Harsha is an enthusiastic naturalist with eight years of experience as a guide. He has worked as head
naturalist in a top lodge in India where he was also in charge of training new naturalist guides. Widely travelled
and an explorer by nature, Harsha enjoys identifying and understanding the behavior and habits of a wide range of Indian wildlife, including mammals, reptiles and birds. Harsha also leads birding and wildlife trips in tiger country, from India's central highlands to the foothills of Himalayas, as well as in the grasslands of Gujurat
. His dream is to go birding over the entirety of India, to see as many birds as possible at a single stretch over several months,
while hitchhiking his way around the country. Harsha's inquisitive nature, along with his eagerness to explore and learn, makes him a phenomenal naturalist who knows how to captivate guests' interests and keep them spellbound with his wildlife stories.
Upcoming Adventures with Harsha:
The Grand India Wildlife Adventure
India's Tigers & Wildlife: A Photo Safari
Sri Lanka Wildlife Safari
Natural Jewels of Bhutan & Nepal
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"Harsha is the best guide I've EVER had on any trip. Period. He handled not one but TWO elderly travelers with serious health & cognitive issues with exquisite tact & dexterity. And ALWAYS while giving 100% to the remainder of the group--I was dazzled. His knowledge, skill & patience are unparalleled. I could continue, but won't--just keep this guy in your company NO MATTER WHAT, please."
"Harsha was beyond a 10 in every way. From his wonderful personality and sense of humor, his tremendous patience, his constant attention to our needs and comforts and schedules, and his willingness to go the extra mile for each individual. He was an encyclopedia of information and every time he was asked a question he didn't know the answer to he was on his phone getting any details he could find. There were several of our trip members who have traveled extensively with groups who said he was the best guide they ever had."
"We have been traveling internationally on guided group adventures for many years with a variety of operators. Harsha was by far the absolute best guide/leader we have experienced. His attention to detail, given the idiosyncratic nature of the group, his subject knowledge, and his overall charisma made this one of our top trips ever."
“Harsha was outstanding and an excellent example of NHA standards. Very helpful, supportive and understanding, good with people and still learning. He was very attuned to the group, a gracious host able to handle different personalities as well as all the business details. When he was in the same jeep as me, his knowledge of wildlife, environment and photography was evident. I found him to be an asset to the program.”
“Harsha was very good and consistent throughout, one of the best I've had anywhere. Good sense of humor, attention to detail, good photo knowledge, managed the group well. Would travel with him again without hesitation”
“Harsha was all of the things listed above and much more. Very attentive, very willing to work with me and my digital camera to help me get better pictures (which I did). He was always patient, kind, interested, and also very knowledgable
about the animals and the area. He was one of the best guides I ever had on a NatHab trip.”
“Harsha was FANTASTIC! He was totally professional and helpful and yet he felt like a good friend right off the bat. He was funny and we always felt like everything was under control and safe. His briefings were always helpful and very accurate."
"We've been on many expedition-style trips, and, while we have been fortunate to have traveled with many excellent expedition leaders, not one has outperformed Harsha in any category. He is a treasure,
and a real asset for NatHab."
“Harsha was one of the best leaders I have had with Natural Habitat mainly because he gave EVERYONE equal attention. He didn't talk too much or too little and his knowledge was excellent. I really enjoyed having him as our leader. A very competent, efficient and nice man."
"Harsha is an outstanding expedition leader and a very fine gentleman with a great personality. I rate him far above a 10 in every way. He was very attentive and kind, making me feel comfortable and secure. He showed that he truly cared about us, the animals, the environment and took seriously his position as expedition leader. When a fellow traveler fell ill, he handled the situation with utmost expertise. Harsha played a big role in making my trip so memorable!"
"Harsha is an excellent leader and a complete gentleman. He orchestrated a seamless and calm adventure in a country which is anything but calm. He also brings an excellent and balanced perspective on Indian culture and society along with his extensive naturalist knowledge."
"Harsha was an exceptional guide, teacher and person. He made sure that every traveler received his personal attention. If we asked a question that he did not immediately know the answer, he would research and give the correct answer usually within one day. Harsha is a kind and gentle person which reflect the inner peace of the hindu and Indian culture. He always has a smile and shows intense interest and care for every traveler. He is a expert birder and was able to help us see all the animals and plant life that we were interested in seeing or knowing about. He was able to help with the problems I experienced with my photographic equipment. Harsha has an excellent sense of humor and was able to insure every traveler was comfortable with him and every traveler on the trip. This trip was a good mix if personalities and I am sure any potential conflict was resolved or avoided by Harsha and his abilty to manage people. I believe Harsha is an excellent guide and I would gladly travel with him again. Harsha makes it very easy to recommend Nat Hab. He is the kind of guide that makes the trip exceptional!"