rooms and also booked another vehicle for onward journey. This made me realize that despite all the stories we hear about cruelty, robbery, and rapes around the world, humanity still exists and you do see it in your moment of need.

"I love the fact that Enchanting Travels ensures every moment of your holiday is spent doing exactly what you want to do on a holiday. Travel opens one to the differences in customs, traditions and landscapes around the globe. So wander out of your comfort zone if you want to truly make this world one big community. "

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Lisa Fox

Travel Consulting Manager
Areas of Expertise: South America

Background: Vibrant cultures, breath taking landscapes and truly unique experiences were just some of the things that inspired Lisa during an extensive 8 month trip to South America. It is fair to say that Lisa fell in love with the continent and knew that she had to return, which she did when she moved to Buenos Aires in 2013. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Lisa has extensive experience in customer service, learning and development and management.

For Lisa there is no greater satisfaction than having the opportunity to help guests to have memorable and inspiring experiences within the continent that she now calls home.

"For me travel provides the opportunity to embrace other cultures and enjoy unique experiences. Being able to help others to do this is fantastic!"

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Vivek Krishnan Kutty

Operations & Partner Relations Manager
Areas of Expertise: Asia

Background: After receiving his degree in Hotel Management and Hospitality Administration, Vivek joined the company during our first year of business and has helped build our reputation as an excellent tour operator in Asia by helping to deliver exceptional custom travel experiences to thousands of guests.

Since the beginning Vivek has overseen the expansion of new destinations and hospitality partners.

Most Enchanting Travel: Smaller cities and villages keep charming me, irrespective of the state of village. This is where I feel that the human race is similar everywhere. On a road trip in Siberia, our car broke down several times. We had to search for car sheds to park our car each time. The larger the town, lower the opportunities of finding one. In smaller cities we never found covered parking made for vehicles, but we had several nice people helping us find temporary spaces, moving their vehicles for us, taking time to repair our vehicles for free with the very limited knowledge they had. Language is never a barrier when you want to genuinely help people.

"I love working for Enchanting Travels as every guest who travels with us is inspiration for my personal travel adventures."

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G Rajesh Kanna

Finance & Accounts Manager
Areas of Expertise: Asia

Background: I have been working with Enchanting Travels since 2007 September and I am very proud be a part of such an honest company. It is always very pleasure to come to the office every day.

I have learned lots of things from our Managing Director Parik in my career in this company who is very professional and always keen for the growth of the employee as well.

Most Enchanting Travel: A trip with my colleagues to a destination called " Sakleshpur". This is a hill station situated in Karnataka, India.I drove the car and we had taken a wrong route so we were delayed by three hours in reaching the destination. It started raining heavily as we neared the destination and, because of the muddy roads and upward slopes, the car was skidding and the breaks were difficult to control. But the good thing was that everyone had an extremely enjoyable experience every time the car skid. My thanks to the rain and my friends for making this a memorable experience.

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Griselda Medina Abelli

Technology, Innovation & Projects Manager
Areas of Expertise: South America, Asia

Background: After finishing her studies in German language, Griselda lived in several countries in Europe and South America teaching German and Spanish.

Her love for travel and new experiences brought her to Enchanting Travels, where she manages numerous projects.

"The first time I heard about Enchanting Travels, I adored the concept. I love the idea of tailor-made travel as per one's wishes."

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Amimo Omondi

Technology, Innovation & Project Manager
Areas of Expertise: Africa

Background: Prior to joining the Enchanting Travels team, Amimo worked at various institutions including The Kenya Utalii College, The German School Nairobi as well as wrote for a couple of Kenyan Magazines. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kenyatta University and an Master of Arts degree from the University of Nairobi.

At Enchanting Travels Amimo looks after the Product & Knowledge Management processes for our Africa chapter. When he’s not transferring his knowledge to his team, Amimo is usually spotted hiking, reading and traveling.

"Working at Enchanting Travels is like participating in my hobbies.... Fun!!"

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Sarika Chopra

Trip Coordination Manager
Areas of Expertise: Asia

Background: Sarika started out as an Interior Designer in India, before moving to the US and working in the travel industry, where she planned travel and air-travel. Back in India, Sarika worked for a UK-based flight services company, taking care of their operations and sales.

Sarika joined Enchanting Travels in 2006 and manages the English Trip Coordination Team. Never once losing her calm even in dire circumstances is her ultimate strength!

"The pleasure in making a wish come true and helping guests live their dreams makes me who I am."

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Jean Avis Makena

Trip Coordination, Trip Design & Reservations Manager
Areas of Expertise: Africa

Background: Jean-Avis graduated with Bachelor of Education in German Studies at Kenyatta University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in German Studies at Nairobi University and at the same time pursuing a German Teachers’ Training Program (Grünes Diplom) at the Goethe Institut Nairobi.

