Our Team

NALIN KHANDURI

Great Indian Outdoors owes its genesis to Nalin and his passion for adventure. With a germ of an idea and a great love for the outdoors he founded the company in 1999 and today is its Managing Director. Though an accomplished engineer and management graduate, Nalin found his true calling in the outdoors and can always be found espousing the cause on the Himalayas. He has been instrumental in making GIO a name to be reckoned with in the space of adventure travel in India with his uncanny ability to spot great locations and, great people to work with. Given a choice Nalin would have his office in Mori at the foot hills of the Har-ki-dun valley but for infrastructure practicalities. No surprises then that Nalin was featured on "Young Turks" on CNBC TV18.

R. BALAKRISHNAN

Bala remains an enigma for most in this field and with good reason! Born and bred in the south (Kerala at that), his knowledge of the Himalayan landscape leaves even the most well informed with a sense of bewilderment. Bala utilizes his MBA skills to handle bulk of the domestic travel business and is also responsible for international marketing. Apart from being a co-founder and Director at GIO Bala's love for the outdoors often translates into his making trips into new and unchartered territories where his solitude would not be disturbed. Owing to his obvious brilliance in getting computers to do almost anything in the office, he is also known as "Brother Bill"

NIDHISH SHARMA

Nidhish Sharma, Director of Garhwal Adventure Pvt.Ltd., a partner of Himalayan Eco Lodges initiative. Nidhish has over 27 years experience in planning and leading the treks and tours in Indian and Nepal Himalayas. His experience in handling adventure tours has given him an in-depth knowledge of tourist related services. Nidhish's thorough knowledge of traditions and folk lore makes him very popular with guests. An extensively travelled man within the country and abroad , he speaks the local language fluently as well as English. Nidhish has vast knowledge of tourist destinations, the mountains, handling tourist related problems, friendly customer relations, the traditions and folk lore especially of Ladakh, Himachal pradesh Garhwal / Kumaon Himalayas and Rajasthan add greatly to the experience of travellers. Nidhish played a key role for assisting National Public Radio (NPR) USA for their prestigious radio serial related to the river Ganges and the television documentary on the global warming of the receding glacier at the Source of River Ganges for the National Geographic USA. His philosophy is "Everyday is an opportunity not to repeat a mistake, Everyday is an opportunity to do it better"!!!

BHASKAR THAYGARAJAN

Bhaskar with an MBA in Communications and a certified psychometric tool expert heads and defines the marketing function of GIO with his unique ability to bond and work with people of all kinds around him. Bhaskar has been at the forefront of all business and marketing initiatives apart from being a much sort after facilitator on the experiential learning platform. A true blue music lover at heart, Bhaskar's wide range of knowledge in music is not easily matched by many and if you are lucky enough to hear him sing by any of our riverside camps there is little more that you can ask for. Bhaskar is also a highly accomplished back packer who has travelled around the world in truly outdoors fashion with what else, but a simple back pack.