It was while working in the villages of rural Rajasthan that I truly fell in love with India — from the exotic colors and sounds to the unforgettable smiles. Children wave frantically as you pass through their village, where mud huts stand proud among crops of mustard, aniseed, chillies and wheat. Women hurry past with huge pots carefully balanced on their heads and the enchanting sound of bells dance around their ankles. The stunning contrast from the cities of Rajasthan to the rural areas makes a combination of the two a must for any visit to India.
After completely her degree in psychology, Sophie was given the opportunity to teach English and live alongside tribal communities in the Indian Subcontinent. With the travel bug firmly embedded she embarked on her dream around-the-world expedition, which lead to overland travel throughout Southeast and Central Asia, Australasia, Africa and South America.
With her heart firmly captured by Asia, she joined Audley and now has over 15 years of experience in specialising in trips to India, Sri Lanka, China and The Maldives. Sophie's passion for China and the Indian Subcontinent is unrivaled and she loves nothing more than using her first-hand knowledge to create trips of a lifetime for her clients. Whether you are considering a first-time trip or looking to return and get off-the-beaten-track, Sophie is known for creating exciting journeys.
In her spare time, Sophie can be found exploring the hills of her home town of Malvern with her family, tending to her chickens or gardening.
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Hand painted tents perched dramatically along a dam each with striking views over the open countryside to the peaks of the mystic Aravalli hills in the distance. A special place, rural isolation combined with the hospitality of the Nimaj family who will look after you like old friends. The area is teeming with wildlife with an astonishing 220 different species of bird. The food is fabulous you can feast on traditional rural meals that are organic as the camp is self supporting. A unique insight into village life and a perfect place to simply relax and enjoy the rural side of Rajasthan.
I'll never forget when…
The narrow streets of Old Delhi are awash with color and life, a melting pot of communities and cultures. The smell of freshly cooked samosas and incense fill the air, a cow passes you by as you dodge a bicycle on one side and a rickshaw on the other. Pink, yellow, green, blue and red powder dye is piled high next to bangles that sparkle and chillies drying in the afternoon sun.