Author: Dev

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 …

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 …

Mashobra: A Peaceful Alternative To Shimla

Looking for a peaceful alternative to Shimla? Head to the quaint village of Mashobra, located only 15km from Shimla. So last week took me to the Shimla region again (my second trip in the previous 2 months). I was commencing a self-planned, solo camping trip across a few places in Himachal with my newly invested 20 thousand Rupee tree-hanging/flying tent. Also See: A quick youtube video of my Flying Tent But as I reached Shimla, the weather turned unfavorable. It was the second week of November, and winter, at 2000m above sea level in the Himalayas had already begun. Where winter, with good camping gear – including a -15 degree Celsius sleeping bag, as I had it – is not a problem, if it’s raining and you’re on a motorcycle, it, perhaps, is A BIG PROBLEM. And that’s exactly was the scenario. As I reached Shimla, it started pouring. And in no time, I was wet and cold, and feeling hopeless. Where I knew that I cannot camp on my own that night, I, at …

My Top Favorite Tourist Places In Himachal Pradesh

Looking for a recommendation for top tourist places in Himachal Pradesh? Here’s my list… Those who follow my journeys closely, particularly on Instagram, may know that I love Himachal Pradesh. I have spent more time in Himachal than all other places in India put together. And no, my love for Himachal doesn’t have to do anything with the fact that I was born there. I have lived almost all my life in New Delhi and have hardly visited Himachal until I actually quit my corporate career behind and become a travel blogger. To further justify my innocence, let me tell you that during my initial year of travel blogging, I didn’t visit Himachal even once but all the other places. I spent almost 3 months in the Northeast, three months in the south of India, and the rest of the time, exploring the Southeast Asian countries. I even took my mother for a 15-day pilgrimage trip to Uttarakhand (the neighboring state to Himachal) but not a single day was spent in Himachal. So yea, the …

Looking For A Quieter Place To Stay Near Leh? Visit Lamayuru

Lamayuru remains my top favorite among all the places I’ve visited in the Ladakh region, particularly near the town of Leh! I remember the first time I visited Lamayuru, it was back in 2015. I wasn’t blogging back then, but I had recently quit my job as was on an indefinite leave to travel around India. I reached Leh as a solo backpacker, met two other solo backpackers there, and the three of us quickly planned to hitchhike all the way from Leh to Srinagar. Our first stop happened to be Lamayuru. My First Visit To Lamayuru Our original plan was to stay in Lamayuru for just a night (as a 2-hour journey can take about 6 hours in an Indian oil truck on those roads) but ended up staying in Lamayuru for more days than I can remember. Lamayuru has some kind of charm that grips you the moment you get there. The town’s surrounding landscapes, otherwise known as The Moonland, has some kind of meditative power in them. You look at them from …

Manali To Leh Highway Is No Adventure Anymore

The last time I did Manali-Leh, it was some 4 years ago. Back then, the Manali-Leh route was among one of the top adventure trails for motorbikers (all the Royal Enfield Lovers you know) in India. And if someone wanted it a little more challenging, they would do the entire Srinagar-Kargil-Leh-Manali circuit. But times have changed now. Indian government and the Border Road Organisation have made efforts to keep all border roads in good shape and Manali-Leh highway became an obvious victim. The entire highway now remains soo well looked after that F1-tracks around the world can take shame from it. At every landslide-prone area, a dedicated JCB has been placed. Every few kilometres you can see construction workers either adding a layer of tar or sweeping the road with a broom to ensure a smoother drive. It has been only a week that I have returned from Manali-Leh highway and looking at the current road condition, I can say, Leh to Manali route is now anything but adventurous. Here’s a quick video to give …

Behind the Glamour: The Other Side to Travel

There’s nothing like the glitz and glamour of a life on the move. Exotic locations, delicious food, one-of-a-kind experiences, and incredible vistas— all this and more are what you can get from a life spent exploring the best of what the world has to offer if you know where to look. From exploring the cobbled streets of Old Europe to motorbiking through the most unexplored regions in the Himalayas, there are a million and one new experiences you can unlock when you travel the globe. But travel isn’t all about the glamour, and long months spent traveling from one place to the next can take its toll. As any globetrotter will tell you, travel isn’t easy, and it can impact both you and the places you go to. All of the incredible sights and sounds you can experience from journeying all over the world have their price, and either you or the local communities you visit will end up paying for it. While tourism may seem like having your cake and eating it too, the …