Desi Tourist: I had started travelling since I was in school. I always loved to explore new places. Sometimes I even used to bunk tuitions (not school classes, I wasn’t that spoilt) and used that time to explore some unseen sides of my town on my cycle. So it all started then. But since 2014 I have been continuously travelling in and out of India on priority.
A Caravan Trip was always in my head as it’s a very innovative and fun way of travelling to the countrysides with a lot more ease and flexibility. But, there was another big motivation behind this and that was my little pug ‘Popu’. I had always wanted to take my pug to a beach destination but I live in Gurgaon and it’s far from the beaches. And travelling such long distances with your pet in India is very difficult right now. There are no specific flying guidelines in place, not many pet-friendly hotel options either. So Caravan seemed to be an amazing option as it is like a hotel on the wheels and with every amenity like kitchen and washroom in-house, one can travel long distances. Thanks to this pandemic, all my international projects went on hold, and here I am with my pug travelling 8,000 km through 10 states in a Caravan.
Touriosity: Tell us more about how you arranged the caravan, the booking procedure, costs involved and the experience of the travel itself.
Desi Tourist: Well I rented it from Carvaa Travellers (a caravan renting company based in Delhi). Cost is Rs. 6,000 per day exclusive of toll / parking / fuel / driver. The booking procedure is as simple as renting any self-drive car. My total expense was around 1.3 lakh rupees excluding the rent. The cost includes the fuel charges of Rs. 80,000 approximately, toll charges of Rs. 20,000, parking - almost zero (as I was mostly in the countryside), and the rest was food and other miscellaneous charges.
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