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We are a network of creative locals

Urbanaut curates recommendations from selected creative locals in different cities. You’ll find insider tips, hidden gems, offbeat discoveries and maybe some of the more popular spots as well - so you can explore a city just like a local would. We love finding that charming boutique hotel, that quaint restaurant serving inventive, experimental food, or that incredible cocktail bar with the best vibes and views. More importantly, our locals seek out responsible and sustainable businesses who provide unforgettable experiences - like a must-try walking tour company or an immersive wine tasting.

We love small, local businesses and believe that travel is best experienced slowly and mindfully. Our app helps you find, save, plan and share your travel experiences - and we think we have something for everyone, so long as you like to do things a bit differently.

Meet the Team

Samyukta Ranganathan

Samyukta Ranganathan - Founder

A trip to Beirut in 2015 sparked an idea that is now Urbanaut. Piecing together a trip on a map using Instagram posts by Lebanese locals just did not seem like the best way to get insider tips. 3 years later (let’s say it was a slow burn), Sammy quit her fun marketing job at PUMA and set out to build Urbanaut – launching in Dec 2019 right before the pandemic hit and halted all travel!

As Founder and Chief Everything Officer of Urbanaut, she has been able to put her lifelong passion and skill for stalking ‘cool things’ to good use. Her unpaid and thankless role of being the planner of all group holidays also finds a more useful outlet in the app.

Prior to starting Urbanaut, Samyukta managed brand marketing for PUMA in India and the Middle East after receiving her MBA from the Indian School of Business. Samyukta is passionate about responsible travel and the indispensable role that creative individuals and organisations play in destination building.

Prachi Jetley

Prachi Jetley - Partnerships and Experience Curator: North & Central India

Prachi, our happy Himachali, is our travel & partnerships expert. With 10+ years of sales & networking career under her hat, she decided to leave the city to enjoy a quiet life back in the mountains 2 years ago. Her passion for sustainability & slow travel made her dig deeper into local research, ways of life & experiences in the places she visited. Using these skills at Urbanaut, she handles partnerships & curates the wonderful experiences in North India that you get to explore on our app.
When she is not working, you can find her sipping a good cup of coffee, reading or exploring new genres of music.

Mrunal Shah

Mrunal Shah - Product Ninja

Mrunal makes juggling two kids, a full house, and the never-ending product demands of Urbanaut seem like a breeze. As Product Ninja and Chief Everything-Else Officer, Mrunal keeps the app engine running smoothly and wonders how she works for a travel company but doesn’t take any holidays.

Mrunal is passionate about learning and experimenting with new technologies to build great products. She has an MS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, Atlanta and over 10 years of wide ranging experience that includes working on 1.0 products – of which the most notable was working on VMware’s leading-edge Network Virtualization Platform.

Anuj Aggarwal

Anuj Aggarwal - Partnerships and Experience Curator: West and South India

A one-way ticket and a backpack is all he needs to be happy. His love for exploring local cuisines, meeting new people, and discovering lesser- known places is what keeps him going.
After working in the travel and events space, he joined his family business. Come Covid-19, he knew he had to go back to what he loved. When not at work, you’ll find him being an aviation geek, checking flights to random corners of the globe, reading, annoying his Cocker Spaniel or simply wondering what he hasn’t eaten yet.

If it's worth discovering,

it's on Urbanaut

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