Before joining Enchanting Travels she taught at various institutions in Nairobi. She has a passion for traveling and loves and marvels at the works and wonders of nature. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge of Africa with the Enchanting Travels’ guests.

Most Enchanting Travel: In December 2014, together with two other colleagues, we visited Namibia and the most memorable experience I had was climbing the ‘Big Daddy` in Sossusvlei in Namibia.

Waking up at 5am in the morning before the desert sun starts scorching you, driving through changing colors as the African Sun rises and being the first person to put foot prints on the highest dune in Sossusvlei is exhilarating.

From below the dune, everything seemed so easy but when we started climbing, I was shocked at how hard it is to climb a dune full of sand with or without climbing shoes. I was therefore very excited when I made it to the top and remembering all the others who gave up halfway. Getting on top of the dune and jumping up and down on the dunes is an experience even the most introverted person will enjoy.

Going down the dunes on very soft and cold sand only to get down to a dead Vlei and be hit by 50 degrees of sun brings one back to reality.

It is definitely an experience I will live to remember.

"Being enchanted as I work to enchant guests, that's the reason I'm always smiling."

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Savitha Bollady

Assistant Technology, Innovation & Projects Manager
Areas of Expertise: Asia & South America

Background: With a Masters degree in Tourism Administration, Savitha joined Enchanting Travels in 2007. Since then, there has been no looking back for her. An ever-active Enchanter, Savitha handles global projects, analysis, product information and pricing, and ensures that everything runs smoothly.

During her many years with the company, Savitha has mastered the art of juggling the professional and the personal effortlessly. For her, Enchanting Travels is not just a job, there is much more to it!

"​I love the fact that we just not only plan the trips, we strive to create enchanting memories for the guest."

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Amelia Edwards

Assistant Trip Coordination Manager
Areas of Expertise: South America

Background: After moving to Singapore at a young age, Amelia quickly grew a passion for travel and culture. After she graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor´s in English Literature, she came to Buenos Aires as a volunteer English teacher at a rehabilitation center.

Amelia has worked extensively with the Argentine deaf community since 2008. She speaks English, Spanish and Argentine Sign Language (LSA). She has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, Central and South America.

Most Enchanting Travel: My story is more of a funny story than an enchanting story. When I was 12, I was in Beijing with my family. We were flying kites in Tiananmen Square which is a very popular activity there. At one point, a long line of soldiers marched out of the gates and at that moment, a gust of wind pushed my kite in their direction, falling onto the line of soldiers and making them fall into each other. The very disgruntled leader came over, handed me the kite and walked away. That was quite an interesting afternoon!

"I adore sharing my travel experiences with others and I look forward to assisting you during your trip! I was 10 years old when I moved overseas for the first time, and I think it definitely changed my perspective on the world. I think that when you travel, it is definitely important to keep an open mind and be aware of cultural differences. "

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Jen Marsden

Assistant Marketing Manager & Guest Relations
Areas of Expertise: Asia

Background: A native of the UK, Jen has lived and worked in Kenya and India, traveling extensively throughout both countries. Her passion for both travel and India led her to join the Enchanting team in Bangalore. With a background as an author, journalist and spokesperson, Jen is also a highly informed specialist and commentator on ethical and environmental living.

"Everyday I get to armchair travel from my desk, satisfy my curiosity for culture and craft trips of a lifetime for guests. Enchanting? Absolutely!"

Travel Consultants

You have a travel idea, we help it grow!

Using their personal knowledge, our expert Travel Consultants work with you to design a trip just for you. One that we expect will exceed your expectations. They will call you at your convenience to discuss every detail – including your budget, interests and pace – until your trip is just right.

 Meet our Travel Consultants

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Vineeta Laxminarayan

Senior Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: India, Asia, South America

Background: Vineeta Laxminarayan has been with Enchanting Travels since its birth and was part of the core team for India before moving onto the South America team. After a brief sabbatical she is once again part of the Enchanting Travels team and is delighted to plan your South America and Asia experiences for you.

Vineeta has traveled extensively in South America and in Southeast Asia, as well as the Indian Subcontinent. She has personally experienced many of the properties and activities within the Enchanting Travels collection, and so can provide first-hand knowledge and advice when planning a unique travel experience for you.

Most Enchanting Travel: The walk through the salt flats of San Pedro de Atacama are memorable, as is the Perito Moreno Glacier, which will always be on of my top ten travel destinations!

Always double check that you have your passport, tickets and money - everything else can be obtained easily without any stress! Obviously I speak from experience when I forgot to take my daughter Anika’s passport on our first trip to South America. Needless to say we went through a lot of heartache while waiting to board the plane ten minutes before departure!

