February 05, 2018

Vaibhav Kala, Founder & Director - Aquaterra Adventures, foresees interesting developments in adventure travel for the upcoming year in an interview with Irene Susan Eapen.
Specialising in treks and river rafting in the Indian Himalayas, Aquaterra Adventures offers to plan any kind of adventure in India irrespective of how uncommon or wild or difficult the trip seemed to be. With Indian Himalayas and niche
overseas adventures continuing to dominate priority levels, Vaibhav Kala, Founder & Director of Aquaterra Adventures, believes that India will be one of the upcoming destinations for adventure tourism, given the country’s diverse forests,
lakes, high mountains, caves, skiing and aero sports. Running since 1995, the company believes that good equipment, food and guides are key to making an outdoor trip worth its while.

Commenting on the growth patterns from last year, he says, “The year 2016 was a great year for us in terms of growth; but, 2017 is a bit sluggish due to demonetization and the introduction of high GST rates.”

Anticipating the company’s ‘Comfort Series’ to lend an impetus to next year’s growth, Vaibhav says, “Comfort adventure travel is going to be the new thrust for 2018, in which we will target guests who wish to savour the outdoors but with lesser rigors that are normally envisaged during the course of an adventure expedition. The Comfort Series include treks, river rafting and kayaking trips taken to your comfort zone. This series also offers personalized training programme for
a duration of three months prior to the beginning of the trip.”

The Brahmaputra River Rafting Expedition is taking place from 2 – 14 December 2017. “The tour is exciting as it is a different league of adventure. In a little known corner of the country, through thick rain forests and near-zero infra, the trip descends through two famous gorges,” he added.

On India’s position as an adventure destination five years down the line, he expects more clarity on GST-related issues and foresees adventure tourism gaining more relevance given the fact the segment’s role in employment generation and tangible benefits on the economy of a region. “Also, there is a need to change the perception of people about Nepal being the dominant Himalayan destination of choice and the need to move away from the traditional forts, palaces and temples to showcase our natural heritage instead,” he signs off.

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