I was born in India but spent much of my working life in NZ. And I have the privilege of experiencing the stark contrast of the two countries. One home is in beautiful and serene NZ, while the other is in the hustle and bustle of India. I come from a mid-size town called Pune, which is about half the size of Auckland with the population of the entire North Island!
I have been working in the food service industry in NZ for the past 10 years and have owned a travel company not long ago… goes without saying that I love food and I love to travel. India is a fascinating country of extremes and I believe that an Indian experience should be on everyone’s bucket list. My love for food, passion for travel, knowledge of India and understanding Kiwi’s was the genesis of Good Food Journeys. It is my sincere attempt at showcasing Incredible India to Kiwi's. Here’s my story.
Anyone can visit India, but unfortunately only a few people experience true India. There are many tour operators offering travel to India. But we are unlike any other tour operator. This is how we are unique -
1. We don’t try to be everything to everybody. We specialise in escorted culinary tours to India. Our mission is to let you experience the contrast of India through its food. Our itineraries are planned around festivals, the best time to be in India. Have a look at our packages and you will notice that they are unlike anything else available.
2. We have partnered with a charity called Annamrita, which feeds 1 million under-privileged children free lunch in schools every day. For every person who travels with us, we sponsor school lunches for 10 kids for one entire year!
3. Most importantly, our experiences are hand-picked. Our contacts and network in India give us access to people and places not available to the average tourist. It is not difficult to eat in a restaurant of a Palace, but how about meeting the custodian of the recipes of the Royal family? Our accommodation is 5 Star premium hotels and heritage palaces.
Of course, this is only possible because of our well-established partner in India. They are the ones who make the magic possible in India. They have been excelling in the tourism sector in India for more than 20 years. The Managing Director, a personal friend of mine, is a member of various Boards and Associations within the Tourism industry in India. Needless to say, he is well connected at places and with people that matter. This is what makes the experiences special and memorable.
They manage more than 1500 inbound tourist to India every year from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia and China. They work with large global travel companies such and American Express and JTB among others. Their 50 staff and 24 x 7 x 265 days operation ensure that our customers get the high quality of service and attention they deserve while in India.
I am proud, privileged and grateful to be working with them and have them as my trusted partner in India. You and your money are in safe hands!