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They say, to travel is to live! For some, travelling is flying to a different city or a country, staying at a luxurious hotel, posing in front of the touristy places and coming back. But for some, travelling is an experience. Exploring and travelling not just help you figure out an undiscovered side of yourself but also teach you the value of life. Bathing in the essence of the city and breathing its culture is the only way to know how beautiful the world is! Let's see what kind of a traveller Bollywood actor, Pankaj Tripathi is! (Also Read: Saif Ali Khan's Reaction When A Cricketer Thought Mansoor Ali Khan Was Lying About Visual Impairment)
Making his debut in 2004 and now with a career of close to two decades, Pankaj Tripathi is the scene-stealer as he successfully manages to steal our hearts and attention even with a brief role in a film or series. He is the man, who has immortalised each of his characters and purely based on his hard work and talent, Pankaj has cemented his place in the entertainment industry, leaving his work to speak for him. He is someone, who is not just admired on-screen but is respected as an inspiration to everyone off-screen as well. The wheels of fortune turned in his favour like how and today, he is one of the finest performers of Hindi film fraternity. Despite the fame and stardom he had garnered, Pankaj has not forgotten his roots which proves he is not just a great actor but a great human being too!
Hailing from the small village of Belsand, Bihar, Pankaj Tripathi revealed what kind of travel he prefers on personal trips, his memorable travel anecdotes with his wife and daughter, family trips and a lot more. In an interview with National Geographic Traveller India, when Pankaj was asked, "What kind of travel do you prefer on personal trips?" he has replied, "I’m a nashidi (addicted) traveller. Without travel, I am lost. I can drive down to Goa for a plate of Konkani-style prawns. I visit Kolkata for fish—there’s a tiny shop that serves fresh, fried fish with steaming rice on a banana leaf plate. I eat there. With the onset of monsoon, and the first rains, I start missing my village terribly and land up there. This year though, I doubt I’ll be able to go."
Revealing why he loves to travel and quoting a writer, Rahul Sankrityayan, who had spent 45 years of his life travelling, Pankaj Tripathi continued, "My purpose of travel is to travel. There is a writer called Rahul Sankrityayan, who spent 45 years of his life travelling. Few people in the country know of him, but he wrote the book Volga se Ganga, and journeyed from the Ganga to Volga. Over the course of his life, he’s changed religions and married twice, and he used to say that to travel, a person needs to be chinta-mukt (tension-free). And to be tension-free, one needs to travel. This is why I love to travel." (Also Read: Karisma Kapoor Sharing A Rare Picture Of Her 'Handsome Dadaji', Raj Kapoor Is Nostalgia Hitting Hard)
Answering, "What kind of travel do you do with your wife and daughter?" Pankaj Tripathi said, "All kinds of travel. I want to show my daughter jungles, mountains, rivers… I want to take her to the Ganga and the Brahmaputra. I want to show her migratory birds like flamingos when they visit, but I also want to take her to where they migrated from. It’s the same with rivers: I want to visit every river in the country from its source to its mouth. What I can’t visit, I map it out on Google! I want to show them everything, from landscapes to architecture, cities to art and music."
Revealing what kind of a traveller he is and where he had taken his family in India when he had started travelling with them, Pankaj Tripathi recalled, "In India, there are two stunning landscapes that I feel every Indian should visit once in their lives: one is Leh-Ladakh, and the other Rann of Kutch. When I started travelling with my family, this is where I took them first. When I travel, I travel. I don’t spend evenings in hotels, I am out exploring. When we visited Kutch, we explored the interiors for six days. I distinctly remember visiting the Lakhpat Fort. It is in utter ruins, but has immense historical significance. The film Refugee was shot there too. Once upon a time, the river Sindhu flowed here, and the fort collected 1,00,000 rupees in taxes, giving it the name. An earthquake in early 1800s changed the river’s course, and it fell from glory. Today, you can walk through the old offices of workers, their houses and see the still-standing fort walls. It’s beautiful."
When asked how do they decide on a travel destination for a family trip, Pankaj Tripathi retorted, "It’s a collective decision. Sometimes I suggest a place, and they go along because they know I’m a hardcore traveller who does his research. Sometimes my daughter wants to visit a place, and we go there." When asked, "Do you like clicking photographs of your travel?" Pankaj retorted, "Only with my eyes. We leave Instagram behind, but the photos in my mind, I take with me. My family likes to take photos, however." (Also Read: Mira Rajput Kapoor's Advice With Her Unseen Just-Before-The-Wedding Moment Is For Every Bride-To-Be)
How do you like to travel with your family or friends? Let us know!