Published: 03rd January 2018
Fling your guidebooks in the air and travel free with Jatin Adlakha's Wander Gupt
Not every view needs to find its way to social media. Travel without an itinerary and truly experience destinations with Wander Gupt and its unique travels
Travel, in the era of Instagram and Facebook, is not the same soul-searching, get-lost-to-be-found experience that we used to associate it with. Bringing meaning back to the word is the travel company, Wander Gupt, that is moving away from minute-by-minute itineraries and moving towards free-flowing, experiential travel. "We may have extensive agendas, but the roads have different plans for us," says the travel company’s founder, Jatin Adlakha, who is in Ahmedabad. For now at least.
The idea of Wander Gupt dawned on Adlakha when he was sitting by a river in the Barot Valley of Himachal in June 2017. Adlakha also has a travel blog, Wandering Jatin
Adlakha has been travelling his whole life, though at first due to his father's bank job, it was later by choice. A 3,700 km bike ride in the Himalayas, an 1,800 km bike trip from Gurgaon to Pune, and the most recent one, a trek to the Everest Base Camp — Adlakha has done it all. The BITS Pilani, Hyderabad alumnus recently broke away from the shackles of a desk job to travel, without a desk weighing him down and, of course, "to share the kind of travel I have done," he states.
Thumbs up: Adlakha with the small passenger plane at Lukla Airport
So, the plan for Wander Gupt is that there is no plan, well, only a very elementary one. Take for example their first trip, which the Haryana-born recently announced. The only details divulged are where you will be going — somewhere in the Himachal, when you will be going — January 25, and what you will be doing — snow walks, village tours and other important details. Everything else is a surprise! And though leading trips is not new for Adlakha, who has been organising them for his colleagues for quite some time now, what's new for him is that he’s now charging for it.
Wander Gupt is not what we often call 'off-beat orchestrated tourism'. Here, you get to chose experiences over destinations
Jatin Adlakha, founder, Wander Gupt
But he promises it will be worth every penny. Wonder how? Well, did you know that when you look to your right from Hillary Bridge, the suspension bridge at the Everest Base Camp, you can catch the first sight of the majestic Mount Everest? Or that you can order yourself a pizza when you’re at the same camp, perched at 5,100 metres above sea level? There are only a few people who can give you first-hand information like this — a localite, an experienced guide and Jatin Adlakha! Get ready to learn a lot more if you ever decide to join him on one of his trips.
Yes, that's him: Adlakha taking a break to eat during one of his journeys
And it's not like things always go as per Adlakha's plans, which is bound to happen because neither does he follow an agenda nor any guidebook. "I just tell myself that it's okay; it's the philosophy of life that things can go either way," he says. And when people ridicule him for missing some facts? "It just gives me another reason to go back and visit what I missed," he says and we hope we all maintain the same attitude towards life as well.
Check Wander Gupt out at facebook.com/wanderguptofficial/