The Great Plains of Masai Mara

24 Jun

Inclusions :

  • 06 nights accommodation in 4* or 4* Superior hotels and lodges as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Use of a safari minibus with open pop-up roof (Seating up to a maximum of 7 persons)
  • Services of an English speaking driver-guide, Park fees for the driver-guide and minibus, fuel & local accident cover
  • All game drives & visits as indicated on the program
  • Park entrance fees
  • Assistance

Itinerary :

Day 1 : Nairobi : Arrival of your international flight. Met by our representative & transferred to MAYFAIR – HOLIDAY INN / SOUTHERN SUN MAYFAIR or similar. Overnight in Nairobi. (B)

Day 2 : Nairobi – Masai Mara : 07h30 : After breakfast, depart to Masai Mara via Narok. Arrive & lunch. 15h30: Depart for your first game drive in this world famous reserve which is an extension of Serengeti National Park of Tanzania. Dinner & overnight at MARA SOPA LODGE. (B, L, D)

Day 3 : Masai Mara : 08h00 : After breakfast, depart for a morning game drive. 12h00: Return to the camp for lunch. 15h30: Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the MARA SOPA LODGE. (B, L, D)

Day 4 : Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru : 08h00 : After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru. Lunch on arrival at the lodge. 15h30 : Game drive around the park. Dinner & overnight at the LAKE NAKURU LODGE. (B, L, D)

Day 5 : Lake Nakuru – Aberdares : 08h30 : Early breakfast and then depart to the Aberdares. Arrive for lunch at the base hotel – of the forest range. In the afternoon, transfer to the “tree-hotel” located in the heart of the Aberdares Forest Range. Game viewing is from the terrace overlooking a flood-lit waterhole. Dinner and overnight at the THE ARK LODGE. (B, L, D)

Day 6 : Aberdares – Mount Kenya : 09h00 : Breakfast at the lodge. Return to the base hotel and rejoin your safari guide and proceed to Mount Kenya. Arrive & check-in at the club; Day at leisure. The club offers a wide range of optional activities to choose from such as horse-riding, golf, etc. Meals & overnight at the MOUNT KENYA SAFARI CLUB. (B, L, D)

Day 7 : Mount Kenya – Nairobi : 08h00 : Breakfast and return to Nairobi. Lunch at the “Carnivore” (Non-Vegetarians) or “Handi” for Vegetarians. Afternoon, transfer to the airport for your homebound Flight. (B, L)

Meal Plan Specification : B : Breakfast; L : Lunch; D : Dinner


Safety Tips For Solo Women Travellers To India

24 May


  • Keep protective devices such as pepper spray handy to be able to use them quickly if required
  • Inform someone who you know and trust, about your travel plans and whereabouts.
  • Keep a backup of all important contact numbers in a phonebook. DO NOT store all your numbers only in your cellphone. Get to know important helpline numbers like the numbers of your embassy, police helplines, hospitals and medical facilities in the city etc.
  • Programme a few quick dial numbers in your cellphone and memorize them well.
  • Always use bigger public transport such as buses, local trains instead of taxis/rickshaws. Hire a taxi/rickshaw only if no other option available. Always do a good homework about all available public transport options before reaching the place. Note that license plate numbers of all registered public transport vehicles are painted in yellow with black letters. Do not climb into vehicles with white plates with black numbers
  • Always note the taxi/rickshaw license plate number that you are travelling in and inform the same to someone over the phone before climbing into taxi/ rickshaw in a manner that the taxi/rickshaw driver hears you informing them.
  • Keep talking on the phone with someone while travelling in taxis/ rickshaw during dark hours, possibly talking them through the landmarks you see outside.
  • Do not let anyone else climb into the taxi/ rickshaw. Use protective devices if someone tries to get in forcefully. Make noise if you need to.
  • In many places in India the taxis/rickshaws do not run on meter. They will give you a fixed price for your destination. If possible get an idea about these prices beforehand. Negotiate firmly with the taxi/rickshaw driver for a fixed and final price and make sure he sticks to main crowded roads and do not get into small roads and bylanes for the excuse of making it quicker. If it takes time by main roads, let it be.
  • Dress modestly, especially in N.India and in towns which are predominantly religious such as Haridwar, Tirupati or Dwarka. Dress in a manner that is appropriate and respectful to the culture of the place you are travelling in.
  • Do not accept foods and drinks offered by strangers, unless other people are sharing from the same source. Keep away from alcohol and other drugs at all costs.
  • Do not disclose your travel details to strangers.
  • Do not allow a man inside your room when alone. While an attendant might prepare your room prior to check in, remain in the hallway while he does so. Only once he exists and is at safe distance from your door, enter the room and close the door safely. Check if your room door has bolts which cannot be opened from the outside. Possibly carry door stops which can be fixed inside of the door.
  • Do not advertise your possessions (money and any other valuables). Carry only as much money as is required immediately. Distribute your money and cards in different bags to avoid losing all in the event of being robbed.
  • If you feel uncomfortable in any way, or think that you are being stared at or being followed by men, seek company of women and feel free to ask for help.
  •  Most importantly, keep your senses alert, use common sense and trust your instincts.

