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hor air ballooning in goa

Hot Air Ballooning

‘With bug eyes and my mouth wide open, I forgot to take photos for the first few minutes, just trying to absorb it all in, honouring every moment. Then I quickly remembered I’m a blogger on a mission, and I started to take photos and videos like a photography fiend — presenting to you a few clips from that person: You can also read about that experience, here: Hor air ballooning in Goa Subscribe to my Youtube channel, for more travel videos.

Mountain Biking In Margaret River

After a few weeks of a quest for some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches in Australia, my love for Australian beaches and the beckoning Indian ocean was far from over. I mean in a country where finding a beautiful beach is an everyday story, the excitement to explore a few more of them, dies pretty quickly. And so was the case with me. So as I moved down south of Perth, during my three-week backpacking trip in Western Australia, and hit Margaret river (bypassing Busselton) — another town popular in Western Australia for its white sand beaches perfectly beautified by sloping grassy banks and huge Norfolk pines in the background — I was a little unsure. Margaret River As A Town Margaret River, as a town, is a beautiful concoction of a good life and entertainment, with a number of craft breweries and boutique wineries available at every junction. The many world-class beaches, surfing points and a lively marketplace moreover add to its charm. However, one thing that differentiates Margaret River from many other nearby tourist towns, in Western Australia, is …

My First Bungy Jumping Experience: A Few Seconds Of Insane Courage

I don’t think I can do this. What if I collapsed amidst air — a nervous breakdown, a heart attack, or something worse. My mind was constantly pleading me to reconsider. Fear had almost overpowered me. All excitement had momentarily turned into an undeniable panic. Things became even uglier when someone else jumped before me and screamed their guts out. I was going to be next! I remember my instructor constantly asking me to stop shaking my legs as he performed the safety checks and tied a harness above my ankles. His motivation counselling felt of no use either. “just don’t look down. Look up. Look up,” he repeated at least half a dozen times. “And how are you supposed to look up while you’re falling upside down,” I asked myself. But that was all I had. It felt like the best advice and sounded like an assurance. JUST DON’T LOOK DOWN! And then the moment came. With both legs bound together, I started walking like a helpless penguin. As I stood on the edge the instructor asked if everything …

My First Snowboarding Experience

Confidently balancing on my board, gliding down the slope with all the grace of a gazelle, I slid for a few metres before finally landing on my chest. The last night’s fresh snow absorbed the hit every time I crashed, as I tried polishing my left and right turns on a snowboard! A few weeks ago the lovely folks at NorthlandAdventures, in Manali, invited me to try a few days of skiing or snowboarding with them, at their ski hotel, Sethan Heights, in the town of Sethan, in Himachal Pradesh. As they mentioned it, my (first) reaction was ‘oh, bum … I can’t ski!’. Then I realised, this would mean learning something new, and I spat a Big Yes! For the next few weeks, crashing, getting uncontrolled, and other hazards made me wince every time I thought about my decision. But To hell with it… I’d already said yes, and there was no chance I was going to say No later! Located at 2770 metres above sea level, more than 700 metres higher than Manali, the village of Sethan, in Himachal …

Sethan Village In Himachal: A Place To Relax, Unwind And Just Be!

After a few nights in Charanag, in Hallan Valley, a small town tucked away from the crowd of Manali, in Himachal Pradesh, it was time to relax, and lose myself in oblivion, yet once again. And Sethan sounded like a perfect name. Located approximately an hour’s drive from Manali, Sethan is a place for slow travellers – particularly during winters, when snow claims its grownds and any movement beyond this tiny Buddhist town, becomes impossible – unless you’re conquering glaciers! In the month of March, and with mercury still falling beyond zero for most of the hours in a day, the valley was draped in white. Little flakes of happiness were everywhere! From Sethan, one can see the towering Dhauladhar ranges surrounding the village, and the river Beas flowing right next to it – perhaps a few thousand feet down. The inhabitants of Sethan are the original migrants from Tibet and Spiti Valley, representing a Buddhist community who share their roots being horse herders in their past. They were given land in the surrounding areas …

Scuba Diving Myths: Debunked!

