Unique Golden Triangle Itinerary

A Unique Golden Triangle Itinerary

The Golden Triangle is the most preferred travel destination of travellers. Over the last couple of weeks, SeekSherpa has showed you unique things to do in Agra, Jaipur and Delhi.

This week, we’d like to show how you can differentiate your Golden Triangle itinerary to India!

Day 1:
Arrive at Delhi by flight. After traditional “Swagat” (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Spend the night in the hotel to get over the jet lag and fatigue.

Day 2:
Get up at leisure, have a scrumptious breakfast at your hotel.

10 AMThe Spice Market Tour at Asia’s Largest Spice Market

Spice Trail by Sherpa Priya

What? Visit Asia’s largest spice market to learn about the different spices, their origins, uses and benefits, the lovely dishes one makes from them, their trade, & also get a chance to purchase quality spices at reasonable rates for you to take back home should you please. This tour is one of the most unique things to do in Delhi!

Who? This tour is conducted by a spice specialist who is also an at home chef and travel blogger. She has taken more than 100 travellers from 10 different countries on this unique tour.

Head back to the hotel for Lunch.

4 PMTour the boutiques of Hauz Khas with a Personal Stylist

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Shopping Experience
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Shopping Experience

What? On this Delhi shopping tour, you will be visiting the boutiques of Hauz Khas/Khan Market for a personalized shopping experience. You can expect to visit shops with Indian fabrics, Indian traditional wear (salwar kameez, sarees), traditional jewellery, home decor, souvenirs, designer wear, ayurveda, tea and such like. Understand the juxtapositioning of Hauz Khas as an urban village with fort ruins, restaurant, pubs, a deer part and high end boutique.

Who? Conducted by an Ex Consultant who now has her own travel startup. She will ease your decision making, take you to the best places and help find what you really want. Really, a unique and different way to explore the boutiques of Delhi.

Have dinner at one of the most happening Indian restaurants at Hauz Khas Village. Head back to the hotel to freshen up to gear yourself for the Mixology Masterclass.

9 PM - Mixology Masterclass with Indian Cocktails

What? Take this tour to learn the ancient art of mixology and muddling and to make 4 to 6 different cocktails and drink them too! Experiment with a wide range of raw ingredients from various families like Indian spices, herbs, fruits, & vegetables to make lip smacking cocktails.

Who? This will be conducted by a mixologist who is trusted by the founder of India’s top hotel chain.

Overnight hotel – Delhi

If the traveller is in Delhi for Day 3:

9 AM – Leave for half day tour to visit the monuments of New and Old Delhi. This will include the Qutab Minar, Red Fort & India Gate. Take a lunch break at Central Delhi’s most famous restaurant.

4 PMStreet Art and Street Photography Tour at Shahpur Jat

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What? Delhi is not just about its monuments and food. Take this tour to marvel at Delhi’s quirkiest graffiti through its urban village and capture the works through your lens as you stroll through the market. This tour takes place in Delhi’s happening urban village, Shahpur Jat, that is famous for its graffiti, street art, boutiques, restaurants and ruins! Perhaps, one of the most exciting things to do in Delhi this season.

Who? This tour is conducted by a photographer and entrepreneur who knows this village in and out.

7 PM - Discovering Delhi 6, A heritage and food walk at Old Delhi

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What? Have a bucket list of things to do in Delhi? Bet Old Delhi is right on top! Take this tour to understand Old Delhi from a historical, cultural and gastronomical perspective. Visit the temples, bazaars, and monuments of Old Delhi. Not only this, also visit the Paranthe Wale gali, the Shish Ganj Gurudwara, Ghalib ki Haveli and many more!

Who? This tour is conducted by an Ex Journalist, now pursuing Law. Comes with a background in history and current affairs with a penchant of good food.

Have dinner at Old Delhi’s most famous eatery and head to the hotel for spending the night.