Learn Travel Videography

29 Mar

A workshop to enhance your skills in videography


How many times did you feel that the video you captured should have been better than

what you could make? You felt, you missed recording the joy and memories while on

vacation, from the memorable days you celebrated or the nature you enjoyed.

Or that you should have known how to shoot better?

Well, guess what. Neither do you require high quality cameras nor do you need to be a

professional to shoot like one. All you need is a little knowledge of light, framing and what

to include and what to exclude from your shots.


This summer we will take you to Jawhar to give you insights into travel videography. We

will be accompanied by professionals in the field of videography and editing who have been

honored with National Awards for their work and contribution. No matter which camera you

have, a video camera, a handycam, DSLR with video mode or simply your cellphone with

video capturing facility, not only will you learn about technicalities of videography but will

also get insights into how to develop a perspective for shooting professional like videos.

These professionals in videography will be staying with us for all days of our outdoor

workshop, so we will have the obvious advantage of learning many things from them.


Jawhar is a lesser known hill station in Northwest Maharashtra famous for tribal who gave

us ‘Warli Paintings’. Although Warli Paintings is their most well-known contribution, the

tribals have much more to offer in terms of their culture, food and dance, which give us an

opportunity to practice our videography skills. In addition to their culture, Jawhar offers

impeccable natural beauty for you to document landscapes and with some luck, wildlife too.


Our mentors will cover the basic of the following topics.


  • Video camera – Types & Hardware
  • Orientation and basic techniques of videography
  • Basics of camera operation
  • Scripting and conceptualization
  • Pre shoot planning
  • Lighting and use of available light
  • Sound recording
  • In-Camera editing and post shoot editing
  • Effects and sound mixing

The workshop will be centered with some theme videography and culture videography

 Who is this for?


  • Practically everyone who wants to make better videos of whatever event they wish to record
  • Those willing to publish their videos through various media available
  • Those dreaming of switching to career in travel videography but have little knowledge


Don’t just be a tourist and a spectator on your next holiday. Be a storyteller and come home with enviable recordings of your adventures. Come join us to know how.


Tour Details


May 1:

Depart for Jawhar at around 9 am from Pune. En-route lunch. Reach Jawhar at around 4 pm.

Settling down at the Course site and welcome tea.


Introductory lecture:

·         Objective of the course

·         Screening of couple of travel videos shot on handycam

·         Brainstorming on the same


May 2:


·         Pre-trip planning : hardware, gear and accessories checklist

·         Research and Planning of what you intend to shoot

·         On sight quick planning of what you may shoot

·         Types of cameras, hardware for videography, Video formats

·         Camera handling, using available lighting

·         Introduction to Various types of video shoots. E.g. family functions, travel, culture, nature, wild life/ bird life, buildings and architecture and any other themes


All these lectures will be accompanied by small practice sessions where you can check your skill levels

Overview and planning for day 3: what we can expect to shoot on Day 3.


May 3:

Travel to Kaucha, a tribal village. On the way visit to Hanuman Point of Jawhar and  a possible waterfall near Jawhar. Visit to Kaucha. Observing the village life, tribal culture. Discuss and practice, what we can capture on our videos. A tribal Dance in the evening. Again discuss and practice the videography of the dance function. Return to our place of stay.


