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Are you a bunch of college students looking to go for a short one-day road trip near Bangalore? Or are you tired of staying at home all week and looking for a quick drive close to Bangalore for a one-day trip? Read to find out our top picks for the best hills for one-day road trips near Bangalore for trekking with lovely views all just within 100 KM from Bangalore.

Nandi Hills

One of the best and most popular hills near Bangalore, Nandi Hills is one of the most amazing hills for trekking. Just around 60 KM from Bangalore, Nandi hills is perfect for people looking for short day trips on a weekend with their friends. Nandi hills used to be the hill fortress of Tipu Sultan. You can find stone carvings and wall paintings dated back to the 18th Century here. It is also known for its scenic views and picturesque beauty.

The best months to visit Nandi Hills are from June to March as the weather is very pleasant around here during those days. It is one of the best hills near Bangalore for peaceful one-day road trips. Visitors can also trek in the various trekking paths here or cycle around. Wake up early and reach the place to witness the beautiful Sunrise. The road conditions to reach Nandi Hills are also good. Food and accommodation are easily available nearby.

Time and Distance from Bangalore: 1 hr 45 mins (60 KM)

Savandurga Hills

Savandurga Hills, also popularly known as Savandurga Betta is one of the largest Monolith Hills in Asia. The trek to the top of the hill is usually considered challenging. But trust me, it is worth the climb. The views of Magadi, and Arkawathi river, and also the greenery all around from the top are just breathtaking. Savandi Veerabhadraswamy temple and Sree Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple are also at the base of the hills. These temples were built in the 14th Century.

This hill near Bangalore is great for people who love challenging treks and is a great option for short one-day trips. The roads to reach the hills are a little rocky but offer gorgeous views of the hills and the countryside. You will not find food or accommodation nearby. But there are small shops in the village where you can find water or snacks. The best time to visit Savandurga hills is in the months of June to December. Also, it is advised to take the trek early morning when the weather is still pleasant.

Time and Distance from Bangalore: 1 hr 30 mins (50 KM)

Skandagiri Hills

The beautiful hill town of Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga is located around 62 KM from Bangalore. Skandagiri hills are very famous for the heavenly views and one of the most beautiful treks near Bangalore. If you are a nature lover or an adrenaline junkie, this place is a must-visit. When you reach the hilltop, you would be mesmerized by the views of the sun rising amidst the clouds all around you.

Also considered a historical place, Skandagiri is surrounded by Nandi Hills. The fort of Tipu Sultan is located on the hilltop and you can also find a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which is now abandoned. The path to the hilltop is just so beautiful in itself. The best time to visit Skandagiri Hills, one of the best hills near Bangalore for one-day road trips is between the months of November to March. The closest restaurants are around 10-15 KMs away from Skandagiri.

Time and Distance from Bangalore: 1 hr 30 mins (62 KM)

Looking for romantic weekend getaways from Bangalore or a lovely family-friendly getaway from Bangalore? Looking for weekend getaways close to Mysore or the best weekend resorts in Wayanad? Yuyiii has something for all our readers. Click here to Explore our Hand-picked stays near your city!

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Are you a bunch of college students looking to go for a short one-day road trip near Bangalore? Or are you tired of staying at home all week and looking for a quick drive close to Bangalore for a one-day trip? Read to find out our top picks for the best hills for one-day road trips near Bangalore for trekking with lovely views all just within 100 KM from Bangalore.

Nandi Hills

One of the best and most popular hills near Bangalore, Nandi Hills is one of the most amazing hills for trekking. Just around 60 KM from Bangalore, Nandi hills is perfect for people looking for short day trips on a weekend with their friends. Nandi hills used to be the hill fortress of Tipu Sultan. You can find stone carvings and wall paintings dated back to the 18th Century here. It is also known for its scenic views and picturesque beauty.

The best months to visit Nandi Hills are from June to March as the weather is very pleasant around here during those days. It is one of the best hills near Bangalore for peaceful one-day road trips. Visitors can also trek in the various trekking paths here or cycle around. Wake up early and reach the place to witness the beautiful Sunrise. The road conditions to reach Nandi Hills are also good. Food and accommodation are easily available nearby.

Time and Distance from Bangalore: 1 hr 45 mins (60 KM)

Savandurga Hills

Savandurga Hills, also popularly known as Savandurga Betta is one of the largest Monolith Hills in Asia. The trek to the top of the hill is usually considered challenging. But trust me, it is worth the climb. The views of Magadi, and Arkawathi river, and also the greenery all around from the top are just breathtaking. Savandi Veerabhadraswamy temple and Sree Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple are also at the base of the hills. These temples were built in the 14th Century.

This hill near Bangalore is great for people who love challenging treks and is a great option for short one-day trips. The roads to reach the hills are a little rocky but offer gorgeous views of the hills and the countryside. You will not find food or accommodation nearby. But there are small shops in the village where you can find water or snacks. The best time to visit Savandurga hills is in the months of June to December. Also, it is advised to take the trek early morning when the weather is still pleasant.

