Misty Dhillon,  Managing Director

Internationally acclaimed master of the Golden Himalayan Mahseer

Misty’s passion for the mighty Mahseer began in 1995 with his first encounter as a young fisherman. He has since researched and pioneered patterns and techniques for catching this “Golden Goddess” for both spinning and fly-fishing. Misty is considered a world authority on the Golden Mahseer.

In 2004 Himalayan Outback opened for business.

With business partner, Mickey Sidhu, Misty opened a company to introduce the magnificent Mahseer to sport fishing enthusiasts worldwide.The company would reflect his and Mickey’s conservation values. Under Misty Dhillon’s guidance, Himalayan Outback adheres to the strictest conservation standards.

In addition to offering among the world’s highest quality fresh water fishing experiences, Himalayan Outback provides other types of Indian adventure travel experiences that benefit local villagers, preserve the local habitat and protect the future of the Mahseer population.

Misty is one of only two international representatives in India of the International Game Fish Association. He has appeared on numerous television shows and documentaries featuring the Golden Mahseer.  He is certified by the Federation of Fly Fishers as the first Certified Casting Instructor of India.

Misty and his wife, Aikta, make their home at their River Lodge on the Western Ramganga River just outside the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve in the northern Indian state of Uttrakhand.

Aikta Suri Himalayan Outback

Aikta Suri Dhillon, Community Relations & Environmental Stewardship

Sharing her passion for local culture and native plants and animals

Misty’s wife and business partner, is responsible for taking guests on learning journeys and expeditions to some of India’s most remote locations.

Aikta’s emphasis in the company is on community relations, environmental stewardship, the sharing of the indigenous knowledge and practices of the local people, and exploring native plants and animals.

She also invites groups to host retreats and workshops in their private lodge, The Western Ramganga River Lodge, based in the foothills of India’s Himalayas.

Aikta brings a tremendous background in education and contemplative practice to Himalayan Outback. She holds a BA from Loyola University of Maryland, US with a focus on Education and Philosophy, and a Masters from Naropa University, Boulder, CO, US in Contemplative Education. Her personal growth and development called her to explore education further by leaving her birthplace, the United States, and moving back to her motherland, India where she met her husband and business partner, Misty.

Aikta and Misty live just outside of India’s oldest tiger reserve in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Ritish Suri Himalayan Outback Wildlife Guide

Ritish Suri – Top naturalist for Corbett National Park

Incredible host and trekking guide

Ritish is to wildlife what Misty is to the Mahseer. He is an expert on Indian wildlife, specializing in birds.

Guests love Ritish’s amazing sense of humor. His adventures include trips within the Corbett National Park and species specific treks such as Himalayan Outback’s Snow Leopard trek. He also guides in other national parks throughout India.

Ramawtar Singh Village walks guide Himalayan Outback India

Ramawtar Singh – naturalist, artist and trekking guide

Artist whose murals decorate our cottages

Before joining the Himalayan Outback team, Ram was a teacher. His wonderful affinity for children makes him a vital member of our village walks team. Within minutes he makes friends with the children and connects with an entire village.

The cottage murals that decorate our Ramganga base camp are Ram’s inspiration. Visitors marvel at these works of art which are redone yearly. They eagerly join Ram’s jewelry making sessions, learning how to use locally gathered materials to make stunning souvenirs of their Indian visit.

Ram has extensive knowledge of medicinal use of plants. A walk with Ram will always include spontaneous lessons in the traditional and medicinal use of the plants you walk by. He is a skilled naturalist who quickly turns a beautiful trek into an exciting discovery experience as he shares the calls, names, physical features and behaviors of even the smallest creatures.

Pritam Singh Himalayan Outback

Pritam – trekking and mountaineering guide

A favorite among Himalayan Outback guests

Pritam is a native of the Himachal Pradesh region, growing up with the same village as Head Fishing guide, Bobby. Pritam holds an advanced Mountaineering Certification from the Atal Bihari Vajpaiee Mountaineering Institute, making him a valuable and trusted trekking guide.

More than his skill and experience as a trekking guide, it is his kindness and attention to detail that make him a favorite of HO’s trekking guests.  Recently, on a birding trek, he noticed that they had not packed enough apples for each guest. He quickly constructed a platter of leaves and wildflowers, and presented the ladies with a glorious feast of cut apples.

Bobby with a Himalayan Mahseer in India

Bobby  – Assistant Manager, head fishing guide and certified river guide.

master fishing guide and world record holder.

Bobby was born in a small village on the beautiful Giri River in Himachal Pradesh where he first took up fishing as a child. Like Misty, fishing has been Bobby’s life long  passion. As a young teenager, he would join Misty on treks on the Giri River near his home and ask to hold Misty’s rod. He became Misty’s eyes and ears, tracking poachers and observing Mahseer feeding habits.

Bobby is a master fisherman, having developed his skills since boyhood when he learned local methods of fishing for his family. He holds the world record for catching the largest Mahseer on a fly.

Gajendra Singh Head Chef Himalayan Outback

Gajendra Rawat, chef.

Himalayan Outback’s food wizard

Gajju is a Himalayan Outback institution, having been with the company from the beginning. He can trek miles, set up a full kitchen and have a hot gourmet dinner and fresh baked cake ready when hungry guests arrive. Gaju prepares gourmet breakfasts, lunches and dinners in the wild that rival cuisine found in fine urban restaurants anywhere in the world.

Once, we described corn bread to him, a favorite of a soon to arrive fishing guest. He had never had it, nor did we give him a real recipe. The next day he came out with perfectly made fresh baked corn bread! Since we had no corn flour he used corn flake cereal, crushing it finely and improvising the recipe himself.

Gajju is from a remote village in Uttarkashi, a region in the state of Uttarakhand.