Untravel weekends: travelling together to ‘Unventured’ lands

Running one adventure expedition a year, Unventured brings together like-minded travellers and real world experiences, all with a softer landing.


Running one adventure expedition a year, Unventured brings together like-minded travellers and real world experiences, all with a softer landing.

It take you to places off the beaten track and often closer to nature and nature reserves. Responsibly disposing off the waste, reduced use of plastic, supporting local economy by consuming local products, experiencing local cultures is all the part of the package.

Unventured has much more in stock except just an eco-friendly expedition. Gurudeep from the organization talks to The Alternative about their eco friendly travels, the Laddoo project and much more.

The Laddoo project expedition ended on June 30th and they successfully raised about 2 Lacs as part of this initiative

How did the Unventured venture begin?

Unventured is still not a registered entity but operates like one when it comes to managing the tour. We have been around for the last 2 years and we operate only one expedition a year. A lot of how I live my life has inspired me to start Unventured.

The need to bring in like-minded travellers: My first cycling expedition of the Himalayas left me awestruck and I wanted to do it again, but without a sizeable group, the cost of travel was turning out very expensive and impossible for me to travel. The need to bring together like minded travellers to join and enjoy something beautiful was very important to me.

Bringing the like-minded travellers was the main motive behind starting up Unventured.

An interest to travel: The travel bug caught me early and the wilderness was my first pick when it came to travel. During my school days, I travelled on a 15-day trip across Gujarat’s wilderness (Gir,Raan of Kutch and the Black Buck Reserve) and that perhaps sowed the first seeds in my pea brain about travel and the wilderness. A lot of travel within India is an expensive affair when you pursue it independently, but with a group you can optimise costs too and at the same time its a great feeling to meet and travel with like minded travellers.

My passion for photography: I have pursued photography as an interest and a passion for the last 7 years, mostly to interpret my love for the natural wealth and travel.

Adventure and its highs: Taking the road off the beaten track to experience local cultures and learn their way of life is a very important element of our travels. You also learn to respect and value nature for it might and its harshness. Adventure travel is inspiring and motivates you to stretch your boundaries, to step out of comfort zone and in the process, experience something beautiful.

Unventured is all about real world experiences with like minded travellers; this isn’t luxury travel, but real world experiences – just with a softer landing! 

The eco-friendly travel supports the use of local products to add value to the local economy.

What is your view on responsible travel? How have you implemented it in Unventured?

Our team is completely local – we hire local expertise, engage with them and also sensitise them on the need to conserve their regions value and protect the natural wealth

While on the tour we source and consume food locally and as a result contribute to the local economy. In the future we intend to also stay with locals so we can support them, consume lesser resources and also open up our travellers to the local culture.

Waste disposal is a very important and conscious element in our tours. With a travelling kitchen and team supporting us, our waste generated is sizeable. We ensure we leave our campsites the same way we found it, if not better. All plastic is collected and carried back to the town and disposed off with the municipal councils. Food and human waste is buried to ensure we don’t impact the local ecology.

What do you see as the future of responsible travel and sustainable tourism in India?

Responsible and sustainable tourism is critical factor to a sustainable growth in the travel industry, something travel companies and tour operators need to invest in, to ensure the longevity of our natural wealth and beauty. We need public and private participation to build necessary infrastructure. Part of this has to do with the travel sector being unorganised, more so with adventure travel. Local operators and service providers are only focused on the immediate profits and benefits of tourism but do not value the resources or protect them for longevity. 

Tell us more about The Laddoo Project.

Every year 45000 children die in Maharashtra alone due to malnutrition. In Karnataka, 37.6% of children are underweight, 28.1% of the population is undernourished and 5.5% of children who die under the age of 5 die from hunger.

The Laddoo Project, an initiative by Design Impact and Deep Griha Society, aims to raise awareness about malnutrition and support the nutritional needs of 350 children from the slum areas of Tadiwala Road, Bibewadi and Ramtedki, Pune. Each cyclist reached out to his friends, family and social connections to spread the awareness about the cause and in the process raise funds @ Rs 10 for every kilometer he/she cycled from Manali – Leh.

Their expedition ended on June 30th and they successfully raised about 2 Lacs as part of this initiative and will soon be going to Deep Griha Society to meet the children and spend a day with them. They now have 2 cyclists who were inspired by the initiative and are attempting this route in September and are taking the baton forward for the fundraising.

Pics courtesy: Unventured

Untravel Weekends is a feature series on resorts, homestays and guesthouses that are built and run on the foundations of responsible travel by means of nature conservation, using alternative energy, reducing waste, recycling, rain water harvesting, organic farming, sourcing and feeding into the local economy or promoting indigenous cultures.


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Shreya Pareek is a development journalist who is passionate about grassroot change and sustainable living. Follow her on twitter @shreya08 more

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Shreya Pareek is a development journalist who is passionate about grassroot change and sustainable living. Follow her on twitter @shreya08 more

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