Spiritual Journeys: Our first tour was in 1997, since then grown to be recognised as a dedicated, known and proven provider of custom and pre-packaged tours exploring spirituality and spiritual sites in India, and South East Asia (specifically Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Mayanmar and Cambodia).
What We Offer: Our core strength are custom spiritual tours to India and South East Asia, while arranging individual travel also. We package unique and customized tours on architecture, arts, wild-life, palaces, music, religion, etc. These can be used for fund raising activities, tours led by speakers, specific tours for societies, museums, professional groups, etc.. We have access to eloquent academicians to lead tours or who can offer discourses on spirituality or professions such as music, architecture, the arts, etc. In addition to travel management, we Manage Events in India.
What We Have Achieved: As a recognized tour operator, SJI has arranged and managed travel for more than a thousand people from more than thirty countries who have visited India and South East Asia, either traveling as individuals, in small private parties or being a part of a larger tour.
SJI works with the leading travel and tour companies in both India and South East Asia. Both companies are extremely well regarded for their professionalism and track record of excellent service. They have been chosen for their strengths and attributes. These large companies possess both the breadth of knowledge to give confidence to the traveler and specific knowledge fine tuned to our requirements when the traveler requires answers not available in guide books.
Our partner in India is a part of the global Destination Management business of Hotelbeds Group (part of TUI, a US$ 23b travel Company) with operations in +40 countries. They are based in Delhi and have 20 group owned offices in India together with joint venture offices in Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives. They are a preferred partner for leading tour operators in Europe, UK, Americas, Far East & Australasia for the Indian sub-continent. Their extensive research on heritage hotels, tea estates, home stays, colonial buildings & hideouts, small hotels, forest bungalows, and other unique accommodation allows them to package extraordinary tours.
Given its leading market position as a TUI owned company, they have unprecedented relationships with service providers, allowing pass-through of both savings and quality of service to their clients. Such a force in this industry is of incalculable value in small places or during peak tourist season where supply of guides, vehicles and other services is limited, all-in-all making the tour for their clients exceptional and memorable. They have their own fleet of vehicles, and work with independent contractors by training their drivers, help upgrade and maintain vehicles.
They have won many awards, including Best Inbound Tour Operator for six consecutive years (2007 - 2013); Best Overseas Tour Operator from Europe (2013), from Latin America (2013), and from UK (2010 & 2011); Best Tourism Publicity Material (2013); and, Best MICE Operator (2012). They are well known and widely respected in tourism circles and regularly exhibit around the world, including USTOA, Pure-Marrakesh, ITB-Berlin, WTM-London, ATM-Dubai, AIME-Australia, IBTM-Barcelona, ILTM-Cannes, PATA Travel Mart-Asia, SATTE-Delhi, GITB-Jaipur, EMITT-Istanbul and IMEX-Frankfurt.
Apart from the normal tours they manage for SJI, our partner has a separate division for luxury tours catering to our clients who want the best. This dedicated group ensures smooth handling of complex tours for clients accustomed to the best the world can provide in ultimate style, including world-class hotels in breathtaking locales, private aircraft, golf in the best golf resorts, private visits to galleries of contemporary Indian artists & designers, specific shopping, side trips, theatre, live performances, fine-dining in the most exclusive restaurant and arranging appointments in the best spas. They can manage special celebrations such as a marriage in an old palace or a birthday in a romantic beach resort. For every such guest, there is an assigned personal concierge 24 hours a day.
We are proud that our partner in India is wholly compliant to ISO 9001:2015. They were the first Destination Management Company globally to gain this distinction. ISO 9001 is the world's most widely recognised standard for quality management systems. The standard helps organisations consistently meet the needs of customers and other key stakeholders in both the delivery and continuous improvement of products and services. They were re-certified on April 2017 for ISO 9001:2015 for the scope - Provision of Destination Management Services for Inbound & Domestic Tour Operations.
By meeting the extensive criteria for these standards, our partner proudly affirms its in-depth product knowledge, highly trained and motivated team and our commitment to meet our client's needs and always try to exceed their expectations. When you travel with us, you can be assured it will be a trip of a lifetime, every time.
Our Partner in Southeast Asia was the first destination management company to specialize in Indochina operations and the first Asia based travel company owned by its employees. Since their establishment in 1996 in Thailand and Vietnam, they have developed a network in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Indonesia, Burma, Singapore, Malaysia and Laos, and now have 11 offices with a staff of 600. They are now a formidable travel and tours powerhouse in South Asia region. Their experienced travel executives provide travel services solely responsive to the needs of you, our client, ensuring you receive the absolute pinnacle of personalized service to your fullest satisfaction.
Our Partner’s tremendous success stems from the old fashioned concept of a ‘family business’. This has been the basis of the company since its inception. With no outside shareholders or directors, nor equity relationships with international travel conglomerates, their ‘staff ownership’ principal responds to your needs using the best of local creative talent in combination with their international travel managers. This local ownership empowerment extends to all levels of staff, and in the final analysis, you receive personal and caring service, unequalled anywhere in the world.
In 1993, Deepak helped launch more than 150 products related to traditional (Ayurveda) healthcare products and set up teacher-training and certification programs as President of several companies owned by the author and public-speaker, Dr. Deepak Chopra. He has promoted and managed more than 50 multi-day, multi-hundred people conferences and then worked to facilitate the cultural and spiritual growth of individuals by arranging discretionary travel services to South East Asia and India for hundreds of people from tens of countries.
He read mechanical engineering at the University of Manchester in England and was a Chartered Engineer. He loves to teach Indian cooking, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of New England Pacific Asia Travel Association, and, a member of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Heritage of Arts of Southasia for whom he has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars.
He has been wholly immersed in aspects of spirituality since 1993 and has been a practicing meditator since 1981.