Author: Dev

Getting Local Village Experience In Kumaon Region In Uttarakhand

Want to experience local Kumao culture and explore village life in Uttarakhand? Visit Naikana village, near Jageshwar Dham… because I have found you a place! Not very high in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, I happened to hike through dreamy villages, deodar forest, and secret rhododendron trails, where locals would wake up at 4 am to chop wood across daunting terrain, climbing up and down a steep mountain face while I carefully place one foot in front of the other. My two-day stay in this sleepy village called Naikana, that, in fact, was located only 20 minutes away from a well-trodden road, was, in fact, lost deep inside a forest. It remained the most beautiful highlight of the many journeys that I have previously had across in Uttarakhand, for it took me to a world where iPhones, drones, and Instagram still held no value. While planning for my 20-day road trip across Uttarakhand (and on Delhi-Munsiyari trail to be particular) I decided that for one night, at least, I was to going to have some real …

Top Travel Tips For Almora In Uttarakhand

Planning to visit Almora? Read these top travel tips and make your experience better! At first glance, Almora appeared as one of those bustling towns in the mountains that are becoming a concrete jungle. There were hotels and shopping complexes being arranged on the narrow ridge. Neighborhoods were quickly getting buried under plastic waste. Local people seemed too busy in their lives to answer any requests. Honestly speaking, my first impression of Almora wasn’t a pleasing one. It had been only 10 minutes that I had arrived there and every part of me already wanted to escape its madness. I knew my hotel was located some 5km outside of the main town – thankfully far enough from Almora’s maddening Lala Bazaar – yet I needed a stronger reason to console my heart. To make it even worse, Google navigated me to a dead-end, forcing me to now ask for directions. “The Himalayan Woods” I enquired a few random faces, but no one had a clue. Then a sudden realization and I recalled that my hotel …

Kalagarh: A perfect Weekend Getaway From Delhi

Looking for a quick weekend getaway from New Delhi? Visit Kalagarh, near Jim Corbett! As I left New Delhi, and with that, the imposing concrete buildings behind me, I could already smell fresh air. The beautiful countryside of Uttar Pradesh with periodic glimpses of green pastures and lush foliage were enough to keep me going even on a hot summer day. It had been less than 4 hours since I left home and a part of me already wanted to go astray, ride aimlessly on quaint walkways, spotting friendly locals and some rare wildlife. This was certainly one of the most picturesque (though equally confusing) drives I’ve ever experienced near New Delhi – the kind that makes you introspect at each turn, as you listen to the tunes of rusting winds, connecting trees, and distant chirping birds! I remember when I was planning my 20-day motorbiking trip across Uttarakhand (towards Munisyari) I wanted to keep my first day’s ride as easy and unchallenging as possible. I mean during a summer day, of 40-degree Celsius temperature, …

Goa Travel Tips

When it comes to a travel destination like Goa, writing a travel guide or a few backpacking tips become literally challenging. I mean there is so much to see and do in Goa that compiling it all in a list can be a tough task. And then, there are all those striking dissimilarities between different parts of Goa (yes, I am comparing North Goa and South Goa) to add to the struggle. So yea, writing a few travel tips for Goa, and claiming them to work throughout Goa is nearly impossible. But attempting the impossible, here are a few useful Travel Tips for Goa that I carefully gathered during my one-month long journey across north and south Goa. See if you agree… When In Goa, Rent A Scooter As I said in one of my previous articles on Goa where I have talked about Different Beaches Of Goa – Goa is massive. So, to make sure you don’t miss out much and see most of Goa in the least possible time, you need to have …

Jawa 42 Owner Experience: From Mileage To Performance

Booked a Jawa 42 or a Jawa Classic? Wondering how’s its mileage and performance? Read this detailed Jawa 42 owner review, and find your answers! I understand, for a travel blogger, whose focus area always remained documenting people and cultures and destinations, writing a few simultaneous stories featuring a motorbike can sound a bit fishy. So, before you make any assumptions, first things first… I am not being paid to promote Jawa. And neither am I expecting some unsolicited favors by the company by doing so. I have noticed there is fairly limited information about Jawa motorcycles on the internet at the moment, and since the company has reappeared in the Indian market after being discontinued a few decades ago, the craze is even bigger. By writing a few articles on Jawa, I am just bridging the information gap. Since I have started making videos about my Jawa 42 experiences and learning (yes, I am vlogging too now, since last week) on My Youtube Channel, I have realized people are, in fact, craving for some …

