About Host Institute
On completing his management studies from Germany and USA, Akhil Bakshi worked for four years in an agrochemical company. During this period, he travelled extensively throughout rural India, working and living in villages. For ten years, between 1982-1991, he assisted late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in initiating, implementing and monitoring development programs in his constituency, Amethi. As Director General of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, he developed the institution into a youth movement and the largest grassroots organisation in the world. Later, as an Officer on Special Duty to the Prime Minister of India, Mr. PV Narasimha Rao, he helped initiate several national programs for social and rural development.
Due to his keen interest in public service, Akhil Bakshi has set up two non-government organizations. Yuva Shakti, a national organisation of rural youth leaders, seeks to provide good leadership at the village-level. Society for Creation of Heaven on Earth assists small and marginal farmers and landless labourers in increasing their productivity and incomes.
Akhil Bakshi has successfully merged his interest in public service and adventure. In 1994, he led the Central Asia Expedition - a goodwill mission to Central Asia and Tibet. In 1995-1996, he led the Azad Hind Expedition to refresh the national memory with the sacrifices made by the soldiers of the Indian National Army in their fight for India's liberation. In 1999, he led the expedition Hands Across The Borders, a mass contact program for promoting peace and development in South Asia. In 2006, he led the 25,200-km Gondwanaland Expedition, a scientific and friendship mission to 17 countries of West Asia and Africa. In 2013, he undertook the Pangea One World Expedition – a 36,000km journey from the Arctic to Antarctic – to study the national responses of the 14 countries traversed to climate change.
A Fellow of Royal Geographical Society, Fellow of the Explorers Club USA, twice Vice President of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Akhil Bakshi is on the board of several adventure organizations in India and has travelled extensively through 101 countries.
He has written five travelogues -
The Road to Freedom - Travels Through Singapore, Malaysia, Burma and India
Silk Road on Wheels - Travels Through Central Asia, Chinese Turkestan and Tibet; and
Between Heaven and Hell - Travels Through South Asia.
Back to Gondwanaland – Travels through West Asia and Africa
I’ll Follow the Sun – Travels to Here, There, Everywhere.
His sixth book, AskarAkaev – A Political Journey is a biography of the President of Kyrgyzstan.
His travelogues on New Zealand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Skytrain to Lhasa, Afghanistan, Ireland, Iceland, Caribbean, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Berlin, Alaska – have also been published as e-books on Amazon Kindle.
Besides writing several travel articles for leading newspapers and magazines (newspapers – including Travel Plus, India Today, Swagat, Outlook Traveller, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Hindu, Financial Express, Indian Express, The South Asian), he has produced over seventy television documentaries.