Shalmali Rao Paterson


Travel + Leisure A List Travel Agent Shalmali Rao Paterson
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Paterson can deliver access to places and experiences that are closed to most people (like a private evening tour of Mehrangarh Fort, in Jodhpur). She also specializes in culture- and wildlife-focused trips and over-the-top vacations.

Post-pandemic, Paterson is noticing an uptick in travelers "asking for trips that are longer and slower paced, to have the ability to make the most of the vacation. There is more interest in exploring wilderness regions, hiking and walking holidays and wildlife safaris with more remote and outdoor experiences," she says. Paterson has also noticed that clients are more willing to splurge on suites and room upgrades, as well as interest in private villas. Among her favorite properties are The Johri in Jaipur, Cabo Serai in Goa, Raas Chhatrasagr in Rajasthan, and Shakti Village Houses in Ladakh Himalaya.


Languages Spoken: English and Hindi

Minimum Daily Spend: From $460 per person

Trip Planning Fees: None

Contact Info | 44-20-8741-7390 | London


"I have been traveling in India with Shalmali as my adviser and consultant for more than ten years. She loves India and wants to make everyone who goes there to love it too. We started with the more obvious parts of India, such as Rajasthan and Kerala, and subsequently we have been to many other less-visited destinations. Each trip has been interesting, informative, and delightful, and Shalmali is organized at all times to attend to our comfort, safety, and pleasure. Her attention to detail is spectacular. Any trip to India with Shalmali is a huge pleasure." - Carmel G.

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