Aatish Nath is a freelance journalist based in Mumbai, specialising in food, travel and design. He was the former food editor at Time Out Mumbai. His writing has appeared in Citylab, Conde Nast Traveller, Travel + Leisure and The Hindu.  He can be found on Instagram

What does a journey mean to you?

Any trip out of the house gives me the opportunity to find out something new, either about the place I’m in, or about myself. For me, that happens when travelling solo or walking around Mumbai and it’s something I look forward to. There’s a sense of discovery that permeates any type of travel and that is what excites me about planning a trip. 

Which country or location most inspires you?

I think my trip to Japan was an eye-opener. The country is unique and it has some of the simplest but most amazing seafood. Coming from India, it was really fascinating to see how its held on to so much of its history and culture while barrelling forward into the 21st century. 

Where would you go back to and why?

Big cities that overwhelm are usually the kind of places I enjoy, but I think if I had to go back it would be Gulmarg in Kashmir. Known for its skiing, it’s also a great hideaway with some stunning vistas. It helps that the cuisine is distinctive and the people are so warm. 

Top Insider tip for Mumbai?

The city is chaotic, noisy and crowded, so I like to escape to Banganga Tank every once in a while to enjoy its meditative silence. Located in the residential neighbourhood of Malabar Hill, and attached to a temple, it’s a quiet respite from the rest of the city.

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