Day 4:

Morning - The usual stuff! Leave for Agra in an AC vehicle. Arrive at Agra by 11 AM and check in at the hotel for freshing up. Post lunch head out for a city tour of Taj Mahal and Red Fort

5 PM - Cultural Walk of Agra

What? Who said Agra is only about the Taj Mahal? Take this walk to explore the hidden lanes, the bustling spice market, mosques and temples of Agra. Not only this, understand the Taj Mahal and Red Fort from a different perspective. View the Taj Mahal from a secret spot. Visit the local shops to taste traditional sweets of Agra and enjoy a ride on the Rickshaw. Take this walk and be a local of Agra as you explore new and niche things to do in Agra!

Who? This is conducted by Tripadvisor certificate of excellence award recipient!

Overnight – Hotel

Day 5:

8 AMYoga facing the Taj Mahal
Practice Yoga while viewing the Taj Mahal! Sounds exciting? It surely is! Get on this 2 hour micro-tour to experience the two things that are truly Indian and reflect the Indian Culture – The Taj Mahal and Yoga. This unique experience will cover the basic aspects of Asanas, Dhyanas and Pranayam with a breathtaking view of the Seventh Wonder of the World from only a few hundred meters away! It’s a relaxing thing to do in Agra.

10 AM - Colonial Walk of Agra

Agra Heritage Walk
Agra Heritage Walk

What? That’s right, Agra isn’t only famous for The Taj Mahal, Mughal Monuments and the Panchi Petha! Agra houses a number of colonial structures from the days of the British Rule! This walk will cover bungalows, Cemeteries, Churches, Cathedrals and a number of other buildings and places that have there ever since the British Rule! Take this tour if you know want to more about Agra and if you like exploring beyond the obvious.

After lunch at the hotel, leave for Jaipur.
Overnight – Hotel in Jaipur

Day 6:
After a good and relaxing night, the day at Jaipur will begin early with a cycling tour.

7 AMCycling Tour to explore the markets, streets and food

What? This early morning cycle tour will give you a glimpse of Jaipur, its architecture, havelis and temples. You will also stop to taste the specialities of Jaipur and attend an early morning religious ceremony. This will conclude with a visit to the local vegetable market where you will get the opportunity to bargain with the local vendors.
Who? Conducted by an adventure and experience specialist.

After breakfast, depart for local sightseeing tour.

7 PMCooking Class in the home of an Indian family

Cooking Class Jaipur Seeksherpa
Cooking Class Jaipur Seeksherpa

What? What’s so different about this cooking class in Jaipur? Well, it’s conducted by someone who is an excellent cook and expert on authentic Indian and Ayurvedic cooking. Get an opportunity to source the vegetables before you cook them. It is conducted in a homely environment and one can learn how to cook basic Indian snacks to traditional Rajasthani dishes. Trust us this is one of the fabulous things to do in Jaipur and you shouldn’t miss it.

Overnight – Hotel

Day 7:

7 AMHeritage Walk – Art & Antiquities of Jaipur

What? Visit historic temples, homes of local artisans, lanes and streets of Jaipur on this walk. Get a chance to marvel at the lesser known architectural wonders of Jaipur!

Who? Conducted by someone who has taken Prince Charles, Richard Gere for similar walks!

Return to the Hotel for lunch and refresh yourself for the pottery workshop

4 PM - Pottery Workshop

Pottery Making Jaipur
Pottery Making Jaipur

What? This workshop can either be a wheel pottery workshop or a hand pottery workshop. This will teach you how to build pots from scratch and the various other techniques associated with pottery. This is a unique way to explore Indian art and craft.

Who? Conducted by an Ex employee of a MNC who quit her job to follow her passion of pottery.

Depart for Delhi to take the flight out!

Did not expect a Golden Itinerary to be this unique?! Well, you aren’t the only one.

PS – You are free to add/subtract more unique tours to this itinerary. All you need to do is, contact SeekSherpa – +91-96439-82934 and we’ll customize the itinerary as per your client’s requirements.