"My most incredible travel experiences have been when local knowledge was involved. Sharing the beauty of Asia and South America is the greatest reward."

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Samuel Nordberg

Senior Travel Consultant & Project Manager
Areas of Expertise: East Africa, Southern Africa, India

Background: As a Finnish-Ethiopian born in Libya and raised in Kenya, Samuel holds a deep passion for adventure and travel. After completing his BA in African Studies, Samuel spent a number of years living and working in London, Johannesburg and Sydney, before deciding to pursue his dream of sharing the vast beauty of the African continent with others.

Samuel has traveled far and wide in Africa, from Senegal to South Africa and continually hits the road with his trusted Suzuki 4×4. Apart from being a keen fisherman, Samuel is also a Squash enthusiast.

Most Enchanting Travel: My most enchanting experience was during my first trip to Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, an extraordinary safari destination which continues to live on in my dreams and imagination. I've been on countless safaris, but I've never explored a place that felt so wild yet calm as the Luangwa Valley does

"Africa's endless and timeless wilderness awakes one's spirit, renews one's senses and allows one to reflect on the mystical beauty of Earth."

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Angela Wright

Senior Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: Africa

Background: Born and bred in the UK, Angela has enjoyed a long career working with young people as a Senior Practitioner and Youth and Community Work Project Manager, after qualifying with Brunel University.

A month-long voluntary placement in Kenya in 2007 brought to fruition a long-held desire to visit Africa. It had a magnetic effect. Being unable to stay away since then, it was only a matter of time before she had to come and work here. She has a passion for Africa, and thoroughly relishes the privilege of helping to create dream holidays for guests.

"Africa challenges, but it also enchants and with its magnetic charm it re-acquaints you with your own fundamental spirit & that of humanity."

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Prathima Rijhwani

Senior Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: India, Bhutan, Nepal, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand

Background: After completing her graduation in finance, Prathima embarked on a career in financial and client services, first with Motorola and later with Citibank, before moving on to an extensive and successful stint in portfolio management and financial advisory with Allegro Capital Advisors.

A strong client servicing background and underlying passion for travel finally brought about Prathima’s move to travel consulting in Enchanting Travels.

Most Enchanting Travel: Any travel experience boils down to three things - the place itself, its people, and the cuisine. My travel experiences are full of memories.

From meeting an 80 year old who makes fresh cupcakes and bread at the break of dawn in her tiny New York kitchen and walks 10 blocks everyday to allow people taste magic, to eating the best street food at a parking garage in Bangkok, to buying a lovely top handmade by a grandmum from her wedding saree so she could buy her grandson a gift in a tiny village that was wiped out by a Tsunami in Sri Lanka, to being gifted a cookbook written by a chef in Sydney only because we were from his home town Bangalore, to being invited to a wedding in Joghpur by a local we had just met! It is the memories you carry and the bonds formed with people from each trip that makes it special and stay with us!

Travel with an open mind. It will enable you to absorb the culture of the region you are visiting and grasp the true spirit of the place and its peoples. Also, do not get too obsessive about your camera and taking loads of pictures...it's better to feel the place with your mind and heart and create a more lasting impression.

"My pride and passion for Asia's culture and heritage forms an inherent part of this job and therefore I naturally enjoy it! "

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Brenda O’Connor

Senior Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: India, Sri Lanka

Background: Originally from Northern Ireland, Brenda has a Psychology degree and 17 years work experience in the Hospitality and BPO industries. Prior to joining Enchanting Travels, she spent four years as a Voice and Accent Trainer in India. In that time, she experienced many rewarding and unforgettable trips throughout Asia.

Always enthusiastic for new experiences and people, Brenda shares her knowledge and love of Asia to help design unique and unparalleled trips.

Most Enchanting Travel: One of my most memorable travel experiences was with a group of friends. It was reunion trip in New Zealand during December 1999 - January 2000. In that part of the world, we we were among the first to see the dawn of the new millennium, watching the sunrise whilst swimming in the southwest Pacific..... Totally unforgettable!

Don't just wish it.....Do it!

"Working as a team we design fabulous trips, which offer our guests amazing experiences with an unforgettable WOW factor."

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Paul Rae

Senior Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: South America

Background: After falling deeply in love with Argentina after traveling extensively throughout the country and continent, Paul now calls his adopted city of Buenos Aires home.

Originally from Edinburgh in Scotland, Paul has a background in finance and a Masters degree in Sustainable Tourism but has always been an avid traveler.

Paul imbues his Travel Consulting with his passion for South America and his desire for people to experience this incredibly rich continent.

