After completing my degree in international hotel management, I worked in Belgium, France and Italy, and developed a love of travel as I explored my new surroundings. I then embarked on a career in human resources and was lucky enough to work in Bangalore in 2008 where I first discovered a passion for India.
I took a sabbatical in 2016, touring Rajasthan and spending some time in Jaipur volunteering as a teacher. During that time I managed to explore much of Rajasthan and was particularly taken with Udaipur.
On reflection, I decided I wanted to pursue my passion for travel and that led me to join Audley. I recently returned to Rajasthan and experienced rural life there. I also went leopard spotting and ventured into the Himalayan foothills where I discovered the sweeping landscapes, places of holy pilgrimage, and the lesser-known tea plantations of the Kangra Valley.
I'll never forget when…
I had been to many Aarti (prayer with fire) ceremonies, but experiencing this in Haridwar was a hugely atmospheric and spiritual experience. Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest cities to Hindus and the place where Lord Shiva is said to have left his footprint in a stone at Har Ki Pauri ghat. These steps leading down to the Ganges are considered some of the most sacred in India and it is here that the ceremony takes place. Being among the pilgrims as they bathe, sing, worship and place their candlelit offerings to drift down the holy Ganga was a truly memorable experience.