Author: Dev

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 …

Kerala India: Human By Nature

There are some places in the world, that time and again call us back. Kerala, for me, is one such destination. The first time I visited Kerala, it was in 2017. I backpacked from the North Malabar region to all the way to the southern tip of the state, taking almost a month. And that was it. My love (there is no hate in this relationship) for Kerala began, and Kerala became a regular destination. The more I travel Kerala, the more I appreciate it for its people, culture and other bounties it has to offer. I still remember the first time I visited Kerala, the first thing that caught my attention, and made me fall in love with it, wasn’t the natural beauty, or the food or a vibrant culture that Kerala offers, but something very insignificant – the behaviour or auto-rickshaw drivers there. Out of all the places I’ve been to across India, I think it was only in Kerala where I found that auto and cab drivers don’t push you for a …

From Top Travel Destinations To Top Learnings: My 2019 In Flashback

When I quit my corporate career and became a blogger in 2016, I had no idea how far this road will take me. Though I had some money saved in my bank – enough to keep me going for a few years despite no income – there was a good possibility that I will eventually fail to make travelling a full-time career and will be forced to go back to the same old corporate life. Back then, I didn’t know that blogging would eventually start paying and become a full-time profession for me. But as time passed, and 2016 gave way to 2017 and later to 2018 and 2019… things started picking up. Initially blogging was only giving free travel. Later, free travel turned into paid gigs. New and uninvited opportunities started coming up. Read: How To Get Paid To Travel It was in 2017 that I got my first ever International Media Trip (to Malaysia). But 2018 was even better and I visited 7 countries in total. 2018 was, moreover, the year when I …

Reasons For Schengen Tourist Visa Rejection

A Schengen tourist visa is one of the toughest visas to obtain. Its process is strict and complicated, and the result, totally unexpected. You might have provided everything to your best knowledge but you may still have your visa rejected. You can never predict what the country embassy you’re applying for your Schengen visa with, has in store for you. Some people believe that countries like the Czech Republic and Hungary that have the highest approval chances, while others believe it’s France and Germany. So if you’re applying for a Schengen tourist visa, be very careful, and avoid the following mistakes. Reasons For Schengen Tourist Visa Rejection False Travel Documents One of the recent Schengen visa rejection cases that I came across a friend, made me realise that false travel documents are not going to get you a visa. He provided a photoshopped flight itinerary. So don’t even try doing that. If you do not have a required document, simply mention that in your cover letter and you can still be on the mercy of the …

Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary: An Ideal Day Trip From Delhi

Looking for a day trip from Delhi to someplace peaceful? Visit Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary. Last weekend happened to be my second weekend at home, with no travelling at all. I was bored and desperately seeking a quick escape from Delhi. The only thing was, I had only a day to spare (I was leaving for Northeast India soon) and didn’t want to go anywhere beyond 150km from Delhi. So I called a few friends and asked for recommendations, and a few names that everyone repeatedly suggested were Neemrana, Agra, and Jaipur. I knew that Neemrana is a good place for those who are staying in Neemrana Hotel, but for day-trippers, it has nothing to offer. To make it even worse, Neemrana charges some 1500 Rupees as an entry fee. Other places like Agra and Jaipur were over 200km away and a long drive was the demotivation. Later, as the research got a little intense and I started studying Google Maps in detail, I came across this big blue patch that appeared as a pretty decent …