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Dr Sheelwant Patel has been an insurance man, a forester, an environmentalist, and a researcher. He has sold insurance for five years and been forester for thirty-three. Dr Patel has climbed hills, stalked killer elephants in jungles, and stayed over at many a haunted house in the Himalayas.

A docudrama he wrote has won him a national award for the best documentary. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and two amazing children with equally fulfilling professions. (One is an animator, and the other is a filmmaker.)

As Chief Conservator of Forests in Bengal, I was looking after the forests of northern West Bengal that are prime elephant habitats. This region contains five sanctuaries, three national parks, and has 14 elephant corridors that are notorious for being the terrain of the most intense human-elephant conflicts in South East Asia. I must add here that Jaldapara and Gorumara in the region are famous for rhinos.

We did organize safaris – in vehicles, in bullock carts, and on elephant back – but jungle treks being unsafe for tourists, we forbid them – especially as the visibility is no more than 10-15 meters in these dense evergreen forests.

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Message of the Month / December 2019

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How would you describe “Kodagu” as a travel destination in South India?

How do I describe Kodagu? Ours is such a beautiful experience that I am sometimes at a loss for words. Famous people have referred to it as the Scotland of India – some have even gone to the extent of calling it the Kashmir of Karnataka. I would love to call it “Heaven on Earth” – because Kodagu presents an unmatched panorama of beauty and everything that goes with that.

Believe me, in this fast changing world there still is an old-world charm about Kodagu – expressed so beautifully through its dense forests, majestically flowing rivers and spirited waterfalls. Another key visual experience is the wide expanse of lush green plantation cover.

No story on Kodagu is complete without one drink that says good morning to you, every day – Coorg Coffee. Kodagu is a world famous hill station, largely growing coffee and spices – known the world over for quality and yield.

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Q&A Interview / December 2019

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In conversation with Jai Sreedhar, Joint Managing Director and CEO, Rosetta by Ferns – our newest member.

“Rosetta by Ferns is a boutique timeshare company that aims to operate and manage a growing chain of 5-star luxury resorts located in the most idyllic locations in South India.

We are here to re-define the timeshare market, because a luxury vacation is no longer an expenditure, but an experience of creating priceless memories. All this, without worrying about inflation – what’s more, at the end of the membership tenure we return your money back. (That’s a very important highlight.)

Our mission is to create a credible and yet affordable luxury-boutique lifestyle brand that delights guests every single time they visit our properties. We shall leverage our immense background knowledge and experience in creating premium gated communities and spaces, to consistently deliver experiences that enthrall.”

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Q&A Interview / November 2019

 

 

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Image Source: Pixabay on pexels.comOur Q&A section on the AIRDA website features interviews with professionals who are connected with travel, vacation marketing, and the timeshare industry in some way. In the past we have had conversations with people from different age groups – our oldest is 87 years old and still looking forward to her next holiday. Our youngest was 13 when we spoke to him three years ago – at 16, he’s considering rapid-river-rafting on his next holiday.

For our upcoming interviews we would like to feature people like you for instance. Especially if you have an observation to make, a story to share, or constructive feedback to offer. We’re also looking forward to conversations with bloggers, travel writers, travel photographers, and people who are passionate about travel – within the country and outside.

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Q&A Interview / October 2019

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Image Source: Public Domain Pictures on pexels.comThis article can be a useful frame of reference during the sales presentation that all new and prospective customers are invited to. This is where you get an opportunity to ask questions and seek assistance in choosing the right kind of vacation ownership package.

At the end of the presentation we advise you to ask the sales team to show you a very important document – the Sales Disclosure Document. This document helps you understand the roles and responsibilities of resort owners, and what you need to do to keep your membership valid during the contract period.

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Message of the Month / October 2019

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What I have learnt over the past few years is the need to give your family a nice vacation, at least once in the year. My job as a bank teller can be so monotonous and boring, that even a weekend break is welcome. Longer breaks are essential, because everybody needs time out to spend quality time with the family.

At the end of the day, you need to look beyond work and other daily routines, to get down to some serious planning. You also need some commitment to go along with that, to make things happen. So according to me, COMMITMENT is the key word.

Prabhakar Sivakumar, Bank Teller

Some more customer feedback & tips at the link below >
Q&A – January 2019

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