Time and Distance from Bangalore: 1 hr 30 mins (50 KM)

Skandagiri Hills

The beautiful hill town of Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga is located around 62 KM from Bangalore. Skandagiri hills are very famous for the heavenly views and one of the most beautiful treks near Bangalore. If you are a nature lover or an adrenaline junkie, this place is a must-visit. When you reach the hilltop, you would be mesmerized by the views of the sun rising amidst the clouds all around you.

Also considered a historical place, Skandagiri is surrounded by Nandi Hills. The fort of Tipu Sultan is located on the hilltop and you can also find a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which is now abandoned. The path to the hilltop is just so beautiful in itself. The best time to visit Skandagiri Hills, one of the best hills near Bangalore for one-day road trips is between the months of November to March. The closest restaurants are around 10-15 KMs away from Skandagiri.

Time and Distance from Bangalore: 1 hr 30 mins (62 KM)

Looking for romantic weekend getaways from Bangalore or a lovely family-friendly getaway from Bangalore? Looking for weekend getaways close to Mysore or the best weekend resorts in Wayanad? Yuyiii has something for all our readers. Click here to Explore our Hand-picked stays near your city!

Read More

COVID-19 has changed our lives. Quintessentially, there isn’t a single industry out there that has not been affected. At Yuyiii, we are closely seeing how travel has changed and how rural weekend getaways will still be favored for a visit against International Travel.


Although the times are uncertain, our founder, Nidhi Sharma is beating all the odds to revive the travel industry in India in her own way. And here’s an interview of hers on Yuyiii and the way for luxury that was featured by Co-Founders Town. Check it out:


Our Feature on Co-Founders Town


Nidhi Sharma’s Prognostication on Future of Luxury Travel


Do read this feature, it was originally published by the team of Co-Founders Town:


There used to be a time in the not so distant past—when the hotels spread all over your Instagram feed were touting luxury amenities like Frette sheets, movie theatres, and their perennially full Michelin-star restaurants.


Fast forward some months and the travel & tourism business especially is on its knees worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Country borders are sealed. Cities are at stand-still. Flights are grounded. Cruise ships are docked in harbours. Trains are stationary. Buses are not plying. Hotels are shut. Restaurants are shuttered. No one knows when the fury of the virus will abate; no vaccine is in sight; people are cloistered in their homes. Social distancing is the new mantra. Masks and gloves are the new safety accoutrements. And no one is even thinking of a holiday, let alone planning for one.


Nidhi Sharma, the founder of Yuyiii, talks about how much has the travel industry being affected, presents insights into the world of luxury travel, and shares what could the world after COVID-19 might look like for the travel industry!

Nidhi Sharma, Founder of Yuyiii


How much has the industry of luxury travel evolved in the last decade in India?


The way we travel and the flavour of Travel has been through a paradigm shift.


In India, Travel has come a long way from Religious Travel, Travel to meet family members or for Weddings and other Family occasions to Pure Leisure. That in itself had the seed of the growth of Luxury Travel.


While the Travel & Tourism sector contributes about 10% to the national GDP, approx. 95% of that contribution today comes from Leisure Travel. Travel has been successful in attracting a significant part of the consumer wallet.


It has evolved from ‘touristy’ sightseeing to several Travellers maturing over the last decade having their own taste of travel. They travel for ‘Me’ time or ‘Quality Time’. This is the new class of Luxury Travellers who don’t mind spending Rs 10,000 per Night for great properties which pamper them and make them feel good.


Growing Disposable Incomes & Aspirations, Rise of Social Media and the Millennial generation who love to spend more than the previous generations and leverage Travel Loans as well, have all contributed to the demand of Luxury Travel.


Supply-side got a boost from the development of new Destinations and Luxurious Standalone Properties. Luxury travel market became larger than just 5-star branded Hotel chains, more than just lavish rooms to rooms with splendid views or exotic locations.


For example: IHCL today has several brands like Taj, SeleQtions, Vivanta and The Gateway catering to different needs of Leisure Travellers.


Which trends majorly dominated this industry during the last 2-3 years?


Several trends helped shape up the new face of Travel:

Rise of Weekend Trips as a trend for Celebrations like Birthdays and AnniversariesAlternate Stays like Luxurious Airbnbs at exotic Locations, Standalone Properties like Farm Stays, Plantation Stays or Fort and Palace stays have boosted the supply side and allowed Travellers a lot of choiceTrends like Wellness and Spa Holidays extended the meaning of Luxury Stays from just Brand Names and Fancy interiorsGroup Travel like Women Travellers across age groups, Retired folks travelling at least once a yearBetter Road and Airport Infrastructure along with Rise of Low-cost airlines100% FDI in Travel and Tourism under the automatic route allowed a lot of Brands to undertake development of new Projects
Millions of Indians travelled within the country for holidays, pleasure and leisure, and the number was expected to increase this year. But, the pandemic has destroyed all the calculations. How many has this industry been already affected and how much it’s going to be affected in the times to come?


