Reviews

Aman Joshi | Introductory Course to Wildlife

I've recently attended the online Introductory course on wildlife offered by Journeys. There were a lot of in depth learnings in an interactive way in each of the subjects in the course. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning about wildlife, conservation, biodiversity and explore work opportunities in the same, I think this course is going to act like a gateway for them.

Devdatta Lohokare | Introductory Course to Wildlife

I am student at mit wpu of photography and I like wildlife photography so joined the Journeys’s wildlife course . It is One of most necessary and informative course for all the wildlife enthusiasts , it provides all the information about wildlife and nature. I would highly recommend every one who calls themselves wildlife enthusiasts or photographers to do this online course because there is always a lot to learn about nature and wildlife not just in a photography aspect but as a nature loving aspect also .

Preetal Chaudhari | Introductory Course to Wildlife

I recently did an Online session/course on nature & wildlife and of course it was an eye opener. the course material was very informative and the assignments were really good. am very glad that i took this course. Thanks Journeys Explore..!!

Murtaza Adeeb | Bhimashankar Journeys

Went with Journeys for a day trip to bhimashankar. 2 trails covered. Saw a variety of scorpions and also the giant squirrel.literally off the beaten path.looking forward to the next journey.

Sasha Sud | Panna Journeys

We had a great time with Journeys in Panna Tiger Reserve. The entire experience from start to finish was managed very well and the attention to detail was impeccable. The Journey's team expertise was evident in our safaris and we got All the animal photos we came to get. Can't wait for the next Journey! A big thank you to the team that handled our trip.

Sarvesh Makhija | Bhigwan Journeys

Was about to visit a Bhigwan just to eat Fish which it is famously known for .... something came up in my mind to ask Sushil Chikane for directions and known places around . Thankfully I did just that ... Wasn't able to join him or his wonderful team Journeys Explore the Road Less Taken... on their tour to bhigwan so ended up going with a friend . The trip was one GREAT EXPERIENCE thanks to Sushil Chikane's suggestion , Visited Agnipankh Flamingo Point which was mindblowing , the boat safari which lasted almost 2 hours was breathtaking. The Food served by the same host at Agnipankh was out of this world . A BIG THANK YOU TO Journeys Explore the Road Less Taken... and Sushil Chikane for the suggestion . Hghly Recommend His Team for future travelling plans

Ritweez Sahu | Geowalk Journeys

The Journeys Geowalk was an absolute delight and probably the best learning experience I've had in some time.

With Journeys, it's all about resources- be it biological, cultural or now, geological. Renie, Divyanshu and Apurv made us appreciate the bounties around us and then shared their collective experience with us. And what we learnt was such, that it will enrich any trip we take anytime in our life. Picking up a rock and observing it will never be the same for me again.

That said, enriching is an adjective I'd use for for every Journeys trip I've taken so far and they've gone a long way in making me conscious about the resources around us.

Can't wait for more such experiences!

Lionel Falcão | Sunderbans Journeys

Had travelled with Journeys Explored the Road Less Taken to Sundarbans and had one of my best experiences. The entire trip was handled perfectly from end to end. The biggest highlights was living on a boat for the entire trip which at the beginning was apprehensive as to what to expect but at the end it was a perfect “Journey Explored”

Thanx Sushil and team for organising this trip at such short notice and executing it perfectly and most of all getting to capture the endemic to the Sundarbans “The Red Tail Pit Viper” and enjoying some authentic cuisine of West Bengal.

Shambhavi Ekbote | Panna Journeys

The Panna tour I attended , arranged by Journeys , has been one of the most memorable trips I've been to so far. It was arranged as a final field trip for the students of Journeys Wilderness Connect. I witnessed a completely different side of the forest, meeting the forest guards and the officials directly. It has been an eye opening experience and I am taking home a lot of good memories with me. A big thanks to the team, Sushil Chikane and Hrishikesh karandikar for looking after us so precisely. Panna has been wonderful!

Shamoel Ezzi Poonawala | Pench Journeys

JWC decided to take us to Tiger Safari at the Panna Tiger Reserve .The reserve is located near Khajuraho.
This lovely reserve is prime tiger-land. The forest is dry deciduous and is full of gorges and extensive plateaus. The Ken River flows through the reserve. There are a couple of waterfalls on this river which unfortunately we did not see because of the lack of water.The reserve has two gates Mandla and Hinouta. Spread over 542 sq km this reserve spans over the two districts of Panna and Chhatarpur.It has been awarded as the best maintained national park of India.Teak, sal, crocodile bark, arjun, jamun are prominent trees present here. Among the animals found here are the tiger, leopard, chital, chinkara, nilgai, sambhar and sloth bear, more than 200 species of birds including the bar-headed goose, honey buzzard, king vulture, blossom-headed parakeet, changeable hawk-eagle and Indian vulture are seen here. The Ken river has a huge crocodile population.Once Panna had become tigerless but after the relocation of tigers from other reserves and due to tireless efforts by the forest authorities, now Panna is again back with big cats. It is a dry deciduous forest and has vast grasslands which gives opportunity to the visitors to witness big cats, off course if luck permits
There were six of us and were lucky to have a good driver and some experienced guides. Gypsy is the vehicle which took us as we experienced a roller coaster ride.
Generally the park trackers are the ones who indicate where the tigers are likely to be spotted. Sushil sir was well versed with panna and made it a point to indicate the various animals as also the different trees and birds,he also taught us photography which was great.We then went for a boat ride in the Ken River where we were fortunate to sight a Tigress who was playing hide and seek for 2 days
Our life was made.
The boat ride was great as forest guard staying in condition was very sad . Overall a wonderful trip.
Will positively make another trip to this park sometime soon.

