Year: 2020

My First Impression Of Udaipur

Before I talk about my first impression of Udaipur and state the reasons why I loved it (well, you’ve got the answer already) let’s talk about my previous visit to Rajasthan… In November 2018, my first visit to Rajasthan happened. I planned a nearly 2-week backpacking trip across Rajasthan covering the five most popular towns: Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer, and Jaipur. I started from New Delhi in a train and chose Jodhpur as my first destination. But as I reached Jodhpur, I hated it. I hated it for its atmosphere, for its overrated attractions, and for everything else in between. I ended up in Jodhpur with a false impression, of dreaming for a town just as romantic as all those Instagram perfect pictures portrayed. I spent the next three days looking for reasons to start liking Jodhpur again, but I couldn’t. I was, in fact, so demoralized that I decided to discontinue my Rajasthan adventure. “If Jodhpur can be so boring and unworthy (it’s a total personal statement, and may not apply to you!) how can …

9 Day Delhi to Bangalore Road Trip Itinerary

Covering Highlights in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharasthra, Goa & Karnataka, this 10 Day Road trip between Delhi and Bangalore may just be an ideal dose of a brief all-India journey! There is nothing like a road trip to explore and understand a place better. As you skim through a region you not only slowly understand the geography better but also get to see some of the best views of the country that you can miss otherwise. And if you are one of those people who enjoys learning about cultures and a local way of life, there’s even more for you on a road trip. So yea, road trips are better than any other means of travelling, and when it comes to a country like India, where every 500km takes you to a new world, things become even more interesting. Keeping this in mind, I recently planned a 3-week and a nearly 3000 km road trip between New Delhi and Bangalore. Honestly speaking, I understood my country better in those three weeks than the entire 4+ years …

The Bible of Budget Travel In India: Top Tips

Looking for budget travel tips for India? You are at the right place. Because this is not your average budget travel guide for India. This is, The Bible Of Budget Travelling!   After living in India for almost my entire life, when I quit my corporate career and became a full-time traveller in 2016, I decided to start the adventure from my own country. 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. There was no better place than India to test my endurance. And secondly, because India was among one of the most budget-friendly countries in the world, and given I had no source of regular income back then, budget travelling was the only way to go forward. 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 to Nepal …

Bodoland, Assam: What To See & Do

Exploring offbeat places remains my biggest fascination as a full-time traveller. And when those offbeat destinations are rich in culture, history and natural beauty too, things become even more interesting. Bodoland, for me, was one such place. I happened to visit Bodoland to attend a 12-day cultural fest called Dwijing Festival that takes place in Bongaigaon town in Bodoland, Assam. Other than the festival (that I attended for 3 days) visiting a couple of wildlife sanctuaries, a few local villages, and getting a basic introduction to the lives of indigenous communities in Bodoland, was on agenda. Also Read: My First Impression of Bodoland So out of my nearly 5-day travel in Bodoland (three days at Dwijing and two days at Manas) here are some places/experiences I will recommend. What To See In Bodoland: Popular Tourist Places Dwijing Festival, Bongaigaon: Dwijing Festival is an annual river festival celebrated for 12 days (from 27 December to 7 January) on the banks of the Aie River near the Hagrama Bridge in Bongaigaon. The idea of the festival is …

MY First Impression Of Bodoland, Assam

Planning to visit Bodoland in Assam? Here’s what I think of Bodoland after my visit… As we slowly made our way through Guwahati’s peak hour traffic, to Bodoland, a quick Google search about the place and getting the background information, felt like a good plan. But as I typed ‘Bodoland’ and got a few popular searches, I understood why it was rather a bad idea. ‘Insurgency’, ‘territorial dispute’, and other similar terms were only to be seen on Google. In less than a minute I understood why Bodoland has always feared people – those who cared to Google about it in the first place – to come and visit it. I put the phone down and let Bodoland show its colors. Surprises are, in fact, good sometimes! Bodoland: A Quick Introduction Officially known as Bodoland Territorial Area (or BTA), Bodoland is an autonomous region in Assam. It is made up of 4 districts, namely, Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, and Udalguri… all located the north of Brahmaputra river and by the foothills of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh. …

A Travel Guide To Dwijing Festival In Bodoland, Assam

An annual extravaganza of various cultural and regional activities with a keen focus on promoting tourism in Bodoland… that’s what Dwijing festival is, in nutshell. It’s a great place for those who want an introduction to Bodoland but don’t know where to start from. Think of the Hornbill festival in Nagaland, that’s what Dwijing is for Bodoland, in Assam. I happened to attend Dwijing festival as a part of the Bodoland Ambassadors trip where I, along with 8 other bloggers from across India were invited. Attending Dwijing festival and spending the night of 31st December on site was on agenda. Though Dwijing festival was a 12-day festival with different performances lined up every night, we attended it for just three days. To be honest, if I was travelling on my own, I would have attended Dwijing for all the 12 days – just go to the festival premise every evening, hang around, eat, drink some Druk Beer or rice wine and enjoy the vibe. But before we get into discussing my experience of Dwijing and …