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Welcome to Monkfoot

 

Dear Traveller
 
Welcome to Monkfoot website.
 
We are striving to be a truly responsible and innovative travel company.  Our endeavour is to bring you a wide scope of unique cultural and adventure trips to all parts of India from wildlife, rafting and kayaking to textiles, tribal culture and festivals that delivers authentic and sustainable experiences.
We are an experiential travel company.  
We specialise in bringing our guests closer to the destinations they travel to and help them experience the flavours of the culture and heritage of the locals. We provide well researched and comprehensive information while designing just the right, unique and personalised travel itinerary for you.  Set up in 2010 by an experienced team, we offer a wide range of our objective was to provide travellers to India the highest standard in travel services.
 
Wish you many exciting and memorable journeys!!
Team Monkfoot

Monkfoot Team

 

Ole Mortensen

 

In his Management career in the travel and aviation industry, Ole has travelled all over the world establishing and managing business operations, developing new segments and advising on adoption of technology. He brings in a wealth of experience in the areas of Travel Consulting, strategic planning, distribution, ticketing, reservation and payment systems. Ole loves Western Riding and is passionate about history and visiting famous archeological sites all over the world.

Ratnabh Banerjee

 

An enthusiastic traveler and keen wildlife photographer. Ratnabh prefers to spend more time travelling and trekking than sitting behind the desk. Ratnabh has worked in Software industry for many years in senior positions and a large part of it was spent in managing projects and products for the international travel industry. Over the years Ratnabh developed a profound understanding of the tourism and travel business in India and has built a network of contacts & partners across India and 

Lara Zilberkweit

 

Lara was born in the United States, grew up in Germany and UK, worked in Nepal and Bhutan and finally adopted India as her home. An intrepid traveler, she inadvertently veered on to the travel industry when she started actively advising and consulting her friends and foreign visitors on their travel plans to India and Bhutan, as well as to Nepal. Lara is a natural linguist and can work in German, English and French Russian. She is now making her forays into learning Hindi. 

 

 

 

Why Us

Customized Service and Personalized Care

 

     Unique Experiences

We discover unique experiences and offer you specialist advice and recommendations that you are unlikely to find anywhere else. We spend   time learning about you and your interests so that we can create your ideal travel experience.

     Knowledge We  travel all over India and have developed excellent firsthand knowledge of the products we offer.  We can offer extensive  experiences in terms of activities, accommodations, comfort and duration. We offer a wide range of journeys starting from cultural discovery to treks, wildlife and rural/tribal journeys.
     Quality Our quality standards are thorough. We regularly review and rate every service we offer to our guests.  Whether it is the guides, transportation or accommodation, we make sure that a high level of quality is maintained and continuously improved.: 
     Technology We invest continuously in technologies and are able to deliver customized and detailed itineraries in the quickest time possible.
     Planning Our plans are detailed and account for smallest elements.   We do not leave anything to chance.
     Flexibility We are always open to suggestion and will tailor each tour as per your requirements.  
     Support Once you arrive in India, you’re fully safe and supported around the clock.  
     Feel Assured Our clients   are assured that they are never alone and always have someone to turn to in the immediate location, in case they need any help  while they travel. 
     Our Partners and associations We carefully select all our partners  for their quality, safety and the ability . We are member of IATO,ATOAI,TOFT and recognised by  the tourism ministry of India as an Inbound tour operator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associations

We are recognized by the tourism ministry of India as a approved - Inbound Tour Operator

The Ministry of Tourism, is the nodal agency for the formulation of national policies and programmes and for the co-ordination of activities of various Central Government Agencies, State Governments/UTs and the Private Sector for the development and promotion of tourism in the country. This Ministry is headed by the Union Minister of State for Tourism. Link

The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) is the National body of the tourism industry. It has over 1500 members covering all segments of Tourism Industry. Established in 1982, IATO today has international acceptance, and linkages. It has close connections and constant interaction with other Tourism Associations in US, Nepal and Indonesia, where USTOA , NATO and ASITA are its member bodies; and is increasing its international networking with professional bodies for better facilitation to the International traveler visiting not only India but the entire Region. Link
ATOAI- Adventure Tour Operators´ Association of India, was founded in 1994 with handful of members. Now in 2011, 17 years after its nascence, it is a national body comprising more than 150 members across the country and abroad actively promoting Adventure and Eco Tourism in India. The association was founded with an aim to create awareness about the immense potential for adventure tourism in India and to harness this potential in a safe, sensitive and environment friendly manner. ATOAI members are recognised by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. Link
Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT) is a unique campaign. Founded by a group of concerned Tour Operators, TOFT has now expanded to become a pioneering International 'collective action' campaign, run by Travel Professionals, aimed at those within the nature travel industry and all visitors to India's wildlife parks, to advocate, endorse and support more responsible use of wilderness areas in India, and the Indian sub continent. Link

 

Website Contributors

We are sincerely thankful to


Website Development

Pranav Daipuria


Content Writing

Ritu Dhiraj Shukla
Jaya Dey
Vandana Banerjee
Subha De
Shubhayan Ganguly
Tanni Moitra

