THE GLOBE TROTTER

Di­paali Bhatt

India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATT -

IF A BACH­E­LOR’S BASH ON A yacht in Croa­tia or a ro­man­tic an­niver­sary din­ner on a pri­vate is­land off Fiji is your idea of travel, Di­paali Bhatt, 42, prom­ises to make your dreams come true with her lux­ury travel con­sul­tancy, Hol­i­days And More. “Gu­jarat has been a mar­ket for group tours for a while now but the lux­ury travel mar­ket is fast grow­ing,” says Bhatt who cu­rates cus­tomised lux­ury travel ex­pe­ri­ences around the world. She’s or­gan­ised an all-veg­e­tar­ian culi­nary tour of Morocco, ar­ranged a ses­sion in Ital­ian cook­ing for a cou­ple in a villa in Tus­cany and is now set to take a group of men for the Cherry Blos­som Fes­ti­val in Ja­pan early next year. “Gu­jaratis are avid trav­ellers who usu­ally take at least two hol­i­days a year and are al­ways look­ing for some­thing new,” says Bhatt. The ‘some­thing new’ is ev­i­dent in the hol­i­days she’s planned—a young cou­ple took off on a sa­fari in Botswana for their hon­ey­moon; a group of women are going to see the North­ern Lights in Fe­bru­ary and she’s or­gan­ised a self-drive tour for a fam­ily. On her travel plan­ning list are also for­eign tourists who she takes on-board the Deccan Odyssey and other lux­ury ex­pe­ri­ences. “The hot des­ti­na­tions are east Europe, Ja­pan, Croa­tia, Bora Bora and Fiji,” she says. Bhatt, who spent nine years plan­ning lux­ury travel, is pre­dictably an avid trav­eller who takes off on a hol­i­day all by her­self once a year. “It helps me ex­plore new ex­pe­ri­ences which I can then plan for my clients,” she says. PRICE Cus­tomised hol­i­days start at Rs 1.75 lakh AT 805 Par­wanath Busi­ness Park, Pral­had­na­gar TEL 40035222

Di­paali Bhatt, owner, Hol­i­days and More

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