Karanraj Sandesh Gujar
Tremendous enthusiasm, coupled with an unimaginable hunger to draw people to the jungles of India and spread awareness about Mother Nature, is why Karanraj decided to set up the Territory. His journey began in the summer of 2004 at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, when he first set foot on jungle soil and there the love affair began.
After being mesmerised by the jungles of India for nearly 14 years and covering almost all of the forests, from Parambikulum in Kerala to Corbett in Uttarakhand and Kaziranga in Assam to Ranthambore in Rajasthan, he felt the urge to share his knowledge and the beauty of India’s nature with everyone around him.
Sandesh Bhanudas Gujar
Without Sandesh you wouldn’t be here reading this! SANDESH BHANUDAS GUJAR, the man behind the Territory. An excellent entrepreneur, a great visionary, a pioneer in every aspect of business he has ever touched and most importantly one of the most down to earth people you will ever come across. And yet, all of this is an understatement.
Nature has always been his second love, after Indian classical music, and India’s plethora of flora and fauna never ceases to amaze him. He is among the very few parents who would encourage his children on wildlife endeavours rather than local tourist attractions, and accompany them along the way. This became a very important factor in their life and today both of his children work in the eco-tourism field.
It was his strive for perfectionism and the need to contribute his part to Mother Nature that he felt it important to setup a venture that would be a one stop destination for each and every wildlife lover in India. He is the director, the advisor, the mentor and a huge source of inspiration for every single individual at the Territory. Sandesh always seeks to achieve the highest level of excellence and has a vision for a ‘Green India’. The Territory is honoured, privileged and extremely fortunate to have a far-sighted leader like you.
Adityaraj Sandesh Gujar
A younger sibling to Karanraj and a multi-talented individual possessing a variety of artistries, Adityaraj is another man the Territory is privileged to have. He, along with his father and brother, are the lead promoters of the Territory.
His wildlife encounters began at the age of just 14, when he accompanied his brother Karanraj on an adventure to the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. It was here that Adityaraj realised wildlife photography was his passion. Pursuing this hobby into a profession and in turn contributing his bit towards the wildlife of India, Adityaraj decided to partner his brother with the idea of an eco-tourism venture to both spread awareness about the rich flora and fauna of India, and help budding photographers take their hobby to next level. Adityaraj naturally took on the role of designing and photography within of the Territory.
Neelangi Sandesh Gujar
The Territory’s undercover support system, Neelangi, mother to Karanraj and Adityaraj, has been a silent contributor to the Territory since its creation. An able partner in the Territory she has played an instrumental role in designing and creating a lot of the Territory’s souvenirs owing to her artistic nature. Art is her way of life and she has integrated this into the Territory and has had her fair share of contributions in promoting wildlife through it. Be it her murals, her paintings or any other form of art work, she has done it all. We are extremely lucky to have her at the Territory!
Shailesh has an immense knowledge of and passion for reptiles, amphibians and birds and knows the Western Ghats of Maharashtra inside out. Add to this a wealth of experience and you have a treasure chest of wildlife.
He has over 6 years of experience meandering through reptile centric rainforests of Maharashtra such as Tamhini Ghat, Amboli and Pabe Ghats. His love for birds drives him to Bhigwan every year when the Flamingos visit this part of the world. He is always ready to share his abundant knowledge and spread awareness which makes him a key part of the Territory.
Passion for nature and a never ending hunger to know more about its unimaginable elements brought Nachiket to the Territory, exploring nature in his own way. His father, who is also a wildlife enthusiast, brought Nachiket up watching wildlife related documentaries. A habit from Nachiket's childhood soon grew into a hobby, and his interest in nature and wildlife continued to get stronger. Although an IT professional by trade, Nachiket devotes all his time spare time to his interests which include travelling, photography and most importantly wildlife. A passionate writer, he has the ability to really recreate experiences in the wild through his articles.
The man responsible for the Territory’s look and feel, Rohit is in charge of making the Territory look good. From designs to brochures, leaflets and posters he makes sure the Territory is eye-catching. Be it our photography exhibitions, our awareness sessions or our CSR activities, whenever the Territory is marketed Rohit comes in with his brilliance to make us stand out.
A great example of supporting a hobby through your profession, Ameya, a Geo-Informatics expert, is the person responsible for giving the Territory its mapping precisions. He uncovered his love for nature and wildlife when he met Karanraj a few years ago and offered his services as he wanted to contribute to the field of wildlife and nature. Since then he has been an integral part of the Territory and provides all the information needed for graphical data presentation and studies of the geographic location of each National Park, Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve.
Having spent the last 8 years in the field of PR and Marketing within the travel industry, Madhura took over this area of the Territory and started off with a bang. Having a layman’s relationship with nature, Madhura developed a keen interest and felt it was necessary to expand nature’s reach to as many people as possible. In sync with the Territory’s ideology of ecotourism and creating awareness she decided to use her expertise for this cause and came on board. She has played a key role in allowing the Territory to expand its horizons and her excellent interpersonal skills have enabled us to reach out to a larger audience.