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Hop on to this city tour

Travel enthusiast Amit Ray,an MBA from IIM-Calcutta,spent a decade in corporate offices chalking out the company’s financial details.

Travel enthusiasts join hands to make visiting monuments in Delhi more fun

Travel enthusiast Amit Ray,an MBA from IIM-Calcutta,spent a decade in corporate offices chalking out the company’s financial details. But eventually his passion for travelling won over and last year Amit left his job to pursue his real passion — travelling. In the past year,he and a group of like-minded Delhiites have been devising ways to make visiting monuments more “fun”.

Soon,others joined in and pitched in the making of comic book type picto-guides and audio guides called ‘time hops’ for important monuments of Delhi. Peter Abraham,a former corporate employee who now does voiceovers for ads and TV channels lent his voice for the audio guides. Kadambari Mishra,a former employee of a publishing house contributed in research and academic outreach,and photographers from India and abroad contributed pictures for the picto guides.

Amit Ray and his brother Sumit who also left a job at a TV channel to work for the travel website worked on the idea from 2009. “My brother travels a lot and he felt that in many monuments,the information provided was either minimal or too bookish. He then thought of ways in which he could make more guides and that is how the website took shape,” says Sumit Ray.

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The members of the website where the guides can be downloaded at a price are all avid travellers who wanted to create a platform where they could share information about the monuments of India. The website was officially launched in April and the team did a lot of research on monuments by reading books and visiting libraries. The ‘time hops’ that can be downloaded on the phone are dramatised narratives with background music with various “characters” associated with the monuments narrating their part-fictionalised thoughts about the monuments and the affairs of the kingdom during that era.

The travellers also write blogs on the website on their travels. “Any traveller who wants to blog about his travels is welcome as long as he gives a lot of history and information about the heritage monuments,” says Sumit.