Insider tips about how to travel in Rajasthan from Raghavendra Rathore, the fashion designer from Jodhpur
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OT: Did you travel much as a child?
Amish: Although I was born in Mumbai, my early years were spent in Odisha. And because my parents loved to travel, we went all over the state. I remember this one trip in particular: a visit to Chilika Lake. Surprisingly, even though I’ve been to Odisha several times since, I have never managed to go back to Chilika.
OT: A destination you wouldn’t mind visiting frequently...
Amish: The Dalai Lama says: travel to at least one new destination every year to make life exciting. So I rarely revisit places, and look for someplace new to explore every year.
OT: What are your family holidays like?
Amish: Fortunately, both Preeti (my wife) and our son love travelling. But while I like places of historical significance, she prefers the naturally beautiful, and my son loves wildlife. So we usually alternate. If I get Hampi, she gets Goa, and if we go to Italy, we also plan a trip to Switzerland. We recently visited Pench National Park, where our son thoroughly enjoyed himself.
OT: Any destinations on your wish list?
Amish: Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu are on my list for sure. And in India, Khajuraho, which, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to visit yet.
OT: What kind of a holiday helps you unwind?
Amish: Goa holidays are completely unwinding. We were there less than a year ago.
OT: Any travel disasters?
Amish: We were on one of my kind of holidays in Greece eight years ago. Unfortunately for us, it was one of the hottest summers. The fun really goes out of a trip when temperatures hover around 45–50° Celsius.
OT: Two must-visit destinations in India...
Amish: Well, I’d say Baan Ganga, where, apparently, Lord Ram shot an arrow into the ground for the Ganga to emerge, and the Elephanta caves.
OT: Is there anything you hate about travelling?
Amish: I hate checking in and out of hotels. When Preeti and I travel, we usually visit one country at a time, travelling from city to city, taking in everything it has to offer. Checking in and out wastes a lot of time. This is one reason why I like cruise holidays so much.
OT: As a seasoned traveller, your best travel advice...
Amish: Use a guidebook. It helps you plan your trip better.
OT: Five things you always carry while on vacation...
Amish: Definitely a guidebook...everything else depends on where I’m going.
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