Published on : Wednesday, March 31, 2021
For the founders of BLive, the popular e-bike tours startup, who now organizes more than a dozen of cycling-based experiences in nine states in India, including various locations in Goa and a Madikeri Nature Trail in Karnataka’s Coorg, sightseeing-centered travel experiences in various travel destinations were never there at a local immersion and green tourism practices. A travel tech platform that provides immersive experiential tours with the help of smart and savvy electric bikes is the way BLive defines itself. Samarth Kholkar and Sandeep Mukherjee, co-founders of the brand is also an Airbnb Experiences host. They say that listing on Airbnb has given them the “much-needed visibility” to take their effort to greater number of audiences, as a startup.
Some of these Airbnb Experiences include Culture Trails of Panjim, Discovery of Divar Island, Village Vistas of Cansaulim, Nature Trail of Chorao and Food Trails of Panjim. On the Airbnb platform, they are bookable, and are recommended as well. “Sustainable tourism is the need of the hour and it is not just a trend, but a more responsible and practical lifestyle, especially in a post-Covid world. We are slowly moving away from non-recyclables in our day-to-day life but there is a massive gap between the rising demand for ‘sustainable tourism’ and the lack of options,” Samarth Kholkar, CEO and co-founder of BLive explains to IANSlife.
Also, Kholkar has observed that Indian tourist destinations have numerous vehicles, each of them increasing our collective carbon footprint. So, what’s the solution? E-bike tours that merge local, authentic experiences with sustainability and eco-consciousness.
“We wanted to offer offbeat and unique experiences but also be environmentally conscious through our platform. We have tried to inculcate the same in every way possible. (For instance) we provide string bags made of cloth so guests can dispose waste if any in it and carry water and other necessities too. Similarly, when we launched in Goa, we used upcycled shipping containers as our hubs. This was all an effort to reduce waste and make the guest also a much more conscious traveller. With electric vehicle (EV) as a category growing we wanted to ensure that people make that as a consideration even when travelling. In most cases, it is actually the first time that people actually try out EV when they take our tour.”