With a Master’s degree in software engineering, Raj Rishi has always been looking for ways to contribute to the most marginalized segments of his homeland, India. Based In Kolkata, since very young age he has been associated with the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa, assisting them as a volunteer. He had grown up in a very traditional Hindu family with a very strong inclination towards devotion and music. Being trained in Indian music since childhood, he had always felt that music can touch heart of people irrespective of any languages or geographical barriers. Over the last few years, after returning back to India from the UK, he has travelled the length and breadth of South Asian Countries, mesmerised by the varied traditions, culture, architectures, and particularly by spiritual aspect of every states. Raj is an integral part of the Conscious Journeys, managing bookings in Kolkata office and assisting all our guests. One of his major objectives in co-founding the Organisation has been to give a real taste of his culture and tradition to travellers and at the same time help the backward classes of his society through responsible tourism.
Himalayan regions and budhism expert
Tenzin is our local expert for Himalayan regions and Buddhist religion. He is native from the Indian state of Ladakh and since very young age developed a keen interest in the travel industry working part time as a tour guide while attending school. In 2010 Tenzin joined travel industry, conducting tours in Ladakh and in the Himalayan region. He has led a variety of trips from trekking in breathtaking mountainous Himalayan terrain to cultural and heritage visits such as meditation and yoga. In 2014, Tsogyal spearheaded Kalachakra Tour with a team of four in Leh Ladakh which led to a successful international sign up. Participants from around the world enjoyed a seamless door to door travel arrangement to receive the Kalachakra teachings and initiation from His Holiness Dalai Lama. Tenzin is Buddhist practitioner, spending a lot of time in retreats and attending frequent lectures by His Holiness Dalai Lama and other Buddhist teachers. He firmly believes generosity, kindness and compassion makes the world better place to live in. He is intentional about living by these principles and sharing them with others. In Conscious Journeys is responsible for organizing tours in the northern regions of India as Dharamshala, Spity Valley and Ladakh so to share his knowledge and experience about Buddhist religion and practices with our clients.
Leonardo is a development consultant and social entrepreneur. Before co-founding Conscious Journeys he has been a researcher of development Anthropology at the University of Sussex in the UK. He is passionate about all South Asian countries, where he worked for several years implementing development projects. The idea of creating the company came to him after completing the field work for his PhD with indigenous communities of South India. For him responsible tourism could be an interesting way to make a difference in people’s lives. His major interests in creating Conscious Journeys were linked to community based tourism, environment and cultural diversity. He has built up a with a good academic and practical knowledge about India’s culture, ecology and history, which enabled him to design innovative itineraries for our guest to experience the best and the most authentic taste and flavour of South Asian cultures. All the itineraries contains important aspects as to really enjoy genuine life experiences, and at the same time contributing to local communities. He is committed towards protection of biological and cultural diversity of indigenous people as to enable them to obtain fair and equitable sharing arising from the extraordinary beauty of natural and cultural resources available in their territories. While designing new itineraries he is always in search of the best trade-off between comfort and authentic experience for our guests and the maximum benefits for hosting communities.
Local guides coordinator and cultural mediator
Ugam is one of the very first Indian licensed guide who joined enthusiastically concious tourism concept and practices of our guides in Asia. He is working as professional tourist guide for 15 years. He is a very generous and caring person by nature who not only works sincerely but also takes good care of our guests, paying attention to their needs and comfort, so that they feel at home. He has always a smile on his face and always ready to share with visitors the love of his homeland, India. He belongs to a traditional Rajasthani family of Jobner town (Jaipur) of Rajasthan state. He is passionate about Italian culture and simultaneously to Indian spiritual tradition. Ugam has a very strong interest in Hindu religion rituals, yoga and meditation, following his own spiritual Guru since many years. Serving Italian clients since last 15 years, Ugam Sing has an in depth Knowledge of the rich Culture and traditions of India, which he conveys to the clients with passion and conviction, so that they can have a good understanding of the place they visit. After guiding many groups for big Italian tour operators he “converted” to conscious tourism soon after escorting our first group to Rajasthan. He was happy to join Conscious Journeys as you could really act as a cultural mediator between Italian and Indian culture. He ensures that our guests not only enjoy their stay but also carry with them amazing experiences and loving memories from India; what matters to him is history, spiritually and local traditions. He coordinates for Conscious Journeys the work of our local cultural mediators and from times to time he also ccompanies groups, particularly those with a more spiritual content such as the Holy Ganges.