Wild Frontiers, London
This former travel journalist is a pro at pairing India’s most popular destinations—Agra, Jaipur, Delhi, and Mumbai— with less-frequented rural areas, his point of passion. He’ll put travelers in grand palace hotels, but can just as easily open doors at private-house hotels for a look at the countryside today. His knowledge of northern Indian locales—Leh, in the Indus Valley, and the Nubra Valley—is unparalleled.
Discovery: Bealby’s clients can not only attend the Saffron Festival in Kashmir, which takes place every October, but also help Indian farmers harvest the flowers for the festivities.
Other specialties: India, Central Asia.