May 4:

Post-shoot activities:

·         Downloading videos shot on computer for compiling and editing.

·         Introduction to various editing softwares, Facilities needed and available in the softwares

·         Compiling and editing

·         Titling, sound recording and sound overlay, cutting, trimming, transitions, storing, storing formats and sharing on net.

·         Selling on net and earning profits.




May 5:

Review of few of the videos, we shot and edited.

Certificate distribution and

Return to Pune


Tour Cost: Rs.12000/- per person


Registration Cost: Rs.6000/- per person (Non-refundable in case of voluntary




4 nights’ accommodation on dormitory basis

All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5

All group transport from Pune back to Pune

Mentoring by National Award winner videography experts/ professionals


Payments can be made vide cheque / Demand Draft / Cash / Netbanking. The same can be deposited in the following account.


Beneficiary Name: Milestone Travel Consultants

Account No: 624005500082

Bank & Branch: ICICI Bhandarkar Road

IFSC: ICIC0006240


Booking Terms & Conditions

Please read carefully before making your deposit.

This contract is between Milestone Travel Consultants and you (all persons named on the

booking). The person making the booking (which is subject to these terms) warrants that

they have full authority to do so on behalf of all persons named, and confirms that all

persons on the booking are aware of and accept these conditions:



Following your booking on a Milestone Travel Consultants holiday we will send you

confirmation. You will be required to make a payment of registration amount to Milestone

Travel Consultants upon registration. Balance payment will have to be made 5 th April 2013.

Please see booking form for deposit amounts. Failure to do so will cancel the booking and

make your seat available to others. Booking made beyond the last date will require full

payment at the time of registration, provided Milestone Travel Consultants confirms your

space on the tour.


Cancellation By You

Should you choose to cancel a booking, please notify Milestone Travel Consultants in writing

or by email. Cancellation received after registration and reservation of space on the tour:



Cancellation By Milestone Travel Consultants

Please note that all this tour needs a minimum of 20 participants. In the event that

Milestone Travel Consultants cancels a tour, notification will be given by 10 th of April 2013.

Milestone Travel Consultants reserves the right to cancel the trip if minimum participant

requirement is not met. Milestone Travel Consultants will then return all money paid for the


Next of Kin contact:

It is a condition of participating in a Milestone Travel Consultants trip for each traveller to

supply next of kin contact information. In case of any medical or emergency. A company

representative will request this at the start of your tour.


Acceptance of Conditions

By payment of your booking deposit you agree to the terms and conditions and have read

and agree with the participation agreement.”

Extraordinary women explorers of our times

8 Mar

A rarity in the male dominated bastion of geographic exploration, women have achieved unparalleled feats too. Although the era of modern world exploration began in 17th century, women entered the scene in early 20th century and have never looked back since. They have ventured deep into tropical forests, scaled the highest mountains, dived the deepest of oceans and have been shoulder to shoulder with men in the space shuttles. On this International Women’s Day, we have compiled a list of 8 such dare devil women who set a precedent for the generations to come.

1. Dian Fossey


Dian Fossey spent 18 tempestuous years (1967-85) studying endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Virunga Volcanoes. She was also devoted to their care and protection. Though it came at the cost of her life-she was eventually murdered, probably by poachers, on whom she had waged a relentless war-Fossey awakened the world to the plight of these gentle creatures.

Considered the world’s leading authority on the physiology and behavior of mountain gorillas, Dian Fossey fought hard to protect these “gentle giants” from environmental and human hazards. She saw these animals as dignified, highly social creatures with individual personalities and strong family relationships. Her active conservationist stand to save these animals from game wardens, zoo poachers, and government officials who wanted to convert gorilla habitats to farmland caused her to fight for the gorillas not only via the media, but also by destroying poachers’ dogs and traps.

Tragically, on December 26, 1985, Fossey was found hacked to death, presumably by poachers, at her Rwandan forest camp. No assailant has ever been found or prosecuted in her murder.

Today, Dian Fossey’s work continues through the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (formerly named the Digit Fund), under which the Karisoke Research Foundation continues to operate, despite the odds.