Meghnad Bhedasgaonkar | Panna Journeys

Travelling with Sushil was a wonderful experience. This trip to Panna Tiger Reserve was unlike any other that I have been on in the past.
Realization being that a jungle safari is not just about tigers or leopards or other big 'commercially attractive' animals, but understanding the forest ecosystem as a whole.
Many thanks to Sushil for making this trip a memorable one

Charlie Davidson | Ranthambhore Journeys

We have just returned from our 4th trip with Journeys. This time we spent a week in Bandhavgarh. As usual we had an amazing time everything was well planned and ran like clockwork. Our Journeys rep and good friend was the perfect host as usual! Our driver Guddu was fantastic, at tracking Tigers and getting us into the best positions for photos. We had 14 sightings of 10 different Tigers. The staff at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge looked after us and fed us like Kings as ever. Already planning our next trip in April. Thanks again all at Journeys Explore! .

Devan Joshi | Bhimashankar Journeys

Came to India for the first time and really wanted to check out some of the great wildlife and nature the country had to offer. My travel had me set up to go to Koyna but said it wouldn't be a good time to go because of the rain. He received this information from Sushil (Director of Journeys) and he suggested Bhimashankar Wildlife sanctuary instead. I was a little reticent at first because of the heavy rain that was happening at the time but Sushil assured me that it would be ok and that we would have a great time. He was not wrong. From the moment he picked me up to the moment he dropped me off he gave me one of the most unforgettable experiences I've ever had in my life. Not only was he one of the intelligent people I've met in regards to wildlife knowledge, his passion for the outdoors really made the trip that much better. He showed me a beautiful and mesmerizing side of India that I don't think I could have seen if I had gone by myself or with another travel guide. If you are ever thinking of doing any sort of outdoor travel in India or abroad, I can only tell you that going with Sushil and Journeys will make your trip 100% better. I was given memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life and I cant thank him enough.

Bharati Choubey | Tiger Marathon Journeys

Seven days,three Tiger reserves and a friend for life .... we expected to meet a middle aged gentleman at the airport in Jabalpur ...but were pleasantly surprised to meet Sushil,closer to our kids’ age!!
Every safari was an eye opener for us, thanks to the diverse knowledge and expertise that Sushil shared with us! So many birds,butterflies and other animals which we wouldn’t have known anything about,had it not been for his inputs.
We’ve done many safaris in the past but nothing was as fun,exciting and exhilarating as much as these in Bandhavgarh,Sanjay Dubri and Panna,thanks to Sushil!What I really loved about Sushil is that he became so close to us,that we didn’t feel that he was just doing his job! Simply loved his enthusiasm at every small thing that we got excited about, knowing that he’s done the same things innumerable times....yet equally excited each and every time!
I could go on and on,but doubt that everyone loves reading such long reviews!😜
All I can say is that I would recommend Sushil and his journeys to everyone who wishes to explore the unexplored!

Catherine O'Connor | Tikona Journeys

The team at Journey’s lead by Sushil are amazing, so knowledgeable, engaging, friendly and helpful! It’s a real pleasure and treat to get to go a few treks lead by the Journeys team! I would highly recommend them, Cate (Ireland)

Dilys Lindsay | Tikona Journeys

Sushil and his team took 40+ members of Irish Girl Guides on a hike up to Tikona Fort on a very wet day in August. They were so attentive, interesting and safety conscious and they created an amazing experience for all of us. I think we surprised them too, with our enthusiasm and random bursts of singing.....in the rain, of course! Thank you to all of the team.

Angela D Greiling Keane | Tikona Journeys

Our group of mixed hiking abilities - from amateur to advanced - had a great Tikona Fort hike on a crowded Saturday with our Journeys guides.

Kiruthika Devi Kannan | Macro Photography Journeys

I went for macro photography photowalk mentored by hrishikesh and apurv.it was first i was trying macro. It was a great experience with them.Looking forward for more such events.Thanks a lot guys for the support.

Trina Caunter | Tikona Journeys

Sushil and the team were amazing! Could not have done Tikona Fort in the monsoon rain without them and their endless patience. Highly recommend!

Siddharth Naidu | Macro Photography Journeys

My introductions to herping and Macro photography started with Sushils on an excursion out in Pune’s grasslands. Sushil brings in a lot of photography and on-field knowledge and experience to help us ensure well being of the subject and also get the right shot. I’ll definitely recommend anyone interested in wildlife to journey with Sushil.

Cheers!

Gaganpreet Bhatia | Ladakh Journeys

It was an amazing Ladakh experience with Sushil. You actually learn a lot about photography, wildlife. So if you are planning for Ladakh, contact Sushil only. I promise you will never face any challenges with transport or stay. Will definitely visit again

Tracey Schorn | Tikona Journeys

Sushil and his team of Guides were amazing! Took a group of 30 women (25 from Canada) up to Tikona Fort in the pouring rain. They were all very encouraging and helpful and made sure everyone made it up and back down safely!

