October 21, 2013

About Us

We’re Rituraj and Shreya, an adventurous Indian couple with Travel Genes who enjoy travelling the world, sharing stories from the roads less taken and often missed. We take every opportunity to be on the road without quitting our jobs and make the transition from Cosmetic Dentist – English School Teacher to laid back world travelers.

We’re here to show you can travel the world without burning a big hole in your pocket, you can hang out in a country where you know no one & have life-changing experiences, you can travel with the one you love & have a lively relationship, and you can create a strong life-long bond with your children through the shared memories of travel.

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Back in 1999 we discovered inherited Travel Genes in our bodies which made us to leave the comforts of our homes to wander across the globe. The wanderlust first started with parents, later continued with friends and solo until 2012 when we finally got married. Ever since, we take every opportunity to be on the road & make the transition from English School Teacher – Cosmetic Dentist to laid back world travelers.

The idea of long term travel by leaving your full time job doesn’t really impress us much in a practical way as we believe no matter how cheap you travel or how smart you travel, you surely need a fixed date for your paycheck to arrive; in order to continue your adventures around the globe.

We truly believe that “ A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

Our Idea of Travel

After years of travel, we realized that travelling is all about the experience and it’s in the details – the places you stay, the transport and route that gets you there, and the people you meet along the way – that makes the trip. So, when we started our travel blog and talked about our adventure and travel mis-haps on the roads, our lovely readers started to request deep insights about the places to visit and things to do in India to have a unique India experience much different from what other travel companies’ offer.

So after giving it much thought, we started offering India tours. Our India Though The Back Door Tours are unique, exclusive, experimental in nature with a personal touch providing an extraordinary travel experience. These are informal small group or private tours with the focus on going local. In our itineraries we use local transportation as much as possible, we stay in quality accommodations, we eat the local food at popular non-touristy restaurants and we visit destinations that aren’t always mentioned in guidebooks. We love to seek out and travel to deep and offbeat, unexplored places that few have been to, and even fewer have written about.

Read: India Through The Back Door Tours – The Story Behind 

Our Mission at Travel Genes

Our mission is to inspire, inform and equip travelers to have safe Indian trips that are fun, affordable and culturally broadening. We value travel as a powerful way to better understand and contribute to the world in which we live. We strive to keep our own travel style, our world outlook and our business practices consistent with these values.

What we do

  • We love to seek out and travel to deep and offbeat, unexplored places that few have been to, and even fewer have written about; thereby connecting the world through people, food and adventure.
  • We organize and lead energetic “India Through The Back Doors” tours throughout India
  • We offer travel consulting and trip planning services
  • We teach do-it-yourself travel seminars
  • We provide a wealth of free information about travel in India
  • We travel…a lot

What we don’t do

  • We are not travel agents, so we don’t book flights, hotels, or rental cars.



A classic Aquarian and a Cosmetic Dentist by profession, Traveller, Blogger & Photographer by choice; that’s what describes him best. When he’s not playing with human teeth in his private practice, you will find him wandering on the roads leading energetic “India Through the Back Doors Tours”. In nomadic spirit, he truly believes that a rolling stone actually gathers moss…




Cancerian by birth, she is an English teacher, trained Indian classical dancer, photography enthusiast, a good host who loves to experiment with food and a cleanliness freak. She believes the world is big and it’ll take more than a lifetime to see it all, so it’s best to start early.

Follow our journey for travel tips, insights, adventure, culture, inspiration and entertainment as we travel the roads less traveled and join us on Wander Across India Tours to explore the many colors of India like never before…

Where We Have Been

Of the many places we’ve been fortunate to lay our feet upon, the few remarkable ones are : Amsterdam, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Brussels, Paris, London, Chicago, New York, Boston, Bali, Singapore …

Here is the photo tour of some places our travel genes have taken us…

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How to contact us

If you have travel questions or feedback for Rituraj or Shreya, send us an email.

6 thoughts on “About Us

  • I can see you have been to Belgium, Switzerland, Canada etc. Do you have a list of places you have visited? 🙂

    Another question if you don’t mind. What is the purpose of this blog? Just passion or to do business as I can see you have started taking customized trips.

    • Of the many places we have been fortunate to lay our feet
      upon, the few remarkable ones are: Amsterdam, Italy, Austria, Belgium,
      Brussels, Paris, London, Chicago, New York, Boston, Bali, Singapore …

      Well, frankly speaking I don’t see any contradiction between
      the two. Ideally, one should do what one is passionate about. To reply to your
      question, the blog started out as the passion but now it is both. Our passion
      led us to organize trips so that we can fulfill others’ passion for travel too.

  • Love to read your more and more experiences around the world. Good job and keep it up. Would love to read about the culture and your experience when you interected with local peoples.All the best Shreya and Rituraj!

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