The Travel and Tourism Industry as we all know was the worst hit and it was all of a sudden. Hilton celebrated its 100th year just 6 months ago and within a few months of that, it had to furlough more than 60% of its 4.3 Lakh workforce according to a Phocuswire report.


“The travel and tourism industry provided 87.5 million jobs and accounted for 12.75% of the total jobs created in the country in 2019” – as per the Grant Thornton India Report of June 2020. For such an important and large industry, numbers like losses of Rs 15,000 crores in March and April alone of this year are very grim along with a CII estimate of around 2 Crore job losses.


But there are glimmers of hope streaming in from countries which have reopened. After China’s lockdown relaxations, domestic tourists took trips with enthusiasm in the 5 days of Holiday owing to May day.


50 million Trips in the first two days alone with a revenue of $1.38 billion. These are great numbers when tourist attractions had a capping on the number of Tourists to 30% of total capacity.


Few Marriott properties in the Resort destinations of China welcomed an occupancy rate as high as 70% around Labour Day. Numbers released by Sedona Chamber of Commerce show occupancy rates as high as 91% on the Memorial Day Weekend in the US.


Road to recovery might take a year or two because it will be a while for some vaccine to come out and Inbound and Outbound tourist numbers to be the same as pre-COVID. Domestic Trips will be the forerunners to Recovery. 26 Million Indians took International Trips in 2018. A large number of these Tourists will also look to explore India in 2020 and 2021.

One of the destinations on Yuyiii
How long, according to you, will it take before the majority of the people even start thinking of indulging in luxury travelling?


To be very frank, no one knows when and how soon due to the number of uncertainties. But Travel will not go away, it’s part of the innate Human nature to explore. Lockdown has been very taxing.


Remote work blurred lines between personal and professional hours. Household duties and no recreation has taken a toll. Post lockdown if we look at recreation options, people might still hesitate for visiting malls or friends but a Road trip to a Safe property will work.


For this to happen, states need to come to a conclusion on how to keep their borders open without significant quarantine time needed and Hotels have to be prepared to host Guests with comprehensive Safety and Hygiene measures. We expect a significant pent up demand to arise around September.


Q. Once everything gets back to normal, what would the new normal look like for the travel industry?


Just how Airport security changed forever post 9/11, there will be new norms in the Hospitality Industry. Technology will play a key role in this transformation. Safety & Hygiene Standardizations and Certifications by prominent Bodies like National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH), DNV GL Business Assurance, Bureau Veritas etc. will be significant in winning Guest confidence.


Strategic partnerships like Hospitality Insurance Companies to help with the medical cover of the Guests could become a norm. Accor’s ALLSAFE Label, Marriott’s Global Cleanliness Council and Hilton’s tie-ups with RB which manufactures Lysol and Mayo Clinic are mirrors into the extreme care and meticulous implementations of new cleanliness measures.


Overall measures like UV disinfection technologies for Luggage, Hospital grade cleaning agents for sanitization of High touch points like door handles, elevator buttons, light control panels, Masks and Gloves, Social Distancing training of Staff, Hand Sanitizer stations, Contactless Technology and QR codes for automation of processes like Check-In, Check-Outs and Dining, Digital Payments, Disposable Menus and Cutlery will be very common place at least in the renowned Hotel brands. OTAs could put up a new filter and rating on the sanitization to help guests shortlist better.


Travellers will read reviews more in conjunction with safety and hygiene of the Property. Wellness Travel could see an impetus as people have woken up to the holy trinity of Mind, Body and Spirit. Also, new Properties under construction could see a new kind of architecture which allows better social distancing


Q. Which new trends are expected to dominate the travel industry in general and luxury tourism in particular?


Trips that guests perceive as safer will be in trend like Weekend Trips via Road which allows them to sit in the safety of their car and go to a property at a drivable distance. Travellers might increase their frequency of trips in a year and take shorter trips rather than one long trip. Indians who would keep aside a few lakhs for that one landmark international trip every year could use that to explore domestic destinations in 2020 and 2021.


Preference will be for Luxury Brands and Hotel Brands which demonstrate implementation of stringent safety and cleanliness standards. Brands which have strong 360 degree communication channels will win more number of Guests as just implementing standards and not communicating it to Guests will not help in re-instilling Guest confidence.


Guests will need more consultation-based approach to book initially and a direct online booking on OTAs with no human intervention may take longer to revive. Small to mid-size Properties in remote areas which have less than 15 rooms like Individual Cottages with large open spaces and new hygiene measures adopted will also see recovery sooner.


Hotels will need to come up with new and flexible cancellation policies and options like Open Bookings which allow paying now but travelling later can also become popular. Players like Airbnb can see a jump in Monthly rental kind of bookings owing to the flexibility that professionals will get with remote booking. So, an IT professional from Bangalore might consider working from his hometown or peaceful destination like Coorg and pay less in monthly rent.


