Unventured has been a dream that we have pursued with our many travellers creating an experience where travel meets adventure and you have real-world experiences with a softer impact. We have come a long way and we have many more miles to explore along the Unventured path.
At Unventured, we are obsessed with the need to provide travellers with an offbeat real-world experience of India that will leave them amazed. We do this with the element of safety and security in mind and provide simple, but essential support to discover the Unventured – natural wealth, cultural diversity, and natural history of Incredible India, Bhutan, and South East Asia
We want to change the way people travel and experience places. We want to bring them closer to the place through interactions and closer on ground experiences that are sustainable and supports eco-tourism initiatives.
Here is a how it all began…
Smitten by the great outdoors and a penchant for travel, the cycle became the foremost choice for us. The pace of the cycle fascinated us from the beginning and this allowed us to take many an “Unventured” route to explore and discover the road less travelled. Our first long-haul expedition was to cover Manali-Leh, a total of 550km, over 5 high altitude passes in the company of friends. The mountains they say will cradle you in its arms and we long to return to that gentle embrace as often as possible.
Having completed the Manali-Leh expedition successfully, the office cubicle seemed to hold no comparison to the mountains, and obviously so. Aching to go back, we invited the same bunch of motley meanderers to go back again. They connected us to a few more of their friends who wanted to cycle the distance and plans for a second consecutive tour to the mountains were laid.
Two consecutive rides to the mountains and we were raring to go again. This time the options were endless. So much to explore, more on the bicycle, by foot, underwater and the office cubicle looked smaller by the passing day. Having run out of friends who will join us on such expeditions, we beckoned the world to join us on our travels. Unventured was captioned over dinner with friends, the website registered by the end of the meal and the logo finalized in the next 2 days. Another expedition to the mountains was planned and promptly filled, except this time it was with a bunch of strangers who all believed in taking the Unventured route.
The only way forward for Unventured now was to register as a Pvt Ltd Company. We needed directors, advisors, a finance hero –in short, a team! Friends who believed in the Unventured experience came together with new ideas, newer trails. The world really was our oyster. Trails that catered to one and all were set up, we wanted to travel and how… From single day city trails exploring the city we live in, its history, culture, and cuisine to weekend trails traversing through dense pine covered pathways. Short haul tours to Kerala and Goa. Long haul expeditions that ventured further into the mountains of Sikkim, Bhutan, Tawang, and diving in the Andamans. We garnered more than 150 travellers with us who believed in the Unventured experience and our next step ahead was to make this experience more comfortable and reliable. A fleet of 12 high-end mountain bikes were acquired by the end of the year, with 2015 paving the way for more trails and travels our very own fleet made complete sense.
A year of many firsts, we went diving, we pedalled along the Eastern Himalayan region and all the way down by the Western Ghats and further in towards the beautiful coastline of Gods own country, Kerala. We went out and travelled through spaces testing waters, but this year we were ready with a plan, i.e.: Scheduled/Calendared Tours! Our struggle was promoting these tours and building a marketplace where there are takers for adventure and experiential travel. Being a bootstrapped startup, we were stuck in a catch 22 situation. Who got us through this rough patch you may ask? It was our network of travellers who had travelled with us before. That number of 150 became 300 through word of mouth, referrals and our travellers who came back for another experience with us. As we gained some pace, we knew we were here for the long haul. Wait, we are not done just yet… We educated ourselves in wilderness first response from NOLS. An Unventured experience also means a safe experience, we are now equipped to tackle emergency situations that may arise in adventure travel.
