Category: 21 day journey around India

23 Jul

A quick travel guide to India

India is a true third world nation. Tourists will find it a little difficult to move around compared to other tourist friendly countries. However, if you are the adventurous one, a backpacking around India will be an experience you will cherish for a lifetime.

14 Jun

Day 21: Return to Bangalore

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain Mark Twain can’t be wrong, I wondered. It was this […]

14 Jun

Day 20: In the national capital, Delhi

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy I arrived in Delhi a full day ahead of schedule, early in the morning. Delhi being my final strategic location, I did not […]

14 Jun

Day 19: Escape to Jammu

After having a beautiful night’s sleep at the houseboat, I got up early in the morning. From my interaction with some Kashmiri students yesterday in the bus, I had come to know that there was a possibility of a shutdown or protest in the city today. So I decided to leave as early as possible. […]

14 Jun

Day 18: In the paradise on earth, Kashmir

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu I woke up on the Zojilla pass. The heart on mouth situation was even worse now with narrow roads and deeper gorges. There is space for a sumo/scorpio, but hardly for a bus to move on. Adding to the […]

13 Jun

Day 17: Through the battlefield where we won a decade back, Kargil

I woke up late in the morning. After having my Ladakhi breakfast, I went to the Bazaar to do some last minute shopping. On my way, I bumped into the 3 European tourists whom I met on the way here. Today, I am leaving Ladakh to go to my next destination. I had to walk […]

10 Jun

Day 16: Biking in the highest road on earth, in Khardung La

I got up today morning quite early. I was looking forward to this day for quite some time. I put on three layers of protective clothing in anticipation of the cold place that I am heading to. I wanted to go to Khardung La, a pass which is the highest motorable road in the world. […]

10 Jun

Day 15: Getting used to the ‘rarefied’ air of Ladakh

It was 9:00am when I got up. After five back to back nights of incomplete rest, I finally got to sleep the whole night. I felt a lot better. The tourism department here, has a travel advisory which asks for Ladakh tourists to take atleast 24hr rest if arrived by road or 48hr rest if […]

08 Jun

Day 14: Taking the high road to Leh, Ladakh

“It doesn’t matter for how long we are stuck in a sense of our limitations.
The moment you decide to break free, nothing will stop you.” It was early morning at 1:30 when I woke up. The Diamox tablets that I bought yesterday was on my table. If it has to give me any effect, it […]

06 Jun

Day 13: Amidst the snow capped mountains in Manali

It was my fourth back to back nights without proper sleep. This time, I was in the bus from Simla to Manali. It was an overnight journey which took just 257rs in the HRTC bus. The journey was quite comfortable with reasonably good roads. As the day broke, I was in Kullu and I could […]

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