Our People
  • Amy Waters snow biking Our Team

    Steppes Travel is made by the people who work here. Incredible holidays are made possible because of their vast travel experience and the great enthusiasm they bring to their work.

  • William Dalrymple Our Tour Experts

    We carefully select our experts based on their knowledge, companionship and influence, ensuring that you can travel with the most knowledgeable leaders in the field.

  • Liz Bonnin Heroes and Heroines

    The people who lead the way when it comes to those things which matter to us: exploration, the environment, women’s empowerment and education.

Wild Bengal tiger, India

Charlotte Lawton

  • Europe, Middle East and Indian subcontinent

My Expertise

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My strong sense of belonging in Asia stemmed from a childhood in Hong Kong and Nepal. My Grandmother was born in a tent in India. Some of my clearest memories are of walking through a dense, tropical jungle while hailstones the size of cricket balls rained down on us; of being carried on my father’s shoulders as we trekked through the Himalayas; my mother wearing flipflops on a snowy mountainside; and me falling into Dal Lake in Srinagar as we disembarked from our houseboat. 

I was destined to return to the Indian Subcontinent so, after University it was the first thing I did. I spent two years managing a safari camp based in the beautiful and vast swathes of Central India’s tiger country and every spare moment travelling the length and breadth of the country.

My love affair with India continues and having joined Steppes Travel I return to the region regularly. What enchants me is India’s ability to send you between the sublime and the ridiculous within a split second. It is utterly intoxicating, and everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. For me, travel is about connection, with the people and environment that you are visiting, the surprise, the unknown, the discovery.

Amber palace fort
Amber Palace Fort, India, India

Finding the Soul of India in the Land of the Rajputs

“Namaste Memsahib”, a handsome, sparkly-eyed gentleman greets me with a warm smile, hands clasped in front of him as if in prayer. “Welcome back to India”.

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Flags on Tiger's Nest Temples, Bhutan
Tiger's Nest Temples, Paro, Bhutan

Why Visit Bhutan?

Bhutan is a land of breath-taking, far-reaching, mountain views, terraced farmland, dramatic river valleys and glittering streams, of people who are never in a hurry but are full of life, of unique architecture and impressive and colourful Dzongs.

I can confidently say that anyone who visits this incredible land cannot fail to be affected by its beauty, spirituality and uniqueness. It left an everlasting impression on me.

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Taktshang Monastery, Paro, Bhutan
Paro, Bhutan

Beautiful Bhutan

“Have I just arrived in heaven” my sister whispered as we landed in Bhutan, a small, far-flung Kingdom hidden away in the heart of the Himalayas. I knew exactly what she meant as the sheer beauty of the surrounding scenery struck me.

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My Favourite Experiences

Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Tiger, India

Track Tigers in Central India

Visit one of India’s wildlife parks – Madhya Pradesh, Kanha, Bandavgarh, Satpura and Pench in search for tigers.

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Flags on Tiger's Nest Temples, Bhutan

Hike to Tiger’s Nest

Hike to the Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), built on the edge of a cliff. Reaching this incredibly sacred building is a challenge but provides spectacular views across the Paro Valley.

Train from Kandy to the Tea Country, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Tea Estates

Wake early to see the tea pickers making their way to the colourful, sari dotted tea terraces.

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Meet the rest of the team

Our specialists have a wealth of travel experience under their belts and revisit their own areas of expertise each year to refresh their minds and discover new opportunities. Many have been with us for more than 14 years and have developed a following of clients who trust their judgement and will travel with no one else. We hope you will join those ranks.

They will tell you about those intimate, friendly hotels, introduce you to charismatic guides and our hidden gems – those extra qualities that make your holiday both unique and special.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?

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