Rustik Travel

Philosophy

Rustik Travel curates activity-based travel experiences globally that have a local flavour and engages people from the local community.
Sustainable Experiential Travel, in short. Sustainability, in terms of creating livelihoods, protecting environment and preserving culture.


Initiatives

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Volunteer & Travel

Uttarakhand nestled in the Indian Himalayas is well adorned with natural beauty landscape, wildlife and nice people. Much can be done while traveling in the beautiful Indian state. And one of those activities while traveling could be volunteering in various projects locally while living the rustic way and making a difference.

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Bangalore Walking Tours

Good Morning Bangalore or Subhodaya Bengaluru. • Did you know that of the 6500 construction workers, who worked on building the Vidhan soudha, 5000 were convicts? They were set free after the Vidhan Soudha was built. • We crib about the Bangalore traffic day in and day out, but did[…]

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Corporate Outbound Training

Rustik curates customised experiential travel experiences for corporate groups. For any requirement, please write to us here. Further, the team at Rustik with skills in corporate training and experience in the outdoors has woven together such a program for the Senior Leadership Teams in Corporates. The Rustik Outbound Training program[…]

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Upcoming Fixed Departures

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Winter Camping at Dayara Bugyal

4 Days

23-26 Dec, 29 Dec - 1 Jan, 25-28 Jan, 1-4 Mar

This holiday season as soon as the winter sets in celebrate the white Christmas and usher in the New Year camping luxuriously in a beautiful meadow in Uttarakhand called Dayara Bugyal. Enjoy the outdoors with the scenic beauty of the snow capped Himalayan peaks, clean air and of course crisp cold in a typical Rustik yet comfortable way of camping.
The fixed camp at Barnala will be setup from 23rd Dec 2016 to 15th Jan 2017. You could drop in anytime.

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Chadar Frozen Zanskar River Trek

9 Days

20-28 Jan '18

The Chadar trek is a walk on the frozen Zanskar river in Ladakh. During the winters esp. January-Fenruary, the extreme cold conditions cause the river to freeze thus giving another opportunity for the trekkers to adventurously walk on water, literally.

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Rajasthani Desert Odyssey in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur

5 Days

14-18 Feb '18: Sufi World Music Festival

Rajasthan’s jewel in the crown is its vast and untamed desert. The journey across the gateway towns of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur into the shimmering sands of Thar Desert takes you through desert forts and temple ruins, remote villages and colorful markets, countless camels and rare sights of the black buck running wild.

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Northern Lights in Iceland

4 Days

15-18 Feb '18

The Northern Lights in Iceland is a beautiful visual phenomenon of bright dancing lights in the sky. These are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. Variations in colour are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora australis’ in the south.

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Diving in the Andaman Islands

5 Days

21-25 Feb '18

The Garden of Eden in India is indeed the Andaman Islands, with the garden under water. Andaman Islands, an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal comprises of 300 islands known for palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. It is a hot spot of marine life supported by the beautiful coral reefs. It is an ideal place to discover and learn scuba diving and commune with the rich marine life under water.

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Everest Base Camp Trek

15 Days

14-28 Apr '18

If you ask any trekker or traveler for his/her bucket list, Everest Base Camp Trek would definitely be in the top five. Why shouldn’t it be? This is the holy grail of trekking. This is as close a one could get to the highest peak in the world, interact with the summiteers, climbers and other trekkers from different corners of the globe, breathe the adventure along with the cold nippy air, feast on the local delicacies and the staple dal-bhat (rice and lentils), discover the Sherpa culture and learn to appreciate their way of life and the hardships they go through. At the end of it, of course, achieve the bragging rights of having trekked so high and come close to Mt. Everest, only a miniscule percentage of the world population has achieved.
All in all, Everest Base Camp Trek is an amazing experience that is bound to leave an indelible impression on your mind.

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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

18 Days

14 Apr - 1 May '18

If you ask any trekker or traveler for his/her bucket list, Everest Base Camp Trek would definitely be in the top five. Why shouldn’t it be? This is the holy grail of trekking. And you will find hordes of trekkers along the route. If you are a bit different from the crowd this is the trek that would take you across the Cho La pass and to the beautiful Gokyo lake on an offbeat path.

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Island Peak Climb

18 Days

23 Apr-10 May '18, On Request

Island Peak is 6,189 meters high and one of the most popular and busy trekking peaks in Nepal, also known as Imja Tse, lies in the Khumbu Himalayan range. Island Peak takes its name from its appearance due to its striking resemblance to an island on a sea of ice. It is located in the heart of the Khumbu region at 6,189 m. If you are seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to widen your experience towards the 6000 m plus peak climbing, this is the mountain for you.

