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Ravi Tickoo

World traveller, professional mountaineer and passionate adventure entrepreneur, Ravi has over 25 years of experience conducting adventure, experiential and culture tours across the length and breadth of India.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Active India Holidays is an award-winning independent travel company offering safe, authentic and memorable India holidays for families, small groups and individual travelers. Founded by Ravi Tickoo, Active India was born out of his vision to build a dedicated, high-quality and sustainable brand for active, experiential and adventure holidays across India, Nepal and Bhutan.

Active India offers an expanding range of engaging activities and immersive experiences including soft and challenging trekking, walking tours, cycling and motor-biking adventures, experiential culture and discovery holidays, wildlife safaris and nature tours.

We conduct our trekking and walking programs in Ladakh, Zanskar and across the Himalayas, pioneering multi-activity programs (cycling, motor-biking and safaris) across the Himalayas, Rajasthan and Kerala, wildlife safaris and tiger trails in prominent national parks and tiger reserves, experiential culture and discovery tours across the length and breadth of India. In partnership with KimKim, Active India offers on-demand tailor-made India experiences designed around your needs and crafted with a clear focus on the quality of service, authenticity of experience and enriching engagement with the cultural charms, natural splendor and unparalleled diversity that defines India.
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How did you get involved in travel?

"Being born and brought up in Kashmir valley, in the lap of great mountain ranges, tourism and in particular adventure travel has always seemed like a part of my DNA. The world-renowned natural beauty, alpine climate and the grand altitudes and outdoors have been attracting visitors to the valley for generations and shaped tourism as the dominant industry in the region. Starting out as a young, passionate tour leader back in the 80’s, I had the unique opportunity of exploring the most popular and remotest corners of the region and realizing how much I truly enjoyed my job. Very soon I joined a niche adventure company as a co-founder and spent over two decades contributing in its pioneering growth story from a local niche service provider to a multi-award winning nationwide tour operator.

Realizing the need and unmet demand for a dedicated, high quality Indian brand for active, experiential holidays, I founded Active India in 2011 to offer a wide range of safe, authentic and engaging activities with a focus on high quality, tailor-made services for truly personalized and memorable India experiences. We are proud that within a short span of our operations, Active India has seen great success and just last year was awarded the prestigious National Tourism Award for the Best Adventure Tour Operator."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Having had the privilege to travel across Asia, Europe and North America, I have had my fair share of adventures and experiences over the years. However, the one that is truly unique and unforgettable, comes from my first attempt to summit the peak Deo Tibba (6001m) one of the highest peaks in eastern end of Pir Panjal range of Himalayas. The entire expedition, from being one of my first “serious” climbs and accompanied by my dear friend and world-renowned mountaineer, Fred Harper, was a deeply transformative experience. The scenes of unparalleled beauty and immense power of nature combined with the thrill and vulnerability of adventure and wilderness have remained so vivid until this day. Unfortunately, Fred passed away soon after in 2000, which further made this experience a unique privilege and personal honor to have shared my rope with someone I admired and learnt so much from. "

Ravi is part of the following groups: Bhutan Travel Agents, India Travel Agents
City Palace and Pichola Lake, Udaipur, India
Explore the Heritage & Cuisine of Rajasthan – 9 Days

Discover Rajasthan's unique heritage and cuisine on this extensive nine-day tour. You'll visit the region's most famous landmarks, from UNESCO-listed wonders like the Amer Palace Fort and Taj Mahal to sacred ghats in Udaipur and religious monuments like Pushkar's Brahma Temple. Along the way, you'll sample typical Rajasthan dishes on street food tours led by local guides and take a cooking class at a family home in Jaipur.

Spot rare Asiatic lions
Highlights of Gujarat: Culture & Wildlife – 9 Days

Discover the unique culture and wildlife of India’s Gujarat region on this nine-day tour. You’ll explore Mumbai’s sacred ghats, meet the skilled Mir and Rabari textile tribes, and tour ancient architecture in UNESCO-listed Ahmedabad. Enjoy safaris in Velavadar and Gir National Parks, where you’ll bump across grasslands and forests, spotting everything from wolves to blackbucks, exotic birds, and the world’s last remaining Asiatic lions.