Avirat Shete | Bandhavgarh and Herpetology Journeys

I have two wonderful experiences to share-

1. As an individual, I travelled with Journeys to Bandhavgarh and the trip was made memorable by Sushil's kickass expertise, choice of gypsy driver and guide as well as perfect food n stay arrangements.

2. As a company, Mid Earth partnered with Journeys for an on field Herpetology Workshop in monsoon, near Khopoli. We had kids n moms as participants. Not only did Sushil help us locate herps, he also identified them for the kids and made their fear of reptiles disappear by sharing useful chunks of info that could be processed by these little ones. Everyone enjoyed to the fullest.

Archit Suneel | Ladakh Journeys

My trip with Journeys was the Leh trip. I had an amazing time exploring Leh and visiting some amazing places with beautiful scenic views. The best part of the trip was Sushil. Thanks to Sushil and their team we go to explore some untouched areas. The experience was unforgettable. I would like to Thank Journeys and their team for the amazing experience.

Ratish Nair | Umred Karhandla Journeys

Yes ofcourse.. journeys team is in good hands with Sushil at top. His knowledge on anything under the sun(well literally) is incredible.

You could just point a bird, lizard, insect or a mammal and be rest assured he can tell you all about them. Active conservationist and someone who values animals.

I would love to do more trip with journeys

Aashna Agarwal | Panna Journeys

A short 2 days trip to bhandavgarh with journeys , an amazing and an excellent trip . Wish it shouldn’t have come to an end . 3 safaris and spotted 3 tigers..... all thanks to Ayaan.
He was so knowledgable, and so much full of enthusiasm which made us all really amazed , listening to his never ending stories about his experiences has really made us all wildlife lovers , making us looking forward to many more trips to national parks which has to be with Ayaan , with Journeys .He helped us spot some really amazing birds , a lifetime experience in its own .
Life in the forest is seriously different and fabulous and there is lot of surprises in it.
Bhandavgarh is a must visit place , that to with journeys and with Ayaan it’s the Best.

Savita Pathak | Bandhavgarh Journeys

We were a group of 5 enthusiasts on a mission to discover jungle. That was the feeling I had when I visited Bandhavgarh National Park. It has 400 sq km area and 3 main zones - Tala, Magadhi and Khitauli. Green sal trees and mahua trees with green and new red leaves made some areas really dense. Difference between a wild life sanctuary, national park is limited human activity and no human activity. What we visited was a national park.

For me jungle is never only about tigers. Lucky if you spot them but don't miss out on other interesting things. Reading jungle from dawn to dusk is awesome. We would start morning safari to see Amber sunrise between 5.30-6 and end the day with red-orange sunset amidst green forest with evening safari at 7 pm. In between witnessed the jungle slowly come alive. Birds would come out for basking on the treetops, animals stroll to water holes. We saw close to 70 birds and 20 odd mammals. In many different ways it was a joyful experience and lot of learning. Many interesting episodes throwing light on animal behaviour. Here are some glimpses of what we saw and what we learnt.

A population of 70 tigers increases chances of spotting tigers so Bandhavgarh is one of the popular destinations for wildlife enthusiasts. Tigers drink water multiple times in a day and kill once in 3-4 days. Cubs get trained to kill starting with small animal like jungle fowls. Like human finger prints every tiger's stripes are unique. A male tiger rules 50-60 sq. km area which includes the area of 3-4 tigresses with 15-20 sq. km each. We saw tigresses Spotty and Kankati with 3 playful cubs each. A good forest ranger who took pity on waiting gypsies to show them the tigers with the help of elephants.

Beautiful and exotic birds that we saw - Paradise flycatcher, orange headed thrush, racket tailed drongo, black headed oriole, oriental white-eye, purple sunbirds, variety of king fishers, India roller (love the perfect symmetry of its wings in flight), blue bearded bee eater, koels, parakeets, yellow-footed green pigeon (state bird of Maharashtra) and many more.

Gypsy drivers of safaris are equally or sometimes better informed than the forest guides. They are expert in identifying calls and looking at pugmarks, droppings that mark the trail of animal movements. Waiting for tigers to come to watering hole can take hours of patient wait but its not devoid of fun. Sending other jeeps elsewhere to get a better photography angles, frantic activity upon spotting the tigers...of course all in jest. They are very cooperative and help each other a lot to make sure every visiting guest goes back happy.

Lastly - we say animal instinct but animals never go against nature's law unlike human beings to whom flouting rules comes easy. We saw VIPs taking elephant rides to the tiger spot when it is not permitted. Heard stories of animal poaching which is still rampant so surviving of the animals especially tiger cubs is very difficult.

Enjoyed immensely with the bunch I was travelling with, came back very satisfied and with a desire to go to the next one! Must thank Sushil Chikane for making this journey so knowledge filled and enjoyable.

 
 
 
Aditya Vijay Wargi | Panna Journeys

Had one of my best safaris with them. Murtaza and ayaan are very informative. I’m going to go back again to jungle soon with these boys. From your stay to our food and safaris, everything was well organised. Thank you journeys explore.

Maithili Jakatdar | Bhimashankar Journeys

Good dedicated guide. a bank of info given during our nature trails in bhimashankar. informative for kids as young as 6 yrs olds. trails less travelled. a fantastic experience for adults too.