Q. What is that most important thing that any organization in this industry should be doing right now?


Employee Safety and Guest safety should be the primary focus. This interval of time should be used to evaluate, frame and implement comprehensive safety & sanitization measures.


A lot of synergy can be derived with collaborations. Importance of Strong, Effective and 360 degree communication using all channels to help Guests understand that they will be well taken care of will not be overrated.


As many processes as possible should be digitized to enable contactless approach. Also, making sure that the cost doesn’t increase too much before Revenues.


Q. Take us through the journey of Yuyiii so far!


Yuyiii’s journey has been beautiful. It started from my own travel experiences around 10-12 years ago.


I was a Showhost with a TV channel called StarCJ – joint venture between Star group and South Korea’s leading CJO. It was an upcoming premium lifestyle home-shopping channel and along with the joy of hosting shows ‘LIVE’ and selling a variety of brands like Satya Paul, Tanishq, Lenovo, Vichy etc, I got the financial freedom and some time to explore.


Touristy destinations took away the romance of travel for me and I started researching places away from the run-of-the-mill destinations, lesser-explored and more authentic. OTAs would list hundreds of properties in the known touristy destinations and even the filters could not help in finalizing the property meant for their taste. Photos of the properties were either photoshopped to show unreal stuff or were too low in quality.


Like I remember a property in Fagu, Himanchal Pradesh at 9000 ft. with a revolving restaurant and a 360 unhindered view of the Himalayas. But their website and photos didn’t match their standards at all. I took a bet and booked the property. I have somehow had intuitive powers in discovering such goldmines .


On reaching there, I was the only guest along with Rocky from the NDTV Goodtimes show ‘Highway on My Plate’. There was another time when I booked a Family run Orchard Stay with an actual Treehouse which also swayed a little bit with the breeze and a 180 deg view of the Himalayas. It was spacious, spick and span at a very affordable Tariff of Rs 3500 per night in Katrain, a village 17 Kms from the main town of Kullu.


It has an orchard land of plum, apples and cherries. Breakfast had a plate of freshly plucked cherries from the garden and parathas with the lovely kids who had red apple cheeks and were absolutely adorable.


But how would other Travellers discover these gorgeous properties? Videos are a powerful medium too and help us dream about travel.


At the same time give better clarity than Photos but were perceived as very expensive and Hotel owners lacked the knack of making apt Travel videos. Tripadvisor reviews helped but a lot of times the Traveller disparity in their ways of travel caused confusion. Like some traveller reviewing a Corbett property as poor because they didn’t spot a tiger in the safari or a poor photo uploaded by a Traveller with a crumpled bed sheet and empty plastic bottles strewn in the room.


With these realizations coming in, I was excited to start work and offer a platform to many Travellers like me who wanted to Discover new destinations and great Properties with Nonphotoshopped Images and Videos plus In-depth Travel expert reviews. Yuyiii’s empanelled Travel experts travel to each property and give their honest review on 25 parameters and highlight important things like Room lights are dim, so the stay may not be apt for a reading holiday.


We launched last year and raised an angel round in June 2019 with two very inspiring and supportive angel investors. Yuyiii received love from travellers and within a few months we could clock great booking volumes with more than 4500 registered users. Our Travellers and Property partners love us for World-class Videos produced by the Yuyiii Team which also feature interviews and stories of heroes from the properties.


Sharing Two such Property Videos.

1. Property Overview of a Treehouse Property in Wayanad

2. Owner Story of a Property in Rajasthan


Q. Looking at how much things are affected during this pandemic, what are your immediate plans?


We used the Lockdown period to integrate Voice Technology by SlangLabs for our esteemed Guests and are very excited that Yuyiii is now one of India’s first online platforms to have this technology which is Voice to function and not just simple translation of Voice to text.


We are reading the situation week-on-week and in close communication with our Partner Properties . Yuyiii is known for its content and communication capabilities. We understand the Tonality and Sensitivity needed for our segment of Evolved travelers in form of text, images and videos.


Our videos are inspiring and informational and strike a chord with the travelers. We plan to extend this expertise to a lot of our Partner brands so that they can use all their energies in implementing the new SOPs and guidelines released by MoHFW and we can help them in communicating this to the Guests.


Q. What would be your advice to all the young individuals aspiring to become an entrepreneur?


Having crystal clear clarity on why you want to be an entrepreneur will add meaning.


Primary motto to earn a lot of money quickly or it looks cool are wrong reasons and will not help you sustain. Ideas are dime a dozen but execution is the key.


This journey will test you, break you and there are no shortcuts. Only when you love the process as much as the final achievement of goals, giving up will not be an option. Please have great mentors and coaches. Build a great team who will stand by you when times are tough.


Yuyiii is lucky to have such team members to look at silver linings in this crisis. If you are true to your purpose, this journey will be the most enthralling and enriching one!

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COVID-19 has changed our lives. Quintessentially, there isn’t a single industry out there that has not been affected. At Yuyiii, we are closely seeing how travel has changed and how rural weekend getaways will still be favored for a visit against International Travel.


