We had the good fortune of connecting with Rohini Grace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rohini, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The thought process behind starting Goddess Travels was to provide women, and couples, an opportunity to immerse themselves in the breadth of beauty and diversity that is India. To dive into a rich culture safely and securely, full of hidden temples, silent ashrams, and sacred mountains. To savor the spices and revel in the flower markets, dip toes in the holy waters of the Ganges, and explore the iconic grand palaces and forts. I wanted to create a life changing experience with likeminded travel partners and help people turn their travel dreams into reality.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What I am most proud of with Goddess Travels is the relationships that have developed. I love getting a call from a client saying, “I was just thinking of when we rode elephants into that palace or how this trip impacted me more then I thought it would.” To be part of those life changing, full bodied, immersive experiences for people is such an honor. I never cease to get excited about curating or leading a tour, because it’s country and an experience I am so passionate about sharing, that regardless of how many times I have immersed myself, I want each client to have a similar experience.
The main challenge to starting this business was finding the right partners to work with. During that process I met some fascinating people and have now created lifelong friendships and business partners. The mutual trust ensures the success of the business, which is especially critical when you are working overseas.
I believe my brand is successful because of my partnerships and because the concept is based on an understanding of East and West. I acutely understand western needs in the exotic, chaotic, colorful world of the East. When people travel with me, they feel secure enough to really drop into the culture and fully immerse themselves in the experience which allows for a very intimate personal connection.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my best friend come’s to Boulder, we do the following: Hiking: Lions Lair on Mt Sanitas, Mesa Trail at Chautauqua, Lake Isabelle at Brainard Lake,
Biking: Cycling any amount of miles on the city’s amazing bike paths with B-Cycle Electric Bikes
Eat: For Breakfast, Dushanbe Tea House, Lunch: Tiffin’s, Dinner,: Taskuki,
Best Bakery: Luckys Bake House
Best Ice-cream: Sweet Cow
Best brew and view: Avanti
Best Bookstore: The Bookworm and Boulder Bookstore
Best Spa: Dragontree Footbath, Orange Poppy facial with Nicole, and the Relaxing Station
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to dedicate this Shoutout to a number of people who supported me in this venture. To Laura Guerra who encouraged me to branch out on my own and helped me with the initial planning.
My husband, Jason Smith, who only winces a little when I tell him I am leaving for a month to lead a tour.
My daughter, Grace Smith, who understands her mother’s passion is to help others live theirs.
My parents, who have always taught me that I can do and be anything and that joy is in the process.
To the country of India, a place that constantly fascinates me with its complex layers and infinite beauty.
To fellow adventurers that trust me to take them on soul-charging journeys.