What’s keeping you out of the ocean? Is it the fear of drowning or getting stung by a lionfish? Some of you might also be thinking that diving is expensive. Before doing my first scuba dive, I had my own doubts (or better put, myths!) too. But my biggest fear was running out of air while I was still underwater. “Has any of the trainees have ever run out of the air, in their cylinder, while diving with you,” I remember asking my instructor, Jason, moments before our first dive. Though we were cautiously trained about how to share air and avoiding other diving hazards, I was unsure of rescuing anyone (or even myself) if anything went wrong. And I think these doubts are only natural. After my first scuba diving experience and posting a few pictures about it on my Facebook page, a lot of people asked me about my experience followed by a question that seemed to be putting them off from trying scuba diving. So now that I’ve done a few dives and …

My First Scuba Diving Experience

Life Underwater – a serene, slow-motion world, almost tranquil and unreal. The sun started dissolving slowly, as I deflated my buoyancy control jacket. The blue, hazy sea in front of me, slowly darkened. I remember the first time I started sinking I was half scared. The idea of leaving the world I knew better and entering into something far mysterious and eerie was undoubtedly scary. And the fact that every cry, every yell, will only going to be left unheard there, was moreover alarmingly daunting. For the first 5 minutes, I did not take my eyes off my instructor and the other two fellow divers. They seemed like my only hope. But as I slowly sank down, listening to a louder ‘pop’ in my left ear, I began to take shape and coming into focus. Nearly 12 metres down in the depths of the Arabian Sea, the life I saw, existing and moving was totally magical. And I remember I stopped breathing. It was not through fear anymore but from sheer awe and wonder. The …

My Journey Into Darma Valley

It was 1 in the afternoon, as I grabbed myself somewhere in the middle of Darma valley, riding under the rocky cliffs that mark the road till Nangling. The terrain looked quite walkable but the comfort of a motorcar was far more appealing, even if you’re to sitting on the roof. The peaks of Panchachuli glacier were still, at least, two days away from me. But I could already feel its presence. The sun was unusually bright. This was definitely higher up. At about 13,000 feet above sea level, the jeep wound up quite a bit. After a couple hours of ride, we hit a rickety local shop for some food. I was ready to order another vegetarian meal – for I was in Uttarakhand, and well aware of its vegetarian culture – when all of a sudden, my eyes caught hold of a sheep who was already butchered. A man was busy taking off her coat. Few people surrounding him on the scene. The lady serving at the shop asked if I fancy some mutton and rice. …

Sandakphu Trek — All You Need To Know

As I entered the town of Sandakphu, a signpost welcomed me with an unusual charm. “Pollution Free Zone” it read, obstructing a view to the mighty Everest at a distance. It took me three days to reach Sandakphu, while slowly galloping through flying clouds and interrupting lakes. “Pollution Free Zone” I read the signpost once again, only a little louder this time and asked myself, with a smile — how many of those are still left in the world! Singalila Ridge Trek (or Sandakphu trek, as is often called) is one of the most picturesque treks around Sikkim. The highest point in West Bengal, the trek offers some of the most fantastic views in the Himalaya. The valley beautifies itself, with clear panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, as you start your journey from Mane Bhanjang towards Sandakphu. The funny thing is, as you start waking from Mane Bhanjang to Sandakphu, you cross India-Nepal border a few dozen times because the Sandakphu trek is more or less the borderline between India and Nepal. And the towns that come …

 7 Ideal Locations To Camp And Not Pay A Penny, On The Road To Spiti Valley

Bike expedition in Spiti Valley, itself, is adventurous. And the idea of camping through it, rather than opting for the safety and comfort of a guest house, is an adventure of a next level. Unlike other parts of Himalayas, here you can’t think of camping out in the wild, away from any civilization. Gusty winds and an unfriendly terrain makes it just too hard. When I initially left for the solo bike expedition to Spiti Valley, I had no intention to sleep all the way through it – in my own tent; though I brought it with me to spend a night or two in Chandratal, which falls almost on the way. I ended-up camping for the first night (in a town called Arphu), because I was struck with the idea of sleeping somewhere quieter than the likes of Shimla and Rampur. I needed a place which was not bustling with tourists or, in fact, had no tourists at all. Arphu fit the description, but since it had no guest houses, camping seemed the only possible way. But …