about kim

119 (2)I grew up in Australia and took to the road in 1988, I came to India for the first time in 1989.

My  love for travel took me to many amazing places throughout the world and when I returned to Australia I studied acupuncture at the University of Technology in Sydney and began my  practise, mostly in the Blue mountains of Australia.

Later I returned to India and moved to the valley of the gods, kullu valley.

For the last five years I have been guiding people around my  favourite places in India, sharing my  insights and creating authentic travel experiences for my clients.

 

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SRI LANKA-REJUVENATE AND RELAX WITH A YOGA SPA TOUR

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Visit Sri Lanka on this 14 Day yoga and spa tour. The focus will be on slow touring while soaking up the local ambience and nourishing the body and soul.

This is a wellness tour where we will spend our time not only checking out the incredible culture of Sri Lanka but also enjoying the fantastic spa facilities and taking yoga sessions with a qualified and experienced teacher in healing locations. We will eat great healthy food and have time to enjoy the pristine nature. Everything that is needed to rejuvenate yourself body ,mind and spirit.

While we move around this exotic isle we will do so at a relaxed pace in the comfort of our own transport with a scenic train ride thrown in.

We will stay at boutique and heritage hotels and also attend a three day intensive wellness retreat.

This expedition is aimed at anyone who wants to unwind, reset or pamper themselves. No experience is required as sessions will be tailored for all levels.

Tour price includes transport, accommodation, breakfasts and yoga/ wellness retreat.

In addition you will need to purchase return flights to Sri Lanka, visa and comprehensive travel insurance. Please note that additional treatments will be at you own expense.

Group size is limited to 10 and I will be escorting you along the way. In Sri Lanka we will be using talented and professional locals for our wellness needs.

This is a great way to combine visiting Sri Lanka and nourishing yourself.

To register your interest and for dates and full itinerary please contact me via email kimthelander@fastmail.fm

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BEST DAY IN JAIPUR, CITY SNAPSHOTS

038 (2).JPGIf you have a day or two to spare in Jaipur, Rajasthan this is my recommendation.

Jaipur,the fabled Pink city was built in 1727 by Maharajah Jai Singh who was an avid astrologer.He moved his city from the hilly amber to the flat Jaipur where he could set up an amazing observatory that still exists today. So any trip to Jaipur should begin with a visit to the stunningly beautiful Amber Palace.

The Amber Palace is majestic and exquisite, the Sheesh Mahal or mirrored palace must be seen to be believed. I always use my favourite guide who brings the place to life with his stories of the concubines and princes and leads us through secret passage ways. He is 84 years old and a cultural gem himself, Mr Battacharya. He personally showed JfK and Jackie through the palace years ago.

Following the palace, I like to see the Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory with its geometric measuring devices so accurate that you can set your watch by them.

While you are in the old city neighbourhood check out the Palace of the winds, the Hawa Mahal it is just around the corner and is a charming facade that the ladies of the court would watch the passing parades.

By now you will need a break, so I usually swing off to the best cafe in town. Anokhi.

Here you can eat the best salads safely topped with goats cheese and walnuts and much more. Everything is yummy. Once refreshed I head next door to their boutique,famous for hand block printed textiles in great styles and of silk or organic cotton.

Other great boutiques nearby include Jaipur Modern, Rasa, Fab India and Teatro dhora.

Once done here it is time to hit the famous bazaars of Jaipur, with whole lanes dedicated to bangles and shoes and much more. You can spend days in here and still need more time.

By now it is cocktail hour and one of the best spots is the  Rambagh Palace at the Polo Bar , they make great Bloody Marys.

There are so many great things to do in Jaipur and two of my greatest experiences here are visiting the rescued elephants at Elefantastic and having my photo taken by Mr Chand witha 150 year old plus Zeiss camera. He then developed the photos right there on the street.

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WOMEN ONLY TOURS

women in pushkarIn my experience of taking women only tours around India for the last 5 years I have noticed that women travel differently together.

They seek different experiences and form lasting connections and enjoy the group dynamics. It allows the women to experience India in a joyful and safe way.

On my upcoming womens only tour in November 2018 India Boho Luxe Tour we will be staying at a variety of heritage palaces and forts in beautiful Rajasthan. By day we will explore the best boutiques and bazaars and enjoy visiting incredible sites with time off to enjoy, spa treatments, yoga,astrology sessions and much more.

Stay tuned for dates and itinerary. It is going to be a fabulous trip.

 

WHAT IS BESPOKE TRAVEL AND IS IT FOR ME

Bespoke travel is a travel experience that is specifically curated for you, or your group, addressing your particular requirements,budget and the experiences you would like to have. It involves us working together to create a journey for you that is unique to your desires.

You can decide if you want to go it solo with all contingencies in place, including transport,the best hotels and local connections I act as a travel designer and advisor. Providing back up along the way.

Alternatively I can travel with you as an escort, and guide.

So whether you want to see festivals, travel remotely, harvest great local buys, create your own jewelry, learn dance, study yoga or simply find a great place to chill out in the Himalayas and write a book. I can help you make your travel dreams a reality.

Just drop me a line and we can begin the journey together.

kimthelander@fastmail.fm