Most Enchanting Travel: Backpacking in Egypt, something you really shouldn't do, was just bliss. Meeting and then sharing the warmth of hospitality of the Bedouin people will stay with me forever.

"Embrace the adventure!"

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Swati Iyer

Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: India, Vietnam, Myanmar

Background: With over eight years of experience in a customer-centric environment, Swati moved into the travel industry so that she could serve and encourage guests to travel and experience new cultures. Before joining Enchanting Travels she worked as a Trainer at Evolv Services, a training company.

An experienced Trip Coordinator, she has an insight into the various aspects of trip implementation that helps her immensely in her current role of planning trips.

Swati is also passionate about dancing and holds a degree in Classical dance form, Bharatnatyam.

Most Enchanting Travel: Meeting new guests has always been enriching and in the process I have met such lovely guests who have touched my heart. Having met them and knowing them has definitely been the most enchanting experience.

What is all the more enchanting is when they feel the same!

"Enchanting Travels has been the best introduction to the travel world for me."

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Danielle Cicci

Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: Africa

Background: Coming from the West Coast of Canada, Danielle’s passion to experience new cultures brought her to Kenya years ago. Opening her eyes to the beauty of the people and diverse landscapes, she instantly fell in love with the country and could not stay away.

After completing her Diploma in Hospitality Management and essaying various roles in the hospitality industry, Danielle realized that the next best thing to traveling herself was to plan trips of a lifetime for others. In her free time Danielle enjoys being outdoors, experiencing new things.

"The ability to be a part of planning a treasured moment in my guests' lives and to make their dream trip a reality is what makes me love what I do!"

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Devika Ray

Travel Consultant & Guest Relations Coordinator
Areas of Expertise: Asia, India

Background: Devika was born in India but raised in Zambia and Ghana. After graduating with a degree in business from U Penn's Wharton School, she spent the next few years working and living across New York, Buenos Aires and Chiang Mai, before discovering Enchanting Travels while in India.

Devika loves being able to share her joy of travel as a travel consultant. She combines her deep knowledge of Asia and inherent wanderlust to inspire and send people off on their own trips of a lifetime.

Most Enchanting Travel: After getting married, my husband and I embarked on a 9-month adventure across India and South East Asia. We traversed countries from head to toe, crossed most borders by land and spent our time immersing in the local life. From helping construct an eco-resort in Cambodia to learning about spirituality in the Himalayas to swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines, it was the most enchanting way to experience the raw beauty, depth and rich culture of Asia.

"Travel can be life changing in the most soulful and enriching ways. Our world has the ability to inspire, touch and truly amaze - we only have to let it. So what are you waiting for? "

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Christina Gomes Saxena

Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: India

Background: After working in various industries, Enchanting Travels provided me a platform to integrate my passion for travel and my area of expertise - Human Resources. ​I began as a Travel Consultant and through various roles, have had an opportunity to connect with every team member in India and several members across the globe.

Most Enchanting Travel: I adore connecting with our enchanting team across the globe as it feels like a family. This is why my most enchanting moment was arranging our first face-to-face global managers' meeting in 2012. It was empowering to have us all in the same space as we re-defined the vision and values of the company.​

"I love that Enchanting Travels as an organization, truly stands by ​their team members and helps individuals grow and achieve their highest potential while maintaining a good work life balance. "

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Gunjan Bhatnagar

Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: Asia

Background: Gunjan joined Enchanting Travels after spending the initial years of her work-life working with some of the world’s leading banks and in the financial and service sector for high-end hotels. Her passion for travel finally won over her enchantment with the hospitality industry and since then she hasn’t looked back.

As a Travel Advisor Gunjan’s source of motivation is the positive feedback at the end of a well planned and executed trip.

In her free time, Gunjan has a panache for cooking and can be found rustling up new culinary delights in her kitchen. She does this whilst enjoying another passion of hers: listening to music.

"It’s an immense opportunity to showcase the beauty of Asia at its best. What could have been better than Enchanting!!!"

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Makie Magayu

Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: Africa

Background: Inspired by her work with the Africa team of Enchanting Travels in the past, Makie moved to the UK to pursue her Masters Degree in in International Tourism Marketing from Oxford Brookes University, only to return after a few years! She feels that in her years spent 'out there' she has never come across a more professional, service-oriented and passionate company as Enchanting Travels, and just had to come back!

Makie has explored East Africa, South Africa, the UAE (Dubai) and China in Asia, and also undertaken an adventurous roadtrip from Italy, Monaco to France and some cities in the UK.

Apart from her interest in travel, Makie is an ardent animal-lover and loves to look after cats. She spends her free time watching documentaries and researching about community-based tourism development.