Vedant Chandak | Jhalana Journeys

It was a great experience going to Jhalana Leopard Park, Jaipur with Journeys.
Really well managed and arranged. Would love to go for many such journeys with Journeys.

Pinak Pendharkar | Pench Journeys

Recently I went to Pench with Sushil Dada.
I have done many Wildlife safaris with him. The best company you can have on a Wildlife Safari ! Excellent sightings and we acquried alot of knowledge because of him . Looking forward to do alot of amazing "Journeys" ! with him .

Alok Katkar | Jhalana Journeys

I did a trip to Jhalana Leopard Safari Park with Sushil sir. It was my first experience with Journeys. I had the excellent sightings with the guidance from Sushil sir in terms of wildlife and photography. Looking forward for another trip with Journeys.

Shreya Pathak | Desert National Park Journeys

As an environmental science student, I’m so glad I got to explore wildlife and biodiversity around Rajasthan with Journeys. The trip to Desert National Park in 2014 taught me so much more about desert ecology than any textbook ever could. Right from the very start, the Journeys team, like a well-oiled machine, ensured that everyone was comfortable and well-settled, given the extremely high temperatures of the region. Sushil and his team carefully briefed us about the expected wildlife sightings in the area before every trail and safari. Although spotting the Great Indian Bustard was the key highlight of the trip, it was the little critters and reptiles that he found under the rocks that truly amused me! Oh whatta trip!

One year later, Sushil gave me the opportunity to volunteer with Journeys and I just couldn’t say no! Now I had the chance to show international tourists the beauty of nature in and around Pune, something I wouldn’t dream of doing if it wasn’t for Journeys. Even as a volunteer, I found it extremely comfortable to approach anyone on the team with my endless list of doubts. Volunteering with Journeys was a very different but a truly gratifying experience and I would love to do it again sometime!

I’d recommend Journeys to anyone and everyone who wants to explore India through an ecological, environmental as well as a cultural lens. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro at nature loving and exploring, Journeys is the way to go!

Victor Hellin | Hornbill Journeys

Had a 5 days trip to Nagaland with Sushil for the Hornbill festival.

Organization of the 5 days was perfect, and we really enjoyed the guides' answers to our numerous questions regarding Nagaland. I would definetely do it again with Sushil as organizator.

CA Swapnil Wanjule | Lateritic Plateau Journeys

Thanks Sushil for the wonderful field guidance and knowledge sharing on visit to Kaas Plateau on 6/10/18. All the participants got a lot of valuable and mostly unknown information. Specially spotting the reptiles was main attraction. We loved the safety precautions taken. Wish to visit different places with Journeys again.

Meghna Singh | Ladakh Journeys

We went to Ladakh with Sushil and Murtaza in July this year, and it was hands down- one of the best experiences of my life. The journeys team planned the trip to perfection, right from the route, the places we visited to the places we stayed at. Would definitely recommend!

Akshit Redij | Pench Journeys

I am a regular traveller with Journeys especially with Sushil. This June I travelled to Pench with Journeys. And have to say it was one of difficult wildlife trips I have been to regarding photography. Rain gods weren't kind to us, nothing went as planned. But still managed to join the forest, which is actually the main thing, photography comes next.
Eager to travel again with Sushil.
Let's see how it pans out.
Thank you.

Kaushik Dhopeshwarkar | Corbett Adventure Journeys

Sushil Chikane is a highly experienced and expert person in this field.The team members are also good and a chill mood is maintained in the journey.I have been camping with journeys for past 5 years and the overall rating is 5 stars.

Stephane Bordier | Sinhagad Journeys

We have spent one morning with Sushil looking for birds around Pune. It was a great experience !
Sushil knows a lot about wild life and eager to share his passion.
We deeply recommand his company for wildlife tours.

Rahul Guha | Bandhavgarh Journeys

Bandhavgarh, Nov 2017... It was my first-ever safari. For a beach bum, it's quite a change, having to wake up at a time when I would otherwise be going to sleep. Having to wrap up against the cold, as opposed to being in a perpetual state of near undress. Bumpy rides in a Gypsy, compared with lounging on a sun bed. Couldn't be more of a contrast...!!!

And what a contrast! 5 safaris over 2.5 days. 4 tigers seen in 3 sightings over 2 safaris. A pretty good ratio, methinks! Especially when my first ever sighting included getting up close and personal with a mother/son pair basking by a water body in the early morning in the Tala sector.

Images galore. More importantly, memories that will live with me. And all thanks to the brilliant planning, organisation, passion and enthusiasm of Sushil Chikane of Journeys Explore. He has been a driver & guide in numerous wildlife parks in India, and his knowledge is all-encompassing. So I had answers to my million questions - some silly, but others that I hope even he found intriguing.

Except for the air tickets to Jabalpur, Sushil took care of planning everything else. So, just like the maharajahs of yore, we had to do nothing else but enjoy the experience.

The Aranyak Resort we stayed at was also a jewel in the jungle. Large, modern rooms with spotless bathrooms (the most important aspect for yours truly), great food, and service staff who meet your every need.

We returned to Bombay, exhausted but exhilarated. I dream of tigers! The adventurer in me has awoken. Finally!

