Founder and President
From Lost to Found Travel

Mrs. Allison Rulon-Miller, VTA
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2105 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6513
UNITED STATES
215-731-9553

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About Me

Travel Specialization
Archeology, Art & Antiques, Art & Culture/Music, Beach Vacations, Castles/Villas, Culinary/Cooking/Gastronomy, Customized Travel, Educational, Historical, Honeymoon, Leisure Travel, Luxury Travel, Nature, Resorts, Safari & Wildlife
Destination Specialization
India
Languages Known
English
ASTA Certification
Tagline
Custom Travel Experiences in India and Beyond
About me
My passion is creating unusual and unforgettable itineraries in India. I am a Certified India Specialist (The Travel Institute) and have spent many years traveling around the country in search of the best sights, sounds and hotels. Many of my trips are designed around a particular theme, such as Architecture, Horticulture and Gardens, Textiles and Crafts, or Body
Art and Adornment. By including sites seldom visited by travelers, such as modernist buildings, private residences and tribal villages, our tours offer a unique picture of the diversity and dynamism of this region of the world. We design tours for independent travelers, as well as for groups of up to 20 travelers. While our tours can be designed to fit any budget, they are typically geared towards a moderate-to-upscale clientele.


Why I love my job
I started From Lost to Found Travel because I enjoy serving as a motivator and guide for curious people who want to explore the world. India, in particular, is a remarkably complex country that has a tremendous amount to offer the spirited traveler. At the same time, the sights, sounds and pace can be overwhelming, and independent travelers can be faced with a number of cultural and logistical challenges. While the region’s rapidly growing tourism infrastructure presents an opportunity to travel in a higher level of comfort than ever before, land and air travel can still be arduous and proper planning is essential. I love giving people the confidence and support they need to take the leap and visit this remarkable country.

Favorite Destinations
The desert cities of Rajasthan are some of the most popular destinations in India for good reason. The opulent Mughal and Rajput palaces, romantic hotels and colorful bazaars symbolize for many people mythical, regal India. The challenge is uncovering less visited sites and festivals where you aren't elbow-to-elbow with other tourists. This is a major focus of my tour research activities in India. Last year I had the good fortune of visiting the Ramdevra festival in western Rajasthan. Baba Ramdev was a 15th-century saint who believed in the equality of all human beings and is revered by both Hindus and Muslims. Thousands of pilgrims come to the Ramdevra festival each year, some of them walking for hundreds of miles in bare feet, to pay their respects to the saint. I stayed in the nearby town of Pokhran, which features a number of beautiful havelis, which are intricately-carved mansions built by the region’s merchants out of red and yellow sandstone. My small hotel was inside the 14th-century Pokhran Fort; half of the old rooms had been converted into lodging, while the other half remained in their original state. Part of the fort also housed a small museum that reputedly contained the sword of Baba Ramdev. My enormous room was at the top of a tall flight of stairs, with views overlooking the palace grounds and old fort walls. I was awakened each morning (very early...) by the sound of ringing bells and shuffling feet; only later did I realize that my room was right next to the main temple in the palace, and that EVERY pilgrim to Ramdevra stopped by Pokhran Fort to see Baba Ramdev's sword and say a prayer in the fort's temple. In fact, during the Ramdevra festival, Pokhran Fort comes alive again, reminding guests like myself what it must have been like hundreds of years ago.
About my most memorable vacation
One of my original tour themes is Horticulture and Gardens, and I am working on a new trip focused on Himalayan flora and culture. I just returned from a fantastic visit to Darjeeling and Sikkim. I toured the Makaibari Tea Estate in Darjeeling, which produces some of the finest Darjeeling teas in the world; Makaibari pioneered the biodynamic tea farming movement in India and has empowered the local villagers who work on the estate by significantly improving access to healthcare and education. I also met with an expert on Himalayan orchids and explored the atmospheric Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim. In Pemayangtse, I was awakened at 5 a.m. by the staff of my tiny hotel to witness a rare, crystal-clear view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. Watching the snow whip around this peak with amazing clarity is both humbling and empowering at the same time.

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