Hailing from Rajasthan, Neerav Singh Yadav has always been passionate about reptiles and their conservation, which brought him all the way to Chennai. After working with Madras Crocodile Bank Centre for herpetology, Yadav decided to move to Kodaikanal where he started Scaly Trails, a company for wildlife education tours. “I moved to Pondicherry three months ago because it has a lot of potential for spreading reptile awareness and is close to big cities like Chennai, Trichy and Bangalore. I can run wilderness programs for schools from here,” explains Yadav who does many things – he organises experiential educational school trips, reptile awareness workshops and recreational outdoor adventure tours for children and adults.
He has divided his trips between different eco systems, from the Himalayas to hot and dry deserts of Rajasthan, dense forests of South India to the beautiful Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. “Soon, Scaly Trails will be leading such trips to other parts of the world like Sri Lanka and Africa. However, Ladakh is very close to my heart and I have organised wilderness awareness trips to as far as Tso Moriri Lake, on the borders of China,” he says.
Yadav says an ideal group should have 20 children. “This would be perfect for a trip of 3 to 20 days. Recently, I organised an adventure trip for 105 students from Kodaikanal International School, which included rock climbing, surfing, trekking and bird watching. It was quite hectic,” he admits, adding that he plans to do an India tour on his 1976 Royal Enfield, with a strong focus on spreading reptile awareness.
A five day trip to Rajasthan will cost `13,000 per person. Details: 8608786404