JTI is a family-owned award-winning destination management company specialising in wildlife and birding tours across India.
In 1989, in a tiny back-room with nothing more than a telephone, a thick index of flights and a solid knowledge of the destination, husband-wife traveller duo Ashish and Jahnabi Phookan established JTI. We were one of the first companies to introduce the world to East India's rich biodiversity and today, we cover wildlife and birding hotspots all across India.
Along the way in JTI's journey (spanning 28 years!) from a fledgling wildlife and birding company to a growing one, we also pioneered long-distance river cruising in India in 2003 and set up a safari lodge that was ranked India's 2nd Best Wildlife Resort by Lonely Planet magazine. Our sister company, Assam Bengal Navigation, operates one- to two-week river cruises on the Brahmaputra, Hugli and Ganges rivers and the Diphlu River Lodge combines luxury within a rustic setting on the fringes of Kaziranga National Park.
What makes JTI a great company to travel with?
In order to give you the best Indian wildlife and birding experience, we use our own guides and naturalists whom we can personally vouch for. Our guides have tremendous experience in leading small to big groups, having worked with avid birdwatchers from institutions like Harvard Natural History Society and Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Besides wildlife and birding, we also try to mix in cultural experiences in between safaris - a walk to a local village of weavers, or a folk dance by a tribal troupe.
We also take great care to ensure that our guests are comfortable throughout their wildlife or birding tour. This means choosing jungle lodges with excellent service or providing you with extra pillows when camping.
Only as good a company as our team is
From Nemo who oversees all operations in every capacity to Imran who has led birding groups from Harvard Natural History Society and Massachusetts Audubon Society; from Prerona and Amar who are always on call and ready to craft the perfect tailor-made itinerary to Rupak who leads challenging treks across little-explored valleys, there is always someone to look after you.
Ensuring that your entire trip runs like clockwork, from dawn to dusk, day in and day out, come storm or the infamous Indian strikes, JTI is honoured to be able to do what we do: showing people from all over the world our favourite spots, jealously guarded secrets, and fascinating vignettes of the sub-continent.