It had been 3 months since I took up a job in Kalyan, near the outskirts of Mumbai. After travelling for a month and half this year, I thought I was ready to get back to the hustle, ready for a career, ready to have a normal life again! So half way through to Chopta, a region of meadows and snow laden mountains in Uttarakhand, I took a bus back to Haridwar after receiving an interview and trade test email from my employer. A 5 hour back breaking bus ride from Rudraprayag to Haridwar and then a successful tatkal train…


Jodhpur was on my travel to do list for while now. I had recently quit my boring desk job and was in my home town Mumbai. It was the month of February and although I wanted to witness the Spiti winter, feasibility of going there was not so good. So I pondered and thought it would nice to explore Jodhpur, since the temperatures in winter at Rajasthan are bearable. The next thing I known is frantically checking IRCTC for trains to Jodhpur with no availability. So I booked a seat in a bus to Jodhpur which was a long 25…


Travel will teach you innumerable things if you master up the courage to travel alone. It’s essential to self discovery and personal growth. When you step out to see the world, you meet people, explore different culture, languages and food. You learn a lot!

I started travelling solo when I turned 23. It was after a break up that I finally gathered courage to travel and explore my country, India. So here’s a few points, well 10 things that travel taught me…

1. Trust your guts — We often ignore our guts in our daily life’s. And then face repercussions…


The first time I heard about Pushkar was through a traveller who spoke tales of how hippie Pushkar is. Then about the annual Pushkar mela that happens in the 1st week of November is the time this place attracts a thousands of visitors and travellers alike. It was the month of February and I had quit my desk job for another backpacking trip across India. After visiting the Rann of Kutch, I boarded a train to Ahmedabad and then took a connecting train to Ajmer.


Rann of Kutch: The well marketed White Desert

I came to know of the Rann of Kutch while I was working as a travel guide in a start up travel company in 2018. Since then, it has been on my travel to do list. A year later, the month of February, my plans for Rann of Kutch materialized and I was super excited to visit the white desert. Rann of Kutch is one of the largest salt desert in the world. The evaporation rate exceeds the precipitation rate and leads to the formation of salt crystals. …


Mandvi — The forgotten port

It was the month of February and my plans of visiting the Rann of Kutch was finally taking shape. It had been a week that I quit my boring af desk job. And I was pretty excited to be on the road again. This time for around a month. So I managed to get 2 other friends to come along for the Rann of Kutch plan and we took a train from Borivali, Mumbai to Bhuj.

Our plan was to spend a day at Mandvi beach and the second and third day at the Rann…


Orchha Fort

I had recently resigned from my travel job that most people envied of. To me it became a boring routine as a travel expert of entertaining back to back scheduled trips of group of people mainly from the metro cities. I was stationed in the Parvati Valley for a period of 4 months and the monotony started making me weary and exhausted. Before I could serve my notice period which was of 2 months, my employer decided to fire me and did not pay my full and final settlement entirely. Good riddance, I say! But I was dependant on my…


My grandfather’s house is located at a tiny hamlet on Konkan coastal known as Kundapur in India. It is 40 Kms from the well known city of Udupi. Although I visit Kundapur every quarter since past decade, never once made it to Jog falls.

Located at about 380 kms. from Bangalore and 136 kms. from Kundapur, 100 kms. from Shimoga, Jog falls is the second highest plunge fall that cascades from a height of 830 feets. The four magnificent cascades are named as Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket. It is situated in the North Karnataka, in a dense evergreen forest…


8 Ways to be a responsible traveler

Everyone loves to travel, but few actually hit the road. With increased commercialization and availability to all travel information, reviews and Google maps, traveling has never been so easy, places more accessible. More and more people are traveling and touristy places are losing its charm. We live in a beautiful world and we as travelers are responsible to let our future generations enjoy it too. Little things lead to bigger progress. So here are 8 ways to be a responsible traveler.

Carry a garbage bag - Plastic is one of the biggest environmental…


An unplanned Sunday trek to Peb Fort, Neral

It was the weekend finally and I was back to my hometown, Mumbai or Bombay as I like to call it. On a Saturday evening, when my roommates woke up around afternoon, discussing plans for the evening with our cups of uninterrupted masala chai. Someone suggested Colaba, another roomie wanted to go and get some drinks and the third one decided to go a cafe. We soon realized, we did not want to go back to the same places we have been frequenting in Mumbai and decided to do something different.

An…

Vijaya Nair

Avid Traveler, Hippie hiding in civilized clothes, Chef on the Go. Mandala Enthusiast, Yoga follower, Exploring India. Jack of all traits, mastered none!

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