People behind Detours
Detours was started in August 2008 by Jayanti Rajagopalan, aka Jonty. She is an XLRI, Jamshedpur graduate and comes with over 13 years experience in sales, marketing and program management with organizations including Titan Industries and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
"I started Detours with the aim of marketing our country in a different way. For me, the most interesting part about our country is the cultural diversity, even within a state, not to mention across the subcontinent! Being an avid traveler myself, I am always curious to know more about the people, traditions, and especially the food of a region that I visit. The Detours experience that I aim to create is based largely on what I have enjoyed on my travels...slightly offbeat and full of interesting stories and people, all of which you might not experience on your standard tour!
The Detours Team
The team at Detours has people who know India - not just the history and geography but the idiosyncrasies of the people and characteristics of our culture that make us such a unique country! We are more like a travel companion rather than your typical guide with a prepared script. So get ready to jump from discussions about the history of the Golkonda Fort, to Vasco Da Gama’s legacy to why the pressure cooker is such an important part of our life! Above all, we will do what it takes to make your visit an interesting and memorable one!
"I would recommend the "The White Mughals" tour to anyone, and everyone. As a British resident in India, I learned more in a day with Jonty than any other time since I've been here. She was knowledgeable and welcoming, and was able to answer any question on India and its history and culture, however significant or trivial. I will certainly be back to try out more of their detours."
Penny Richards, New Delhi / UK.
Discovering Hyderabad with Detours was like being welcomed by an Indian friend. In between visits getting to sample the best streetfood in various holes-in-the-wall then hopping to a craftman's workshop to see techniques of the past . I can only recommend it . Truly everybody came back with the best memories!
Anne Jalbert & Alexandria Andrejew, Sweden
If you have some free time on your next visit to Hyderabad, you may want to consider scheduling a "jaunt w/ Jonty" as your local tour guide. Jonty offers a variety of theme tours for your preference and she will guide you thru an intimate, fun tour of Hyderabad as she offers a personal touch that is absent from the larger, more commercially-driven tours. My personal favorite was the Marketplace tour of Old Hyderabad - quite a place to see if you're used to shopping in a large, under-roof mall like me...
Thomas Luke, Global Head, Data Warehousing, Novartis
Jonty provides a cultural site seeing experience that is quite different from the usual tour, Her events are insightful, personal and for those who are interested in having a direct experience with the people and city life that is Hyderabad, this is the way to go.
Ralph May, Head Global Shared Services Integration Management & Operations, Novartis
“Detours is the guide you want for Hyderabad. Rather than a "to-your-left-to-your-right" script, you are treated to a feast of stories that make the monuments of Hyderabad come to life. You can also count on them to take you to biryani joints and to artisans at their craft in Charminar. Who knew bangles were made one at time? Visitors and dwellers of Hyderabad: get to know your marvelous city!”
Girindre Beeharry & Lindsey Sebastyn, Seattle, USA
Detours briefed us well before we decided to use you, providing a core suggestion with a number of possible alternatives. Throughout the day we were fully briefed on the history and culture of what we were seeing. We were picked up promptly from our hotel, and the driver was always on hand to whisk us to our next stop. After 9 hours or so, we had seen palaces, markets and weaving workshops. In every case, with an individual slant. We look forward to coming back for more.
Alan & Gill Taylor, London, UK
The next time you’re visiting the City
of Nizams, take some time out of your
busy schedule to explore a different
side of the city with Detours.....
Travel + Leisure Magazine Report
A recent article published in the Financial Times
Financial Times Article
It’s all too easy, we know, to do a city in India by the book and come away with the “missed out” feeling. Indian cities know how to keep their secrets and it’s a full-time job to delve into their depths.....
Livemint Travel Section Report
A Detour with Jonty in her beloved Hyderabad is a festival of learning about this great city – it’s dramatic history, stirring epicurean delights, and vibrant crafts. We were completely captivated for three days!
Ashok & Anjali Alexander, New Delhi, India