Encounters Asia2021-11-16T16:32:37-05:00

Encounters Asia

Encounters Asia is an established, family-operated boutique DMC with 30 years’ experience creating exclusive, luxurious journeys into the incredible nature and vibrant cultures of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. We focus on designing one-of-a-kind travel experiences where worth is not measured in amenities. Whether it is through remote festivals, exclusive high-end camping or personal transformational journeys, our trips leave travelers with lifelong memories and excitment for their next experience. Our background in wildlife conservation has taken the meaning of natural history tours to the next level and our commitment to preserving India’s wilderness areas is rooted in over 40 years of conservation efforts by our family.

Encounters Asia’s FIT and small group customized journeys allow travelers an up close and personal view of some of Asia’s most incredible wonders. Our adventures include seeking snow leopards in the frosty Himalayas; jungle safaris to see species like Bengal tigers, leopards, elephants, sloth bears and one-horned rhinos; taking an immersive dive into regional mythology, culture, religion and beliefs; experiencing some of the world’s most vibrant festivals; and exploring delicious culinary traditions.

India

India

A country that contains the wonders of a continent! India offers vastly varied wildlife, colorful living cultures and breathtaking landscapes – the world’s largest democracy offers an enormous range of exciting adventures for travelers.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Described by Marco Polo as ‘the finest island in the world,’ Sri Lanka has something to offer for everyone. Rich history and traditions coexist elegantly with the new modern Sri Lanka. The country boasts beautiful nature, wildife and some of the world’s finest tea!

Bhutan & Nepal

Bhutan & Nepal

The Himalayas conjure images of the world’s highest snow-capped peaks, but there is more to the region. Biodiversity is king with regions ranging from the tropics to high alpine. Bhutan and Nepal offer different experiences, but the best of the Himalayas.

Tigers

Tigers

The largest cat species on earth, the tiger is an animal of mythology and folklore, but also one that can be seen today. The largest population of the endangered species is found in India, and Encounters Asia offers the best tiger safaris in the country.

Snow Leopards

Snow Leopards

Chasing the ‘grey ghost’ in the high Himalaya is not for the impatient or faint of heart. The snow leopard has mastered its harsh and unforgiving environment and the chance to see one in its habitat is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Festivals

Festivals

Spirituality and tradition are at the center of life in India and one way for travelers to get a unique view into Indian culture is to visit during a festival. Each month of the year offers the chance to see a colorful and meaningful celebration.

Why Encounters Asia?

Encounters Asia’s boutique DMC team is comprised of enthusiastic and veteran travel connoisseurs focusing on creating exclusive journeys into wonderous destinations in Asia. Working solely with tour operators and travel advisors, we use our expertise in guiding you through the unknowns and make your travelers’ vacation a lifelong memory of magical moments. After understanding each client’s needs and wants, we carefully pick the best suited destinations and experiences, turning their dreams into a beautiful reality.

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Camps & Lodges

Encounters Asia is a full service boutique luxury DMC. We book properties of all kinds throughout the country, from basic to luxury. Additionally, we offer a portfolio of unique lodges and camps in some of India’s premiere national parks. Jamtara Wilderness Camp, Kanha Jungle Lodge and Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge each offer a unique, authentic and eco-friendly jungle safari experience with the chance to see some of India’s most sought-after wildlife, including the tiger. They are among the many special lodging options we can provide for travelers seeking a jungle safari adventure.

Jamtara Wilderness Camp

Jamtara Wilderness Camp was built to provide an unforgettable experience with sustainability as its cornerstone. Enjoy the ancient forests that once inspired Rudyard Kipling’s stories in The Jungle Book from one of the 10 artistically designed luxury tents or the magical Star Bed. With an ideal location next to the national park and away from crowds (being the only camp in the area), wildlife passes freely through camp. Whether you want to take a walk or a bike ride, expert naturalists will accompany you on your activities to help identify the flora and fauna.

Visit the Jamtara Wilderness Camp website to learn more.

Kanha Jungle Lodge

Kanha Jungle Lodge is set in the midst of a rich Sal forest and is well camouflaged in its environment. It was tastefully developed with low impact on the land and the environment. With 18 well appointed rooms and 2 deluxe cottages, it was designed to provide a friendly, informal and relaxed environment with much to observe, understand and learn, and to support conservation. Located close to Kanha National Park (and closest to the Mukki entrance gate), guests can listen to the sounds of the jungle day and night – listening to the alarm calls of the deer or an occasional roar of the tiger.

Visit the Kanha Jungle Lodge website to learn more.

Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge

Located within walking distance of Bandhavgarh National Park’s main gate, Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge was developed on the theme of an Indian village. With fourteen thatched twin-bedded cottages around an inner courtyard, as well as one separate 4-room villa, its tranquil environment invites immersion into the jungle. Fruit trees and bushes have been planted to attract a variety of butterflies, birds and insects. Its proximity to the national park means that spotted deer and the Langur monkey can often be seen in and around the Lodge. It was founded on strong principles of being environmentally friendly and every aspect of its development and operation is sensitively synthesized towards nature conservation.

Visit the Bandhavgar Jungle Lodge website for more information.

Meet the Encounters Asia Team

Amit Sankhala – Managing Director

The grandson of a forest officer and a son of renowned wildlife tour operator, Amit has rambled in the remote forests since he was a month old. Wildlife conservation has remained an integral part of the Sankhala heritage. Shri Kailash Sankhala (Amit’s grandfather) was a celebrated personality in the field of wildlife conservation. He was a distinguished forest officer with the Indian Forest Service and Founder Director of Project Tiger, launched in 1973, acclaimed as the most successful conservation program of that time. He was also the Director of the Delhi Zoological Park and was awarded a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship for his research on the ecology and behaviour of the Indian tiger. Pradeep Sankhala (Amit’s father) a renowned wildlife tour operator, who acquired much of the expertise of his father, successfully developed Kanha and Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodges. Both lodges provide the optimal experience in wildlife travel within India today.

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Community and Conservation

Tiger Trust

The contemporary tiger conservation movement in India dates back to the 1960s when Kailash Sankhala raised an alarm about the shocking scale of tiger hunting that was driving the great cat to extinction. He was chosen by Shrimati Indira Gandhi to head the Project Tiger initiative in 1973, right after he had led the country’s first Tiger census. Project Tiger was the biggest conservation program of its time globally. Under his leadership, hunting was banned, reserves were carved out and tiger populations revived. Recognising that public support was crucial if the tiger was to have a future, in 1989 he established Tiger Trust, a not-for-profit organization which continues to be central to the family’s legacy.

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