Gaurav Renuse | Corbett Adventure Journeys

I have done 3 camps with Sushil dada before Jim Corbett but the Jim Corbett camp was the best. Sushil dada is one of the most fabulous person I have ever met. He gave us the freedom we wanted. I don't think anyone else would have done soo. Thanks Sushil dada and Journeys for the fantastic camp. We didn't spot any tiger or leopard in the safari, but the joy we had in the gypsy and in whole trip was amazing. So anyone interested in camps or treks please go with Journeys.

Jaijeet Unkule | Corbett Adventure Journeys

Recently I and my batchmates visited Jim Corbett National Park with Sushil Chikane ( Dada). We acquired a lot of knowledge about wildlife and nature. We came to know about different species of the birds that exists. It was really a memorable experience with Journeys. Waiting for the next.

Pradosh Joshua | Bandhavgarh Journeys

I had never been to wildlife trips with any tour guides for any of my trips what I have done till date.
I meet this team in Umred and was really amazed the way they tackled the chaos of tourists in their private vehicles with peace and calmness in their mind and manage to get the prime location at the right time to get some amazing images.
I was in constant touch with them and I wanted to be part of their wildlife journeys and I did at last for the first time and I learnt a lot about the animal behavior, truth about the forests and it's infrastructure.
It's not only about seeing the animals and birds but the knowledge sharing what happens is a bonus what you get apart from the sightings.
I did couple of them with their team and I never regret the time I spent and I believe even you would feel the same.

Sitesh Thadani | Ranthambhore Journeys

I did a visit to Ranthambhore with Sushil @ Journeys and it was an excellent trip. Was very well coordinated and planned out and everything was very well taken care of. The icing on the cake was that we saw 4 tigers and took some amazing breathtaking pictures. Highly recommended for wildlife and adventure trips. 5 Stars!

Esmail Samiwala | A day on the Laterite Plateau

All of us have heard of Kaas – Maharashtra’s answer to the Valley of Flowers.
Typically when one visits Kaas, including the Thoseghar Waterfalls and Chalkewadi Windmills in the planning is a good idea.
In the past I have visited Chalkewadi for the Windmills, for Karvi bloom, other wild flowers etc. This trip was more focused on Macro life.
We were a small group of 7 persons with Sushil Chikane and another local expert. Our spotting of different types of macro life was quick and varied. Some of the sightings included a millipede, Ghate's shrub frog, Indian toad., Centepede protecting a brood of eggs, saw scaled viper, caecilian, emperor scorpion, wrinkled frogs, brahmini skink, shield tail etc. Of course the landscapes, wild flowers and the local primates kept us busy for the whole day.
All in all, a very memorable day. Thanks a lot, Sushil for this amazing experience.

Joy Ghosh | Ranthambhore Journeys

My cousin and me went on a tiger safari with Sushil to Ranthambore last year. The trip had 5 safari's planned. We got tiger sightings in all the first four! The fourth one was the best. We were so satisfied that for the 5th and last we went to a lake for sighting gadhiyals and birds. Sushil clearly knows his way around the parks and has very deep knowledge of wildlife. He tours are flexible and he takes care of all operational arrangements. Would highly recommend him:)

Nupur Pittie | Great Himalayan National Park Journeys

Bharat(my hubby) and me were planning to go for a trek in HP for our 14th year anniversary, thats when sushil suggested GHNP. I had not explored it and being a UNESCO heritage, I immediately said yes.....

Sushil organised a lovely home stay and a very well equipped team in Kullu for us. Our team provided us with all the necessary facilities, great food & perfect tents which made our trek comfortable & just added to the wonderful experience in the Lap of Nature.

Thank you for being a part of our memorable celebration.

Ayaan Akkalkotkar | Umred Karandhla

Another impulsive trip taken due to pictures uploaded of 5 tigers in one frame on Facebook. Being a person who travels regularly to Tadoba I was really excited to visit a new reserve in Maharashtra. We travelled by train that was a short comfortable journey. The drive from Nagpur to Umred is just an hour and half so much better than that to Tadoba, we reached our destination Bhaiji’s jungle resort, nothing fancy but still really good. The parks prey density is poor so game sighting is less however we are here for tigers right? 4 sub adult cubs were the main attraction of the park and we couldn’t get enough of them. Thanks to the great experience of Sushil we were able to track the tiger movement successfully. We were always at the right place at the right time and the pictures we got is all the proof one would need. Another great trip with journeys I highly recommend provided you have info regarding the sightings.

Ayaan Akkalkotkar | Bera Journeys

After seeing tons of leopard pictures on Facebook I wanted to go to bera to witness some myself. I was in luck since Journeys was organizing an exclusive 4 people tour to Bera. I signed up then and I am so glad I did. It was affordable short and successful 3 things anyone would look for while making a trip. The train journey was comfortable and short. The drive to Bera from Ahemdabad was a bit tiring and long but with the good company on the journey it seemed fine. The resort leopards’ lair was really nice with a good staff. The safaris were always a success we got daily leopard sightings and got some amazing shots. We identified 6 different leopards and tracked 3 of them daily. We even saw 2 hyenas on a walking trail at night. On the last day we took a flight back to Pune with satisfied looks on our faces. On a whole id highly recommend Bera to anyone who wants to see leopards and with journeys it’s a great experience. Not just being good hosts they were also great teachers and I don’t think anyone will be disappointed travelling with them.

