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Travel: Vacations on wheels

For any fervent traveller, a street of any form is a summon to journey. Nothing can beat wandering off the overwhelmed path and having fun with the numerous small issues that make any journey memorable. Right here’s what six B’city actors must say of their trip wheels:

Scottish shock
Manasi Joshi Roy
Scotland, 2011, 7 days

The sound of bagpipe amid scenic beauty of Scottish highlands was sheer bliss for the Roys

The sound of bagpipe amid scenic great thing about Scottish highlands was sheer bliss for the Roys

“Rohit (Roy, husband and actor) and I have done many road trips, but the one from Edinburgh to Glasgow is etched in our memories. Every night we’d stop at charming little bed and breakfasts and then drive through the day. As we drove, we saw the topography change. We drove up Ratagan Pass to see Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range and spotted a man dressed in the traditional Scots costume, playing the bagpipes. We had to stop!

“Bad weather in the Scottish Highlands led us to discover the loveliest restaurant on the Loch Lochy…”

At some point, when the climate was fairly unhealthy (within the Highlands, it rains 250 days out of 365), we have been driving to the Island of Skye and noticed a captivating lodge. Rohit insisted we cease and we have been so glad we did. It had the loveliest restaurant on the Loch Lochy, serving wonderful Scottish delicacies. Aah, the enjoyment of , sizzling meal on a wet day, gazing at a lake and mountains!”

The place subsequent? “We want to explore North-East India and the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to LA. The latter will happen next year, when we drop Kiara off at college.”

Babymoon in Europe
Ashish Chowdhry
Italy to Switzerland, 2008, 20 days

To relive his childhood memories of family road trips, Ashish takes trips with his wife Samita now

To relive his childhood reminiscences of household street journeys, Ashish takes journeys together with his spouse Samita now

“Sam (Samita Bangargi Chowdhry, wife) was five months pregnant; we were expecting Agastya. We were excited and I wanted to make her feel special. So, I planned a trip to Italy because she loves shopping, and Switzerland for the views and relaxation. We did Rome, Venice and so on like typical tourists and then moved to Weggis, a quaint, idyllic recreational spot on the shore of Lake Lucerne. Mark Twain called it the loveliest place he had ever visited and I second that.

“With my wife, five months pregnant, we found ourselves at Weggis. We later learnt Mark Twain called it the loveliest place he had visited.”

As a toddler, I travelled with my dad and mom to Dalhousie, Dharamshala and Patnitop. I’ve fond reminiscences of these street journeys. Having the ability to do issues at your personal tempo is what makes street journeys most fun.”

The place subsequent? “Whenever we can go, it’ll definitely be Denmark. I have already discussed our plans with my friend Satyadev Burman who lives there. We will stay with him and both our families are already looking forward to bonding over exciting road trips. Another most desired road trip is Leh-Ladakh. I would love to ride there.”

Northern delights
Divya Dutta
Chandigarh to Sanewal and Ludhiana, 2020, three days

Divya enjoyed the crisp, fresh air of the beautiful countryside of Punjab

Divya loved the crisp, contemporary air of the attractive countryside of Punjab

“Punjab instantly takes you from rice and yellow mustard fields at daytime to courtyards filled with charpoys at night. It is home to people with large hearts and it was a longing to enjoy this with my pet dog Sakhi that drove me right into the heart of the state.

“Punjab instantly takes you from rice and yellow mustard fields at daytime to courtyards filled with charpoys at night”

I explored and skilled the fields, the crisp, contemporary air and the fantastic countryside. Nature outspread its wonders with lovely purple flowers and silence interrupted by birdsong. I loved aloo parathas loaded with safed makhan. Absorbed solely in rustic pleasures, we returned to Chandigarh after three days with the need to do that once more quickly.”

The place subsequent? “I am eager to explore the route from Goa to Karnataka via the twin falls and the coastal road. I have heard the journey is beautiful and gives you captivating views of the sea from Ankola.”

American dream
Evelyn Sharma
San Francisco to LA, 2016, 7 days

Evelyn rented a red convertible Mustang for her road trip from San Francisco to LA

Evelyn rented a purple convertible Mustang for her street journey from San Francisco to LA

“I drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles with my best friend, Julie. We rented a red Mustang convertible and drove the scenic coastline through small, charming towns like Carmel Bay, stopping at all kinds of diners and cafés! The roads pleasantly soar up and the drive is exhilarating. It was amazing!”

The place subsequent? “Tushaan (Dr Bhindi, fiance) and I drive across Australia a lot. Considering that local tourism is picking up again, we have decided to visit the most beautiful spots across the country this year and skip overseas travel for as long as we can. I’m super excited to see the Great Barrier Reef!”

Christmas cheer
Waluscha De Sousa
Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Dusseldorf, Germany, 2018, 2 days

Waluscha drove around Europe to enjoy the Christmas vibe

Waluscha drove round Europe to benefit from the Christmas vibe

“In Europe, driving in winter, especially during the Christmas season is the most beautiful road trip you can do. Everything is beautiful, decorated, festive and lit up with Christmas trees. We decided to go to Germany’s famous Christmas markets at various towns along the way. It was a drive of four- and-a-half hours, but far from taxing and totally worth it.

“Driving through Europe in winter during Christmas season is the most beautiful road trip you can do”

The German Christmas markets are well-known for mulled wine, stollen, Christmas cake handicrafts, glass-blowers, blacksmiths and woodworkers practising their trades. It’s full of Christmas cheer, carol singers and big, fantastically lit up Christmas timber: it’s just like the setting of a fairy story. It was freezing, and it was an amazing Christmas vibe.”

The place subsequent? “We live in a beautiful country, but every time I travelled here, it’s always been on a shoot. One road trip I would like to do is in Ladakh, just north of Leh; it’s one of the most motorable roads in the world and is at an elevation of 5,359 metres. There is so much to see and learn from the country we live in.”

Mountain magic
Deepti Bhatnagar

North-East India, 2019, three months (with stops)

Deepti explored the North-East for three months on road

Deepti explored the North-East for 3 months on street

“On a work trip that we combined with pleasure, we drove through North-East India for three months. My favourite part of the trip was landing in Assam during the Bihu festival, dancing and eating with the locals. That’s the best part of a road trip: you can stop and soak in whatever you like without an agenda.

As a wild life enthusiast, I absolutely loved Kaziranga, and I equally loved Mawlynnong, supposedly Asia’s cleanest village.”

The place subsequent? “I am in my Goa home currently so it would be perfect to travel within and around Goa. Goa has some incredible forests. I also want to explore the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and the Dudhsagar Falls.”

Tradition vulture
Daisy Shah
Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, 15 years in the past, 7 days

Daisy has fond memories of road trips with her dad

Daisy has fond reminiscences of street journeys together with her dad

“I have had the best road trips with my dad, driving to places like Ahmedabad, Shrinathji (Rajasthan) and Shirdi. They were always exciting: planning the route, stopping at our own will, packing extra munchies and so on.

I have vivid memories of visiting a renovated heritage haveli in Ahmedabad’s old city area, meeting itinerant tribes, and treating my palate to the delightful flavours of local cuisine.”

The place subsequent? “As soon as it’s safe to step out, I would love to go to Lonavala because it’s beautiful in the monsoon.”


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