Vinod was born in Naggar in a family where traditions have been kept strong for hundreds of years. To the people of India, hospitality is very important. Guests are treated like gods. No wonder Vinod is such a warm and welcoming host. Having grown up in the area, he has first-hand knowledge about it and can answer your questions without giving textbook responses, but from personal experience. He is well versed in all aspects of trekking and other activities. Vinod has been managing his own travel tour company and running the family hotel with his brother since 1993. He met his Belgian wifeNadia while doing what he likes most: guiding a trek across his home valley.
Nadia has worked as a consultant in an employment agency in Brussels for 10 years. She first came to India in 1992, fell in love with the country and has been travelling for 6 months a year to explore this vast subcontinent. It’s in the Indian Himalayas where she feels most at home, so meeting her husband there in 1999 and marrying him in 2000 was only a natural thing to do. Dividing their time between India and Belgium has taught them a great deal about making someone feel at home in a new surrounding and they love sharing their experiences with other people.
Vinod takes part in most of the tours, while Nadia looks after the running of the organisation.
Vikas is our very friendly and experienced guide, born and raised in the Kullu Valley. In winter, he manages a beach restaurant in Goa. In the summertime however, he loves nothing better than guiding our treks and safaris. He is a very gentle, patient and lovely mountain boy.
Ashok has been our trekking and jeep tour guide since the beginning in 1993. He was born in Lahaul but grew up in the Kullu Valley. He knows the mountain ranges like the back of his hand. Ashok speaks fluent Hindi and English and most of the local languages like Tibetan, Ladakhi, Kulvi, Lahauli and Spitian. He has studied Buddhist philosophy and has been a Buddhist monk for several years.
And last but not least, there is the whole Ragini Cottages & Hotel back up team for an excellent cuisine, clean rooms and friendly atmosphere.