Nilesh Ranadive | Bhigwan Journeys

I recently joined this group for a journey. I got a very good experience in Bhigawan Bird Sanctuary. Sushil Chikane gave me small tips for bird photography that helped me to click good photographs. Thank you Sushil Chikane. We will meet soon at bandhavghar in April end.

Varun Godbole | Rathambhore Journeys

Had a trip with Journeys last month to Ranathambore. Trip was of 6-7 days. We were total 14-15 friends including Sushil dada, Chikane mam and Animesh dada. Arrangements were really nice. We stayed in a great Rajasthani hotel. Everyday we had 2 safaris. Safaris were exciting. It was my first experience to go in a jungle and difficult part for all of us was to keep silence... 

Had great sightings. Saw 9 Tigers, one was seen twice so total 8 tigers. I was thrilled to see such a massive cat. Everyone was so amazed that even after safari we couldn't stop talking about tigers. Saw very different animal, birds. Leopard was seen by few of us on the walking trail to the Ranthambhore fort. Overall great experience. Thanks a lot Sushil Chikane and Chikane Mam for such a memorable trip.

Omkar Joshi | Corbett- Mukteshwar Journeys

Another magnificent trip with Sushil, this time to Corbett-Mukteshwar-Nainital. This was my second trip with Sushil after Bandhavgarh. At first I was skeptical about this trip as I had been to Corbett once before but with Sushil it’s a different experience altogether.  We were a group of 11 including Sushil, Amal (youngest of the lot :P), Shreya, me and my 6 friends. The whole camping experience at Kyari and Mukteshwar was beautiful. At Kyari my favourite was the Sitabani trek through Khichdi river- full of fun, adventure, wildlife, beautiful landscapes!! Saw some amazing birds and also learnt to ID them, all thanks to Sushil. The second half of the trip was Mukteshwar. The freezing cold weather there made us sit around the campfire most of the times. Those campfire talks, laughs, ghost stories made the much more enjoyable. We also did adventure activities like rock climbing, rappelling, body surfing, zip line, etc. The most peaceful moment at Mukteshwar was watching the Milky Way. For the first time in my life I saw it and it left me awestruck!! I only wish if my camera could capture what I saw...

Lastly the hosts as usual were very delightful and made us comfortable during our stay both at Kyari and Mukteshwar. Cherry on the cake was Sushil helping us out with some excellent photography tips. Thanks Sushil for such a wonderful trip.

Aman Chowdhary | Corbett- Mukteshwar Journeys

This trip to Corbett National Park and Mukteshwar was my first wildlife trip and I feel lucky that I got to be with "JOURNEYS". What impact this trip has made on me and my friends is quite evident when we think of the muddy grassy paths in our campus as 'miniature forest trails', when we constantly look around ourselves spotting birds and animals and following them. And the credit for such changes goes to Sushil Chikane - one of the most talented and most awesome personalities I have met till date. At the same time I am grateful to all the staff members from Kyari as well as Mukteshwar - Navinji, Chandra Shekhar, Pankajji, Jeevanji and everyone else for helping us throughout the trip and giving us delicious food to eat.

Being so close to nature- the night trails, the Sitabani trek, the sightings, the campfire stories, the adventurous part- rock climbing, rappelling, these are the things that i will cherish throughout my life.

And obviously along with the place, its the people accompanying you that make the trip unforgettable...

I will definitely continue to 'explore those less taken roads' with Journeys.

Pratik Shete | Corbett- Mukteshwar Journeys

This was the most memorable trip of my life as I could do all those things which I had been dreaming since childhood (like rock climbing, rappelling, body surfing, walking in the river with my friends n pushing each other in the water, cycling in the jungle,etc.). All thanks to my friends because of whom I joined the trip and special thanks to Sushil, the coolest personalities I have ever met, for organizing such a wonderful trip. The most memorable moment for me was, when we all just stood quietly looking at the most beautiful sunset I had ever seen. It was like heaven for me. I will always remember this beautiful forest and all the adventurous activities which I did with my friends.

Omkar Joshi | Bandhavgarh Journeys

The most awaited trip, Bandhavgarh, with Sushil dada. We were a group of 9 people, including Amit sir as naturalist. Sushil dada had been so great on the trip that he gave info about each and every animal we saw. Clicked some amazing photographs of the most royal animal TIGER, the Banbehi female in Tala zone of Bandhavgarh. Spent almost an hour with this tigress and the only words which can describe my experience is "MAGICAL". This was the very first time I saw a tiger out in the woods, free...Resting in the bushes and not giving a damn to the people looking and taking pics of her.

Also I would like to thank Ravi (our gypsy driver) and NeerajJ (gypsy driver) because of whom we could see this royal female. Also thanks to Gagan sir as we stayed at his resort TIGERGARH, the entire experience was totally amazing and I will surely come again to Bandhavgarh for many more exciting animals that I didn’t see on this trip.
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR MAKING THIS TRIP MEMORABLE

Ritweez Sahu | Bandhavgarh Journeys

I was a bit skeptical about this trip to Bandhavgarh having been to two such trips and NOT quite enjoying them. But it turns out, ones who accompany you on 'journeys' are as important as where you go to.