Most Enchanting Travel: Taking an impromptu bus trip with a friend to Dar es Salaam and eventually to Zanzibar was quite an adventure for me. This was because it was our first time to Tanzania and the trip was unplanned for, making it even more exciting. We got delayed at the Kenya-Tanzania border and our bus left us....We could not find accommodation on our first night as we had not made any prior booking....We got lost in the middle of the night in Zanzibar Stone Town, in the old rustic feel of the town that is maze-like, before we sailed off to the island to rest and enjoy basking one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. But the best memories are made of these moments, and I will never forget my time in the coastal city.

"Ibn Battuta said “Traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” This is why we do what we do!"

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Olivia Schellenberg

Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: South America

Background: Olivia comes armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University with a concentration in Political Science.

An avid traveler and exercise enthusiast, as soon as she found Enchanting Travels, Olivia knew that this was what she wanted to do! She brings aboard her passion for new experiences and her love of helping others explore, learn, and discover the world.

Most Enchanting Travel: My favorite travel moments are those in which I feel as though I´m experiencing something that would never happen back in the USA. For example, during a bus ride from Puerto Natales to El Calafate, the bus driver continually pulled over to free up his hands so he could use them when talking with passengers. Suddenly twenty strangers and their bus driver were sharing stories and jokes - living in the moment rather than worrying about the future. What was scheduled to be a four-hour bus ride wound up taking over six hours, and we couldn't have been happier about it!

"There's no better way to learn about a place than to talk to locals as much as possible! In my experience, people light up when you ask them questions about themselves, and generally do all they can to help you have a good experience in their country."

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Corin Gallagher

Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: Africa

Background: Corin received his Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from the University of Bristol, UK, in 2016. His first contact with Enchanting Travels was in 2011, when his family traveled with us to India and Maldives and loved it!

Corin's first holiday in Africa inspired him to return and help others experience holidays that have a similarly profound effect upon them. He remains an avid traveler, having traveled extensively in Kenya, India, Tanzania, Europe, US, Vietnam and Myanmar.

Corin is passionate about music, and had at one time wished to pursue a career as a jazz saxophonist, although he ultimately opted for a more conventional route. His hobbies include rock climbing, cooking and reading history. He loves football and dining out with friends.

Most Enchanting Travel: Enchanting Travels' recommendation of Shergarh Tented Camp in the Kanha National Park in India was so brilliant that I returned there 2 years later to work for the camp. There were many high points including organising football in the local villages, hiking and celebrating the Holi Festival in rural India, but nothing could match witnessing a tiger hunt. I will never forget such a rare and exhilarating moment.

"Slow down and never underestimate local knowledge. Try and forget social media! "

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Annie Irankunda

Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: Africa

Background: After completing her MBA in Marketing at Daystar University, Kenya, Annie has worked extensively in Marketing, Sales and Public Relations. A former Business English Teacher, once she stumbled across an open position at the Enchanting Travels Africa office, there was no looking back for her!

An ardent foodie, Annie enjoys hiking, reading non-fiction and loves spending time with her friends and family. When she is not busy ushering at church, Annie is always looking out for movie recommendations or planning her next adventure, be it skydiving, exploring beach destinations, or visiting remote and exotic locations.

Most Enchanting Travel: My most enchanting travel experience is hiking in the Kereita Forest for five hours with only 30 minutes of lunch break. The challenge of climbing the lofty hills without hiking shoes, occasionally slipping on some slopes, the fresh air of the Aberdares, and seeing elephant footsteps, made the five hours worth every second! The highlight was at the end of the hike - though I was extremely tired, the ranger told us to take pictures of us jumping in the air at the finishing line which I now show to all my friends so that they too can do some hiking of their own.

"Travel with an open mind to new insights and experiences you will have at your desired destination(s)"

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Matthew Callcott-Stevens

Travel Consultant
Areas of Expertise: Africa, South America

Background: Born in a small town on the East Coast of South Africa, Matthew grew up during an exciting time in the region. Having a Zambian dad and a South African mother instilled a passion for adventure in him from a very young age. Many a family vacation was spent in the African bush - from camping under the stars or lounging around on a house boat on Zimbabwe's Lake Kariba with herds of elephants and prides of lions in every which direction.

After obtaining a Diploma in Online Marketing, Matthew felt it was time to get out and see more of the world. Two and half years aboard luxury cruise liners and 40 countries later saw him eventually move to Buenos Aires, and instantly falling in love with the unique culture and way of life.