A Hindu sadhu observing the city of Varanasi from the Ganges River
Culture & Spiritualism in Northern India: Delhi, Agra & Varanasi - 6 Days

Immerse yourself in Northern India's rich cultural and spiritual heritage on a six-day tour of Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi. Enjoy several different perspectives on the Taj Mahal, sample delicious street food in Agra Bazaar, experience a spiritual ceremony on the banks of the Ganges, take a yoga class in Varanasi, and visit the birthplace of Buddhism in Sarnath. End your journey with a visit to a traditional market to watch sari weaving.

Brahma Temple
Cultural Highlights of Rajasthan: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur & More - 13 Days

Admire some of India's most spectacular buildings, have cooking lessons with a local family, and spot wildlife on this 13-day cultural tour of Rajasthan. In Agra you'll marvel at the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, in Pushkar you can go on a camel ride in the countryside and desert, and you'll finish your tour in the romantic city of Udaipur.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal & City Highlights of India: Delhi, Agra & Mumbai - 6 Days

Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, sights, smells, and sounds of India on this six-day journey through the country's largest bustling metropolises. Cycle the narrow winding streets of Old Delhi, see the Taj Mahal up close at sunrise, soak up centuries of ancient history at Agra Fort, and explore Mumbai's frenetic city life and many historical landmarks. Sample the rich spices of local delicacies along the way, and pick up artisanal crafts and clothing from busy markets to take home.

Recent trip reviews for Ravi

Lovely trip. Great help in planning the trip ...
India | Oct 29 - Nov 5, 2022

Sohrab
Sohrab G.
France | Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

Lovely trip. Great help in planning the trip by Ravi who was knowledgeable, kind, gracious and really made us feel that he cared for us to have a great trip.

Our guides were very insightful and welcomes d us with grace. Special mention for Giriraj, Harish and Jitendra. Our driver was also incredibly kind (Rahul) and brought a smile to my daughter every day.

My only constructive feedback would be:
-just as restaurants in India ask westerners « how spicy do you want it » this should... read more

Lovely trip. Great help in planning the trip by Ravi who was knowledgeable, kind, gracious and really made us feel that he cared for us to have a great trip.

Our guides were very insightful and welcomes d us with grace. Special mention for Giriraj, Harish and Jitendra. Our driver was also incredibly kind (Rahul) and brought a smile to my daughter every day.

My only constructive feedback would be:
-just as restaurants in India ask westerners « how spicy do you want it » this should be asked as well to the guests. We sometimes felt too protected , experiencing an abstract visit taking us by car from one historic site to another and then to a « hygenic » restaurant. The great service that Ravi offered was to pivot and allow us to change plans last second in order to get spend time in markets and just walk around with everyday people.m which was also important to us.

- just a slightly negative note on our hotel in Delhi. After great hotels across all other cities we visited, this was definitely a grade below.

That said, KimKim and using Active India was the best decision. Ravi was truly a marvelous host as were the individual guides who shared the love and knowledge they have of this marvelous country - INDIA.

WE HAD AN AMAZING JOURNEY

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Amet Haveli
Authenticity & Character
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Royal Heritage Haveli
Khatipura, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
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Crystal Sarovar Premiere
Agra
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Udman Ferns N Petals
New Delhi, Delhi
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Udaipur Sightseeing
Udaipur
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Jaipur Sightseeing and Spending time with elephants
Jaipur
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Jaipur - Agra via Abhaneri
Agra

Abhaneri is worth the detour

Agra - Delhi (Train - 1745/1930hrs)
Delhi

Part of a visit is trying to blend in and not being accompanied or guided. So we loved this experience.

Quality of Experience
Full Day Delhi Sightseeing
Delhi

Great guide.

Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo
Ravi
Ravi Tickoo
Local specialist in New Delhi | Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

Dear Sohrab,
Thank you so much for taking out time to leave this fantastic review. We are so pleased to hear that you and your family have loved the tour and had wonderful experience while in India. thanks for your appreciation and special mention of our driver and guides . Thanks for your suggestion with regard to restaurants & food which is very helpful. It was indeed a great pleasure to organise your India holiday and thanks for choosing to travel with us.

We look forward to welcoming you again in future.

Kind regards

Ravi

India trip planning. Excellent experience ...
India | Oct 28 - Nov 12, 2022

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Deborah P.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2022

We have had an amazing experience planning our trip to India with Ravi. The itinerary suggested was perfect and met our brief so well. Suggested changes from us were implemented quickly with excellent advice and help from Ravi. Response to messages was alway quick and appropriate. I would thoroughly recommend Ravi and Kimkim for planning your trip.
Thank you Ravi and I hope we can travel to India soon once we have the visa issue sorted.

Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo
Ravi
Ravi Tickoo
Local specialist in New Delhi | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2022

Dear Deborah,
Glad to read your review. Thank you so very much for your support and we will always be grateful to you. It would be an honor for us to have this continued association with you and fulfill your travel needs whenever you will obtain Indian visa.
In the meantime, I send your way my best wishes.
Kind regards,
Ravi

Jit, my guide in Delhi was excellent as was d...
India | Sep 13 - Sep 20, 2022

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Stefanos I.
Spokane, WA | Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Jit, my guide in Delhi was excellent as was driver Pushkar. I particularly enjoyed visiting Pushkar. read more

Jit, my guide in Delhi was excellent as was driver Pushkar. I particularly enjoyed visiting Pushkar.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Udman Ferns N Petals
New Delhi, Delhi
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Crystal Sarovar Premiere
Agra
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Dera Rawatsar
Jaipur
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Pushkar Palace
Bhattiyani Chohatta Udaipur, Rajasthan
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Arrival Delhi
New Delhi International Airport (DEL)
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Delhi Full Day Sightseeing
Delhi
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very informative guide
Transport
Agra Sightseeing
Agra
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Taj Mahal at Sunrise and Drive to Jaipur
Jaipur

Sites were beautiful. Guide was good but not very personable.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Jaipur Sightseeing Tour + Village jeep ride
Jaipur
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Jaipur - Pushkar
Pushkar
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Pushkar Drive to Ajmer -Delhi (Train 1545/2240hrs) - departure (Depart by Etihad Airways EY211 on September 21, 2022 at 0445)
New Delhi International Airport (DEL)
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Trip Concludes in Delhi
New Delhi International Airport (DEL)

It is not an easy airport to navigate including access to the free WiFi so it would be helpful to add some of that practical info to future travelers

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo
Ravi
Ravi Tickoo
Local specialist in New Delhi | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Dear Stefanos
Greetings and good wishes !!
Glad to read your review on our services. Thank you so very much for your support and we will always be grateful to you. This would surely encourage other intending travellers.

It would be an honor for us to have this continued association with you and fulfil your travel needs whenever you plan to travel to our part of the world again. Please do keep us in your thoughts.

In the meantime, I send your way my best wishes.
Kind regards,
Ravi

Tour to Taj Mahal
India | Apr 8 - Apr 11, 2022

Rick
Rick B.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on May 06, 2022

Ravi was quick to respond to our inquiry about booking a trip to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. Every detail, from our airport pickup in Delhi, the private car to Agra, our hotel in Agra and our guide for our tour of the Taj was perfect. Our guide took us to lunch at "Pinch Of Spice" in Agra which was wonderful! He was very knowledgeable and personable.

Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo
Ravi
Ravi Tickoo
Local specialist in New Delhi | Reviewed on May 09, 2022

Dear Rick,
Greetings and good wishes !!
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback. Your feedback is greatly valued and important to us. We appreciate your kind and encouraging words. It would be a privilege for us to continue our relationship with you and to craft another trip for you whenever you return to our part of the world.
In the meantime, I send your way my best wishes.
Kind regards,
Ravi