Author: Dev

The Bible of Budget Travel In India: Top Tips

After living in India for almost my entire life, when I quit my job in 2015 to travel, I decided to initially explore my own country, before stepping out in the world. This was for two reasons: one, because I knew if I survived a few months in India and still didn’t give up on travelling, I can handle any place in the world. I wanted to test my endurance. Secondly, because India was among one of the cheapest countries to travel, and given I had no source of regular income at the moment, budget travelling was the only way to afford travelling. So my choice was easy, and I spent the initial 12 months of my travelling stint mapping the length and breadth of my country, before actually stepping abroad (except for travelling Nepal and Bhutan. But they’re more or less India). During my corporate life, I used to travel during weekends and wonder how some poeple (particularly European and Israeli backpackers in India) manage to live a nomadic life. “Where do they get the money from,” I always asked myself, because …

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Travel Tips For The Lone Traveler

Traveling alone is often given a bad reputation, but it can be one of the most fulfilling experiences of your life – if you plan well. Because those who don’t plan their solo journey well, are destined for a world of bumming around endless cities, with nowhere to go and not much fun waiting for them. So Plan effectively, and plan in a way that you’ll be able to wake up from your hotel and hit the road with a clear sense of purpose. What’s more, being a lone traveler means no compromises. This is your journey and that means you can do whatever you like. To help you make the most of your solitary trip, read these tips. They’ll keep you organized and help you have as much fun as you can. Know your airport For the sake of argument, let’s say you’re starting your travels at JFK Airport. This bustling mega-flight hub is jam-packed with fliers at all times. The queue for security will last for hours, finding a parking space will be …

5 Bucket-List Worthy Things to Do in Venice

Although Italy is loaded with must-visit travel destinations, including the ancient town of Rome and the many island, the city of Venice is truly magnificent. It has been praised throughout history and still remains one of the world’s top tourist destinations. With palaces, churches, and more all constructed on a lagoon, the city appears to be floating and is unlike any other city on the continent. These are a few reasons why you’ll want to add Venice to your destination list. These are a few reasons why you’ll want to add Venice to your destination list. 1.The Secluded Islands Many travelers know that Venice is surrounded by islands, but they don’t know that there are 118 small islands linked by roughly 400 bridges. You can easily see many of them by using the water-bus service run by the city. This is a great way to step off the beaten path and enjoy the authentic city life that’s not been altered much by tourism. You’ll probably want to visit several spots on your trip, but make …

Why Taking A Luxury Train May Just Be The Best Way To Travel India

It has been nearly 10 months now since I experienced luxury train travel in India, with The Golden Chariot. And after reading my first blog post on it — the review of The Golden Chariot — a lot of people wrote to me asking how do I actually rate it “off the record”. Do I really recommend them to try a similar journey? Do luxury trains in India really worth their price tag? Well, attempting the answer today in this blog here – publicly, and honestly too — if I were to summon up in a few words, I would say: Yes. Luxury train travel may just be the best way to travel India, provided, you can afford it. How Much A Luxury Train Ride In India Costs India has a total of 5 luxury trains, out of which, only four are currently operating. This includes The Golden Chariot, The Maharajas’ Express, The Deccan Odyssey and The Palace on Wheels. And they all cover a different itinerary, covering a different part of India. And speaking …

How I Fulfill My Travel Dreams As A Travel Blogger

From Making Money From Blogging To Travelling The World On Sponsored Trips: This Is How I Fulfill My Travel Dreams As A Travel Blogger! I remember when I started travel blogging, one of the first blogs I wrote was about Saving Money For Traveling. I mean, they were still those early days of blogging when I was self-sponsoring every trip, and money remained a big problem. But time has changed now, and with it, my focus has changed too. From saving money to travel, I now talk about making money from travel; budget travel tips have been taken over by fancy bucket lists. And well, not only have I quit budget backpacking and became more of a flashpacker than a backpacker, the ways how I thought I’ll make money from blogging, back in the days, have kind of changed their course too. For example, if I talk about a similar article that I wrote back in 2017 Blogging Workshops and Freelancing were my two biggest financial contributors, but not anymore. Though I still write freelance from time to time, …