Most Enchanting Travel: My most enchanting travel experience occurred last year when I visited Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe. I have visited the park several times in my life, but it had been a few years since my last safari and I wanted time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. My family was met by our guide Brian at the Park gate, where we parked our car and hopped onto the safari vehicle which would take us to our camp. In the three hour trip we encountered nearly 500 elephants, and a large herd of buffaloes. It was the best possible welcome one could have asked for, and a trip which I will never forget. Needless to say the remaining four days saw us encounter a few prides of lions, giraffes, cheetahs and a wide array of birdlife. Zimbabwe never ceases to amaze me, which is why it is my favorite country on this planet.

"Never pass up an opportunity to travel."

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Suraj Somaiah

Travel Advisor
Areas of Expertise: Asia, India

Background: After receiving a Bachelors degree in Commerce, Suraj spent time learning about the fundamentals of the hotel industry in his role as a steward, thus sparking an interest in hotel management. Suraj went on to study hotel management and handled the front office before starting his journey into the world of Enchanting Travels.

At Enchanting Travels, Suraj has been a jack of all trades and mastered the role of a Travel Consultant. A proud Kodava (hailing from the picturesque Coorg region of South India), Suraj's boundless enthusiasm and his love for pandi (pork) curry and elephants, readily shine through. He aspires for a passport filled with Visa stamps and enjoys all things gastronomic - from stories of cooking to delicious cuisine. For him, destinations comes alive through their history and each one has a unique story to tell.

Most Enchanting Travel: Visiting the Magnificent Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap in Cambodia, enjoying a street food tour, watching people and life on the Mekong in Vietnam, meeting elephants and seeing the night markets in Thailand, temples, history and nature in India...what more I could ask for! Enchanting Travels has given me an opportunity to experience and be enchanted enough to become an Enchanter in turn!

"Travel was never in my book of life till the eventful day when I joined Enchanting Travels ... and then, to quote Ibn Battuta, 'travelling left me speechless and turned me into the story teller that I am today'."

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Loise Waweru

Travel Advisor
Areas of Expertise: Africa

Background: A graduate from the University of Nairobi, Loise holds a B. A. in Gender and Development studies and has participated in various development projects such as helping victims of gender violence and enabling orphaned children rebuild their lives. Her interest and passion for the tourism industry steered Loise to join Enchanting Travels.

In her role, Loise ensures that our guests truly enjoy the sheer beauty that is within Africa! She enjoys interacting with different kinds of people, hiking and exploring new destinations.

Most Enchanting Travel: Late last year, we decided to go to Lamu Island for my birthday and it was the most memorable trip ever! From the time we arrived at the airport I knew this was going to be a wonderful trip. The boat ride to our accommodation was quite fun - the warm breeze blowing on our faces and the smell of salt in the air made me look forward to this new adventure.

Lamu is known for it's beautiful beaches and I truly enjoyed swimming in the warm ocean water and relaxing in the powder white beaches of Shela!

One of my highlights during our stay is we got to enjoy some really delicious Swahili cuisine cooked to perfection - from fresh fish, to spicy samosas, pilau, chapatis and Biriani, the list of foods we tried was endless! I was also impressed by the warm friendly nature of the people we met during our stay here.

Lamu Old town is truly Magical - a truly perfect getaway destination. If you’re looking for a relaxed place to spend your vacation, then Lamu will surely blow you away with it’s sheer beauty! I know it did for me!

Always keep an open mind when travelling somewhere new and don’t have too high expectations. Chances are that you will be really wowed by almost everything you see and you will enjoy your trip more even when things don’t go as planned. From experience, the best stories are always about when things don't go to plan!

" I get to make people’s dreams a reality by simply advising them on great locations to visit, how awesome is that! I love my job!"

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Nehal Mutha

Travel Advisor
Areas of Expertise: India, Asia

Background: After receiving a degree in Business Management for Travel and Tourism, Nehal studied further at IATA (International Air Transport Association), before joining the Enchanting Travels team. She has always been passionate about travel, and loves learning about different places and interacting with people​.

Most Enchanting Travel: A trip to Rajasthan - I loved visiting the breathtaking palaces and forts, enjoying the camel safari during sunset at the Thar Desert, boat ride at Lake Pichola and meeting and interacting with the villagers.

"Don't listen to what they say. Go see for yourself! "

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Kausar Galaria

Travel Advisor
Areas of Expertise: India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka

Background: Kausar has always been extremely passionate about travel. Having completed his Bachelor’s in Visual Communication in 2009, he initially planned to pursue a career in advertising. Fate played its hand and he instead started his career at Enchanting Travels developing expert knowledge on Asia, before joining Travel Consulting. Apart from the satisfaction of crafting dream trips for our guests, Kausar loves to hear about their travel stories.

In his free time Kausar loves to indulge in his passion for adventure sports and photography.

Most Enchanting Travel: Playing and interacting with local kids in the sand dunes of Manvar (Rajasthan) and capturing their innocence on my camera.

