Jungle Lore Team

Gaurav Athalye ( Director)

A post-grad in Statistics, Gaurav has worked in multinationals like GE Capital, Citibank in Risk Management prior to co-founding Jungle Lore. He looks after trip design and execution and is always looking for innovative and challenging designs for students. Gaurav has spent more than a decade exploring India's most enthralling eco-systems and trekking around the globe. A renowned photographer and naturalist, he is also an aspiring musician and a certified Rescue Diver.

Kaustubh Upadhye ( Director)

Co-founder of Jungle Lore, Kaustubh is always a shout away for anything you need. He is the back-bone of Jungle Lore and heads operations & product design. A dynamic problem solver, someone who thinks on his feet, Kaustubh leads with example. He specialises in Sahyadris and Himalayas and knows the mountains at the back of his hand.

Ayush Singh 

A state-level football player and an engineer by qualification, Ayush is the co founder and face of Jungle Lore Student Expeditions and has been working with student organisations for years. Ayush loves adventure sports, is a die-hard Liver- pool fC Fan and a mountaineer at heart. He loves exploring uncharted territories in the mountains and has a keen eye for unique trip designs that translate into meaningful learning experiences. Ayush strongly believes that experiential learning is the future of education.

Vishal Monga
With a degree in Hotel Management, Vishal found himself with two options at the start of his career—serving guests in a hotel or travelling with them around the world. The second seemed more interesting, which resulted in him working for Jet Airways for 7 years in in-flight services. But Vishal soon realized that being in a jungle or in the mountains was way better than being locked up in a capsule at 35,000 feet. He joined Junglelore in 2014 , leading tour groups to various Tiger reserves and Himalayan destinations across India. Vishal also loves cycling and takes frequent road trips with family and friends to fulfill his love for driving. 

Tasneem Bhavnagarwala
Mistress of words, food tourist & enduring dreamer! 

Tasneem is our in-house digital and branding professional with seven years of experience in the field of advertising, having worked with companies like Ogilvy & Mather and Child Rights and You. A writer at heart and born with the wanderlust gene she worships the poet Rumi. Tasneem takes care of all the communication needs of Jungle Lore while being a part-time food and travel blogger.

Firuza Kharas
A nomad at heart, this scientist with an experience of 20+ years decided to venture into unknown territory when she joined Jungle Lore. But you can never take science out of the scientist – she continues editing scientific papers, a career she pursues as a freelancer.

Apart from academics, she is a proficient dancer and sportsperson. At Jungle Lore, Firuza is involved in handling operations and making sure we move smoothly.

Tejas Pathare

A commerce student, Tejas joined the Jungle Lore team as a novice. Today he is involved in handling operations, administration and making sure we run smoothly. A foodie and forever ready to explore the world, Tejas ensures that we never have a single boring moment at office.

Vilas
Vilas is the most important person in office, the undoubted savior looking after administration and back-office work for Jungle Lore. Our Mumbai office heavily depends upon him. From daily nuances, to the most arduous tasks, Vilas is up for all. He loves vada pav, chai and a good chat
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