Located only 25 km from the town of Manali, in the Himalayan Pir Panjal range, Sethan offers some of the best slopes in the world for backcountry snowboarding/skiing. According to an Australia based ski expert and the author of many books, C.R. Spooner, Pir Panjal is the Mecca backcountry skiing/boarding locale in the Indian Himalayas. I happened to visit Sethan during the winter months of 2017 and was flabbergasted by seeing how much it actually snowed there. Always wanting to return, as winter hit in 2018, I bought my own snowboard from Delhi and made my way to Manali, and further to Sethan. Bringing to you my week-long backcountry snowboarding adventure in Sethan, here’s a quick 3-minute video: You can also read more about My First Snowboarding Experience In Sethan last year.
‘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
Europe is perhaps the most friendly continent in the world for solo-backpackers. With easy border crossing, a world-class public transport system, and more youth hostels than anywhere else in the world, Europe is meant for backpackers, and for travelling a few countries in just one go. Earlier in 2017 — between April and May — I travelled across 8 countries in Europe over a period of two months (or 58 days to be precise). I started from Zurich in Switzerland and completed a loop while travelling across Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy, before flying back to India from Zurich again, and it was a whirlwind experience. I stayed with local families in Germany & Italy, explored Swiss Alps, tried Segway in Rome, and had many other memorable experiences. Presenting in a quick 3-minute video, here’re some highlights from my two-month backpacking trip across Europe: Planning to backpack in Europe? Read: Budget Travel Tips For Europe
Switzerland, for Indians, has always been a country where you would want to skip the big towns, wander off the highway onto the back roads, and experience its countryside — and with that, those unforgettable Bollywood movie sequences we’ve grown up watching. So as I landed in Europe, for a 2-month long backpacking holiday, I decided to leave Zurich behind, on the very first day I arrived in the country, and do a day trip to the mount of Titlis. From what I experienced to where I booked the tour from, here’s a quick video of my Day Trip To Swiss Alps From Zurich (yes, I’ve also written a blog post on it): Continue planning your trip to Switzerland, by reading: How to Spend 24 Hours In Zurich | Most Scenic Bus Ride in Switzerland
At nearly 3200 m above sea level and a 45 min drive from Manali, Sethan offers beautiful views of the towering Dhauladhar ranges. A town inhabited by Tibetan settlement, Sethan is an ideal place for snow activities like skiing, snow trekking and sledging, among others. I had my first snowboarding experience in Sethan in 2016 and since then I’ve been totally hooked on it, and have visited Sethan at least a dozen times. What makes Sethan a better alternative to Solang Valley or Rohtang for snow activities, is its offbeat location. Unlike other places, here you don’t have a ski slope for yourself but the entire range of mountains. Here’s a quick video about my visit to Sethan: Continue planning your trip to Sethan, reading the article here: Sethan Village In Himachal
During my very recent 9-day solo bike trip to Spiti Valley, I camped almost every night. This helped me to keep my budget under a good control and stay away from the most ‘sought after’ tourist places — as I had the security to have a roof at night, no matter where I go. Here, a quick time lapse of my temporary dwelling (on day 8) in making. Pretty neat, eh? Location: Chandra Tal (about 4,300 m above sea level) Read About My Solo Motorbiking Expedition To Spiti Valley