Raghavan and Ranjani love discovering cities and towns they land in by foot, while doing so they find routes or RAASTAs beyond the ones suggested by ‘Google maps’. This is how Rararaasta was born.
If you’re wondering why we love walking so much, well it is obviously to burn all those calories we gain from gorging on all the authentic local delicacies. Food is one of the major driving forces for us to choose a destination apart from our love for architecture and history.
Raghavan being a movie buff and Ranjani a singer herself we also go scouting for offbeat locations where some movies were shot. We keep working on curious ideas to make these trips more fun!
Why we fit the bill as a Travel-couple?
Ranjani loves her own company and is often intimidated by the idea of social interactions. She loves to watch a sunrise or a sunset or clouds passing by for hours without uttering a word. Raghavan on the other hand is a charmer and such a natural at pleasing a child and the old alike. He is the one who talks to locals and gets all the interesting anecdotes and secret food haunts. We are different yet we can spend all the time together without even uttering a word. Now you realize why we are a perfect partnership.
TYPE OF TRAVEL
We would not limit ourselves into a category of backpacking or budget or luxury travel because doing the same things over and over is so passe. We like to experience a mix of all of this and more. While both of us love architecture and history we also love immersing ourselves into nature and being lost in the mountains and woods for days without cellular network.We’ve been on the Trans siberian railway yet consider a train ride on the Indian railways second to none. We’ve seen the hauntingly majestic Angkor Wat yet feel the Chola influence in south indian temples is unmatched in the precision and marvellous exhibition of architectural design. This is not jingoism but just who we are,appreciating the virtues and virtuoso of our home.
Together we have been to 14 countries and over 15 states but our most favorite trips include a 22 day trip to Russia in 2018, three weeks spent in Madhya Pradesh, annual monsoon trips in Maharashtra and Karnataka,road trip on the coastal route of Tamil Nadu and our multiple returns to the mountain villages of Himachal Pradesh.
If I had to describe my childhood it would include hills, gardens and outdoors mostly. While I grew up in a number of towns and cities…
If I had to describe my childhood it would include hills, gardens and outdoors mostly. While I grew up in a number of towns and cities thanks to my father’s job the experience only enhanced my understanding of cultures and adaptability to change. It is no surprise that Geography was my favorite subject in school and I still safely keep my collection of atlases with my other prized possessions. While I probably inherited my love for travel and food from my parents, I would say the travel bug really bit me in 2014 when I went on my first Himalayan trek.
Coming from a research background I now use the skill to plan all our trips to the T. Raghav would say I’m a meticulous expert on mapping, scheduling and planning trips irrespective of the latitude, longitude and altitude.He at times believes it’s my voice coming out of the Google map app.
You can also find me singing somewhere on Youtube or on stage when I am not travelling.
At the young age of 6 I used to know the capitals and currencies of more than 190 countries and could fit the entire world map…
At the young age of 6 I used to know the capitals and currencies of more than 190 countries and could fit the entire world map jigsaw puzzle in less than 5 minutes. So one could say I always had a penchant for exploration and the desire for travel was just simmering inside me.But it was only when i met that perfect partner in Ranjani that i rediscovered it.It all transpired on our honeymoon trip which actually involved a 12 hour trek and a road trip.I realized that being on the move, talking to locals and experimenting with weird food flavors excited me as much as sitting on a couch and watching hours of football. All those years of nerdiness as a child and teenager aids me on trips when it comes to learning new languages, understanding the history, culture and economics and their interplay.
I am the designated and official accountant on all our trips.I also am the official photographer at Rararaasta a post Ranjani has very smartly and efficiently handed over to me so that she can constantly appear in front of the camera.
An investment analyst,a movie buff,a featured music reviewer and a stand up comedian mostly at home – that is me.