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Personalised travel and private journeys

For people with unlimited money, luxury laden private jet journeys are the travel trends of desires dreams and dough, writes Shalini Kathuria Narang.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 03:26 IST
Shalini Kathuria Narang
Shalini Kathuria Narang

For people with unlimited money and limited time, luxury laden private jet journeys and personalised tours nomenclatured as bespoke travel are the travel trends of desires dreams and dough. One such travel company focusing on Asia called Remotelands recently announced a fifteen-day private jet journey for forty people at the whopping price tag of $50,000 per head for October of next year. The price tag is for double occupancy…add $5000 for preferring to sleep solo.

Advertised as a private jet journey with celebrity speakers on the theme of Cuisines and Culture, the exclusive and elite trip also includes a two-day visit to Udaipur and Jaipur besides other Asian destinations.

The myriad highlights to the destinations in Rajasthan include vast contrasts. From a trip to the homes of the Bheel tribal people to dinner with the Maharaja of Udaipur at his palace are to provide a quick peek into the place and its diversity.

Other exclusive, one of a kind activities include a helicopter ride to Jaipur to view and play Elephant Polo at the Jaipur Polo Club, a party for the local royalty and others at the palace on Jagmandir Island.

Speaking about the interest in destinations in India, Catherine Heald, the Chairperson of Remotelands said, "We are currently planning around six personalised trips to India for various families. There is a lot of interest in Rajasthan, Delhi, Bombay and of course Agra."

Besides the for profit side of the business venture, the entrepreneurs of this unique travel model are also involved in the Giving Back initiative via which they plan to donate 5% of the profits to local charities involved in sustainable development tourism projects. The goal is to provide long-term assistance through self-sustaining programs to empower people to help themselves by engaging in economically beneficial activities. Speaking about the organization in India that Remotelands might collaborate with, Catherine said that they are looking for the right charity in India.

Besides the jet journey in October, the boutique agency also organises personalised travel to cater to the special travel demands and needs of its select clientele. Though the tourists can choose exactly what they are keen on, the suggested itinerary for personalised seven-day trip to India includes a visit to the Calcutta Polo Club and the Tollygunge Club, meals with royalty, private tour of the city including the Victoria Memorial Museum with the museum curator and an attendance at an Indian wedding. The recommendations also include a ride in the Toy Train to Darjeeling, a view of the spectacular sunrise over the Kangchenjunga range, a tour of a monastery and a tea plantation, a meeting with monks, a visit to the Happiness Home, a Gangtok orphanage for girls and a helicopter ride through the Himalayas.

Course on development issues in South Asia at Stanford

In keeping with the increasing collaboration between corporate in India and Silicon Valley, initiatives for courses on south Asia at Stanford are on a rise.

In the Winter Quarter, a Course titled Development Issues in South Asia primarily focusing on India will be taught by Dr Rafiq Dossani, a Senior Research Scholar at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford.

The objectives of the course are to understand the trends and causes of socio-economic conditions in South Asia and to provide the students a framework for analysing current events in South Asia.

First Published: Dec 13, 2006 20:24 IST