Bandhavgarh was beautiful with all kinds of landscapes possible- forests, meadows, rocky hills and marshy rivulets...teeming with a variety of birds and animals who never ceased to amaze us. The Tiger was just another animal from this plethora- which however deservedly generated all the hullabaloo around it. 'King of the Jungle'? I finally knew...rather SAW why it was called that.

I had my time of my life there and at Tigergarh Resorts, all thanks to the amazing naturalists in Sushil Chikane, Amit sir and Gagan sir without whom 90% of the stuff we saw would have missed our eyes. Their passion for nature and knowledge of the flora/fauna in Bandhavgarh was absolutely refreshing. Really they were the difference between a good trip and the awesome trip that was had.

Props to the staff at Tigergarh Resort...awesome people who took care of us like brothers and maintained the resort as if it were their home. And god.. was the food amazing.

The guys who drove us through the forest- Ravi and Neeraj were great..Neeraj giving us the ride of our lives just so we could finally get a good sighting of a tiger.

Onkar Joshi | Bandhavgarh Journeys

Bandhavgarh! It was one of the most exciting trips for me. The jungle is blessed with a large biodiversity, beautiful terrain and highest density of royal stripes. It was none other than Sushil sir who guided us through the variety of animals and birds residing in the terrain by his spectacular photos and tremendous knowledge. Sometimes tracing the tiger by its pug marks, alarm calls from other animals is more exciting and joyous than just capturing its photos. Wish to go there again and again. Thanks to Amit sir for guiding us with photography tips and Gagan sir for the awesome service at hotel Tigergarh.

Yash Desai | Bandhavgarh Journeys

Bandhavgarh was the first trip I went with Journeys. Well, it was not just the jungle but the company that made this journey memorable. Going for safari with Sushil dada was a big plus point, his hands on experience about wild life is absolutely stunning. He and Amit bhai also helped many of us in clicking some “quality” pictures. Thanks to Ravi (our gypsy driver) for joyful rides. Along with rocking safari experience our stay at “TIGERGHAR RESORT” was ecstatic!! Food, hospitality and ambience were just perfect!!(Thanks to Gagan).  We stayed at the resort for 3 nights, time left between dinner and afternoon safari was spent in learning post processing and chatting. Special Thanks to Sushil dada for giving “personal touch” to our first expedition with Journeys. I will surely recommend people to make trips with Journeys as they are specialized in planning your trips and you will surely enjoy the company with Sushil Chikane.

Neha Panchamiya | Corbett Adventure

Just back from Vivan's first outdoor holiday @ Corbett Tiger Reserve!

I have to say I was a bit apprehensive before this trip because his previous vacations have involved only flights, hotels in cities and complete civilisation.

He took me by surprise, because he was not bored for a minute from the time he woke up till he slept by a campfire every single night, he roughed it out in the day, pee'd in the outdoors, walked distances in the jungle I could never imagine he would, got scratched, bitten and fell, refused to get out of the river and entertained himself with stones and pieces of wood for hours together.

We did walking trails in the jungle (and had a really close call with a tiger!), safaris, saw wild elephants and it's very cute little baby, lots and lots of beautiful birds, did zip-lining, body surfing in a canal, cycling through the jungle and a lovely walking trek through the jungle and river!

Vivan learnt a lot this trip and so did we..more than anything else, while bringing him up in a world that is so fast and digital, I am glad Vivan enjoyed himself and connected so beautifully to an environment that has truly become rare to access for kids growing up in modern cities.

Thank you Sushil Chikane and ...Journeys - Explore the Road Less Taken...for organising everything so amazingly (and especially keeping in mind that we had a 4 year old!)........ because Vivan certainly had the time of his life!

Kedar Potnis | Tadoba Journeys

Today I am sharing another tiger image which is very special to me. Want to share some amazing and mind blowing experiences of the journey with you all. From last one year I was desperate to photograph a ‘TIGER’. I was anxiously waiting to visit some national park. I had a spoken to few friends but sometime the seats were full or sum plan didn't work out. I lost hope to see tiger this summer. Due to some luck of mine there were last minute cancellation in tour to Tadoba which was organized by one of my good friend and naturalist- Sushil Chikane. So there was no second thought about it. I straight way grabbed the last seat and my journey started with- JOURNEYS. 

It was a group of only 5 people. The travel arrangements and food were excellent and not a single thing to complaint about. Finally we reached our destination, Tadoba. With all anxiety, nervousness, excitement our first safari started but no tiger sightings. I thought my bad luck of Tiger continued. I kept my fingers crossed. Our next safari started early morning. One hour was spent tracking tiger and finally one of the most awaited moment was arrived, the tiger was in front of me in water. I was relieved but still praying for more sightings. Next we saw different animals, other than tiger. Finally we were in gypsy with heavy minds for our last safari. It was buffer safari which was intentionally booked by Sushil as there was a tigress with four cubs in buffer. But chances were very little as since few days no tigers were sighted. We were tracking the tigress and suddenly one cub was sighted and there was a row of gypsy with no chance of passing as it was dense forest. Our gypsy was seventh in the row and suddenly all our prayers were heard and the cubs turned around and started walking back. They came very close to our gypsy. That was one of the best and most anticipated moment which I clicked. Thanks a lot Sushil Chikane for this.

Aakash Brahmbhatt | Corbett- Mukteshwar Adventure

A life changing experience! That's exactly what it was! Amazing time spent with the best of the people! And it was possible only because of the most unique tour guide Sushil Chikane!!