Although the times are uncertain, our founder, Nidhi Sharma is beating all the odds to revive the travel industry in India in her own way. And here’s an interview of hers on Yuyiii and the way for luxury that was featured by Co-Founders Town. Check it out:


Our Feature on Co-Founders Town


Nidhi Sharma’s Prognostication on Future of Luxury Travel


Do read this feature, it was originally published by the team of Co-Founders Town:


There used to be a time in the not so distant past—when the hotels spread all over your Instagram feed were touting luxury amenities like Frette sheets, movie theatres, and their perennially full Michelin-star restaurants.


Fast forward some months and the travel & tourism business especially is on its knees worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Country borders are sealed. Cities are at stand-still. Flights are grounded. Cruise ships are docked in harbours. Trains are stationary. Buses are not plying. Hotels are shut. Restaurants are shuttered. No one knows when the fury of the virus will abate; no vaccine is in sight; people are cloistered in their homes. Social distancing is the new mantra. Masks and gloves are the new safety accoutrements. And no one is even thinking of a holiday, let alone planning for one.


Nidhi Sharma, the founder of Yuyiii, talks about how much has the travel industry being affected, presents insights into the world of luxury travel, and shares what could the world after COVID-19 might look like for the travel industry!

Nidhi Sharma, Founder of Yuyiii


How much has the industry of luxury travel evolved in the last decade in India?


The way we travel and the flavour of Travel has been through a paradigm shift.


In India, Travel has come a long way from Religious Travel, Travel to meet family members or for Weddings and other Family occasions to Pure Leisure. That in itself had the seed of the growth of Luxury Travel.


While the Travel & Tourism sector contributes about 10% to the national GDP, approx. 95% of that contribution today comes from Leisure Travel. Travel has been successful in attracting a significant part of the consumer wallet.


It has evolved from ‘touristy’ sightseeing to several Travellers maturing over the last decade having their own taste of travel. They travel for ‘Me’ time or ‘Quality Time’. This is the new class of Luxury Travellers who don’t mind spending Rs 10,000 per Night for great properties which pamper them and make them feel good.


Growing Disposable Incomes & Aspirations, Rise of Social Media and the Millennial generation who love to spend more than the previous generations and leverage Travel Loans as well, have all contributed to the demand of Luxury Travel.


Supply-side got a boost from the development of new Destinations and Luxurious Standalone Properties. Luxury travel market became larger than just 5-star branded Hotel chains, more than just lavish rooms to rooms with splendid views or exotic locations.


For example: IHCL today has several brands like Taj, SeleQtions, Vivanta and The Gateway catering to different needs of Leisure Travellers.


Which trends majorly dominated this industry during the last 2-3 years?


Several trends helped shape up the new face of Travel:

Rise of Weekend Trips as a trend for Celebrations like Birthdays and AnniversariesAlternate Stays like Luxurious Airbnbs at exotic Locations, Standalone Properties like Farm Stays, Plantation Stays or Fort and Palace stays have boosted the supply side and allowed Travellers a lot of choiceTrends like Wellness and Spa Holidays extended the meaning of Luxury Stays from just Brand Names and Fancy interiorsGroup Travel like Women Travellers across age groups, Retired folks travelling at least once a yearBetter Road and Airport Infrastructure along with Rise of Low-cost airlines100% FDI in Travel and Tourism under the automatic route allowed a lot of Brands to undertake development of new Projects
Millions of Indians travelled within the country for holidays, pleasure and leisure, and the number was expected to increase this year. But, the pandemic has destroyed all the calculations. How many has this industry been already affected and how much it’s going to be affected in the times to come?


The Travel and Tourism Industry as we all know was the worst hit and it was all of a sudden. Hilton celebrated its 100th year just 6 months ago and within a few months of that, it had to furlough more than 60% of its 4.3 Lakh workforce according to a Phocuswire report.


“The travel and tourism industry provided 87.5 million jobs and accounted for 12.75% of the total jobs created in the country in 2019” – as per the Grant Thornton India Report of June 2020. For such an important and large industry, numbers like losses of Rs 15,000 crores in March and April alone of this year are very grim along with a CII estimate of around 2 Crore job losses.


But there are glimmers of hope streaming in from countries which have reopened. After China’s lockdown relaxations, domestic tourists took trips with enthusiasm in the 5 days of Holiday owing to May day.


50 million Trips in the first two days alone with a revenue of $1.38 billion. These are great numbers when tourist attractions had a capping on the number of Tourists to 30% of total capacity.


Few Marriott properties in the Resort destinations of China welcomed an occupancy rate as high as 70% around Labour Day. Numbers released by Sedona Chamber of Commerce show occupancy rates as high as 91% on the Memorial Day Weekend in the US.


Road to recovery might take a year or two because it will be a while for some vaccine to come out and Inbound and Outbound tourist numbers to be the same as pre-COVID. Domestic Trips will be the forerunners to Recovery. 26 Million Indians took International Trips in 2018. A large number of these Tourists will also look to explore India in 2020 and 2021.

