Coconut A Day Makes Nathan A Happy Man

Nathan

India Specialist

MEET NATHAN

I’ve always been a bit obsessed with the Indian subcontinent, a region in which I’ve lived, worked and travelled to almost every corner. I first caught the India travel bug from a stint teaching English in a Himalayan monastery, which inspired me to see the whole country and led to two more long rail trips around India exploring as much as possible...and a Masters degree from Edinburgh in Religious Studies, focused on Indian religions. Still keen for more I then worked all over India setting up volunteering projects, as well as planning group adventures in the Himalayas and out in the deserts of Rajasthan. Along the way I somehow managed to acquire a wonderful Indian wife (who is also working with us now), and a grasp of Hindi just about good enough for haggling. Before joining Far & Wild I was combining my academic background with my travel expertise in planning spiritual/religious/yogic pilgrimages from the UK to India. It’s great working here and being able to use my expertise to make genuinely brilliant Indian & Sri Lankan travel experiences for everyone.

My Expertise - Anything to do with history/culture/religions I will be able (and happy!) to help you with. I know all of India and Sri Lanka but the parts I love best are the remote areas like the North East India, and anywhere off the beaten track. I also love the crazy big cities – my faves are Colombo, Delhi, Kolkata & Mumbai. Experiences – Train travel, holy sites, historical places, walking, cycling, Indian music, food!

REVIEWS OF HOLIDAYS I'VE CREATED

The programme you put together not only met but exceeded our hopes and expectations - we will have no hesitation in recommending you to friends and family.

- Victoria, Honeymoon break

A great adventure filled with wildlife, wonderful people and places

- Dale, Summer family holiday

MY TOP TRAVEL MOMENTS

  • Meeting the Dalai Lama and getting him to sign my passport!
  • Waking up to blue skies, and snowy mountain views, at Kedarnath Temple in the Himalayas.
  • Seeing more stars than I ever knew existed in the night sky above the source of the River Ganges. Magical.

WHERE I'VE BEEN RECENTLY

I just got back from my fifth visit to Sri Lanka, which was an amazing whirlwind tour checking out some of the best hotels and activities. This was a bit more active than my previous trip which mostly involved relaxing on the beautiful beaches along the southern coast. No matter how often I travel here, there's always something new to discover, and I can't wait to return again.

Temple
Exploring temples in the Himalayas
Riding Trains
Riding trains in India
Temple Of The Tooth
Making an offering at the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy

I LOVE STAYING AT...

Taj Mahal Palace - in Mumbai – the real deal

Brijrama Palace – in Varanasi – it took them years to restore this old palace to perfection

The Hill Club – in Nuwara Eliya (Sri Lanka) – not for everyone but an authentic old-world experience

COUNTRIES I’VE VISITED

India, Nepal, Sri Lanka

MY TOP TRAVEL TIPS

  • Watch a Bollywood film on the flight over to get into the spirit (most have subtitles)
  • Start every day with a fresh coconut
  • When in need of re-invigoration when travelling, pop to the nearest barber shop (or parlour for ladies) for a proper Indian head massage

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