The Mindful Traveller
Travel+Leisure India|November 2021
On her maiden trip to Nashik, Sonakshi Sinha spends a weekend relaxing at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Nashik. Between takes of a stunning cover shoot, we indulge in quick conversations on slow travel, scuba diving, and the beauty of sleepy towns.
Priyanka Chakrabarti

What’s your first impression of Nashik?

Nashik is so stunning! I spotted many beautiful hilltops while coming from the airport to the hotel. My driver engaged me in quick trivia on Nashik’s hidden gems; he spoke about lesser-known caves and trekking trails. And I duly made mental notes.

Define an ideal weekend getaway from Mumbai.

I’m a water baby; I love to dive and snorkel. That’s why, whenever I plan a quick getaway from Mumbai, I always seek the ocean, sun, and sand.

So, are you a Goa fan?

Goa is not a bad choice, but I don’t spend a lot of time on its beaches. I usually visit new restaurants in Goa and hang out with my friends. I always find reasons to visit the Maldives—it feels like home to me. I go there every year, and it just keeps calling me back.

The most immersive travel experience you’ve ever had?

I’ve had many immersive experiences in the Maldives, literally. I’m a certified diver, and most of my underwater expeditions have been incredibly soul-satisfying. The sub-aquatic life there never ceases to blow my mind and reset all my senses.

Any other diving spots that you love?

Seychelles, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

What do you always bring back from a vacation?

I usually bring back small souvenirs. A keychain with the name of the destination imprinted on it is my favourite.

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