Co-founder and Managing Director
Amrit was born in Yangon (Rangoon), raised in India, and studied genetics in London before embarking on a career in sales with a pharmaceuticals company. This led to a position in marketing for Oberoi Hotels, after which she started her own jewellery label. Such a broad base of experience proved invaluable when it came to launching TransIndus back in the 1990s.
A common thread throughout Amrit’s life and career has been a love of discovering new places. The best travelled member of our team, she has visited the majority of the countries we cover – most recently Iran and the remote Indonesian islands of Komodo and Flores. In the autumn of 2017, she also led our one of group tours to Uzbekistan, exploring the great Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.
Her favourite destination? “Myanmar, the place of my birth, because the people are so extraordinarily hospitable and the monuments exquisite. But I also thought the jungles of Borneo were wonderful, and have an enduring love of the Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan – waking up to a view from the window of a former Maharaja’s apartment is something one can never tire of!”
When not steering the TransIndus ship, Amrit enjoys collecting exotic textiles and ceramics, and spending time at home, cooking and sharing delicious Punjabi food with family and friends.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of travel is meeting local people, and experiencing unexpected acts of hospitality and kindness. I’ll never forget the time, while trekking in the Himalayan foothills of Bhutan, a blizzard forced us to shelter with a cowherd and his family. The way they opened their home to us, prepared a meal and kept us warm and entertained was something I’ll appreciate forever”.
“I dare not choose a favourite! Far too many lovely places would be left out and I might lose a lot of friends! I appreciate anywhere that manages to deliver an authentic experience with grace and commitment, be it a jungle retreat, a luxurious palace or a contemporary city hotel. For me, it’s the little details that set somewhere apart – like creating a small nook where guests can relax undisturbed at the end of a day, perhaps with a glass in hand, watching the sun go down”.
“The destinations I’m most excited about at the moment are Uzbekistan and Iran. The sublime Islamic architecture, the snow-streaked desert mountains, the lost cities of the ancient world lying forgotten amid the sand flats of the Oxus River and Persian Plateau;, and the unfailing warmth of local people – all combine to create a superb travel experience. Eating saffron ice cream in Isfahan’s Imam Square, with half the city sauntering around the lawns and fountains as the colours change on Mount Sofeh, is an experience I recall with particular fondness. And of course, the splendour of Persepolis – a ruined imperial city with a truly epic setting.