6 Indian Travel Youtubers you should follow in 2020.
Updated: Feb 6
Since Youtube culture properly hit India back in the late 2010s, there have been many Travel youtube channels popping up every now and then. But most of the channels turned out to be one-hit wonders, where they rolled out a few good videos and fled the scene. But some others truly held against the test of creative competition, content drought and even Youtube politics to become a true source of information and entertainment for travellers. We’ve handpicked for you a few Indian Travel Youtube that you should definitely subscribe if you are into travelling. These channels through their varied content, expressed through skilful cinematography, has earned the right to be called the best in business.
Ethereal (Ayush Dinker)
Ayush Dinker, an ardent traveller and filmmaaking enthusiast from New Delhi, started his youtube channel- Ethereal in 2013. The channel is able to provide viewers with a different perspective of experiential travel. It is evident through the quality of content and the information that it is able to impart on to the viewers that each video is a result of long hours of research and preparation. Couple that along with clean cinematography and relaxed editing, and with Ayush’s distinct storytelling style, the videos turn out to be something out of the ordinary.
What makes Ethereal Special:
Calming and Informative Voice-over Narration.
Clean and Concise editing and cinematography
Intricate Story-telling style.
Vlogs that delve deep into the stories around a location.
India in Motion (Saravana Kumar)
Saravana Kumar began his Youtube channel, “India in Motion” in 2014. Him being a travel photographer is very well reflected in the content as well. All videos are made in a very peculiar “semi-documentary” style with very simple editing and camera work. This style is able to bring out very deep emotions buried in the locations he visits. The videos are able to bring to the viewers so much value with minimal gear and simple, down-to-earth film making. Saravana mainly travels around North-East India and the Himalayas. The channel also provides tips and tricks for Photographers and camping enthusiasts.
What makes India In Motion Special:
Addition of local music that resonates with the vibe of the location.
Simple filmmaking, with very pleasing shots and relaxed editing.
Excellent Storytelling skills, sporting simple language to which anyone can relate.
The Timelapses are particularly exquisite.
Hopping Bug (Nishit Sharma)
Nishit Sharma started his Youtube channel in 2016 with a mission, “Dreams are born to Dare”. The Channel give particular importance to cinematography and modern editing styles. The videos are pieces of artistic and creative filmmaking, which can pull off the aesthetic appeal that young modern filmmakers look to get out of travel videos. The videos have smooth fast cuts in editing and intricate colour grading, that makes it extremely pleasing to the eyes. Nishit uses modern videomaking tech like Drones and gimbals extensively. His International travel videos are of top-notch quality, featuring small encounters with locals, which is properly soul-warming.
What makes Hopping Bug Special:
Aesthetic and Visually pleasing shots all around.
Shot more like small movies rather than Travel Vlogs.
Interactions with fellow travellers and locals are a pleasant bonus
Prakriti is a travelling enthusiast from New Delhi and started her youtube journey in 2015. She prefers solo travel, experiencing and soaking in all the different perspectives on life. Her videos may not have fancy edits or epic drone shots but they conduct storytelling in its purest form. Prakriti is somehow able to give the viewers a very immersive view into her different experiences. In a country where attacks and atrocities against women are rising day by day, Prakriti stands as a role model and inspiration for young travel enthusiasts. She has proven that what’s deemed impossible for women by the orthodox Indian public is actually possible.
What’s Special about Prakriti Varshiney:
Soulful, Down to Earth Storytelling style.
Detailed and Informative Videos which can be easily used as guides.
The Stories playlist on the Channel is a must-watch.
Ankit Bhatia’s channel which started in 2013 is the best in this list in terms of production quality. The cinematography is top-notch and the edits are so smooth and creative that the channel’s content can be compared to the likes of Maati Hapoja or Peter Mckinnon. The importance given to filmmaking and post-processing is evident in all of the videos. Some of the videos with Ankit’s smooth narration and excellent visuals feel like guided meditation. He also features Camera reviews, Photography and Video Editing tutorials in the channel.
What makes Ankit Bhatia Special:
Wonderful Music that brings up the quality of the content.
A story-telling style that syncs perfectly with the filmmaking Style.
Ronnie and Barty (Rohan Thakur and Bharathi Bahrani)
After working 8 years in the mainstream Film and Television media in Mumbai, the filmmaking couple moved to Manali and invested their complete attention towards their Youtube channel which can frankly be described as a milestone in the Indian Travel Youtube category. Their video content is an all-rounder in that, it has absolutely every desired quality to make a video perfect. Watching their videos is purely refreshing and rejuvenating, and prompts you to get off your couch and start travelling again. They carry around their camera like a close friend and it is a very different experience to see the content from that perspective.
What makes Ronnie and Barty Special:
Their experience in the media industry clearly shows up on the content.
Ronnie’s exceptional oratory skills create a perfect foundation for storytelling.
Provides viewers with an unadulterated view of living in the mountains
The overall positive vibe that the videos are able to exude.