Travel today has become all about experiences. The new generation is no longer content with conventional sightseeing and looking for the closest Indian restaurant. The quest o explore and understand diverse cultures, sample local flavors, dance to eclectic music and met like- minded fellow travelers is becoming more and more popular. From off-beat locations to festivals to partying across the globe, holidaying abroad isn’t limited to guided tours of monuments and amusement parks anymore. The Indian traveler is now more open to traversing the uncharted and venturing into the off-beat.
No Thepla Holidays has been started by there friends who among them have traveled extensively, lived abroad and are all in love with the idea of ‘taking a break’. Arjun, Ayesha, and Sanaya plan event oriented, party and/or off-beat rips to locations across the globe – from music festivals to quirky festivals to party holidays at locations that are not frequented by the average Indian traveler.
No Thepla Holidays addresses the need to provide options to the modern Indian flash-packer. They aim to be an aggregator of like-minded travelers who want to experience different cultures, met other travelers and don’t want everything planed to a ‘T’.
We caught up with Arjun in a brief chat about his journey of starting No Thepla Holidays, the trips they’ve organized, future prospects for his company and more. Read on.
– The response has been optimistic so far with travel being an interest for most people and a little cause of the name. We have three trips planned for 2015 so far. Two of them have been launched and are on our site and the third should be launched in the next week ten days.
- Andaman: A scuba diving trip to the Andaman islands from the 1st to 7th of March (including Holi). We have partnered with a scuba diving company and bookings for the trip closed on the 31st of January
- Cambodia: A culture, party and beach trip to Cambodia from the 28th of March to the 6th of April (including Good Friday). The trip starts and Siem Reap with the magnificent Angkor Wat and goes down to the paradise like islands in the country’s south and ends in Phnom Penh the capital
- Vietnam (to be lauched shortly): The trip is to Ho Chi Minh and moves to Mui Ne, a quaint beach town and then to Nha Trang, another beach town.. Ho Chi Minh has the vibe of the country’s largest city with great partying. Mui Ne is famous for these awesome sand dunes that make you feel your in middle of a desert while your actually by the sea and Nha Trang is South Vietnam’s most famous beach location.
3. How much have you traveled personally? How has it helped you?
5. Have you ever done an internship during your college, or after? We’d love to hear about it!
– I was a part of AIESEC in college (where I met Pranay, Co-Founder, Letsintern). Even though I was not part of any particular internship, I would definitely recommend it to all. We also like to prioritize someone with internship experience while hiring candidates for No Thepla.
“If it’s something that makes you happy, then totally pursue it.” – Mana Santhanam, Custom Artist.
“I see ideas being taken forward everywhere I look and so many people who want to make a difference.” — Alicia Souza, Illustrator.