Travel Startups In Mumbai Treading The Road Less Travelled

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Amboli Trek by The Blueberry Trails.
Amboli Trek by The Blueberry Trails
Amboli Trek by The Blueberry Trails

Imagine a situation where you have to spend hours in research and location hunting when making time for the holiday itself is so difficult? And you end up visiting the same old tourist spots thronged by hundreds of others. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to go off the beaten track and more so while someone else plans this ideal vacation for you? Someone who understands your fancies, taps your hidden desires and comes up with the perfect holiday which spells ‘you’. Give way to the new breed of holiday – makers that offer extraordinary trips to satiate the travel bug in you.

In the last few years, Mumbai has seen a surge of young entrepreneurs who have given up stable careers to pursue their passion for travel and more importantly extend this fervor to fellow travelers who want to explore but go awry due to lack of correct information and access. These ventures not just plan interesting vacations clubbed with unique activities but also customize itineraries as per your need.

Bringing to you five such travel companies in Mumbai which will design your dream holiday giving you an experience rather than a mere trip.

Wanderers Avani and Manjari, founders of Broken Compass. Image by Broken Compass.
Wanderers Avani and Manjari, founders of Broken Compass. Image by Broken Compass.

Broken Compass: The brainchild of wanderers Manjari Verma and Avni Patel, Broken Compass aims to take you down a path less traveled and they have a unique way of achieving this objective. Each patron that approaches Broken Compass is given a questionnaire through which the purpose of the vacation, interests of the people travelling, their food preferences etc. almost every aspect is covered. This is turn helps them in zeroing in on a perfect destination complete with a customized itinerary that suits your tastes. And if you don’t wish to think much, you can follow the directions of this compass and choose one of their existing exotic trips.

 

A getaway at Kaup Beach Karnataka by Wanderbug. Image by The Wanderbug.
A getaway at Kaup Beach Karnataka by Wanderbug. Image by The Wanderbug.

The Wanderbug: Started by Kritika Batra, Wanderbug specializes in customized vacations. Each holiday is designed as per the interests of the travelers and the wanderbugs assist you in every step of your journey carving it to perfection. Not just that, they ensure that you indulge in offbeat luxury by staying in eco resorts, boutique hotels or even comfortable homestays and enjoy the lesser known attractions in every place. The well thought out activities suggested to you at every destination are as exciting as your stay options and ensure that you take home unique memories.

Sudeepta Sanyal, Founder, The Blueberry Trails. Image by The Blueberry Trails.
Sudeepta Sanyal, Founder, The Blueberry Trails. Image by The Blueberry Trails.

The Blueberry Trails: Specializing in experiential travel, Blueberry Trails promise to take you on a journey where you will definitely not feel like a boring tourist. An initiative of Sudeepta Sanyal, this company explores your adventurous side, gets you close to nature and also introduces you to the abundance of quaint art and culture tucked away in our country. Their trails will take you rafting, trekking, and exploring a village or picking fresh fruits of a farm and help you make the most of local sights and sounds. Get your own trail designed or hop on to a current trail and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.

The Band on a Bus by White Collar Hippie. Image by Behance.net
The Band on a Bus by White Collar Hippie. Image by Behance.net

White Collar Hippie: Each of us today is but a hippie within. And there are few like Vikrant Chheda and Sachin Parikh who encourage you to explore the hippie within you. Imagine travelling on a bus where you have a live musical band for company or learn an unusual skill like climbing coconut trees. Ever anticipated a holiday like this? That is the kind of wildness that WCH adds to every trip thus encouraging you to travel. WCH doesn’t believe in bringing you the ordinary and with their hobby based holidays you will definitely come home with a sense of achievement and of course renewed vigor!

HighonTravel: When techies Chirag Bhandari and Rakesh Verma quit their well paying jobs to start HighonTravel over two years ago, they had only one vision, to break the conventional norms associated with travel. So they put together HighonTravel that caters to the unconventional traveler willing to discover local experiences, special stays and experiment with special interest tours. So if you are ready to switch the comforts of a 5 star hotel for camping with locals and cycling through the bylanes of a lesser known city discovering their culture, this is the place for you.

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Writing is a passion I discovered a little late. But better late than never. When not penning my thoughts, you'll find me sniffing around for good food - trying out every new restaurant in town is a hobby. I swear by Hindi films and when doing nothing of the above you'll find me troubling my pet pooch.

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Esha Verma

Esha Verma
Writing is a passion I discovered a little late. But better late than never. When not penning my thoughts, you'll find me sniffing around for good food - trying out every new restaurant in town is a hobby. I swear by Hindi films and when doing nothing of the above you'll find me troubling my pet pooch.