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About Us

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer." Founded in 2012, Smartstay.in was launched with the objective of delivering offbeat and exciting holiday possibilities such as wildlife tours, farm stay getaways and premium royal heritage experience options for travel enthusiasts. In just two years, we have researched and hand-picked over 3,000 incredible locations, with close to 30,000 rooms, in recognized as well as lesser-known destinations across India. We promote experience-based holidays, be it skydiving and bungee jumping or relaxed family outings in high-quality villas, working hard to take your travel experience to an all-new high. And over the years, this steadfast focus has started earning us the attention and loyalty of discerning travellers from India and abroad. By being a One-Stop solution for exceptional holiday stays across this incredible country, we hope your search for unique travel experiences stops right here and now... ...so let's go!



Team

  • Deepak Chauhan

    Founder & CEO

    On Paper: I am a technocrat with 21 years of experience in the Internet and IT industry, and have had stints as Product Head (Internet and Mobile) with Zee Entertainment Enterprise Ltd. and Vice President (Technology) at B4U Television Network. My love for travel has brought me into this amazing field of zest and happiness!

    In the Blood: Travel, Experience, Melodies from the Bygone Era

    Deepak’s Shine Line: ‘There is so much to explore…it’s a crime not to!’

  • Raj Vaidya

    Chief Operating Officer

    On Paper: A creative and growth-oriented innovator with a successful media track record of 20 years, Raj has been a content strategist for several OTT platforms, including YuppTV, Hungama and Rajshri.com. He also has vast experience in business strategy and consulting, and consumer insights across various digital media platforms.

    In the Blood: Writing, Films, Music, Badminton, Travel, Reading

    Raj’s Shine Line: ‘I am not normal. I don't want to be. I don't pretend to be. I am me’

  • Rahul Bhowmik

    Marketing & Strategy

    On Paper: Rahul is on board with 19 years of experience across diverse sectors like FMCG, Services and Durables. An MBA from IIMA, he has proven strategic and executional expertise in multiple roles and has successfully driven business growth with startups, Indian corporate and Fortune 500 multinationals across India and Asia. In his last role he was Marketing Director for Mattel, managing the leading portfolio for international brands.

    In the Blood: Toys! Comics! Books! Action Figures! He has traveled for all of these and now he travels to live!

    Rahul’s Shine Line: ‘Do or do not…there is no try’

  • Vinod Suryawanshi

    Technology

    On Paper: Heading the IT department at Smartstay.in , Vinod comes with 10 years of experience in IT with some big time previous stints with Zee Networks, Shaadi.com and Zapak.com. Vinod is a keen learner and capable of creating an entire portal by keeping himself updated with latest tech which landed him in co-founding Smartstay.in.

    In the Blood: Coding, Gadgets, and anything Techno! He desires to create a coding to visit the most happening places in the world at the click of a button!

    Vinod’s Shine Line: ‘The World at my Fingertips’

  • Poornima Poojary

    Content

    On Paper: She comes from formal corporate background - Willis India, Lehman Brothers & Nomura, all insurance and investment banking sectors left behind to pursue her passion in the sea of travel, writing and product creation.

    In the Blood: Rhymes, Travel, Food!

    Poornima’s Shine Line: Life is Now! Enjoy while the flavour lasts!

  • Monesh Mohan

    Social Media & Creative

    On Paper: One of the youngest to join us at the beginning of the venture when he was just 19, Monesh is energetic with good observation skills and possesses designing and marketing expertise. With visible leadership qualities, he handles his own team and is never shy to pick up a task just to learn and grow his potentials.

    In the Blood: Action Figures, Travel, Food, Love!

    Monesh’s Shine Line: ‘With great powers come great responsibilities’

Investors

  • V3 Partners

    An intellectual set of two Engineers and a Mass Media professional makes up this team of V3Partners who have conceived and successfully developed various real estate projects in and around Mumbai along with other diversified ventures in Investments and Marketing. Smartstay.in's innovative thought process and execution strategy has brought V3Partners on board as Angel Investors to create fresh travel destinations and themes for the discerning explorer.

Mentors

  • Vijay D

    A seasoned Sales and Marketing professional with over 19 years of know-how, Vijay has successfully headed the Indian division of a UK based MNC for Wellness products and has also been responsible for building their India operations from scratch.

  • Nelloli P. Rajasekharan

    Rajasekharan steps in with 40 years of international experience at the Director level dealing with CEOs and Boards of multinationals in various sectors. His experience includes business strategy, Governance, Performance Management, Leadership Development and HR strategy. His is an expert in management of startup, high-growth, turnaround, and major cultural transformation. A well-known writer and musician, he is also a professional facilitator and member of Mensa!

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