Deepen Rai was an exceptional Tour Leader who led Explore tours in Nepal for 12 years. He was a leader amongst leaders. Other Nepalese guides and leaders looked to him for advice and inspiration and he regularly received exceptional feedback from clients. Tragically, we lost him in a plane crash in 2012 aged just 37. Deepen was admired by Explore staff and customers alike. He didn't just carry out his duties; he always found ways to ensure that the tour was liked by all including his team, local partners, community and clients. In 2009 he won the coveted Explore Tour Leader of the year award.
In memory of Deepen’s outstanding contribution to tour leading, we launched a new Tour Leader Award in his name – The Deepen Rai Outstanding Achievement Award. With this award, we aim to give recognition to a leader who has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty and/or has made an outstanding contribution to their colleagues or local community. The winning leader’s efforts will be such that they cannot go unnoticed and should be rewarded and celebrated.
How do we choose a winner?
Unlike the Explore Tour Leader of the Year Award, the candidate shortlist for the Deepen Rai Award is decided by the Explore Operations Team based on feedback they’ve received throughout the year from customers and local partners. Once the finalists are selected, our Tour Leader Awards judging panel decide who the winner is. The panel meet at the Explore offices to decide the winner of this and all of our Tour Leader Awards.
The 2015 Winner
The 2015 Deepen Rai Award for Outstanding Achievement has been awarded to Indira Wadhawa from India.
The judges said:"After 17 years of leading, Indira is still young, energetic and smiling which sums it up for us!"
The panel chose Indira because she has been working with Explore tours since 1999 and still remains as the only female leader we have in India. Passionate about her customers enjoying their time in her home country, Indira receives wonderful comments from her customers.
The final shortlist of candidates for the 2015 Deepen Rai Outstanding Achievement Award were:
May San Aung
Juan Luis Flores