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Jack Leenaars FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
DelhiByCycle (DBC) is an initiative taken by a Dutchman Jack Leenaars in 2009. While working as a South Asia correspondent for De Telegraaf, one fine morning Jack started to discover the back lanes of Delhi on his cycle. From a couple of participants on his first expeditions, the cycling tours have become a full hit in Delhi’s streets. Unique and green but most important, it’s a project with a soul. Each time on his bike Jack gets inspired by the streets of Delhi and can’t stop a bright smile on his face. Jack and his wife Noreen, their son Pjotr and their two daughters Mali and Juul, dog Beggy and cat Pommetje lived in Delhi for 11 years. Recently they shifted base to Goa to enjoy beautiful nature and beach life and of course to explore new business opportunities. Jack commutes between Delhi and Goa to run DelhiByCycle. He also works as a consultant to set up cycle projects like DBC in other cities. Recently he designed cycle tours in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh (UP), in a partnership with UP Tourism Department.
Renu is our Office Manager. She handles almost everything. She did her graduation from Delhi University. She handles office admin, accounts and many other things. She loves traveling and interested in social work.
Ishmirta is our smiley Office Coordinator. She is a student of English literature from Delhi University. She loves adventures and recently joined the team after completing her internship with the British Council. Loves to meet new people from different cultures, gets along with people very easily and very keen on cycling.
Arpita is a dynamic and fun loving Indian woman with international exposure. With her extensive knowledge on the city and India in general, Arpita manages to entertain all our guests ! Next to DBC, she is a film maker with focus on documentary movies.
Bhupinder is our ever smiling guide. He loves to interact with new people and make sure that one is comfortable. Cycling is one of his hobbies.
Deepika is our young and enthusiatice guide. Currently pursuing MA in history from the University of Delhi, her love for history brought her to Delhi By Cycle. Taking pride in the heritage of her city, she is passionate about sharing this with others through heritage walks and cycle tours. She loves to travel and wants to explore the untold stories of the never static, less traversed lanes of Delhi. Also, she is an avid reader and enjoys playing tennis.
Elena is an Italian, she has been living in Delhi since 2010, but she started her Indian journey way back in 1997. A graphic designer from Milan, she decided to move to India. She started working as a tour guide for an Italian tour operator; she can't be locked in an office in front a computer anymore! India brings you out in the open; this is also a reason why she happily joined DBC.
Her favourite route is Yamuna, as she was born in Venice therefore; water and boats are her elements.
Himanshu, a multi-local Indian. Born and raised up in 12 different cities across 7 different states in India as he is an Air Force Brat. He loves cycling and traveling so much that he did 3300 km cycling tour in India and planning long roads soon. In love with Delhi since 2008 ! Apart from that, he is a poet, photographer and travel blogger.
Jaspreet comes from Uttar Pradesh. He is a student of Law at Delhi University. Asides, he has a very good knowledge of history. He loves talking to people of different cultures and is always keen to know more about it.
Jeswin hails from Kerala (southern part of India), born and grew up in Delhi. A true Dilli wala by nature. He is simple and a free bird. Enjoy meeting new people, loves travelling and a tour guide by luck. He is with DBC as he believes cycling is the best way to see the city and get to know its culture and its true vibe.
Joel is our humble, polite and ever smiling. Originally he is from Ivory Coast, but at present he lives in Delhi with his Indian wife. He is running his own business - he sells stones around the world and in the morning he is working with DelhiByCycle.
Mayank, who loves sports, is always ready to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds. He is very inquisitive. He is a professional cricketer who has represented Delhi cricket team under 20. Being a sports person he has travelled extensively in India, and also Australia. He loves singing and talking on different topics. If he is not on the bicycle with us he works for a sports company arranging all sorts of sport activities.
A full time daydreamer and part time tour guide at DelhiByCycle. She can laugh at almost anything which earned her the moniker “Zoozoo”. A degree in design and procrasti-work made her to explore the photography. When she is not Cycling, she can be found in the streets of Delhi toying with her camera or at a few cafes sipping coffee.
Shashi is our very happy and ever smiling guide. A trained human rights lawyer with international exposure, he has worked with many NGOs. He is a qualified English teacher and trainer at The British Council. He hardly finds any difference between the job of a teacher and a tour guide. He believes that the skills of one of his jobs are transferable into the other. He loves reading and writing and always has himself updated about what’s happening in and around the world. A great lover of history and culture he believes that History means His Story and Mystery means My Story. So Shashi is a Mystery with a great knowledge of History. We find him a very interesting guy.
Shruti is a theatre director, actor and facilitator in Delhi. She started facilitating children workshops with "Yellow Cat Co." in Delhi and went on to exploring the same with students and teachers in Kashmir with "STEP Trust" a Delhi based NGO. She is a co-founder of the Delhi - Mumbai based group "T for Theatre". She also cycles in Old Delhi as a tour Guide to keep the quirk alive.
Tulsi is our very happy and smiling guide.Tulsi hails from Manipur, a beautiful and adventurous place of India. Apart from her personal and professional interest in Fashion and Luxury Design Industry, she loves sports and adventure. On a full time basis, she runs her own Interior design consultancy company representing various European high end furniture brands for the Indian market. She feels cycling in the morning always increases the day's productivity. Loves culture, learning new things, meeting new people, cycling and all that DBC is about.
Ram is our hard working co-guide who joined DelhiByCycle in 2011. He is from Mathura and loves travelling. Ram is very versatile and fond of sports like Cricket, Football and Cycling.
Raju is our handsome and very hardworking co-guide with a unique background. DelhiByCycle doesn't want to be a cycle tour only, as daily guests of Delhi we come across lots of dramatic scenes. For example street children who are forced to sleep just a few meters from our meeting point. That's why we decided to offer a job opportunity to these kids. Raju was raised up at Salaam Baalak, an NGO offering shelter to hundreds of these kids living in and around New Delhi station. He loves trekking, rock climbing and is very good in dancing. We are proud he has become part of our team.
Mukesh: reliable and friendly. Excellent co-guide (= the guy at the back of the group) he has been with us from the very beginning. He loves chocolate cookies at the chai break. We love his disarming smile. Prahlad: From a little village in Chhatisgarh (Central India), to a flowerist's in New Delhi and now a co-guide at DelhiByCycle, Prahlad finally seems to have found his groove! Quiet and dependable, he is always there to greet us and our clients with a wide smile! Both Mukesh and Prahlad also work for our partner Cards4U.
Kapil is a very charming, countryside boy from Himachal Pradesh. Kapil has always been interested in history, and always enjoys meeting people. He is bit shy at first. He has been living in Delhi for the last 6 years. As of Prem, a very energetic guy comes from Uttrakhand, the origin of River Ganga in Himalaya. He is fascinated with glamour of Bollywood and is the most stylish of the lot.
Waqar is our man with magic hands. He is our mechanic since we started DelhiByCycle in 2009. He hails from Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in India. He moved to Delhi in 2003 and since then living in Delhi with his wife and a daughter.
Papu is our "Chai walla", means the once who serves us tea on our Yamuna tour. But he does not only serve us delicious Indian masala chai, he also know each time we meet him a new and interesting story to tell.
Shayam is our reliable boat man. During the Yamuna tour he takes us on a fantastic ride on his boat. He and his family live since generations at the river bank of the holy Yamuna river.
Every morning he waits for us at the spice market and makes sure we all are at the roof top to enjoy the great view. He also sees us off at the end of it till we get back on the bikes to explore more the colourful streets of Old Delhi.