As we navigate through the “new normal” in 2020, the world is opening up, slowly but surely. The joy of driving holidays is making a comeback! But after months of localised lockdowns and extensive contact tracing in the wake of the global pandemic, travelling in or among crowds is a no-go. The silver lining, though, is that road-trips of years past are back in favour.
With its finger on the pulse of the Indian viewer and in tune with the sentiment of the times, History TV18 premieres a unique, digital-exclusive travel vlogging series. On ‘#RoadTrippinWithRnM’, Rocky and Mayur get behind the wheel for a 14-day road-trip across Rajasthan, bringing followers exciting experiences and memorable moments in real-time, on History TV18‘s and their own, social media accounts.
Rocky Singh and Mayur Sharma, Indian television’s acclaimed travellers and foodies, are known as much for touring far and wide in search of great food experiences, as for their humour. Quirky, jovial, energetic with a never-say-die attitude, they are masters of the impromptu! Childhood friends and collaborators, the duo’s exceptional camaraderie is all set to light up screens once more, on personal devices. The terrific-two think on their feet and are adept at handling whatever the highway throws at them. That’s a quality which will be put to the test, as they travel in these times. With no fixed to-do list, ‘#RoadTrippinWithRnM’ celebrates wanderlust and stays true to the idea that the journey is indeed the destination. Rocky and Mayur could just as quickly pitch a tent in a great spot, as they could settle into a sanitised hotel for the night. Over two weeks, viewers, followers and fans shall become part of their travels and experiences, every day. Speaking about this made-for-the-times series, Rocky says, “The Great Indian Road trip is the future of travel in India. And we are doing just THAT! I’m super stoked also, about getting out after 6 months. Viewers can count on us taking them along on a fun journey. We’ll be sharing regular updates and also answering questions, Live. So stay tuned!”
Mayur, his partner-in-crime, adds “we’ve been looking forward to hitting the road again and I’m thrilled that our viewers and fans will be able to join us virtually, all through the trip. This is a first-of-its-kind show in a post-COVID world and it stands for hope, bringing life back on track and carrying on. It’s going to be another mad, wonderful, joyous journey. Coming?”
The first leg of the road trip takes the travellers from Delhi to the pink city, Jaipur via Neemrana. Rocky and Mayur then continue through the desert state, with stopovers in Mount Abu, Ajmer, Udaipur and locationsoff-the-beaten-track. Along with the culture, cuisine and colour characteristic of Rajasthan, the road trip also has a wild side. It will take them through the rocky landscape of Jawai, teeming with leopards! Other ‘wild’ destinations to look forward to include the Tiger habitat in Ranthambore, and bird watcher’s paradise, Bharatpur.
Each day of this exciting road trip, Rocky and Mayur will post daily vlogs, great pictures and engaging Live Q&A sessions in real-time on social media, sharing their adventures. These posts will be available on History TV18 and Rocky and Mayur‘s handles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Viewers can follow the duo and be part of the day’s plan, route and everything along the way – pitstops, meals, local sights, people, learnings, travel tips and night halts.
Avinash Kaul, Managing Director, A+E Networks | TV18 and CEO-Broadcast for Network18, commented, #RoadTrippinWithRnM’ reaffirms HistoryTV18’s commitment to relevant and compelling content, across platforms, for our audience. As the world begins to open up again, I’m confident that this series will become a benchmark and new paradigm for travel shows in the new normal.”