Our Mission

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

Why Choose Ekno Travels?

Ekno’s Travel Director, Australian citizen Sharon Thrupp, has lived in India and Nepal since the beginning of the millennium. She has introduced countless Australians and other Westerners to the uniqueness of India, from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to its vibrant cosmopolitan cities.
Our specialist tour leader’s thoughtful insights as your travel through one of the most diverse cultures in the world will:

  • awaken your own spiritual nature,
  • deepen and affirm your understanding of yourself and others,
  • provide you with a memorable and often 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 Indian based 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. This enables Ekno to offer a unique package as we have both an Australian sensibility and a insiders perspective of India.

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

We recognise that 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 tailored specifically for you. You can still travel on your own while taking comfort in the fact that our back up in country service is only a phone call away 24/7.

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

We care about the local community
We partner with range of other like minded organisations in order to inspire and promote compassionate action. We are proud sponsors of the Himalayan Daughters Rise for Education, a grass roots organisation striving to empower young women living in the remote Himalayas.

Our Specialist Tour Leaders

Sharon Thrupp

Sharon-Thrupp Ekno’s Travel Director is passionate about India and the Himalayan region in all of its vibrancy and natural splendour. She believes that while Australia is her country by birth, India is the country of her heart.

Sharon first came to India as a traveller in 1996 and later returned to volunteer in 2001. After helping Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, Sharon fell in love with the Himalayas and decided to make this breathtaking region her home. She is currently involved with an 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 Kumar

Vikas-KumarVikas is our local Tour Manager who comes from Naddi – a small, picturesque village located just above Dharamsala in Northern India. He is passionate about the area and has worked as a trekking guide in the Himalayan region, from Dharamsala 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 and understanding makes him the perfect guide to ensure the safety and well being of his many satisfied tour groups.