A little more about the folks who run Gypsyfeet Travels.
After an engineering degree from BITS Pilani and an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Kanchuki worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft in Hyderabad, India and in Redmond, USA. Following her love for travel, she founded Gypsyfeet Travels in order to help people explore the North-Eastern Region of India, which is her homeland.
She is passionate about immersive and sustainable travel, and specially loves to cater to families, women, older people who otherwise would not explore off-beat destinations.
Her other interests include education, specifically the field of applied learning. She is working with multiple educational institutions to help them strengthen applied learning opportunities for students.
The photograph below is taken from the Everest Base Camp trek – Kanchuki is an avid trekker. Her last major trek was to Stok Kangri (6100m).
Read more about her experiences : www.kopili.wordpress.com
Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman
Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman is our resident expert on the North-Eastern region, travelling on a average 20 days in a month driving over hills, mountains and plains, through villages, small towns and cities, meeting people and exploring places. His PhD research work on cross-border exchanges, development and migration takes him to new places and experiences. He has published several papers on the subject at seminars in India and abroad, and loves to engage in a wide variety of topics. He manages Gypsyfeet operations and engages with clients to work on a customised itinerary that allows people to experience the region in a holistic manner.
Kongkona, co-founder and currently Eternal Advisor :
Kongkona is currently based in London and works as an international development consultant .She has undertaken assignments in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Guyana, Nigeria, India, Trinidad and Tobago for various bi-lateral and multi-lateral organisations including DFID, IADB, World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat and UN EcoSoc. Her focus in private sector led economic growth programmes.She also promotes pro-poor tourism efforts in Eastern Himalayas and advises responsible tourism organisations in the region.
If she is not travelling for work, Kongkona travels for fun and gets lost often -walking the cobbled streets of Brugges or the trails of Scotland Highlands, meandering in the bazaars of Istanbul or sailing the islands of Caribbean. Among her other talents, she claims she can scent a good deal and a good meal miles away. She refuses to use a selfie-stick.
We got a seasoned photographer travelling with us on some of our jaunts. She effortlessy juggles between the paint brush and her Nikon.