Jawa: The Delivery Time, Company Fitted Accessories & Other Ownership Details

Booked a Jawa? Wondering what’s the delivery time? What accessories your Jawa motorcycle comes with? Read my ownership experience so far, and the delivery details! After more than four months of waiting time, Jawa has finally delivered my motorbike on 7th April. And as soon as I got it, I realized one thing “the wait was worth it”. The looks, the technical specifications, and the emotion behind riding a legendary motorbike, coupled with the fact that I was among the first few customers in India owning a Jawa was a great feeling altogether. Call me a fool prejudiced Jawa owner, and I will take no shame! But let’s be honest, when I booked my Jawa 42 on the first day of its launch, on November 15, I had no idea about what to expect out of it. Though I knew that Jawa has a fair understanding of the Indian market, for it was a popular choice back in the days (I am talking about the time of Yezdi). To make the decision even tougher, there …

How to Earn Money While Traveling

Isn’t traveling an amazing experience? It allows you to explore exotic locations, meet some of the most fun people, and enjoy outdoor activities with friends and family. However, to make the most of your journey, you need a lot of money. So, what if I told you that you can make money even when you are traveling? If you will read this blog in its entirety, then you will see that not only it’s possible, but it’s also actually quite easy. The following are some of the best ways to earn money when traveling: Freelancing Did you know that you can get paid to travel if you become a travel writer? That’s actually the dream of millions of people and many have succeeded too. That said, it’s not easy to make it a reality as you need tons of inspiration and grit. So, instead, you can just do freelancing to make some money in your free time when you travel. There are various ways you can earn money by freelancing. For instance, you can be …

7 Ways To Kill Time On A Flight

Traveling is one of the most fun things that you can do in your life. This is because visiting new and interesting places broadens your mind and gives opportunities for making new friends. If you are traveling solo, then it can also be the best self-development tool that can make you more confident and equip you with communication and problem-solving skills.  However, when your trips involve long flights, then killing time can become difficult. The following are a few tips for that: Watch Movies/ TV Shows/Read a Book It would be a terrible idea to board a plane with your laptop or tablet. This is because you may need it for a variety of reasons, one of which is killing time. For instance, you can use it to watch a movie or two (depending on the duration of the flight) or even a new TV series. Just be sure to pack your headphones in your carry-on luggage unless you want to irritate you co-passengers with loud studio laughs or action movie sound effects. And if …

Should You Buy Travel Insurance?

Despite being a world traveller for a few years now, and being absolutely privy to the importance of buying travel insurance, I still find myself struggling with the same question every time I travel abroad: “Should I or should I not buy travel insurance?” I mean we all know that travel insurance (and I am talking about a full coverage policy and not some cheap ‘cover-me-only-if-I-have-a-heart-attack’ policy) can be a useful thing. It keeps us safe from any personal damage, whether it’s a road accident or losing our passport somewhere on the journey. Yet, when we are buying it, our mind tells us how the chances of using the insurance premium is highly unlikely. But what if we had to use it? What if we lost our baggage at the airport, or worse, we got robbed overseas? Wait… What? Did I say our travel insurance can cover us if we get robbed? Yes, I did! What Is A Travel Insurance? Before anything, let’s start with the basics and understand what travel insurance actually is. I’ve noticed the term Travel …

Top Tips For Renting A Car In Europe

Planning to rent a car in Europe, and doing it for the first time? Read these useful tips. During my recent blog trip with Germany Tourism, I ticked off a major bucket list thing — a solo road trip in Europe. Though I understand it was a short one, and a part of me wanted to ride a motorbike over driving around in a car, I think the fact that it was my first time ever attempt for solo driving/riding in Europe, and that too on the wrong side of the road (according to my Indian disposition) driving a car felt like a safer plan. So if are just as helpless as I was before the trip, renting a car in Europe from India (or some other country overseas) for the first time ever, this article will help you answer your questions. The Hidden Costs: My Experience Of Renting A Car In Europe Driving around in Europe is indeed a great experience. But there’s more to the deal than just a great experience. Thanks to hidden …