All posts filed under: Travel Inspiration

Why Mountains Attract The Traveler In Us

The air condition of the car felt like a whiff of cool air emerging right from a timeworn refrigerator, trying to choke my throat with every inhalation. And then, in just a matter of few long minutes, it gave a quick but restless comfort – something I was not much accustomed to. I found myself struggling with these boundless thoughts as I grabbed myself riding my sister’s car, on my way to pick up my mother to home. In just 5-kilometer drive, I remember bothering about half a dozen drivers. And their indignation was quite visible through those irritated, disdained looks they willingly offered me everytime someone overtook me. They seemed to be following some sort of cultural hurried routine, while I was still controlled by the periodic episodes of peaceful blackouts – something you get addicted to, after experiencing the stillness in the Himalayas for some time. It’s crazy how man has developed technologies for a speedy comfort, yet at the same time, he knows they’re making his life harder than ever, and perhaps a little more confusing too. But …

Why We Travel

We travel to learn new ideas, new philosophies, far distinct and much alien to our contemporary beliefs. We travel to learn, to find inspiration, and to change for a better self. We travel to seek places that are so pure, so dirty and raw…  And we travel, for much more! It was 4 in the morning as my alarm clock pulled me incessantly, and a little unexpectedly, from the sleep. My eyes were swollen, bloodshot, as I looked out of the window for some light, but found nothing but a temporary gloom. For a moment, I was almost convinced that it is a ruthless dream, but then I rolled over and saw my rucksack – zippered, and waiting to be lifted up. In exactly one hour from now, I realized, I am supposed to catch a train. And this train, I realised, was not taking me to someplace special. I wasn’t going home, but just away from where I was right now. Why We Travel Often, we find ourselves waiting for trains and taxis, in …

Years of Uninterrupted Travelling, And Here Is What I Have learned

People often ask me a question, which otherwise may sound so simple and direct, but when attempted an answer, becomes no less than a tiring puzzle. I find myself struggling to give a clear, calculated reply, not because I get confused but because of the fact that its answer lies somewhere in the whirlpool of possibilities… Years of continuous travel, feeling unsatisfied and more curious than ever, and what did I get in return? I mean I’ve been travelling full-time since 2015, swooping down different places, learning new ideas, adopting new philosophies. But what is it that I’ve learned in particular? So attempting the answer once again, here I go with a bit more explanation this time. Years of uninterrupted travelling, and here is what I’ve learned: Travelling Taught Me How lucky I am Since I’ve started travelling I’ve been to many places, both inside and outside of India, and I’ve come across the most abject poverty imaginable. I am not rich, not even by the Indian standards, but I’ve never found myself struggling for my …

What Adventure Means To You?

So, I often talk about the term ‘Adventure travel’ in my blog posts. But I never shared here what do I mean by Adventure. Is it adventure activities like Scuba Diving or Bungy Jumping or some other extreme activity that spike in us adrenaline a little more than, say, jogging or cycling? Or is it something else than that? Well, speaking of it, here’s what I understand by Adventure: Adventure For Me Is The Power Of Thought When we first look at the brochure and imagine in our head who we’ll become when we go to that place. When we fantasize about that beach, that sunset and dream of what, of who, we might become in that moment – Adventure is that power of thought. It’s in hacking the reality of our yet-to-be-discovered journey and a desire for self-transcendence, a desire for rebirth, for apotheosis. That moment when we create itineraries or book our tickets or call our friends, for me, is the purest Adventure of all. Adventure For Me The Joy In Getting Lost We are bliss junkies, chasing the …

A Wonderful Way To Navigate Through Places

The sun was scattering diamonds as we left our campsite – home to our few temporary nights – and started heading back to Bangalore. Driving through the wilderness and the many sleepy settlements around Coorg, we slowly turned onto the snarl of bigger roads that clog and clutter the modern city life. The final drive, back to where it all started, was rather strange. Everyone kept silent, despite much going in their head. I think it was the melancholy, kicking in hard, as no one, it seemed, had a perfect set of words to start a conversation. The silence felt awkward, creating a sense of discomfort, almost the way you feel the moment you first meet a group of unknown people. But this silence had some meaning to it, some memories, which kept reverberating in our head, with every passing minute. As I personally drew it out, everyone was, at least, quite satisfied with how this three-day trip went by. We were quite thrilled, in fact, with the experiences and the memories the journey had …

Why Are We Always So Uninterested To See Our Own Country?

If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with” Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz Their names have escaped me now but I vividly remember that interesting and equally memorable conversation I had with a young Indian couple from the south of India. I was waiting for my appointment with an immigration officer in Thimpu — to extend my tourist permit in Bhutan when all of a sudden this distinguishably affable couple appeared in front of me. It (the conversation) started with one of those moments when you meet another traveller from your home country and you find yourself forced to exchange the usual banalities about how amazing this place is, followed by the ubiquitous gamut of ‘where are you from in India’ and ‘where you’re going next’. As we finished the small talk, I enquired them about their favorite places in south India. I had a long desired to travel south of India. [Update Oct’16: But …

Impermanence And Change Are A Part Of Life

It has been almost two years since I’ve been travelling (updated October 2016) after quitting my job and having decided to live like a nomad for as long as I wanted and my budget allowed. Great many things have happened to me all this time. From meeting unknown friends to spending nights on slatted benches to hitchhiking on world’s most dangerous roads – I went through it all. And in the process I’ve learned many great life lessons. “Travel imparts a new vigor to your mind,” said a great Roman pholosopher once, and I can’t agree more. It allows you to accept new cultures, new ideas, as you open yourself to world philosophies. Travel has probably been one of the greatest educator in my life. When you travel, you make your own decisions and throw yourself into situations that you otherwise try to avoid. It schools you in more ways you can ever find out, and my experience has been no different. Travelling has taught me much. But the biggest lesson it has taught me is to realize that impermanence …