Episode 089 – Bipin Bhosale & Pooja Rani Bhatia | Scuba Divers, Wilderness guides, & Co-founders of Khoj-aao!
Bipin Bhosale and Pooja Rani Bhatia are co-founders of Khoj-aao! They love travelling to offbeat destinations, enjoying diverse cuisines, and spending time off the grid. They’re both certified in different levels of Wilderness First Aid, so rest assured you’re safe in their hands.
Bipin’s an avid birder, a scuba diver, and a slow travel enthusiast. Pooja’s a divemaster, and a trained experiential facilitator.
Listen to their journey from growing up in India’s Western Ghats and the USA respectively, and meeting in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, to now showcasing the outdoors in Goa.
Khoj-aao! is a nature-based eco-tourism operator that offers customised outdoor experiences, currently in Goa and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. They also organise workshops on topics including, snake awareness, backyard biodiversity, wilderness survival, and local flora/fauna among others.
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Get in touch with them for explorations across backyard nature trails, stargazing sessions, overnight camping trips, river boat cruises, and bird watching excursions in Goa. You can choose from half-day, full-day, and multi-day adventures.
Khoj-aao! intends to expose the younger generations to the outdoors with their interdisciplinary programs designed to take the classroom outside amid natural surroundings.
The Khoj-aao! Young Explorer Kits are suitable for all ages, and are ideal to bring along for your own independent adventures in the wild.
Also mentioned in this episode
Amit Shetty – Andaman & Nicobar Islands – Bear Grylls – Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary – Birding – Bushcraft – Butterfly – Camping – Camping in the USA – Camping in India – Camp Monk – Damselfly – David Attenborough – Dragonfly – Dry bite (mock bite) – Dudhsagar waterfalls – First response – Flying Fish – Fungi in Goa – Gaurav Agavekar – Geminids – Grand Canyon – Hiking – Hornbill – International Dark-Sky Association – International Space Station – Jio – Light pollution – Machu Picchu – Machu Picchu Trek – Mergui Archipelago – Mollem – Monsoon – National Historic Site – New species of ant discovered in 2020 – Nupur D’souza – Ohio – Parag Rangnekar – Paul Oxton – Paul Stamets – Pelagic birds – Pleiades – Poisonous vs Venomous – Ranthambore – Romulus Whitaker – Shashikiran – Space debris – Spiti – Stargazing – Starlink – Touch me not – Trail grading – Trail running – Trekking – Western Ghats – White-bellied sea eagle – Wilderness Survival Certification – Yondr
Timestamps for reference
04:31 Is it fun offering outdoor experiences?
08:55 Returning to similar trails and understanding the flora and fauna
14:41 Bipin and Pooja’s introduction to camping
20:57 From camping to Khoj-aao!
22:45 Trails in Goa
25:38 Encouraging guests to document their outdoor experiences
27:31 Different experiences offered by Khoj-aao!
32:48 Goa is a year-round destination for nature-based experiences
36:25 Stargazing with Khoj-aao! and personal experiences with celestial events
49:40 Interacting with like-minded guests, and their experiences in the outdoors
56:43 Uniqueness of the Goan outdoors
01:00:04 Inspiring guests to explore the outdoors on their own
01:04:23 Infrastructure for independent outdoor experiences
01:08:57 The cultural shift to keeping our public spaces clean, and respecting the native ecosystems
01:22:30 Development within local communities
01:33:30 Light Pollution, stargazing, and other experiences with guests
01:41:30 Young Explorers Adventure Kit
01:51:01 Snakes and stuff
01:53:55 Experiences in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
01:56:06 The beauty of marine life
01:59:30 Wilderness survival
02:13:38 Gears and gadgets in adventure sports and recreation
02:17:57 How Bipin and Pooja met, and the beginning of Khoj-aao
02:23:06 Bipin and Pooja’s personal travels, and takeaways from running an eco-conscious travel business
Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8
Music by Nordgroove from Fugue
Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library
Asleep with the Sun by Unicorn Heads
First Class by DJ Williams
All photographs by Bipin Bhosale, Khoj-aao!, and Pooja Rani Bhatia, unless otherwise stated.