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OUR Travel Philosophy

A Travel Dirty experience is all about slowing down, being mindful and falling in love with the world.  At Travel Dirty, we visit unseen places, learn life lessons from local people, share stories through participant-led sessions, cook delicious food with locally sourced ingredients, sit in silence and observe each passing moment to the fullest. Basically, we do things that get our hands dirty and set our minds free!

So, come with us on soulful, wholesome sojourns, fall in love, laugh loudly, engage with locals, revel in discovering yourself, with responsible tourism as our philosophy and Mother Nature as our guide!



Travel Dirty is a play on the phrase 'getting one's hands dirty' meaning to participate or get involved.

Travel Dirty was conceived on a regular November day back in 2017 by a regular person stuck in her corporate job. Aishwarya observed how travel was happening in isolated pockets of leisure, adventure, wildlife, etc. 'Could there be something more wholesome, more fluid?' she wondered.


Besides, her personal resolution of starting something meaningful on her own before she turned 30 always played on her mind.

As an answer, Travel Dirty was born on 20th January 2018.

We will soon start curating trips in Maharashtra and the South, but at the moment we are fully focused on planning trips in Ladakh.


A note From our Founder

Aishwarya Phadke

"Even though I studied Law and German language & literature in my academic journey, it was only travel that truly taught me about life and human values. I always had an instinct for helping people, changing the world in my tiny way.

Who knew I'd get to do it through travel someday?!

I was born and raised in Pune, but In a dramatic turn of events (in which COVID played a big part), I moved base from Pune to Ladakh in September 2021.

Having observed that tourists currently only go to a few 'famous' spots and through conversations with locals, I realized the need for conscious tourism in Ladakh. It was then that I saw how Travel Dirty could contribute to the gap in tourism.


I now live in Ladakh and since 2022 I’ve been curating and facilitating offbeat, immersive and fun journeys across different parts of the region.”

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
- Henry Miller


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