One of the destinations on Yuyiii
How long, according to you, will it take before the majority of the people even start thinking of indulging in luxury travelling?


To be very frank, no one knows when and how soon due to the number of uncertainties. But Travel will not go away, it’s part of the innate Human nature to explore. Lockdown has been very taxing.


Remote work blurred lines between personal and professional hours. Household duties and no recreation has taken a toll. Post lockdown if we look at recreation options, people might still hesitate for visiting malls or friends but a Road trip to a Safe property will work.


For this to happen, states need to come to a conclusion on how to keep their borders open without significant quarantine time needed and Hotels have to be prepared to host Guests with comprehensive Safety and Hygiene measures. We expect a significant pent up demand to arise around September.


Q. Once everything gets back to normal, what would the new normal look like for the travel industry?


Just how Airport security changed forever post 9/11, there will be new norms in the Hospitality Industry. Technology will play a key role in this transformation. Safety & Hygiene Standardizations and Certifications by prominent Bodies like National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH), DNV GL Business Assurance, Bureau Veritas etc. will be significant in winning Guest confidence.


Strategic partnerships like Hospitality Insurance Companies to help with the medical cover of the Guests could become a norm. Accor’s ALLSAFE Label, Marriott’s Global Cleanliness Council and Hilton’s tie-ups with RB which manufactures Lysol and Mayo Clinic are mirrors into the extreme care and meticulous implementations of new cleanliness measures.


Overall measures like UV disinfection technologies for Luggage, Hospital grade cleaning agents for sanitization of High touch points like door handles, elevator buttons, light control panels, Masks and Gloves, Social Distancing training of Staff, Hand Sanitizer stations, Contactless Technology and QR codes for automation of processes like Check-In, Check-Outs and Dining, Digital Payments, Disposable Menus and Cutlery will be very common place at least in the renowned Hotel brands. OTAs could put up a new filter and rating on the sanitization to help guests shortlist better.


Travellers will read reviews more in conjunction with safety and hygiene of the Property. Wellness Travel could see an impetus as people have woken up to the holy trinity of Mind, Body and Spirit. Also, new Properties under construction could see a new kind of architecture which allows better social distancing


Q. Which new trends are expected to dominate the travel industry in general and luxury tourism in particular?


Trips that guests perceive as safer will be in trend like Weekend Trips via Road which allows them to sit in the safety of their car and go to a property at a drivable distance. Travellers might increase their frequency of trips in a year and take shorter trips rather than one long trip. Indians who would keep aside a few lakhs for that one landmark international trip every year could use that to explore domestic destinations in 2020 and 2021.


Preference will be for Luxury Brands and Hotel Brands which demonstrate implementation of stringent safety and cleanliness standards. Brands which have strong 360 degree communication channels will win more number of Guests as just implementing standards and not communicating it to Guests will not help in re-instilling Guest confidence.


Guests will need more consultation-based approach to book initially and a direct online booking on OTAs with no human intervention may take longer to revive. Small to mid-size Properties in remote areas which have less than 15 rooms like Individual Cottages with large open spaces and new hygiene measures adopted will also see recovery sooner.


Hotels will need to come up with new and flexible cancellation policies and options like Open Bookings which allow paying now but travelling later can also become popular. Players like Airbnb can see a jump in Monthly rental kind of bookings owing to the flexibility that professionals will get with remote booking. So, an IT professional from Bangalore might consider working from his hometown or peaceful destination like Coorg and pay less in monthly rent.


Q. What is that most important thing that any organization in this industry should be doing right now?


Employee Safety and Guest safety should be the primary focus. This interval of time should be used to evaluate, frame and implement comprehensive safety & sanitization measures.


A lot of synergy can be derived with collaborations. Importance of Strong, Effective and 360 degree communication using all channels to help Guests understand that they will be well taken care of will not be overrated.


As many processes as possible should be digitized to enable contactless approach. Also, making sure that the cost doesn’t increase too much before Revenues.


Q. Take us through the journey of Yuyiii so far!


Yuyiii’s journey has been beautiful. It started from my own travel experiences around 10-12 years ago.


I was a Showhost with a TV channel called StarCJ – joint venture between Star group and South Korea’s leading CJO. It was an upcoming premium lifestyle home-shopping channel and along with the joy of hosting shows ‘LIVE’ and selling a variety of brands like Satya Paul, Tanishq, Lenovo, Vichy etc, I got the financial freedom and some time to explore.


Touristy destinations took away the romance of travel for me and I started researching places away from the run-of-the-mill destinations, lesser-explored and more authentic. OTAs would list hundreds of properties in the known touristy destinations and even the filters could not help in finalizing the property meant for their taste. Photos of the properties were either photoshopped to show unreal stuff or were too low in quality.


