Engaged in a hectic shoot schedule for the Salman Khan-starrer Bharat, Bollywood’s latest sweetheart Disha Patani was whisked away by Travel+Leisure India & South Asia for a quick break to Israel. She spoke to Aindrila Mitra about her idea of the perfect holiday and the places that make it to her bucket list.
T+L What’s your favourite travel destination?
Disha Patani Maldives. Even though it’s a pocket-sized country, the islands are heavenly. I like China too, because of its rich history and culture.
T+L Destinations on your bucket list?
Disha My list has too many entries; it’s perhaps far too long [to fit it in here]. The more I learn about the world, [the more] I want to experience and see. But the one destination that is definitely there on my long list is Greece.
T+L What has been your most memorable holiday so far?
Disha There was this [one] time when I went to Hong Kong and visited Disneyland; I felt like a small kid revisiting my childhood, watching my favourite cartoons.
T+L Ideal travel companion?
Disha My friends and family. But sometimes, I like to travel alone, because I feel it helps in discovering oneself through the journey.
T+L What are the things you love doing when you’re travelling?
Disha Exploring local cuisines, shopping for souvenirs, and trying out adventure sports. Usually, I work on my schedule and then plan meticulously. But sometimes, those unrehearsed trips are the best!
T+L Three things you never leave home without when you’re on the go?
Disha Sunscreen, cards, and swimwear.
T+L How do you fight jetlag?
Disha Sleep to glory and eat right. Also, drink loads of water.
T+L Next destination on your radar?
Disha I really want to visit Japan soon. There’s something very interesting about it.
T+L Beach or mountain person?
Disha Beach, any day!
T+L What’s your take on Israel as a travel destination?
Disha It’s been a while since I came back from Israel, and it feels surreal to reflect on my time there. This time around, it was pretty intense and packed; I was overwhelmed by the cultural, historical, and religious wonders I encountered. And most importantly and in all honesty, I felt safe in Israel.
Watch some snippets from the shoot here!