Kumbh Mela In Prayagraj: An Ideal Travel Guide

So this time in 2019, the Ardh Kumbh Mela took place in the historic city of Prayagraj (formerly known as Allahabad) and on the very first day of the event, nearly 1.5 crore pilgrims ended up in the city, wanting to take a dip in the sacred waters of the Saraswati River. But the question is, in a city of 1.2 Lakh people, if over 1.5 crore visitors would end up in a single day what are the chances of getting a comfortable stay or even managing the transport (to Prayagraj) at first place. Well, I visited the Kumbh Mela on the very first day of its start and stayed there for a couple of nights, in the tent-city, close to Triveni Ghat. It was an experience unlike any other, especially for someone who isn’t a big fan of visiting crowded places. To me, the place did not only feel overwhelmingly overcrowded but also lacking the infrastructure in catering to the needs of the visitors. Public toilets were overflowing, roads were jammed, and most of …

Kumbh Mela 2019: In Pictures

Hailed as the largest congregation of pilgrims in the entire world, the ‘Kumbh Mela’ is being held in the historic city of Prayagraj in 2019. And I happened to be lucky to experience it and click some amazing pictures on the very first day on January 15. I even attended the traditional ‘shahi snan‘ at the Kumbh Mela and got exclusive pictures of Naga Sadhus taking the procession forward. To be honest, it was quite an amazing experience, and when I left home to attend the Kumbh Mela, I wasn’t expecting what I actually saw there. Though a certain confusion was certainly expected, there was more to it, than just the confusion. From naked Naga babas riding horses, to others smeared in ash & making a beeline for the Juna Akhara (an organisation of sadhus) every sight was just as colourful and complex as the ancient Hindu culture, in reality, is. No wonder, if you want to experience the ancient Hindu culture and experience an overdose of it, there’s no better place than the Kumbh …

6 Reasons To Start Travelling Today

“Congrats for a new beginning bro. I am sure you will make the most of it,” I gathered myself and finally said it, feeling a little guilty for not being there on his marriage day. I mean when you’re on the road forever, missing a few important occasions becomes a part of life. And missing your friends’ marriages is certainly one of them. “So where are you off to, for the honeymoon?” I innocently enquired next. “Unfortunately nowhere bro. The marriage and other functions took more money than we expected. I think we will have to keep all our travel desires unattended in 2019. Can’t even think of a weekend getaway, forget about the honeymoon,” he replied, sounding a little distressed for he had spent most of his savings, despite it not being a one of that big-fat-wedding in a big Indian city. And it wasn’t something new to my ears. I’ve heard a similar excuse a few more than I expected, in the previous years. I heard people giving up on their travel dreams …

Motorbiking Gear

With people reading about my motorbiking journeys and watching videos on my Youtube Channel, I get regular queries on what motorbiking gear do I use. To answer their questions, I’ve put together this page that talks about all my motorbiking gear. This page will give you a brief idea about what I carry when I am riding and why I recommend a similar product. Please note that some of my riding gear may seem expensive and you can certainly buy a cheaper alternative, but the quality these products offer will make it up to the price tag. Attractive, handy, professional and long-lasting, the products mentioned below fit all the descriptions. There’s certainly a low-cost alternative to some of the products, but if you want best in its class, look no further. This motorbiking gear will make your journeys comfortable, and more fun! HELMET Steelbird SBA-1 (Price: 2,500): When you’re riding for long hours, you need to stay connected with the the world. And to do that having a handsfree functionality in your helmet is a must. This is …

From Top Travel Destinations To Top Learnings: This Is My 2018 In A Flashback

To be honest, 2018 has been the most productive year for me since I’ve started travel blogging. It has provided me with opportunities and took me to places that I thought I won’t come across so soon in life, at least not within the initial three years of my blogging stint. I mean I remember when I got a call from India’s Ministry of Tourism — the office of Incredible India — that I’ve been selected as one of the only four Indian travel bloggers (and with it, the first few ones they’ve ever worked with) to experience and talk about a 7 day luxury train ride in India The Golden Chariot, I couldn’t believe myself. And then, just next month, Germany Tourism invited me as their India Travel Influencer for the second time, because they loved my work, and despite already been to Germany twice and having a dozen blog posts on Germany on my blog, they still wanted me to write a few more. And that wasn’t all, there were other highlights in store …