 

10X Employee Productivity – 7 Hacks that #BreakTheRoutine

Increase employee productivity at work! Here are 7 hacks that #BreakTheRoutine while improving productivity 10x! 

I’m a serious believer in productivity and automation.

The best part is you can do little things that make life better and faster for everyone around you.

Flipkart today employs around 40000 people while close second rival – Snapdeal – employs just about 7500. That’s roughly 5 times larger workforce for Flipkart while the revenue is just about twice.

Ceteris paribus, would you agree that Snapdeal is more productive per employee? YES!

While we don’t know what magic potion they’re brewing, I’ve got some great suggestions on improving employee productivity for you right here. My research team and I spent about a week in finding these. We called up and hunted down people for information regarding techniques to improve employee productivity and we’ve really got a good list below.

Enjoy –

1. Exercise! Hack 1 to improve employee productivity. 

Clif Bar (OTB) pays for its people to exercise 2.5 hours a week. But, even with that perk in place, it would be human nature for someone to be nervous about being viewed as the slacker who leaves the office in the middle of the day to go workout. For this reason, GPTW 2015 keynote speaker Kevin Cleary, Clif Bar’s CEO, makes sure that Clif Bar people see him at the office in his sweaty gym clothes after a midday run, and he encourages his leadership team to be equally visible in their workout gear. Walk the walk.

What can you do? India doesn’t really provide a very helpful gymming or sports atmosphere, but it’s definitely possible to break sweat over a game of TT or pool. A table starts as low as INR 10,000. Go get it!

2. Learning wallet! Hack 2 to improve employee productivity.

Everybody at InMobi gets $800 annually as a ‘learning wallet’ which they can utilise to do anything — cooking classes, scuba-diving lessons, learning a new language or simply mastering new technologies. WOAH!

What can you do? Ermm..Hello. That’s what SeekSherpa is here for. Visit us and find an experience you want to take your employees on. Write us at getmesherpa@seeksherpa.com and get yourself an account manager assigned to look into your needs specifically.

3. Say Thank You! Hack 3 to improve employee productivity.

DHL Express takes employee engagement seriously in the office, on the roads and in the air. It has an incredible culture of thanking employees, whether that’s through monetary rewards, honouring top performers at its annual Hollywood-style black-tie event or pinning notes of appreciation on the company corkboard.

Recommended - Google has the concept of a Peer bonus. It’s an incredible way of saying thank you when a colleague helps you out. E.g. Employee Divya is working on a tough project, reaches out to Employee Rajesh for help. Rajesh, out of his niceness stays back to help Divya. In a normal scenario, no one would notice. In the event of a Peer Bonus, Divya can refer Rajesh for a peer bonus. The award can be a small monetary award or a BU wide appreciation mail. TRY IT!

4. Learn your product. Hack 4 to improve employee productivity. 

At Green Mountain Coffee Roasters they sent employees to Guatemala to learn more about the coffee-making process!

Isn’t that amazing?

What can you do? In today’s day and age it means – make your sales and tech team work close by. Yes, we all need war rooms but ultimately, when people talk, true sparks fly.

5. Be transparent. Hack 5 to improve employee productivity. 

Whole Foods Market not only lets employees see each other’s salaries, but the company also sends staff on trips to meet suppliers so they learn more about where their products come from and how much they cost.

What can you do? Most Indian companies are very hush hush about compensation. That’s fair to some extent given the high degree of hierarchy indian business setups have. But why not try it? Be a routine breaker!

6. Be what you are! Hack 6 to improve employee productivity. 

Reebok: “CrossFit Box”

Reebok was looking to reinforce its new mission “to get consumers moving.” They figured the best way to do that was to first get their employees in motion. In an effort to align their people with their vision, the athletic apparel brand converted one of their warehouses into a CrossFit workout center, exclusively for Reebok employees. Participants collectively lost over 4000 pounds during 2011. Globally, 1000 Reebok employees are now CrossFitters.