Fossey’s Gorillas in the Mist went on to become a best-seller. A film with the same name was also released in 1988, starring Sigourney Weaver as Fossey.

2. Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner


In the summer of 2010, Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner was perched on K2’s infamous Bottleneck couloir 400 meters below the summit. She radioed her husband, Ralf Dujmovits, who was hunkered at base camp far below the 8,611-meter summit of the peak on the Pakistan-China border. Through the radio, Dujmovits could hear the shock in his wife’s voice. Moments earlier her partner, ski mountaineer Fredrik Ericsson, had slipped while unroped, tumbled past her, and fallen to his death.

Kaltenbrunner immediately aborted her summit attempt to look for her friend. It was her fifth failed attempt on the world’s most deadly peak. K2 was the final summit remaining in her 14-year quest to become the first woman to climb all 14 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen or porters.

In 2011, Kaltenbrunner returned to K2, this time to the mountain’s north side to avoid the Bottleneck, where 11 climbers died in 2008. At 6:18 p.m. local time on August 23, Kaltenbrunner reached the summit. “I have never had a view like that. There were no clouds, you could see to Nanga Parbat. I had the feeling that I was one with the universe. It’s still present in my heart,” says the 40-year-old Austrian.

Growing up among the Alps of her native Austria, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner set herself a goal: She would climb every Himalayan mountain over 8,000 meters high. One after another this trained nurse scaled such legendary peaks as Everest, K2 (seen here), and Annapurna, until she became the first woman to summit all 14 of them without relying on supplemental oxygen.

3. Kira Salak


As the first woman to traverse Papua New Guinea and the first person to kayak 600 miles down Africa’s Niger River to Timbuktu, Kira Salak has been called “the gutsiest-and some say craziest-woman adventurer of our day.”

Kira Salak became the first person in the world to kayak alone 600 miles on the Niger River of Mali to Timbuktu, retracing the fatal journey of the great Scottish explorer Mungo Park. Enduring tropical storms, hippos, rapids, the unrelenting heat of the Sahara desert, and the mercurial moods of this notorious river, Kira Salak traveled solo through one of the most desolate and dangerous regions in Africa, where little had changed since Mungo Park was taken captive by Moors in 1797.

Salak undertook an epic, solo jungle trek across the remote Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea–often called the last frontier of adventure travel. Traveling by dugout canoe and on foot, experiencing the dangers and wonders of a largely untouched world, she became the first woman to traverse PNG. Salak stayed in villages where cannibalism was still practiced behind the backs of the missionaries, meeting mysterious witch doctors and befriending the leader of the OPM guerrilla movement who fought against the Indonesian occupation of Western New Guinea.

4. Eileen Collins


The child of Irish immigrants, Elmira, N.Y.-born Eileen Collins ruled as the queen of Kennedy Space Center from the early 1990s through her retirement in 2006. During this time, the former military flight instructor and math wiz became the first female astronaut to serve as pilot of the Space Shuttle during STS-63, the 1995 rendezvous between the shuttle Discovery and Russian space station Mir (another female, the late Janice E. Voss, joined Collins on board as a mission specialist during the 2,992,806-mile mission).

Four years later, after a second visit to Mir as pilot of Atlantis during 1997’s STS-84, Collins graduated to become the first ever female commander of a shuttle mission during STS-93. Collins went on to command one other shuttle mission, 2005’s STS-114. When she retired three years later, Collins had logged a total of 872 hours in space during her four flights. To date, she has amassed an impressive collection of medals, awards and honorary doctorates and is an inductee in the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Collins shared a few words of wisdom in a NASA profile released prior to STS-114: “We’re a nation of explorers. We are the kind of people who want to go out and learn new things, and I would say take risks, but take calculated risks that are studied and understood.” According to Collin’s NASA profile, in addition to commanding and piloting spacecraft, she enjoys slightly less risky activities such as golf and reading.

