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The Western Routes was founded in 2011. It started as a concept that found its roots in the love for the state of Maharashtra and its native culture. Since 2015, we have ventured into curating itineraries pan-India which are themed around history, culture, wildlife, people & food.
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I am a true-blue Punekar at heart. Travel has always been a passion. So after completing masters degrees in environmental science and responsible tourism management, I worked and traveled extensively in India and abroad, exploring unique destinations, their culture and most importantly their local food. Combining my two passions - food and travel, in 2012, I launched my own travel company, The Western Routes which focuses on creating culinary and cultural itineraries across India. Rustic and local flavors is what excites and inspires me while on my food & travel explorations. I firmly believes in the famous quote by James Michener, “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home."
Computer Engineer by education, Potterhead by heart, tomboy by nature and a traveller by passion. Poetry comes naturally to her and she has taken the road that would convey her travel stories through words. Prachi is an aspiring blogger who wants to explore new destinations and cultures and treks are her eternal love. Always up for a bit of exploration, she knows how to connect with people around and is always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need.
Somshekhar or Som for short, is a mechanical engineer who gave up his run-off-the-mill 9-5 job to experience the unexplored. His jolly nature brings the spark in the group, keeping it lively. He has a lot of stories about his solo travels and treks. Always cheerful & helping, he can tackle any kind of situation on the way. He is a budding photographer, loves nature and knows his part of protecting it. It literally takes minutes to make good friends.
A lawyer by education, Ashwini's heart was always in travelling the world and discovering the tastes that changed every few miles. Her obsession with star-lit skies, kadak chai and indie music will make you appreciate the smallest of moments when around her. More often that not, you'll catch her humming a tune or lending out recipes. A sucker for conversations, sustainability and cinema, she makes for a great companion no matter the kind of journey.
A hospitality graduate by education and a curious traveller at heart, I always seek out experiences that let me meet new people, explore places, and soak myself in different cultural and culinary landscapes! I enjoy listening to and sharing stories and discovering the hidden intricacies of places and food through travel and the most random of conversations. I often capture and savour memories through photographs and poetry. When on a trip with a group of people, you will find me smiling, connecting with everyone, and simply making sure that we have a great time with loads of fun!