Why it works: This initiative helped build engagement on many levels. Reebok didn’t just sell a lifestyle, it lived it. To deliver the full customer experience, they promoted a culture of health and wellness within their organisation, making employees stakeholders in the company’s vision and mission.

7. Let people do what they like best. Hack 7 to improve employee productivity. 

Google is a master of this. The 20% project that it allows all employees to indulge in gave birth the the world’s largest mailing service – Gmail.com :)

What can you do? Give your guys a day a fortnight off to start with to allow them to do whatever they want. The whole office needn’t be off and this can be done in rotation.

I really hope the above hacks work out for you. I feel they would. Call me at +91-96439-82934 if you want to talk more.

– Dhruv (SeekSherpa.com)

4 Awesome Heritage and Food Walks in Agra

Food and Heritage walks in Agra apart from the Taj Mahal!

– Bookable Through SeekSherpa – Yahoo!

If you’re looking to explore Agra uniquely, then you’ve come to the right place.

We have some awesome Food and heritage walks in Agra that you would love. And the best part, they are all bookable through SeekSherpa.

1) Food Trail in Agra

Looking for food related things to do in Agra? Take a gastronomical and cultural walk to experience the local food of Agra. Our Sherpa will take you through all the famous eateries of Agra. During this trail, you will not only taste the food but also understand when and why is a particular dish prepared. You will also be told little stories about the history of the eateries. Wow! Isn’t that a great thing to do in Agra?

For details and booking: click here!

Things to do in Agra - Food Walk
Things to do in Agra – Food Walk

2) Colonial Walk in Agra

That’s right, Agra isn’t only famous for The Taj Mahal, Mughal Monuments and the Panchi Petha! Agra houses a number of colonial structures from the days of the British Rule. This walk will cover bungalows, Cemeteries, Churches, Cathedrals and a number of other buildings and places that have there ever since the British Rule. Take this tour if you know want to more about Agra and if you like exploring beyond the obvious. One of the most unique things to do in Agra!

For details and booking: click here!

Things to do in Agra - Colonial Walk
Things to do in Agra – Colonial Walk

3) Cultural Walk of Agra

Who said Agra is only about the Taj Mahal? Take this walk to explore the hidden lanes, the bustling spice market, mosques and temples of Agra. Not only this, understand the Taj Mahal and Red Fort from a different perspective. View the Taj Mahal from a secret spot. Visit the local shops to taste traditional sweets of Agra and enjoy a ride on the Rickshaw. Take this walk and be a local of Agra as you explore new and niche things to do in Agra!

For details and booking: click here!

Things to do in Agra - Cultural Walk
Things to do in Agra – Cultural Walk

4) Discover the Oriental Side of Agra

Running out of things to do in Agra? Take this walk to discover and explore the oriental side of Agra. You will be visiting Dara Shikohs library, Mirza Ghalibs birthplace, and the Akbar church. You will also get an opportunity to see the grand old havelis and the oriental markets of Kinari Bazaar. On the way, you will see the early morning bustle at the shoe mandi in Johri Bazar, the only street of Ayurvedic doctors, the paan and the petha mandi and the food street of Seth Gali.

For details and booking: click here!

Things to do in Agra - Oriental Agra
Things to do in Agra – Oriental Agra

If you want these amazing things to do in Agra, simply reach out to us at makemesherpa@seeksherpa.com or call us at +91-96439-82934 and we’ll get them arranged. Our prices are very nominal and start at INR 700 to 900 per person. You can also check out more things to do on SeekSherpa.com. See you!

7 Unique Things to do in Delhi

Delhi has a lot of unique things to do, you’re just not looking hard enough!

If you’re looking for things to do in Delhi, you’ve landed at the right place! We have unique experiences that travellers would love to take.

