Company founder

James

Founder

James has worked in the travel industry for over 37 years and has been involved in the leisure, corporate, group, sport, incentive & wholesale genres. With partners he established French Travel Connection in Sydney in the early 90’s before moving to Brisbane and working on large projects such as Rugby World Cup and other major sporting events.
Along with his cousin John Bougen, James is the holder of the Guinness World Record for traveling to the most sovereign nations on a single journey…. 197 nations in 167 days and undertaken between August 2002 and February 2003. On this journey James discovered Bhutan and instantly fell in love with this most wonderful and unique Kingdom. The rest is history.
James loves rugby union, and keenly supports the Queensland Reds and the Australian Wallabies.

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Nitish

Ground Handler

Nitish takes care of the India ground handling, he has has innovated our tours in every way possible. He is highly qualified & done his masters in Toursim Management. He takes care of our products to India & innovate them by adding experiential experience which our clients remember for lifetime. He has travelled well in India for product development and Australia, USA, New Zealand, UK & Europe for business promotion. Besides, he have been actively participating in international seminars and travel shows for trade as well as consumers. Having the knowledge of most Indian languages as well as French and German is always an added advantage.

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Nicola

Director

Nicola has a history of Practice Management in the specialist Dental industry however in 2006 was enticed by James to gradually leave dentistry & assist with the growth of their Bhutan product. Nicola has added her unique skills to quickly grow the business over the last 10 years and she too adores Bhutan which is very evident in her rapport with past and present customers.
Nicola has also shown great aptitude for new product development and keeping our website up to date.
Nicola loves to keep fit, having previously worked as an Aerobics instructor, and like James is also slave to their 2 acre property.​

Our Team

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Bharat

Escorts & Guides

For Bharat, whose name is a synonym for India, exploring India is a way of life. His 18 years as an experienced tour guide throughout India’s dynamic landscape has invigorated and affirmed his mission: to seek and explore. If you book a journey with Bharat, you might find yourself letting go of plans and surrendering to his travel mantra: "the journey is the destination,” This is truly reflected in Bharat's ability to find inspiration in the inexhaustible wonders of his homeland and share it with his clients.

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Jo Taylor

Tour Manager

I have managed tours all around the globe, travelling extensively in China, Burma, Nepal, Bhutan and India with Captain’s Choice Tours & Target Tours in India. India is one of my favourite destinations. I love the colourful chaos, and friendly warmth of the people. The country is picturesque in a unique way. Cows walk calmly through the streets and market places, unaffected by the noise of traffic and crowds. Highlights include the Taj Mahal in Agra, The Ganges in Varanasi, the temples of Khajuraho and the Amber Fort in Jaipur. For some, observing the wildlife in Ranthambore, or relaxing in Darjeeling’s plantations are wonderful memories. I love the food, which is remarkably aromatic, and the hospitality is first rate. India always excites and surprises, and will meet and exceed expectations.

Arpit Paltani

Web Developer

Arpit Paltani handles the web division and online marketing for India and Beyond. From 5 past year he has been managing a company which provides web based solutions by the name of Webninjaz. The Brand Webninjaz is just not a web development company, but we are deeply involved with application development and online solutions as we have always emphasized. We have provided all forms of web applications such as online shopping, data management, database integration etc. with maximum satisfaction to customers.

Our Vision

Most of our trips can be customised based on your needs. Each itinerary planned will have a balance between traveling, sightseeing and free time. Each tour we offer will provide you with a detailed day by day itinerary that describes each day’s activities. The itinerary also lists the details of the hotels we use, transport and inclusions/exclusions to avoid any hidden surprises.

about india and beyond

India Beyond is a joint venture with Bhutan Beyond from Australia & Target Tours from India.
All of our tours are backed up by our own network of offices and teams in local destinations. During the entire duration of the trip your daily movement is closely monitored and you are only a phone call away from help. We are dedicated to serving our clients before, during, and after they travel and, as a result many of our clients come to us by personal referral or on a repeat basis.

Our buying power and extensive network offices in local destinations enables us to negotiate the best price and pass on the savings to you. We strive to offer exceptionally good value but never cut corners or sacrifice quality to be cheapest.

Guides play an invaluable role in ensuring that our clients have the best opportunity to experience, learn about, and enjoy a rewarding journey. We carefully choose guides based on their knowledge of regional culture and history, their proficiency in English, and their ability to cater to a sophisticated clientele.

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