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28 Sep 2010

Whether staying for business or pleasure, you want to pick from only the best, stay clear of run of the mill
hotels and avoid nasty surprises of untested accommodations. At namastay.in, we handpick the best of
independent stays to suit all budgets.  Warm hosts and distinctive places backed up by our famed service.

So when you are planning your next trip, why settle for anything other than our handpicked stays?

Ashish Mehra


Having studied, worked and lived independently since the age of 10 in India & abroad, Ashish makes ‘home’ wherever he travels.  The people that host him mean as much as to him as his physical surroundings. Point him to a simple but good meal and he’ll travel miles.

Ashish’s vision is to connect the thousands of independent accommodations across India, run by interesting and hospitable people from myriad backgrounds, different cultures and varied motivations. That, he believes is the only true way of experiencing India in a green, responsible and sustainable way.
Ashish is an interactive media professional and has been part of the growth story of the Internet for a decade now.  He was part of the early teams at rediff.com in Mumbai and YooMedia Plc. in London - successful start-ups both, in a career spanning sales, strategy, product management and a P&L holder for interactive channels across interactive TV, Web and Mobile platforms. 

He holds a bachelors degree in economics from Loyola College, Chennai and a masters degree in creative and media enterprises from the University of Warwick, UK.

Rekha Goyal


If travellers were a different species, Rekha would be a thoroughbred. From the Alps to the Himalayas, from the sleepy islands of the Caribbean to the buzzing villages of Uttar Pradesh, Rekha’s wanderlust has taken her far and wide.
She’s stayed at roadside shacks, traditional homestays, heritage bungalows and eco-friendly jungle lodges and considers her stays as the lens through which she remembers her experiences.

As the organizational epicenter of our team, Rekha handles the network of accommodations on one end while engaging with customers on the other. She’s also the last word on all things creative!
Rekha is a ceramic artist and has run her ceramic design studio in Mumbai for over a decade now. Her sculptural work continues to be a part of many exhibitions and private collections. Art & travel are her two passions, something she traded for an engineering degree.
Rekha earned her bachelors degree in art from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai and her master’s degree from the School of Visual Arts & Architecture, London. She’s the founder of namastay.in.

Gaurav Gupta

Investor & Advisor

Gaurav’s favourite modes of transport are non-motorised.  He has traveled on his bicycle from China to Vietnam and from France to Portugal.  Whenever given the chance he will jump onto a sail boat but refuses to try his hand at motor boats.

After many years working in the Corporate World, staying in the marbled splendour of hotels with their regimental staff and over air-conditioned rooms, Gaurav realised that he preferred his temperature to be controlled by the warmth of the people.  That is what drew him to the idea of namastay.in - helping fellow travelers discover magical places and local flavours .

Gaurav's own passion is in responsible tourism.  He is a part owner of an award-winning rainforest lodge in Australia and is currently transforming an estate in the Nilgiris into a complete organic operation complete with eco-friendly farm-stays for curious travellers. So he understands not only what it is like to be a guest but also what it is like to be a host!

Gaurav is Associate Partner at Dalberg Global Consultants and holds a BA from Oxford and an MA from Yale University.

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