7 Indian Pet Parents Setting Travel Goals Online

7 Indian Pet Parents Setting Travel Goals Online
Your pet can also be your best travel companion, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Taking their pets on a train journey, to going on a month-long road tour, to scaling some of the highest peaks in the country with them, these parents are the coolest in the house

Aashna Dhiman
February 13 , 2021
20 Min Read

Somewhere on a long journey, a doggo often peeks out from its parent’s car to enjoy the mountain breeze that caresses its furry locks, and admire the curvy roads that guide its eyes from one landscape to another. “Oh, what a wonderful world!” it might think to itself.

Always wanted to travel with your fur friends but not sure how it may turn out? We talked to a group of travellers who are setting new standards, changing perceptions, and encouraging pet travel online. They are asking pet parents to take their furry buddies on trips, let them experience nature, and allow them to become their number one travel companions. 

Lakshmi and Gautham – Bruce 
“Bruce is at his best when travelling,” says Lakshmi, an avid traveller behind the Instagram page, The Knot Story, that she co-runs with her husband, Gautham, who is a big fan of road trips himself. Covering a distance of 5,000 km during their two-week-long journey in December 2019, the pet parents drove with Bruce to cities like Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. 

 
 
 
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Ensuring that Mr. Brucilious Woofles Wayne (yes, that's his full name) has a comfortable yet memorable vacation, the couple gave him enough time to adapt to and explore the new surroundings. “We made sure to take him on walks and let him smell things around,” says Gautham, “He likes to guide us to random fields and trails which also help us stay around nature and skip the usual touristy places.” 

 
 
 
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For parents struggling to take the big step, the couple suggests to start with short distance drives to one’s neighborhood, learn about their dog’s behavior on the road and stay patient while their little ones get used to the process. “Always make an effort to listen to your dog,” says Gautham, “Whether he is enjoying the trip or needs a quick pee break, as parents, we can understand by simply glancing at Bruce’s face or from the kind of noise he makes.” 

Divya Dugar – Tigress, Marcopolo and Pari 
She started travelling four years ago with her three dogs, Tigress (11), Marcopolo (8), and Pari (2), and soon, Divya Dugar became an inspiration to many when she took them all on journeys on Indian Railways. 

 
 
 
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“We have done 55 trips with Indian Railways so far,” says Dugar, who runs the page Chaos in a Coupe on Instagram, “We always book the first-class coupe as it provides sufficient space to our dogs to move around and be in the same compartment as us.” The train is a decisive factor for them as it helps the family of six (they also have a tiny hooman) cover major distances in less duration of time, and spend more time cherishing each other's company. 

 
 
 
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From going on adventures with her pets to seeing them effortlessly act like icebreakers to feeling at home everywhere they stay (five-star hotels or homestays), Dugar believes that travelling with pets is a travel genre that is yet to be fully explored in the country.

Read: Every Day's is a Dog's Day at India's First Canine Park

Atrie Adhikari – Skylar 
Popularly recognised as “Kutte wali aunty” by local children, Atrie Adhikari, who runs the page, Skylar N Atrie, and the initiative #Kukursewa, enjoys taking her little one, Skylar (Siberian Husky) on one Himalayan adventure after another. 

 
 
 
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“Dogs are great travel companions,” says Adhikari, “Skylar is always up for long drives and is super entertaining to be with.” Having scaled the Cheena Peak in Nainital (the highest in the area) and many others with Skylar, Adhikari recommends first-time trekkers to start early in the morning and carry gears like nylon harness, a head torch, and a pepper spray to avoid potential bear attacks on the trek. “Make sure to also give them enough water while trekking,” she says, “Carry a bottle or go for freshwater sources on the way.” 

Akanksha Singh – Oz 
The journey of Oz, a chocolate brown labrador began a year-and-a-half ago when his mum, Akanksha Singh took him on his first trip to Manali when he was five months old. 

 
 
 
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Check out her Insta page, Aks on the Fly, and you will see Singh exploring the Himalayas with her dog and taking him for refreshing swims and boat rides in Goa. “I exposed Oz to travelling early in life,” says Singh, “This helped him adjust to hills and beaches easily.” 

 
 
 
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To make the vacation memorable for her big dog, Singh carries a range of products that she suggests every parent to consider while packing their final luggage. “Carry their favourite toys, treats, travel bowls, foldable bedding, and cleaning shampoos,” says Singh, “I have an electric cooker that helps me cook ghar ka khana for Oz and a bamboo stick that further helps me protect him from stray dogs.”

Divy Khatri – Ghost and Max 
Residing in the hills of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand are two handsome dogs, Ghost (Siberian Husky) and Max (Labrador) who often go on adventurous Himalayan treks with their father Divy Khatri, who further runs The Himalayan Husky channel on YouTube and Instagram. 

 
 
 
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“We planned our first trip to the unexplored Darma Valley three years ago,” says Khatri, “It was a beautiful sight to watch Ghost playing in the snow and Max swimming in the glacier lake. Nothing of which I had experienced before.” Both his fur kids, one named after the famous GOT series and the other in the memory of Khatri’s previous dog, have managed to sway millions of hearts on social media with their adventure-ready personalities and playful portraits.

 
 
 
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“With the large following, comes the large responsibility,” says Khatri who heads an NGO in Uttarakhand that works towards controlling the population of dogs in the region, “Along with sharing our Himalayan tales, I also use my platform to spread awareness and motivate people to become considerate towards dogs around them.” Through their travel channel, the family has helped more than 200 pups get adopted and aided small animal welfare organisations around the state.

Read: Furry Finds: Travel Gear For Your Pets

Priyanka and Tanveer – Frodo, Cruise, and Noorie
“While cities reflect a westernised way of thinking, people in villages do not mind cats and dogs eating around them,” says Priyanka Jena, who has travelled to around 21 Indian states with her two dogs (Frodo and Cruise) and beau Tanveer Taj, “If you step out of big cities, you will see that India is quite a pet-friendly country.” 

 
 
 
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The couple made their dream a reality when they took their dogs on a four-month-long trip across the country and documented their journey on their Instagram page, Wheels and Tails. From deciding on pet-friendly stays to checking on their medical needs to arranging food supplies for their dogs, the duo planned meticulously for a year before finally setting out on their 12,500km journey.  

 
 
 
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As a couple, they often divide their duties which help them take better care of their pets. The new addition to their pack is Noorie the cat, who too began travelling from the day she was first found around their property in Karnataka. “When your pets are young and you expose them to travelling,” says Jena, “They learn to become better travellers.” 

Prakriti Varshney – Olive and Mario 
Prakriti Varshney, mum to two rescued mountain dogs — Olive and Mario,  decided to get a Gypsy, refurbish it, create a mini-bed for her travel buddies at the back and take them on road trips around the mountains. 

 
 
 
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Often documenting her road trips on her Instagram page, Its In The Name, Varshney prefers going to places that are pet-friendly and do not mind keeping her dogs unleashed. “Mario is very outgoing and tends to mingle with people easily,” she says, “Olive on the other hand sits back during long journeys, and enjoys howling to the song tunes as if he is singing to it.”

 
 
 
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Travelling with dogs require her to carry antibiotics for allergies, and their go-to doctor’s number who she can call in case of an emergency or advice. “They need to be taken care of at times and that does get hectic,” she says, “But if you’re passionate about travelling with them, you will find your way.”


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