A start of an exciting year for Unventured. As we were filling up our long-haul tours, our city trails took a turn for the better. We were rated #1 for outdoor experiences in Bangalore by TripAdvisor. This recognition was huge for us. The number of travellers taking the Unventured way of travel doubled, mostly through word of mouth and references, we had to step up if we had to sustain. That we did! We added our very first international trail–Chasing the Northern Lights. Twelve trusted travellers and their friends trailed with us to recce and see the glory of the Northern Lights. We cycled in Oslo and chased the lights closer to the Arctic circle in Tromso. That’s not all, Rajasthan was added as a destination to our kitty of trails through India. The beauty that our country had to offer through its hospitality, colour, and glorious past had us spellbound. We believe this is just the start of our adventures and we have many more miles to pedal. We can’t wait to show you the world, the Unventured way…
This year is special because of the success of our long-haul tours or the city trails picking up and running full sprint ahead. Being a bootstrapped startup, this year we were at our highest payroll so far, 6 full-time paid employees, a home/office set up, hiring freelancers to lead our city tours and adding newer international destinations, a recce of another city to add to our day tours. When travellers ask us, where were you last? We have quite a story to tell them. Looking back at 2017, it feels like a whirlwind. The last few months of 2017 had us adding Srilanka to our list of long-haul international cycling destinations. This year we have South East Asia on our map. Speaking of maps, did we forget to mention that we had travellers come from 28 out of 195 countries in the world! We can’t wait to say, “Hello World!”
My family recently did a 3 hour cycle ride around Hesserghettq lake. Tej was an excellent guide- She was patient, kept us safe, really friendly and knowledge about the area.... read more Everything was very organised and well planned. They provided great snacks and we stoped for coffee along the way, and ended with a much needed coconut water. The scenery throughout is beautiful and peaceful, going through little villages and passing lots of farm land. It felt like we had truly escaped the city for a few hours. I highly recommend the tour.
This is the second time I was a part of an Unventured expedition. A friend and I decided to partake the Makalidurga Fort Hike. Like the last trip I took... read more with Unventured which was the Nandi Hills cycling tour, everything was very well organized. Our guide Guru was enthusiastic, professional and friendly. I did not expect the hike to be on such rocky terrain or to be so steep. I am apprehensive of slippery rocks and steep heights. However I have to commend our guide here for the extent of his encouragement. He literally goaded me and pulled up up to the fort and assisted me a great deal while descending as well. The terrain was frankly difficult for me and terrifying at times. I only wish a bit more description of what to expect from the terrain was given. Still, as with Unventured tours it was an experience to remember for a lifetime. The fort, the temple on top and the views were spectacular as was the surrounding forest and the nature that we saw. In the end the sense of exhilaration is enormous. I got what I came for. Thank you Unventured Tours.
We did a 3 hours cycling tour around Hesserghetta lake with Tej. There were 2 children with us (under 5 yrs). Tej and Swathi, right from the beginning understood our... read more requirements, addressed our questions promptly, were there on time and fantastically organised this for us.
Strongly recommended if you want to plan an outdoor excursion in and around Bangalore with them. They plan very well - everything right from the cycles provided with safety seats for children, to refreshments on the route - was well thought through and executed.
Unventured curated this 3-hour fabulous cycling get away for me and my wife at Nandi Hills for our anniversary. A pleasant and rejuvenating experience so memorable!
Big thanks to... read more Guru and Niranjan for the diligent planning and follow-up to ensure they had all the information and inputs, very professional i should say. The best part of this 20kms cycling trip was the special brunch and chocolate cake they organised for us at Nandi Railway Station below this huge tree!
A special mention of Mahadesh from their team who was also very helpful with getting us the cycles to the start point and arranging the picnic basket with all safety and hygiene protocols followed.
Truly cherish this trip for a life-time!
My friends and I did the Nandi Cycle trail on the 16th of August 2020. This being my first cycle trail in over 15 years, i was a bit... read more nervous. Having said that, Tej and Guru did a good job in giving me helpful tips and making me comfortable.
The trail in itself was moderate yet very scenic, it was a pleaure to have a nice group for friendly riders to ride along. Guru has vast knowledge on the places that we visited during the 20Km trail and did not hesitate in answering any of our queries.
I definitely look forward to joining them in their next adventure.