Like I remember a property in Fagu, Himanchal Pradesh at 9000 ft. with a revolving restaurant and a 360 unhindered view of the Himalayas. But their website and photos didn’t match their standards at all. I took a bet and booked the property. I have somehow had intuitive powers in discovering such goldmines .


On reaching there, I was the only guest along with Rocky from the NDTV Goodtimes show ‘Highway on My Plate’. There was another time when I booked a Family run Orchard Stay with an actual Treehouse which also swayed a little bit with the breeze and a 180 deg view of the Himalayas. It was spacious, spick and span at a very affordable Tariff of Rs 3500 per night in Katrain, a village 17 Kms from the main town of Kullu.


It has an orchard land of plum, apples and cherries. Breakfast had a plate of freshly plucked cherries from the garden and parathas with the lovely kids who had red apple cheeks and were absolutely adorable.


But how would other Travellers discover these gorgeous properties? Videos are a powerful medium too and help us dream about travel.


At the same time give better clarity than Photos but were perceived as very expensive and Hotel owners lacked the knack of making apt Travel videos. Tripadvisor reviews helped but a lot of times the Traveller disparity in their ways of travel caused confusion. Like some traveller reviewing a Corbett property as poor because they didn’t spot a tiger in the safari or a poor photo uploaded by a Traveller with a crumpled bed sheet and empty plastic bottles strewn in the room.


With these realizations coming in, I was excited to start work and offer a platform to many Travellers like me who wanted to Discover new destinations and great Properties with Nonphotoshopped Images and Videos plus In-depth Travel expert reviews. Yuyiii’s empanelled Travel experts travel to each property and give their honest review on 25 parameters and highlight important things like Room lights are dim, so the stay may not be apt for a reading holiday.


We launched last year and raised an angel round in June 2019 with two very inspiring and supportive angel investors. Yuyiii received love from travellers and within a few months we could clock great booking volumes with more than 4500 registered users. Our Travellers and Property partners love us for World-class Videos produced by the Yuyiii Team which also feature interviews and stories of heroes from the properties.


Sharing Two such Property Videos.

1. Property Overview of a Treehouse Property in Wayanad

2. Owner Story of a Property in Rajasthan


Q. Looking at how much things are affected during this pandemic, what are your immediate plans?


We used the Lockdown period to integrate Voice Technology by SlangLabs for our esteemed Guests and are very excited that Yuyiii is now one of India’s first online platforms to have this technology which is Voice to function and not just simple translation of Voice to text.


We are reading the situation week-on-week and in close communication with our Partner Properties . Yuyiii is known for its content and communication capabilities. We understand the Tonality and Sensitivity needed for our segment of Evolved travelers in form of text, images and videos.


Our videos are inspiring and informational and strike a chord with the travelers. We plan to extend this expertise to a lot of our Partner brands so that they can use all their energies in implementing the new SOPs and guidelines released by MoHFW and we can help them in communicating this to the Guests.


Q. What would be your advice to all the young individuals aspiring to become an entrepreneur?


Having crystal clear clarity on why you want to be an entrepreneur will add meaning.


Primary motto to earn a lot of money quickly or it looks cool are wrong reasons and will not help you sustain. Ideas are dime a dozen but execution is the key.


This journey will test you, break you and there are no shortcuts. Only when you love the process as much as the final achievement of goals, giving up will not be an option. Please have great mentors and coaches. Build a great team who will stand by you when times are tough.


Yuyiii is lucky to have such team members to look at silver linings in this crisis. If you are true to your purpose, this journey will be the most enthralling and enriching one!

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Believe it or not, Gen Z, Gen Y, and even boomers thrive on the Gram. And it still continues to rule. Although travel will change due to COVID-19, travel Instagrammers will continue to redefine it. Most importantly, as a social media platform, Instagram has provided a voice to many maverick writers, photographers, and die-hard travelers to put their art out there, grow a community.

We are thrilled to share deets about a few incredible Instagrammers today! So, whether you are a die-hard traveler or not, these travel Instagrammers will move your core, pacify your travel woes and make you smile with all the aesthetics on their feeds and stories.

Photo by Trip & Trek India on Unsplash

Unmissable Indian Travel Instagrammers

With their eye for flawless photography, unparalleled content, and passion for travel, there are umpteen travel bloggers/vloggers/sustainable travel influencers who have been soothing our wanderlust. Let’s know them better today? Here are a few interesting, out of the box travel Instagrammers that you must follow today itself. Don’t be surprised if their pictures and beautifully curated feeds give you sleepless nights, okay?

Sharanya Iyer | @trulynomadly

Photo Credit: trulynomadly

Sharanya quit her lucrative corporate career to take a plunge into full time traveling, blogging, and living a creative life. True to her insta handle, her feed takes you on an adventure. Her pictures are vivid, full of life. And not to mention her collabs with tourism boards have earned her recognition far and wide already!

Neelima Vallangi | @neelimav

Photo Credit: @neelimav

Neelima’s love for mountains, trekking makes her stand out. She also is vocal about climate change. She travels to never seen before places, hidden gems. Therefore, her photos look surreal every time you see this unexplored destination mindfully shared by her. Umpteen travel international travel publications have acclaimed her work as well.