There were many things that were done, said and learnt in this trip!

We spent QUAA LEEE TYYY time in Corbett National Park! And that was possible only because of Sushil! Made new friends Amal Mitra and Shreya Siddharth Labhane! Amal you're the coolest Guy alive!

From being my tent mate to a guide, thanks for helping us and I surely enjoyed your company!

Adventures on the trip were breathtaking and I never imagined me cycling so much or even rock climbing! Thanks to all my friends and every person who was a part of this trip for making it so beautiful!

And thanks to Chandra Shekhar and his entire team in Corbett and Mukteshwar for helping us and teaching us so much!

The Sitabani trek was the most memorable part of the entire trip, but then who could forget the campfires!

This will always be the trip I'll cherish for the rest of my life!!

Akshit Redij | Bandhavgarh Journeys

So we are back from Bandhavgarh, which was my first but surely not the last wildlife photography trip. I had been to various others wildlife trips but didn’t enjoy like this one. Thanks to Sushil dada, I managed to experience it. Not only he gave tips about wildlife photography but even told us various things about wildlife and also gave us tips on post processing the images. 

We were group of 9 people with 2 naturalists, 4 doctors and 3 engineers.

Amit Ingle, a friend of dada and a naturalist was a major factor in helping us to get good pics. His knowledge about birds and reptiles is mindboggling. And being a mountain climber he too won our hearts. We hardly had time in hotel as we were out on safaris for most of the time but the service which was given to us by Gagan Sir and his co. was outstanding, no doubt they are ranked as 2nd in full Bandhavgarh. 

And the last one to thank is none other then our gypsy driver Ravi who manage to drive our gypsy even due to roster system we had other driver allotted but he only did it for Sushil Dada and us. Would love to go for another amazing wildlife trip with the same group.

Omkar Joshi | Kaas- Chalkewadi Journeys

Greeted by the meadow of flowers and the warm sunrise, we reached Kaas, known popularly as the valley of flowers, invariably we went about photographing the flowers! With some pics of Drossera plant and providing some brand new information to our brains, the ecosystem of Kaas was what we learnt next! Post lunch, Chalkewadi plateau was our next destination. Though conserving energy through windmills, it couldn’t amount for death of several birds inhabiting the place. We tried searching for saw scaled viper but bad-luck couldn’t find any. However, we covered up for the loss. Fan-throated lizard, Hemidactylus satarensis which was discovered just 2 years back was certainly a treat to our eyes! Something a nature lover won’t afford to lose. We were returning back and woah! Our lens caught the glimmer and then the glitter! There it was, rainbow added to the lush greenery making it an ideal scene to be portrayed! Finally concluded the trip with a trunk load of memories, lots of new facts and not to forget some awesome clicks.  Macro and landscape photography guide, Sushil Chikane, can’t thank you enough for the help. Kaas-definitely a-must-visit-atleast-once destination..

Looking forward to my next trip with journeys!

Ritweez Sahu | Mukteshwar Adventure

Another trip with Journeys, this time to Camp Kyari-Corbett National Park and Mukteshwar. This outing apart from the promised wildlife and adventure, offered much much more-with the quaint landscape and typical mountain air pushing us into a lot of introspecting and allowing us to truly be one with oneself. Many 'what-am-I-doing-with-my-life' moments were had; with Sushil Chikane's unbridled passion for what he does.

Kyari and Mukteshwar were beautiful and mind-numbing. The nights at Mukteshwar will forever be etched into my memories-physically watching the Milky Way for the first time was absolutely surreal!

And of course, its not just the places you explore but also the ones you do it with-our hosts were delightful, going out of their way to make sure we were comfortable all the time.

Looking forward to my next trip with Journeys!

Neha Panchamiya | Bandhavgarh Journeys

"See a tiger in the wild" is now ticked off my bucket list of 'things-to-do-before-I-die'

Just back from an amazing trip to Bandhavgarh! Thank you for an experience of a lifetime Sushil Chikane!

Everyone told me to alter my expectations because I've just been to Africa before, but I've got to say, this trip was an amazing experience and in no way am I able to draw comparison lines because they were completely different experiences!

And I have to say there is no way we would have sighted the tigers if it wasn't for Sushil and our crazy driver's tracking ability - so if anyone's planning a wildlife trip, you know who to contact! I'm certainly not doing any wildlife trips in India without this walking-talking-wildlife-encylopedia!

The highlights of the trip were definitely the tigers, the crazy off-roading, the night trails, the brilliant stay and company!

Yogesh Bhandarkar | Sharavathi Journeys

It was first herpetology trip with Sushil to Sharavati rain forest in Karnataka. It was one of the best trips I've been on so far. The spotting were excellent, helped along by Sushil and his team who have detailed knowledge of area and surrounding habitat. Sushil himself is a great photographer and his advice on taking pictures of reptiles is an added advantage. I highly recommend and encourage everybody who is interested in herpetology and macro photography to take path with "Journeys".

Joshua Ali Molony | Sharavathi Journeys

I went on a trip to sheravati in Karnataka with Sushil. It was one of the best trips I've been on so far. The sightings were excellent, helped along by sushil's intimate knowledge of the environment. If you are interested in herpetology and/or photography, Journeys is the company to go with.