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Airbnb launches ‘Trips’ platform in India


New Delhi: Community-driven hospitality company Airbnb has launched its ‘Trips’ platform in India, giving a chance to customers to book specially curated local experiences. Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of the online platform, announced its launch with a fashion show by designers Shantanu and Nikhil here on Sunday night.

After being announced in Los Angeles last year, the service was launched in 12 cities, including Detroit, London, Paris, Nairobi, Tokyo, Seoul and San Francisco. In India, it begins with 15 bookable local experiences. “I’m excited to launch India Trips as we’ve handpicked unique experiences, designed and led by locals, to reflect the diversity and variety of the city,” Chesky said in a statement. Chesky also turned showstopper for Shantanu and Nikhil.

The designers are trip hosts and will take participants through a creative journey of style, where they will see an innovative blend of architecture and design expressed through couture. Guests will have a chance for a candid tête-à-tête with them, seeing its evolution from ideation and design to a final showcase on the runway at the duo’s Noida workshop.

check out some interesting trips 

Shadow and Light

Delhi’s jazz-classical duo, Anindo Bose and Pavitra Chari of Shadow and Light, will host a three-hour session of songwriting and music production for their guests. Sharing their own experience of writing original songs, guests can get inspired by the enchanting blend of Classical Indian and Western music.

It will cost you Rs 2,450 per person

Vintage Viewfinder

Aditya, a professional photographer for over three decades, will give guests a tour of his museum, Museo Camera, which showcases over 1500 cameras. After treating his guests to a cup of chai, he will walk them through the transition photography has seen over the last 170 years, unravel stories of the most iconic cameras and more. Guests can take home a salt print of a desired image with them.

It will cost you Rs 1,260 per person