15 Questions in 5 Minutes: Pushpendra Shaktawat of Walk & Pedal Tours, Udaipur

Discovering Udaiour differently with Walk and Pedal Tours

Pushpendra is the face behind Walk & Pedal Tours, offering cycle and walking tours in and around the beautiful city of Udaipur. With a keen interest in the region’s culture and heritage Pushpendra  has incorporated this passion with an innovative approach to tourism that involves a more immersive, authentic experience, delving into Udaipur’s rich artistic past and present.

  1. Who you are (naturally!)

I am a very down to earth, easy going person, wishing well for all. I hardly have grudges against anyone, so that increases my vision more effectively, as all other things/ elements don’t even bother me.

My sole purpose of existing in this beautiful world is to be good, enjoy family, friends and life.

  1. What inspired you to create your business?

Likewise, there is so much to explore. So apart from when I am not exploring myself, I would rather help people explore the region that I am at in a better way. I would know insights about a place that no book can tell. Knowing local things from a local. The guests are bound to like that.  That’s what inspired me to create Walk and Pedal Tours.

  1. An anecdote which epitomizes your India?

My India is vast and diverse. ‘Unity in Diversity’, that epitomizes it completely.

  1. One thing that you can’t live without?

My famil

  1. One thing that you hate?

People littering.

  1. If  you could change one thing about India what would it be?

To change the education system, to go back to our roots of Gurukool educational system which taught everything in order, and for everyone. Past generations were very sorted, and that’s because of what they learned in gurukools.

  1. Who is your greatest inspiration?

Ratan Tata.

  1. What is your favourite quote?

“You gotta do what you gotta do!”

  1. I have noticed huge changes in India over the last few years but what is the biggest change you have noticed in India over the last 10 years?

Since India is shining past a decade, it’s recognition worldwide is the biggest change that I have seen. Improvements in all departments, even if small.

  1. What do you think are the biggest challenges India faces over the next ten years?

To educate each and every one. The better the education, the better it is for each country. If people are well educated, good values of life are taught to toddlers in their growing stages, it makes a country a better place. The government authorities work eases if all think alike in building a nation together, void of corruption, and evil minds.

  1. Which is the destination at the top of your bucket list?

India itself, as there is so much to see here.

  1. What is the one place you visited that you have NO desire to return to?

Not yet, I guess I have chosen well till now to not to have regretted.

  1. Book or Movie?

Movie

  1. Just for fun! I am doing a survey to find India’s most popular breakfast, what is yours?

Pan India, I guess it is masala dosa, samosa and kachori, but poha also tops the list. 😋There are so many options in India, but still as a true indian, I did well to name only four!

  1. In retrospect, what is the one thing you wish you could have told your 20 year-old self?

To be aware of things around you, current affairs, career options, scopes in each field. The more you read and ask, more likely that you would know what to do at that age, instead of going with the flow. So that the path you want to choose is right for you from the beginning, and not later when you realise what suits you and what you like.

To discover more about the walking tours and cycling excursions in Udaipur that Walk and Pedal offer visit their website.

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