I am an avid traveler, wildlife enthusiast, excellent photographer and have been to more than 30 national parks, 20 nature hotsposts and numerous heritage destinations in India and sub-continent. I am passionate about designing memorable experiences from my esteemed guests. Apart from the standard highlights, my focus is always on offering something special and unique to my guests. My deep understanding of various destinations enable me plan memorable trips for guests to the most stunning parts of India and sub-continent
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I specialise in creating culture, wildlife, adventure and off-the-beaten path experiences for my guests. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"After completion of MBA in supply chain from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies Mumbai, a top b-school in India, I worked for the world’s largest consulting firm. During this time, we analysed the travel sector for one of our clients and came to know big lacuna in Inbound Travel segment. We observed that India received very small number of international travellers annually. We realized this was because of three things - a) Negative perception of India being an under-developed country. b) Lack of a reputed travel company offering high quality tailor-made services. c) Lack of travel specialists who are knowledgeable and genuinely passionate about India. Later, I decided to start by journey in travel domain."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Being a wildlife enthusiast, my most memorable experiences are in jungles of India. Coming face-to-face with a tiger during a trekking tour is one of most memorable experiences I have ever had. The tiger was just a few meters away from us and it was a bit scary but thrilling experience to see it from such close quarters.
The other experience that I remember was staying with a local family in rural Rajasthan - It was one of my life changing experiences. They did not have lot of belongings but were extremely happy with whatever they had and spending time with them, cooking and eating food with them was truly enriching. "
Jay's favorite itineraries and travel advice
Top itineraries and travel advice
Explore some of the most incredible architectural wonders in India and immerse yourself in culture on this tour of three cities. You'll start by experiencing the energy of Delhi...
With a week to visit Ladakh, you'll have the chance to see all of the region's highlights. Start by exploring the city of Leh and touring the surrounding monasteries, then head...
This two-week itinerary is a great way to see more of India and enjoy a balanced mix of beautiful landscapes and cultural activities. Visit Mumbai and New Delhi, then relax at...
Spend a week discovering India's culture and history with this immersive family tour. Start in the vibrant city of Mumbai to stroll the greenery of Kamala Nehru Park, see...
This exotic itinerary is the ultimate introduction to South India's state of Kerala—an up-and-coming destination for savvy travelers. Kick off with an Arabian Sea sunset in...
Recent trip reviews for Jay
May 29 - Jun 12, 2023
AMAZING!!! We knew when our daughter said she wanted to take her senior trip to India that it was going to be a trip of a lifetime... but we never imagined it would be as amazing as it was! This was in HUGE part to Jay!!! Jay was incredible during the entire booking process. He listened to feedback, gave wonderful recommendations and everything he booked was perfect. During the trip he was equally as responsive when we added excursions. I would recommend Jay and Bespoke India Holidays... read more
Once in a lifetime trip!
Apr 29 - May 8, 2023
Incredible, once in a lifetime trip for
start to finish! Loved being able to customize our itinerary to eliminate tourist traps and see a little bit of the real
India and Nepal. The best part of our trip was our guides and drivers.
We started with Raj and Ravi in New Dehli. Ravi was such a safe and courteous driver. Especially given how chaotic the roads can be, his skills were extremely impressive!
In Kathmandu, Mugtha was an incredible guide. He knew the country in and out. He... read more
Just back from a wonderful Golden Triangle To...
Mar 31 - Apr 8, 2023
Just back from a wonderful Golden Triangle Tour of India with Bespoke India Holidays. We have begun referring to this trip as "India for Beginners" because we have realized that we have barely scratched the surface of this vast nation, and that's with a very full 8 days of it under our belts! Jay, who organized our trip, placed us in terrific hotels with great breakfasts and wonderful service -- shoutout to Taj Palace in Delhi, and Trident Agra in Agra. (We self-booked at the Hyatt Regency... read more
Exceptional service, from start to finish
Mar 28 - Apr 5, 2023
Our family of five had the most incredible time in India. Jay crafted the perfect itinerary for us, and was always professional and highly responsive when we asked questions or made specific requests (particularly for our daughter's birthday). All three of our guides along the Golden Triangle (Raj in Delhi, Brijesh in Agra, and Hatesh in Jaipur) were so warm, engaging, and knowledgeable. And our driver for the week, Jasvinder, was always on time, waiting for us with a smile and cold bottles... read more
Had an incredible trip to India! Jay was very...