Preethi | @peppytravelgirl

Photo Credit: peppytravelgirl

Love to read joie de vivre visual stories on travel? Well, you must follow Preethi then! Along with being on TLC’s travel show, she has also been a podcaster, blogger. Her pictures cherish the small joys of travel. Most importantly, her dialogue on body neutrality, mental health makes her stories, posts one of their kind.

Shivya Nath | @shivya

Photo Credit: @shivya

You might have read her bestselling book, The Shooting Star already by now. And it is no surprise to know that Shivya has always practiced what she writes. She is a mindful, vegan traveler. Her photos are zen, so they would soothe your sight for sure. Moreover, her efforts for slow and sustainable travel has been recognized by many leading travel publications and networks.

Siddhartha Joshi | @siddharthajoshi

Photo Credit: siddharthajoshi

Siddhartha has been one of the most seasoned travel influencers in the country. His pictures stem from his passion for storytelling and exploring places with nothing but a clean slate of mind. It goes without saying that most of the travel publications, tourism boards have acclaimed his work. His penchant for showcasing the culture, heritage, and the designs of various places makes his feed follow-worthy any day.

Srishtee Tehri | @srish_teee

Photo Credit: srish_teee

Gursimran Basra | @coffee.karma

Photo Credit: @coffee.karma

Kamakshi Pal | @kamakshi.pal

Photo Credit: @kamakshi.pal

Shramona Poddar| @mishti.and.meat

Photo Credit: @mishti.and.meat

Shramona’s IG feed is a treat for eyes. Her love for travel as well as indie fashion peps up your spirit.

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Believe it or not, Gen Z, Gen Y, and even boomers thrive on the Gram. And it still continues to rule. Although travel will change due to COVID-19, travel Instagrammers will continue to redefine it. Most importantly, as a social media platform, Instagram has provided a voice to many maverick writers, photographers, and die-hard travelers to put their art out there, grow a community.

We are thrilled to share deets about a few incredible Instagrammers today! So, whether you are a die-hard traveler or not, these travel Instagrammers will move your core, pacify your travel woes and make you smile with all the aesthetics on their feeds and stories.

Photo by Trip & Trek India on Unsplash

Unmissable Indian Travel Instagrammers

With their eye for flawless photography, unparalleled content, and passion for travel, there are umpteen travel bloggers/vloggers/sustainable travel influencers who have been soothing our wanderlust. Let’s know them better today? Here are a few interesting, out of the box travel Instagrammers that you must follow today itself. Don’t be surprised if their pictures and beautifully curated feeds give you sleepless nights, okay?

Sharanya Iyer | @trulynomadly

Photo Credit: trulynomadly

Sharanya quit her lucrative corporate career to take a plunge into full time traveling, blogging, and living a creative life. True to her insta handle, her feed takes you on an adventure. Her pictures are vivid, full of life. And not to mention her collabs with tourism boards have earned her recognition far and wide already!

Neelima Vallangi | @neelimav

Photo Credit: @neelimav

Neelima’s love for mountains, trekking makes her stand out. She also is vocal about climate change. She travels to never seen before places, hidden gems. Therefore, her photos look surreal every time you see this unexplored destination mindfully shared by her. Umpteen travel international travel publications have acclaimed her work as well.

Preethi | @peppytravelgirl

Photo Credit: peppytravelgirl

Love to read joie de vivre visual stories on travel? Well, you must follow Preethi then! Along with being on TLC’s travel show, she has also been a podcaster, blogger. Her pictures cherish the small joys of travel. Most importantly, her dialogue on body neutrality, mental health makes her stories, posts one of their kind.

Shivya Nath | @shivya

Photo Credit: @shivya

You might have read her bestselling book, The Shooting Star already by now. And it is no surprise to know that Shivya has always practiced what she writes. She is a mindful, vegan traveler. Her photos are zen, so they would soothe your sight for sure. Moreover, her efforts for slow and sustainable travel has been recognized by many leading travel publications and networks.

Siddhartha Joshi | @siddharthajoshi

Photo Credit: siddharthajoshi

Siddhartha has been one of the most seasoned travel influencers in the country. His pictures stem from his passion for storytelling and exploring places with nothing but a clean slate of mind. It goes without saying that most of the travel publications, tourism boards have acclaimed his work. His penchant for showcasing the culture, heritage, and the designs of various places makes his feed follow-worthy any day.

Srishtee Tehri | @srish_teee

Photo Credit: srish_teee

Gursimran Basra | @coffee.karma

Photo Credit: @coffee.karma

Kamakshi Pal | @kamakshi.pal

Photo Credit: @kamakshi.pal

Shramona Poddar| @mishti.and.meat

Photo Credit: @mishti.and.meat

Shramona’s IG feed is a treat for eyes. Her love for travel as well as indie fashion peps up your spirit.

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