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Featured Experiences

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Bhutan Experience

6-8 Days

Bhutan has been much in news. It is not because of its effort to measure its performance in terms of Gross National Happiness rather than GNP. It is also not because of the natural beauty of the place – the monasteries, fortresses (dzongs) and the amazing topography ranging from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. The big news is that Bhutan has become carbon negative. Yes, exactly that. Led by the dynamic Prime Minister Tshering Togbay, Bhutan has been working hard to protect the environment and reduce pollution and the results are showing.
But this is not the only reason to visit the land of Thunder Dragon. The Himalayan kingdom offers a plethora of experiences ranging from adventure, trekking, climbing to culture and heritage, from nature and wildlife to calm and peaceful environs of a Buddhist monastery.
In line with our philosophy, Rustik Travel has curated a range of travel experiences that are rustic, offbeat and sustainable. Here goes.

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Mesmerizing Meghalaya

If every cloud does have a silver lining then Meghalaya or “The abode of clouds” would be raining silver heavily. This small state in the North-East region of India has abundant rainfall and sunshine around the year and is considered to be one of the richest botanical habitats in Asia. Meghalaya is subject to vagaries of the monsoon. The climate varies with altitude. The Meghalayan sky seldom remains free of clouds and the Meghalayan spirit seldom remains free of adventure.

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Burma to Myanmar: An Essential Travel Experience

8 Days

As Rudyard Kipling rightly puts it, this land is quite unlike any other. The name might change (Burma to Myanmar), but the ethos, people, temples, rivers, mountains, forest, beaches and the land are distinctly unique. As the nation slowly emerges from the military rule to a fledgling democracy, there are so many stories to be experienced and told. From Burma to Myanmar travel experience is our attempt to discover and explore these stories about this unique land.

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Kerala – An Experience In God’s Own Country

Kerala is a treasure trove of experiential splendor and natural wonders. The western coastline along the Arabian Sea is high on beauty, beaches and culture with a historic past of spice trade on the Malabar Coast. The Western Ghat Mountains in the east, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, are alive with rich flora and fauna, and dotted with lush plantations and quaint hill towns. Surrounded by pristine stretches of backwaters with thriving local culture, it’s hard not to see why Kerala is God’s Own Country.
Thanks to such diversity, experiential travel is the way to go here. Watch the sun set through fishing nets, traverse the evergreen Ghats, or kayak along the backwaters. Spot elephants while bamboo rafting, mingle with locals at homestay, or discover exotic food. Immerse in an Ayurvedic massage, or just laze on quiet beaches. Kerala truly is a refreshing escape, revealing the most authentic, eco-friendly and sustainable side of India.

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Request a New Experience

If you want to visit a destination or experience a Experience that we have not yet listed in our website, please let us know and we will create it just for you. Our team has the necessary skills and we have partners across the globe to curate the Experience for[…]

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Experience Types

Destinations

Testimonials

  • We did the one week trek to Meru Base Camp & Mount Shivling via Tapovan. Everything was well planned out and taken care of; needless to say it was one of trips of my life. If you are planning to do an off-the-beaten path trip in India (or anywhere else around the world), look no further- Rustik Travel is an excellent outfitter.

    Javier Cang, Manila, Philippines
  • Rustik travel was the only travel resource I reached out to, when we wanted to travel to Bhutan. Much appreciated the feeling that we were in good expert hands (which you don’t get with most other travel companies). Look forward to travelling with Rustik again!

    Aparna Sanjay, Bengaluru, India
  • Read about Rustik Travel from a travel blog. The camping package for Markha Valley-Stok Kangri, Ladakh exceeded expectation – amazing crew, food and service. Highly recommended.

    Hui Yun, Singapore
  • Me and my husband travelled with Rustik to Kinnaur and Spiti. We would definitely choose Rustik Travel again and highly recommend them. Thank you for this trip of a lifetime.

    Reshma Arora, Hyderabad, India
  • My sister, her friend and I just did the Spituk-Stok trek in Ladakh through Rustik Travel. We hiked for 4 days and camped for three. Everyone was amazing and very accommodating. You won’t be disappointed.

    Gail Y, California, US
  • We were two families with teen kids who did a trip to Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya. The Rustik Travel team did an excellent job of planning our road trip. They know the North East very well and I would highly recommend their travel group if you want to see the same.

    Aishwarya Jayaraman, Mumbai, India
  • Excellent experience of the Kilimanjaro climb. Guides went out of the way to accommodate my dietary needs. Rustik Travel team was very helpful and supportive of the folks facing challenges. Highly recommended !!

    Rahul Prakash, Seattle, US
  • I had gone to Leh for a week and how could I not throw in a trek during that period. It was delightful to stay in the homestays and spend a night camping too so I managed to get both experiences on my trek. I would definitely get in touch with Rustik for another trek.

    Bani Dhillon, Mumbai, India
  • First Trek of my life- Straight to Everest Base Camp. A very well organised Trek by Rustik Travel, which has one of the finest and experienced trekkers. Thanks for making this trek the most memorable one.

    Pankaj Malhotra, New Delhi, India
  • The safari in the Savannahs in Tanzania was a memorable experience. Words or visuals do not do justice and only experience can substitute it. Thanks to Rustik Travel for organising the trip.

    Prakhash Nagabushanam, Chennai, India
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