Our Guest Speakers
On occasion we invite specialists from various fields to join our tours as guest speakers, either to present a lecture at a critical point in the journey, or to accompany the party for the duration of the tour. They are usually renowned experts on some aspect of the destination, whether history, architecture, art, gardens, gastonomy or wildlife. Whatever the theme of the trip, the guest speaker's knowledge is intended to greatly enrich the overall travel experience, deepending your understanding of the country and helping you to interpret what you experience in greater depth.
Joan started her career as a nurse, but began working as a guide on trips to Asia in the 1970s, accompanying some of the first organized tours into China and the Soviet Union. Over three decades of travel in many countries since, she has formed longstanding attachments to certain communities, notably the inhabitants of the remote Himalayan valley of Spiti, where she founded a charity focussing on the health and education of children. In 2016, ‘The Spiti Projects’ (www.spiti.org) was awarded a United Nations grant to construct a solar-powered community centre. A fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Joan is also a keen photographer. A selection of her work appears at www.joanpollock.co.uk.
Joan will be leading our Kyrgyzstan 'Art of the Nomads' tour departing 18 June 2020
Belinda Wright OBE
One of India’s most prominent naturalists, Belina Wright was born and raised in Calcutta and the jungles of Bihar, in the north of the country, where she encountered her first tiger at just three months old! Her expertise has been in demand by numerous documentary film makers over the years, including the BBC, for whom she acted as a consultant on the award-winning series, ‘Land of the Tiger’. In 1994, Belinda founded the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) to help combat poaching and the escalating illegal wildlife trade, for which she received an OBE in 2005. We’re thrilled she has offered to welcome the group to Kipling Camp, which was created by her parents, Anne and Robert, in the 1970s.
We are honoured to have Belinda join us in Kanha for a lecture on TransIndus’ Land of Tigers tour departing 24 March 2019.