1. Tentgram Engineer friends Mohammad Thaha Paloli, Jethin Krishna and Fazil loved organising hikes during their college weekends. This was how the startup was born.

‘Tentgram’ gives travellers a variety of options — a boat ride on the Dal Lake at sunset or kayaking through the backwaters of Alleppey.

2. Planet Trotter The travel-for-impact social venture is uplifting rural communities through their projects in Uttarakhand.

Live in a traditional house and have a meal with the locals on one of your trips.

3. Curtain Call Adventures Julie Kagti’s travel venture specialises in packages that unearth the beauties of the Northeast.

She partners with numerous local weaving and artist groups, and encourages travellers to take part in lesser-explored activities.

4. Map My Stories Founder Shreyas says the best part about slow travel is that people completely immerse themselves in the local culture, communities and surrounding landscape.

The customised trips include a host of handpicked experiences, such as exploring Sikkim’s royal heritage and Arunachal Pradesh’s wonders.

5. NotOnMap The travel startup has two overarching aims — to generate alternative livelihoods for people and minimise unskilled migration from smaller villages.

The idea of NotOnMap is to let travellers explore rural India while living with the locals. This ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’ also boosts the economy of the village.

6. Oasis India Camp Colonel Mahendra Mohan Prakash Singh’s favourite moments from his Army days were being amidst nature and interacting with different cultures. 

Post retirement he wanted to give people the same experience.

‘Oasis India Camp’ enables guests to unwind under the starlit skies, partake in adventure sports, learn pottery from the locals and more.