"I get immense pleasure organizing memorable trips for our guests. To me it is my 'pursuit of happiness'!"

Trip Coordinators

We give you round the clock support, every step of the way.

Our Trip Coordinators are on-the-ground and there to support you fully throughout your journey from amending your daily plans to getting a restaurant reservation. Think of them as your personal concierge. No request is too big or small.

 Meet our Trip Coordinators

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Sneha Ghosh

Senior Trip Coordinator
Areas of Expertise: Asia

Background: With over 4 years of experience in the hotel industry, Sneha switched to the tourism industry, as she is passionate about traveling and felt that there was no better way to share her passion with other travelers.

Sneha is also extremely passionate about animals and volunteers for quite a few animal shelters in Delhi/ NCR.

"For me the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and that step is Enchanting Travels."

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Lavina Pal

Senior Trip Coordinator
Areas of Expertise: Asia

Background: Lavina holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration, specialising in Tourism and a Bachelors Degree in Business Management specialising in Human Resources. She began her career as an Assistant Travel Consultant with Enchanting Travels.

Designing customised itineraries, creating personalised trip proposals and offering quality service, has been her forté. Her former experience of interacting with guests while planning their trips, has helped her understand guest expectations better. Her travels to Europe, Asia and around India, has helped her develop a sharpened traveller’s perspective.

As a Trip Coordinator, her priority is to ensure that guests have a hassle free holiday and that every promise made to the guest is delivered.

"It’s my passion to help our guests discover India. Transforming every traveller’s holiday dreams and expectations into a reality is truly fulfilling!"

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Anjali Joseph

Trip Coordinator
Areas of Expertise: Asia

Background: A passionate Indophile, Anjali studied at Sikkim University amidst India’s mighty Himalayas prior to working with American Express for two and half years in a customer-facing role. With her desire to share her love for India’s many unique cultures, Anjali is delighted to meet, greet and support guests.

Anjali enjoys spending time with her family and cooks up a feast in the kitchen. For her, there is nothing quite as satisfying as listening to music whilst traveling, especially as she explores India’s many facets.

"Making memorable experiences by giving the best service and flexibility to our guests simply brings me happiness."

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Ashwini Mohan

Trip Coordinator
Areas of Expertise: Asia

Background: After receiving a Bachelors degree in Travel and Tourism, Ashwini decided to follow her instincts. A true believer in the saying, "Always listen to your gut feeling", and a Formula 1 and Tennis buff, she had learnt early that in order to be the best, you have to go that extra mile which separates you from the rest! In her role as a Trip Coordinator and Executive at Enchanting Travels, Ashwini lives and works by the same philosophy to ensure that our guests return home with the best and most satisfying memories from their trip.

"You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens!"

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Sapna A.K.

Trip Coordinator
Areas of Expertise: India, Asia

Background: Sapna earned her Masters degree in Tourism and Administration from Bangalore University in 2013. Since then she has been an ardent Enchanter and believes wholeheartedly in following her passions!

Most Enchanting Travel: My most Enchanting travel experience has been my trip to Tamil Nadu where I got an opportunity to see ancient monuments and temples which tell unique stories of artistic and cultural achievement, with their variety of sculptures and rich inscriptions.

"Travel as much as you can, as far as you can, for as long as you can.... Life is not meant to be lived in just one place!"

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Bonaventure Onyango

Trip Coordinator
Areas of Expertise: Africa

Background: During his four years at the University of Nairobi where he did his Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Bonaventure got to interact with people from different backgrounds in the different planning projects that he participated in.

Bonaventure’s passion for traveling and the desire to meet and interact with new people from different cultures was the main driving factor that made him join Enchanting Travels.

Most Enchanting Travel: This was when I was on leave in June I had my own planned itinerary. I travelled to Mombasa, Malindi and Diani.
Diani was the highlight of the trip. Spending time on the sparkling white beaches was pure bliss.

Relaxing my mind, sipping on a drink while watching the ocean waves and listening to live music was no longer a thought in my mind but I was actually living it!

Going back to Diani is not debatable, I will definitely go back.

"The beauty of traveling is that the only thing that you leave behind is your footprints but you get to carry memories that will last you a lifetime. Always travel with an open mind and believe you me you will not be disappointed."

Local Guides & Naturalists

Your tour is all about you.

Our accredited, experienced local guides and naturalists take time to bring each of our destinations to life in their own unique way! Seeing their role as personal storytellers, we handpick our guides to match your personality and interests. In some of our destinations and for larger private groups, we recommend our escort service, where our top guides travel with you, ensuring a completely seamless experience.

