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Destination Himalayas is a new entrepreneur tour and trek company covering both Kumaon and Garhwal region in Haldwani, Uttarakhand. We organize village stays, trekking and hiking, cultural tours, etc.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
It has been more than 1 year since I started my company Destination Himalayas. Before that I used to work as a freelance tour guide. Uttarakhand has incredible natural beauty but the places here are still under explored. Keeping this in my mind I started "Destination Himalayas" with the motto "Sustainable Responsible Tourism". With the help of some friends (Other Local Freelance tour guides, village communities, and other professionals) I started my company.
2. What is your company's mission?
My company mission is to promote sustainable tourism. The remote hilly areas of the Uttarakhand region are facing the problem of migration due to unemployment. But these places are really isolated places. My company is working with many village communities and together we are trying to make Tourism as our main source of income which can stop migration of people. For customers, we always respect your privacy and try that you can experience the place like a local, rather than a tourist. "A traveler sees what he sees, a tourist sees what he want to see".
3. What does your company specialize in?
My company specialize in village stays, Trekking n hiking, private cab tours, rock climbing, private guide etc.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
I am the owner of the company. I am an engineer by qualification. Previously worked in US based KPO (Vcustomer) in New Delhi. After that started freelancing (Private tour escort/tour-trekking guide.)
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Destination Himalayas is going to launch various package of village stays with yoga and meditation classes from March' 2011. We are really hopeful to get a good response. But for now our trekking packages and private cab tours are most popular packages. The reason behind it is that customer gets to sees all major tourist destinations as well as isolated places.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
Our company motto has been "experience the place like a local" and till date every customer of ours happily agreed with that.