Travellers Rocky and Mayur are no strangers to Indian highways. The two childhood buddies-turned-travel-show co-hosts often chomp their way through Indian landscapes. And now, they’ll be back again with the fourth season of #RoadTrippinWithRnM—a unique travel vlogging series. By Bayar Jain
Road Trippin’ with Rocky and Mayur
1. Congratulations on the new season! What can your audience expect to see in the fourth season?
On #RoadTrippinWithRnM, you will get to see two fun-loving, good looking guys; lots of incredible cuisines; the amazing landscapes and wildlife of Gujarat; monsoon unleashing its fury on an arid state; and the colourful people, music and dances of a truly vibrant part of our great country, India. So, don’t forget to catch up on all the fun and action on our and HistoryTV18’s social media pages.
2. Any moment/s you’re looking forward to while travelling through Gujarat for this upcoming season?
Thunder, lightning and rain in Gujarat—almost no one has covered the state during monsoons. The best snack in the world–Gujarati farsaan is just incredible! Travelling around the Gir forest looking for the lion while the park is shut. Highway-side Kathiyawadi food, brilliant Gujarati thalis, some truly royal cuisine, and last, but not least—our favourite Chinese food in India when in Ahmedabad.
3. What were the hurdles you had to overcome while shooting for previous seasons during the lockdowns?
This format is gruelling as it is. We have days that span 14 to 18 hours. We drive our vehicles for four to eight hours a day; shoot without scripts on an iPhone with no gimbals, apps or fancy widgets; barely sleep for two to three hours; we have to keep going on no matter what and still produce fun, high energy videos eight times a day. It’s all a hurdle, and luckily for us, we are champion hurdlers! We make it all with fun, magic and a lot of love.
4. Could you share with us an outtake from the show’s previous seasons that couldn’t make the cut for whatever reasons?
We once woke up on autopilot, got ready, came down to shoot and realised it was our rest day! We’re often so focused that we forget. Besides this, most outtakes are removed for inappropriate language and occasional violence towards each other.
5. A place in India that you’ve discovered during your travels for the show and wish travellers knew more of?
We wouldn’t say ‘discovered’, but will say rediscovered. When in Udaipur, go to Gogunda. Maharana Pratap’s raj tilak (coronation) was done in the forest here. There’s a Shiva temple there and an ancient broken-down baoli (stepwell) but the place still retains all its powers. Just standing there makes you feel the incredible pull of India’s great history.
6. One thing you love about road trips, and why?
No cares or worries. Just music on the stereo, ever-changing scenery, dhaba food, and the amazing people of India. It’s better away from the cities than within [it].
7. Being on the road for long hours can be draining—both, physically and mentally. How do you cope with this?
We are truly tough nuts. Also, we suspect that mentally, we gave up coping a long time ago; so we just laugh at ourselves, the situation, and carry on! The only way to deal with a challenge is to put one foot ahead of the other. Lastly, the love and dedication of our viewers always keep us going.
8. Rocky and Mayur’s favourite road trip in India yet?
The next one because it’s yet to unfold, and we have so many hopes and dreams attached to it.
9. Your prediction of the future of travels in India?
This is a golden era for Indians to rediscover their own country, and the safest way to do it is in their own bubble while on a road trip. Until 2023, the choices and time needed for travelling internationally will be available to very few. Road trips, whereas, still remains one of the best ways of getting to know any place. You truly experience the essence of a place and all that it has to offer. Therefore, we believe that domestic road trips are the future of travel within India for the years to come.
10. Any tips on being conscious travellers, particularly when going on road trips in the post-COVID-19 era?
- Throw no trash.
- Carry a metal or non-plastic water bottle, and refill to avoid plastic waste.
- Eat local and fresh food.
- Speak to at least one person a day on the importance of a cleaner and greener India. Change comes slowly.
- Promote small local businesses and hotels.
#RoadTrippinWithRnM (Rocky and Mayur) starts from July 5, 2021 on HistoryTV18.
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