Our Mission

“We are committed to provide professional, engaging travel experiences to our customers that benefit from our experience, knowledge and compassion,”

Why Choose Ekno Travels?

We understand you and we understand India
Ekno Travel Director, Aussie Sharon Thrupp has lived in India and Nepal since the millennium. She has introduced countless Australians and other Westerners to the uniqueness of India from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to its cosmopolitan cities.

Our specialist tour leader’s thoughtful insight as your travel through one of the most diverse cultures in the world will:

  • awaken your own nature; and
  • deepen and affirm your understanding of self and others
  • provide you with a memorable, and possibly, life changing experience

We still call Australia home
We pride ourselves on the quality of our tours and our attention to detail. We operate under Australian laws and standards but are deeply entrenched in the local community. Our on ground staff are capably managed by Vikas Kumar. Vikas has an equity share in the business and a wealth of knowledge to share about his beloved India.

Travel safely with a company led by women
With Ekno your safety and wellbeing are paramount. After 15 years of living in India as a single western woman, Sharon well understands the concerns of the solo female traveller.  We pride ourselves on our ability to provide an authentic but safe Indian sojourn with like-minded travellers.

One size doesn’t fit all
If group travel isn’t you, gather a few friends and we’ll do the rest. Or if you want to do your own thing we can facilitate self-guided tours. You can still travel on your own while taking comfort in the fact that our back up service is only a phone call away 24/7.

We won’t compromise your comfort
Ekno’s boutique accommodation and restaurants are handpicked to deliver premium comfort and local flare.When traveling in a foreign location and experiencing local cultures we believe comfort is essential in maximising your enjoyment. At Ekno we know compassionate travel can go hand and hand with your comfort and safety.

We care about the local community
We partner with range of other like minded organisations to inspire and promote compassionate action.  We are proud sponsors of the Himalayan Daughters Rise for Education.

Our Specialist Tour Leaders

Sharon-ThruppSharon Thrupp Ekno Travels Director is passionate about India and the Himalayan region. She believes that while her Australia is her country by birth, India is the country of her heart.

She first came to India in 1996 and later returned to volunteer helping Tibetans in Dharamsala in 2001, fell in love with the Himalayas and stayed. She is currently involved in a NGO in India helping underprivileged girls continue their education and spends her spare time walking in the foothills of the Himalayas and doing yoga.

Read about her life in India in her blog A life unplugged for 10+ years in India

Local leader

Vikas-KumarVikas Kumar is our local Tour Manager who comes from Naddi – a small, picturesque village above Dharamsala. He is passionate about the area and the Himalayas and has worked as a trekking guide in the Himalayas from the Dharamsala area to Ladakh since leaving school . He completed his tertiary education part time whilst working as a guide. Since then he has taken groups throughout India and Nepal. Vikas’ gentle nature combined with his local networks makes him the perfect guide to ensure the safety and wellbeing of his tour groups.