1) Spice Market Tour at Asia’s Largest Spice Market

Visit Asia’s largest spice market to learn about the different spices, their origins, uses and benefits, the lovely dishes one makes from them, their trade, & also get a chance to purchase quality spices at reasonable rates for you to take back home should you please. This tour is one of the most unique things to do in Delhi!
This tour is conducted by a spice specialist who is also an at home chef and travel blogger. She has taken more than 100 travellers from 10 different countries on this unique tour.

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Spice Market
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Spice Market

2) Discovering Delhi 6

Have a bucket list of things to do in Delhi? Bet Old Delhi is right on top! Take this tour to understand Old Delhi from a historical, cultural and gastronomical perspective. Visit the temples, bazaars, and monuments of Old Delhi. Not only this, also visit the Paranthe Wale gali, the Shish Ganj Gurudwara, Ghalib ki Haveli and many more! 
This tour is conducted by an Ex Journalist, now pursuing Law. Comes with a background in history and current affairs with a penchant of good food.

 

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Old Delhi
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Old Delhi

3) Street Art and Street Photography Tour

Delhi is not just about its monuments and food. Take this tour to marvel at Delhi’s quirkiest graffiti through its urban village and capture the works through your lens as you stroll through the market. This tour takes place in Delhi’s happening urban village, Shahpur Jat, that is famous for its graffiti, street art, boutiques, restaurants and ruins! Perhaps, one of the most exciting things to do in Delhi this season.
This tour is conducted by a photographer and entrepreneur who knows this village in and out.

 

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Street Art
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Street Art

4)  Tour the boutiques of Hauz Khas with a personal stylist

Shopping for traditional Indian wear are things that all of you want to do in Delhi. On this tour, you will be visiting the boutiques of Hauz Khas/Khan Market for a pesonalized shopping experience. You can expect to visit shops with Indian fabrics, Indian traditional wear (salwar kameez, sarees), traditional jewellery, home decor, souvenirs, designer wear, ayurveda, tea and such like. 
Conducted by an Ex Consultant who now has her own travel startup. She will ease your decision making, take you to the best places and help find what you really want. Really, a unique and different way to explore the boutiques of Delhi. 

 

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Shopping Experience
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Shopping Experience

5) Mixology Masterclass with Indian Cocktails

Take this tour to learn the ancient art of mixology and muddling and to make 4 to 6 different cocktails and drink them too! Experiment with a wide range of raw ingredients from various families like Indian spices, herbs, fruits, & vegetables to make lip smacking cocktails.
This will be conducted by a mixologist who is trusted by the legendary PRS Oberoi.

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Mixology
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Mixology

6) Yoga Experience – At home/hotel

Take this experience pleasure the senses and tone the body with this pro Yoga session. It includes learning the asanas, breathing exercises, and stretching. It can also be followed by a one on one Karmic Healing Session. 
It is conducted by a state level running champion and Sivananda yoga teacher.

 

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Yoga
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Yoga

7) Private Pub Crawl in Hauz Khas Village/Khan Market/CP

On this tour you will be visiting the most happening pubs with a bunch of eager crawlers! Get a chance to show off your dance moves and try out new drinks. Sample the sights and sounds of Delhi’s electric nightlife over 3 hours and 5 bars!
This tour is conducted by a corporate lawyer by day, theatrician by weekend, and party animal by night.

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Pub Crawl
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Pub Crawl

 

If you want these amazing things to do in Delhi, simply reach out to us at makemesherpa@seeksherpa.com or call us at +91-96439-82934 and we’ll get them arranged. Our prices are very nominal and start at INR 800 to INR 1000 per person. You can also check out more things to do on SeekSherpa.com. See you!

7 quirky hiring techniques that #BreakTheRoutine

Hiring? Check out these 7 Hiring Techniques that are quirky and powerful!

1) Hire People From Your Community – Hiring Techniques 101

At DuckDuckGo, an anonymous search engine based outside Philadelphia, new employees always come from the community of users and hackers already using the product. “As a small, tight-knit team, culture fit is the most important thing and that’s why we only hire full-time staff from within,” says Gabriel Weinberg, CEO of DuckDuckGo. “I call this process ‘inbound hiring.’”

