A passage to India

Debarati Palit
Thursday, 29 June 2017

Kunal Kapoor, who has travelled across the northern terrain with his childhood friend Cyrus Sahukar, says driving through India makes one realise how beautiful, diverse and culturally rich our country is...

Whenever Kunal Kapoor gets a chance, he sets off to explore new places. The talented actor calls himself a travel junkie. Recently, Kunal, along with his friend — anchor and actor Cyrus Sahukar —- took a road trip from Dharamshala to Spiti. Their journey will be seen in Fox Life’s new travel show titled Great Escape with Kunal and Cyrus. The two actors have travelled from Dharamshala to Kaza discovering the Andretta Artist Village, Rampur and Rakcham Valley, besides many other locations. The show will be aired every Friday. 

The childhood friends also shared pictures of their trip on Twitter. Kunal, known for films like Rang De Basanti, Aaja Nachle, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, Kaun Kitne Paani Mein, says the trip has been unlike anything he has done before. Excerpts: 

How would you sum up your trip with Cyrus?
It’s very difficult to sum it up in words, but it’s really unlike anything I have ever done. We travelled 1000 km, in just over a week, on some of the most dangerous roads and met some of the most interesting people. There was adventure sport, there were moments of absolute tranquility and the chance to see places I have never seen before. Now when I look back, I find it unbelievable that we packed in so much, in such little time.

What has been your take-way from the trip?
Driving through India, you realise how beautiful, diverse and culturally rich our country is. There is so much to see and experience. Every 100 odd kilometres, the terrain, the culture, the people and the food changes. It really makes you appreciate what we have. I have decided that I’m going to travel through a lot more of the country by road.

You have travelled different places from Dharamshala to Kaza. Which has been the most memorable place?
There were so many of them. But if I had to just pick one, it would be the Key monastery. It’s over 1000 years old, and it’s quite a drive to get there, but it’s so worth it. We had a chance to sit on the terrace of the monastery and have dinner with about 200 monks. We were surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the monks chanted while we ate. It was so surreal. Like something out of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez book.

Will you call yourself a travel junkie? WIth such a busy schedule, how do you plan your trips?
Totally. I like to take off and travel whenever I have the opportunity. I think there is no better way to experience the world, learn about people and yourself and broaden your mind, than travel. Well some holidays are planned way in advance, but some are really spontaneous.

Some people like travelling alone, while there are others who travel with partners. What kind of a traveller are you?
I like to travel with someone. I just think its great to be with someone who you can share the experience with. Naina, my wife, loves travelling as well, so that’s great.

Which are some of the cities or countries that are part of your wishlist?
A whole lot of them. The one right on top would be Cuba though. I have always been fascinated by the country and I want to go there before it loses its old world charm.

ST Reader Service 
Catch the show — Great Escape with Kunal and Cyrus on Fridays, 8 pm onwards

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