5. Radhika Menon

As the ship slices through the clear ocean waters and approaches the port, the captain’s voice crackles over the public address system, asking all members of the crew to take anchor stations. It’s the voice of a woman issuing the orders. That’s a novelty, not just for the officers and crew of MT Suvarna Swarajya, but for the Indian merchant navy, which was instituted in 1917. For, MC Radhika Menon is the first Indian woman to command a merchant ship as a captain. “Being a woman in command of a ship is just like being a woman heading any other organisation. If you have proved your capability and know your job, I don’t think the gender quite matters,” says Menon, now seven months into her first command aboard the Shipping Corporation of India tanker.

6. Sylvia Earle


Affectionately called “Her Deepness,” or “The Sturgeon General,” Earle is a seasoned aquanaut who holds the depth record for a solo dive: 1,250 feet. Earle co-founded the company, Deep Ocean Engineering, and is a recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees. She founded the Sustainable Seas Project, which is currently conducting a series of explorations of the United States’ marine sanctuaries, and she currently serves as a scholar and “Explorer-in-Residence” for the National Geographic Society. Most importantly, Earle is a tireless advocate for marine conservation and for fostering public awareness of the perils to ocean ecosystems caused by overfishing and pollution.

Some of Earle’s diving pursuits are legendary. In 1968, Earle was part of an expedition to descend into the ocean in the first modern submersible without a lockout chamber. Four months pregnant, Earle became the first woman scientist to gaze through the porthole of a submersible!

Earle has already seen what few divers dream of and she has attempted what few marine biologists could imagine. At record-breaking depths of 3,000 feet, Earle has seen the lattice-like patterns of brittle star fish decorating the unexplored sea floor, as well as the dazzling bioluminescence of deep water ecosystems. Earle likens jumping into the ocean to “jumping into minestrone: but all the little bits are swimming around.” She often says that “every little spoonful of the ocean is full of life.” Even below the reach of sunlight, ocean plants thrive, nourished by a process called “chemosynthesis,” a counter to the process of photosynthesis by which land plants live. To Earle, who has spent countless hours in the company of sea creatures, fish are like humans, in that each one is different.

7. Ann Bancroft


Ann Bancroft,  American explorer who was the first woman to participate in and successfully finish several arduous expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic.

Bancroft grew up in rural Minnesota in what she described as a family of risk takers. Although she struggled with a learning disability, she graduated from St. Paul Academy and Summit School and became a physical education teacher, coach, and wilderness instructor in the St.Paul area.

When an opportunity arose to participate in the 1986 Steger International Polar Expedition, Bancroft resigned her teaching position. The group departed from Ellesmere Island on March 6, and after 56 days she and five other team members arrived at the North Pole by dogsled without benefit of resupply. She thus became the first woman to reach the North Pole by sled and on foot. In 1992 she was the leader of the first team of women to ski across Greenland. In November 1992 she led three other women on the grassroots-funded American Women’s Expedition to Antarctica. After successfully completing their 67-day, 660-mile (1,060-km) journey in early 1993, they became the first women’s team to reach the South Pole on skis, and Bancroft was the first woman to have stood at both poles. Bancroft returned to Antarctica in 2001, when she and Norwegian polar explorer Liv Arensen became the first women to complete a transcontinental crossing there. Their roughly 1,700-mile (2,750-km) journey skiing and sailing took 94 days. In recognition of her achievements, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1995, and she also received several additional awards and honours.

8. Beverly Burns


On July 18, 1984, during a transcontinental People Express (a short-lived budget airline that merged with Continental in 1987) flight from Newark to Los Angeles, Baltimore-born Beverly Burns went down in history as the first female pilot to command a Boeing 747. This game-changing feat that garnered Burns the Amelia Earhart Award the following year.

In addition to her duties as captain, Burns, an erstwhile American Airlines flight attendant, also served as a baggage handler, gate agent, dispatcher and avionics trainer while with People Express. By the time she retired in 2008, Burns had logged a total 25,000 hours of flight time and had piloted not only the Boeing 747, but also the Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777 and a variety of McDonnell-Douglas commercial aircraft.

The reason she became a commercial airline captain in the first place? Burns recounts, during her flight attendant days, a first officer explaining to the crew why there were no female pilots of commercial aircraft: “He said, ‘Women are just not smart enough to do this job.’ I knew as soon as the words came out of his mouth — ‘women cannot be pilots’ — that I wanted to be an airline captain immediately,” Burns told the Baltimore Sun in 2002.

