From cementing her position as a preferred lead on the small screen to bagging co-producer rights for Hindi-language films, actor Hina Khan has come a long way. Back from her trip to Prague, the bold star talks to Travel + Leisure India & South Asia about the places in the European capital that left an indelible mark in her travel diaries. By Bayar Jain
Excerpts from the interview with actor Hina Khan
T+L India: How did your trip to Prague spring up?
Hina Khan: My trip to Prague was planned for post my Cannes red carpet appearance. Prague has always been on my bucket list and this time around I was sure I had to visit the place. My stay at Prague was very memorable! It’s a beautiful place to be, with such amazing cultural elements that have been preserved so well. Every street, every spot, every nook and corner of Prague has a story to tell. I enjoyed exploring the place to the fullest!
T+L India: Tell us more about your Prague itinerary and what you did there.
Hina Khan: I was in Prague for about three nights. When there, Charles Bridge is a must-visit! The view of Prague from Charles Bridge is breathtaking. I even hired electric scooters for the day to ride around the city and visit prominent spots. Prague Castle was beautiful. Sitting at the Old Town Square was lovely! The place has a vibe of its own with so many different restaurants and bars, and music on the streets. You can even look at the astronomical clock. I even experienced a beautiful five-course medieval dinner which was absolutely divine!
T+L India: What was the highlight of your Prague trip?
Hina Khan: The Charles Bridge was my best highlight of the trip. It gave me the most amazing view of Prague. Just standing there was so nice and peaceful! I was lucky enough to experience a rainy day on the bridge as well.
T+L India: What were your favourite spots in Prague?
Hina Khan: The Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and the Prague castle.
T+L India: What were some different dishes you tried in Prague?
Hina Khan: There were quite a few local dishes I tried, but my favourite one remains this cronut-style dessert that had hazelnut cream on it. I had picked it up at one of the local food stalls; it was absolutely divine!
T+L India: A must-do/visit/experience in Prague?
Hina Khan: The five-course medieval dinner was an amazing experience. The food was delicious and the people were so hospitable. It is a must-try for anyone visiting Prague! The Old Town is also a must-visit for it’s vibrant and lively culture.
T+L India: What kind of traveller are you?
Hina Khan: I am an explorer. I love exploring places to the fullest that I visit. I aim to get to know about the culture, history, and people of that place, and enjoy local food when I travel.
T+L India: What are your must-have travel essentials?
Hina Khan: Sunscreen, Forex Card (this will save up a lot of conversion charges!) and a very comfortable pair of shoes.
T+L India: Your most memorable vacation and why?
Hina Khan: I can’t name just one; all my vacations till date have been memorable— be it New York, Switzerland, Prague or Budapest. Even my trips to Dubai and the Maldives have created amazing memories!
T+L India: How does travel influence your work?
Hina Khan: Travel always gives me a new perspective to life. When I visit new places, speak to people from different cultures and understand their way of life, [it gives me] a new outlook, a new thought process. That always broadens my vision and helps me look at my work differently.
T+L India: Your bucket list destinations?
Hina Khan: There are a lot of destinations on my bucket list! I would love to visit Turkey. Even Norway to view the spectacular Northern Lights.
T+L India: Where are you headed to next?
Hina Khan: I haven’t yet decided my next holiday, but when I do you’ll will definitely know about it!