Your AI – Go through your mailers “careers@yourcompany.com” and “info@yourcompany.com” and your twitter feed to locate prospects. You should also use mailers to your community every time jobs open up. These are people who LOVE your product, what better hiring technique could there be!

2) One of them. – Hiring Techniques 101

This is a really interesting story – “I had a fun interview at McKinsey & Co. We were 8 interviewees in a conference room, with pizzas in front of us. There were two interviewers in isolated rooms, who were calling us one at a time. One of the interviewers arrived an hour late, so effectively there were going to be 7 interviews before lunch, and 9 after. We interviewees did not know this — and everyone, except me, got interviewed before lunch.

No one really understood why I wasn’t interviewed yet. Long story short, we started having lunch. I assumed we should be using forks and knives to eat the pizza — this was McKinsey & Co. Apparently, it was only me who was using silverware.

We started talking, discussing old-heard stories of bizarre McKinsey interviews, and how I haven’t been called yet, wherein I made a remark — “How would you guys feel if I was an interviewer, and have been observing you for the past 3 hours?”. If I remember correctly, 2 slices of pizza landed on the floor, 3 of the interviewees immediately picked up silverware, and the other 2 almost ran out of the conference room!”

Sourced from Quora!

Your AI – Why not? Try it. In the room your candidates are sitting, plant your person, have them observe the candidates.

3) Zappos.com – Hiring for Culture fit – Hiring Techniques 101

Zappos has two sets of interviews: the skills interview and the culture interview, and candidates must pass both. The culture interview is based on Zappos’ 10 Core Values.

If an applicant doesn’t pass it, they don’t move forward in the process, regardless of how much of a technical fit they may be. Past behaviors and touchpoints that come up during the interview that are contrary to the core values are red flags. Read more.

Your AI – Establish your 360 culture report and what being a fit means. Select someone who knows your culture well. Have them conduct the culture interview.

4) Oneday@yumist – Hiring Techniques 101

The new kid on the block in food tech – Yumist – welcomes you to work at Yumist for a day as a part of the hiring process.

It’s a pre offer process where you work in the office in your specific job role or similar job role that day allowing the company to understand how good you are at your work and at interacting with fellow team mates.

Your AI – Figure out jobs you can do this for, do it.

5) Ask Full-Time Recruits To Start Part-Time – Hiring Techniques 101

According to Kik CEO Ted Livingston. “Kik has a very different approach. We still do interviews, but the most important part of our decision is our part-time process. When we have candidates we’re seriously considering, we offer them the opportunity to work with us on a part-time basis on a project related to what they would be doing if they joined the team full-time. We pay them for their time, and we set it up so that they work side by side with their potential future colleagues. They join us for the meals we bring each day, so they have a real chance to get to know the company—and we get to know them at the same time.”

Wow.

Our only doubt is how often is this feasible?

Your AI – Look at job roles where a perfect fit is most important. Devise a way in which it can work out full time. Execute.

6) Zomato Trial Week – Hiring Techniques 101

This is what the website reads – “Are you (almost) a fresh BE/BS/BTech CS grad? Take a dive into the deep end by spending a week at Zomato, working with our engineering and product teams on real, live projects that are a part of our development pipeline. Go ahead and apply, because once you’ve been picked, we take care of everything – your travel to and from our headquarters in Gurgaon, your stay here, and food (obviously).”

Isn’t that amazing? Get a chance to know your potential hires up close. Have them work on Ghost projects.

Your AI – Identify areas in your product cycle that can use this sort of support and ideation, put it in the open during trial week.

7) Breaking Bread – Hiring Techniques 101

You’re most conscious when you eat. Figure out your comrades best when you go out for a meal. Be it momos at the corner or a full blow fine dine. This is specially popular with consultants. :)

Your AI – Identify three quirky food places, go for dinner with prospects there. See if there is a change in your hiring ability. Roll out.