Are you a tourist or a traveler? Do you visit a place or do you experience a place?
Come meet two men who take take roads that are off the beaten path, have wanderlust in their blood, and their passion to see the world makes them connect and find their inner self.
Share the journey with Viveck whose experiences have led him to realise that remote destinations bring solace to the soul. He takes us to Shackleton's Antarctica - our 7th continent . How do we protect our last continent from ourselves?
Explore Himalayan hamlets with Jeeth. Over the past 10 years as a passionate traveler, he has learned a lot...from how small communities work only on trust, their sense of collective ownership and value for human equity.
Viveck Crishna - has worked in the tea industry for over 45 years. A Tea taster and auctioneer, he retired as Vice Chairman and MD of J Thomas and Co. the oldest and largest tea broking company in the world. He lives in Bangalore with his wife and has four daughters.
"Antarctica, the Seventh Continent
Life takes each and everyone of us on a journey, but for me the call of travel has been particularly seductive and one which I have never been able to resist. l was fortunate to have been to many hill stations in India, Bhutan and Nepal and have travelled there by air, train and bus and visiting these destinations meant walking everywhere.
Living in North Bengal and in Assam with visits to National Parks and getting glimpses of the eternal snows on the near horizon just served to remind me that there were still so many unspoiled places yet to be seen.
An insatiable appetite for travel writing and exploration has led to high altitude trekking and the realisation that remote destinations bring solace to the soul. A chance to see our beautiful planet in all its wonder without the madding crowds and to be able interact with simple, hard working people who live their lives in difficult conditions on their own terms.
The opportunity to step foot on the Antarctic peninsula was a dream come true as I followed in the footsteps of an epic journey made by the legendary explorer Earnest Shackleton a hundred years ago." - Viveck Crishna
Jeeth Iype - is an architect and has been involved in sustainable architecture and development for the past 25 years. In the past 10 years he has been exploring ventures in eco-tourism in the Himalayas. He is an avid photographer. He live in Bangalore with his wife and has two sons.
"When i travel to a new place. i always try to find a local connection before i go there, and that gives me a very different perspective from whats in the guide books, about the place, its history, its architecture its people their society and politics. Staying with local families, or homestays and taking the less trodden path, having little interest in sightseeing and not wanting to do everything there is in one trip, i often wander around exploring the place at my own pace.
During many a such trips to the Himalayas i realized that i had a inner longing to go back and have a deeper connect with the people and places that had made a impact on me.
The result is an ecotourism social venture that i started working mainly in remote areas in the Himalayas identifying locations which are rich in their culture and natural beauty, where the benefits of tourism have not reached the locals. Working with local entrepreneurs to help them setup small family owned and run eco-lodges. By providing required capital, access to markets and professional skills, along with local linkages for logistics, guides, food and supplies, which all will contribute towards the local economy as well as conserve the environment.
Over the past 10 years of doing this i have learned a lot, from how small communities work only on trust, their sense of collective ownership and value for human equity.
The remoteness brought me to clear night skies i had never experience in my life living in a city and stumbled upon a hobby of astro-landscape photography which has become a passion." - Jeeth Iype