Footloose Family

Footloose Family

"None of the experiences that we generate on our camps will be possible without the help and support of our local friends.
A shout out to our local guides, drivers, tribal friends and families !!"

Our Story


“..being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom.”

Kanha. The lengthening evening shadows. A cup of warm chai and never-ending conversations. This is how Footloose Journeys began. Bablu, our driver in Kanha, was talking with unprecedented fervor. The jungle, traversed all day in the open-top safari, was coming alive once again. Bablu’s words were painting a picture unseen to the tourists. It was not that he had been reticent before. No one had bothered to ask. The guides and drivers that unravel the mysteries of the forests often remain nameless. Hidden behind the veil of professional tourism, the real contributors to the forest perform a thankless job. It was the desire to repay their unspoken debt that got us started on Footloose. We are passionate travellers who believe that there is more to travelling than just “visiting” a place! We believe that travelling is more than just a bunch of tick-marks on the list of places you wish to visit. We believe that a traveller should try and understand the place rather than just be there. And with this credence, we aim at adding social values to tourism – for the benefit of both the visitors and the hosts! Turn your travel into a cultural exploration! Get acquainted with the local way of life and leave your footprints by becoming a part of our projects! Go footloose!

The Team


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Paresh Deshmukh

Co-founder and instructor at Footloose Journey, Paresh is a Naturalist! He believes that travelling or experiencing new places is not complete unless and until the local communities are understood, even lived. He strives to introduce everyone around him to the way of living of the inhabitants of the places. With his dare-devil attitude and jocularity, he is the life of the team! Having him around on expeditions is a time spent in mirth and wonder. Wildlife Photographer | Developing community oriented tourism models at various destinations in India. | People & conservation.

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Pooja Deshpande

Co-founder & instructor at Footloose Journeys. Over the years, she has taken several camps to the Northern and North-eastern areas of India to take part in the education campaigns there. Rich in experiences, her stories are worth an ear!. She is the organiser and the practical head behind the venture. One can always find her fussing after campers’ smallest needs! With her multi-tasking abilities she ensures that things run smoothly. She always carries the urge to help the needy in her heart.

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Varad Bansod

One of the first volunteers of the team. An avid nature lover, his keen interest in the natural world has taken him to some of the most remote places in India at a very young age. He has chosen environmental studies as his academic interest as well. He regularly volunteers with researchers and even regional Forest Departments for conservation related studies and surveys. Travelling has earned him quiet a handful of knowledge, and that shows on the camps! Since he loves to connect with people, he makes sure that he makes close friends wherever he travels!

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Ameya Gole

If you want to know which big cat was spotted in which tiger reserve on any given day, this is the man to go to! A keen tracker of the big cats, his love for the wild has taken him on numerous journeys across India. However, don’t misunderstand him as a tiger maniac though! He is an equally avid birder and loves to spend his weekends exploring the areas around Pune looking for the winged beauties! A thoroughly joyous personality, campers love his company, be it on the camp, or over a cup of coffee after dinner!

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Vinod Bartakke

Having explored the wild-lands of India for well over 15 years, Vinod has gained an enormous amount of experience in understanding & photographing nature and wildlife. His special interest in birds makes him scout lengths & breadths of the country, and doing so, he has added spectacular photographs of over 800 birds from Indian subcontinent in his portfolio!

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Paresh Deshmukh

Co-founder and instructor at Footloose Journey, Paresh is a Naturalist! He believes that travelling or experiencing new places is not complete unless and until the local communities are understood, even lived. He strives to introduce everyone around him to the way of living of the inhabitants of the places. With his dare-devil attitude and jocularity, he is the life of the team! Having him around on expeditions is a time spent in mirth and wonder. Wildlife Photographer | Developing community oriented tourism models at various destinations in India. | People & conservation.

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Pooja Deshpande

Co-founder & instructor at Footloose Journeys. Over the years, she has taken several camps to the Northern and North-eastern areas of India to take part in the education campaigns there. Rich in experiences, her stories are worth an ear!. She is the organiser and the practical head behind the venture. One can always find her fussing after campers’ smallest needs! With her multi-tasking abilities she ensures that things run smoothly. She always carries the urge to help the needy in her heart.

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Varad Bansod

One of the first volunteers of the team. An avid nature lover, his keen interest in the natural world has taken him to some of the most remote places in India at a very young age. He has chosen environmental studies as his academic interest as well. He regularly volunteers with researchers and even regional Forest Departments for conservation related studies and surveys. Travelling has earned him quiet a handful of knowledge, and that shows on the camps! Since he loves to connect with people, he makes sure that he makes close friends wherever he travels!

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Ameya Gole

If you want to know which big cat was spotted in which tiger reserve on any given day, this is the man to go to! A keen tracker of the big cats, his love for the wild has taken him on numerous journeys across India. However, don’t misunderstand him as a tiger maniac though! He is an equally avid birder and loves to spend his weekends exploring the areas around Pune looking for the winged beauties! A thoroughly joyous personality, campers love his company, be it on the camp, or over a cup of coffee after dinner!

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Vinod Bartakke

Having explored the wild-lands of India for well over 15 years, Vinod has gained an enormous amount of experience in understanding & photographing nature and wildlife. His special interest in birds makes him scout lengths & breadths of the country, and doing so, he has added spectacular photographs of over 800 birds from Indian subcontinent in his portfolio!

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