Deva Prasath, a full-time traveller from a small town called Maduranthakam in the outskirts of Chennai, is on an unstoppable journey throughout India. He has left his family back in the village to live his dream of traveling full-time.
Coming from a middle-class family, full-time travel wasn’t much of a fanciful idea. He had never travelled before he left his job and while writing this story, he wonders “Why didn’t he…!!” It has been a roller coaster since he has started. I have known him through a Facebook group where he keeps helping people with the contacts for volunteering works.
Manali in Himachal Pradesh has long attracted tourists, particularly during the summer months, when entire India suffers the wrath of the unbearable heat waves. People need a quick escape in the Himalayas and they usually end up in Manali making it a crowded junction. The ease of access from New Delhi and Chandigarh also made Manali a popular weekend getaway – just catch a comfortable evening bus and wake up in Manali the following morning. While getting to Manali is certainly an easy deal, it has unfortunately lost its originality with such soaring popularity, and with it, any possibility of getting a peaceful holiday experience. From Manali to Old Manali to Vashishth, all connecting towns have become a touristic chaos. And camping near Manali, somewhere away from the town is the only option to escape the madness. Read more
Solo travelling has become a trend among the girls in India and now I know almost thousands of girls globetrotting around the world. Surprisingly, a few of them are still not able to experience the thrill of solo travelling due to a bit of fear and of course due to the next door aunties who still think ‘girls shouldn’t step out of their house’ and keep quoting Savdhan India episodes. Read more
Manali has become like a crowded city of Himachal Pradesh. The people from almost the whole of country head to this place, especially in summers. And most of the visitors find it a dirty, noisy and jampacked place where you don’t even have a place to walk freely. Moreover, the loud music and parties in most places might deprive you of the real charm of the Mountains. And I am sure you would like to escape to some of the best offbeat places near Manali. This list has been curated after my 3 months of stay in Manali.
For all those who go to Manali to relish the fresh snow, you can expect the cottony soft snow here and can take some superb shots without the crazy crowds around. The places are also perfect for honeymoon planners 😉 Read more
Volunteering at different organizations in India can be a way of traveling on a budget while you contribute to the betterment of the future of this country. There are many famous organisations that receive a huge number of volunteers and also charge for the same. While others, who are not so famous on internet, go unnoticed. While managing travel expenses is the problem for most of the backpackers, such organisations come to their rescue who provide them the basic necessities in exchange of their service to the institution.
Here by I would try to put forward the needy institutes that provide the best volunteering opportunities for the travelers in India. Please note that I am putting only those organisations which are not too famous with people and really need the volunteers.
While it would help you spend less along with a great experience, it is a moral responsibility that you devote to the work at the institutions sincerely. Those who would be identified as taking the opportunities for granted and not working sincerely shall be immediately dismissed. Read more
In my quest of traveling solo, I have ventured around traveling to the remote villages and trekking to the unfrequented hills in the Himalayas. Though solo travel is a currently trending concept in India, I still meet people around who give “What nonsense!!” look when they discover that I am not accompanied by anyone and am traveling alone *Alone?? OMG, eyes wide open and a startled frown*. There is another lot who finds this idea of roaming around solo very inspiring and are awed at my courage of traveling solo. Recently, when I expressed my wish to go on a long-term solo travel just like many other female travelers in India, I was obviously bombarded with all sorts of negative questions. Thus, I decided to let the world know how life-changing and empowering solo traveling is for the girls who are actually up to it. I asked the fellow solo female travelers to share the reason to opt for solo traveling and their experience of the same. Read more
Beyond the hustle and bustle of the most happening town of Kasol lies hidden among the hills, an ancient village of Grahan. The local claims it to be as old as the historic town of Malana. The beauty of Grahan Village is untouched by the tourists and trekkers (Written and visited in 2016) and is thus in its purest form. Unlike Malana, the people of Grahan Village are very friendly and the village is way much cleaner than Malana. Till 2014, when I visited it the first time, the village didn’t have any guest house or hotel. And just within the time span of 2 years, proper Homestays with modern amenities have come up. Though I feel it will make the village lose its original charm, it caters the basic need of a traveller. The only way to reach Grahan Village is by trekking from Kasol.
Famously known as ‘Little Lhasa’ of Himachal Pradesh, Mcleodganj is a favourite haunt of the travelers, explorers, riders and trekkers. It is mainly famous for its Buddhist temples and the abode of the great Dalai Lama. Located in the lap of Dhauladhar range of Himalayas, it has a great view of snow capped mountains standing like a guard over it. But maximum travelers who rush to this place without research, run short of places to be visited and things to do in Mcleodganj. And hence, I decided to put up a complete guide of all interesting things to do in and around Mcleodganj based on my exploration on a solo trip to this quaint place. Read more
India is a huge country, and there are tonnes of famous (and fascinating) tourist destinations to visit.
But what if you want to do something different, and see somewhere a little less well known? Especially, for the travelers who wish to stay away from the touristy stuff and crazy crowd, finding the least known places becomes quite a task. There are many jewels hidden in almost every corner of India.
I ’ve put together a few of the offbeat destinations in India to help you make up your mind. Plan your trips now… Read more