Mar 6 - Mar 12, 2023
Had an incredible trip to India! Jay was very attentive and listened to my needs to build an incredible itinerary for me. He was even able to include a celebration on Holi for me to attend (when people would normally not be working) which was much appreciated and a once in a lifetime experience! My trip overall was the perfect balance of activity highlights and downtime. As a solo traveler I felt safe at all times. Had great tour guides and drivers and attentive staff greeting me and making... read more
Exceptional service ! Thank you!
Feb 20 - Mar 2, 2023
Let's start from the beginning :)
I use KimKim for a while and had no doubt that I will use it again for India and Nepal trip.
Then I found Bespoke India Holidays and Jay :)
I can describe in a few words the service - fast , trustworthy, safe, exceeded my expectations as an agent.
The holiday was organised for may parents-in-low. They travel a lot and have high expectations.
Their opinion after the trip is:
- amazing planning
- exceptional guides. Especially in Nepal.
- great... read more
Great trip, unforgettable experiences and per...
Dec 16 - Dec 30, 2022
Great trip, unforgettable experiences and perfect organization by Jay and Bespoke Team.
Spent a whole day in Delhi . The highlight were Chandni Chowk, or ‘the Moonlight Square', with the amazing rikshaw ride and visit to Qutub Minar.
Spent two days in Varanasi. Our guide Mr Singh did a fantastic job showing us all temples and finding the best seats for us during the Aarti.
Agra - our guide Brijesh Joshi did a phenomenal job introducing us to Taj Mahal and everything that Agra has to... read more
AMAZING Golden Triangle, Ranthambore and Varanasi Trip
Dec 16 - Dec 30, 2022
Overall FANTASTIC trip!
Jay and the Bespoke Team exceeded our expectations from the moment we landed in India. Simply magical from start to finish and one of the best/if not the best trip we have ever been on!
I am of Indian origin and have traveled several times to Southern India. This was our first trip to the North and my husband/daughter's first trip to India. Jay helped us plan a trip to the Golden Triangle (New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) + Varanasi and Ranthambore. He was very easy to... read more
Jay was very knowledgeable and patient. He d...
Dec 4 - Dec 19, 2019
Jay was very knowledgeable and patient. He did everything very well. I recommend him.
South India Adventure
Jul 2 - Jul 11, 2019
My India trip was everything I hoped it would be and more! So grateful to the KimKim team, especially Jay and my driver Kierin; Kierin was so much fun and taught me the most as we drove from location to location exploring beautiful exotic places in South India like Munnar, Alleppy, and Kochi. My guides were all knowledgeable, friendly, and professional: special thanks to Glen (Kochi), Junis (Munnar) and Shreedevi (incredible hostess at hotel UDS in Trivandrum) - these wonderful people, among... read more
Wineries in Nashik
Feb 23 - Feb 25, 2019
The trip was amazing, more than I could have hoped for. I was able to meet with winemakers and winery owners. The guide assigned to my trip was extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer all of my questions.
Everyone showed up on time, and schedules were flexible enough to meet our needs. No problems, no "hitches", no hassle.
Very well done!
South India trip
Jan 17 - Feb 2, 2019
Our Driver Manoj,
The guide in Coimbetore Prkash,
City foods guide Sounder,
Sundar in Trichy,
They were great and courteous, knowledgable and eager to show us things around.
Prakash in coimbatore specially was a superb fine young man.
Hats off to the whole team!
Mumbai > Goa, plus hill station + activities
Jan 11 - Jan 26, 2019
A few attempts needed to convey that we did not want city/corporate style hotels. The stand out accommodation was Ahilya By the Sea, which we sourced ourselves.
Guides were good (other than Elephanta) - drivers were excellent. Trips were broadly ok but nothing we could not have organised ourselves. However, more thought needs to be put into making a tour special. The itinerary pretty standard, was disjointed and needed rearranging. Whilst we were able to do this, on one occasion it required... read more
Sep 1 - Sep 23, 2018
The whole trip throughout South India was very well organised and executed by the Kim Kim team.
Unfortunately, one incident near the end of the trip ruined my final memories and has caused me to cancel future plans to visit North India.
On the last day in Kerala, the driver (Tency) who had been with me constantly since Chennai stopped the vehicle in a deserted industrial area and demanded, in a most threatening way, that I give him the tip (gratuity) immediately.
This behaviour was so 'out... read more