Over the years, Burns has received numerous honors and accolades in both Maryland and New Jersey. In fact, Feb. 6 was designated as Beverly Burns Day in Baltimore by former Mayor Martin O’Malley back in 2002.

Disclaimer: All the text and photographs have been compiled from various sources on the internet and we do not own any of those.

Truly Goa

24 Aug


Goa, that quintessential beach destination synonymous with all things celebratory, is a smorgasbord of tourist delights. Probably no other state in India offers such a large variety of experiences. Beaches, wildlife, colonial heritage, mouth watering cuisines and adventure too. Alas, for last few years Goa has become more popular for partying and getting boozed up on the beaches. Although beaches and alcohol are two of important aspects of ‘susegad’ lifestyle of Goa, those hardly describe Goa in its totality.

We tried to list down some experiences which will give you a complete Goa experience. Next time you head to the ‘party state’, give them a try. We bet you won’t be disappointed.


Rural Walks

Apart from Panaji and Madgaon, Goa is mostly a rural state. All the well known beaches such as Baga, Calangute, Palolem are in fact located in villages and there is much to be explored in these villages. From paddy fields  to residential houses and churches which speak of Goa’s history, you can get insights into the heart of Goan life while on these walks. Goa is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty and these rural walks take you through the same. On every corner you might stumble upon a bungalow which was built at the end of 19th century and is still home to a typical Goan family. Plus you get to interact with the locals. Now is there a better way to know about a place than to speak with the locals?


Although not noticed often, Goa’s rivers are almost its lifelines. The rivers and waterways are so extensive that much of the transport happens on water, much like in Kerala or Venice. And these waterways also offer a variety of experiences for visitors. Kayaking down many of Goa’s rivers you can bird watch, watch the village life go by its daily activities or take a stop and do some fishing. These waterways are home to unique riverine ecology and you can find at least 40 species of birds and numerous aquatic creatures. All this sans the crazy crowds which frequent the Goan roads.

Spice Plantations

Yes. State of Goa produces spices too and the spice plantations welcome you with open arms to witness the harvesting. Pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, highly priced vanilla and many other spices are harvested in these spice estates, most of which are located in Ponda. Apart from the spices, you will also find fruits typical to the coastal region such as jackfruit, cashew nut and mango of course. A stroll through the plantation with the local guide will leave you enlightened with the knowledge of the ingredients which find their way to our dinner tables every night. The best part after the stroll is fresh locally cooked authentic Goan meal with a glass of ‘solkadi’, the refreshing drink made from kokum  and coconut milk. Or you can go for the typical Goan feni or urrak or a pint of beer. Finger smacking food while watching birds on the property hunt for fish on the ponds. Heavenly!!


Woohoo!! How many of you knew that there are houseboats in Goa. We bet not many. Yes, Goa has houseboats just like in Kerala. You board the houseboats in the early evening. After welcome drinks and introduction with the courteous and cheerful boat crew you will be taken on a cruise on the river and then to a beach to watch the sunset. After the sunset, you head back for a night in the middle of the river. Believe us, nothing can spending the night on the deck of the boat chatting up with friends and family. The crew also carries fishing gear. So those of you interested in angling can try their hand at it sitting on the edge of the boat.

We will bring you more such novel experiences in Goa in the second part of this article. Meanwhile, if you want to experience the Goa in a way that you have never before, drop us a line on our FB page or shoot a mail to


23 Aug

Referral Giveaways

6 Aug

People and businesses love attention. We are no exception. We would like to reach as many people, as many to Like our page and even more to experience the holidays we offer.

So here’s a little incentive for all our fans and others to help us gather more eyeballs. Spread a word about our page among your friends. For every 5 Likes that we get as a result of your referral, we are offering a 1% discount for 1 person on any of our upcoming Group Tours or a customised holiday. And we would love someone to win a free holiday with us. 😉

This is no contest. There is no first or last place. Everybody wins.However, for us to be able to monitor and for the sake of fairness, kindly ask your friends who Like the page to mention you name on our Message Board and ask them to spread the word as well. :-)There are no ‘Last Dates’ for this. Open forever.