 Meet our Local Guides

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Dario Jaremczuk

Local Guide
Areas of Expertise: Argentina

Background: I'm from Buenos Aires and I love showing our guests my wonderful city, the beautiful place where I live and our traditions, and making them feel like they have a friend in Buenos Aires.

Before Enchanting Travels I worked with other travel companies. My first job was with a travel agency and since then I have always worked in the tourism industry and never looked back!

Most Enchanting Travel: I have had many enchanting moments during trips, but my favourite experiences have always been making new friends, interacting with the people I meet on my travels, and learning about their culture. At work it is exactly the same. I love inviting our guests to interact with the locals.

A few months ago I was visiting Plaza de Mayo (the Mayor square in my city), with a few guests when a group of children from a local school passed by in their white uniforms. Our guests asked me about the kids, the school and the uniform and I said, " let’s ask them". That was the beginning of a great experience; the guests chatted with the children, took pictures and had a wonderful time. It was most enchanting!

"To me, traveling means opening your mind to new horizons and feeling a sense of happiness on every single day of the trip! I want to discover the whole world by traveling as much as I can!"

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Zin Zin

Local Guide
Areas of Expertise: Myanmar

Background: I am from Yangon and I initially started working as a German tour guide. In all of these years, my guests from Enchanting Travels have been simply wonderful!

I love working for Enchanting Travels as it gives me the opportunity to experience overseas training and work with a thoroughly professional travel company. Enchanting Travels has high quality and systematic tour programs compared to other companies in Myanmar.

In the future I wish to write a tour guide book!


Most Enchanting Travel: Once, I received an assignment from Enchanting Travels to tour Myanmar with a couple from Germany. Upon receiving all their information I realised that one of the guests had her birthday on the day they arrived in Myanmar and Enchanting Travels had arranged for a birthday gift to be delivered to their hotel room. Our guest was so surprised and thankful! She later explained to me that every year, as a birthday present, her husband would organize an Enchanting Travels trip for them. Three years ago they found Enchanting Travels and this was their third trip with us. They had enjoyed their trips thoroughly and each time they would received wonderful surprise gifts!

I was surprised myself and felt very happy for them. For her next birthday I wished that they would travel to a new country and receive a new surprise from Enchanting Travels!

"Traveling means a lot to me as I like meeting new people and visiting various destinations. I especially like being in a different place every day! "

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Narender Singh Rathore

Local Guide
Areas of Expertise: India

Background: Namaste! I am Narender (you can call me Narsa or Naru).

I started working in 1996 as a freelance tour guide till I joined Enchanting Travels. The freedom that Enchanting Travels gives me to plan the sightseeing program together with our guests is a wonderful thing.

Many travel companies plan all the details of sightseeing in advance, and if guests are not so keen on the program we have to check with the company if we can change or add to the itinerary. At Enchanting Travels I can take such decisions myself and this flexibility works out much better for the guests.

I love the recognition. Enchanting Travels understands the amount of work, effort and ability required to give a stellar performance and ensure that a guest’s trip goes from being ‘Good’ to ‘Excellent’. They are very motivating with the way they reward their guides and I am proud to have won the Enchanting Travels India Guide Award three times.

Saint Augustine had said something very meaningful: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page." I believe in this wholeheartedly. I am very lucky to have chosen a profession which has opened so many pages of this book for me!

My dream is to travel and see many more beautiful places in this world.

Most Enchanting Travel: After 18 years of work, I have experienced so much that I could write a book!

In the early days of Enchanting Travels, I was traveling with guests from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur when, most unexpectedly, our brand new vehicle broke down. In those days mobile network reception on highways was terrible and so it was not easy to contact our office. After a while, a kind truck driver stopped and offered us a lift. Our adventurous guests insisted we travel with him and I had no choice - we switched vehicles with all our valuables and the guests enjoyed refreshments under the stars, sitting inside a moving truck!

As soon as I could, I called our team to send another vehicle, but the guests wanted to continue in the truck onto their five star palace hotel! As expected, we got stopped by the security at the main gate. I popped out and told the guard that I was delivering guests to the hotel. Disbelieving, he got up on the truck and his eyes widened in shock when he saw our guests sitting on the floor!

Later, I learnt that this experience was a highlight of our guests’ vacation!

"See you in vibrant, exotic and incredible India!
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Chauffeurs

Your safety and comfort is our priority.

Our guests tell us that our chauffeurs are the most important people on our trips. Traveling with you from A-B, our chauffeurs are reliable, polite, respectful and have a pride for their country that they love to share – just ask! Most importantly, they take your safety seriously as they maneuver you through our exotic lands, whilst ensuring our vehicles are amply stocked with refreshments for the journey.

Contact Us

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