Vaibhav is also known for conceiving, planning and executing trips that many consider too audacious to run. He is responsible for opening up remote Himalayan valleys to adventure tourism, and has helped open up Indian river running on The Tons, The Siang (Upper Brahmaputra), Subansari, Lohit in Arunachal Pradesh, the Pindar.
He has also trekked extensively, and been on expeditions in the Himalaya, including Stok Kangri, CB 13, Bhartekhunta, Bhetiara ka Danda, Auden's Col, Sahasratal, and found the route to one of the most elusive mountains in recent times, Gya, which was located through Kala's-Nullah.
Vaibhav’s most recent project is Atali Ganga, an activotel located in the valley of the Upper Ganges. This provides a multitude of activities from mountain biking, an excellent High Ropes course, wall climbing, abseiling, hiking, camping to inflatable kayaking and rafting and provides wonderfully comfortable accommodation to relax in at the end of a busy day.
We managed to track him down for a quick question and answer session:
- What is your favourite trip? – For sure, The Brahmaputra Expedition in Arunachal Pradesh, it is challenging but great fun.
- What does India mean to you? - India flows in my veins, there is nowhere else I’d rather be. The people, the sights, the sounds, the smells, even the frustration – it grows on you.
- What inspired you to create Atali Ganga? - There was a big gap in the market segment in the region, no one was providing the combination of and a demand for smart hospitality in a comfortable hotel together with safe adventure.
- Do you have an anecdote which epitomises your India? – You could hate it in an hour, or with patience, have a life long love affair with the country, like you have!
- What is the one thing that you love/can't live without? - Nature, the great outdoors.
- What is the one thing that you hate – City Traffic!