Month: February 2016

Srinagar, Kashmir: A Gathering Around The Perplexity

The many houseboats around Dal Lake seemed to be blissfully relaxing, allowing tourists to amicably enjoy the utopian state of Sriangar – a place which once stood with dignity and pride, and was only known for its beauty, or for being a ‘paradise on earth’, as locals still call it. But today, Srinagar can hardly breathe on its own. It seems – as you walk around its confusing and mystifying streets – that its very sustenance, now depends upon those wearing Green Camouflage Jackets and Army Track Pants. After more than two decades of cold war and raw politics, and with Indian army taking affairs in its hands, does the future of tourism in Kashmir and its capital Srinagar look bright? To me, at least, it doesn’t! In the summer of 2015, this ill-famous tourist hotspot of India – appeared to me as a biblical wasteland, where army check-posts and AK47s still rule the day. Even if the town, at large, is declared safe, there’s always this fear and trepidation in your heart that suppresses …

How To Deal With Money And Travel

What’s that one thing that curbs people from travelling? The near universal answer… Money! I mean, why anyone would want to spend their life sitting in a cubicle or attending boring corporate meetings when they can rather travel, hopping places, seeing the beauty of this world. It is because of money! Though it’s a different thing that some people don’t realise it and end up saying, or perhaps believing, that they have responsibilities. And what responsibilities you ask, “Of earning money”; or “of taking care of their family, by earning money”. So believe it or not, it all comes down to money. Because most of us are not aware of the fact that it does not take overwhelming amount of money to travel. No, travelling is not expensive! Sure, it’s not something that can be done for free. But if you travel a little more carefully, you can bring your travel costs down. And rest assured, you don’t need to be rich to travel. Just be a little aware of your position, plan things ahead, and understand where you …

How Solo Travelling Is Better

A lot has been written about solo travelling. Travelers from around the world are doing this from decades. Chasing the unknown, all under the company of their own solitude. There is some excitement in it. Some addiction. Feeling a bout of the jitters while planning where to head next – is a kind of adventure in itself. I remember the first time I traveled on my own, I had no intention of doing it. I was desperately looking for a partner – calling, texting everyone I knew – hoping someone would tag along. But nope. It seemed everyone was busy, trying to save their holidays for the last month of the year, as if they all wanted to spend them, almost uselessly, struggling to be a part of crowded beaches in Goa, chasing beautiful girls and getting wasted, drinking alcohol. To hell with, I had to go alone. And it was perhaps the best thing that happened. No, I am not saying it out of ego. I am saying it because I got into solo travelling by …

McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala: A Land That Speaks The Language Of Friendliness And Peace

I feel that a trip has been successful when I come back sounding strange, even to myself. When I know that in some sense I’ve lost a part of me and I remain unsettled, upon my return, with what I’ve seen or experienced. We travel the most when we learn something new. And we learn when we come to a place full of stories and inspiration. What we find in such places is that it is the sadness that makes the sun-shine brighter, and it is the spirit of people that makes this world more beautiful. This applies to McLeod Ganj – a nondescript sleepy hamlet in the foothills of the Himalayas – in an absolute and unconditional sense. The smell of butter tea in the peewee lanes of McLeod Ganj in the chilly mornings, the sound of Buddhist prayers in Namygal Monastery and the many friendly faces that I frequently stumbled upon, often filled me with a sudden unanswerable sense – that I’ve been to this place before. I decided to visit McLeod Ganj to experience Tibetan Buddhist culture, …

Kamakhya Temple: All A Little Less Sombre Than A Stock Market

It was six in the morning, too early for the rest of the city to wake up and resume their daily chores. But those who came to visit the temple seemed all dedicated and staunched. Rising early and reserving a good place in its long, never ending queues was the only solution to pay the ‘goddess of Desire’ a visit. The many souvenir and prasad shops, spread as far as 400 metres outside its premises, were already up and running – bidding hard for yet another business day. Inside, many devotees indulged in their challenging gamut with pujaris, trying to negotiate a price for a personalised puja. Once they’re done with it, what awaits is yet another task of buying an express entry ticket which guarantees a quick tour inside Kamakhya Temple – one of India’s most sacred sites.   This is how I found Kamakhya Temple – dedicatedly staring into a financial abyss, experimenting with the country’s admirable religious tolerance every minute. And yet it lures the devotees from as far afield as southern India or the far west: the …

Two Months Of Travel In Northeast India, And here, A Bit Of It

India’s own Wild West, known as the Northeast, or as every geography textbook informs, the Seven Sisters – is no less than a heaven on earth. From natural beauty to its rich culture – this part of India has it all. And I find myself lucky to travel this idyll and experience its different tastes and colors in an unforgettable way. [Also see: Hampi – A Journey Back Into The Time] Subscribe to my Youtube channel, for more travel videos. 

Hi! I am Dev, a New Delhi, India, based travel writer/photographer. I’ve been travelling full-time since early 2015, and have created this website to share my experiences and help others to travel for cheaper, longer and better. Growing up in a confused and muddled neighbourhood of New Delhi, I was never a big traveller. In fact I was so incurious about travelling, that despite living in Europe for a couple of years, I never found myself fascinated with the idea of exploring that beautiful continent. It was in 2014, I went on my first ever solo backpacking trip in Himalayas, where I met a group of travellers. They were on an indefinite leave to travel the world, and a few weeks of aimless wandering with them opened me to a world of new possibilities. I explored my own country, and its different cultures — in a way I did never before. From that moment on, I was hooked in travel. I came back home, continued my job for next few months, saved most of the money, only to eventually quit, and hit the …