Destination Images

Ashit Ranjan

 Biswajit Chowdhury

 Conradi

 Debashish Ghosh

 Deepak Chandla

 Dr Swapna Prabhu

 Haresh Motwani

 Hemanta Das

 Kumar Saurabh

 Maureen Ethrington

 Peggy Bhohi

 Prama Bhattacharya

 Raveesh Kulshreshtha

 Steeve Duflot

 Subha De

 Subhayan Ganguly

 Yonatan

 Zahid Samoon


Flickr Albums

Aditya Singh  http://www.flickr.com/photos/dickysingh/
Amitrajeet Chatterjee  http://www.flickr.com/photos/amitrajit/
A Girl Called Jaya   http://www.flickr.com/photos/agirlcalledjaya/
Bhaskar Mitra   http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhaskarmitra/
Chadn  http://www.flickr.com/photos/chad
Clint Thomas   http://www.flickr.com/photos/45653046@N03/ 
Frans Devriese http://www.flickr.com/photos/devriese/
Gabe Craven   http://www.flickr.com/photos/gabecraven/
Indrajit Sanyal  http://www.flickr.com/photos/indrajit_sanyal/
Kanad Sanyal http://www.flickr.com/photos/kanad_sanyal/
 Livon Tonic  
Mckay Savage  http://www.flickr.com/photos/mckaysavage/
 Manoj Tirkey  
Michael Scalet  http://www.flickr.com/photos/vran/
Mandeep Baruah  http://www.flickr.com/photos/mandeepbaruah/
Shubrangshu Bhandari  http://www.flickr.com/photos/13831158@N03/
Pat Light   http://www.flickr.com/photos/10111954/
Peregrin@   http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindadevolder/
Pravin Nahar   http://www.flickr.com/photos/pravin_nahar/
Pramod Kumar  http://www.flickr.com/photos/tintc---/
Romesh Bhattacharya   http://www.flickr.com/photos/63783963@N00/
Sasanka Shekhar Banerjee http://www.flickr.com/photos/16089924@N05/
Uli    http://www.flickr.com/photos/63532254@N00/

 

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Commanding magnificent view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Ketu and Kamet , on the edge of the Nanada Devi national park, Auli is fast emerging as an important ski resort in India.

Nestled amidst the wooded slopes, surrounded by green meadows in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh, lies Baspa Valley also known as Sangla valley.

Binsar is a beautiful hill destination inside a forest reserve and bird sanctuary with magnificent 360 degree view of Kumaon Himalayan peaks.

Far from the maddening crowds is Caukori, an isolated small village in the Kumaon mountains offering panoramic view of snow capped Himalayan peaks painted with magical sunrise and sunsets .

Madikeri - a picturesque hill station of misty mornings and dotted with coffee and exotic spice plantations, lies in the Western Ghats of south-western Karnataka. It is the headquarter of the famous Kodagu or Coorg district of Karntaka state. Flavoured with the aroma of fresh coffee, cardamom, black pepper and Coorg honey, Madikeri offers an enchanting experience.

Dalhousie is one of the most picturesque hill stations, located in the Chamba Valley between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas. Named after a British Governor General, it retains a mix of natural beauty and colonial charm.

Darjeeling, the “Queen of the hills” embodies the romantic nostalgia of “The Raj” or the era of British rule in India. Darjeeling, famous for its lush tea gardens, is blessed with a stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak.

Dharamsala has an aura about it. The town has lived up to its name, which means “The pilgrims’ rest house”; it is today the sacred seat of the Dalai Lama and his exiled government of Tibet. The backdrop of the Himalayas and the old world charm of the town adds to the magnetic attraction of the unique experience that is Dharamsala.

One of the most scenic hill stations of India. Gulmarg offers excellent powder run skiing opportunities of international standards.

The beautiful hill town of Kausani is a picturesque hill station famous for its scenic splendour and its spectacular 300 km wide panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Lachen 110 km from Gangtok, Lachen is a scenic Himalayan village of migrant Buddhist Bhutia yak herders called Lachenpas. The hospitable Lachenpas greet or bid visitors farewell with the traditional 'khada' scarf. Blankets made from sheep wool or chuktuk, carved woodwork, furniture, signs, symbols and blankets are the handicrafts of Lachen. Chuktuk is the local term used for sheep wool blankets. Since a sizeable population in the area rear sheep and yak, the wool from these animals is used for r

On the banks of the Beas river, surrounded by the majestic Pir Panjal, Parvati, and Bara Bhangal mountain ranges, lies Manali - one of the most popular hill resorts in India. Manali is also the gateway to the exotic Lahaul and Spiti valleys.

Mukteshwar is a quaint and peaceful hill town in Kumaon - Uttarakhand surrounded by thick coniferous forest; it offers 180 degree panoramic views of the mighty Himalayan peaks Neelkanth, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Panchchuli. Famous hunter Jim Corbett mentioned Mukteshwar in his 1944 AD classic book ‘The Man Eaters Of Kumaon’.

Stunning green hills of rolling tea plantations surround breathtaking Munnar. The town provides a completely relaxing and therapeutic experience for jaded city dwellers - misty mornings, sweet scented air, whispering breezes and a chance to walk in the clouds.

Mussoorie is a popular hill station in the Garhwal Himalayas. Due to its panoramic views and its proximity to Delhi, Mussoorie has been a favourite weekend destination for visitors from the nearby plains since the time of the Raj.

The beautiful small township of Pelling lies 115 km from the state capital Gangtok. Known for its grand views of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, which rises to 9390m. Pelling is perched at an altitude of 2400m, and is a traveller’s delight due to its strategic location in the eastern Himalayas.

A long time ago Kumaoni queen Padmini was smitten with the scenic vista of this hill town leading to her king Sukhdev naming the area queen’s meadow or Ranikhet. Ranikhet still retains the unspoilt charm and sylvan surrounding that provides panoramic views to the Himalayan peaks.

A beautiful hill city tucked in the lap of Himalayas, Shimla retains much of its old world charm and nostalgic influence of the British Raj when it was the designated “summer capital” of India.

Srinagar, the exotic summer capital of Kashmir is an enigma shrouded in a veil of mystery, a fusion of beauty, culture and history that mesmerises, enthrals and still sows a seed of doubt in the mind of the departing traveller that a single visit is not enough to touch its heart.

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